Q&A: Anna Briggs

Anna Briggs hates having her photo taken. This may have something to do with how she ended up in a job that keeps her firmly behind a camera.

Anna is a photographer who specialises in portrait, food and lifestyle photography. She has a knack for capturing the beauty of our capital and its people through her photography. Anna has collaborated with many well-loved local brands and businesses (including your favourite lifestyle magazine) and gets very busy during the wedding season.

We talk to her about windy Wellington, fish and chip shops, and Justin Bieber.

What did you want to be when you grow up?

There were so many things I wanted to be when I “grew up” including a vet or vet nurse, a pro netball player, a comedian or a graphic designer (more specifically I thought I could design the Shapes cracker box designs haha). I’ve got my dream career now, I just want to be the best photographer I can be.

What were you like at 15?

I was shy and awkward, obsessed with either Justin Bieber or One Direction and hadn’t picked up a camera yet. I also had a big side fringe that would never sit right and probably needed a wash. 

Do you collect anything? 

I’ve always been a collector of little trinkets from a young age. I’m currently collecting cards. It brings me a lot of joy as a card for me is like a mini piece of art work. I do eventually give them away when I’ve found the right person/right occasion but until then they’re mine to treasure. 

Who are your biggest influences? 

My biggest influences would be Brooke Holm, Sean Fennessy, and one of my good friends Bonny Beattie. They’re all perfectionists in what they do. The colours in their images work so well together, the lighting is thought out and perfected, and because of this each of their images can stand alone.

If you could change one thing about Wellington, what would that be?

This one is pretty easy for me. The wind! Not only is it inconvenient for my outdoor portrait photo shoots but it’s also caused a fear of flying due to the turbulence I’ve endured over the past eight years.

What is your dream project?

I have two dream “personal” projects. Both involve a lot of travel and a lot of admin hence why I haven’t done either. I’ve always wanted to do a series on New Zealand fish and chip shops and make it into a book. I love that all NZ fish and chip shops have so many similarities. They’re nostalgic for me. Saturday night at home in New Plymouth (my home town) has always been fish and chip night so maybe that’s where the obsession started. The other project is photographing beautiful doors and entrance ways around the world. 

Where were you three hours ago?

In bed. If I’m not at my desk, in a café, or walking along Oriental Bay, I’m in bed.

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