Anna Delores Photography “Artist Interview”

Anna Delores Photography

How did you get started in your profession?

I’ve always loved pho­tog­ra­phy; my first cam­era was a pur­ple plas­tic Kodak with 110 film. I got more seri­ous about pho­tog­ra­phy as a pos­si­ble pro­fes­sion after col­lege, and explored fine art pho­tog­ra­phy for a cou­ple of years before decid­ing to try my hand at wed­dings. I had a “crash course” in the world of wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy from Mark and Can­dice Brooke and even assisted them with a few wed­dings as a sec­ond shooter. I imme­di­ately fell in love with the expe­ri­ence of being a wed­ding pro­fes­sional, and to merge that with my pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy was a pretty log­i­cal career move for me. And here I am!

Do you con­sider what you do as an art form? 

To an extent, yes. It’s easy to find some­one who knows how to use a cam­era, technically-speaking. If you’re look­ing for some­one who knows how to use a cam­era, that’s not the same as find­ing a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher whose vision for mem­o­ries of your wed­ding day align with your own.

For a pho­tog­ra­pher to have a cre­ative eye that speaks to the bride and groom as a cou­ple is, to me, what find­ing a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher is all about. Yes, that pho­tog­ra­pher should also be pro­fi­cient in tech­ni­cal knowl­edge of his/her equip­ment! But that’s only half the bat­tle. There are var­i­ous styles of pho­tog­ra­phy. No two pho­tog­ra­phers will walk away from any given scene or moment with the exact same image. Pho­tog­ra­phy can be an expres­sion of the way the per­son wield­ing the cam­era sees the world, and every pho­tog­ra­pher is peer­ing through that viewfinder with a unique per­spec­tive and cre­ative vision unlike any­one else’s.

If I can cre­ate an emo­tional con­nec­tion with some­one through an image, I feel con­fi­dent that I’ve done my job well.

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Who or what con­tin­ues to inspires you?

This is going to sound very cliché and cheesy, but the beauty of every­day life inspires me. The way late-afternoon sun­shine cre­ates a glow around a person’s sil­hou­ette can def­i­nitely inspire me. Sun flare in my lens makes me happy. The fact that cou­ples select me to doc­u­ment the most impor­tant day of their lives is incred­i­bly hum­bling, and that REALLY inspires me to improve my skills, both tech­ni­cal and cre­ative, to pro­duce imagery that will help cou­ples enjoy the mem­o­ries of their wed­ding day for the rest of their lives. It’s a big respon­si­bil­ity and when some­one chooses Anna Delores Pho­tog­ra­phy for their wed­ding, I’m truly hon­ored. It moti­vates me to learn more about them as a cou­ple and as indi­vid­u­als, to inves­ti­gate the details of their venue, and to uncover the unique details about their wed­ding that makes the cel­e­bra­tion extra-special. Wed­dings them­selves are an inspiration!

What makes your busi­ness unique?

I think every pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness is unique for the rea­sons I men­tioned in describ­ing pho­tog­ra­phy as an art form: “No two pho­tog­ra­phers will walk away from any given scene or moment with the exact same image. Pho­tog­ra­phy can be an expres­sion of the way the per­son wield­ing the cam­era sees the world, and every pho­tog­ra­pher is peer­ing through that viewfinder with a unique per­spec­tive and cre­ative vision unlike any­one else’s.”

I love to look at old pho­tographs and won­der about the peo­ple in them, what their lives were like, what hap­pened to them on the day the photo was taken, what they were think­ing. As a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher, I get to cre­ate images that tell those sto­ries. My goal is for the col­lec­tion of can­did, roman­tic, documentary-style pho­tographs that Anna Delores Pho­tog­ra­phy ulti­mately presents to a cou­ple to be wor­thy of fam­ily heirloom.

Also, Anna Delores Pho­tog­ra­phy is unique because I sin­cerely adore wed­dings. I usu­ally cry dur­ing the couple’s first dance. Luck­ily, my cam­era is in front of my face to hide the fact that I’m tear­ing up! Wed­dings are jam-packed with emo­tion, romance, intri­cate details, fam­ily dynam­ics, tra­di­tions, crazy danc­ing, deli­cious food… all these com­po­nents come together in a way that requires a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher to be flex­i­ble, ener­getic, respon­sive, and alert, and this is a chal­lenge I gen­uinely rel­ish at each and every wed­ding I shoot. I love get­ting to know the cou­ples I work with and I’m so hon­ored to spend this incred­i­bly impor­tant day with them.

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How would you describe your ideal couple?

I think every photographer’s ideal cou­ple are those to whom pho­tog­ra­phy is a high pri­or­ity in their wed­ding day bud­get and plan­ning! I think a bride and groom who care about pho­tog­ra­phy in gen­eral are more likely to get excited about their wed­ding day images.

