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 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 was voted “Seattle’s Most Awesome Family Photographer” in 2012 by Red Tricycle, and currently work 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. See my photo mentoring packages here.
My specialty is outdoor family photography, spontaneous portraits of children in the Seattle area, weddings, and life celebrations. I also enjoy and have extensive experience photographing headshots, CD covers, and publicity materials. I am located in Seattle, WA, and am available to travel. See my rates here.
“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).