“I learned composition while watching my mother slide watercolors across paper and my grandmother taught me that buttermilk biscuits and sweet tea are a real love language.
I can still remember watching her whisk cream in her mixer, the shades if white splattering on her apron. I grew up in the South with a life full of culture, tradition and hospitality.
My experiences as an early observer have influenced who I am as a visual stylist and photographer; the captured memories of my childhood and generous warmth of the kitchen table are the foundation of my artistry. I got my first film camera around age 14, and suddenly the world around me became available for expression.
I traveled: visiting, living and studying in over 18 countries, shooting film. I returned to the US and switched to digital and began photographing weddings immediately, loving it. I studied under some legendary photographers but in my quest as an artist, I found that styling (or my interpretation of it) was the open door for a new way to photograph.
My Southern blood pulled me back into the kitchen where I began shooting and styling food and editorial lifestyle stories which currently comprises a large portion of my work. I’m a mother to a wild, dancing three year old and a survivor of many broken hearts, both of which have deepened my sense of connection to beauty and given me a new way to see. Styling is NOT just about making things pretty, or simply arranging objects, it is learning the language of beauty.”
Anna Naphtali shoots & styles as an event host for Kinfolk, is a presented photographer, stylist, and blogger for Madewell and West Elm, and has been featured in The New York Times, Four Magazine, a photography advice panel with Nigel Barker on The Fashion Spot, Style Me Pretty, Style Me Pretty Destinations, Southern Weddings Magazine, Edible Charlotte Magazine, 100 Layer Cake, Blu Magazine, Ruffled Weddings, The Wedding Chicks and many more.