My name is Anni Powell. I am a 26 year old Florida native with a Southern twist. I grew up in Florida and the Foothills of the Carolinas. I absolutely love being around and working with people. I am a graduate of the University of Maryland where I received my Bachelors in Social Science. It is my passion for people that lead me to photography, and it just so happens that I wasnt half bad at it ;) I describe my work as airy, vibrant and colorful. Every photographer has their own unqiue style, and I love how mine has adapted. I absolutely love being outside and on the beach, so most of my sessions occur outside as I feel like that is where I can be the most creative.
When coming to Guam in 2014, I felt completely lost. It was the first time in my life that I didn't have a plan as to what I expected out of myself. Before moving to Guam, I wanted to be a Marine Biologist, seems ideal right with moving to an island in the middle of the Pacific? Well after a lot of soul searching, I realized that my true passion was people. What makes us tick, and how society is so in control of our perceptions. So what does this have to do with photography? At first, nothing. I started off as a hobbyist, but then my hobby quickly turned into something more. I realized that I could see people though my camera lens, and capture a unique time in peoples lives that would forever freeze a moment. That candid shot of a little one on the beach because they wouldnt smile at the camera is showing who that child was during that moment in time. That couple who still share butterflies with each other, or the special moment of births and capturing those very special "firsts".
I had no idea how my camera worked when I first got started, but I was determined to learn. I believe in education and using it to help better myself. This would be no different. I believe in the power of education, and being a college student at the time, you better believe I used what I could to fill in credits as photography and editing classes. I wanted to know as much as I could. And that is the best thing about photography, I am always learning, and I love it.
I can feel a fire in me like never before. Its like life makes sense when I am behind the camera. It is such a rewarding feeling when I hear how much my work means to people. Living so far away from family, every picture means so much, and knowing that I am helping make the day of someone else back home makes my entire day. I am humble in the fact that I know I started from nothing. I had no idea where my life would take me with this journey of photography, but Im realizing each and every single day that there is a purpose greater than just taking a picture, Im creating a lasting memory, preserving a moment and capturing feeling and emotion that can never be recreating back to how it was at that exact moment.