She never liked herself in portraits. She'd been told that she wasn't "photogenic". Her husband loved the glamour shots she'd had done 20 years back, but her friends thought she was crazy to have her portrait done.Read More
"There's a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begin.”Read More
Is there even anything better than a baby at Christmas?
Even though the majority of the portraits I take are now in my new Georgetown photography studio on the square, I still relish the chance to do a lovely "Lifestyle" shoot with a family or newborn.
What makes a lifestyle shoot different from a studio shoot? A few things...Read More
From wedding to maternity to newborn to every family photo, one of my favorite things is being there from the beginning and becoming the family photographer. Nothing is as sacred as family, and being present in their lives every year is an honor.
Megan said this to me afterwards:
You made me feel really pretty, Anna... I haven’t felt that in a long time. I’m serious, I cried. You really blew my mind! I love my photos, I will cherish them always.Read More
The other day a contact of mine introduced me to her friend as a photographer who "takes the most beautiful portraits of women 'of a certain age'". It caught me off guard and struck me as funny until I thought about it a little bit more.
Why, if you are no longer 25, are you somehow not allowed to exist in beautiful photos? Shouldn't you, of all people, have the right to have gorgeous photos taken of yourself? You have survived this life - more than that, you have lived it to the hilt. Be proud of that. Show it off. It's written on your face, your hands, your body. Save it for your grandchildren, your great grandchildren. We have fine art papers now that last 100 years or more. Do you realize the significance of that? Your great, great, great granchildren can appreciate their ancestry in an ever changing an digital world. Give them your tangible beauty to hold on to.
You owe it to them. You owe to yourself.Read More
Because it's Friday, and we all need a cute little baby video to kick off the weekend, right?
(***allllllll the heart-eye emojis here***)
September is only hours away and most of us get nostalgic, if not a little weepy as we say goodbye to our days of summer to memory. And for this bride, who had an early summer wedding at Grace Heritage in Georgetown, you picked the best summer day to get married - those stunning pink heritage roses were in wild summer bloom all over the place.Read More
What on earth is better than 4 generations of women getting together to celebrate the life and legacy of their matriarch?
Absolutely nothing. Nothing could be better.Read More
I would love to book YOU for a custom, stylish family portrait in my studio. Own a family portrait that your family treasures for the years to come, or just a portrait to put on your Christmas card to get you through the year ahead.Read More
Meeting Emily was certainly a highlight of this summer. In town to visit her grandparents, this small-town Kansas beauty absolutely lit up in front of my camera. As always, from her hair and makeup makeover to the final portrait reveal, we carefully planned her wardrobe, directed her posing, and sustained her with lattes to give her a true portrait experience.Read More
I know what it's like to lose a family member unexpectedly. Its so easy to put family portraits on the back burner, forget about them, assume that "they'll always be there".... until they aren't and it's too late.
These three lovely women came into my studio for Mothers Day and after their full hair-and-makeup makeover, we took so many portraits of them together.
They will always have these. Through the good times and hard times, these images are on the walls of their homes and offices, and will be passed down to the next generations.