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Meet Ash Waters of Ash Waters Studios in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ash Waters.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Ash. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I decided to shoot…

I was at the time (in my eyes) a movie star. A lead in The Jerry Springer Movie- “Ringmaster” under the name Ashley Holbrook. I was repped by one of the top 5 agents in the world and had nothing to bring to the table. I was an alcoholic/addict actor who just had a disabled daughter. Mentally I was too damaged to continue acting. I sobered up, put acting on hold, took my anger and pain and very little schooling and bought a camera. I wanted to be the next David Lachapelle, I used my anger that I had towards photographer Kevin Major Howard and began. Because I have ADHD it seemed impossible to learn the technical aspects of textbook photography so I used YouTube and with trial and error learned what I could. The rule of thirds, ISO, Shutter and aperture. When I figured out the delicate balance, I started shooting anything and everything. 50 thousand shots of Manhattan, thousands and thousands of shots of models and I then focused my training on Photoshop. Several years ago, my ex-wife left my daughter and me because my photography was not paying off and well Madison (my daughter) was too much to care for. No matter how hard it got and regardless of how little money I was making I NEVER gave up. Passion fueled me and the final picture was the pay off. Today I have utilized my journey (SOBER) through photography and the “never give up” mentality and have decided to return to acting. Photography has allowed me to find myself and my voice. It has strengthened my spirit and given me the best opportunity of a life time to do what I love and to care for a severely disabled daughter full time at the same time.

I’m back into acting class and will start acting very soon. I can’t wait to have the budget I need to shoot the ideas in my head.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s never a smooth road in my world. A disabled daughter (who lives with me full time), a failed marriage and not enough money. There where technical bumps and discouragement often. Especially when I look at the work and style of so many amazing artists. I’m humbled by it ultimately. Sometimes I look at my work and say UGH, I’m no way near as good as these other pros. But sometimes I look at my work and say…. WOW!

Ash Waters Studios – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My photo biz is whatever comes my way and motivates me. All though I would like to build elaborate productions for themed shoots… I can’t afford that. I pay bills with headshots, weddings, quinceanera’s, music videos, PR videos and advertising. My style sets me apart from others.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment is the progress with my Native American project with native celebrity Rick Mora. My second proudest moment is the ability to use my design and photography to save myself hundreds of thousands of dollars with the design and photography needs for my Body Care Line.

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