San Francisco, California
Anna Kuperberg draws on her background in fine art to create unusual, evocative wedding images. "Everything is so pretty at a wedding, and it's very easy to take a photo with nice light and composition," she says. "The challenge is to find a meaningful photo, perhaps with multiple layers and a subtlety or sophistication that isn't obviously apparent."
With clients, Kuperberg says she spends more time listening than talking. "I ask how they met each other, I ask about their interests, and I try to get a sense of how they interact with each other," she says. "I don't do much planning before the wedding, except for the schedule and shot list I make. I work best with improvisation."
Kuperberg is another wedding photographer who doubles as a dog portraitist. She also does children. "I got interested in photography from a sense of curiosity and wonder," she says. "If you lose that excitement it will show in your pictures. You need to maintain a high level of concentration and avoid getting lazy or complacent. The client will not push you to raise your standards. You have to do it yourself."
Her reward is "creating heirlooms that will stay in the family for fifty or a hundred years," she says. "Collectively these photos are an archive of our culture."