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  • Welcome!

    I am so happy you're here!

    I'm Anna Bartell, owner and photographer here at Anna Bartell Photography in Exeter, New Hampshire. I won't bore you with all the details of who I am (because you can find that on my about me page!) but simply put I'm a wife and a mom of four!

    It may have been those four babies that sparked my passion for family photography! I LOVE capturing life…and when I say love that's an understatement! Newborns, Babies, Children and Families…those are the things that make me happiest--well that and a good cup of coffee!

    I hope you stick around and check out some of my latest work and most of all I hope you hit that contact button because I'm dying to hear from you!

    If you're a photographer don't worry there's plenty of goodies here for you too! ABP is now offering Mentoring and will soon be launching DRIVEN the workshop for motivated photographers. Check out the "for photographers" button for more info!

The longer that I am a New Hampshire Family Photographer the more clients I see coming back as they get older.  It’s my absolute favorite when I photograph a newborn then get to capture them as they grow up! 

Carter is one of my little newbies that I’m just loving photographing over and over again!  I LOVED running around on the beach with him and his mom and dad (even if it meant a big EMBARRASSING fall!).  It was the perfect weather to be running around and splashing in the cold ocean water!

I have been photographing so much at the beach this summer which is not my norm but boy and I loving it! I’m a little sad to be leaving the beach behind as the weather gets chillier…maybe that’s why I’ve decided to do Christmas Mini’s at the beach this year!  You can’t beat this gorgeous backdrop that’s for sure!

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Aren’t they just the cutes family!? Now that I’ve shared these photos with you I cannot wait to share with you this family’s Maternity pictures (we did those at the beach too!).  You’re going to have to wait a little while longer for that but I promise it’ll be worth the wait!

If you’re looking for a New Hampshire Family Photographer be sure to hit that contact button in the menu! I’d love to hear from you!

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When Anna asked me if I would write a list of my top ten children’s books I was ecstatic. A kid at heart, I love reading children’s stories just as much as adult novels. The library is one of my favorite places to visit. Not only do I stock up on adult books, I check out what’s new in the children’s room, seeking out inspiration on new writing material and for just pure enjoyment. Here are some of my favorites growing up in no particular order.

 

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

If you are a New Englander who grew up with a family big on blueberry picking like I did, this is the book to read. As a child, I loved the simple illustrations and pretended I was Sal on her blueberry adventure. Rereading it as an adult takes me back to those times, thankfully minus the bears. 

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The Remarkable Riderless Runaway Tricycle by Bruce McMillan

I was always one who preferred illustrations to photographs but when I picked up this book I was mesmerized by the black and white photos that went along with the story. A red tricycle rolls back by itself to it’s owner after his parents throw it out. It gave me the chills and was both creepy and awesome at the same time. McMillan is from Maine and as a bonus you can even spot George Bush’s house in one of the photos.

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The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

Allsburg gives you a series of black and white illustrations that are both unusual and captivating along with a title and a caption. This allows children to use their imagination to finish the rest of the story. In the introduction of the book Allsburg gives you the back story of these illustrations and it’s just as fascinating as the book itself.

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Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola (series)

Reading this as a child I used to imagine the town I lived in filling with spaghetti from Strega Nona‘s magic pasta pot. Before Strega Nona leaves she warns Anthony not to touch her pasta pot. Of course he doesn’t listen and encounters a spaghetti disaster. It’s a great book on the consequences of disobedience.

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Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry Allard and illustrated by James Marshall (series)

What child hasn’t had a mean substitute teacher? When Miss Viola Swamp takes over Miss Nelson’s class after her students continuously misbehave they realize how much they miss their teacher and desperately want her back. It’s a fun read with a surprising twist at the end. It’s also perfect for when the school year is about to begin.

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Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish and illustrated by Fritz Siebel (series)

Amelia Bedelia is hired by the Rogers as a housekeeper but lacks common sense. As she follows the instructions left for her I would laugh out loud as to how precise she follows those directions. The more she messed up, the more I loved her character. Amelia Bedelia just celebrated it’s fiftieth anniversary.

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George and Martha by James Marshall (series)

Covering important yet simple topics for children to understand, lovable hippos, George and Martha show us what true friendship is all about. I was drawn to this series because there are five stories within each book, my favorite being the last when George gets a gold tooth.

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Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel (series)

Just like George and Martha, five different stories tell the adventures of best friends, this time between Frog and Toad. I read all of the Frog and Toad books over and over not only because the stories were humorous, but because through thick and thin Frog and Toad were always there for each other. 

 

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Once Upon Another: The Tortoise and the Hare/The Lion and the Mouse By Suse MacDonald and illustrated by Bill Oakes

Two classic fables are combined into one book. Once you are done with one story you turn the book upside down, using the same illustrations for the next story. Abstract pictures of colored shapes and textures allow children to use their imagination as the shapes take on different characters and settings in each story.  

 

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One by Kathryn Otoshi

Although I didn’t grow up with this book, I couldn’t leave it out. A year ago I happened to notice it on my mother’s kitchen table. Out of curiosity I picked it up and read it three times in a row because I liked it so much. Otoshi uses her immense creativity to write an inventive way to talk about bullying using colors and numbers. It definitely sets itself apart from other books out there on bullying.

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When selecting a children’s book C.S Lewis said it best. “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” Hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it!

 

Stephanie Workman is the author of Lucy’s Amazing Friend, a picture book about eight-year-old Lucy who befriends Daniel, a boy living with autism. To find out more about the author visit www.stephanieworkman15.com.

