Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashton Drake.
Hi Ashton, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started my journey my sophomore year of college when people asked me to take pictures for them, or you know when your friends will say this is good lighting. Can you take a picture of me? When I would take pictures of them, they would smile and say these are amazing, and smile and be excited to show people. After that, I saw all these video productions and professional photos, and how beautiful it was, made me want to do it. I was interested in technology as a kid, and when I got to hold my friend’s canon, I thought this was cool; it was interesting how it functioned, and the camera’s feel was interesting. I started taking pictures with my iPhones camera. I would charge $15-$20 for a photo shoot. All my friends would support me, and I would edit the pictures with the limited settings that the iPhone gave me and send them back.
After a while, I got my camera and had the idea of starting my own business. However, I didn’t want to take pictures; I wanted to do it all, photography, videography, and digital design. My dad was a business owner, so that was another motivation for me to start my own business. Then I had my first business name that didn’t last that long. I called it D2globalproductions because of my dad’s business, D2Ventures. But he told me it was too close to his name, so he wanted me to change it, find my name, and think of a name that represented you. So through a lot of thought, I came to SoulWealthProductions.
Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
No, the road has had its problems; buying my first camera was the biggest problem, then after that was teaching myself how to use it, finding customers, finding a way to be relevant, and getting more people to notice me. Learning how to edit was another problem; finding the money to pay for adobe and do this while in college between classes and athletics was a little challenging.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
My business specializes in Photography, Videography, and a little bit of graphic design. What sets me apart is that I can do all these things and don’t limit myself to one area of photography or videography, as you will see on my Instagram. I’m most proud of my name and that I put my all into everything I do. My business is to provide top-quality and natural pictures, videos, and designs for you, to ensure you feel comfortable and that your vision is seen in the photo or video. I want people to know I’m willing to travel and learn, and I will do my best to give you what you want at top quality because I want to ensure that it shows your Souls Wealth.
We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I’m more outgoing than I put off, but I’m also introverted. Outside or at work, I love to talk to people and meet new people, but when I step into my room or personal space, I like to be myself and don’t want to be around people.
- Photoshoots- $85 for 1 1/2 hours and one outfit and location
- Video prices differ on the type and length
- Graphic Design- starts at $60
- Graduation shoots starts at $100
- Traveling adds to the price depending on how far
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soulwealthproductions/ | https://www.instagram.com/_ashtonmartinmusic_/
Models IG: @teamdarkskin, @C.ratty, @mightytaupsi, @debz.c, @cleotheleo_, @marleymarlynn