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Fashion Product Phoenix + Albuquerque Photography :: City Limit Nation Tees :: City Rooftop to Desert Scape by Anna Bader

I love partnering with businesses, both local and not-so-local, to create content and capture images selling their products! City Limit Nation is a new company selling shirts for U.S. cities, for folks who want to rep their hometown in comfort! These tees are soft and simple (and beyond the usual "Los Angeles" and "NYC" fashion statements that are easy to find). So, my dear local Phoenicians, here is something for you!

You can also purchaes Albuquerque, Austin, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, & Boston!

Thanks to my awesome models for braving the HEAT for this one!

Thanks for being a great client, Sara/City Limit Nation!

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Downtown San Diego Waterfront :: Model Fashion Creative Portraits by Anna Bader

The day of this shoot was one of those days I felt nervous and unsure. I was overthinking and exhausted, but thankfully, I've learned to SHOW UP. I've learned to trust the process, lean into the unknown and uncomfortable and let it be. 

Boy, am I glad I did.

This turned into one of my favorite shoots to date. 

My model Ellie is gold! She is game for anything and has the most epic hair (obviously!) as well as a laugh and spirit to match! 

San Diego always holds a little bit of magic, this evening did not disappoint - from golden hour to blue hour and all!

Take a gander!

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She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and no city.

- Roman Payne

Creative Headshots :: Theater/Photographer Creative Session :: Downtown Phoenix by Anna Bader

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When creative friends come into town (who are also babes) and hire you to update their head shots you say yes and you have a blast.

If you're a thespian or other creative up in the midwest (Twin Cities-to be exact!) hit up Miss Molly for your headshots! 

Molly's favorite quote is,  "In the midst of winter,

I knew there was, within me,

an invincible summer."

Now, it's hard not to make an "endless summer" joke, since I live here in the desert (hoping for spring or fall for about 7 months of the year), we literally have an "invincible summer". I feel this is seasonally applicable to Minnesota! But, in all seriousness, if you follow my instagram, you know I am a quote fiend. 

And, I adore this quote because for all the harsh, cold, sullen and dark days of the heart; I too know there is within ME an invincible summer... The warmth, light, hope doesn't die and keep the soul from freezing over. 

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Here's to your invincible summer, 

♥ - Anna

Walk in Love Collaboration II :: Fashion Shoot Phoenix Arizona :: Creative Phoenix Photographer by Anna Bader

Another awesome shoot for Walk In Love, a PA based apparel company-this time at Papago Park! I had been imagining a golden hour, but it was quite overcast. So, I broke out my fairy lights and went to town. Thanks to our local model Madie Karren for looking flawless! 

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If you're a professional photographer-this note is for you! I want to take this opportunity to talk about presets... it seems that all photographers use them now, and I admit they are extremely beneficial to editing large quantities of images and for visual continuity. Maybe my perspective comes from my formal art education! But, here it is! If you consider yourself a creative or know anything about using the Adobe Suite... you can (dare I say 'should'?) do more than buy a preset and slap it on your images! As a professional creative, I want us to do more than essentially put instagram filters on photographs. You CAN make presets your OWN and treat every image individually on top of applying a preset! I personally don't use any presets other than ones I have created myself! If you didn't know, just know that It is easy to create and save your very own unique/personalized preset in LR. Take "building your personal brand and style" to the next level!

Tempe Phoenix Models :: Walk In Love Brand :: Downtown Tempe :: Papago Park by Anna Bader

I had a blast recently shooting two looks for PA based brand Walk In Love (check out their blog feature of my first shoot for them here.) I was able to shoot summery vibes here in the southwest (before summer actually hits and I feel like fainting 15 min into a shoot!) while they've got snow back in PA!

I absolutely adore working with local model Jay Moise, who featured the Grace Upon Grace tee. And, the second shoot gave me the opportunity to connect with Natalie, who had contacted me a while back via Instagram about modeling opportunities. 

Creating fashion-branding-lifestyle-product images for up and coming companies makes me quite happy! If your company is looking for content like this, give me a holler!

