about

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If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.
— Virginia Woolf

The road I traveled to become a photographer was a long and wending one, marked with wide detours and a couple of narrow escapes. Art and storytelling have always been in my blood, but discovering photography as a medium when my older son was born in 2006 was like coming across a flashing neon sign on the side of that road in the night. It caught me by surprise, but there was no denying its message: I took the next exit and haven't looked back.

I photograph families and children because I believe that they are the literal and figurative foundation of us all. Though I love to travel and find beauty in the big world out there, it's been my journey as a mother that has shown me the most profound kinds of beauty. My aim when I look through the lens is to help my clients capture that for themselves in a tangible, meaningful way.

I keep my images simple and honest, distilling the people and relationships I photograph into their most basic elements. In the course of a session, my intent is to capture not so much what my subjects look like as who they are... individually and together. The sideways glances, the little touches, the belly laughs: each contribute to the story I am there to capture. The people who hire me aren't looking for a perfectly posed portrait of everyone smiling at the camera... they want to look back through their images and remember what it felt like to be there, in that time and place, with the people they love.

If my work and my words resonate with you, send me a message and tell me a little bit about yourself. I love a good story, and would be happy to help you record yours!

- Annemie