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 and have gradually drifted further east and north before settling in West Norwood, SE27. 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 using 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 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 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 work with,, get in touch.
I had a brilliant photoshoot with Anna, she made me feel so at ease. I especially loved the techniques she uses to make it a fun experience, which then made it relaxing for me. I’ve always felt uncomfortable in front of any camera, at first the photoshoot felt a bit weird but I can’t believe how easy and relaxed I felt after only 10 mins….and that was down Anna’s natural relaxed approach. I can highly recommend her for any brand photography, especially if your someone who is a little camera shy.
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Anna and she made our newborn photo shoot very relaxed (despite having to re-arrange a number of times!) The fact she came to our house made things much simpler and we have some great memories from the photos she took. We look forward to using her services again in the future!