Photographer Nicole Ashley wearing sustainable and ethical clothing from New Classics Studios. Based in Canada. Photographer Nicole Ashley wearing sustainable and ethical clothing from New Classics Studios. Based in Canada. Photographer Nicole Ashley wearing sustainable and ethical clothing from New Classics Studios. Based in Canada. Photographer Nicole Ashley wearing sustainable and ethical clothing from New Classics Studios. Based in Canada.

The Edmonton-based international portrait, wedding and commercial photographer, Nicole Ashley, recently joined us in the studio (along with our good friend, Anton) for our latest in the Local Portraits series. With some prosecco in hand and too many laughs to count, we were so excited to be able to chat fashion, hair, and photography with the talented photographer. Scroll down to read why Nicole believes in the slow fashion movement and how she plans to #WearTheChange.

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NC:  Who are you?
NA: Nicole Ashley.

NC: Occupation?
NA: Photographer.

NC: Age?
NA: 29

NC: Instagram handle?
NA: @nicoleashley

NC: As a photographer, what camera and lens do you use?
NA: Canon 5D Mark III and my current favourite lenses are my 85mm f1.2:L II and my Sigma 50mm f 1.4 Art Series Lens.

NC: Favourite cafe in Edmonton?
NA: Little Brick!

NC: Guilty Pleasure?
NA: Playground swing sets... but I don't feel guilty about it.

NC: Sweet or Sour?
AA: Sweet!

NC: Random fact about you?
NA: I love all the Nutella.

NC: Favourite food?
NA: Popcorn chicken from North 53!

NC: What 5 closet staples would you bring to New York Fashion Week?
NA: My leather jacket, black heels, black ripped jeans, white tee's and some Hunt Amor accessories! 

NC: Cats or dogs?
NA: Dogs

NC: How many different hair colours have you gone through, and which is your favourite?
NA: I've had almost every hair colour! Blonde, purple, orange, grey-you name it! Pastel pink has been my favourite so far!

NC: You hair is AMAZING! Where do you get it done?
NA: I get my hair coloured by Stefanie Carlson!

NC: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term 'Sustainable Fashion'?
NA: Quality.

NC: The slow fashion movement is a unified representation of all the "eco", "green", "ethical", and "sustainable" fashion movements which intend to slow down the rate of fashion consumption (think quality over quantity). This movement rejects the mainstream practices of fast fashion while supporting artisans and smaller businesses, fair trade and locally-made clothing. How do you contribute (or plan to contribute) to the slow fashion movement?
NA: I try to support local businesses/local artists as much as I can. By shopping with smaller businesses and being vocal about it, we can help sustain amazing fashion.

NC: How do you plan to #WearThechange?
NA: I plan to buy more clothes! 


NICOLE'S PICKS

REVISITED MATTERS
Crepe Silk T-shirt Dress
Kaarem Burgundy Angle Mini Dolman Open Back Dress from New Classics Studios. We Ship worldwide from Canada.
Kaarem
Angle Mini Dolman Open Back Dress