More specif­i­cally, my ideal cou­ple are get­ting mar­ried in a unique loca­tion, and have put a lot of thought into the details of the decor and per­sonal touches of their wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion. My ideal cou­ple will have an out­door cer­e­mony with lovely nat­ural light, and are hope­fully okay with me mov­ing around a lot at the cer­e­mony to get as many great shots as possible!

I also LOVE it when cou­ples order albums — albums are so, so fun to put together, and I think see­ing the images printed on pages and hav­ing some­thing tan­gi­ble to look at is a spe­cial expe­ri­ence; an album can evoke mem­o­ries of the wed­ding day that are some­how not as pro­foundly com­mu­ni­cated through dig­i­tal imagery.

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What’s your per­sonal busi­ness philosophy?

To do the right thing, and to always do my best.

Favorite part of a wedding?

I LOVE when a bride and groom decide to do a “first look,” which is when they see each other before the cer­e­mony. I find it’s a more inti­mate expe­ri­ence than see­ing each other for the first time at the cer­e­mony itself, in front of all their guests! That way, they can cry and hug and talk about the excite­ment of the day (and prob­a­bly calm their nerves a bit!) before walk­ing down the aisle and going right into the for­mal ceremony.

I also have a major sweet tooth, so I’m always excited when they cut the cake. 🙂

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Why do you… do what you do?

It’s pretty sim­ple, and I guess a pretty bland answer as a result: I LOVE pho­tog­ra­phy. I LOVE wed­dings. I know we tend to toss around the word “love” some­times in rela­tion to activ­i­ties and inter­ests, but really, I am very pas­sion­ate about cre­at­ing pho­tographs, doc­u­ment­ing impor­tant moments, and using my cam­era to make mem­o­ries last. And wed­dings are just so pretty and so roman­tic! I am def­i­nitely a hope­less roman­tic, and wed­dings are the ulti­mate cel­e­bra­tion of love, com­mit­ment, tra­di­tion, and the joy of being together. I’m also a very visual per­son, and all the lovely details of someone’s wed­ding day always delight me! Seriously!

What ques­tion do you always ask the Bride & Groom?

I ask them how they want to remem­ber their wed­ding day. I take what­ever answer they give me and I, in turn, work really, really hard to cap­ture the spirit of their wed­ding via imagery. I also want to talk to the bride and groom about the can­did, spon­ta­neous nature of their wed­ding day — I don’t like to force a lot of stiff, unnat­ural pos­ing so I stay away from it as much as pos­si­ble, but still give the cou­ple some direc­tion, if needed, to make their pho­tos some­thing spe­cial. If that’s the kind of pho­tog­ra­pher they’re look­ing for, then I’m excited to work with them.

 

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Off The Wall, FUN… Questions

First music album you ever bought?

No Doubt, “Tragic King­dom.” My first con­cert was also to see No Doubt.

Favorite movie or documentary?

Love Actu­ally” is an all-time favorite — it just makes me feel GOOD! I can’t help but smile through­out the entire movie.

Song that makes you want to dance like nobody’s watching?

I’m really more of a “sing like nobody’s lis­ten­ing” kind of girl. I’ll belt out Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You Been Gone” like nobody’s business.

How do you nor­mally begin your day?

With lots of cof­fee! I’m a big cof­fee drinker. I either head to Star­bucks or hit up my Keurig before even step­ping foot into my office.

What do you enjoy doing on your day off?

What day off? I really do work at least a lit­tle bit every day of the week! BUT if I’m allow­ing myself some extra down­time, I love to nap. I sleep more than any­one else I know. My bed is just my favorite place to be! Instant relax­ation, espe­cially when my dogs are there to cud­dle with me.

Do you col­lect anything?

Mag­nets. I buy refrig­er­a­tor mag­nets from every city I visit.

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Tell us about your first job?

When I was six­teen, I got a job at The Lim­ited Too (I don’t even know if they still exist!); it’s a retail store that sells girls’ cloth­ing (it was orig­i­nally meant to be a “mini-me” ver­sion of The Lim­ited). I worked there for about six months; the store was at our local shop­ping mall when I was in high school. I remem­ber I could buy some of the cloth­ing there at the time (girls’ sizes 14–16) and I really wish I could still do that, haha!

What would you say is your great­est accomplishment?

Pass­ing my col­lege sta­tis­tics course. Really! Also, any and every wed­ding I pho­to­graph. I feel extremely ful­filled when I deliver that final col­lec­tion of images to a bride and groom, and they call or e-mail me to tell me how much they love their pho­tos. The best feel­ing ever!

How do you sign off on emails?

Best wishes, Emily

If you moved to a for­eign coun­try, which one & why?

