Ana Wigmore is one of the top music photographers in the country. Over the course of a year, she managed to cover some of the biggest dance music events in the county. If I can think of one word to describe Ana, it would be “fierce.” Her fierce determination to be the best at capturing photos is inspiring.
Never taking no for an answer, Ana found ways to network with producers, record labels, festival managers, artist managers, whatever she needed to get in and do what she did on her own. better. Taking the best breathtaking photos the dance world has ever seen… It’s truly an honor to meet her for an exclusive interview. She is what she shared with me.
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Where do you find the most photography inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere. Whether I’m attending a concert, traveling, or just hanging out with friends, I always want to capture moments through photography. I get a lot of inspiration working with other photographers. I’m still new to photography, so I like to discover the techniques and styles of other creators. It’s cool to see how each photographer has a different approach, and I had a blast trying to develop my own aesthetic and editing style.
Why did you get into photography or more so, what is important to you in photography at EDM events and festivals?
Although I never had a camera growing up, I was always drawn to photography. I loved taking pictures with my phone, but I didn’t really know how far I could go with it until last year. I decided to buy a camera during the height of covid, and dove headfirst into photography. Before I knew it, I was shooting 3 shows a night, 7 nights a week, at many clubs in Miami. I got to work with some really amazing artists who helped me build my portfolio, and the best part of it all was gaining experience and learning how to shoot in different settings. Since I’ve been heavily involved in the EDM scene for many years, it made sense for me to combine my industry connections with my passion for photography. After sending out hundreds of emails and really putting myself out there, I managed to tour for over 100 artists, 90 shows and 12 festivals, all in 6 months. I’m definitely addicted to the hustle and don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
If you could photograph any event in the world, where would it be and why?
It’s difficult. I would say probably any show at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, CO. I shot a show there in September, but may or may not have had to sneak my camera in to shoot. So I would like to film there “officially”. It’s such an amazing venue and a huge achievement for any artist to play a show there. I think because artists consider Red Rocks a milestone, the energy there is so different than any other place. Many artists prepare sets and productions especially for Red Rocks shows, so it’s cool to see new set designs combined with crazy mountain views.
In answer to the same question, if you could tour for any touring artist, who would it be and why?
I’ve had the chance to tour with a lot of my favorite artists this year, but one artist I would really love to tour for is Kanye West. Although quite controversial, it features some of the craziest shows I’ve ever seen. I’ve been a fan of his music for as long as I can remember, and seeing his Yeezus tour in 2013 really influenced my love for live music. I was blown away by his production, as well as his stage presence, so I can only imagine how much fun it would be to shoot one of his tours.
We see you filming a lot of Aoki events and showing what the connection is there and what is it like to be behind the decks when it happens?
I manage an artist (Bok Nero), who works closely with Steve Aoki. Because of their close relationship, I was lucky enough to hang out with Steve and attend many of his shows. He’s a great performer and I’m always impressed with his energy at every show. Especially considering the number of times he happens in a year, I don’t know how he does it. No photograph can ever truly capture the energy it brings to a room. It’s really special to be able to see him doing what he does best and being on the other side of the bridge with him.
Your photos and videos of Alison Wonderland have attracted a lot of attention for her artistic mastery, why is it important for you to photograph or take pictures of her?
Alison is an artist that I have admired for years. There aren’t many female DJs dominating the music industry like it currently does. She is an inspiration to me for many reasons, but one of the biggest is her ability to captivate a crowd. She puts on a great show and always adds different elements to elevate her performance. You can tell she really cares about the music she performs, and it’s really special to be able to capture such raw and vulnerable moments while she’s on stage.
What’s planned for New Year’s Eve 2021 filming and what event are you most looking to cover in 2022?
I will be shooting for Alison Wonderland at the HiJinx Festival in Philadelphia on New Years Eve. I couldn’t be more excited and grateful to be working with her again. As for 2022, I don’t have any events on the calendar yet. However, I hadn’t planned to film the events I covered this year, so who knows what’s in store. I love the element of surprise and look forward to what’s to come.
Here are some pictures of Ana: