Tuesday, April 10, 2012

EXTRAordinary People | Ashleigh A. M. Bing

A. M.
Event, Lifestyle, Wedding Photographer

Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby introduce you to the ever so awesome Ashleigh A. M. Bing, from Mitchellville, MD. She is one of the dope freelance photographers of Shoot Happens Photography, which is located in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area...and she's one of my role models lol. Her passion is what she does for a living. You don't come across that often. Without further ado...

W&I: What INSPIRED you?

AAMBing: My biggest inspiration is my family. They are very supportive of my passion and craft. From a young age, I have always wanted to be my own boss. My parents instilled that value in me years ago. 
"Apply yourself to supply your wealth, only limitations you'll ever have are those you place upon yourself." - GLC from Kendrick Lamar - Poe Man Dreams (His Vice) 

W&I: What keeps you WIRED?

AAMBing: I love making people smile. The more they smile, the more I want to make them smile. Shoot Happens Photography's artistry is a unique combination of the camera's eye and the mind's envision. We love the nostalgic feeling we get from looking at old photographs and want to transfer that feeling to our clients for years to come. Simply knowing that I am improving 1% everyday keeps me motivated. I have learned that hard work pays off, and as long as I learn something new every day I get on earth, I will continue to grind.

W&I: How do you hope to inspire others?

AAMBing: I hope to inspire others to just take a chance in life. We are not like cats, and therefore only get one life. Do not spend your life doing  something just because you think you have to! There is no set way to live, so create your own journey instead of always traveling the path that someone else has already paved. I was recently laid off, which was a blessing in disguise because it allowed me to focus all of my time on building my own dream, instead of working for a corporation that is getting paid off of my hard work and dedication.

W&I: Words of wisdom?

AAMBing: A lot of people see a person when they are successful, but are not afforded the opportunity to see all of the failures, mishaps and set-backs that got them to that point. Do not assume it is easy, because it is not. Oftentimes, I go to sleep at 3:00 am and I'm back up on my computer at 7:30 am. Have your own style. There must be something that seperates you from the next person. A lot of people think, oh go out and buy a camera and that makes you a photographer... right?!?! WRONG!!!! That makes you a person that went out and bought a camera...nothing more, nothing less. You have to invest a lot of time, as well as money in this if you are serious about running a photography business...less than a quarter of my time is actually spent behind the camera. Other than that, BE YOU and go for it! 

W&I: She gave you all a pie chart so you know it's real lol. People rarely consider the massive amount of time that goes into the finished product. We want to know more?!!

You can reach me several ways:
Website - www.shoothappensphotography.com
Email - Ashleigh@shoothappensphotography.com 
Facebook - www.facebook.com/shoothappensphotography
Twitter - @shoothappens

W&I: Thanks so much for the interview Bing!! It was very inspiring and REAL. Here are more pics of Ashleigh's work for your viewing pleasure beautiful people...

Do yourself a favor and click the above links, check her out, then store her info for when you get married, have an event, want to take baby pictures, and all that jazz :).


  1. Shannon, again, thank you so much. I'm glad that I could be an inspiration to you as you are to me! I love you forever! -Bing