Who Am I?

Hi there. 
My name is Ashley Nadeau, a regular girl who goes to school to learn what she loves. These things include Photography, Videography, and so much more. If you asked me to explain myself I'd probably stand there and think real hard on it. That's probably the hardest question you can ask someone. To be honest, I'm more simple than what you'd expect. I would probably tell you I consider myself the luckiest person on earth. Laughing with friends and enjoying my family were two of my favorite things.That would be my answer any time after 2012. But that wasn't always true.

After my parents split so many years ago I had a hard time dealing with things. I did a week on week split with my parents. But after a month or so I realized my dad was my only real support. My mom was the type of person that couldn't live without a man in her life. She used to always say she needed someone to love her. My response being you have two- me and my sister. Apparently, that wasn't good enough for her. She'd explain to me it wasn't what she really needed. It wasn't what she needed. In a span of nearly four years I lived in nearly twenty houses with her. The longest I stayed was probably two months. Most of the houses were with new guys she'd meet. She would tell me before I met them that she'd grown up with them in highschool and that they were good childhood friends. I found out too quickly none of them were. My grades slipped in school, I started getting into trouble, and I was just too much for my family to deal with. I think sometimes my dad blames himself. They all pushed me away, not wanting to deal with the stress of a spiteful preteen. It hit me really hard one day when I was talking to a friend about home life. I told her I felt like a stranger in my own home, regretting walking through those doors every day after school was out. I didn't want to go home. It just didn't feel like home was supposed to feel. Then she gave me some of the best advice I will have ever received in my life. 

She told me to find something, like a hobby, to distract myself, and give me meaning again. And that something, for me, was Photography. I found it was one of the most exhilarating things. To be able to capture something you would remember for the rest of your life. Special moments, beautiful scenery, smiling faces. Those were the things my lens was drawn to. 

Anymore, it's all I can think about. I love to write, and because picture taking is such a big thing in my life, I find writing online helps me to express my feelings. It makes dealing with life simpler, easier. I feel like me again. My life has purpose. That's why I joined the Digital Media Class that Gordon Cooper has to offer. It's an amazing experience, and it's great knowing that I can wake up in the mornings excited to learn something new about what I am interested in and dedicated to. Growing up the way I did I learned quickly you have to fend for yourself, and having something like a hobby can make your life so much easier at times. It's a distraction, and it was my purpose for a long time. Now that I am old enough to live my own life I am starting to get things set up the way I want my life to go and I couldn't be happier. The way I was raised pushed me to be a better person, to do better for myself then they did. So take a second to look around if you'd like. My portfolio offers a range of things from pictures I've taken for assignments, to courses I've had to do, to the homework in those courses explained. 

Feel free to contact me at any time. All information needed is in my Contact Tab. 

I hope to hear from you! Maybe we can work together and make something great.
Ashley Nadeau