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Meet Anjeanette Ridner Hoer of Anjeanette Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anjeanette Ridner Hoer.

Anjeanette, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in a photography obsessed family- both of my parents were avid photographers. I went to school in Michigan and Savannah Georgia for fine art, and still paint and illustrate, but found myself drawn back to memory recording with a camera over and over again. Really cameras have never left my side. A friend once described me as a note taker with a camera as I record so many moments and things almost constantly!

Professionally I did not use a digital camera until 2008 when I began work with a school portrait company. Now I almost exclusively use digital unless I am playing! I am what is know as an available light photographer, because while I love the artistic textures and the warm glow of natural light (sun or ambient) – I also heavily utilize flash strobe photography in each session for more dramatic real color skies and a professionally polished image. So really, its the best of both worlds and I can be ready for any situation to give my clients beautiful images.

Often photography is seen as a luxury, but to anyone whose parents have passed, or child has moved to college know that a photographic memory is something you have to budget for. One of the most important parts of my business is memory capture- I know we all say “they grow up so fast” but the real impact of that is that you NEED family photographs. You need senior images before they leave your family and begin their own separate lives. You need pictures of each other. It’s true that no tomorrow is guaranteed and a beautiful photo of each other is a treasure.

In the digital age we snap photos on our very awesome sophisticated phones…and then forget them. I LOVE my photo for snapshots! Until I try to find a picture to show a friend or until the phone drops and I realize that I forgot my last cloud upload! Or worse.

My motto is to share those images and enjoy social media BUT “memories are for more than a social media newsfeed!”

A professional image is not that painful anymore, beautiful images can easily, and enjoyable made for you- why settle for a family selfie that can be lost in a fleeting moment when I can get a gorgeous image you will treasure?

My official but silly 3rd person bio reads:
“A parent herself, Anjeanette truly believes that memories are for more than a social media newsfeed! Small hands grow, teens go off on their own adventures, photos are the keepsakes that hold our memories after years and loved ones pass.

Anjeanette uses her education as a fine artist and digital painter in her photography to make the most of your moments. She uses both the rich, artistic textures of Natural Light & dramatic, clean lines of Flash Photography – to give the BEST of both worlds to your valuable memories and be ready & experienced for any situation! In business since 2008, she studied photography in high school and college, developing film and educating herself in digital later through research, workshops, classes, & 8 years as a school portrait and sports photographer.

Your moments are precious, whether silly, serious, candid, or posed, & Anjeanette has the heart and experience to preserve those captures in time for you to treasure!

Anjeanette photographs fleeting life adventures: Senior portraits, professional headshots, families, and children. Clients have included brides & grooms, families, musicians & artists, & a hip artisan soap company. She gives back to her community back as volunteer children & family photographer for schools, band, non-profit organizations, and church. When she’s not awkwardly writing about herself in the third person, she is praying, painting, reading, and exploring the world with her husband and children and her trusty National Parks Passport.”

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My biggest challenge is helping parents realize that their memories are valuable and that archiving those precious moments on more than just a mobile device or a social media site is important. The challenge also comes as people assume this means I do not like sharing online- I LOVE sharing online! I love that my brother and sister 8 states away can share pictures with me, that I can see my dad’s dogs enjoying the snow, that I can chat with friends from high school and see how much their kiddos are like them when we were growing up. It’s pretty amazing!

However, photos of your life are worth even so much more than that JUST that.

With mobile images getting better and better everyday folks see the value of those life moments go down- when we should just be thankful we can document now more than ever before! Daily fun, precious moments shouldn’t replace professional portraits. I want clients and potential clients to know they deserve BOTH.

Personally, I made the difficult decision to stop shooting weddings early in 2017. It was a challenge because financially, well wedding is a larger budget item. But they are so much more than an item- weddings are a wonderful once in a lifetime event- a huge memory to undertake! A lot of hard work, pressure, and meant spending time away every weekend from my family. I had to examine what mt passions and priorities were- and I love shooting families and seniors! I love the smaller more special moments between a family.

I prefer the moments at weddings where I could work one on one with a couple or the family portraits- most wedding photographers dread the formal family portrait part but it was a favorite of mine! Although it was a significant struggle money wise, I choose to follow my heart and make casual and formal family and senior portraits my focus. Although a challenge and a struggle I have been so happy with the focus of families & seniors and will let go and trust God.

An additional challenge has been my move to Arizona in June of 2017- I love it so much here! Maybe the challenge is not quite the right word but it’s exactly like starting all over again. I miss the clients I have worked with since 2008, and plan trips to visit and make memories with them. However, most of my business was word of mouth so meeting new folks and reestablishing has been a new challenge. Hey, it keeps me on my toes and exploring so it’s all good.

Anjeanette Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As Anjeanette Photography I specialize in portraits for teens and soon to be senior high school grads, Families, and professional business headshots.

I am most proud of the happy families, parents, and teens have with their images, how good they feel about how they really look.

One of my favorite moments during a session is peeking at mom or dad while their child- now grown- has their portraits taken! Its a really sweet moment.

Additionally, the goofy relaxed sessions with no pressure are something I am known for ( I am kinda silly and dorkably awkward so it’s not a stuffy experience at all!). I also love to bring the portrait session to life with mini session videos featuring action and portrait stills.

I am blessed to have been nationally published and featured print and online magazines and recognized in competitions like:
-Shutter Magazine
-Senior Inspire
-Savvy Senior
-The Shoot and Share contest (Finalist 2016& 17)
-The Daily Dog Tag
-TTF Magazine (senior Issue)
-Senior Study Hall Magazine
-The Senior Year Magazine
-Named best Peoria Photographer by HulaFrog
-Corel Painter Print Magazine
-Catapult Print Magazine
-Musetouch Print Magazine
-Practical Photoshop
-Print Magazine
-Literary Journal
-Winner Cover contest Frist Center for the Visual Arts and many more from my past years as a wedding photographer.

Modern | Artistic | Dramatic | Creative | Memories:
-Artistic Natural & Epic dramatic Strobe Light On-Location & Studio Fashion-inspired Senior Portraits
-Available to shoot your Portraits in Studio, Nature, or Urban location
-Easy, relaxed Senior Portrait experience for Guys
-Creative and fun
-Memory involvement easy & simple pricing for Parents

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Without a doubt, I define success as having captured moments, made memories tangible, and getting precious treasure- photographs- into more hands! I bring up up the fast passage of time a lot, not to pressure or scare folks but so that they soak up these moments. I have delivered bereavement packages, I have been honored to have taken the last portrait of more than one individual.

Success for me is seeing people value their lives, value their loved ones, and being able to get them physical moments to hold. My greatest treasures now that my kids are older is our relationship and all the photos I have captured of them! I have photos of my grandfather holding my infant father, my parents with me, and even my great grandparent’s wedding day!

I feel successful when I see folks snuggling or tickling or laughing with their kids, and I get to be a part of preserving that memory.

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