Anna Shen is always trying to capture the emotion, feeling and
atmosphere of a scene. Her work is full of colours and light and she
uses photography in a creative way to tell a story.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
I am originally from Riga, Latvia. I’ve been learning about
photography for a while now and I hope I will never stop.
Throughout the years I have developed my own signature style, which came to me quite unconsiously. People say it’s very dreamlike and feminine.
Why did you start taking photos?
I’ve always been quite creative, I used to do a lot of arts and
crafts. I used to paint when I was at school, but I felt like I
needed some kind of tool to be able to express myself better. And
that was when I discovered that photography is not only about
snapping holiday memories or parties. It was about 7 years ago.
Your portraits are really creative. What is your secret to
photographing creative portraits?
Well, whenever I photograph someone, I want a little story to tell.
I want it to be more than just a simple portrait. That is why I
probably still take a lot of self-portraits, because it’s easier for
me to tell what I want, although technically it’s more difficult.
Recently I’ve realised that I don’t have a single press picture of
me. They are all way too artistic!
How do you capture the feeling and emotions of a person?
I have no idea!
I actually believe I capture my own emotions a lot of the time. I
heard someone saying that your images of other people are still
images of yourself. In the same conditions two different people
would photograph the same subject very differently. So, it kind of
You play a lot with color and form – tell me more about
I believe colour has great emotive power and can evoke very
different emotions and moods. I usually play with colours until they
perfectly match the subject or the scene I photograph. I just love
colour and for me every tone is important.
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working
I am also doing a little bit of still life. I like making beautiful
compositions and photographing them. I’d love to explore it better.
I am also trying to learn more about post-processing in order to
have complete control over the image. This thought fascinates me. I
am still far from that.
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and
how do you select your equipment?
I have been using Canon 400D for about 6 years until I upgraded to
Canon 5D Mark III three months ago. I use a 50mm f1.4 lens most of
the time now. I love prime lenses.
Can you name some tips for those who want to start a
Practise as much as you can until you figure out what your style is.
Decide on what you truly want to do. Choose what kind of photography you would do for money. Figure out what other photographers did and do the same.
Thanks Anna for sharing your creative passion for
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