We had the good fortune of connecting with Ana Williamson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ana, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Believe it or not, I was never encouraged to pursue a career in art. Coming from a developing country – Brazil, the plans for the future always took a more safe/secure way. By that, I mean that we were always expected to either be a lawyer or a medical doctor and went for the lawyer since reading has always been a big hobby. Even though that was the expectation, I grew in an artistic family. My first memory is my mom painting and my dad playing the piano or taking pictures (that’s where everything started). As a kid, I had all opportunities to express myself in all ways and I choose to draw and take photographs, something that my father initiated my sister and I on.

After Law School, I was veery unhappy with my profession, and I thought my time to try something else was gone. Back in Brazil I felt trapped, because even as an attorney, I felt like my future was stuck, until my mom who I am extremely close with, asked me if I wanted to try something new where things can actually work. My first thought was to go to Canada to start over, but since my sister was living here in USA for almost 10 years, it would be a better idea to have some support close by.

After a long debate within myself. I choose to pursue a different career in business so that I could explore my horizons and find out what I’m supposed to be doing, and if potography was really what I wanted to pursue. Do you know what I found out? In the words of Stephen Fry:
“Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it – that is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing – an actor, a writer – I am a person who does things – I write, I act – and never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.”

I am in constant change, I can do what a lawyer does, I can take photographs and I can use my MBA degree. I change constantly and I appreciate my curiosity for the world, my passion for stopping moments in time, my activeness, my thirst for justice, and my creativity. Having said that, I refuse to be a noun and I will always find another thing to do, not to be. Photography is my passion.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I believe my passion and creativity are what sets me apart from others. It is always so exciting for me to get to know my clients and understand how they feel connected to my way of taking photographs. It was very difficult to have the courage to follow my passion. It’s hard to go against things you were taught your whole life in the meaning that growing up, photography was never an accepted career option, so it definitely took a lot of me.

I have learned that following your heart and working extra hard pays off. Beliving in yourself is a big part of why I do what I do.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my mother, who so strongly and above and beyond made the sacrifice to have her daughter so far from her. She is my inspiration, my hero, and my light.

Website: https://anatvrscosta.wixsite.com/anawphotography

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