Ani Arambula's Profile

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The eldest daughter of two artists, Anita was encouraged to express herself creatively at a very early age. Taking a cue from Dad, himself a photography enthusiast, she picked up a camera at ten years old and began a love affair with the latent image that kept her in her homemade darkroom printing and manipulating her vision into the wee hours of the morning while the rest of her family slept.

Also an avid writer, she spent free time writing poetry and short stories often accompanying them with hand-drawn illustrations or photographs. Upon entering junior high, Anita took this love of writing and began reporting, editing and shooting for her school’s newspaper which continued on into college.

Anita attended the Bay Area’s California College of the Arts. Upon her return to San Diego, she freelanced for commercial studios as a photographer’s…

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  • Born on April 23
  • Joined March 18, 2008

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About

The eldest daughter of two artists, Anita was encouraged to express herself creatively at a very early age. Taking a cue from Dad, himself a photography enthusiast, she picked up a camera at ten years old and began a love affair with the latent image that kept her in her homemade darkroom printing and manipulating her vision into the wee hours of the morning while the rest of her family slept.

Also an avid writer, she spent free time writing poetry and short stories often accompanying them with hand-drawn illustrations or photographs. Upon entering junior high, Anita took this love of writing and began reporting, editing and shooting for her school’s newspaper which continued on into college.

Anita attended the Bay Area’s California College of the Arts. Upon her return to San Diego, she freelanced for commercial studios as a photographer’s assistant and stylist for food, product and fashion shoots while working steadily as a custom printer at a professional lab. During free time, she continued exploring San Diego and it’s surroundings with camera in hand searching for the perfect light and that ever elusive perfect moment.

In 1989 Anita joined the photo department of the San Diego Union-Tribune as a deadline color printer. Her art background drew many of the staff photographer’s to her for critical feedback eventually earning her a promotion to photo editor.

An early pioneer at the newspaper in Adobe Photoshop, she embraced this tool that allowed her to combine her painting, design and photographic skills to creatively express editorial content. She took several staff photographer’s under her wing and guided them on their own journey towards creative expression using this powerful new program. As a features photo editor from 1992 - 2006 her charge was the vision, development and execution of all photographic content for Sunday Arts, Night & Day, Travel, Food, Street, Dining Guide and Passport sections. She also guided and aided with the management of the photographers assigned to Special Sections.

As a visual person, Anita is always searching for innovative ways to push the boundaries of creative problem solving while encouraging those she leads to follow suit. An award-winning illustrator and photographer, Anita wrote and lead a workshop at the National Press Photographer Association’s Women in Photojournalism Conference in 2002 on Photoshop illustration techniques and keeping the creative spirit alive.

Currently, Anita is expanding her artistic scope to include jewelry design. You can view some of her creations at redgemstudio.etsy.com.

Links:
Photo website: http://afotogirl.com
Photo blog: http://takethepicturealready.blogspot.com
Jewelry site: http://redgemstudio.com
Jewelry blog: http://redgemstudio.blogspot.com
Newspaper portfolio:
http://www.newspagedesigner.com/portfolios/portfolio1.php?UserID=1332

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