Tori Aspen of Roots and Twigs Photography chose the theme Restore for the month of March. While it may have been a quiet month, Molly Anna Photography’s image impressed all of us and had us going back for a second look. I took some time to catch up with Molly and learn a little bit more about her and her photography journey.
Tell us a bit about yourself? and Are you a hobbyist or a pro?
Well my name is Molly but most of the time I go by mom. I am happy that I get to stay at home and raise my 2 children, Vanna and Tilton, as my full time job. We’ll be moving Tilton Hawaii soon and I’m very excited about the locations I’ll have to use for shoots! Until we move and get settled in I’m a hobbyist. I do plan on easing back into the business side of things once we’re in our home. I hope to just do part-time that way I don’t get burnt out because I’ve made that mistake in the past.
Tell us a bit about your photography gear. What is the lens do you not have but you desire to have the most?
I have a Canon 6D. I have a lensbaby composer with the following optics; sweet 50, sweet 35, twist 60, spark, and edge 80. I also have a canon 40mm 2.8, canon 70-200mm 2.8, 50mm 1.8, 85mm 1.8, 100mm 2.8, and a Helios 44-2 vintage lens. I’m a bit of lens junkie ha!
How did your journey to be a photographer happen?
As many others who started photography, I picked up a camera after my first child was born. I fell in love and have been learning as much as I can ever since!
Who inspires you?
Oh goodness so so many people. My children, Sally Mann, Jake Olsen, Mary Ellen Mark, and truly my peers.
What advice would you share to the aspirants in this field?
Don’t compare yourself. It’s hard not to do but don’t. Realize you bring something completely different and unique to the field and value that. Also don’t expect to build a business overnight and just because you have a “nice” camera doesn’t mean you should go into business right away.
One thing that you have learnt as a photographer over the years?
Know the rules. But don’t bring afraid to break them.
If you are interested in seeing more of Molly’s work head over to Molly Anna Photography’s Facebook page. You will love it.