Asheville Photographer | 5 Questions About Asheville and Why I Love It

March 15, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Asheville Photographer | 5 Questions About Asheville and Why I Love It

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Recently, Asheville Threads, which is a woven goods and Asheville centric clothing store downtown, interviewed me for their Reflections campaign. This campaign highlights local photographers and is designed to let the viewer see our amazing city and surrounding area from a new perspective. In this case, that perspective is mine, you can read the full story here. However, I have loved seeing and reading about other photographer’s perspectives throughout this campaign as well. To see more of this incredible campaign, head over to Asheville Threads blog, or their Instagram feed.

Thank you, Asheville Threads, for being such a vibrant light in our city, and bringing us all together with this campaign! 

 

5 Questions About Asheville and Why I Love It

What was your first Asheville experience?

I drove through the area many times before I made a point to spend a few days here. When I finally did stop and spend a few days, I fell in love! The charming downtown streets, the quick access to hiking and mountain biking, and the open green spaces really spoke to me and pulled me in. I LOVE the endless opportunities for outdoor fun, and I LOVE the diversity and eclectic vibe here. It feeds my soul like no place I have ever lived! 10+ years after moving here, I still feel just as strongly about it.

 

What do you remember most from your time spent in Asheville?

I only visited Asheville twice before I moved here over 10 years ago. I still remember the easy breezy feeling of downtown, the excitement of endless hiking trails, and the great smelling forests.

 

What do you most enjoy about photographing Asheville and the surrounding area?

The endless possibilities. Just when I think after 10 years of being a photographer here, that I have seen most of the amazing places in the area, a new client will invite me to their home or property, and I am blown away by another amazingly beautiful photography location. Plus, there are so many untouched and beautiful nooks and crannies in these mountains, we just have to look.

 

What do you wish first time visitors would take away from the Asheville experience?

That there is so much more than downtown, breweries, and Biltmore. The real Asheville experience is at our neighborhood restaurants, on a hiking trail that is an hour drive away, and in the saddles of these mountains that are full of life, not at the summits.

 

What do you think is Asheville’s best kept secret?

Montford neighborhood and downtown in the early morning. There are few things better than waking up early, strapping on your running shoes, and jogging or walking through our beautiful downtown area and Montford neighborhood. Streets are empty, storefronts are quiet, and typically there are only a few locals out walking their dogs. Being able to see this typically busy place from a different angle is amazing. Take in the architecture of downtown's buildings and Montford's historic homes, walk through Pack Square or sit on a bench for a while, stop in and grab coffee or tea at a just opened coffee shop. It's a whole experience that very few people have, and I love sharing it with those who visit me.

 

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For more about me in this world of Asheville photography, click over to 5 Things to Know About Jessica | Photographer Introduction and Asheville Photographer | 3 Things to Know About Jessica, Summer Edition.

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