Why choose Warm Glow Photo?

My approach to family portrait photography is based on the principles of gentle parenting: empathy, respect and understanding. This means that I focus on capturing natural images truly reflect your child’s personality. I create relaxed, enjoyable photoshoots guided by you and your child.

I offer maternity/newborn and first year combined packages to record your journey through parenthood. Sessions can take place in my studio in West Norwood (which has ample free parking) or at your home. Alternatively, I’m always happy to shoot outdoors or in unusual locations.

I work with a designer to produce beautiful, handmade photobooks and personalized USB sticks. We also offer a range of prints for your home including aluminium, canvas and bamboo. Get in touch to talk through our full range of products or to find the best package to suit you and your family.

 

About Me

I’m Anna, a London based photographer and mother of two. I’ve been a photographer for much longer than I’ve been a mother. My winding journey to family photography has taken in photographing punk bands, squats, fashion, events and ten years as a wedding photographer. In fact, it would be easier to try to list what I haven’t photographed! But let’s start at the beginning.

I was born and grew up in Kingston, the furthest reaches of South West London and have gradually drifted further east and north before settling in West Norwood, SE27 about 100 yards past the East/West dividing line. I love it here, it has the best sense of community of anywhere I’ve ever lived.

From around the age of seven I commandeered the family camera and started documenting holidays, gatherings and day to day life. At sixteen I left school for sixth form college which gave me the opportunity to take GCSE Photography. Within a couple of weeks I realised I’d found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I switched one of my A levels to Photography, then went to university to study a BA in Photographic and Digital Arts at a very exciting time straddling the transition from digital to analogue. We learned colour darkroom printing and made cine films alongside interactive CD ROMS and Photoshop 2. My final dissertation was on family photography.

After leaving university I worked in a range of picture libraries and as a studio assistant before becoming a photography technician and tutor at art college, alongside working as a freelance photographer and running my wedding photography business. I gained a distinction in MA Photography and a teaching qualification. I set up Warm Glow Photo and started doing family photography in 2011 when pregnant with my first child. In 2014 I won a Brand Amplifier silver award for my unique approach to family photography. I have also exhibited my work at the ICA, Photofusion and the Viewfinder Gallery, amongst others and been published in newspapers and magazines including Juno natural parenting magazine.

Photography is a massive part of my life but I do have other interests. My other main passion is outdoor swimming and I’m a member of the South London Swimming Club at Tooting Bec Lido, where I have competed in the Cold Water Swimming Championships. I’m a Woodcraft Folk leader and I also love (in no particular order) loud music, 80s films, camping and post-apocalyptic science fiction.

If I sound like the type of person you’d like to capture beautiful, natural honest pictures of your family, get in touch.