Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Photographer Interview #1 - Anna Hollister Photography


I am SO excited to bring you all another new series on Photographer Interviews! My goal is to gain as much information as I can this year, so how better to do that than straight from the source!  My first interview is Anna Hollister of Anna Hollister Photography. She is a photographer that I have only met once, but just LOVE her style.  She has an organic feel and uses brown/earthy tints to give her photos a soft tone.  I had the opportunity to do a practice photography session with Anna down in the Pearl District of Portland, OR just last month.  It was a little chilly, but it didn't rain, so we shot for about an hour.  Just because I can, here are the two shots she got of me!  I just love how warm and soft they feel.



I hope that you enjoy getting to know Anna as much as I have!  Give her facebook page a "like" and let her know that I sent you!

Interview:
KT:  Tell us a little bit about yourself
AH:  I am a say at home mom with two little kiddos. Oh yeah! And a professional photographer.

KT:  Where is “home”? I notice you have fans across the ocean :)
AH:  Well, I am from Sweden so I have a lot of Swedish fans, I grew up close to the Norwegian border so I have quite a few friends there, too.
KT:  That is so awesome!  I am a 1/4 Swedish.  I didn't know we had that in common!

KT:  Are you a self-taught photographer or have you had any mentors along the way?
AH:  I am mostly self-taught, but I do have a mentor. My Niece, Alyssa, is a photographer in Baker City. She has supported, critiqued and taught me SO much about photography. I have also learned a TON from Clickin Moms, an online forum for well… Clickin Moms ;)
KT Commentary:  Awesome!  I checked them out and linked them up above!

KT:  Whose work has influenced you the most?
AH:  Too many to list, but a few that I admire are Kerrianne Brown, Barb Uli, Carrie Sandoval and Brittany Woodall at Baby as Art, and Beth Jansen.

KT:  What made you decide to do photography? How did you get started?
AH:  After having professional photos done of my son that I didn’t like, I decided to invest in a dslr, and I got hooked. After a few years of just photographing my own kids, people started to ask me if I would do theirs as well, and then it kind of snowballed from there.

KT:  What camera do you use and why?
AH:  I’m a Canon girl, I use the 50D which I love, I’ve always used and loved Canon.
KT:  My kind of woman!

KT:  What is your favorite lens?
AH:  My favorite is the 85 1.8, I love the color and creamy bokeh it produces.

KT:  Before you put your work online, do you ever have someone critique it first?
AH:  Sometimes I do, but not very often, I try to submit my work for critique about every 6 months or so, it is SO helpful and it helps me grow. As artists, we always evolve and it is very important to WANT to continue growing and learning.
KT:  I know my critiques I have received from you and other photographers have really helped me to grow in this first year for me.

KT:  Do you ever use artificial light or is it all natural light?
AH:  I love natural light, and I use it 99% of the time, there is just something about it that artificial light can’t compare with. I do have an artificial light setup, but it stays in the bag most of the time

KT:  What is your favorite thing to shoot?
AH:  Newborns, just something about them that makes my heart melt. Second favorite is families, love capturing the love between family members!

KT:  Do you have any "photo disaster" stories to share?
AH:  Not yet (knock on wood), but I’m sure it will come soon ;)

KT:  Are you a Mac or PC lover?
AH:  PC, I used a Mac for a while but didn’t fall in love. So I’ll stick with PC for now ;)
KT commentary:  Oh - I don't know if we can be friends, now.

KT:  What editing program do you use and why?
AH:  I use and love CS5, I upgraded from CS4 and I LOVE it. I am very meticulous and sometime a little slow when it comes to editing, only because I have to love every image I produce.
KT commentary:  I think that is what makes you so good, though.

KT:  Do you ever shoot weddings in other countries and would you ever need a videographer (wink wink) to tag along?
AH:  One of my dreams is to shoot weddings in Sweden, where I’m from, and I would LOVE to have an awesome videographer (such as yourself) to tag along ;) Love your work! Thank you SO much!
KT:  YAY!  That would be amazing....I am sure my mom and grandma would be proud if I did that, too!  No, thank YOU Anna for sharing some time with us today!!

And here is some more of her latest work for you all to check out!





2 comments:

  1. You are so sweet, and I'm so excited to hear you're a fellow Swede too :)

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  2. Great Interview! Thanks for the sweet mention Anna, but you completely inspire me and keep my clickin'!

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