Annalise Kaylor is an Atlanta-based NGO photographer and photojournalist who specializes in strong, narrative-driven visual storytelling. She became a professional photographer after nearly two decades as an SEO, social media, and digital content strategist for some of the world's best brands. She has never once regretted making the career change.
If you could tell your younger self something you’ve learned along the way, what would you say?
If I could give my younger self some advice it would be this: - Done is better than perfect. - Failure is always an option (just try to fail forward) - You have permission to change your mind at any time. - Stay weird.
What is the most unique or special place you’ve worked/done a shoot?
I've been privileged enough to have been to so many amazing places and countries in this world, but the most special place I've worked is this tiny little room in Glenn Memorial Hall on the Emory University campus. It was in this room, where I sat with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, making small talk before he spoke to the bigger crowd. It was also in this room where Assoc. Justice Sotomayor and I talked about the devastation on her home island of Puerto Rico, and where she invited me to ignore all of the "rules" from her office and follow her throughout her speech to photograph as many people with her as possible. Those little moments were "pinch me" moments I'll never forget.
What inspired you to become an image maker?
I became a documentary photographer because that's where my heart was. I was so, so tired of everything being "spin" in my marketing career. I craved realness in my work, and there is no place where I feel more alive than behind my lens.