Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Briscoe.
Ashley, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I got my start in early 2015, photographing fetish models, pinup girls, and doing family portraits like maternity shoots and engagement shoots. In 2018, I set an intention to go in different directions with my photography, get my name out there, and get published in print magazines. I have since done that. I now primarily photograph up and coming actors and models in the Los Angeles and San Diego area.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s not always been peaches and cream. My bestfriend passed away in 2015 from cancer and that was a major hit to my confidence and motivation. I actually halted ALL creative endeavors for almost a year. I also have a rare ovarian cancer, and that’s always in the back of my mind. I’ve used these struggles as an opportunity to remind myself that life is fleeting, and I need to pursue my goals. I now have a strong desire to constantly move forward and build a life of accomplishments through personal evolution.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I operate under the alias “Fauxbias Forge.” The alias I use was inspired by the frontman for the band Ghost, Tobias Forge, which I draw a HUGE amount of inspiration from. I’d say music is my number one inspiration for the majority of my work.
Because of that, I’ve developed a nice following in the music scene, especially fans of metal music. Other than editorial shoots, I’ve been known to talk actors and models into doing cosplay shoots. I love seeing them enjoy themselves as they light up while they’re playing the role.
Over the last year, my business has become multi-faceted. Aside from photography, I now do complete makeup transformations on social media. I can turn myself into Ted Bundy, Joaquin Phoenix, Lady Gaga, David Bowie… you name it. From photography, to cosplay, to makeup transformations – I’m pretty happy, because people purchase merchandise with my alias name on it. It’s an absolute HONOR for me, and extremely humbling. If I were to put into words what sets me apart from other photographers, aside from the makeup and cosplay aspect, I would say it’s because I tell a story with my photos.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Personally, I define my success by how fulfilled I feel with my projects. Am I being creative, or just producing the same photo over and over again? I feel successful when I’ve brought something new to the table with each shoot, with each makeup transformation, and with each cosplay. When I start feeling a little stale, or unmotivated, I book a trip to another city and set up shoots with various models. If I’m feeling driven, creative, and fulfilled – I feel successful.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: fauxbias.forge
- Facebook: facebook.com/fauxbiasforge
Jack Razor (Fauxbias logo illustration),
Stephanie Stuart (Marilyn),
Paul Louis Harrell (blue, shiny suit),
Eva Mae Garnet (Roses),
Fauxbias Forge (Makeup transformation into Joaquin Phoenix/Arthur Fleck, from Joker),
Liz Fenning (Crystal Ball, The Labryrinth themed shoot),
Sophie Rimmer (Bloody girl),
Breanne Irons (Blue suit, David Bowie theme)