Ashly Stohl was born and raised in the City of Angels. She earned a BS in chemistry from UCSB, but spent more time with the creative crowd from Brooks Institute of Photography. After college, she returned to L.A. and put her science education to use, creating award-winning educational websites for NASA’s Mars Program Office.

She embraced photography as an escape from the demands of being a mother, yet motherhood is the inescapable lens through which she views her subjects. She examines community as an extension of the family, and believes that the families and people create for themselves can be as revealing as the ones to which they were born.