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HI! I am Anastasia (she/her), your Big Sur elopement photographer and so much more. My passion for photography began with photographing newborns. Since then I have fallen in love with family photos, maternity photos and elopements. I know they say we should specialize in one type of photography, but I am not sure I can ever do that. I love to create and I get bored with only doing one thing.

I love to explore and I constantly change my mind. I love adventure and change of scenery. I am a wife and a Mama to three. I was born in Eastern Europe and moved to US when I was 15. Since then I have lived in Wisconsin, California, Florida, Hawaii and Washington.

My calling is to document your story. I recently realized that while I have fantastic memory when it comes to learning, keeping appointments and what we need to buy, when it comes to childhood and other important memories, my mind goes a bit blank. I hope that if I can't remember things, my photos will speak to my kids, my future grandkids and so on. Similarly, I want to help you document your most important, deep moments. From couples, to bellies, to babies and families. I thrive in helping you tell your story in a meaningful way!

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A little more randomness about me!

I am originally from Eastern Europe, Baltic and who knows where Europe.
I have 13+ chickens, three kitties, three bunnies, and an Aussiedoodle named June.
I love coffee.
I can kick some ass if necessary.
I have an RV that I'd love to live in full time someday.
I think Yoga is the best medicine for anything and I am finally going my 200 RYT.
I absolutely love campfires and camping.
I hear and smell the mountains calling.
I would go for a hike over a night out on the town any day.
I love dancing and playing ultimate frisbee.
I suck at Karaoke, but I'll have a blast doing it.
I am obsessed with making albums and cupcakes.
I have a green thumb, (the secret is to not overwater) and have a huge collection of plants.
My kids are my reason for everything.

Couple on the rocks at the beach in Big Sur

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So why hire me?

Have you ever looked at a photo that comes up in your memories on Social Media that you didn't love seeing and reminiscing about (even the embarrassing ones)? Yea, me neither! Have you looked at the photos from your childhood and wished you had more of you, or you and your siblings? your engagement? you and your Mom or Dad? Yep, same here.

Since I am always seeking adventure and thrive in nature, I work best with those with a thirst for adventure and love to explore. What that means for the couples I work with is that I will chase you around the waves, go down sketchy trails and climb trees with you. I will remind you to love each other in the moment. For my families, it means I will help you relax with your kids, help you remember how much your family means to you while I document it all. I think you get the idea, if not, hit me up and I'll explain!

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Where to begin?? Anastasia is beyond incredible. Her artistic eye for capturing amazing, natural & heart warming shots combined with her patience with working with even the most strong willed littles makes her, hands down, the best photographer I have ever had. She is fast with previews wonderful to work with. I’d recommend her a million times over.