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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, Web-design and will soon be launching PROFITOGRAPHY the all in one business course for motivated photographers. Check out the "for photographers" button for more info!

You ask and you shall receive!  Normally ABP shuts down for the Christmas season but this year we’re changing things up!  This year I’m introducing a totally new and magical option for your Christmas pictures- are you ready for it? Picture your family baking Christmas cookies, decorating your gingerbread house, decorating the Christmas tree or snuggling up on the couch to read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.  How many times have you been doing these things wishing you could remember those moments forever?  I know every year I feel this way!  That’s why this year I’m offering Christmas Lifestyle Sessions!  

These Christmas Lifestyle sessions will be unlike any ABP experience you’ve had in the past.  I’ve priced these sessions as an all inclusive digital package.  If you’ve worked with me before you know that doesn’t happen often (well ever).  For $600 you’ll receive the session, all of the High Resolution digital files AND the Keepsake DVD.  That’s a $1,200 value for $600!  Sound too good to be true?  It’s not! The only catch is that I can only book a few of these sessions so it’s on a first come first serve basis.   



We’ll schedule 2 hours of fun with your family and I’ll be there to capture it!  If you’ve never seen my Lifestyle work here’s what a recent client had to say about it-

“We are incredibly thankful to have these precious moments in time preserved in such a beautiful, authentic way. Our session was just like any typical Saturday. We laughed our way through the morning as we baked, read and played together… and Anna was in the background quietly clicking away the whole time. It felt… real. Relaxed. Joyful. I was brought to tears when I saw the photos from our session. Anna caught those little family moments – a snuggle, a favorite toy, an impromptu tickle session – with perfect accuracy. The images were beautifully captured and edited, but most importantly, they were us… happy, crazy, loving our time together. When I look through our photos, I can almost hear the 10-years-from-now me whispering “thank you for helping me remember these sweet, busy days”

Take a peek at this video below to see what you can expect from a lifestyle session!


Just imagine all the fun, magical moments we could capture together!  Photos will be ready in a VERY timely manner in order to provide you with the ability to purchase holiday gifts and cards for all of your loved ones!  And remember for the first time EVER the digital files are included in your session with full printing rights!  I think grandma needs a mug!;)

To get your session on the calendar e-mail or give me a ring at 603-418-5224

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If you’ve followed me for any amount of time you know that I LOVE to support other local businesses!  One of my absolute FAVORITE businesses in town is the fabulous My Reis Salon.   You’ve seen them on my blog before and you’ve definitely heard me rave about them on Facebook.  

I have THICK…and when I say thick I don’t just mean your average thick hair…I mean freakishly thick and oddly curly hair.  My hair has been trouble for my entire life!  I always dreamed of being able to do something with this head of hair other than put it up in a pony tail.  

Well, a few years ago I found My Reis Salon!  I no longer have a hate for my hair and I definitely don’t fear going to the salon anymore!  EVERYONE there is awesome!   Now I can actually look forward to a few hours being spent getting my hair cut, colored and styled.  I can sip a cup of coffee or a glass of wine while I’m pampered and I love it!  

You see My Reis Salon, although a completely different business than photography, has the same business philosophy as I do and that is to give your client an incredible experience and a fantastic end result.  I’ve never left My Reis not feeling wonderful about the way I look and the time spent with all the lovelies there!

Now that I’ve given you my rave review (again!) I’m so excited to share with you the photos from the most recent event at My Reis- Their 6th Birthday Bash!  It was quite the event!  Balloons, giveaways, mimosas and mini-monogramed cakes (and they were vegan!) from The Bakers Beet!   Enjoy the video below!    


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  • October 22, 2014 - 5:45 pm

    Diane Lucas - Wow this is amazing! Thank you Anna Bartell Photography for capturing My Reis in action!! Great job and I’m still wiping the tears! Thank you all :) ReplyCancel

  • October 22, 2014 - 5:45 pm

    Diane Lucas - Wow this is amazing! Thank you Anna Bartell Photography for capturing My Reis in action!! Great job and I’m still wiping the tears! Thank you all :)

  • October 22, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    Judy Looper Wright - had a blast there that day. con grats on 6 years . its been 5 years since ive been going to Austin and my husband jim has been going to Kelly. great employees

  • October 22, 2014 - 8:11 pm

    Pam Cameron - What no pictures of the smiley cake!ReplyCancel

It’s that time of year again!  The one and only time that ABP offers mini sessions!  It’s also the last chance of the year to be photographed by ABP!  I LOVE ending every year with these mini sessions and I’m SO excited about them this year!

