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A few changes on the way

March 3, 2011

This blog has served as a catchall for baby and kid stories and photos, ramblings, recipes and client photos for a very long time, and it’s time for something new!

When I started here on wordpress nearly five years ago, I didn’t even have a phone that took a photo. (Really!) So all my posts about my kids turned into long (long!) winded narratives with lots of lovingly and carefully selected photos and…well, I think only crazy new mothers can keep that up. Or bloggers far more organized than me.

So then, when I got a phone with a camera (I think this was the first time I posted a cell phone picture, in 2008) and started using it all the time to illustrate the funny moments in our days, it didn’t seem like this spot was the place—mixed in with gorgeous brides and sweet, clean babies—to feature my messy, muddy duo.

And, since I was almost never sitting down at the computer to record the moments I wanted to remember, it felt like I needed a place to post by phone the mobile memories we were making. So, Will and Henry (a.k.a. Hank and Willie) have a new home on tumblr. It’s right here, and the address is

And has fine images like this one there:

I’m going to keep a similar eclectic mix here, but those tiny feet you see above in the header have grown (when I can find the image file of those feet, it will migrate over to tumblr, too) and might not need so many posts of their own. Since, thankfully, they don’t keep us up at night anymore, and as I look back, it seems that all I did was write about that and post recipes for hot fudge sauce.

So this space here, connected to my photography website, is going to be undergoing a transformation along with my website this month. I’ll still be posting client images here until the transformation is finished, but I’m hoping that will be soooooon–I’m ready!

Here’s a wee sliver of a peek at the website and blog changes coming up, designed by Lucinda Wesson of Chocolate Creative Design. Can’t wait!


Family sessions: Samantha and Charlie

November 30, 2010

I can’t decide which way I like this–good thing we took lots in both orientations!

This family was the last one I did in Massachusetts earlier this month–the day was chillier than predicted, gray and dark and now that we’re into November, the sun was setting in what felt like the middle of the afternoon! Charlie and Samantha turned on the sunshine with these grins, and I couldn’t have been happier with what we got–though we all would have been a little happier with some sun to warm us up!

Don’t these two have such a timeless, kids-in-a-storybook look?

You don’t even want to know what he whispered to her to get that great grin. Or, maybe you can guess if you have a four-year-old and a six-year-old in the house.

It was actually pretty inspired of Charlie to whisper potty words–parents, don’t judge if you hear me encourage it! 🙂

The light was fading on a chilly New England November day, but we got a few portraits before they headed out for dinner. Thank goodness for cameras with high ISO, photogenic kids and bright blue eyes!

Next time, a warm, sunny day, ok guys? You earned it!



A sparkly night

September 20, 2010

Lucinda Wesson at Chocolate Creative Design has been working away on a very special project, and it is almost ready to be unveiled!

She’s had some very, um, helpful helpers.

We thought gorgeous Elihu Island in Stonington would be the perfect place to photograph it on what was the most perfect of blue, sparkly, sunny September evenings.

And it was.

Can’t wait to share, stay tuned!

P.S. There is a hint in the title of this post. And there may have been some HAY involved.

P.P.S. Late 2010 and 2011 brides, you’ll want to click that link for sure! A $150 Williams-Sonoma giveaway!


September 15, 2010

Henry, first day this fall at his familiar nursery school. He loves it, but he’s never one to embrace change, especially A) in the morning and B) if it means leaving his Legos and Playmobil.

Here he’s saying he’d really rather go inside and take a nap. Because he’s really tired.  And that his belly hurts. And that maybe we should go tomorrow, instead.

But when I dropped him off, I got a kiss and a smile. He’ll do just fine.

We’ve been full of firsts for what feels like weeks now–first day of first grade, first day of montessori school and now, first day of the last year of nursery school. We adore our neighborhood nursery school, and can hardly believe we are beginning our fourth (and final) year with a child there.  It feels good to have everyone launched, and I think it will be a fantastic year.

“And I can take a nap, right upstairs, with my lambie and my softie, and maybe I will just go to school later, okay, mom?”

“Oh, well, guess we’re here. See you later, mom!”

Just beachy!

September 10, 2010

A sneak peek for this fabulous family–we rescheduled and rescheduled all summer long, and finally hit the picture-perfect day at the beach.

Cannot WAIT to share all your images next week, enjoy the preview!

Kristen + Tim, married in Scituate (slideshow)

September 5, 2010

This current string of glorious late summer days is blurring together, one after another, but this day stood out for me. This was a day filled with sentiment and tenderness, a day to recognize loss and to recognize the joy of love. Kristen and Tim blended their lives on a picture-perfect day near summer’s end, a day that for them is just the beginning.

Kristen and Tim’s ceremony and reception was filled with beautiful tributes and reminders of Kristen’s mother, who passed away seven years ago. Kristen carried a piece of her mother’s veil tied to her bouquet, and a locket with a photo from her mother on her own wedding day. And if you aren’t tearing up right now, you’re made of tougher stuff than me, because I am! The day was also filled with laughs, too–Tim’s sons join the new family, and the youngest son toasted them with a hopeful statement of his own that brought the house down—”I don’t want to be the youngest family member any more!”

