Get To Know Me - Behind The Lens With Anesha Collins
So why the name Unashamed Imaging. Well, as you may have guessed, being unashamed has a lot to do with being who you are. With a lot of magazine content and what's seen online being more planned that candid and natural moments during a wedding day, it can be hard for couples to see how their wedding celebration can still be unique and special. My business name also has someone influence from Romans 1:16. In sharing this, I really want you to know that, yes, I am a believer, and it was God, mixed with prayer and medicine that helped me beat one of the toughest battles of my life (Cancer) and I will not hide this. I also know that God has a lot to do with the success of my business, my overall physical health, and the ability to provide the experience I give you as one of my couples. "What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.”- William Shakespeare Sometimes I read this over and over again because it's so powerful and beautiful. To me, the name and the meaning of a name signify so much. For instance, my first name Anesha actually means "the light". I know right. I'm a wedding photographer that understands how impactful lighting is to visual art, but in my normal life (outside of the amazing weddings I get to shoot) - I'm a light in this world for many different reasons. First, I push people (like you) daily to believe in themselves and to also be authentic to who you really are. So many people hide who they are because they are afraid of not fitting in; hiding this robs you of walking in your full purpose. It also robs the world of what you have to give!
How Did I Become a Wedding Photographer
Recently I was asked how I became a wedding photographer. Whenever I'm asked this question, I always think back where I started which was shooting as a volunteer photographer for a company called Kingdom Promotions. I served under that company for quite a few years before I ventured out on my own. I learned a lot by volunteering under that company, but I really learned a lot and it helped me to climb the ladder to the next phase that was planned for me.
Nothing happens overnight. WATCH THIS VIDEO.
Where Are You From: "NEW YORK...CONCRETE JUNGLE WHERE DREAMS ARE MADE OF"
Once we talk on the phone you will soon realize that I am still a New York girl at heart! Even though I reside in Florida, I still shoot weddings up north, and travel to New York often/when I can. I also shoot a lot in Georgia. These are the two states that I really love traveling too as well, so if you wedding is being held in any of these locations let me know. Sometimes I really miss living in New York because of the culture. I miss the found, the clothing, and the go-getter vibe and energy that New York has. Whenever I'm in Atlanta, it's like a mixture of New York and Florida. You get the southern weather and somewhat of the same living dimensions, but with some of the up north culture that I find in New York.
What's Something You Really Value:
"SELF-CARE IS LIKE TAKING MINI VACATIONS...."
One thing that I don't let me Brides/Couples do is stress about their wedding. This is why one of the first things I give you (even before you book me) is my Ultimate Wedding Checklist. This is a time that is supposed to be fun, and I'm here to remind you that you really should enjoy this process as well. I also push self-care. Loving yourself starts with self-care, but it also involves knowing who you are. Oftentimes, I meet women that tear themselves apart dismissing all of the inner and outer beauty they possess. I can literally see beyond the surface into people's hearts and know where they need a little bit more love. I hear it in the way they talk, the way they stand, and more. So, when I'm photographing a Bride, and I get to capture her natural beauty, her radiant smile, and her beautiful figure - they get to see who they really are in their images and video.
Let's Talk About Weddings:
WHAT IS UNASHAMED IMAGING'S PHOTO & VIDEO STYLE
My style is a mix of bright, clean, and soul-touching imagery and motions (wedding films). I literally steal moments in time and turn them into timeless visual heirlooms. My role as your photographer is to capture the true emotion and joy on the day as unobtrusively and naturally as possible. I love candid moments just as much as I love posed moments and have developed a working strategy that let's me do both with ease on your wedding day.
I also love detail shots. You will find that this is how I fuze your wedding day together. We can't miss these details.
I'm so glad you asked this question, and what better way to tell you about this than for you to see it for yourself. Watch this video.
If there's one thing I know, it's that while the wedding is indeed a wonderful celebration filled with family and friends, floral, beautiful decor, fun, laughter, and cake, it's the marriage between the two of you that really matters. After all, you both desire to be committed to each other for a lifetime; the wedding celebration simply seals this love commitment. I also already know that it's important for you to have a wedding photographer and cinematographer that you can connect with. If you're wondering how - it has a lot to do with how you found me! When you book me as your wedding photographer and cinematographer, you'll not only officially be a part of the#UIWeddingFamily, but you'll finally get to experience why so many couples decided with ease that Unashamed Imaging was the right fit for their wedding celebration and lifetime milestones.
I'm here as your helping hand, someone to call when you're looking for other wedding vendors for your celebration, a reliable resource and more.
WHAT REVIEWS AND TESTIMONIALS DO COUPLES HAVE ABOUT UNASHAMED IMAGING THE EXPERIENCE
I'm excited to have you here because that means you and I already have two things in common - a desire for quality and being yourself. I'm a sucker for authenticity, small details, real love, and candid moments. I'm a snowbird (originally from Staten Island, New York) who migrated to Florida where I began to explore visual arts and fell in love with capturing love stories. I love that I am able to connect with my couples beyond the camera. Most of my couples and I remain in contact long after their wedding day! I capture their milestones in life, meet their friends that also become my future Brides & Grooms. I've always been a helper at heart, so one thing you'll also notice is that I provide a lot of additional resources for you. After shooting 100 weddings to date, I have a lot of experience to share. In doing so, my couples find planning their day a lot easier in addition to really connecting with someone that will capture their love story through photo and video.