"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."
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Erin Ashford was trained and received her BFA in documentary photographer at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her visual dialogue with diverse subjects is what makes her work stand out. She spent time photographing movers like Wiz Khalifa and Peter Thiel while her documentary projects focus primarily on subcultures. The images are important, but it's the relationships that are developed before the image is captured, that matter to her. She has documented Queer culture in the South, street rod culture in the Bay Area, construction workers in Georgia, an on-going portfolio of international female street artists and most recently the diverse restaurant culture in Redwood City.
Erin shoots frequently in her Redwood City studio, and travels to San Francisco, Atlanta, and Seattle, with clients such as Thiel Foundation, Fader, NASDAQ, Jim Ellis Porsche, Modern Luxury Media, Neiman Marcus, Elie Tahari, Jeffrey Fashion Cares and many others.
Erin also donates her time to Sequoia High School as a mentor 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.
Erin relocated her studio to California, where she will continue to photograph events and culture.