The saying goes that “beauty is in the eye of its beholder” and Ashley Naomi, a female photographer based in New York City, makes sure that it is accessible to any and every eye through her captivating photography and works of art. Ms. Naomi is a profoundly unique individual who dedicates her life to one purpose, and that is to create and capture beauty.
Ashley Naomi was born and raised in Bronx, New York and from the tender age of twelve, she learned to utilize art as her creative outlet. She attended the School of Visual Arts at the age of fifteen where she studied traditional mediums through still life drawing and painting. She was able to apply her youthful talents to college level courses, pushing the envelope, and developing into a skillful and sharp artist.
She continued her journey and attended FIT for fashion design in 2008. In 2009, Ms. Naomi experienced a pivotal point in her life and career when she picked up her first camera. She discovered photography as an artistic medium and was instantly enamored with the collaboration between the camera and her artistic eye.
Self taught and armed with an unconditional love for art, fashion, animals and the world’s beauty, Ashley Naomi draws from inspirations from inspiring artist around the world as she strives to bring her inspired visions through her art. In 2011, Ashley had the pleasure of interning at several inspirational photography studios in Brooklyn and Manhattan in New York City where she drew knowledge from hands on exposure to the photography world. This experience taught her the basics of studio photography and management.
Ashley Naomi then ventured into the fashion world, providing a look at couture through her capable lens, having gained access to the New york Couture Fashion Week shows from 2011-2013.
In 2012, Ashley devoted her creative energy in collaborating with various upcoming models and music artists by aiding them in model and artist image development.
In 2013 Ashley entered the realm of real estate and cityscape photography when she got hired at Bond NY as an in house photographer. In less than a year, she was promoted to head photographer and manager, where she stayed for two years, honing and cultivating her creativity and professionalism. To this day, she continues to gain extensive high-end training from real estate and other photography professionals.
In 2015, the call of the fashion world and runway photography reached Ashley again as she felt enamored by the rush, action and fierce energy around NYFW. One of her projects included capturing the beautiful Fall designs of Son Jun Wan. During the 2015 New York Fashion Week, she had photographed a slew of high-end designers including: Norma Kamili, Sachika, Jerome 5:31, Son Juan Wan, Desigual and Yeroc Eyewear.
Currently, Ashley Naomi provides fashion lifestyle photography and real estate photography services to some of the largest real estate agencies in NYC. She is investing in traveling internationally to expand her talents to other countries, capturing the world and its beauty while doing what she loves.
Ashley strives to continue to revamp and build her portfolio in fashion, commercial and product photography. As before, she remains consistent in her desire and proactive acquisition of knowledge that advances her skills and broadens the scope of her artistic eye. She hopes for the opportunity to expand beyond New York, and eventually go international.
Her biggest goal to this date is to open her own photography studio and collective in Harlem where she resides, to build a center where local and international artists can all convene to express themselves and develop their skills through offered workshops.