"I strive to produce truthful and candid moments in photos, of unguarded people, and genuine events. The challenge is to document sensitive scenes and important moments without the presence of my camera changing them. As a photographer, I have found that the only way to capture images with this kind of honesty and trust, is to develop a solid relationship with my clients."
Erin Ashford was trained as a documentary photographer at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her visual dialogue with diverse subjects is what makes her work stand out. Erin's documentary projects focus primarily on subcultures. So, while the images are important, it's the relationships that are developed before the image is captured and continued that matter to her. She has documented Queer culture in the South, street rod culture in the Bay Area, construction workers in Georgia, and she currently is documenting Few and Far: an international all-female art collective.
Erin shoots frequently in San Francisco, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Seattle, with clients such as Thiel Foundation, NASDAQ, Porsche, Neiman Marcus, Elie Tahari, Fendi, Jeffrey Fashion Cares, Fernbank Natural History Museum, Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Dogpatch Films, Sharespost, Schwarzkopf Professional and The Atlantan. Erin also donates her time and has documented events by the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and she frequents local protests to heighten awareness of important local issues.
In September of 2012, Erin relocated her studio to Seattle, Washington, where she will continue to photograph events and culture. When she is not traveling she can be found at her studio in Seattle.