Baylynn King – 4 Days New!! | Virginia Beach, VA, Newborn Photographer

This precious little princess certainly took her time before making her big debut! Momma and Daddy had decided to wait to find out whether they were having a prince or a princess and had hoped to meet her much closer to the beginning of May. Despite everyone’s anxious anticipation, we all had to wait until after Memorial Day for Miss Baylynn King. (Tell me that isn’t the sweetest name for a little girl whose parents both love to fish and be on the water!!)

And, as you’ll see for yourself, she was certainly worth the wait!

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What a big yawn!!

What a big yawn!!

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I love a little girl who can rock a tutu!! I made this one and the hairbow to match especially for this session… secretly hoping there was going to be a princess to wear it! (I had a contingency plan for a boy… but never quite got around to making that little fishing hat… glad I didn’t!!)

Every little girl should nap in a tutu!

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Welcome to the world little princess!!

Welcome to the world little princess!!

Thank you so much, little lady, for totally rocking this session!! And to Baylynn’s sweet Momma and Daddy who let me just play away with their little princess. There’s nothing quite like that sweet newborn smell and those scrunchy little fingers!

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
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!


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!

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.