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Welcome Wiley Christopher!  Oh how I love being a New Hampshire Newborn Photographer.  It’s actually a good think I get to photograph these sweet squishy babies…otherwise I’d probably have 10 more children of my own!   I love getting my snuggly baby fix!   Wiley was so much fun.  He spent the majority of our session wide awake and absolutely adorable! Wiley was welcomed by his mom and dad and his adorable big sister Quinn.  When working with siblings I love to do lifestyle sessions.  I love capturing the interaction between brother and sister.  Quinn was such a proud big sister which made my job so much easier!  She did a great job with him and it resulted in some of my favorite sibling shots I’ve ever taken!

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I know we’ve moved past Christmas BUT I had to keep so many of these mini-sessions a secret because there were gifts involved.  SO you better believe I’m going to share some of my favorites with you!    As a NH family photographer my yearly mini-sessions are definitely one of my favorite days.   The last two years have been so popular that I’ve done 2 days.   I start planning for these session in the middle of summer.  I brainstorm to decide what I’m going to do to make them different from the year before.   This year was definitely my favorite.  When I decided to bring a bed into the middle of a tree farm my husband thought I was crazy….but isn’t that what makes it fun?!  I know I’m a little crazy but I’m thrilled with the way they turned out!

The planning process was pretty simple once I came up with the idea.  I thought my hardest part was going to be finding a tree farm that would let me hold the sessions on their property.  Getting a hold of any tree farm in the middle of summer proves to be pretty difficult!  Thankfully I have amazing clients that have connections 😉  I was so excited when I got in touch with Amy from Windcrest Tree farm.  She is amazing!  I was even more excited when I went to check out the tree farm and saw how beautiful the whole location was!  Beautiful rolling hills of trees, beautiful barns and even a blacksmith’s shed AND Amy was so kind to let us use the whole location even any props we wanted!   I was happy to see a lot of you that came out for the mini-sessions went back to get your tree there and if you didn’t…don’t worry I’ll remind you to go next year!  As a NH family photographer and local business I love supporting other local businesses especially when they’re so awesome!

The first day of Mini-sessions we had was SO warm! Ridiculously warm actually!  Then the second day we had was FREEZING!   It’s painful to even think about how cold we were that second day…it took me days to recover!  I thought day 2 was going to be a disaster but every single family and their children were awesome!  They all braved the cold and if they didn’t do it happily it only took a few M&M’s to change that!   We got through both days with some of my favorite photos ever!  Perfect for getting into the Christmas mood!   I couldn’t fit them all into the one blog post without it going on forever so here are my absolute favorites!

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Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!

Thank you again to Windcrest Tree Farm for letting us run around the farm for both days!

If you’re looking for a NH family photographer you’re in the right place! Head over to the contact page for more information!  I’m currently booking Spring and Summer of 2014 (and winter if you’re brave!).

 

 

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In my last blog post I mentioned the families that have been with me since the very beginning.  This family is one of them!  As a New Hampshire Family Photographer that is one of the best feelings ever.  Not only am I happy that they’ve enjoyed their sessions enough to stick with me but I’m also thrilled that I get to see these beautiful kids and their amazing parents year after year! Seeing these little ones grow up has been a complete joy!  Aaron and Amelia are FULL of personality so they make every session a blast!

When you photograph a family year after year it becomes a challenge to change things up but not with this family.  We’ve done different locations and Ami does an amazing job picking out great outfits every time.  I was so excited when they chose to do their session at the beach.  One of the benefits of being a New Hampshire Photographer is to have such amazing choices of location and the beach is definitely one of my favorites!

So now…as you sit here at your computer or on your phone…while it’s 3 degrees outside…look at these beautiful beach family photos and THINK WARM!

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Thank you F family for another wonderful session!

If you’re looking for a New Hampshire Family Photographer be sure to contact Anna Bartell Photography at 603-418-5224 or anna@annabartellphotography.com.  I’m currently booking for Spring and Summer 2014 and the calendar fills up fast!

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I can’t believe that 2013 is over! I vividly remember the start of 2013.  It meant a lot of changes for Anna Bartell Photography.  I went into the year prepared to lose all of my clients, prepared to not work all year and prepared to fail!   Sounds awful right?  Anytime you make changes to a business you have to be prepared for that right? I was confident last year that things in my business had to change if I was going to make it as a photographer without burning myself and my family out.  I knew I wasn’t able to offer my family or my clients everything that they deserved.  SO I changed everything…drastically.  I am blown away and truly humbled at the response to the changes.  I love that my clients have stuck with me through this.  I am thankful that they recognize the value of changes that I have made.

When I went through last years favorites photos I looked back and I saw clients that have been with me from the beginning.  I find that absolutely amazing.  When I first started I was charging $40 for the session and the digital files….talk about burning yourself out!   I am so excited to still be capturing these families memories year after year.  I LOVE watching the kids and families grow and I love that so many of these clients have also become dear friends!

