Square Marble was the nickname given to me in high school. I am part geek, part edge. My soul runs deep and I am easily stirred by what unfolds around me. You might hear me gasp or cry from behind my camera as I encounter beauty. I am affected. However, I take very little seriously and roll through life with my heart singing.
woot woot, Christine x
I see the world in shades of grey. I adore light and shadow. More importantly, I am not here to judge. This translates into a natural ability to make people feel at ease. This is the greatest asset a people photographer can possess. Having mad photography skills also helps too!
I love light and connection. Ideally, my goal during your portraits is to put you and your love in the loveliest light I can find or create, and let you be you. Yes, I do have an eye for what looks and feels good and some couples need more prompting than others. I, therefore, might ask you to walk towards me, to snuggle up – or remove your hand from your partner’s neck because it looks like you are chocking him/her but awkward posing it not my thing. I seek natural in-between moments. I also have tips and tricks to loosen you up in front of the camera.
I am a prolific Hudson Valley photographer. My first gig was a year-long commission for the Hudson Highlands Land Trust which resulted in the book, “Connecting: Celebrating the People and Place of the Hudson Highlands”. A second book featuring my photographs is due to be published by Chelsea Green in January and features Letterbox Farm in Hudson, NY. My photos have also appeared in the pages and on the covers of numerous magazines including Chronogram and Edible Hudson Valley. You can see more of my editorial work here: www.ChristineAshburnPhoto.com
I was born in the Arthur Avenue section of the Bronx but grew up across the US – New Jersey, Colorado, Texas, California and Alaska. I have been in the Hudson Valley for the past twenty-one years. Experiencing the bush of Alaska versus the street of the Bronx led me to a fascination with how people live and me eventually studying History and Anthropology at NYU. Upon graduation, I worked as a LAN Administrator on Wall Street (I told you I was a bit geeky). I was then a stay at home mom for my three daughters. I picked up a camera when my youngest daughter entered kindergarten and never looked back. It is in my blood – my great grandfather was a portrait photographer in Manhattan in the 1920s.
This video makes me cringe a bit but perhaps you will find it insightful. I was a bit nervous, as it was the first time I was on camera and found myself a little bit stiff. Yep, I totally get being a bit stiff when a camera is focused on you. This video was shot by Chronogram Magazine to feature the monthly cover artist. The cover photo was from an out-take from a book of my photos, “Connecting: Celebrating the People and Places of the Hudson Highlands”. The book was published by the Hudson Highlands Land Trust.
MY FAVOURITE THINGS
SHADOW AND LIGHT
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