If I am to name just one thing that has helped me the most to become an internationally published, award-winning photographer, mentor and successful business owner - it is being human.
A good one that listens and observes.
One who is caring, empathic, and understanding.
One who creates a safe space for you to feel the most like yourself.
One who falls and learns and strives to become better with each new day, and every new encounter.
The human side of any business will always prevail in my personal dimension; as well as the honor, the respect towards the people I photograph and the craft itself.
A strong feeling that I embody is a sense of connectedness that came when I realised that I pave my own path.
Everything is controlled by mindset.
If we carry fear inside, life will always scare us, if we bear blame, we will always find a way to punish ourselves, and if we choose joy, life will simply give us more reasons to be cheerful. Our inner monologue is our fate. If we place our focus on the end result, or what could be, we will never be fully satisfied with the present. Soaking in the little moments along the way and being one with what is directly in front of you can be the most impactful part of the entire journey.
This life lesson has lit a fire within my artistry. It has allowed me to understand the roots of my work and connect more to others, in order to document their own stories in the most genuine and natural way.
Photography helped me grow into an improved version of myself, and I want each session to feel therapeutic for my couples as well.
While couple sessions are about spending quality time together and making it into a playful date, it’s also a time to reconnect to yourselves and each other on a more profound level.
My top priority is to create a safe space to allow my couples to feel comfortable and at ease, allowing them to fully open up and get in touch with their most genuine selves. I strongly believe that the best work is produced naturally when my couples feel relaxed.
As I guide you along the session when it’s necessary, I also encourage freedom and my goal is for you to have the time of your lives.
nature: deserts, oceans and jungles
movies by: Xavier Dolan, Bertolucci, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Almodovar, Sorrentino, Zvyagintsev, Darren Aronofsky, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lars von Trier
music: Cigarettes after Sex, Radiohead, Hermanos Gutierrez, Bob Dylan, Kings of Leon, Placebo, Eddie Vedder, Nahko and Medicine for the people, Zemfira, Moby, The Vaccines, The xx
photography: Robert Doisneau, Rodney Smith, Sarah Moon, Vivienne Maier, Helmut Newton, André Kertész, Elliot Erwitt
books: Joseph Brodsky, K. Vonnegut, Bulgakov, Aldous Huxley, Dovlatov, Czesław Miłosz, Ray Bradbury, Oscar Wilde, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Perhaps, my approach is a little different from other photographers.
I do guide you along the photographic journey, but I don't micro-manage your movements and ways of expression. I think this only hinders you from being yourselves and makes you more self-conscious.
Instead, I welcome and encourage freedom in my sessions and try to create a safe, non-judgemental, inspiring and fun environment for your connection to thrive and being captured as is.
At the end of the day, anyone with a camera can take photos, but my mission is to capture your authentic being and create art with you.
I will be there every step of the way.
moon-gazing, poetry, pure cacao, 20th century film photographers, radiohead, deserts, hermanos gutierrez, speaking foreign languages, human connection, impressionism, the way ocean glistens when the sun hits it, meditating, hiking to the mountaintops, collecting photo books, long flights, muted colors, spending time with myself, museums, traveling, driving alone, dancing at home, creating, indie-industrial home style, Vonnegut, active lifestyle, drama films, warm cafes in winter, Venice, meaningful conversations, spontaneous trips, sound healing, healthy food, city walks, painting, good laughs, kissing my dog's wet nose, waking up surrounded by nature, eternal summer.
“It was the honor of my life to have Anna as our wedding photographer. I always dreamed of having our wedding captured in a way that demonstrated our love and playfulness, and I knew that I wanted photos that were both unique and truly artistic. Anna went above and beyond to the point that viewing our album made me tear up—she captured such raw emotion and I have never felt more beautiful."
"Anna is an incredible photographer and the photos she captured of our wedding are breathtaking.
She was so much fun and really easy to coordinate with. We can’t imagine what we would’ve done without her!"
“Anna was an absolute joy to work with and the pictures from our wedding are beyond perfect and capture the full range of our day, from intimacy to silliness to love and everything in between, it is all there. Anna has a tremendous talent and I am so very grateful that we were able to share our day with her. I sincerely hope we have the opportunity to work with her in the future.”
“Anna does absolute magic! My husband and I are huge fans of her work and we have had already 3 photoshoots with her, including our elopement. Each one has been an absolute Highlight of our year! She is amazingly talented at facilitating moments that our very own! We never really posed in photos, we just had the time of our life and she captured these moments perfectly! (...)"