How did you get started photographing and designing things?
I used to draw Disney princesses when I was little, but I don't think that counts. Things really started when I developed an interest in web design in high school. Back in the days of everyone having a Geocities or Angelfire site, I took things a little further and taught myself HTML, designed and coded my own layouts, and started messing around with basic image editing software such as Paint Shop Pro to create digital art.
When it came time to pick a major at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, I remembered how much I loved working on art projects and decided to get my degree in Fine Arts, or Studio Art as we called it at Willamette. One of my courses was black and white photography, developing my own film and prints in the darkroom - my official introduction to SLR photography. My senior thesis took me into the world of digital SLR photography and image manipulation, and en route to my degree I landed a job working for the student graphic design team, creating posters and other print materials for campus events.
By the time I graduated in 2010 (magna cum laude, I might add!) and moved back to Boise, it seemed like the natural course was to continue in this artsy direction, further developing my photography and design skill set. (It needed a lot of developing.) Thus, Anna Gorin Design & Photography was born, and the rest is history.
What do you photograph?
Everything I can! Models, high school seniors, professional head shots, families, engagements, weddings, theater and dance performances. Landscapes, real estate, wildlife, flowers. I take a lot of photos.
Wait, you photograph models?
Yes! If you're an aspiring model, check out my Model Mayhem profile for more information. If you just want to look at models, check out the blog entry collections.
What do you shoot with?
Here's what's in the camera bag (or what would be in the camera bag if it could all fit):
That's not counting the armful of light stands, reflective/shoot-through umbrellas, reflectors, softboxes, and remotes. It's a lot of stuff! You did ask.
What software do you use?
Photoshop CS5 and I are on pretty close terms. I don't stick to Photoshop defaults, though - I have a huge collection of plugins (onOne's PhotoTools is a favorite) and actions from all around the web (I've collected about 300). I develop my own presets, too!
For graphic design work, it's still Adobe all the way with InDesign and Illustrator, both CS5. I've done my share of video editing with Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro, and of course there's Microsoft Office Suite and Open Office.
What do you use to build web sites? Did you build this one?
Are you originally from Idaho?
No, I'm a Southern California transplant. Don't judge me! I've been in Idaho since 1998, though, with a break for college in Oregon and a semester abroad in New Zealand.
New Zealand? Is that where all the epic landscapes in your gallery are from? Did you learn any Maori?
Some of them! I didn't have a professional-grade camera while I was there, though, so unfortunately only a low percentage of my New Zealand photos back then made it to my portfolio. I went back in 2014 with much more successful photographic results, though! And yes, kia ora, ko Anna taku ingoa, ko wai tō ingoa?
Where are all the other landscapes from then? Why are there so many mountains?
All over the place! A lot are from my home state, primarily around the Stanley and Sun Valley area. Plenty of others are from neighboring areas, such as Montana's Glacier National Park, Wyoming's Yellowstone and the Tetons, or Washington's Olympic National Park. I make it out to the East Coast and various parts of Canada every year or two as well, so you'll see scenes from those areas, too. Some are from really far away places like Iceland and Croatia. And you can never have enough mountains, what are you talking about?
So do you do a lot of traveling?
Do you make a living from landscape and travel photography?
A living, no, but it does help pay the bills. I primarily contribute to internationally-recognized stock photography leader Getty Images and occasionally Alamy and Arcangel agencies. Every so often I independently license specific photos not represented by an agency, too, so if you've seen something you want to license and can't find it in my stock portfolios, contact me!
Where do you take your portrait photos?
All over town! I find new favorite spots all the time. For the current collection, check out the blog entry.
Do you do all your own work?
Mostly. Occasionally I will have an assistant at a wedding or portrait session, but most of the time I do all my own shooting and always do my own editing.
Can I use your images for _____ purpose?
I'd love for you to you share my photos on Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc., as long as the photos are unmodified (that watermark better stay intact). You must purchase a license for any commercial use, however.
Can you tell me how you got ____ effect on a photo?
Possibly! Sometimes I'll write tutorials if I think there's a demand. Let me know which photo you're looking at and I'll give you what information I can if I have time.
Are you on social media sites? Can I be your friend/follow you?
I don't do Twitter (140 characters, no way!) but I'm on these ones:
Do people ever take photos of you?
Rarely. It's the photographer's curse. Self-portraiture is my friend.
I want to know something and it's not listed here! Help, help!
Send me a message! I love messages and do my best to respond to them all.