My name is Anna and I live in Harlan, Iowa. I photograph weddings all over the world for laid back, adventurous brides who love hard and laugh a lot. My husband, Matthew, and I live on a farm - country life is one of my favorite things. Right now, we have two cats and 10 cows, and one pup named Ziva. You'll find this out eventually, but NCIS is my jam. In fact, our dog is even named after one of the characters. I drink more coffee than water and sometimes I trade real lunch for cookie dough. Mornings are usually slow and I love to start every day with a cup of coffee and my Bible.
I'm not actually originally from Iowa. I called Washington State home for my entire life...but then I attended college smack dab in the middle of this fly-over state. After earning a degree in Missions I went to South Africa for several months to work at an orphanage - as you can tell, I am rather fond of traveling.
My photography (and travel) journey started before I can even remember. My family would drive all over the US for two weeks for our vacation - so we saw a lot of different, beautiful places. My Dad always brought his camera along - and he was always faithful to print the photos off. I remember sitting for hours and paging through all the photographs he had taken over the years and that is where my passion for capturing memories all began.
After years of dreaming, I bought my own camera and then a few years later - shot my first wedding. That was 5 years ago, and I've been in LOVE with photography ever since!
Wedding photographs should tell a story. From the quiet moments getting ready with your girls, to the deep joy when you walk back down that aisle holding your brand new husband’s hand. These are the photos you want to show your grandchildren in 50 years - photos that capture you and your soulmate and your love for each other. This is my philosophy and my goal while capturing your wedding day.
I believe that:
If you're around me for any amount of time, you will probably hear me mention Matthew, my one and only. I can't thank Jesus enough for making this man my best friend, confidant, and the one who can always make me laugh or smile.
We were good friends before we were anything else and it's been a treasure to go from his friend, to his best friend, to his girlfriend, fiance, and now.... his wife. We've only been married for 6 months - so I really, truly, understand exactly where you are right now. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life - and one that should be treasured in every way.
That's a huge part of what drives my photography - I want your day to be captured in the most relaxed, fun way ever. I want your photographs to bring tears to your eyes years later while you're telling your grandchildren the stories of your wedding day. I want your eyes to crinkle up as you laugh about how the ring bearer wouldn't go down the aisle. I want you to gasp when you see the tears in your daddy's eyes - the tears you didn't see till looking through your photographs.
I get it. I get your spur-of-the-moment kisses, your tears... all of it. Matthew changed the way that I view photography and I am so grateful to him for it. I don't have words to describe how I feel about my person. And I know you don't have words to describe how you feel about yours.
I also know love can't be explained... which is why I want to photograph you...so you can remember the experience, even when you can't explain it.
Hello friend! I'm so glad you're here!
I was born in the mountains of washington and they will always be a huge part of me.
I work part time at a coffee shop to get me out of the house a bit. My favorite drinks are always variations of americanos.
I spend two months working at an orphanage in south africa and i left a large peice of my heart there.
the book of Romans
I love romans because it has so much good gospel content. and because paul is my favorite writer.
Hopefully this doesn't come as a shock to you, but I love matthew. he is such a hard worker and I admire him so much.
I am not a night owl. At all. i think that there's something so special about watching the world wake up.
my dog, Ziva
i've always dreamed of having a dog, but it wasn't an option growing up. I almost cried when matthew said we could get our z.
cows have always been my favorite animal. three year old me told my mom that I was going to be a rancher so I could have cows.
Yellowstone national park
Travel Wish List
These are places that I've always wanted to visit. Below are the locations where I will shoot them for cost of expenses only, just because I'm dying to go there. Contact me and let's get planning!
glacier national park
Black sands beach, mn
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destination wedding and senior portrait photography based out of harlan, iowa