Papago Park Portraits :: Bethany :: Phoenix Tempe Creative, Fun, Golden Hour Photograph by Anna Bader

I was privileged to have Bethany for her first professional portrait session! We captured her out in our Arizona unique landscape before she moved back southeast to the ATL. 

Whether it's your first portrait session or your tenth, all of us can feel self conscious or on-the-spot when we're in front of a camera! Unless you're a model, or 110% committed to a selfie-strong instagram feed, it can also be awkward posing for the camera in public spaces while strangers mosey around you. Who can relate? Yes, me!

When I first started shooting portraits, I remember sensing the awkwardness of my subjects, and struggling to keep talking to make them feel more comfortable while I worried about changing my camera settings etc. Later, I learned-I don't need to rush just because my subject is feeling out-of-place. Instead, I embrace the awkwardness that myself and my subjects can feel! I accept and call it out!

I've learned - everything will work out! I can slow down, take a breath, and let myself think. I can just be me, do my job to take great photographs and reassure my client when needed. A little empathy and reliability goes a long way. More often than not, clients will settle into the process and end up saying they had FUN by the end. It ends up being a  win-win!

Isn't this gal stunning?!

Isn't this gal stunning?!

Anyway, I enjoyed this shoot immensely! We listened to a little Bieber Christmas; tripped over rocks, (no one was seriously injured in the making of these images - thankfully ;-); talked about life; and took some awesome photographs. 

Thanks for choosing me, Bethany. You are stunning! xo - Anna

Scottsdale Fashion Photography :: Jay Moise Model :: Inspirational by Anna Bader

The world will tell you how to live, if you let it. Don’t let it. Take up your space. Raise your voice. Sing your song. This is your chance to make or remake a life that thrills you. -Shauna Niequist

The world will tell you how to live, if you let it. Don’t let it. Take up your space. Raise your voice. Sing your song. This is your chance to make or remake a life that thrills you. -Shauna Niequist

Have you ever met someone and instantly felt comfortable? You met them and you could sense they are full of love and light? That's how I'd describe Jay.

I think the people that struggle the most, either become overwhelmed in darkness and despair, or they rise. And, if they rise, picture a Phoenix being reborn... there is light, warmth, color, strength and dignity. It is in them. It surrounds them. 

This girl is a gem. I'm really glad I know you, Jay. Your story is amazing. Your presence is vivacious! And, woman, you SLAY. all. day. 

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All images are the property of © Anna Rochelle Imagery and may not be used in any capacity without prior consent.  

Schmitt Music Mural :: Minneapolis Portrait Session :: One Location Creative Portraits by Anna Bader

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I like Hollywood.

I just like Minneapolis a little bit better. 
 

- Prince

This summer I made my first trek to Minnesota! If you know me, you know I have an unexplainable accent of sorts. People often ask me if I'm from up north, the midwest, or another country all together. Once a grocery cashier was certain she heard me speaking another language and kept asking me what language I was speaking!

"What language is that?"

"What? um...English...?"

"No, what language were you just speaking?"

"English."

"No, really, you sounded like you said something in another language!"

"Sadly, I only speak English, I promise you it was English!"

So, anyway, no one in MN asked me where I was from! Somehow, I can slip into that Minnesotan accent wayyy to easily :) But, I promise this was my first time actually stepping foot in the state!

I used to work for an awesome nonprofit called, Feed My Starving Children, (headquartered in MN).  Through that experience I was able to travel to many states leading volunteers and making new friends along the way. Rachel was one of my co-workers back then and we've kept up a great friendship since. She wanted to do a session in front of this mural! This is just the backdrop of a parking, the backside of Schmitt Music store. (Incidentally, If you google it, you will find a picture of Prince in front of this same wall!). 

I used to stress a lot about location preparedness... I would anxiously scope out the locations, and try to pre-plan what poses to do where. This is helpful, but honestly, I've created the best magic working on-the-spot.

Sometimes you are gifted with a subject you are comfortable enough with to not have to "have it all together" and you just get to focus on having fun.

As a photographer, take a second, breathe and just look around. I promise, you can make a lot with a little.

So, on this day, we parked in the lot, blasted Beyonce out of the car speakers, and crossed our fingers that it wouldn't rain too hard. 

Work that diffused light!

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