Photography is more than just capturing an image - it's about telling a story through light, colour and composition. Annie Feng is a skilled photographer who excels in all of these areas. Hailing from Taiwan, Annie is now based in Manchester specialising in fashion and portraits. Her unique style blends modern subjects with a nostalgic twist, resulting in images that are both timeless and captivating. In this Q&A session, we get to know Annie a little better as she shares her journey, offers advice to new photographers and gives us a glimpse into her future goals and upcoming projects. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy our conversation with the incredibly talented Annie Feng.
What initially drew you to photography, and how did you get started?
I think cameras have been a part of my whole life as my parents love documenting everything as we grew up. In my teenage years, I always had a digital point-and-shoot camera on me and created multiple albums on Facebook! I think it was when my dad bought a Canon S5IS home from his travels I suddenly got more into it. I discovered the macro setting and it blew my mind off! From there on I basically stole the camera from him and just started shooting everything and anything with it.
How do you incorporate analogue film photography into your work?
I've recently been bringing analogue film into portraitures for clients. I like the idea of having fewer shots and slowing down. Also, I like the fact that we can't see it back so we are just enjoying ourselves on the shoot.
What inspires you when it comes to choosing subjects to photograph?
With portraiture, I think it is a lot about that person. It can be from their style to their story that draws me into photographing them because all I want to do is pass that on for others to see.
How do you stay motivated and continue to find inspiration in your work?
Watching movies or documentaries about creatives throws me back in! Also, working with other creatives on a concept is a wonderful way to get inspiration.
What tips would you give to someone just starting out in photography?
I would say just start shooting as much as you can. I feel like that is the best way to get your own style going and also find out what you like shooting and what you don't. It isn't all about getting the best gear, it starts with the ideas you got in your head and using your creative skills to get that across in the photo. When I started, I think there was always that element of thinking that what you shoot may be wrong or not interesting so you create the same thing as everyone else in order to have the comfort of acceptance. I say don't doubt what you make! As unique ideas are the ones pushing photography out of the norm.
What are some of your future photography goals and projects that you can tell us about?
I'm aiming to get a better understanding of lighting so I can push my photography further. My current project I am working on is photographing creatives/artists in their space. I want to evolve that into photographing everyday people to shine more light on them. People and their stories have always intrigued me, so I'm very passionate about this project.
We hope that this Q&A session has given you a glimpse into the mind of this talented photographer, and that you are as inspired as we are by her work. We cannot wait to see what Annie has in store for the future and we wish her all the best in her upcoming projects. To see more of her work, follow her progress, or inquire about hiring her, check out Annie Feng's website and instagram.