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The unique point about me is that I believe my photography empowers people. I know that I can prove that everyone is beautiful in their way and that everyone deserves a good portrait of themselves and their loved ones. Part of my service is consultation, where I match my service with a client need, to make sure that he is satisfied with the final images.
Anna, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Photographer?
I started when I was a teenager and had my first trip to London. That was still a time when digital cameras where niche, so I used the darkroom to develop my images; one of them was jumping squirrel for which photo I got a distinction in my region then. And it started from there. I started doing projects, then support businesses, then add graphic design to it. So choosing subject to study, later on, was quite easy for me. I always knew it needs to be creative.
Who is your inspiration in life, Anna? How do you stay inspired as a Photographer?
I spend a lot of time outdoor and got inspiration from there, also follow the best models, photographers, agencies, magazines. It gives me a boost and knowledge of what is 'out there' and what is still to show.
We all make mistakes, Anna; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
Nothing, all the mistakes I made are part of the learning journey, part of me, and my current life. I wouldn't be here if I didn't have them.
Anna, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
professional, approachable, easy-going, creative, determined, results driven.
Please tell us, Anna, how do you prioritize work, social life, friends, and family?
I always prioritize work. Unfortunately, I work 65 hours a week, every evening till midnight is booked either for editing, marketing or clients projects. I run in the mornings and do yoga in the evenings to keep myself in good shape. I eat healthily and have plenty of exercise with my one-year-old son.
Anna, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
People trust me, I explain my knowledge and from where the idea came, and it is easy once someone allows me to explain the reasoning behind it. I always add ideas from clients as well, of course. This way, it is great teamwork. I love working with good makeup artists and stylists and designers, etc. - it is a teamwork.
Anna, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
this year SWPP distinction in fashion photography and Bronze Medal in Portrait Masters, also nomination for Venus Awards.
Anna, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I am always creative; you can't be a portrait photographer if you are not. With the shoot I am submitting, I worked with amazing HMUA Laura Smith, with whom working is a pleasure. We understand each other so well that she gets my ideas within a nanosecond. Difficult... difficult is sometimes posing or achieving certain pose when a model is not as flexible as you dreamt. But then usually she can do a pose that I didn't dream off, and the results are still fabulous.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Work hard; be determined. It is not easy, but if you are driven, you can make it.
photographer: Anna Klesse @AnnaKlesse, HMUA: Laura Smith @prettyhorrific, model: Julia Archer @note.shelf, studio: NU MEDIA HOUSE @numediahouse