The Making of a Family | From wedding bells to baby bliss

As I mentioned in the previous post on Monday, Angie and I were at Penn State together and it was there that we bonded over being “failed archies”. (Which has nothing to do with grades or failing but that we both started out in Architecture and then changed majors.) It’s been ten years this fall since we met and in that time we’ve shared some of the best times and made a whole lot of memories.

Senior year, while I headed to Rome – the Archies let me tag along – Angie had a little extra time on her hands to get cozy with Shawn. And we’re all pretty glad she did, because that was where it all started…

Summer 2010, we all headed off to the Dominican Republic for their tropical destination wedding, where I served as Maid of Honor and honorary photog. Angie can probably be credited with my start in portrait photography – she may not have been the first, but this was where something clicked. What could you expect when the bride is as beautiful as this??!

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Three years later, we trucked up to Philly to shower Baby Kostreva with everything a little boy starting out in this world could need!


And just last week, Angie brought her momma and her little man to the beach for a visit. While I was photographing her as a new mom, I couldn’t help but notice how much she glowed. Its a radiance very similar to what we all saw on her wedding day. Angie is a very beautiful woman, but as Audrey Hepburn said, “I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls”, and as you can see for yourself, that is so true.


And here’s just one more of the little man himself. Congrats momma, you did very well.


Gavin | 2 Months – Sandbridge, Virginia Beach, VA

There’s something about that creamy new-baby skin… when the lighting is right, it just glows. Its almost as if their fresh, new innocence is radiating from their little bodies.

This handsome little man drove all the way down from Pennsylvania last week to visit and brought his lovely momma and grammy with him. I love company of any sort but this kind is extra special!

His momma is a college friend and one of the best there is. OH the stories I could tell!! She majored in graphic design when we were at Penn State and had me in front of her camera for quite a few of her projects. It was so much fun to turn the tables and have her, and her little boy, in front of mine!

She’s doing a monthly photo project with Mr. Gavin and honored me with the pleasure of capturing Month 2!! Just look at all this gorgeous little boy!!


This little boy is hands-down, the most expressive child that I’ve had the pleasure of photographing! At only two months, he certainly blew us away. This last image had us all chuckling!

The Dow Brothers | Fourth of July – Virginia Beach, Virginia

Stars, stripes, and silly little boys! What more could you ask for on the Fourth of July??!

I had been hoping these two cutie pies would visit for the Fourth and bring their lovely parents with them! I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Barrett a few times but this was my first opportunity to get Oliver in front of the camera. (Wedding chaos just didn’t allow for much else the last time they visited!) Just look at those chunky cheeks!! I look forward to many more opportunities to capture their cuteness as they grow!

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And just for fun, a few outtakes from our session. This little boy is happiest when he’s held and made it very clear when he was ready to cuddled:

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Sorry Oliver, I appologize now if these reappear one day… but it was too cute not to capture. ūüėČ

Realistic Goals

I start the very last class of my MBA program this week.  I began this journey in January 2009 and its been a very long road.  In the last four and a half years so many things have happened and so much has changed. 

When I applied for the program at ODU, I had left my first big girl job in DC to move to Norfolk, VA, with no real plan for what was next and no real understanding that March of 2008 was about the worst time in modern¬†economic history to quit your job without that plan.¬† Since then I’ve gone from nightclub marketing manager to receptionist to financial analyst to contract management, moved six times, bought a dog, bought a house, adopted a cat,¬†met Mr. Right, sent the cat to live with my sis,¬†acquired a second dog, gotten married, and started a business.¬† I am definitely not the person you challenge to grab the bull by the horns… I have an inflated sense of exactly how many things I am able to juggle at once.

And this is where we get to the title of this post… Realistic Goals.¬† Last fall, I finally learned my lesson when I pushed the limits¬†my capabilities too far.¬† I was in a new job, moving out of my house and prepping for renters, planning a wedding, and thought I could handle three graduate level classes.¬† No problem.¬†

Boy was I wrong…

So this time around, I’m going to take a step back and focus my priorities.¬† This is my last class, its one of the most intense in the program, and I’ve decided to tackle it in a condensed summer session.¬† Everything else is going to have to be moved to the back burner and unfortunately, that means Portraits by Anna, too.¬†

I’m still booking sessions so please, contact me if you’re interested in setting something up!!¬† But the blog and the facebook page are going to be a little quieter for the next six weeks.¬† Thank you for understanding and I hope you stick around.¬†

The best is yet to come!