About Anni Graham
Anni is a US based photographer whose love for photography dates back as far as she can remember. She approaches her clients from a place of empathy – understanding who they are and what is important to them is the core of what she hopes to discover. Photography has taken her all around the world from Europe, Asia, South and North America. This broad view of the world and the diversity of life and culture has taught her one thing - everyone wants to be seen, everyone wants to feel something extraordinary. This has become the biggest influence on her work today.
Behind The Brand
What draws you wedding photography?
I first started photographing weddings out of necessity. I was studying to become a photojournalist and needed to pay the bills. I felt like weddings were so staged and formal and I craved something more unexpected and emotional and didn’t fall in love with them for quite some time. It wasn’t until my own wedding that I saw the significance in so many repeated moments, the beauty of tradition, the significance of photos of family members all together in one place. It’s like I was chasing something else in photography and one day realized it was right in front of me. Since that moment, I decided to start my business and have fallen in love with documenting love, joy, beauty and togetherness in all corners of the world.
How would you describe your photography style?
Minimalist, emotive, timeless.
What inspires you creatively?
I’m always looking for a deeper understanding of things. Sometimes art and music can influence the way my work looks, but it’s through discovering more about a person, who they are, what they feel, what their creative inspiration is, that gives my work depth. I’m a storyteller and I’m always looking for more ways to tell the story in a significant way. I thrive off of experimenting and trying new things.
What is it that makes an image magical?
It will always be what is happening in the photo and the significance it has to that person. Yes, some images with stunning light, composition, and emotion can be breathtaking, but if there’s one thing that rocked me to my core when I became a mother – it was the beauty of the imperfect. I have seven dark, blurry iPhone photos that someone took of my first child being born and they are the only images that bring me to tears every time I look at them. The big, grand and beautiful doesn’t even come close to intimacy of a real, soul altering moment. Bringing that perspective to wedding photography transformed my work.
What advice would you give couples when selecting their wedding photographer?
First off, there are thousands of us. Do research, look outside your local area, dare to dream that someone you don’t know or who lives far away could be the perfect fit for your wedding. The second thing is you have to be able to 100% trust them, their style, their vision, their editing, all of it. It’s the only way you will be able to let go and completely be present on your wedding day. And finally, taking their personality into the equation will go a long way. Everyone is different and feels comfortable around different people. Your photographer is with you from the changing room to the dance floor and will be a part of your memories. Take the time to connect face to face even if it’s online to ensure that you feel connected to your photographer.
Your dream location to shoot a wedding?
A private villa in Europe.
Why we love Anni…
Anni Graham’s photographic work is pure poetry. Instinctual and infused with romance, her hypnotic imagery is a collision of unexpected beauty and intimacy. Her artful ability to capture the essence of the female form, combining with the finest details, and a real sense of time and place has us gasping.
For the couple…
They’ll dream of imaginative and spirited visuals oozing with sophisticated beauty. They don’t want traditional ‘wedding photography’ they want something more unique and creative to cherish forever.
If you’ve found the work that makes your heart skip a beat, dive deeper into what it is that strikes you. Gather the images that impact you most to brief your photographer. Find out if you connect, as Anni said, you’ll need to find comfort together to create magical imagery.