Each year I try to give you another unique option for your holiday portraits!  This year we’re heading to the beach!

Christmas Pictures, Mini Sessions on the Beach, Beach Pictures NH, Holiday Mini Sessions

Picture your kids and your family in the on the beautiful New Hampshire beach  All cozied up on a blanket with hot cocoa…doesn’t get much better than that! We’ll have a few different options for set ups. There will be plenty of options for Christmassy shots but as usual on my Christmas mini-session days there will be opportunity to get a few family photos without the Christmas decorations. What a perfect time for an updated family photo! These sessions take place the first two Saturdays in November. I do that so you’ll have everything in your hands no later than December 1st! Start out your Holiday season with cards ready to go out and gifts for family and friends ready to be wrapped and put under the tree!

This year’s session includes a some exciting products that make perfect gifts!  The coolest one is the “Holiday Wishes Slideshow”. If you’ve had a session with me this year then you’ve had a premiere night slideshow and you know what I’m talking about! During your session I will photograph your family having fun and just being you but I’ll also be taking short video clips and even record a holiday greeting from you and your family! This is a great keepsake for years to come. Something you share with friends and family, e-mail it as a digital Christmas card and most importantly tuck it away as a keepsake you can pull out for years to come. Think of next Christmas pulling out this dvd and looking seeing how much your family has changed in just a year! I am so excited to be able to offer this to you guys!

So now you need the details right? Well here they are!




First you’ll need to choose your date and time!  These are first come first serve and fill up fast!  The dates and times available are-

November 1- 8:00am, 8:45, 9:30, 10:15, 2:00pm, 2:45, 3:15, 4:00

November 8- 8am, 8:45, 9:30, 10:15, 2:00pm, 2:45, 3:15, 4:00

I will try my best to keep this updated as sessions are booked!


COLLECTION 1- $625 ($1290 Value)

  •  30 Minute Mini-Session
  • 5 Gift Prints
  •  All Digital Files
  •  50- 5×7 Christmas Cards w/ Address Labels
  •  Holiday Wishes Slideshow
  •  Facebook Timeline Cover

COLLECTION 2- $500 ($750 Value)

  • 30 Min Mini-Session
  •  5 Gift Prints
  •  5 Digital Files
  •  25- 5×7 Custom Christmas Cards
  •  Holiday Wishes Slideshow
  •  Facebook Timeline Cover

COLLECTION 3- $350 ($550 Value)

  • 30 Min Mini-Session
  • 5 Gift Prints (8×10 or smaller)
  • 25- 5×7 Custom Christmas Cards
  • Holiday Wishes Slideshow
  • Facebook Timeline Cover

If you’d like a spot at the Holiday Mini-Sessions be sure to email me at to claim your spot.  Sessions will be blocked off on a first come first serve basis and will not be considered reserved until Paypal invoice payment is received.  


In the case of rain sessions will be rescheduled for November 15.

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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. 



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.


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.



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.



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.


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.


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.



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. 



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.  



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.


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


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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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • October 4, 2014 - 5:54 pm

    Kristi Bond Dube - I really enjoyed reading your blog on some of the books we’ve grown up with. Frog and Toad were some of my favorites. I bought a copy of Miss Nelson is Missing for my son who is 5 and started Kindergarten in August. My daughter shares a name with another book you write about…Amelia Bedelia. I’ve read some of her stories and look forward to reading more as Amelia gets a little older. Thanks for posting them!ReplyCancel

  • October 5, 2014 - 1:03 am

    Cristy Tucker - Oh my gosh! How this list brings me back! Amelia Bedelia books were always a favorite of mine. As an adult I find them quite funny as she seems to have that literal mindset as young children do :) ReplyCancel