Im Ashley :)
- Family time
- Chai Lattes
Names I go by:
- Ashley (but you can call me Ash cuz we're friends now)
- Cinderella (love you dad)
- Lady with the camera (yep, its glamorous haha)
This is my story
I'm a 21 year old, Wisconsin-based based creative whose passion is capturing & creating visuals that tell a story.
I grew up in the small town of Westfield, Wisconsin with my mom, dad, and brother Connor. Flash back 10 years and you would probably find me dancing around the living room in an old ballet costume, drawing or playing pretend with Con (usually pretending to be "mom", my dream job!). I was a creative little one... some things never change!
Creating beautiful pictures and videos is not just a job for me, or a way to make money. It is my passion, my obsession and my lifestyle. I see beauty in the smallest, most mundane moments, whether it be the shadows of blowing trees on my window, or the way the paint dries on its palate. I have been a lover of the arts for as long as I can remember and from the moment I could hold things in my hand, I loved cameras. My mom had a scrapbooking business for many years, so she was always taking pictures of us. Everywhere we went, it seemed like there was a camera along for the ride. I became obsessed with the fact that I could capture a single moment in time, a specific feeling, and be able to relive it forever. ( I mean, how COOL is that?!)
photos via Tara Draper Photography
Growing up, I lived on a lake and loved the beauty of the changing seasons and wildlife that surrounded me. After years of experimenting, I fell in love with taking pictures and videos... of literally everything! By the time I reached high school, I had still no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I debated nursing and teaching for quite a while, but my heart was telling me to pursue a career in a creative field. In a business class, I got to create a film for a project, and I fell in LOVE with video... making short films, watching wedding videos on YouTube until 2am, I loved it all! But could I really make a living with that? For months I debated about going to school for advertising, or graphic design... and then I got a scholarship to travel to India for photojournalism.
I truly believe that God had a plan for me all along, but this was the moment that it all made sense to me. In India, I was taught about photography and filmmaking while traveling the beautiful countryside and volunteering with kids in need. I saw with my own eyes, children who had rarely, if ever, seen themselves on camera, or had a photo of their family. The struggling communities I encountered were full of beautiful people who all had a story to tell! I realized that everyone has a story. No matter where you come from or what stage of life you are in, your story is important. It deserves to be told.
I moved to Madison in the fall of 2017 to attend Madison Media Institute, where I studied video production and editing. I was exposed to the world of visual media, and I absolutely loved every minute of it. After graduating my program in the summer of 2018, I knew that the only way to do the work I felt lead to do was to start my own business. In the fall of 2018, I created Olive Branch Media.
It has always been my dream to be my own boss, but I didn't think it would happen for many years. The timing worked out for me to start right after college and I could not be happier! I moved home right after graduation and started creating my business. Now I can do what I love, and have time for the other things that have my heart. I can spend time with my wonderful family and my sweetheart. I can attend my home church. I can teach ballet at the studio where I grew up. I can be part of the community that has such a large part of my heart + still travel around the Midwest serving the most amazing clients. I have the opportunity to make an impact in those around me by capturing the beautiful stories of their lives for them to be felt and relived forever. I am so very blessed and want to thank YOU for your love and support. It truly means the world.