This Lioness is taking over the world of photography in the Central Florida area. She is definitely passionate about her work and it shows through her portraits. Ashley, CEO of LIONSROAM, is an artist that describes her work as fearless and creative. She is definitely on to major things in the art world with her cannoned moments. Her work ranges from capturing headshots of steaming hot university football players, talented ballerinas, or timeless moments like a birthday celebration… and it does not stop there. With greats like Spike Lee as her inspiration she hopes to create classic “joints” too. Her work tells stories. Check out her interview here:
Name: Ashley LIONSROAM Williams
Hometown: Largo, Florida. Proud Floridian!
Favorite Quote: “All that glitters is not gold” –Shakespeare .
Current Occupation/Talent: Art period.
Photographer, Videographer, Producer, Director, Writer, Ceo (of all things wild and creative) at LIONSROAM
Twitter and/or Blog: @LIONSROAM
Random Cool Fact: I’ve got a thing for sticky notes, because I’m always coming up with some wild random stuff for a shoot. Gotta have them in hand at all times.
Krissy J: Why photography?
Ashley: That’s funny you should ask that because most people think I’m solely a photographer. Very untrue. I’m everything behind the cam. That’s how I put it. “Behind the lens.”
Krissy J: How long have you been a photographer?
Ashley: Since the 10th grade so that’s 06. Before that I was sold on being in front of the cam.
Krissy J: What kind of cameras do you shoot with?
Ashley: My Canon T3i . It’s thee most prized possession I own at the moment.
Krissy J: Lionsroam is a very strong name. How did that come about?
Ashley: I was thinking of something to sum up me. A few aspects went into the name. My astrological sign is a leo (lion). My hair is wild like that of a lion’s mane. Lions are also creatures of habit they roam alone or with a pack just as I do. Group all those ideas into one and LIONSROAM was born.
Krissy J: What do you hope for your audience to get from your portraits?
Ashley: I hope to evoke some type of emotion. My only goal is to reach the viewer and make them think. Not just look at my work and keep it moving. I want them to review it again and again. Mark it on their favorites bar, reblog it, tell someone something like; “Oh have you seen that new LIONSROAM work?” lol .
Krissy J: What is the best experience you’ve had so far as an artist?
Ashley: A month ago I attended my homeboy’s mixtape release party and a random female actually approached me about my work. She said “Hey I’ve seen your work and I love it, you’re really good, we must do a shoot when I get back into town.” To be recognized for your work is the most gratifying thing. It’s like reassurance and makes you go that much harder at what you do.
Krissy J: If you could shoot with anyone, dead or alive, who would that be? Why?
Ashley: The alive and ostentatious film pioneer Spike Lee! He’s my film god sort of speak. I feel his work all has a definite sense of reality and clear message in every “joint.” He’s not just one note; although, many think he is. His movies are classics and thought provoking. I feel everyone should see Do the Right Thing! Lol.
Krissy J: Now, I know the Lionsroam never fears competition, but with easy photograph applications like Instagram, how do you remain unique?
Ashley: I actually dig the Instagram app. It’s based off the idea of old Polaroid. I feel it, but it can only go so far. The Tumblr “I’m a photographer” sensations are for the time being as well. There’s nothing like the real thing. And my work is the real deal! With that said there’s always gonna be some type of fad, this is the entertainment industry. I just stick to my street elements mixed with sensuality and do what works best for LIONSROAM.
Krissy J: Where do we find your work?
–Fearless and Creative work. Appreciate the feature.
Ashley is a pretty dope chic! Glad I got the chance to interview her! All images in this post are property of LIONSROAM!
Thanks for reading,