Hello there, I'm Annie Spratt. I live in the beautiful New Forest in the South of England amongst the trees, close to a beach. It's a lovely part of the country to live in and perfect for the introvert photographer who loves to wander quietly, taking in the seasonal changes in nature as she goes.
I'm a mother to eight and wife to one.
In my free time I'm a hobbyist photographer and a lapsed blogger. I left blogging behind when I realised that I really don't enjoy writing.
Day to day I am part of the Editorial Team at Unsplash, a photography community that supports the wider global creative community with beautiful, curated free photographs that can be used for anything. I joined the Unsplash team in January 2016.
Unsplash is based in Montreal, Canada, and I work remotely in my role. I'm a firm believer in only do the things you love and there's so much to love about my role at Unsplash; the amazing & talented community, the passionate team working on building Unsplash and most of all waking up each morning to look through all the photos that have been submitted in the previous day. Every day I look through around 1,600 submitted photos, and I am impressed, inspired and motivated every day without fail by the creativity, diversity and skills of photographers, both hobbyist and professional, around the world. I discover new places, new styles and new approaches to photography. It's an absolute honour to curate the photos that appear on unsplash.com - I can't express that strongly enough.
Someone once told me that to improve my eye for photography I should first look at other people's photos with a critical eye. It's the best piece of advice I was ever given.
One question that I get asked a lot is "why give your photos away for free?"
It's certainly not a 'one answer fits all' sort of question, and generally when people ask me they are asking both why I choose to do it, and why others do - which are two entirely different questions.
Personally for me, it's sharing a moment in my life that I have enjoyed enough to want to capture to keepwith other people so that they can enjoy it too. If someone else can make use of my photos then that's wonderful.
I choose to share my photos exclusively on Unsplash not because I work for the company (I contributed long before I joined the team) but because the Unsplash License suits me personally. People can use my photos for free for personal or commercial projects, without attribution (though I've found most people do credit me and it is something that Unsplash actively promotes). What people can't do under the license is to re-offer my photos for free download, sell my photos or print my photos out to sell.
And whilst people don't have to say thank you, it always brightens my day when someone drops me an email to share how they used a photo and to take time to say thank you. Occasionally a small business that has used some of my photos emails me offering me a gift as thanks, and sometimes people I've never heard from before PayPal me money randomly.
These gestures, although unexpected, do warm the soul, and make sharing even more of a joy.