Annie Velenovsky is a Maryland film photographer specializing in a beautiful and unique type of portrait experience. Her Healing Sessions use photography as a way to help individuals work through traumatic events, grieve, put a voice to mental illness, or creatively express thoughts and feelings. Scroll down to see one of these amazing sessions, and read more about Annie’s Healing Sessions below:
The birth of my Healing Sessions didn’t happened consciously, but something that was inevitably going to be. When I started taking photos 10 years ago, I only took self portraits as a means of exploring my 14 year old understanding of living with mental illness. As my work evolved, my roots never wavered; I photograph as a means to connect with the most intimate and vulnerable parts of myself and others. Jenn is one of my very best friends, and this shoot kind of just came together during the most difficult period of her life. I thought to myself, what if I just made this a thing? So I made it a thing. The response has been so humbling, and it’s by far the most rewarding of the sessions that I offer. We talk, we make mood boards and playlists, and it is this beautiful, rejuvenating, and raw experience. I’ve done this with people I’ve never met, and the fact that they can be so vulnerable around a stranger makes my heart swell.