• Hey You!

    I am an artist that seeks to bring back to life the innocent beauty that once when a child. I want to bring out the real you, the forgotten you, the beautiful you. I am a natural light, boutique photographer based in Northern Alabama specializing in senior and wedding portraiture.
    I am not your traditional type photographer, as my heart races with excitement to dig deeper into who you are as an individual. You will walk away with a flare of poetic imagery that screams your name. I look forward to meeting you, hugging you, and becoming friends.

I had a dear friend ask me one night over dinner; “if God asked you to give up your business, could you do it?” It threw me for a loop for a split second for 2 reasons. 1st-what would push one to ask that question, and 2nd–did I need to evaluate how I am portraying who I am as a person to others?

The conversation went much deeper with some powerful truths–Anna Pociask Photography does not identify who I am. Before we moved churches and met some amazing people, they did not know me as a photographer. When they first met me, my friend told me, she knew me as a child of God, a wonderful wife, a loving mother, warm, and beautiful…. these words stuck with me and only sparked something inside me that had already been stirring. (And before you start fast forwarding, no I am not quitting my business) But, I can say, I am “quitting” a lot of the race it seems most photographers are running to get to the top and make a name for themselves…. (butterflies in my stomach after writing that……. yep)

Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.” (Genesis 11:4 NLV) I want to focus on the bold and italics from this scripture, and how God has been working in my heart the past so many months. And these past couple of months I have had to really search my own heart on the intentions of why I should share my heart with the world, or anyone that comes across my blog. Because I will be honest–I have struggled with writing on my blog in hopes of reaching many people and hoping to encourage many that I may never meet; but there was always that extra tug where I wanted to build a big following of readers for my own “feel good reasons.” Sucks, but its the truth.

I think it is easy for us photographers or other businesses that can showcase our work on Facebook and our blogs to get wrapped up in how many “likes”, how many comments, how many followers we attain each day when we post something new. I am speaking to photographers, since this is where my business is, but you are welcome to fill in your occupation with these words I am about to unravel on.

I completely understand the saturation that has abounded with photographers, but, does it give us that much more a reason to believe we have to reach the levels some of the starting photographers have accomplished? Maybe I am way off on what I see and read in my newsfeeds, Instagram accounts, and blogs; but, the vibe I get is more photographers offering workshops, newsfeeds being flooded with their work all day long, and how to become like “that” photographer. Am I guilty of this; yes, why else would I start writing on such a topic if I couldn’t put myself in these same shoes?..

My biggest concern is that I see from the outside in a handful of true artists that really dig deep in their own soul and create images that strike you and put chills up your spine. A few that come to mind are; Elizabeth Messina, Jessica Drossin, Joy Prouty, and Skye Hardwick… Do we all want to be who God created us to be as an artist, or try and attain someone else’s vision and passion that came within them? Or lastly, are we all fighting to get to the top and make a name for ourselves?

What will it accomplish once we get enough pats on our back, a huge round of applause, and the biggest number of followers any photographer has ever attained? Well anywhere in history where one had “everything” there was only  that much more of a tug to have a little bit more. Many days I have to remind myself of the truth from 2 Peter 1:3…  “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”

I am still very much passionate about putting my all into creating beautiful pictures for my clients, but, through trials in the past year of my life I can say I am learning a hard lesson on how to be content with the circumstances all around me. And I am striving to not put confidence in my flesh. ( Philippians 3:3)  I can truly say with confidence in Christ if God or my husband asked me to stop my business, in faith, I would. Just as anything we come to love more than God is an idol. And I  have been down that road before, and it is a very dark place I do not want to see ever again.

