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Daily Inspiration: Meet Anna Tripolitis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Tripolitis.

Hi Anna, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
When I was getting my degree in psychology from Stephens College, I desperately needed a creative outlet. In 2018 I started to teach myself photography and learned that I had a knack for it. I started taking senior photos for classmates and quickly expanded my client base to Mizzou, Columbia College, and area high school students. Eventually, I took trips to Kansas City and St. Louis a few times a month to work with more clients.

After graduation, I knew I wanted to pursue photography. I also knew I wanted to challenge myself, so I decided to try working in New York City. Unfortunately, not long after I moved to NYC, the pandemic hit. Because photography requires close contact, I put entirely on my career hold.

With a lot of free time due to quarantine, I decided to teach myself digital illustration. It was a good challenge and kept my mind busy. Not long after I started posting my finished pieces online, I started getting requests for commissions from my friends back in St. Louis. This led me to create my online store where I sell my designs as t-shirts, enamel pins, patches, prints, and hats. The unwavering support from my community back in St. Louis undoubtedly contributed to my success, and I am eternally grateful.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I’m fortunate to have had continued support throughout my creative journey. However, there were major learning curves when I started my online store. Figuring out suppliers, shipping processes, and how to manage my time was far more difficult than I could have ever anticipated. It took me about a year to truly find my stride.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Art is a beautiful way to spark conversation and a great tool to portray feelings regarding recent events. It has been incredibly helpful in processing our current global situation. I specialize in portrait photography and digital illustration that is topical and current. As far as my portrait photography, I take a more relaxed approach. I like to capture people as their authentic selves. I encourage my clients to move, tell jokes, tell stories, and even dance it out. The relaxed, fun environment that I aim to create makes for effortless photos that my clients love. It’s truly a beautiful gift to help clients see the best versions of themselves. I specialize in portrait photography and digital illustration that is topical and current.

I am often releasing collections in my store that benefit charities in Missouri or nationally. It’s important for me to give back to the community that raised me, so about 50% of my collections are created with the intention of donation a portion of the cost to help marginalized communities. I try to release a new collection every month.

What’s next?
I want to continue to create and grow in my creativity. Art is constantly evolving, and I’m excited to evolve with it. I am always trying to learn new techniques and create new types of art.

Pricing:

  • Commissioned Art: Starting at $300
  • Photo Packages: Starting at $300
  • Apparel: $30-$60
  • Accessories: $4-$30
  • Poster Prints: $14-$21

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