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The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Ananda Shorey

I Dwell in Possibility

In this week’s episode we speak with Bay Area photographer and owner of Bliss Fotography, Ananda Shorey, about how she has spent life embracing her fears and charging into the future with trust in experience to deliver her to the place she belonged and how that trust brought her to a life-long dream of living by the shutter.

About Ananda Shorey

Ananda ShoreySeveral years ago while sitting in a coffee shop in Tempe, Arizona, I realized I needed to make a change in my life. I had been working as a reporter for The Associated Press for years, covering immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border, which I loved. I felt though that it wasn’t enough. The world is huge and I couldn’t wait to explore it for another second. Within about an hour, I found a photography school in Spain on the Internet that I decided I wanted to attend.  I quit my job as a reporter and a year later I was studying documentary photography in Madrid. I was taught, while spending entire days chatting in cafes and lounging with bottles of wine in parks with my professors, like Magnum photographers Chris Anderson and Antoine D’Agata, that life is about living in the moment — enjoy them before they disappear. Moments ARE fleeting and I absolutely desire nothing more but to capture them with my camera. I received a Master’s degree in documentary photography in 2006. After returning to my journalism roots for several years working as an editor at a news agency in San Francisco, I decided to take a leap of faith into the unknown and quit my day job. I then opened Bliss Fotography – a Bay Area boutique destination wedding and portrait studio specializing in artistic lifestyle images.

Photos below courtesy of Ananda Shorey.

Sumieya & Asif

Kelly & Brad Wedding

Byron Boudoir


About the Host – Travis Schreer

The Photo Life Host Travis SchreerTravis is a wanderer who has a life-long passion for helping creative people realize their ambitions. While studying at the Kendall College of Art and Design and Eastern Michigan University, simultaneously pursuing a BFA in fine art and a Masters in creative writing, Travis rediscovered his fascination with photography and began working as a product photographer. After a brief stint studying poetry in Paris and years of developing his own artistic identity from the comforts of various midwestern cities, Travis packed his wool socks and moved to the chilly climes of Alaska. When he realized wool socks weren’t enough, it was on to Portland, Oregon where he endeavors to make The Photo Life a powerful resource on the virtual airwaves. Next time you’re in Portland, stop by Irving Park, where Travis can be found most evenings. He’s the scruffy guy playing with Collignon Quincampoix, the coolest dog you will ever meet.

Photo of Travis courtesy of Jessica Hill Photography.

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