Ashley was raised in the foothills of the Cascade Range in Central Oregon. After childhood careers in ski racing, equestrian sports, classical piano, and summer jobs on a dude ranch, she emerged as a unique hybrid of adventuress, hobby farmer, and storyteller.
Ashley then attended the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles earning degrees in cinema-television, history, and international relations. Although immersed in the studies of narrative filmmaking, she gravitated toward the process, deeper on-camera conversations, and scientific and human themes explored in documentary production.
Since graduating, Ashley has produced, directed, photographed, and edited feature and short film projects that have ruminated on octogenarian romance, followed grassroots peace activists, and depicted a myriad of characters and cultures. She has produced documentary and public broadcast series that have taken her to the pits of archaeology digs across the United States, the aisles of the Library of Congress, and to remote communities in the Americas, Africa, Central Asia, and more.
As a video chronicler, Ashley is in her “happy place” behind the camera while shooting in remote environments and challenging terrain. She revels in the rewards that come with editing together a meaningful, authentic story—especially when she has captured the footage! Ashley currently resides in Portland, Oregon, and when not on assignment, still finds time for skiing, hiking, horses, rock climbing, and water sports.
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