My name is Anna Sandilands and I am the Brisbane Bayside based
Accredited Professional Photographer behind Smitten Studio Photography.
I am Swedish and I have always been very family-orientated and close to animals and nature. I am a wife to a wonderful man who I met when living in London many years ago. I love to sing. I love to create. I love meeting new people and exploring new places but I also love the comfort of my own home and to cuddle up on the couch to a movie.
I love taking photographs and I love what I do for a living. Most importantly, I love being a mother to a cheeky little boy and a beautiful little princess who likes to keep me on my toes. Watching them grow keeps me reminded that we need to embrace here and now, enjoy the small things in life and cherish everyday... Because they grow so very fast.
My photos have a soft and natural style. I like to call it "naturally staged" because I aim to have my clients act naturally in front of the camera while we stage the situation such as the light and background in the photographs. I try not to use stiff poses but rather have you interact with each other in front of the camera.
My photos are minimalistic and I like to incorporate white and neutral colours for the simple reason that the photos will last a lifetime and not date. I want my photographs to be hung up on the wall and to be enjoyed by our loved ones for years and years to come. I see photos as something special, something that should be treasured.
When time will pass and memories may fade, photos are a permanent reminder of life’s beautiful milestones.
MY PHOTO SESSIONS
I do my photography sessions on location or in my studio space in Manly.
My studio has professional lighting, a selection of backdrops, wraps and clothing for newborns and babies, a beanbag and baskets/nests for newborns and maternity outfits with flowy materials for pregnancy and family photo sessions.
When photographing on location I love to use the sky or the water as the backdrop. I have many places that I use in and around Brisbane (I also travel to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast) and my favourite spots are at the beach, by the water, on a field or at the park.
Our surroundings here in Brisbane/South East Queensland are incredible and I like to take advantage of that and to incorporate those special places in your family session to make the photos really stand out.