1. What is something not too many people know about you?
I’m not a petite or thin model by any means. My body has changed a lot throughout my life. I used to be very athletic and toned in high school and then became overweight in college. I still remember the day when one of my professors told me straight out “Anna, you are fat.” That really hurt my self-confidence. I worked with a personal trainer a few years ago and my body transformed dramatically. I loved feeling light and strong. I now focus more on maintaining strength rather than dropping numbers on the scale.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
My passion is helping people become a better version of themselves by creating new avenues for self-exploration, and I think fashion photography is the perfect medium to do so. I love dreaming about new photoshoot concepts, styling models, and finding backdrops for the shoots. I absolutely love the artistic process and creating imagery!
3. What are your goals for the future?
Currently I am honing my art as a creative fashion director. I am focusing on editorial photoshoots with the goal of capturing images that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also intellectually and emotionally challenging. I want my pictures to make people think, debate, and act. In the future, I would like to expand my art into film- the kind that will make people say “Wow, what a complexity of emotions!”
4. What is your definition of success?
Defining success is always tricky. Part of feeling successful is being liked and recognized by other respected individuals in the field. But I think that is superficial. On a deeper level I think success is how deeply I can connect with people through my art and affect change in their thoughts and behaviors.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on.
My next project is about vulnerabilities and how they can actually be sources of strength. The aesthetic is minimalist with the backdrop of water by the dock. The shoot will involve three models, and we will explore body arrangements and postures to evoke ranges of emotions.
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