Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Petrow.
Hi Anna, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I first got into photography in middle school- my dad had an old film camera that I learned with, and I was lucky to have photo classes at my school. In high school, I was able to learn digital photography through our yearbook program and went on to study photojournalism at Mizzou. Today I work mostly with restaurants- a somewhat happy accident, as I spent the early part of my career trying out all kinds of photography. The first time I had a food photoshoot, I had so much fun- and knew that was the direction I wanted to move in.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
This year presented some major challenges, as my restaurant clients were hit hard by the pandemic. I worked with my colleagues Danielle Lehman and Frank Norton to found KC Runs on Hospitality, a fundraiser for local restaurant workers- and eventually we all found our new normal for the time being. Lots of photoshoots at home! I’m so thankful to be back in restaurants and shooting in kitchens again- it’s been a huge boost for my creativity.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in culinary photography but also shoot lifestyle, travel and commercial work. I’ve been lucky to land some journalistic work as well with both local publications, like Feast Magazine, and national ones, like the New York Times. I’m most proud of the work that makes my clients feel proud of their work- they’re such talented farmers, chefs and creators, and I love it when they get excited about the images I send them.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m excited to be able to get back into travel photography again. I just took my first trip to Joshua Tree national park, and the landscape was amazing. It’s wonderful to have a different environment to work in.