Hi friends! My name is Anja Bondarchuk (pronounced Anya in case we haven’t met yet!).
What should you know about me? I specifically wore my favorite, comfy tee shirt dress in my headshots because I shoot about 80% of my photo sessions wearing it! I found it at Costco for $13 a few months ago and have hardly taken it off since. You’ll probably see me wearing it in the very near future!
Besides Costco, some of my other obsessions are travelling, hiking, kayaking and pretty much any kind of adventuring (as long as it doesn't involve heights!). And coffee!! Lots and lots of coffee! I stop for coffee after every single photo session because I love to celebrate each and every photo session and getting to be a part of so many beautiful families and capturing their fun lives. I LOVE what I do! Also let’s be honest, getting to stop for coffee without having my kids with me for a small chunk of time is always a luxury!
Speaking of my kids, I have two beautiful little people who bring lots of laughter, excitement, messes, cuddles (and sometimes tears!) to my life. We spend our days exploring parks and beaches and having lots of coffee and doughnut dates too. At night when they go to sleep, I start photo editing marathons, usually with Friends or Parks and Rec on in the background and more coffee nearby of course. I’m happily married to the love of my life who stole my heart when we were teenagers and continually convinces me to step out of my comfort zone and go on crazy adventures with him.
I’ve known I wanted to be a photographer for most of my life; I was that family member who would insist on taking our family pictures several times a year (the one who is really annoying at the time but later in life you’re thankful for when you realize every single one of your life events is documented!). I studied photography at University of Washington and have been capturing life events for some of the best, funniest, sweetest families ever since.
I can’t even tell you how much fun it is to get to document those milestones in families’ lives; the seniors graduating, the little ones who grow up too fast, those beautiful baby bumps and then the new babies in all their cuddly wonder! But I’ll be honest the family adventure sessions are my favorite! I personally know how hard it is to get your kids to stand still and pose for family pictures (believe me, I so know!). I love to figure out a favorite activity or place to explore with my families and just capture you being you. The inside jokes, the tickle fights, the shoulder rides, the spontaneous cuddles are what make family pictures so special, not forced smiles and unnatural poses. So let’s chat about what your family loves to do together and how we can capture some sweet memories!