 

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  • August 30, 2014 - 6:31 pm

    Janet Goode - As a third grade teacher, I agree that all the books listed by Stephanie Workman are favorites of mine and the children I taught. I actually did a unit of study on the books of Robert McCloskey each year. Blueberries for Sal was a fun one to do with activities like making bookmarks with blueberry juice!. Another favorite was Burt Dow Deep Water Man that I read aloud with a Maine coast accent.
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  • August 30, 2014 - 6:31 pm

    Janet Goode - As a third grade teacher, I agree that all the books listed by Stephanie Workman are favorites of mine and the children I taught. I actually did a unit of study on the books of Robert McCloskey each year. Blueberries for Sal was a fun one to do with activities like making bookmarks with blueberry juice!. Another favorite was Burt Dow Deep Water Man that I read aloud with a Maine coast accent.
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  • September 3, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    Barbara's Studio of Ceramics - Growing up I loved B is for Betsy, Just Jennifer, and Little Pear.ReplyCancel

  • September 3, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    Starr Bertero - Ferdinand the Bull! :) ReplyCancel

As a NH Wedding Photographer I don’t think I could’ve chosen a better place to take engagement photos!  I met Allison & Tommy at Maudsly Park in Newburyport and was blown away at how gorgeous it was! We had the perfect night, the perfect lighting and this couple is SO much in love!  Everything was perfect…except maybe the swarming mosquitos!

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Congratulations Allison and Tommy! I cannot wait for your wedding! 
If you or someone you know is looking for an NH Wedding Photographer be sure to contact ABP!

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  • August 7, 2014 - 11:07 pm

    Allison Sinclair - Love love love! Anna, you are amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2014 - 1:09 am

    Tricia Cook Harris - Looking good guys!!!:)ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2014 - 3:18 pm

    Laura Hubbard Sinclair - Sweet! Lots of memories at Maudsley Park. A peaceful place & so fitting for themReplyCancel

The Bartell family is back!  After a nice long vacation we’re back and that means I’m back to work! It’s bittersweet that’s for sure! I LOVED unplugging and really spending quality time with the family but I’m also itching to get back to work, to blog all of these gorgeous family sessions I’ve been shooting all summer and to get back behind the camera!   I’m so excited to share this fun session with you!  This session was a big extended family session with all the grandkids.  I loved this session and I cannot wait to show you the finished product wall gallery that we set up!  Grandma and Grandpa went into this session with the goal of doing a fun wall gallery in their home of all of their grandkids.  Their home is filled with traditional portraits so it was fun to be able to offer some casual shots of the kids playing on the beach.   My summer has been filled with NH Beach Family Photography and I’m not complaining!  I love running around the beach with the kids and I love the neutral background that the beach offers. I think it’s a great backdrop for pictures especially in this case where we were going for a wall art gallery of images.  Hope you like them!

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If you’re thinking about having a NH Beach family photography session done there’s still time!  ABP has a few sessions left for August 2014! Hit that contact button now and we’ll get you on the schedule!

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  • July 14, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    Amy Hohl - Looks like they had so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2014 - 7:49 pm

    Denise Belanger - aw! love the one with the dog running!! :) ReplyCancel

Today is my sweet Magdalena’s birthday!  Boy do I love that child!  A lot of you know the story of how the doctors told us she would be born with a cleft lip/pallet so I won’t bore you with the details! Long story short she’s my tiny little miracle baby who came out with the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen (ok, we didn’t see it till months later but she was perfect!)

I always get extra sappy on her birthday when I think about the day she was born.  The relief, the joy and the thankfulness I felt that day.  The Lord really gave us such a miracle and it’s one I’m still in awe of! 

We have a bunch of birthday traditions that our kids look forward to!  When you’ve got 4 kids their birthday becomes a fun day to remind them of how special they are!  Some of our favorite traditions are-

  • Waking up to an explosion of decorations!  It sounds a lot like Christmas morning when all of the kids come running down to see all of the decorations.
  • Breakfast with daddy!  Chris takes the birthday girl/boy out for a special breakfast with just him.  This is a tradition his dad started when they were kids!
  • Birthday dinner-  The kids get to pick WHATEVER they want for dinner!  We’ve had dinners where I have to open a dozen cans of spaghetti-os! Normally their pick is my 2nd rate version of Mima’s lasagna.
  • Crazy cake creations-  Every year they pick what kind of cake they want…and by kind I don’t mean flavor!  For Magda’s birthday’s alone we’ve had Yo Gabba Gabba characters, Elmo, a rainbow, the full candyland board and this year the ocean!
  • Piñata! This is an odd tradition and I’m not sure how it became a tradition in this house but the kids now expect a birthday piñata…seeing as I have the biggest sweet tooth ever I don’t argue!

These are just a few things the kids look forward to! What are your favorite birthday traditions in your house? Something you do for your kids or something your parents did for you!?  Let me know in the comments below!  

And I might as well leave you with some of my favorite photos of sweet Maggie D! (thanks Facebook for keeping all my pictures nice and organized so I can go grab some favorites!)

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  • May 21, 2014 - 3:56 pm

    Dena McMullen - Happy Birthday, Magdalena!

    I love the idea of birthday traditions, especially with 4 kiddos. I think that’s great that you make each one of them feel special! <3ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    Amy Hohl - When I was a kid one of our birthday traditions were that when we got up in the morning there was a present waiting for us at the kitchen table that we got to open up before school. The rest had to wait until the party or dinner celebration later but it was always fun to wake up like Christmas excited for the first gift!

    PS. I love that eye roll photo!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    Christina Baltazar - Aww! She is so cute! Happy Birthday Magdalena!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    Susan Dallas Willis - Those are fabulous ideas for birthday traditions. Thanks for sharing. Happy Birthday, Magdalena!!!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2014 - 5:37 pm

    Wendy Cloutier Shea - She is just too cute Anna! Have fun today :) ReplyCancel