Originally from the Boston area, I’m a true Californian at heart. I moved out to San Francisco in 2007 to attend graduate school at UCSF for my training as a Nurse Practitioner and fell in love with this magical city. I currently still live in San Francisco with my husband and son and spend my days working part-time as a nurse practitioner, going on adventures with my boys, and taking a ridiculous amount of photos along the way!
My photography focus bloomed after my son was born. A brutal struggle with postpartum depression+anxiety along with debilitating childbirth injuries left my body and soul aching for some type of creative outlet. I found that when I was behind the camera I was completely present in the moment and my symptoms eased up. I started to take my camera with me everywhere and my favorite subject matter was naturally anything family related.
Determined to capture life with honesty, I became a bit obsessed with documentary style photography, which has greatly influenced my shooting style and philosophy. I got the final push from a fellow photographer to put all my excuses aside and do this for real. So here I am and I couldn’t be more excited and grateful to be doing this work that feeds my soul and brings me great joy.
My style is a blend of lifestyle and documentary style with the goal of capturing true and honest interaction and emotion. When I launched Anna Petras Photography, I wanted to offer something a little different. Taking the perfectly posed family photo with hair blowing in the wind at sunset just wasn’t enough for me. Even though these photos are undeniably beautiful, I know first hand the realities of parenthood are not always as glamorous yet still worth documenting. The beauty captured in the seemingly mundane is what I truly believe pulls hardest at the heartstrings. The gaze your child gives you while playing together in the living room, those tiny infant feet cuddled up in your gigantic adult hands, or the way your toddler climbs onto the kitchen stool with their chubby short legs and diaper bum to help make a snack – these are the moments that when all put together make the story of your life. As a parent, I know how easily these precious moments are forgotten as time seems to speed by in this haze of modern day parental exhaustion. A photograph is like freezing a snippet of time that you can look back on forever and I don’t know anyone who would regret having something that.
My sessions are super laid back and involve documenting what you normally do together as a family in your “natural habitat”. I look to capture the REAL YOU! Some serious magic happens when you’re in the comfort of your own home amongst your sentimental belongings just being yourself. My style is great for people who feel uncomfortable or awkward in front of the camera and for small children who naturally can’t sit still since there is no posing and the session is free flowing and fun. My absolute favorite thing to capture is true uninhibited laughter and joy so get ready for your cheeks to hurt-so-good after our time together.