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  • Welcome!

    I am so happy you're here!

    I'm Anna Bartell, owner and photographer here at Anna Bartell Photography. 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!

10 under $10 | Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas!

Easter Basket Ideas, Easter Basket under $10

Mom of 4 here…You better believe that holidays are a challenge under this roof!  Finding goodies to stuff stockings or fill Easter baskets can be a challenge and as much as I LOVE some candy for myself I am A OK with not filling the kids baskets with it!  Before you gasp in horror don’t worry..they do get candy!  I just like to limit it to a few days worth…there’s only so many days I can take of Asher asking for candy for breakfast!  

So long story short here’s my quick list of simple, non-edible basket fillers!

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I’m starting with my favorite.  The Jesus Storybook Bible is the best children’s bible out there!  I’m all for the Easter bunny but lets face it Easter is about THIS GUY! My kids love this bible and so do I!  We’ve read ours so much that it’s actually wearing away…time to get a new one!  Thankfully this hardcover book is under $10!  Can’t beat that!  

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Can you ever have enough sidewalk chalk?  My kids would answer no…but maybe that’s because they used an entire package yesterday to color every rock lining the side of the driveway.   Anything that keeps them busy and outside is a win in my book!

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I will admit, I have a love hate relationship with this stuff but my kids love it so I guess I’m stuck with it!

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Hello things I’m going to have to buy in a month anyway!  Goggles, Sunglasses, Bathing Suits and Flip-Flops are all summer must haves..might as well fill that basket with them!

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Indoor bubbles and outdoor bubbles…you can never get enough bubbles! 

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And last but not least…it’s not Easter unless mom makes you wear a pair of bunny ears! (My sweet Asher when he was a baby….**tears** where did the time go!?)

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter!  If you’re looking for a place to celebrate come check out Regeneration Church in Exeter!  We’ll be at the Exeter Town Hall for worship on Sunday morning! You can see the details here!

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Exeter, NH Family Photographer |”A” Family Lifestyle Session

I have always really enjoyed my job as a Family Photographer but these lifestyle sessions are taking it to a whole new level!  Sometimes family sessions can get stressful…lets face it getting a 3 year old to sit, pose AND look happy is not an easy task but I love a good challenge and I think that’s why I’ve been able to thrive as a NH Family Photographer.  Lifestyle sessions are opening up the doors for families to take the stress out of a session and make the entire session about making memories.  Families are opening their doors to me and then just living their normal Saturday afternoons while I sit back and capture it unfold.  It is pure joy from start to finish for me.  I can’t believe I get to call it a job.  The most exciting thing is revealing the images to the families.  This session in particular I was SO excited to share!  

The A family is truly spectacular.  It was so fun to see them play, laugh, dance and love!  Their family was so natural together and you could really tell that they genuinely live life like this.  They made my job so easy!

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Be sure to take a look at their video below!  All ABP Lifestyle sessions come with a DVD and 8×11 photo book! If you’re looking for a New Hampshire Family Photographer be sure to hit that contact button and lets chat!  

 

 

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New Hampshire Newborn Photographer | Welcome Nason

I know there are a TON of Tobin fans out there.  Tobin’s been on the blog a few times and has now become a definite ABP favorite!     I’m SO excited that Mr. Tobini is now a big brother!  Nason has arrived and he is such a beautiful little boy.  I almost wasn’t able to photograph him as a newborn, between Tobin being in and out of the hospital and me with my broken arm I thought we might miss our window.  As a New Hampshire Newborn Photographer I try to get the little babes in by 10 days so they’re still sleepy and somewhat easy to manipulate.  We almost missed the cut off but we got it done!  My favorite pictures are the two brother’s together.  I cannot wait to see this first one when it arrives in the 20×30 canvas!

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New Hampshire family photographer, New hampshire newborn photographer, anna bartell photography
New Hampshire family photographer, New hampshire newborn photographer, anna bartell photography
New Hampshire family photographer, New hampshire newborn photographer, anna bartell photography
New Hampshire family photographer, New hampshire newborn photographer, anna bartell photography
New Hampshire family photographer, New hampshire newborn photographer, anna bartell photography
New Hampshire family photographer, New hampshire newborn photographer, anna bartell photography
New Hampshire family photographer, New hampshire newborn photographer, anna bartell photography
New Hampshire family photographer, New hampshire newborn photographer, anna bartell photography
New Hampshire family photographer, New hampshire newborn photographer, anna bartell photography
New Hampshire family photographer, New hampshire newborn photographer, anna bartell photography

Aren’t the adorable?  If you’re looking for a New Hampshire Newborn Photographer be sure to check out all the info in the Session Experience tab OR hit that contact button and lets chat!

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Introducing Lifestyle Sessions | New Hampshire Lifestyle Photographer

“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”.”

That pretty much sums up what a lifestyle session with ABP is like.  Take a look at this video get a peek into exactly what a lifestyle session is like. 

