hello.

I'm Annie. I'm a mother living in the beautiful New Forest in the South of England. I spend a lot of my time online as part of the Unsplash team helping to build community and curating the thousands of photographs that are submitted weekly to the photography platform.

I used to be a prolific blogger, it helped me to re-discover my creative identity after years of motherhood and raising a family. Blogging led me to photography and realising that it's my passion in life. Fast forward six years and I left blogging behind to concentrate more on photography.

 

photography.

When I first dipped my feet into the world of photography I sought advice from my peers. The response I received wasn't encouraging, both as a new photographer and a woman.

'Advice' varied from "if you don't learn film photography first you'll never be a proper photographer" and "you can't call yourself a photographer unless you first shoot in black and white" to "just because you take photos it doesn't make you a photographer".

At the time I felt discouraged, but ultimately defiant.

free.

I have been sharing my photography for free for aa few years now and these days everything I shoot I share with others. 

I believe that when you share with others  you directly enrich other peoples lives.

I don't want a career where I am employed to take the photos that other people want. I want to take the photos that I want, my way, when I want to.

Some people use my photos and never say thank you. Some people email me to say thank you. Some people mail me what they created with my photos. Some people send me money. One or two professional photographers have angrily voiced their feelings that by sharing my 'poor' photography for free that I devalue their good photography.  

At the time I felt discouraged, but ultimately defiant.

 

connections.

Sharing my photography for free doesn't pay my bills but it creates a whole network of connections that have helped, inspired and supported me. I've made new treasured friendships and I've grown personally.

Things don't need a monetary value to be worth something.

How I choose to share isn't for everyone, but it's right for me.

I don't want to follow a pre-defined career in photography. I want to follow my feelings and passion and see where it leads me. Ultimately if I don't have pre-conceived ideas or a plan I can never be disappointed with how my journey evolves.

 

 

 

advice.

I tend to look outside of photography circles for inspiration.  It's easy to get swept into the 'she shoots that style and she's successful, therefore I need to be more like her' mentality.

If you love photography then you are likely a creative soul. Looks to other areas of creativity; literature, the arts, film, illustration. 

When photographic block strikes, or a crushing sense of 'I'm not good enough' descends upon you accept that that feeling is to be expected. Take some time to do something else creative. Draw something, make something, bake some bread, read a book. It will pass. You are more than good enough - you are the only you there is, and you can do things in a way that no one else can - your way.

 

contact.

If you need any advice or support you can email me. I may not have the answers, but if I can help, I will. 

If you would like to show me how you have used my photography I would love to see.

You can email me at contact@anniespratt.com.