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Anne Almasy
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Anne Almasy is a lifelong photographer, accent-free southerner, avid reader of inexcellent literature, and music lover (all kinds). She prefers whiskey over wine, cheese over chocolate, and flat shoes over heels -- because you never know when you might need to run for your life. Anne lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with the love of her life and one struggling bonsai.

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I Hate Wedding Photography

(4) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 12:11 PM

"I'm a wedding photographer," I told the woman sitting across from me. She clapped her hands eagerly and beamed at me. "I LOVE wedding photography!" she squealed.

This isn't an unusual response. It's typically followed by, "Have you heard of this photographer? Or that photographer? I look at their blogs...

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5 Lies the Wedding Industry Is Selling (But We're Not Buying)

(29) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 1:05 PM

I love weddings. Weddings are the soul of my work as a photographer. But they're also the foundation of a multi-billion dollar industry rife with questionable traditions and irrational expenses. Before you dive into wedding planning, here are five myths you need to identify -- and dismiss! -- the moment...

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The Longest Homily

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 1:35 PM

This is the true story of an unusual meeting that challenged my assumptions about love, marriage, and the task of photographing them both. I share this with permission from the couple whose story it is to tell. Details have been changed to protect their privacy.

Evan's realness draws you in, a...

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Something Greater

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 6:09 PM

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"That's totally Photoshopped." I looked across the grocery checkout line to see a teenage girl, pointing at the cover of a fashion magazine. And of course she was right. It's no big secret anymore that everyone who's anyone on the cover of anything...

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The Vulgar Face of Purity Culture

(21) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 12:51 PM

Friends recently drew my attention to this piece, written by a mother to her sons' female friends on Facebook. She clearly loves her sons enormously, and wants to see them happy, healthy, and in fulfilling relationships. I applaud her for that.

Growing up, however, I had first-hand experience...

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A Case for Kiddos: 7 Reasons to Invite Children to Your Wedding

(10) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 1:05 PM

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As a childless-by-choice, I-don't-even-have-pets photographer who has never uttered the words, "I love children!", you might be surprised to find me encouraging couples to include kids in their wedding celebration. But I have, and I do.

Clearly, your wedding is your wedding, and...

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Fathers, Family and Finding Love

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2013 | 2:54 PM

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Lauren's stepfather -- the man she calls "Dad" -- crying as he sees her in her wedding dress for the first time.


Weddings and families. Depending on your family, the very thought may send you into a swoon of happiness or a...

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On Beauty: A Story for Brides

(18) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 5:19 PM

2013-05-30-anneshirleyweb600.jpg Me (left), and my grandmother (right), both in photographs taken by our husbands.

I'm 10. I'm in my great-grandmother's kitchen in south Georgia. My parents have left me with my grandparents for a few days, and we've just finished dinner: my grandmother,...


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Journey

(642) Comments | Posted April 20, 2013 | 3:28 PM

Just after Valentine's Day, my happy little world was thrown into turmoil when I publicly challenged Weddings Unveiled magazine's rejection of my ad featuring a same-sex couple on their wedding day.

It's hard to describe how overwhelmed I felt. I'd wanted to bring attention to an issue I...

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Transition

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 6:53 PM

I started with film.

My first camera, for my eighth birthday, was a little 35mm made to look like an SLR. Then in middle school, my dad gave me his Minolta Maxxum -- it had a great meter, and I started making "real" photos with this camera. When I finished...

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Resolution

(81) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 1:15 AM

In what has become a quarterly ritual, I submitted a selection of wedding photos to a well-known wedding magazine. They were all weddings in beautiful locations, with gorgeous color and emotion and life and LOVE. I was so proud of each of them, and happy to share the stories I'd...

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