Just because top photographers and marketing books tell us what to do to get the best recognition with social media does not mean we have to be posting pics all day, asking questions to get interaction with clients/fans, keep up with all the hype of all the business of media that only sucks precious minutes of our life away…. The only thing we as Christians are called to is a life that is set apart from the world. We are called to “not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2

I know it is so easy to get caught up in wanting to be somewhat famous with our business name, as our world pushes publicity and being famous on all the reality shows and well Hollywood… why put this unnecessary pressure on ourselves when we could be investing that energy into our families, our church, or the people God has placed in our life to love? Maybe I am only preaching to myself and need to remind myself of these things I mentioned, but I just wanted to encourage anyone that reads this there is no pressure to be consumed by social media everyday……every.minute.of.the.day. ….no pressure to have to be number one…..no pressure to feel the need to be the next top photographer everyone wants to see on Creative Live or WPPI….

Since taking this lie away of believing I needed to become “famous” with my business name, it has only freed me that much more, and I have had that much more time tickling, giggling, and wressling with my kids…… that much more couch time with my hubby in the evening, reading books that are filled with meat and not fluff…..and growing daily with my Lord and Savior. When we are called to do something that may seem really hard or not quite make sense, take ahold of the Lords hands and step out on faith….and feel the freedom your body and mind craves so bad…. you know what it is…that stirring inside that convicts you and grabs you at the throat, and makes you sick at the stomach….. be free today by walking in whatever obedience the lord is calling you to.

Be blessed today…..




  • chrissyApril 9, 2013 - 2:10 pm


  • KathleenApril 9, 2013 - 2:37 pm

    THANK YOU for this. It is exactly what I was needing. <3ReplyCancel

  • MarillaApril 9, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    As a believer & a photographer, this hit me very hard! I am convicted & blessed.
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • AliApril 9, 2013 - 2:56 pm

    Thank you for sharing this in an extremely courageous, deeply personal light. I struggle a lot with feeling pressured from others to be or want “more” than what I already currently am or where I’m currently at. I am so happy knowing I’ve touched even one life with my art and if that’s all I ever do, that would be enough….ReplyCancel

  • DarlaApril 9, 2013 - 3:09 pm

    You wrote this for me, didn’t you? hehe Seriously good stuff. Couldn’t have said it better my self!ReplyCancel

  • MomApril 9, 2013 - 3:12 pm

    You never seise to amaze me with the pouring out of your heart on a subject so close to your heart, I’m very proud of you sweet daughter!!!ReplyCancel

  • MonicaApril 9, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    Tears in my eyes. Thank you sooooo much! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • KendraApril 9, 2013 - 3:21 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this…your honest emotions, the scripture, everything! Super encouraging to me today!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle StoneApril 9, 2013 - 3:37 pm

    So beautifully well said!!ReplyCancel

  • PaulaApril 9, 2013 - 5:14 pm

    I’m in tears. Thank you so much for this. I needed so badly to hear this.ReplyCancel

  • JasmineApril 9, 2013 - 6:12 pm

    thank you SO very much for this! Beautifully written…ReplyCancel

  • Amanda WorrallApril 9, 2013 - 7:34 pm

    I could not have said that as beautifully, but it has also been on my mind lately. As photographers/artists, it is easy to fall prey to seeking the world’s approval and admiration instead of seeking the Lord first. You are blessed to be both an amazing artist AND writer. Thanks for posting this!

    “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” {Matthew 6:33}ReplyCancel

  • AnnaApril 9, 2013 - 8:08 pm

    I’ve had a similar conviction at the start of this year and this, so beautifully, puts words to the whispers in my heart. Going to start tucking 2 Peter 1:3 into my spirit – love it! I have to say you’ve also inspired me to not separate my faith from my business so thank you:)ReplyCancel

  • mommystacyApril 10, 2013 - 8:15 am

    you go girl…cast that ego out, and let in the love!! i love you child of God!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dana McCranieApril 10, 2013 - 11:24 am

    Medicine for the photographer’s soul. These words were exactly what I needed. You really ministered to me through this post. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra LasotaApril 10, 2013 - 12:31 pm

