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Posted July 4th by Design Splat in Photographers

Annia is a 17 year-old self taught fashion and portraiture photographer, she has been photographing for 3 years and spent this time developing her skills behind the camera and this year she is focusing purely on getting her work out there for people to see, along side studying photography full time on 2 year Level 3 course. Her work oozes creativity and at only 17 her work is outstanding!



Hello and Welcome to Design Splat Annia!


To get the readers started tell us a bit about what you do:

17 year old full time photography student, specialising in fashion & portraiture. I have been photographing for three years and I am based in West Yorkshire.

How did you get into Photography?

I had an interest for art as a child and being home educated all my life it allowed me to focus my attention into my creativity more. I  found that I could express my ideas and personal emotions through photography, I began photographing my sisters and self portraiture and it all went from there really!

What aspect of Photography?

Fashion & Portraiture

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Established fashion photographer working on editorials for magazines.

Freelance photographer/Own business or working for a company?


What drives you/gives you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything?

Surrounding myself with things that inspire me and my scrapbooks, couldn’t live without them! I have cyber scrapbooks on my computer and book scrapbooks that are full of snippets of things that I find that inspire me. I keep myself positive by trying my hardest to stay away from negativity and knowing how to absorb the right things.I find the inspiration through melodies, lyrics, expressions, emotions, thoughts, imagination, stories, nature, colour, all 5 senses, and so much more!

What obstacles – if any, have you encountered along the way?

Fully expressing the concepts behind my work, and getting the image in my imagination to look right outside of my imagination. The area I live in is also a difficult environment to be creative in! It feels like a very restricting place to be and our society don’t always understand that people have the drive and talent in them to become successful at a young age, which can be really challenging.

Can you recall the first photo you took that made you go WOW!?

Yes actually! When I first started out I also did a lot of child/family portraiture to earn money for new equipment and I remember taking a shot of 11 day old baby Aianya in her mothers arms.

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If you could photograph/have a shoot with anyone who would it be?

I would love to photograph Audrey Kitching, Billie Turnbull or Allison Harvard

Does fame attract you?

To some degree, yes, but I have always been/will always be a photographer for the personal satisfaction rather than for fame or popularity.

How do you feel about photo manipulation?

I think it can be both positive and negative and its all down to the way that it is used. Over manipulating photographs can take you away from the reality of the image but it can also impact it immensely when used for fine art and conceptual design. It can be a brilliant tool of creating something out of the ordinary and even in general retouching can give images great potential, but all this has to be done in a sensitive manner. Being aware that over-manipulating an image can give the viewer an unattainable idea of perfection is vital.

How do you rate yourself as a photographer?

I think I would rate myself as a learner. I am good enough to know that this is the right path for me and confident enough, but I have so much more to learn! I’m continuing to push myself and I’m very determined.

What makes a good photographer?

Somebody who has a mixture of technical ability and general eye. There is no use knowing everything there is to know about the technicalities of a camera if you haven’t got the creative eye for photography. Successful photography is all about controlling light, and composition. Those elements build the foundation of a good photographer and a creative eye along side is ‘the petrol to the tank’.

Do you think the Photography Industry is difficult to break into? Are you worried about the amount of competition with more and more people becoming photographers?

Defiantly! To be successful in this industry you have to have a massive amount of dedication, effort, and your own unique approach to everything. Its difficult but not impossible! Fashion photography is not for the light-hearted and requires constant watchful eye on trends and how to turn these trends into a piece of art with you’re own unique twist. I’m not worried about the competition because my sights are set purely on becoming a better photographer than myself, not a better photographer than my competition. If you have the passion and dedication then it is not something to worry about.

Three words to describe yourself?

Passionate, imaginative, and particular.

Hobbies and other interests?

I enjoy networking for contacts and inspiration, water-colour painting, traveling and styling/clothes. I like sitting by beaches and writing, I like lightbeams through the trees of forests. I like cherry blossom trees and astronomy. I love candles, glittery things, and interesting faces.

Favourite photographer?

Tim Walker.

Any Tips and tricks you want to share with aspiring Photographers?

Separating yourself from reality to some degree is a good thing. Never try finding somebody who can understand you 100% because you will be searching endlessly; instead use that individuality through your work and create art that expresses your thoughts and emotions. Always remember that dedication is the key, and never stop growing and teaching/pushing yourself to try everything! Remember that others opinions are only guidelines and even though its important to respect people for having their own opinions, learn how to separate structured critiques from negative comments. Strive to be beat your personal standards, work well within a creative team and network!

Tools of the trade?

Nikon D300 Body
Nikon 18-55mm
Nikon 50mm
Tamron 70-300mm
Sunpak D2000 DC flash
Photoshop CS5 Creative Suite
Home studio

Best and worst photo you’ve taken?

My favourite photoshoot set (couldn’t pick just one photo!) would have to be a gothic theme I took of models Rosanna Greenwood and Grace Cunliffe in January 2011.

I only keep hold of work that I am please with so it would be a case of my least favourite in my portfolio, which would probably be my polaroid collarge of Victoria Flanagan. I like the concept but the photography wasnt strong enough in my opinion.


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Some of the gorgeous photographs Annia has captured

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