Welcome

PORTRAYED BY ANYA, is a luxury family photography experience by classical photographer Anya Baguina. PORTRAYED BY ANYA is born out of her love for classic black and white film photography and her profound belief that private and intimate family moments are to be captured, preserved and treasured for years to come.

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Family stories written in photographs

Time flies. Anya believes that moments of a simple family day together are the most precious moments to perpetuate; that our homes, meaningful for the family locations and activities are integral parts of a family history. With every commission, Anya writes a unique family story in classical photographs.

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Testimonials

Anna captured a very special moment for us as a new family with grace and ease. She worked with a wonderful camera (which baby Leo was enchanted by!) and composed shots that were exceptionally elegant and refined. With her easy presence and gentle way of working the time we spent together was a complete pleasure and the results were beautiful. Having images shot on film has a quality that can’t be compared to any of our digital photos and we will treasure the images for years to come. Thank you Anna! We are so grateful.
~ Sophie, Barnaby & Leo
Before meeting Anya we’ve been looking for the right photographer to take the first images of our daughter for a while. We wanted the images to be unique and powerful. When we got introduced to Anya and she told us about her love for old cameras and film photography, we knew she was the right fit. Anya is a great communicator, pays great attention to details and the quality of her work. She skillfully uses her knowledge of film photography and her creativity to set up the scene for an unforgettable image. She is discreet, polite, respectful, understanding and professional and manages to witness and capture an intimacy of a family without intruding or disrupting it. I fully trust Anya and couldn’t recommend her as your family photographer (and friend) more!
~ Zuzanna&Lude
Anya photographed Erik and I one week before our baby boy was born and then again when he was 10 days old. Having these pictures of him in my tummy and then in my arms in the first few days of his life is so special. Anna is a natural and poignant photographer, she made me feel completely at ease. She has tenderness, and truly loves her work - taking a huge amount of time and care to set up a shot and finding the best composition. I really trusted her intuition and am so happy with the final photos, I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. Thank you Anya for capturing our family so beautifully and taking such care of our baby and my body in your photographs.
~ Holly&Eric

Privacy

Anya is used to working with high profile families, and privacy and confidentiality are integral values and principles that define her work. Private and intimate family moments are kept private and only shared with permission from the client.All the photographs on the website and on samples of printed products are used solely with permission from the families that commissioned the session.

Artistic process and best artisans from all over the world

Anya strives for the highest standards in her artistic work, only using film, rather than digital, confident that this traditional medium better captures the light, mood, and atmosphere of an intimate scene and the people at its heart. Les objets d’art in their own right, all Anya’s commissions are beautifully presented in handcrafted albums and frames, bringing together experts in traditional craftsmaship from all over the world to every step of the process.

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FAQs

Q: Where are you based and are you available for travel?
A: I am based in London, UK and often found traveling to shoot commissions for families in other countries across the continents.
Q: Where does the shoot normally take place? 
A: I believe a shoot should take place in a meaningful location for the family. Most often it is a family home, holiday house or the location for traditional family activities. Sometimes it is also a favorite park or spot in the city or a countryside location. I like to shoot inside and outside, as the house and the city you spend your time in are integral parts of your family story.
Q: How much shooting time is reserved for a session?
A: I never limit the hours of shooting. For me it is important to get great results and go with a natural pace that my clients are comfortable with. When it comes to newborn and toddlers, I adjust to the baby’s needs and schedule. Usually I discuss expectations and plan the shooting time with my clients beforehand; however I keep this whole day free. Multiple day shooting is available by separate negotiation.
Q: What is included in the commission cost besides the shooting time?
A: The price for each commissions includes shooting time, development of the films and the work of the technicians involved in the process as well as printed photo proofs. A hand bound bespoke luxury album is also included. Additional framed prints are available upon request. Travel cost, shipping of the album, taxes and custom duties are not included in the price of the commission.
Q: What is the age range of the children you work with? 
A: I create family stories, which means I will photograph the people that make up your family, whatever their age. And sometimes it means pets join the shoot too! I have worked with new mothers and their newborn, toddlers, teenagers and grandparents.
Q: How long does it take from the shooting day to the family album in our hands?
A: Artistry takes time, as a lot of manual work is involved, it makes it impossible to deliver the quality we aspired by at a short period. To see the photo proofs, please allow on average 6-8 weeks from the shooting day. During this time the films will be developed and artistic editing will be completed, photo proofs will be printed and delivered to you. From the moment the best shots are selected and order is placed please allow 6-8 weeks for the album to be crafted and prints to be produced. Please note, that Anya does not use inject printing for her albums. Portraits are printed on high standard photographic paper and flash mounted to the album pages, it is process that requires time and expert skills for hand binding the album pages after. This is what it takes to create luxury.
Q: What are the guiding prices for the commissions you shoot?
A: Prices for a shoot are determined individually, as size of the family and the amount of locations directly affect the amount of materials spent, time and chemicals needed to hand-process the films and the amount of time needed for artistic editing of all shots. Please contact Anya for a consultation.