Liz and Mike are Married!! | Intimate Backyard Ceremony – Chesapeake, VA

There’s nothing quite as sweet as an intimate backyard wedding ceremony! And what a perfect, sunny May afternoon they had for their big day! We all met at a marriage commisioner’s home in Chespeake and her tree-lined backyard made a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony and their kids made sure we were in the perfect spot.

Congrats, Liz and Mike!! And thank you so much for inviting me to capture these memories for you and your awesome kids!

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They chose to include a sand ceremony – even making sure to measure out just the right amount of sand – to show how all six of them would come together to form something new and beautiful.

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After the big kiss that made it all official, the kids wanted in on the action and called for a big, family group hug!!

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Don’t they make a gorgeous family!??!

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Congrats Liz and Mike!! And thank you again for sharing such a special day with me!

Kayleigh is One Year Old!! | Noland Trail, Mariner’s Museum, Newport News, VA

Oh this family! And this sweet, sweet, darling, little girl!! They rock my world!!!!!
This is now the… FOURTH time I’ve had the pleasure of capturing Kayleigh’s milestones and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to see them again last week!
(Check out our previous sessions here, here, and here)

We kept our fingers crossed for sunshine and warmer temperatures and decided to meet again at Noland Trail, part of the Mariner’s Museum Park, in Newport News for our session. This park is a particular favorite for this family – mom’s an avid runner and has spent many hours and many miles enjoying the beautiful landscape of the trails around the museum. Thankfully, we were in luck, the weather cooperated, and we were able to capture some gorgeous images of this sweet little 1-year-old and her wonderful family. AND Miss Kayleigh’s momma even brought along a cake for a little cake smash!!

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I happened to remember Mis Kayleigh’s momma having an affinity for purple, so I put together this penant banner for our session. It worked perfectly with the little red wagon Miss Kayleigh had received as a birthday gift, just the day before!!

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How much fun is this wagon??

How much fun is this wagon??

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What little girl doesn’t love a string of pearls??!!

One very happy family!

One very happy family!

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Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!!

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!!

Thank you, Smith Family, for inviting me to capture so many milestones for your family!! Every session has been such a joy and Miss Kayleigh could not be any sweeter!

2013 – A Year in Review

2013 was… so many things. Wonderful. Challenging. Amazing. Crazy. Unreal. Scary. Heartbreaking. Awesome. Dramatic. There’s just no one word that sums it up. I’m thankful for all the good and for all the lessons learned from the not so good. There were many blessings and many challenges and I’m not sure when it’s all said and done that the scales tipped in our favor but I do know that we finished the year in a better place than where we started and that in itself is a success.

It was a big year for my photography dream. It was the year I turned a seven year hobby into a business and maybe one day, that business will become a career. Thank you so much to everyone who supported and encouraged this little adventure of mine and to all of my clients – past, present, and future – it’s only because of you that I’m able to make this happen! It has been such a blessing to capture your memories and some of your biggest moments.

Here’s a little photographic recap of all that the year brought to Portraits by Anna. Enjoy!

Karen & Mike

The Seymour Family
Expecting Baby Smith
Miss Kayleigh
The Bedingfield Family
Erica & Nick
Rex & Sylvia turn one!
The McLaughlin Family
The Dow Brothers
Kayleigh & Jocelyn
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Peyton's Princess Teaparty
Sassy Sister Styled Session
Shoot-a-Thon with Sharon Elizabeth Photography
Styled Session with Amanda Hedgepeth Photography
Reagan turns one!
Brooke and Nicholas get married!
The Cloke Family

I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!! Remember, the best is yet to come!

Kayleigh | 6 Months – Noland Trail, Mariner’s Museum Park

When Miss Kayleigh’s momma contacted me for her 6-month portraits, I was thrilled!! I just love working with this family. I fondly refer to them as my catalog family. They’re so happy and at ease with each other that they naturally fall into the best “poses” and just look so great together. And Kayleigh was such a gem for her newborn session – she certainly spoiled this photog with her awesomeness – and I couldn’t wait to see how much she has grown!

