Ana Cissa Pinto - Portraitist


Ana creates strong, telling images – and always beautiful. As she grows to know her subject, she forms a clear vision of how each photograph will look. It is most important to her to understand just how the pictures will be used so she can design each image to suit its purpose. Working first with the camera, and then with her own carefully developed process of delicate refinements, she meticulously crafts each layer of a portrait, from key light to the texture of the setting, to make-up, to the color and style of the wardrobe. For Ana the perfection of each detail is critical to the portrait’s beauty.


So who is Ana?

Born in São Paulo, Ana grew up in a beautiful world surrounded by Brazilian artists and high society.  Her mother is a writer, her father and her older brother are both painters, and her younger brother is an actor. As a child she fell in love with an original Vermeer painting that hung in her uncle’s house. Ana’s move to New York led to formal design training at New York’s highly ranked Pratt Institute and then to work as a Designer and Creative Director for MTV, Nickelodeon, CSTV, VH1, and CBS. Ana’s passion is to create beautiful things. Her landscape, nature and travel photography have produced stunning images of casbahs in Morocco, castle hotels in Europe, exotic flora at the heart of the Amazon jungle and the wild creatures of the African savannah. But ultimately her love for people and their stories has directed her focus to creating exquisite photographic portraits.