It is an honor and privilege every time I step into someone’s life as their photographer. I recognize the fact that not everyone feels comfortable in front of the camera. Therefore it is a top priority for me to do whatever I can to make your session as comfortable as possible. A go to quote for me – “the present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it” (Thich Naht Hahn). I see stress and too many expectations detracting from this idea. If you partner with me, I will bring a level of comfort and ease to our session together so the joy and happiness in the moments we share will not only be present, but photographed!
I prefer a style of photography called lifestyle. This means I focus more on candid, real life moments than solely photographer-posed shots. I believe that in those real moments lie people’s authentic expressions, their true emotions, and their personal beauty. A past client shared this regarding my mix of candid and posed shots, “Anna shared her ideas and expertise, and invited our family to share our vision as well. The result was an abundance of wonderful family photographs.” I want your photos to reflect your individual beauty, emotions, and personalities instead of a simple image of how you looked physically at a certain time. So whatever the event is being photographed, it is my goal to authentically capture the overall experience so years down the road you will not be able to help but relive the details, excitement and emotion as if it just happened.
Because of the importance I place on capturing the beauty you present with, I abide by a minimalist philosophy with post-processing. I will remove blemishes and smooth skin. I will not however, make you look like someone you are not (ex: making you look thinner, rounder, etc.). Remember the words from the great Dr. Suess, “today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”