I’m Anni and I’m a book lover, a tea drinker, a coffee drinker (who said you have to settle for one?), German, an optimist, a pessimist, a rubber duck connoisseur, in awe of our beautiful planet, proud horse “momma”, wandering and yet not lost, a football fan, a Cowgirl, a pseudo-intellectual former English student, a vegetarian (with the exception of a rare few Pescetarian Days), a dreamer, a citizen of world, an academic, a shy extrovert, deaf (with a small ‘d’ but learning BSL), a solo traveller that loves travelling with her boyfriend and close friends, a Harry Potter enthusiast, a daughter and an exchange student “daughter”, pilot of a car named “Millennium Falcon”…
…. And hopefully I’m also your next photographer!
I am based in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Whenever I am not observing the animals or people of the world through a lens I am working on my PhD researching football fans, citizenship and activism.
And where is the Looking Glass?
I have always been a story teller. I wrote short stories, books and comics as a child. I also painted and formed clay - until one day I fell through a rabbit hole and found myself in Wonderland. It was an eerie place in which I discovered a world of colours and a parallel universe in monochrome. I found light and shadow. I later realised that it also comes with a lot of technicalities like ISO, shutter speed and aperture, but I learned that, too. Finally, I began to paint again, but this time using dodge and burn, clarity and curves, instead of a pencil and a brush.
Using the magical, the technical and the creative, I realised all I needed was little mirror (also known as a looking-glass) encased by camera to freeze my imagination and share it with other people.
Why should you book with me?
I’ll be honest with you; I am not the world’s best photographer. I’m probably not even the best photographer in the area. I am, however, a professional teller of unique stories.
Stories have been a big part of my life since I was four and decided not to grow up, just like my idols Peter Pan and Pippi Longstocking. Turned out I was more like Wendy and I grew up after all. While I never lost my passion for stories, I wasn’t sure of my path anymore. I tried writing fiction, but I didn’t get it right. So, I studied fiction and I somewhat got it right, but I didn’t feel very creative doing it. Then, I started writing commercial non-fiction and I felt even less creative. So, I started writing research, which I love for its originality, but could not be a less creative endeavour.
It wasn’t until I picked up a camera that I realised that I haven’t lost my creativity and can do so much more than tell my own stories: I can tell your story!
There is nothing that gives me more joy than capturing moments and memories, keeping alive what will fade otherwise. Many people will tell you they are passionate about their job but there is more to being a photographer than just that. I approach my photography the same way I approach my research in the social sciences. There are no two ways about it: I am a part of the equation; another photographer will take different pictures and another researcher will gather different data from their interviews. Yet, it is important for us to provide a reflection of reality. My challenge and my joy are for me to adjust my side of the equation to match your personal wishes, stories and imagination, ensuring the best possible result.
My gift isn’t telling stories for myself or about myself. It is telling your story through this very specific, beautiful and versatile medium.