Capturing your family and your memories has always been what drives me in my photography.  Lifestyle sessions are taking that passion to the next level.  Capturing every little detail of your current life.  Capturing your children in their most comfortable place, their home.  Freezing those silly faces, messy hands, tiny toes and sweet kisses.  

Lifestyle sessions last anywhere from 2-3 hours and can include numerous activities..your family playing a favorite board game, cooking a favorite recipe, enjoying a meal together, snuggling on the couch or in bed to read a book, jumping on the bed, playing outside on the swing set…any of the above! The possibilities are endless! 

If you’re a client of mine or have read any of the information on my website you know that to me, photography is creating timeless heirlooms.  As usual I am not going to let you walk away with a cd of digital files to shove in a drawer! You will leave with your precious memories captured and given to you in a form that you can pull out year after year and look back on these fleeting moments.  Each lifestyle session will include a DVD of your session just like the one you watched above.  The slideshow will be full of images and video clips of you and your beautiful family.  You will also receive an 8×11 custom photo book of your session.  This photo book is a perfect heirloom to pull out when the kids are all grown up and show them just what life was like when they were littles! 

All of the details are below but there’s still more good news!  Due to my overwhelming excitement for these sessions (I just can’t help myself!)  I will be offering a 25% off discount to the first 5 of these sessions that are booked!  That means you’ll get all of this for $600!  The deal is limited to the first 5 people so be sure to grab your spot fast! 

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Work At Home Mom–THIS is the life

work at home mom, work at home mom struggles, wham,, running your own business

….or not.  Ha!  Lately I keep seeing all of these blog posts floating around social media about being a stay at home mom (SAHM) or being a working mom but what about BOTH!?

 When people find out what I do I usually get one of two responses.  The first- “wow, how do manage that!?  Being a SAHM of 4 and running a business?! That’s a lot!” (to the two of you that have said this to me, thank you…no seriously, thank you).  The rest of the world comments on how lucky I am.  I’ll hear something like ” You’re so lucky you get to have a job and not leave your  kids all day.”  or “It must be so nice to be able to get stuff done around the house while you’re at ‘work’.”  I could sit here and write about how hard it is to be a work at home mom.  I could also sit here and write about how amazing it is to be a WAHM.  Both are true.  

Is it hard to be interrupted all day long…every time I try to get anything done for work?  yes.   The short amount of uninterrupted time definitely makes it hard to get stuff done.   Is it hard to sit down to work for an hour only to get up for a “break” to make lunch, switch the laundry, clean up from lunch, and vacuum up all the hair the dog has decided to shed since that last time I vacuumed…this morning (don’t get me started on the dog).  Then get back to work for an hour or so before the older kids that come off the bus and it’s time for homework, dinner, baths and bed time.   If  only bedtime meant the end of the day…after the kids are in bed it’s usually back to work for me!  Lets face it the evening is the only uninterrupted time I have to REALLY be productive.  Complain, complain, complain, poor me, poor me, poor me.  Yup it’s hard.

Now that I’ve got all my complaining out let me tell you– I. am. blessed.   I am blessed that God gave me these 4 little munchkins to care for.  I’m blessed that He gave me the talent, passion and drive to build my own business.  I am blessed that He gave me supportive husband who lets me pursue this dream.  

I get to wake up in the morning, get the kids breakfast, pack their lunches, and send them off to school (although I’m notorious for forgetting half the stuff they need for school…gym shoes? library books? how am I supposed to remember this all!?).  I get to wear sweatpants to work most of the time.  I get to be here when the kids get off the bus or more importantly when they are too sick to get on the bus.  

Today there’s a snow day….all the kids and their friends are home.  While I’m working there’s tons of laughter, dancing and playing…and don’t forget mess making.  Between working I have been dressing everyone to play in the snow, getting everyone undressed and warmed up from playing in the snow, drying all their gear, making everyone lunch, cleaning up after their lunch and now sitting back down for some more work and guess what…I wouldn’t change it for the world.   

I guess the point I’m trying to make is that we can read blog after blog on how hard it is to be a working mom, a stay at home mom, or a work at home mom…the fact of the matter is being a mom is hard but at the end of the day when you get a great big hug  or hear a big belly laugh, no matter what kind of mom you are, it’s all worth it.  

I have to leave you with one last thing.  This if for those of you that think I’ve got it together.  I get e-mails from other photographers, moms and business women asking me how I balance it all.  The answer is I don’t.  The laundry’s never done, the house is never clean and the work is never done.  Learn to enjoy the small victories and you’ll do just fine! 

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  • February 14, 2014 - 3:32 pm

    Sarah - Thanks for saying this! You do amaze me with all the great work you do and tips you share all while being the fantastic mom I know you are. I get people in awe of me when they see the work I do while raising my 2 kids. One thing is for sure, it isn’t easy and there are always cheerios under the coffee table and unfolded clothes an a laundry basket. But even though the balance is incredibly hard I love being home with my kids and having the ability to run my own business. Keep up the great work, mama.ReplyCancel