Meet Ashley Cook

I present to you our first creative…

Meet Ashley Cook.
So our lucky first creative, 
stems from a subject that’s close to my heart, 
And man is he a dope one.
Ashley is a photographer based on the Sunny Gold Coast.
 How I decided when brainstorming this idea for the new column I had to really think about some creatives I either respected, knew had something different to their creative skill or were a dam good person who had raw talent. 
Ashley however ticked more than one box.
Which makes me present him to you first.
So, meet Ashley
I’ve known him for a number of years now, so I have seen first hand his progression as a photographer and he has done some rad projects that are separating him from others on the Gold Coast. And with this post I actually have a body of work to show you his progression and new professional style. Here Ashley lets us in on what he has done, is doing and a bit of an insight that may make you see into his world.
Hannah: Hello Ashley! How have you been and what have you been up to?
Ashley: Yeah I’ve been good, I was in Melbourne a few weeks ago doing my first major FW. I applied for it last year but only got accredited for one event so I didn’t bother going down. This year I was wanting to apply but completely lost track of time and lucky enough I just made it in time to apply for accreditation with literally 1 hour left. I ticked every event that I wanted to shoot at throughout the week hopeing I would get it, a week later I got a message saying that I got absolutely everything I couldn’t believe it. I booked flights for Melbourne then I flew out a couple of days later. It was one of the craziest and best weeks of my life so far.
H: It’s good to hear, last time we caught up I was behind the lens, that was 3 years ago now. What have you been up to since then?
A: Really? has it been that long already? Ive stayed put on the Gold Coast, trying to make a name for myself, trying to promote my photography page, Ive done a few shoots here and there with models, but other than that I haven’t been up to anything that crazy.
H: I understand you were working with Leah Madden, the owner of White Sands Swimwear, both on her campaign with Samie Robinson, from the Gold Coast and Mink Pink Campaign model. What was that like for you?
A: Yeah after doing my first shoot with you I asked my friend Samie if she wanted to do a shoot and I had leah as a friend on facebook so I thought I would ask her if I could have samples for the shoot in return for some photos.
H: Did that also lead you to photograph as Swim Week 2011? Possibly to do so well in Melbourne fashion week recently?
A: Leah was the main designer and one of the organisers for Gold Coast FW that year, she wanted some shots behind the scenes and gave me a pass, it was pretty cool but I honestly had no idea what I was doing or how I should have had my camera settings at the time, plus all of the photographers that were there weren’t friendly at all so I couldn’t ask anyone.

The shows here are completely different to what its like for Melbourne FW, on the first night I was really nervous and decided to hang on the edge of the media pit. I thought everyone would have been real serious and really not friendly, but I was totally wrong, all the photographers were acting like they were family and were all helping one another out. I became friends with one of the main photographers there and he helped me work out the correct settings I needed for my new camera. that gave me enough confidence to claim a position right in the middle of the pit for the rest of the shows. most of the time i was surrounded by at least 40 other photographers, some nights I was shooting right next to the official photographers for Vogue Australia and Lorea’l, that made me a little bit nervous haha.

H: Nice. So where did it all begin anyway? I know that you did a lot of wave photography in your early photography days, is that where your passion started?
A: I used to bodyboard alot with some of my close friends at the time, one of my mates bought a camera and started taking surf shots, I bought a setup and we both learn’t from each other, I loved taking surf photos but I really wanted to get into fashion.
H: So how did you end up in fashion as it seems like its a big passion? According to the Rayban and Pedestrian TV awards your getting noticed.
A: After doing the shoot with Samie Robinson everyone started to noticed the both of us. Leah from white sands loved the whole shoot and wanted me to do more shoots for her. Division Models messaged both me and Samie on Facebook asking us to come in to their agency. Samie ended up being signed for them a week later, and I assisted and worked on a couple of shoots for them.

Because the shoot I did with Samie was so popular I thought I would enter one of the photos into the Rayban Competition. About 3,000 people entered the comp last year and I made it to the top 3! i still cant believe i did so well with one of the first shots i ever took.

H: That’s rad! So what’s next on the Calendar for you?
A: I’ve been planning to move to Melbourne with my girlfriend for awhile now and we should be down there by the end of June. While I was at LMFF (Lorea’l Melbourne Fashion Festival) I actually met Marina Dojchinov, the editor for this new up and coming fashion mag called “Loki Magazine” we exchanged contact details and I took photos at the festival for the website all week. She loved the shots and my portfolio. amazingly, she asked me to be one of the official photographers for the magazine. I’m pretty excited about it, see what happens.

In the mean time I have about 4 shoots planned with models, I’m wanting to create a double exposure series before I leave, I just did one recently and loved what came out, so hopefully I can get a rad series of shots before I move.

H: Well, that’s massive! Good luck to you and thank you so much for sharing your work with us. To keep up to date on Ashley Cook’s Photography and watch his journey check his facebook fan page and give it a like here.
Or see his tumblr page here.
Until next time…
Enjoy Dope Bitches,
Love Hannah.

Photographs: Ashley Cook 
Words: Hannah Wakefield
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MEET.. The Creatives!


I present to you 

my newest instalment and venture 
to find out about some of the greatest creatives floating about, brought to you by Hannahwake Collective.
MEET.. The Creatives!
Hannahwake Collective is a collective feed that brings you the news on new activities, projects and creatives that are doing some dope stuff. 
Here at Creative Collective there will be a new column dedicated to the creatives to showcase their work, introduce themselves and tell y’all out there a bit about what they are doing. 
Man, do we have a few treats lined up already!
With photographers, dj’s, musicians, bloggers, designers and more already lined up 2013 will be a great time to start to get to know them!
So sit tight as next Wednesday you will get the first dosage, until then, above, is a sneak preview of a few to look forward to..
Enjoy Dope Bitchez,
Love Hannah.