First Friday Santa Cruz

Ashton Miyako

Ashton Miyako is a self taught, independent photographer and dressmaker based in the Santa Cruz.  

Her mission in life is to give people the opportunity to feel empowered by their bodies through beautiful photographs. She works one on one to discover what people love about themselves, and works to enhance that till they love every part of themselves. She prides herself on relaxed photo sessions that are fun for the whole family (that’s right, kids and husbands enjoy it too!). 

Ashton started out as a commercial/print model before moving into a runway, then fashion designer before making the ultimate jump to full-time photographer after the birth of her son. Having a hand in all aspects of the industry for over 10 years means that when you work with her you get the posing guide of a fashion model, the styling of a designer, and the photography from someone who knows what it’s like to be on both sides of the camera.  

Photo taken by Steven B. Herbert of