Ashley Young
Berlin, Germany
Photographer / Creative
(+49) 176-2386-3288


Who am I?

I’m a creative individual with a passion to learn, develop and grow, both professionally and personally. I focus my energy on gaining insights and experience within the industry, to extend my network and broaden my knowledge of everything around myself, from business strategies to new languages. I am motivated by an ever-growing urge to succeed and to push further and to become greater.

My ultimate goal is to work in an international, fast paced company that makes a difference, a company that innovates and is proud of what they accomplish.

What I've done:

*Zalando SE (Berlin, Germany)
Photographer  |  July 2016 - Present

// Specialising in accessory model photography
// Acting Art Director, Studio Manager, Expert photographer and Coordinator for the accessories department
// Reinvented the way products are shot and cropped
// Increased the daily output of products by more than 30%
// Photographed during campaign days for special brands
// Innovated and adapted the light to fit the individual need of the product

*Ashley Young (international)
Freelance Photographer  |  May 2010 - Present

// Self employed, working with various clients across China, UK, Russia and Germany
// Managing, building and maintaining company website (
// Working often with varied teams of Makeup Artists, Art Directors, Stylists etc. 

*Time Out Beijing (Beijing, China)
Photographer  |  January - November 2015

// Freelance photographer, working with editors to produce high quality presentable images for both print and digital versions of Time Out Beijing.
// Prepared and delivered well organised, high quality images within strict time frames for print and web publication.
// Maintained and created relationships with venue owners and PR teams.

*iSoftStone / Samsung (Beijing, China)
Team Leader / Quality Assurance  |  May - November 2015

// Managing upwards of one hundred people remotely and locally.
// Drove workflow optimisation and increased production rates of employees.
// Trained, updated and provided employees with constructive feedback that resulted in greater production rates and doubled the quality of the output.
// Overviewed production from creation until the final, client ready product.
// Exceeded KPI’s on weekly deliveries.
// Participated in international meetings with Samsung where contributions resulted in new features being added that improved the effectiveness of the ASR product.      

*Domus Tiandi (Beijing, China)
Photographer / Designer  |  September 2014 - March 2015                                                                                                                         

// Lead photographer, responsible for equipment inventory and the safety of assistants.
// Photographed luxury furniture brands, Minotti, Poliform etc.
// Created unique, concept-based sets that altered and improved the ascetic of the brand.
// Edited high volumes of images that went on to being published in print and digital media.
// Participating in Milano Expo 2015, Salone del mobile Milano Design Shanghai and ART Beijing

Where I studied:

*The University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)
September 2011 - June 2014

// Preston, United Kingdom
// Graduate - Bachelors with Honors in Photography
// Classification 2.1 (GPA3.5) with focus on Critical Theory and Fashion Photography

*The University of Central Missouri (UCM)
January 2013 - June 2013

// Warrensburg Missouri, United States of America
// Exchange student - BSc in Photography
// Classification (GPA 3.75) with focus on Studio and Editorial Photography

*Southport College
September 2009 - June 2011

// Southport, United Kingdom
// Graduate - National Diploma in Photography
// Classification Triple Merit (GPA 3.5)  with focus on Analogue photography practices


What can I do?

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English (Native), German (Functional, B2) Russian (intermediate, B1), Chinese (Intermediate, B1)


Photography, Design, Technology, Fashion, Running, Cycling, Exploring, Traveling, Motors, Film/Cinema , Food, Business, Language, Cultural immersion