We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Maria Hunter and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Anna Maria, why did you pursue a creative career?
I graduated from SDSU with every intention of getting a job in marketing, sales, or being a therapist of some sort- jokes on me… I never had a chance- corporate America is just not my thing. I realized fairly quickly, if I wasn’t able to create something I felt inspired by, I was never going to be happy. Ever since I was a little girl, the business of creating something was for me. Whether it was making “potions” out of all of my moms nice and expensive hair products, or just drawing and painting- I had to be making something all the time. I pursued an artistic career because it makes me feel alive, it brings so much happiness to my heart and I feel like I’m doing exactly what I was meant to do. After my father passed away I got my first real camera, and I was able to channel all my emotions and energy into art. I didn’t know how to explain it, but the photos I took gave me an outlet to feel safe. Having that outlet transformed my life, so now, I’m in the business of love. Whether that is self love, two people getting married or a family holding their baby for the first time, I want to be there to capture those moments. We all have these huge milestones in our lives, and I want to be there to creatively document them for others. can’t explain the high I get when I send an album over and the responses are “I’m crying, they are beautiful”. It makes those long editing nights totally worth it. Building a business has to be the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, I’m still working on booking full time, but I’m really proud of my work and I know that a creative career is the only one that will ever bring me this much joy.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love love, and I mean all the love, baby love, best friend love, even the cliche red roses and chocolates kind of love. Have I cried at engagement shoots? Yes. Have I sobbed like a baby at weddings when the vows are so delicate and special? Yup. Am I asking clients to hang out with me because they were so amazing I just want to be their friend? once again, yes, hi it’s me. The business of people IS. FOR. ME. and that is what sets me apart from others. I really care. My clients aren’t just a job to me. I make sure you LOVE your photos. I get to know who I’m working with so I can have a better idea of what they are looking for, and it is always different so it keeps me on my toes. I have worked so hard to get to where I am, and I am so proud, but I have a long way to go.

I wish I had a million followers and a 2 million clients but the truth is I’m still in the building phase of my business. I’m in the “I work 7 days a week” club currently. Building a photography business is insanely hard, and not getting discouraged when you have a slow month is even harder. I’ve learned that the only person that can get you where you want to be is you. You have to show up for yourself every single day, you have to work twice as hard through the slow months and try to stay sane through the busy months. You have to keep fighting for what you want. I want people to know that All Good Things Studios is trying to highlight the good in all of our lives because I know we all have days where we need to be reminded.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Living in San Diego, I constatnly have people visiting. Sunny and 75 screams “Come stay in my 500sq ft apartment with me, and bring the kids! Sunset cliffs is my go to. I bring people there for many reasons, but there is nothing like seeing someones face who sets eyes on the Pacific for the first time.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m so grateful for my sister, Chrissy. She doesn’t know anything about cameras or photography but she supports me through all of my wild ideas. She has always encouraged me to do more of what makes me happy. She’s my number one fan and loves to post my work all over facebook like a proud mom. Everyone needs a sister like Chrissy in their life to get through the rough days and celebrate the big moments.

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