Yet again, Kayleigh rocked her session. She’s such a happy, smiley little girl! Even though she was up bright and early the morning of her session, she smiled through the yawns and gave us some of the most gorgeous images.

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I just love a little girl who loves to play dress up! We had so much fun watching Kayleigh’s reaction to this tutu… she was just loving every minute of the combination of the tutu and her toes while she happily hammed it up for us. The expressions on her face were priceless!

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Just for fun, here are a few side-by-sides with images from their maternity session that we also did here at the Mariner’s Museum Park. What a difference a few months can make!!

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Noah, 15 months | Impromptu

This little cutie’s momma and I have been talking about a portrait session for a looooooong time. I haven’t had the pleasure of capturing his cuteness since he was just one-week-new. Unfortunately, the logistics just never seem to work out, despite our best attempts. While the hubs and I were in Pennsylvania visiting my folks a few weeks ago, I was determined to get this little man in front of my camera, even if for a few quick images.

His daddy had to work late and Mr. Noah himself was on a nap strike but the few sleepy pictures we were able to get before he fully woke up and was back on the run are worth sharing:

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And then he was off!! Back to being a busy little boy. 🙂

Kayleigh & Jocelyn | Cousins – Sandbridge, Virginia Beach, VA

I always get excited about the opportunity to photograph little girls!! Don’t get me wrong… I love all the little boys in my life but… in our close circle of friends little girls are hard to come by. Miss Kayleigh’s beautiful momma and I work together and I couldn’t wait to get this little princess in front of my camera – imagine my excitement when I found out Miss Jocelyn would be joining in the fun!!

Just look how gorgeous these beach babies are!!

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Little Miss Sassypants Jocelyn definitely gave me a run for my money… she made me work for it!! Oh man am I glad she did though… this is one of my favorites from their session and I’m so glad she was able to hold this pose for… maybe 2.5 seconds… before she was on the run again!

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This cutie pie is going to be one heartbreaker of a surfer chick one day. Her eyes are the most ammmmmmmazing shade of blue!

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Miss Kayleigh with her momma and daddy:

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And Miss Jocelyn with hers: (As you can see, we tried to tame her with tickles and even that didn’t slow her down for long!)

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Great session, girls!! Thank you sooooo much for giving me the opportunity to add a little more pink to my portfolio!!

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. 😉

Reagan – 6 month session | Virginia Beach, VA

94-degree heat was not exactly what we had in mind when we prayed for no rain for this session… next time we better be a little more specific!!

This little cutie pie and her beautiful parents are such troopers. They were able to rock this session out in 20 minutes – and I’m so glad they were willing to give it that long! We were even able to coax a couple smiles out of this often serious blue-eye beauty. You can tell, she’s just taking it all in and one day, she’s going to blow us all away with all those deep thoughts!!

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What better way could you have started your week, than with all this cuteness?!?

The Bedingfield Family – Chesapeake Portrait Photographer

This family was long overdue for updated family portraits. They hadn’t had a family session since their little girl was an infant!! So when Jolene approached me about scheduling a session before Brian went in for a little surgery, I was more than happy to help them out. They have a gorgeous family!

Just check out below how awesome their images turned out!! (and by the way, the surgery went just fine)


Kayleigh – Hampton Roads Newborn Photographer

She’s here!!

I was so excited to have the oportunity to photograph this little girl at just six days young! Her parents were such rockstars during their maternity session that I just knew she would be amazing in front of the camera. Miss Kayleigh exceded expectations and blew us all away with her awesomeness!!

This little princess has spoiled this photog for future newborn sessions… she definitely earned both a pony and a shiny new car when she turns 16!


Let me tell you a little bit about this flag… its her daddy’s eagle scout flag that flew over the capital building and he has carried it with him on every single deployment. I’m so glad her parents decided to include this in our session – my favorite portraits from the day are with this flag.