Hello! I'm Anné and my entire life, I've been passionate about fashion, art, design and beauty. I’ve worked both in front of, and behind the camera, for over three decades.
I was born and raised in a small village, Saku, Estonia. When I was about seven my mom taught me to sew. A few years later, I was sewing most of the clothes I wore. In my teens, I started selling some of my clothing designs. However, during Soviet occupation entrepreneurship was forbidden. I applied to a fashion design school, but classes were filled, so I took my mom's advice to study accounting, despite it being far from my dream. While I studied accounting, I was approached by a modeling agency. It was a step into the fashion industry! Those were exciting years, but I had bigger dreams that took me to foreign countries.
I lived and worked in Finland and Sweden. I also traveled to other parts of Europe. At the same time, I began to create art on canvas. One of my friends introduced me to a well-known Lithuanian-born artist, Jan Naliwaijko who in his early years was mentored by the world-famous Salvador Dali. It was an honor to have Jan become my art mentor.
In 1992, I had the privilege to walk the runway for Mrs. Blanka A. Rosenstiel’s fashion design collection in Miami, Florida. (Mrs. Rosenstiel was an Honorary Consul to Poland.) I made many new friends in both the fashion and art industry and decided to continue my studies in United States.
Three years later I moved to California where I worked in the health industry and where my beautiful son was born. Then moved back to Florida to open up a few Chiropractic clinics with my husband. But then my life took a different turn, and I went back to college for a degree in marketing and design.
In 2007 I graduated with the highest portfolio score in my school's history: 98.75%. (The portfolios were graded by the faculty of Ringling College of Art and Design, and the previous best was 92%.) But the U.S. was in a recession and nobody was hiring. So I decided to combine my passion for art, fashion, beauty and modeling and founded Anné Phillips Photography.
I've traveled the world photographing models, and I photographed the runways of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and Caribbean Fashion Week. I've also supported my hometown of Tampa, Florida, by serving 10 consecutive years as Fashion Week Tampa Bay’s lead photographer. Tampa Bay Biz Journal named Anné Phillips Photography one of their favorite photographers. My work has been published in both local and international magazines.
When I work with clients in photo sessions, including weddings, I always envision how these images would appear in a magazine. I never settle, and I’m always up for new challenges by trying out new ways to be current and unique.
Those who work with me say that I'm professional, friendly, an expert in placement and lighting, and an outside-the-box thinker.
Interested in finding out how my photography services could be of help to you? Contact me and let's talk. I’d love to hear from you!
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