Redijus Anikanovas is a wedding photographer from the town of Kupiškis, in the northeastern part of Lithuania. We had his attention for a few minutes to share a bit more about himself and how he approaches work. He’s been the event photographer for the Way Up North event the past few times, so you might have run in to him!
WUN: So, for those who don’t know you, who is Redijus Anikanovas?
Redijus: I started photography six years ago as a hobby. I was actually in the transport business earlier, responsible for the Scandinavian department in a big company transporting goods between Europe and Scandinavia.
I felt that I needed to get away from all thoughts of business so I was looking for a hobby. My wife told me one day that “maybe you should try photography?”.
I started taking photos of cats, dogs, flowers and so on. Later, being invited to one of our friends’ wedding, I snapped some photos of guests and the couple from a guest perspective. When I saw the photos the hired photographer had taken and compared them to my own, I thought to myself “maybe I should try wedding photography as well?”
WUN: You thought it looked pretty good then?
Redijus: Well, I didn’t think it looked bad anyway. I needed to practice a bit more. But it seemed quite OK.
Two years later I quit my eight-hour day job and started shooting weddings for a living instead.