We had the good fortune of connecting with Asha Bailey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Asha, what inspires you?
I’m endlessly inspired by every day life. Films, music, emotions, colors, and books all inspire me to create the art that I do. I’m always exploring and studying different styles and different energy that I want to portray in my work. It’s important to me that my viewers and clients can all see my work and feel exactly what I wanted them to feel while I was creating it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a wedding photographer, specializing in intimate, intentional local and destination weddings. When I first started my photography career, I said yes to every wedding. I loved them all, but as I started getting busier, I realized my passion actually lies within the small, intimate, and intentional details of elopements and smaller weddings. It’s my goal to provide my clients with photos that they can look at days after their wedding, and years after their wedding, and feel the same exact feelings that they felt on the day of. I take pride in my ability to work with so many diverse, unique couples and stories, and deliver to them their own love story in the form of photos that they will cherish for the rest of their lives. I started my photography journey early—I got my first camera in middle school and it has been a hobby ever since. My sophomore year of college, I started taking grad photos for my friends, and eventually that grew into my starting my business part-time while I completed my degree. By the time I graduated in 2018, I had a full time wedding photography career—I fell completely in love with it. From then to now, it’s been constant dedication and hard work on my end. Daily photoshoots, editing, emails, customer service, branding, marketing, etc. When you own your own business, you are the CEO, CFO, CMO, etc. It’s a ton of work, but it’s so rewarding in the end to see your business and brand grow. The biggest lesson I’ve learned throughout my career so far is to avoid comparison at all costs. Everyone is on their own individual journey and path—it doesn’t ever take away from your own successes or wins within your own business. It’s tough advice to follow at times, but it’s made the biggest difference in my life and business.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m the biggest homebody, but there are a few local spots that I love to hang out at when I get the chance. Windansea Beach in La Jolla is my favorite beach at the moment—the water is clear, the views are beautiful, and the sunsets are almost always perfect. I think my perfect night would be getting burritos from Kotija’s Taco Shop and setting up a picnic on the beach to watch the sunset.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to shoutout my family—they have all been supportive of me since day 1, even when I didn’t really know what direction I was trying to move in. They encourage me, help me in whatever ways they can, and are constantly excited for every move that I make. Without their encouragement, it would have been a lot harder for me to progress in my career.
Asha Bailey Photography