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Artist Spotlight with Idaho Photographer Ashlee Randall

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Who are you and what makes you tick?

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I’m Ashlee, a naturally-minded 28 year old with a bit of an old soul. I’m a California native but I call Idaho home. I’m married to my best friend and I’m a homeschooling momma to three awesome kiddos. I love meandering through old books stores, hanging out at the lake, hiking in the woods, or exploring new places with my family.

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How would you describe your style?

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I’d say mostly documentary. I love taking pictures of real life moments as it happen.

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As a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

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A nurse, crime scene investigator, hairstylist, photographer, a councelor; I was forever changing my mind, haha.

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Most artists have a point in their life where they knew this was meant for them. Do you have that moment?

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I think for me, it was just gradual. I picked up a camera when my youngest was born and I’ve been hooked ever since.

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If there was only one moment you could photograph for the rest of your days, what would it be?

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Just our everyday family dynamic. I don’t have a lot of photos from my own childhood, so I love being able to provide photos for my kids to look back on as they grow up.

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Do you regret any decisions you have made in your art?

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I really loved photography as a child but somewhere along my teenage years I put it on the back burner in favor of other things. I find myself wishing now that I had continued pursuing it through those years.

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If you could go anywhere in the world to photograph, where would you go?

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Derry, Northern Ireland. My grandmother was born and spent her early childhood there before coming to the U.S. and I’ve been dying to go there since I was little.

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We all go through periods of mental blocks. How do you push past times of not finding inspiration?

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Taking a break to spend time being present in the moment with my family really helps, along with picking up a good book, crocheting, or doing some other kind of creative activity.

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If you could photograph any world crisis, what would you photograph and where?

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My sister-in-law recently returned from a mission’s trip to Africa and she shared stories with me about the amazing amount of generosity, love, and hope that the people there maintain in the midst of many difficult circumstances. I think it would be a really profound and beautiful thing to be able to capture their courageous spirit in photographs.

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Who in your life inspires your art the most?

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My husband and my kids.

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What inspires you more – light or movement?

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I’d have to say light. I love how it shifts throughout the day and changes from season to season.

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