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.

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I love this image because of the detail in my sons hands.  Children change so quickly and I’ll cherish that I captured his chubby baby fingers.

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!

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This is a portrait of my niece.  She’s battled depression and is a survivor.  In the past she’s turned to unhealthy habits to escape her pain.  This photograph represents anyone who’s struggled to cope with their mental state.

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!

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My daughter swinging.  This was one of the first times I felt like I nailed the free lens look I was going for.  I love the bokeh and how I framed her.

Who inspires you? 

Oh goodness so so many people. My children, Sally Mann, Jake Olsen, Mary Ellen Mark, and truly my peers.

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This one is a favorite because of my little girls laugh when picking up a frog she found.  The flare I got is awesome and I like the sunlight.

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.

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A self portrait of myself trying to get my son to sleep for a nap.  I love this because this is such a short season in my life and I’m trying to get in the frame more.  I love the tones and soft window light.

One thing that you have learnt as a photographer over the years?

Know the rules. But don’t bring afraid to break them.

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This one I love because of the backlighting by the sun and the reflection in the water.  My daughter was having a blast running in the shallow water at the beach and I like how I captured the motion of that.

If you are interested in seeing more of Molly’s work head over to Molly Anna Photography’s Facebook page.  You will love it.

Share Six has the theme Connection for the month of April.  Join us on our Facebook page or our Instagram  (#sharesix_connection) page and share your images for the theme Connection