Interview with Annina Piana, a new mom for the 2nd time and THE woman to know in Fashion Photography
1) Tell us a bit about your journey as a working mother. Becoming a mom for the second time is definitely an adventure; one that’s just begun. My second child Ada is only a few weeks old, but it seems like she’s been part of the family forever. We’re still settling in but every day gets easier.
Breastfeeding has been a marvelous journey for me. I never had any issues with Geremia and, so far, no issues nursing Ada either. I find breastfeeding convenient, comfortable, sweet and it just feels complete. It’s great to know that wherever I am I can feed my baby comfortably and naturally. It’s a beautiful thing.
I’ve always worked in fashion. I started as a graphic designer for Giorgio Armani and Valentino, I then evolved into styling for magazines. But I soon realized that I loved making things happen, especially on photoshoots, working first for Atomo Management and then as a producer for grazia.it.
I’ve always loved being independent at my job. Today I have my own agency representing photographers, stylists, illustrators and creative directors. Being able to manage my own time is a luxury. I can dedicate time to my work but also at home as a mother. Geremia is 18 months now and Ada is 1 month old, so I am able to breastfeed easily because of the flexibility my job gives me.
2) Given your experience in production, art, fashion, photography and editorial, how would you set a photoshoot dedicated to stylish breastfeeding mothers? I’d like to think of a shoot in different situations and places, to transmit the message and idea that “wherever is possible” without any kind of taboos. To create an intimate moment that you can experience anywhere. I imagine it more like fashion reporting rather than just solely about fashion.
3) In your work, creativity and the search for new trends and beautiful things are important. Does your work influence your style now that you’re a mother? Lately, my look has been more practical than fashionable. I love a minimal look, less is definitely more, with few prints and few colors. I don’t follow seasonal trends as much as I did, except for very small details. The way I currently dress does not, however, limit my creativity or my search for the new and beautiful…
4) Does anyone in particular inspire you? Any fashionable moms that represent the ideal mom for you? Not particularly, for me being a mother, like being stylish, means being yourself, it should be something natural and not forced.
5) What photo or photographer perfectly captures your personal concept of the beauty of being a mother? There is a photo by Mario Sorrenti of Liv Tyler holding her baby while pregnant, shot for Italian Vogue. It definitely resonates with me and I feel very close to it.
There is also a series called The Model Mother taken by Sean Thomas that perfectly exemplifies the beauty of being a mother for me. http://seanthomasphotography.com/self-service-the-model-mother-
To find out more about Annina's work and the talent she represents check out her site: www.anninapiana.com
Photocredit: Liv Tyler & Baby by Mario Sorrenti