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Idaho freelance photography.  Global design and retouching.
Boise photography & graphic design

Anna Gorin
That's me!


Autumn at my alma mater, Willamette University


Self-portrait from my film photography class my sophomore year in college - my intro to SLR photography


Part of my senior thesis project on composite faces using digital image manipulation


Photographing the coast at sunset on Oahu
Photo credit: Alex Smith


Directing the groom and groomsmen at a wedding
Photo credit: Hannah Peterson


Photography shootout with assistant Hannah
Photo credit: Mary Sellers


Photographing icebergs in Jökulsárlón, Iceland
Photo credit: Wailana Kalama


Doing whatever it takes to get the right angle at Zavratnica Cove, Croatia
Photo credit: Tanja Blicher


One of my favorite spots to shoot: Stanley, Idaho
Photo credit: Leslie Gorin


Living it up with the many mirrors of Phoenix, Arizona


With few other people to photograph me, I goof off with self-portraits a lot. Probably too much.


Whatever it takes for a self-portrait - occasionally I even clone myself

My name is Anna and I like pretty things.

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):

  • Canon 5D Mark III body w/ Vello battery grip
  • Canon 7D body w/ Zeikos battery grip
  • Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
  • Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 VC
  • Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC
  • Canon 50 f/1.4
  • Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS
  • Kenko 2x teleconverter
  • Canon 430ex
  • Yongnuo YN-568 II
  • Yongnuo YN-560 I
  • Yongnuo YN-460 II
  • Yongnuo wireless flash triggers
  • MeFoto Carbon Fiber RoadTrip with Desmond DB-44 Arca-Swiss ballhead and Neewer L-Plate
  • Haida 150mm filter system with CPL and ND3.0 filter
  • Tiffen ND 1.2 filter
  • Haida ND 3.0 filter
  • Afga circular polarizer filter

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?

Of course I built this one! I hand-code HTML and CSS, dabble in PHP and JavaScript, and sometimes let WordPress do the bulk of the coding for me - I manage at least a half-dozen sites with it. For the galleries, I use custom jAlbum templates, although I've worked with Coppermine in the past.

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?

Whenever possible!

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:

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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.

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