I’ve always loved the city of Paris, but I don’t speak French, so it would prob­a­bly be more prac­ti­cal for me to go to Eng­land or Canada. I think I’d really love Aus­tralia, too!

If you were an ani­mal, what would you be?

Prob­a­bly a dog. Hope­fully a very spoiled, well-loved, inside-the-house dog! A good friend of mine has two box­ers, and the rest of my friends and I would always joke that if we had to come back as an ani­mal in another life, we’d want to be “one of Jake’s dogs” because he treated them so well! Organic food, daily trips to the dog beach, comfy beds, a big back­yard, and lots of love and attention.

If you were in a band, what instru­ment would you play?

I used to be in a band! Well, full dis­clo­sure: it was march­ing band. I was a per­cus­sion­ist; I played the keys (marimba, xylo­phone), snare drum, and the tenor drums at dif­fer­ent points through­out high school. I also play the piano and a teensy bit of gui­tar. If I were to be in a rock band, I’d want to play drum set, hands down.

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Ok, tell us your Nickname(s)?

Emmy, Emmy-Lou, Emma, Em-Lee, Emilia

Tell us one thing few peo­ple know about you?

I hate wash­ing my hair. Actu­ally, the wash­ing isn’t the part I hate — it’s the styling after­wards. I am SO lazy about my hair! Lucky for me, it’s nat­u­rally wavy, so if I don’t feel like blow-drying or straight­en­ing it, I can work in a lit­tle bit of mousse and I’m good to go. I LOVE to get a hair cut because it means some­one else is wash­ing and styling my hair for me.

Wed­ding trend that your lov­ing right now?

Mis­matched brides­maids dresses. If it’s done right, it’s an incred­i­ble look, and your brides­maids REALLY WILL wear their dresses again!

Wed­ding trend that will hope­fully be out next year?

Mason jars. I love mason jars, but I think they’ve run their course in the wed­ding world.

Read the book or watch the movie?

I WANT to say “read the book,” because the book is always bet­ter than the movie! But the truth is that I’m more likely to watch the movie.

Stranded on a desert island… list three things you’d bring with you?

My cam­era, my dogs, and my jour­nal (if I bring a pen too, does that count as four things?)

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Tell us your favorite song or band (new or old)… right now?

I really love The Lum­i­neers’ “Ho Hey”; I know it’s been out for awhile now and peo­ple are get­ting sick of it, but I still turn up the radio when it comes on.

Favorite quote?

Life isn’t about find­ing your­self. Life is about cre­at­ing your­self.” –George Bernard Shaw

What chore do you absolutely HATE doing?

Any type of yard work!

What sound do you love?

My dogs’ foot­steps on the hard­wood floor. The sound of the dish­washer run­ning while I’m falling asleep (I think it’s a child­hood com­fort thing). Wind­chimes in the backyard.

If and when it hap­pens… what do you want peo­ple to remem­ber you bye?

I hope peo­ple remem­ber me for being com­pas­sion­ate and help­ful. Some­times cou­ples I work with tell me that I made the process of engage­ment and wed­ding pho­tos an easy, pain­less one, and I guess if I can be remem­bered for hav­ing a per­son­al­ity and man­ner­isms that put other peo­ple at ease, that would be a good thing.

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

A wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher. Or a vet­eri­nary assis­tant — I love dogs. Or a writer.

What would you title the auto­bi­og­ra­phy of your life?

It Isn’t Courage if You’re Not Scared.”

What was the last Movie, TV show or Book that made you cry?

I am going to sound so lame, but I cried over a Grey’s Anatomy episode a few weeks ago. The char­ac­ters rename the (fic­tional) hos­pi­tal on the show after two char­ac­ters that died dur­ing the pre­vi­ous sea­son, and that totally made me cry.

What’s the hard­est thing you’ve ever had to do?

End­ing a roman­tic rela­tion­ship is always a pretty hard deci­sion! I’ve had to do that a cou­ple of times in my life, and it’s always a really dif­fi­cult experience.

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What do you miss most about being a kid?

Not hav­ing to watch what I eat, or worry about exer­cis­ing. And not hav­ing to worry about money!

What’s in the top 5 of your bucket list?

1. Visit every coun­try in the world at least once.

2. Go sky-diving.

3. Plan my own wedding.

4. Write and pub­lish a novel.

5. Own a BMW.

Tell us some­thing you learned last week?

How to load medium-format film!

At What age did you really become an adult?

22

Where do you see your­self (or busi­ness) in the near future?

Hon­estly, if I can keep going in the same direc­tion I’m headed now, I’ll be a happy camper! I’m about to move into a stu­dio space with a few other wed­ding ven­dors, so I’m excited to fill our space with fur­ni­ture and lots of love. I’m really happy with the num­ber of wed­dings I’m pho­tograph­ing this year, so I hope to keep it up!

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