Enjoy a peek into their special day, and join me in wishing them a lifetime of love and happiness. And a rescheduled tropical honeymoon, since Hurricane Earl postponed theirs!

Slideshow for Kristen & Tim

Happy love, Kristen and Tim!



Kristen + Tim: married in Scituate

August 29, 2010

The day? Breathtaking. The bride and groom? Filled more with more emotion than I’ve ever witnessed at a wedding. The photographer? Cried.

More later, but just wanted to post one of my absolute favorites for this beautiful couple on their beautiful weekend.

Jill + Ed, married: a double-header of slideshows

August 19, 2010

My sparkly bride Jill needs a slideshow, because I just loved all the emotion and feeling at this day–more than just a marriage between two people, it was a merging of families. The day was as much about their children and the blending of their grown families as it was about the union of this incredible couple.

And, they also need a photobooth slide show, because they had a party out back on the terrace at the Spa at Norwich Inn, the very posh and lovely elegant site of their wedding. The guests, some of them friends from high school brought a ton of energy to this photobooth, and you’re going to LOVE it.

My FAVORITE of the day!

Jill + Ed, married

Jill + Ed, photobooth!

Happy love, Jill & Ed! I was honored to be a witness to your gorgeous day.

xo, Anna

Shay + Matt, married in Essex (Part 2)

August 19, 2010

I LOVE the photobooth. Love it.

Photobooth fun is definitely a wedding photography craze these days, but unlike selective coloring (Google it if you were lucky enough to miss that boat) this is one photography trend I’m happy to be part of. There are so many great reasons to have a photobooth experience at your wedding, whether it be a machine with strips of paper, or the full-on portrait experience that we love.

I LOVE these two, and just kept shooting while they smooched!

The best part is the unexpected images that come in every photobooth, like when Matt’s dad dipped his mom in the photobooth and went for the super smooch–I love taking ideas from the guests and making their portraits into something all their own.

I think the dipping is genetic!

Sometimes your best dancers need their own moment in the spotlight. (Click on these two for a little cha-cha.)

And just think, without a photobooth, how would you ever get such great photos of those non-dancing guests who would be sitting around eating cake if they had no photobooth?

Enjoy several hours of Matt and Shay’s photobooth squished into a quick slide show right here!

Cape Cod Cuties

August 18, 2010

More Shay and Matt coming, I promise! But as a brief intermission, we hit the beach(es) of Cape Cod last month with a quick visit with Maria, Tommy and Grace, and later on with Suey, Lulu and family. Grace turned seven months when we were there, and Tommy got his first silly bands, so it seemed like a fine reason to take out the camera.

(Click on any image to see it larger!)

Shay + Matt, married in Essex (part 1)

August 9, 2010

Shay, you are GORGEOUS.

You too, Riley. (Their pooch and flowergirl.)

Shay and Matt have one of my favorite stories of all time—she was once a patient of Matt’s, and when he (very clearly and ethically) completed her course of care with a followup phone call, he then called her back as a civilian and asked her on a date. It’s pretty darn sweet, I think!

It gets better, too—their first date fell on that big friend and family reunion night, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and Shay met most of the key players in her now expanded circle of famly and friends. Good thing it worked out so well!

The rain stopped and the sun came out! Photo by Dallas Galbreath for Anna Sawin Photography.

Their wedding day dawned hot hot hot, and by just before ceremony time, a raging thunderstorm swept through the Connecticut shoreline. With the members of the wedding party arriving by boat, and an outdoor ceremony at Essex Yacht Club, things looked pretty damp for a while. But, with a slight delay, the sun peeked through, a glorious rainbow emerged and an army of helpers rushed to dry the seats for the outdoor ceremony.

It was sunny skies for their gorgeous, waterfront ceremony with warm and tender vows, a breathtaking solo by Shay’s sister and the incredible backdrop of the late-day sun on the Connecticut River. The skies stayed clear for the tented reception to follow. (LOVED the pink lanterns!)and some amazing dancing for hours and hours.

Enjoy the slideshow of their day here, and look for part 2 of this awesome wedding later this week—a truly epic photobooth event so good it needs it’s own blog post!

Happy love, Shay & Matt!



They got engaged in a green Jeep Wrangler. This one sat on top of the cake!

Rehearsal dinner: Old Lyme Beach Club

Ceremony & Reception: Essex Yacht Club

Bridal gown: San Patrick by Pronovias from Camille Bridal

Floral: Thames River Greenery

Hair: Jesslyn Fromme

Make up: Jennifer Opeka

The bride’s custom jewelry: Olivia Engel

Band: Amish Outlaws

Photography: Anna Sawin Photography

A special thank you to my amazing guest photographer from Ohio, Dallas Galbreath!

Summer silhouette

July 24, 2010

Just a sneak peek for today’s beautiful bride and groom, Shay and Matt! We had a great time at their rehearsal dinner celebration last night at the Old Lyme Beach Club, and took this quick portrait at the end of the evening.

The forecast for today is beautiful sunny skies and for LOVE–in the form of a fantastic celebration tonight at Essex Yacht Club. Can’t wait for tonight, Shay and Matt, happy wedding day!