Anita Nowacka

My name is Anita Nowacka (pronounced Novatzka). I grew up on the stormy beaches of the Baltic Sea, a place of variegated moods and dramatic and inspiring images. As a child, my only camera was an imaginary one, but I was content to develop pictures in my mind. Even now, my imagination thrills when I hold a real camera. I am amazed how it is possible to capture emotion, wit, determination and intelligence through such a supremely technical craft.

Photographing people involves both the predictable and the unknown. My objective in every photo session is to create images that display spontaneity while also expressing the beauty and temperament of the subject. I am not people-shy. I am agile, involved, and active throughout the session. I focus on the unexpected, humorous, or touching moments that arise during a session. This spontaneity naturally occurs but can also be instigated through direction by me, the photographer. Thus I call my style "directed photojournalism"- a balance between the carefree and the guided, with attention to composition and the uniqueness of each subject. All sessions take place under natural light.

I have been voted as "Seattle's Most Awesome Family Photographer" in 2012 and work currently as an instructor for National Geographic Expeditions, a program that teaches students to develop stronger images under the guidance of award winning National Geographic photographers.

My specialty is in outdoor family photography, spontaneous portraits of children in Seattle, WA area, weddings and life celebrations. I also enjoy and have extensive experience photographing headshots, CD covers and publicity materials. I am located in Seattle and am available to travel.

Looking forward to working with you!



"Wow, this is way too cool! You are a genius photographer!"

Jasin Boland

Hollywood motion picture stills photographer and Nikon Ambassador.


“Sentimental and intimate, family-oriented imagery with unique way of capturing special, spontaneous moments between loved ones. The portfolio is brimming with active portraiture that is both moving, imaginative, and seamlessly entwined with the natural elements of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.”

The House Studios (production company offering commercial photography and video talent and production services in Seattle).


"One of the city's best family photographers."

Red Tricycle newsletter - Seattle.


"Brilliant, lovely, very nice work."

Marita Holdaway, the founder of Seattle's Benham Fine Art Gallery.