For those of you who may not be familiar with the backstory, Anna Delores Photography is my own company, synonymous with Emily Reiter (really, I just liked the way “Anna Delores” sounded over my own name).
The name “Anna Delores” comes from my maternal great-grandmother, Anna, and my paternal grandmother, Delores, neither of whom I had the chance to meet as they passed away before I was born. But I’ve heard enough stories that I admire these women I came from; my mother’s most positive childhood memories and experiences are drawn from life with her grandmother (Anna). She is clearly the force from my mother’s upbringing that gave my mom the senses of self-worth, compassion, and unconditional love that she has in turn shared with me and my brother. My father’s mother (Delores) raised my dad on her own (after her husband, my grandfather, died when my dad was just three years old) with strength and dignity while also battling diabetes and, later, blindness. She died just months before my parents’ wedding in 1982.
All of this is to say that Anna Delores Photography is not only my career, but my genuine passion for beautifully nostalgic, meaningful photography, as well as my tribute to my own personal heritage.
Deciding to become more than a one-woman show was not a simple or easy decision. ANY photographer (any creative professional, for that matter) will tell you how incredibly personal and significant his/her craft can be, and I’m no exception. I’ve been thinking about an associate photographer option for Anna Delores Photography for some time now, but adding another photographer to the Anna Delores brand, while preserving the delicate integrity and ardent attention to detail I bring to literally every image I shoot and edit, was a decision that has made me feel incredibly vulnerable.
That said, adding an associate photographer has felt like the next step for Anna Delores Photography as I’ve had to turn away more and more wedding photography inquiries over the past several months. Because I’m just one person and photograph only one wedding on any given Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (and I’ve REALLY been trying to limit to one per weekend), all duplicate date requests have been referred elsewhere. The more this happened, the more I wished I could clone myself. That way, I could shoot more weddings and meet the needs of more of these prospective clients.
Cloning human beings is still a ways off, but bringing Rhianna on board to shoot for Anna Delores was the next best thing! Rhianna is an incredibly talented lady with some killer photography skills and I have complete confidence in her abilities and representation of Anna Delores Photography. I don’t think I could ask for anyone better to join the Anna Delores journey with me.