Well, hello there!
I'm Anna Puckett, the photographer of AJ Puckett Photography, and I am very glad (and honored) that you stopped by this page! I'm kind of bad at introducing myself, so I hope this page gives you a little glimpse into my world and who I am.
So to start, I go by Anna, but my first and middle initial are AJ (Anna Jean (super southern, I know)). Only my mom and some of my closest friends ever call me AJ, but I liked the way it sounded for a business name.
As for photography, my mom likes to say that it's all because she gave in and bought me this pink Barbie film camera that I just HAD to have when I was four years old. I guess she is the one I can thank for spending the money to develop rolls on rolls of underexposed pictures where people's heads were cut off (and then telling me they were good pictures). Because of my mom though, she helped me develop this love for photography that is still growing today (And also, luckily, I have improved from the Barbie camera days!)
I really got into photography in high school when I got my first DSLR and took pictures for the school newspaper. If you had told 15-year-old Anna that photography would take her where she is today, she would have literally stared at you with her mouth open in disbelief.
BUT God has a cool way of writing your story, intertwining it with others' stories around you. Besides being able to capture moments in a creative, journalistic way, I am eternally grateful for all of the wonderful clients-turned-friends I have gotten the chance to meet, other photographers and creatives that, if it wasn't for photography, I may not have ever known. I sometimes sit in awe for that side of the photography business that I get to experience. So many awesome people that I get the chance to meet and know...all because of pictures.
Real talk though...I truly love photography because I am a firm believer in God's small gifts of joy, and what better way to recognize that gift other than a glimpse of a small, passionate moment seen in a picture? Pictures aren't supposed to be super posed, but they are supposed to capture a still picture of a wonderful memory in life. My goal in taking pictures is not to capture just a picture, but to capture personality, movement, and joy.
I am currently a student at the University of South Alabama (Go Jags!) majoring in Exercise Science and hopefully going on to Physical Therapy school to ultimately become a physical therapist for special needs children (my heart). I enjoy running, and ran my first two half marathons in 2016! I also take any chance I can to travel somewhere new, hop on some mountain biking trails to go for a ride, or go to the beach with my chocolate lab, MoJo.
For most of the year I am based in Mobile, AL and surrounding bay area, but during the summer and Christmas break (and a few weekends in between) I am based in Birmingham, AL.
Feel free to contact me about a session or with other questions you may have!
My mission as your photographer is to help you not to hurry. It is to help you slow down for a little while during your wedding or session and soak up each precious moment with the ones you love. I thrive to be fully immersed in the moment for the time I am with you in order to catch those small, overlooked instances...a glimpse of laughter, a few shed tears, a simple embrace. All of those precious moments that describe the life you live. Of course, I will do the posed pictures, but I also strive to be there, like a fly on the wall, in order to capture all of the seemingly insignificant moments, so that when you receive your images, they are not only gorgeous images but they tell a story of who YOU ARE.
So often do we forget to slow down in today's society. I think this is why the Ann Voskamp quote stands out to me so much. My goal while I am with you is to physically remind you to live in the moment of now...not in the moments of the future. To let me be the photographer, and you to simply enjoy and focus on the people around you. This is why my goal with the images I deliver to you is to hopefully help you remember and relive all of the special moments of your session/wedding day you may have otherwise forgotten.