This year was also about growth.  I’m always thrilled to welcome new clients to ABP.  This year was a big year of new clients and I am so excited about that.  I loved meeting these new families, getting to know them and capturing their special moments.  That’s one amazing thing about the changes made last year.  I’m now given this awesome opportunity to really give you guys the time you deserve!  Getting to know you all better, spend more time on each session and really capture your family, freeze that time, something I wasn’t able to do before.

This year, 2014, is all about time.   Making sure everyone has the attention they deserve.  This year ABP will only be scheduling 2 session a week–no exceptions.  This means that the calendar will fill up fast but this also means that you will get the best service I can give!  So if you’re thinking of booking a Spring, Summer or Fall session with Anna Bartell Photography it is never too early to get it on the calendar!

So again thank you so much for all of your support, for sticking with ABP and for being the best clients a girl could ask for!  I hope 2014 is full of more gorgeous families, more beautiful babies, more fantastic weddings and most importantly more AMAZING memories!

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FREE_CHRISTMAS_LIST_PRINTABLE_059It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  I’m not shy about the fact that I LOVE Christmastime!  It’s my favorite time of year for sure.   Ever since I was a kid it was always the season I just couldn’t wait for.  My parents did a great job of creating traditions for all of us kids and making the whole Christmas season the BEST time of the year.  I remember going to get the tree the day after Thanksgiving, I remember roasting marshmallows over the fire (yup inside…my dad hated it but my mom always let us do…and that’s the same in my house today!).  My mom used to make an advent calendar for us and every day in December we’d get to open one little gift.  Sometimes it’d be a Hershey Kiss, pencils, erasers, stickers or stamps.  I remember opening our one gift on Christmas eve that was always a new pair of pajamas and even though they were just pajamas it was the most exciting thing to open that one package! Chris has his own traditions that he remembers and we try to include both of our traditions into our own family.  I think those are the things that make me so excited for this season.

When we first started our little family with just Abby I was so excited to start these traditions with her.  I couldn’t wait to shower her with gifts on her first Christmas and boy did we!  Then came Steven, then Magda, then Asher.  All of the sudden we had 4 kids!  The “I want, I want, I want” had just started to begin….then came the pressure.  I can’t get them all of this?!  Every commercial, every catalogue filled with goodies that all 4 of my babies wanted!  All of the sudden Christmas became something a stressful.  The fear of disappointing my kids was overwhelming!  Then lets not even talk about Christmas morning, with all those gifts, the mayhem of trying to open everything in those fantastic packages that all toys come in, batteries in everything, a million pieces.  I’m breaking a sweat even thinking about the aftermath of Christmas morning.  Weeks later we’re left with more stuff…yup more STUFF and I’m left wondering why we do it to ourselves!

SO last year we decided to do something different.  I saw it on a friend’s facebook that they were doing gifts a new way that year.  Each child was getting something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read.   When I read it I knew we had to try it!  So I told the kids that instead of making a list of all the things we wanted we were going to make a family list and everyone could put one thing that they wanted most of all on the list.  The kids thought long and hard about what they would add to the list and eventually chose their one thing to add.  Everything else I picked myself but used those guidelines to do their gifts I also added to the list a game to play.  Our family loves games so I thought this would be a great opportunity to beef up our game choices!

I was able to do all of my shopping that year on amazon.com (Prime members so we get free shipping).  I did it all in one night then wrapped them all when they arrived.   I still enjoyed the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping (I know it’s crazy but I do like it).  When I’d go out I’d keep on the hunt for perfect stocking stuffers.  I spent the Christmas season doing exactly what you’re supposed to do, spending it with family, friends and your church.

I’m not going to lie, when Christmas morning came I was a little worried.  I was afraid the kids would be disappointed.  I thought they might think it wasn’t enough.  That didn’t happen!  It was just as exciting for them as every other Christmas morning had been.  They opened their gifts and were thrilled to receive that one thing they REALLY wanted and loved all the other little things.  After everyone opened their gifts each kid had their one amazing gift that kept them busy for the rest of the day.  The Christmas explosion was easy to clean up and I was able to spend the rest of the day going to Church with the kids then enjoying the evening with my family.  I knew that we had changed our Christmas forever!

Fast forward one year later to today.  I knew we were doing it again but this year things are a little different.  I decided this year I would let them each make a list and fill in their own things.  I made a little fun printable list for them to fill in which made the whole process even more exciting for them. We popped some popcorn, made some hot chocolate and got to work!

 

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I loved listening to them decide if they had been good or bad.  The list was more like a letter to Santa.  I had them think of something good they had done and something bad they had done.  They all decided they have been good…what a surprise!   One extra thing I added to the list this year was a gift for them to give to someone special.  This was my favorite part! Listening to these kids trying to decide who they would give a gift to was the best thing ever.  The fact they had such a hard time deciding just means that their lives are filled with amazing people which make me feel so blessed! FREE CHRISTMAS LIST PRINTABLE, NH FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

Since this new tradition is something I’m so excited about I thought I would share the printable version with you!  So you can download it right here! ChristmasList-Printable1.pdf (700 downloads)

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