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Episode 57: Ann Hamilton

October 10, 2008


Today we have a very special episode with my friend and insanely talented wedding and portrait photographer Ann Hamilton. After months of bending her arm to be on the show, I finally got the elusive one. Ann is a San Francisco based photographer who frequently shoots with “American Photo” Top 10 photographer, Gene Higa (he’s the Clyde to her Bonnie). Ann is also a world class pet photographer, practicing on the true “man” in her life, her pet pug, Bogie. (She’s actually going to be speaking about dog portraits at the next WPPI).

Today we find out what Ann was like as a little girl; her move from New York (where she grew up) out to San Fran; how she transitioned from being  a corporate communications writer at an insurance firm, to doing PR for a dot com, to professional photographer. (She’s self-taught and admits she started her career on disposable cameras). And we learn the origin of her famous/infamous collaboration with the aforementioned Mr. Higa. This is one of those interviews that will put a smile on your face. But it’s a bittersweet one, as Ann also opens up and shares with us about the death of her dad to cancer on August 1, 2007. The loss of someone so dear and close to her had a profound affect on her life. Your heart will be touched by what she shares.

Today’s uplifting outro song is “Every Single Moment” by Darius Lux, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music.

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Next week, just in time to get you hyped for PhotoPlus Expo in New York, is the I *heart* NY photo master himself, Jason Groupp.

  1. October 10, 2008 at 9:58 am

    From one Brooklyn Kid to another, “”Love Ya!!!” Thank you so much for being so open about your buiness, your friends and your family.

    Thank you Ron

  2. Robert
    October 10, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Awesome interview … Anne is so down to earth! Listening to her talk about her father was inspiring and uplifting at the same time. I lost my father to cancer a couple of years ago and really miss him too … can’t wait for WPPI!

  3. October 10, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you for interviewing her. Anne’s such an awesome person so it is good to hear from her. 🙂 How was your birthday party by the way?

  4. October 10, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    I love Ann, and Bogie of course, thanks for another wonderful interview Ron!

  5. October 10, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    OMG – I can’t stop crying! You suck. 🙂 Ann you rock.

    Hey – when does Bogie get an interview!?!???

  6. October 11, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Best episode so far, called my parents right after listening to invite them round for dinner, hadn’t seen them in a couple of weeks.


  7. October 13, 2008 at 6:31 am

    What can I say!!!! Ann AMAZES me. She is my inspiration in life, love and photography. Great interview and I am glad she opened her heart to let us see how wonderful she really is. Now you all know why I adore her sooooo much. She is my best friend and one of the most gifted photographers.

    Thanks for sharing Ann, hugs.

    Frankie, baby We miss ya.

    Bogie, your mommy rocks.

    Now hurry up and pack your bags, so we can go to Maui this morning. haha.

  8. October 13, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    What a sweet interview — Ann, you made me cry. Glad to hear you are doing well!

  9. October 14, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Great interview with Ann! It of course brought tears to my eyes. Looking forward to hearing Jason’s next week!

  10. October 15, 2008 at 8:12 am

    This was a great interview! So awesome to hear from Ann. Bogie doesn’t look 14! Thanks Ron.

  11. October 16, 2008 at 3:06 am

    Oh Ann! Thank you for being so candid and oh so heartfelt too.Your answers really helped hold a mirror up to my current life. A+ from start to finish.

    And Bogie, you are my home boy. Rock on!

    It’s one for the memory books Ron. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  12. October 16, 2008 at 5:57 am

    Wow.. I’ve never actually cried during a podcast before.. That was touching.

  13. Colin Michael
    October 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Ann, you are the best! I’m so glad we’ve become friends!

    Thanks for sharing, you are such an inspiration!

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