Ashley Bird


Email:   Twitter: @ashbirdtweets   Phone:  07891 391684 


I took up photography in 2005, after spending a decade working as a writer and editor in the UK music and film press for Melody Maker, Kerrang!, Total Film and more. I was the editor of Kerrang! magazine from 2002-2005.

I began photographing landscapes and live music, then discovered a love of portraiture, which has grown into something of an obsession. When I was a writer, my main motivation had been to meet interesting and inspiring people, and the same goes for my portrait photography.

Stylistically, I love the interplay of carefully crafted light and beautiful colour, although I make black and white photos when necessary too. I supply my actor headshots in both black and white and colour, for instance.

Although I love photographing anyone with a story to tell, I have found myself specialising in photographing actors, musicians, artists and creatives. And I have an ultra portable, yet very powerful, set of photographic gear which means I can pretty much take my 'studio' set-up to any location (within reason). Many of the studio-style shots I have taken were not taken in a studio at all, but in people's homes, rehearsal rooms, gig venues and the like. 

I live in Matlock, Derbyshire, on the edge of the Peak District, but travel anywhere and everywhere for shoots.

I am a supplier for the Rex Features photographic agency and my editorial, corporate and commercial clients have included:

British & Irish Modern Music Institute | The University Of Derby | Brighton Institute Of Contemporary Theatre Training | UnLtd | NCS (National Citizen Service) | The A Mag (Arcadia Group) | Intu Shopping Centres | Rock Sound magazine and website | Juice 107.2 (Brighton) | GameCity Festival | Cartwright Communications (Nottingham) | The University Of Nottingham | RockCorps | Broadway Cinema (Nottingham) | Déda Dance Centre (Derby) | Burst Event Photography | Leftlion Magazine | Metropolis Promotions | Know How/Near Now | Outgoing Promotions | Chesterfield Football Club | Sussex Life magazine | View New Zealand