Toronto-based dance + portrait photographer

My love for photography started with dance. As a competitive dancer myself, I fell in love with the movement, strength, and pure beauty of dancers. I think that it was dance that taught me the fundamentals that it takes to become a photographer and entrepreneur. It taught persistence; it taught dedication. I turned my love for dance into a photographic practice, attending the Sheridan Honours Bachelor of Photography degree program. I loved learning about art and fashion from some of the best teachers in the country. My final thesis became so much more than just images of dancers; they combined my love for fashion, portraiture, and movement.

 

I’ve learned just as much about dance from being a dance instructor as I have from being a competitive dancer. Being able to relate to dancers on a personal and emotional level allows me to capture extraordinary qualities that other photographers may miss. After learning the ins and outs of branding and marketing, I expanded to lifestyle and personal branding sessions in 2019.

 

In 2020, I aim to work with new dancers, new faces, and new companies. Based in the Greater Toronto Area but also available for travel, contact me to start planning your next session.

 

Awards & Exhibitions:

 

2019 Canon Award of Excellence, Class of 2019 Grad Show, Toronto

2019 People's Choice Awards, inFocus Photo Exhibition, Edmonton

2018 International Photography Awards, 2nd place, Lucie Awards, New York

2018 People's Choice Awards, inFocus Photo Exhibition, Edmonton

2017 Overall Student Award, Professional Photographer's of Canada, Ottawa

2017 Student Portraiture Award, Professional Photographer's of Canada, Ottawa

Email: ashleyciona@gmail.com

Phone: 905-745-3414

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