My name is Anna Jones and I have been shooting weddings, families, and editorial work for the better part of 10 years.
I have had a camera in my hands for as long as I can remember.
My passion has always been visual storytelling. I’ve always been more concerned with the emotion of a photograph than with it’s tonal range. I want to create powerful imagery with intention, compassion, and curiosity.
I want my images to tell a story when words cannot.
I appreciate simplicity with wit, interesting compositions, and beautiful (sometimes even messy) emotions.
I got my first camera at age nine and it barely left my hand. It was a plastic holga gifted to me by a teacher. I became quickly obsessed with recording the world around me, in using my images to tell stories.
I was a silent observer, able to collect moments and capture experiences.
I never could seem to tell my family how I saw the world, but now, I though, “I can show them-and isn’t that better?” In photography I found a method of communication that became very powerful for me. This translated easily into the high school darkroom and later when the digital world gave us an even more far-reaching voice.
I love capturing moments between families, true moments—giggles, hand-holding, tears, all of it. Weddings are another favorite subject for me. The emotion of the day is un-surpassed. This is a good palette for storytelling. I keep an attitude of anti-intervention because the photos are always more powerful and meaningful that way. I also love travel photography—but it is rarely landscapes and such. It’s almost always people.
One of my favorite ever days was in Cambodia when I took a tuk-tuk with friends all over Siem Reap, and I just recorded the people and life along the way—in motion.
It was the most amazing feeling and place and this was the only way I knew I could at least come close to describing how amazing it was. I had dropped my iPod a few days earlier and the only song I had on my phone was LCD soundsystem’s “Home”—so this is the soundtrack that plays in my head when I view the images. I recommend a visit to Cambodia to anyone who has never been.
My one constant is always striving to approach my work from a place of genuine curiosity. From the place nine-year-old me started from.
When I can do this, I love what I can create. Always.
Author: Anna Jones
Editor: Renée Picard
Photos: all photos courtesy Anna Jones Photography (all rights reserved)
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