About Ana Pastoria

Hello there! I’m Ana, a photographer with a passion for capturing couples in the most unique and genuine way. I’m based at the stunning historic city of Coimbra in Portugal, but you’ll often find me chasing love stories across the world.

I believe in breaking the norms and pushing the boundaries of traditional wedding photography. For me, it’s not just about taking pictures: it’s about creating lasting memories that reflect the true essence of a special day. I take pride in fostering meaningful relationships with my clients, understanding their individual love story, and weaving it into every frame I capture.

When I’m not behind the camera, there’s a little bit of Cher in me just waiting to hit the dance floor. I’m all about living life to the fullest and finding ways for my work to provide me with the freedom to do just that.

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“Feel Better, Do Better: Nurturing Mental Health in Wedding Photography”

In the fast-paced world of wedding photography, mental health is a critical aspect often overlooked. This presentation addresses the unique challenges faced by wedding photographers, such as highstress environments, emotional toll, and long working hours. The isolation inherent in the profession can contribute to burnout and loneliness. Practical strategies for self-care, setting boundaries, and seeking support are highlighted, along with innovative techniques for stress reduction and higher productivity and income (yes, it is possible). Emphasising the balance between passion and business, this will encourage a shift toward a culture within the industry that prioritises mental health. By fostering awareness and providing resources, the aim is to empower wedding photographers to navigate this demanding profession while maintaining their mental well-being.

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