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
Kaiden
The Dow Brothers
Gavin
Kayleigh & Jocelyn
Barrett turns two!Kayleigh's 6-month session
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!

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!

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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.

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

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Expecting Baby Smith – Hampton Roads Maternity Photographer

Allow me to introduce you to the very first Portraits by Anna maternity couple!! I cannot express how awesome it was to receive my very first inquiry from someone I had never met. Karen is friends with my sister, also Karen, and had seen the pictures I had taken of her and her bf and asked if I’d capture this very special moment for her and her husband as they anticipate the arrival of their little girl. I was soooooo honored and excited! ((And terrified… because, what if I screwed this up?? What if the images weren’t any good?? These folks wouldn’t just be nice cuz I knew them… they might be honest!! *yikes!*))

Let me just tell you from the first shot in the camera, this session was a dream! I had been worried over nothing! Karen and Todd are so happy and content and and in love and in tune with each other, they just fell into the most perfect poses and looked like something out of an advertisement. They just naturally moved together and looked in the same direction that I caught myself sitting back and capturing their awesomeness.

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Karen and Todd are avid runners. At just two weeks til their little lady is scheduled to make her debut, Karen is still hitting the trails! Talk about inspirational!

My sister had suggested including running shoes in the session and I just knew this HAD to happen. I was sooooo excited when Karen told me she even had “running” shoes for the baby!!!

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Here’s the story behind these last set of images:

When I asked Karen and Todd to kiss, they started out with a chaste little peck, and then things got a little silly when they started joking that a kiss was what got them into this mess!
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And what a beautiful mess they are in!