Meet Ann

Hello . . .  my name is Ann, and I’m a photographer based in Godalming, Surrey.

Taking photographs of people is my passion.  I love to take photos in natural surroundings, using natural available light where possible.  I strive to take photos which exude warmth and feeling.

Aaron Siskind said that  “Photography is a way of touching, of feeling, of loving.  What you have caught on film is captured forever … it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything”.   I share his view . . .

. . . this is the gift of photography I would like to give to you ♥♥♥

I have been interested in photography since I was “introduced” to a camera and the dark room in my days as editor of my high school yearbook.  Fast forward a few years to my first instamatic camera and then a good SLR, both very much underused.  The age of digital came and I acquired a couple of compact digital cameras but it wasn’t until late 2007, when I finally bought my first digital SLR that my interest in photography was fully reawakened.  I joined the Flickr community, buried myself in mounds of photography books, spent countless hours and many sleepless nights, in a word, obsessing.  The unthinkable has happened.  Photography has overtaken my love for golf  🙂

I pressed that shutter indiscriminately, snapping at everything which caught my eye.  I thought I could do street photography but I’m too self-conscious.  I tried still life but it didn’t hold my attention.  I’m absolutely captivated with abstract but I have no knack for the art.  I dabble in landscape photography but chasing that elusive light and finding that perfect view requires far too much patience and hard work (I’m really not a good “walker”, not adventurous enough, and really bad at getting up for early morning outings).

I take countless photos of my four adorable grandchildren, my husband, and anyone who would care to have their photograph taken.  I absolutely love both taking the photos and looking through the finished products – I love browsing through photo albums.  It took me a while to realise that I am passionate about people photography, and more importantly, I have a natural talent for it.

I must have been having one of those mid-life crisis moments when one night late November 2010, I found myself thinking that I ought to start doing something I’m really passionate about before it’s too late.  I believe I uttered the words “I’m going to have a real go at portrait photography, and I’m going to invest time and money into it!”.  So I did.  I bought more books, attended one-to-one workshops, invested in a shiny new camera and and a few lenses (which then got stolen but that’s a very long story), a lot more workshops, lots more reading, hundreds more Photoshop hours; and now I’m ready to take on a new challenge.

I am beginning a new chapter of my life with a new and exciting venture, doing something I absolutely love.  I hope I can deliver.  We are going through difficult times but I have very high hopes . . .