So my name is Ashley "Slashley" Oomen. Born in 1998 in the Dutch province North Brabant.
 In July of 2019 I graduated from my Media Design study with specialization in videography and animation.

The nickname Slashley comes from my music. I play guitar and write my own songs. I wear my hat every gig and play a Gibson Les Paul. The name Slashley was very fitting and I kept it ever since! 

When I started playing in bands (2014), I always loved to see photo's of our performance. A lot of people I knew were musicians as well and I wanted to give back what I loved to see; pictures of performances. I started with my phone, a small digital camera and when I found out I enjoyed photographing more than I thought, I bought my first DSLR camera.
I shot the local bands and went everywhere I could. I started by trial and error. First without any editing involved. When I started my Media Design study at the Radius College in Breda in 2015, I learned about Photoshop and photo editing. After a year or two of trial and error at small local bands I bought my second Canon DSLR. I learned more and more about my camera and about the possibilities of photography and concert photography in particular.

Photo by Niek van de Vondervoort

My first big shoots: WC Experience & Textures
On the 26th of April 2017 my band and I got the chance of being the support act of WC Experience. This was a big honor for us! Especially for me, I was a fan of the band long before me and my band started playing. I also was a big fan of Queen when I was about 11 years old (2010) and I remember watching one performance of WC Experience at that time and being overwhelmed by the great guitar playing in the "Queen Medley". This is when I knew; I want to play guitar just like them!
After our performance as the support act of WC Experience I had the chance to photograph the band. And of course I did! I rented a second body at school and a fisheye lens just for this one show! And tried my best to make my best photo's yet! Afterwards I've put my pictures on my Facebook and "tagged" the band members. I awaited for any responds of the guys and I did! Everyone loved my photo's and it was a great feeling for me! I was rewarded with lots of great compliments of people who I look up to! This is when my "career" started as in-house photographer for the WC Experience.

My guitar teacher was Textures' guitarist Bart Hennephof. I wanted to try and photograph bigger bands and asked him if I could join them at the festival of freedom in Overijssel, the Netherlands. He said yes and this was my biggest chance ever at that moment! I rented the same body and lens from school and went on the adventure with the band themselves.
WC Experience 26 April 2017
Textures 5 May 2017
Since 2018 I am an official freelance (ZZP) photographer and designer. I work together with third parties such as bands, musicians but also news sites.
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