Photographs tell stories. They preserve moments and memories. It is a powerful gift to tell someone’s story.

As a visual storyteller, I believe stories help people find connections to themselves, their environment and a larger community. As an experienced and trained photojournalist, I’ve learned to work non obtrusively in both public and private spaces.

Based in Fargo, N.D., I specialize in editorial, education and commercial photography and writing assignments. I also enjoy documenting births, intimate weddings and daily life.

I’m a domestic nomad who has lived in 11 states [Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Ohio and Vermont, in case you wanted to know]. I had the good fortune to be born in [and named for] Ann Arbor, Mich. I developed a tolerance of subzero temperatures and flooding rivers while on staff at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead [2002-2006 and 2007-2009].

My work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, Minnesota and North Dakota newspaper associations and others. Most recently, I received a first-place award for photo story and a second-place award for graphic illustration in MNA’s 2009-2010 Better Newspaper Contest.

I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and French from the University of Montana [1994] as well as a master of arts in visual communication from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. While attending OU, I participated in the Eddie Adams Workshop [2000] and won multiple College Photographer of the Year awards.

I’m a current member of the National Press Photographers Association, The Arts Partnership [TAP], Minnesota News Photographers Association and the Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists. Feel free to connect with me on facebook. My family [pictured below] has proudly called Fargo’s Horace Mann neighborhood home for the past eight years.

Thanks for stopping by. – Ann

With little M. and big W.

Photographs courtesy of Britta Trygstad