Angela Kurkian

Photography is a powerful medium and Angela Kurkian has dedicated her life to using that medium to inspire. She knows that not only do photographers capture moments in history, they can often add significance to that moment simply by the act of capturing it with an empathetic heart and discerning eye. Angela believes gifted photographers can see more than what is in front of them, bringing that to the forefront for others to see as well – at times even surprising their subject.

A professional portrait photographer for nearly 30 years, Angela first fell in love with photography as a way to find connection. Drawing from that bond and the beauty she sees in each person, Angela creates portraits that tell the subject’s story and reveal their hearts. Her long career has provided the satisfaction of watching lives unfold, serving as a visual narrator for them along the way.

After 22 successful years in business, Angela gifted her company in 2021 to her long-time studio manager, Erica, who continues the legacy of Essenza Studio with her own beautiful photography and giving heart.

“When you understand your ability to see, you realize how important your role is to the creative process. It becomes less about f-stops and shutter speeds and more about connecting with your subject – to share who and what you see – so they too can share your vision.” ~Angela

These days Angela’s creative pursuits have expanded to include painting where again she dives into relationships and the storylines of community and togetherness.

Angela has been awarded nationally for her photography but is most proud of being awarded the “Professional Photographers of America Education Award” in 2022 for her commitment to supporting and educating other artists within the field of photography. She holds the degrees of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman as well as the designation, Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) from the Professional Photographers of America.

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