Kiva Sutton – Owner / Lead Photographer
Growing up, Kiva had an overwhelming fascination with creating art. He would spend hours on end painting, sculpting, sketching or any other medium he could get his hands on. As an adult, Kiva attended Paier College of Art for graphic design and started work as a full time and freelance web designer shortly thereafter. Despite being immersed in an artistic field, Kiva never felt as if he was tapping into his full creative potential and slowly focused his attention towards photography as a means of expression. This hobby quickly turned into his passion and eventually lead to the creation of what we now know as Annandale Photography. Kiva’s outgoing attitude, fun-loving personality and desire to work with people creates a comfortable atmosphere during any photo shoot while his fervor for creating unique shots and desire to capture your most precious moments leaves his clients with the perfect keepsake for the most important stages of their lives.
Kiva and James first met while working at the Milford 4 Plex in southern Connecticut which, as a testament to the longevity of their friendship, has long been torn down. Kiva was working as a projectionist to put himself through art school while James was the assistant usher. Both with crazy, outgoing personalities, they clicked and became instant friends. The pair also shared a common interest in photography and when reminded of how blown away he was when James first showed him his art, It was a no-brainer who would be the perfect companion when Kiva first started his photography business. James is an energetic professional with fantastic photography skills. These two are the perfect pair that will bring a fun and comforting presence to any event!
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Many years ago, Kiva was hired to photograph Mike’s wedding. After he and his wife had their first child, Mike invested in some photography gear and started taking photos of his new family. Looking to expand his skills, Mike reached out to Kiva for guidance and before you know it, the pair were shooting their first wedding together. Mike is an extremely fast learner and is always striving to hone his photography skills. He has since developed into an unbelievably talented artist and a wonderful addition to the Annandale Photography team.
Jesse grew up in California where he worked as a photojournalist and owned his own wedding photography business. Realizing the California sun and beaches weren’t enough for him, he relocated himself (and his business) to Hawaii where he got married and had four beautiful children. Here’s where the story gets interesting! Wanting to further her education, his wife applied and was accepted to Yale University in New Haven and Jesse and his family would have to relocate to the opposite side of the country. After mentioning the move to his older friend Henry, Jesse was instructed to call his son who had a background in photography who just so happened to be located in New Haven. Kiva and Jesse met soon after and the rest was history.
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