    I just wanted to comment and say that I absolutely love this post and thank you so much for sharing. As a woman of God and a newbie photographer, I keep this thought in mind constantly. For me, I’ve always enjoyed photographing people for the sole purpose of making them feel confident and also the friendship that I make. I don’t want to ever lose this focus and get caught up in the money/business side of this, but like you mentioned, when you are online and trying to establish a business, it’s hard not to get sidetracked here and there. I think blogs like you have written are wonderful reminders to all photographers/business owners, to not get completely enamored with success. While it’s natural to want to succeed, I think the primary goal is to know that what you are doing is good and that the influence you are making is a positive one (as you have done beautifully). Keep up the great work, and hope to read more posts like this in the future. Definitely a reminder we all need to hear.ReplyCancel

  • Nelly ColeApril 10, 2013 - 6:34 pm

    As a follower of Christ, wife, mom & photographer, I appreciate this so very much. I just found your blog/facebook page for the first time today and I know in my heart that it was no accident. Praise God for using you to give us all a little reminder that nothing in this life matters more than loving God and loving the people he has made (Francis Chan). Beautifully written, Anna. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Tira JApril 11, 2013 - 5:12 pm

    As a Sister in Christ and Photographer, I thank you so much for writing this post. It hit home in so many ways. More than you would ever know. Thank you so much Anna. Sending you a hug right now. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Violet HopkinsApril 11, 2013 - 11:22 pm

    Amazing and thanks so much…ReplyCancel

  • Amber HerediaApril 16, 2013 - 12:13 am

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Callie LindseyOctober 17, 2013 - 10:56 pm

    Thank you so much for this. Even though I’m reading over six months after you wrote, it was so timely and convicting and reminded me that the joy found in knowing Jesus is better than a million likes on Facebook.ReplyCancel


North Alabama peeps if you have not heard or been to 1818 Farms yet, you are missing out. I love that my paths crossed with the owners, as they are the sweetest and passionate about getting back to the way life use to be. They live in the lovely town of Mooresville and now have the sweetest little farm that is open to the community to have birthday parties, sewing classes, and tea parties. But, at the birthday parties you get to pet all the furry lovable animals. The sheep are my favorite!

But, there is a hidden treasure that is about to go live to the community, it can be used for brides, maybe sweet little tea parties and in todays case some senior portraits. And what is funny, the last time I talked with Natasha (the owner) this was going to be for chickens, quite the makeover. 😉 I want to take home every piece of furniture in here, and look forward to shooting here more in the future.  And here is the link to their website: 1818 Farms

Thanks to my lovely model Karlie for making this room even more stellar!


I introduce the 2014 high school reps for the North Alabama area! Let me tell ya, these girls are full of life that helped remind me how old I am….haha…just kidding. No, they reminded me to let loose and have fun!

If you are an upcoming high school senior and know any of these lovely ladies ask them to get you in contact with me, and what I have to offer for upcoming seniors. Enjoy these images, and spread the word to upcoming seniors!

Make:up: Made-Ya Blush

Clothing: Everybody Buyings Vintage out of Birmingham, Alabama

Location: 1818 Farms in Mooresville, Alabama

Each girl I meet, I want to remind them of their unique beauty….. I want to see high school seniors dream big, and to not let fears and insecurities keep them from pursuing what they want to do in life! 

And that’s a wrap!!!! An 8 hour day full of fun, new friendships, and some RAD memories! 😉 



Remember when I released my video and said whoever shared it would be entered to win a free session with me?! This was the lucky winner!! Well just in case you missed my video that shows who I am as an artist, here it is: http://annapociaskphotography.com/blog/?p=3194. I loved that she asked if she could wear her prom dress, and I loved even more that it portrayed such a fairytale princess look. Be prepared to drool!

  • HannahMarch 15, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    This girl is stunning! Absolutely love the setting. Such a dreamy shoot!ReplyCancel

  • Rosemary HayesMarch 15, 2013 - 5:25 pm

    AH, you are FAB and she is stunning in her princess gown.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal WilkersonMarch 15, 2013 - 5:51 pm

    Beautiful!!! Love the one with her head laying on the desk. What a dream session. Great job, beautiful girl!ReplyCancel