Ana Brandt is an award winning photographer, author and teacher who has been specializing in pregnancy and newborn imagery for over 15 years. Her classic images stand the test of time as her clients return again and again to document their pregnancy and newborn arrivals. Known for her endless patience, Ana believes that to create a business that lasts, you need more then great images of sleepy newborns. You need to create a visual history of your life because “to know where you’re going, it’s important to know where you came from.”
As an adopted child, Ana has never seen what she looked like as a newborn. She has no pictures or memories of her birth mother. After being abandoned twice, her foster family adopted her and gave her a home. And now, 44 years later, she has filled her own home with love and visual memories and feels blessed every day when each new client brings their bundles of joy into her studio – so she can give them what she never had.
It is not uncommon for Ana to spend 2 hours in a newborn session, counseling the nursing Mom and explaining sleep patterns to tired new Dads. Over the years, many have called the studio for advice even after they’ve talked to their Pediatrician. Ana knows that it’s about more than f-stops and shutter speeds when working with pregnant woman and new babies.
Born and raised in NY, Ana came to California in 1999 and built her clientele one at a time to an A List of over 4500 throughout LA and Orange Counties. Ana has been published in Rangefinder Magazine three times, was nominated for a 2014 Women in Business Award, one of the top 50 photographers to watch in 2014 and is a frequent educator for creativelive.com. Besides her photography business, Ana runs TAoPaN (The Art of Pregnancy and Newborn) which provides mentoring and workshops plus an entire clothing line for photographers choosing to focus on the pregnancy and newborn stage.
Her first book, The Art of Pregnancy and Newborn, won best Portrait Category for her cover image from the Professional Photographers of California. Ana released her second book, Baby + Facts = What Every Newborn Photographer Needs to Know, and is currently working on a third entitled “Belly Babies” that will feature newborns in their Mother’s belly cast. Ana’s latest work can be seen in Alicia Silverstone’s new book, The Kind Mama. Ana also runs a popular YouTube channel (bstudiovideo) that has now reached over 2.5 million views.
Ana raised 3 children while building her business and resides in Orange Hills, California with her family.