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Hey there! I'm Anna. Owner and lead photographer here at Silverthorn Photography llc.

Located in Norwood Young America, MN sand erving people in the surrounding towns, Carver county and the broader Southwest Metro area of Minnesota's twin cities.

I have been paid to take pictures for half of my life.

A few reasons people choose me in a world of many amazing photographers:

  • Trust
  • My upbeat, professional, easy going client experience
  • Professional printing and artwork design services
  • A full service, custom-tailored experience to fit your needs, including neuro divergent friendly customization.
  • I help people look their best, and radiate their authentic selves.
Anna Silverthorn owner and photographer at Silverthorn Photography LLC

I have been trading my time behind a camera for pay for over 15 years now. Yet only recently have I started to realize that photography as a business is about so much more than just pictures taken and uploaded.

I want to provide so much MORE than pretty pictures. I want to provide excellent service and an experience that is worth your time.

Creating an upbeat experience that sets people at ease. I will listen to your values, concerns and hopes and then work to capture your vision from beginning to completion.

During some of my most lean financial years where I functioned as a single parent, I learned the value of paying a little extra for certain values, like a project to be taken care of completely saving me mental load and time (hooray for grocery delivery!). Or to be handled with extra, skilled and tender care by a professional I trusted exceptionally at my most vulnerable (my youngest child's birth with an out of network birth professional will always feel worth it).

I realized that I want to offer this kind of confidence and experience for my clients. I cannot wait to create your beautiful portraits, and I ALSO want to help you through the process and reduce the mental load as much as I know how. I want you to come away feeling exceptionally well cared for.

My clients often breathe a sigh of relief telling me how anxious/awkward/insecure/fill in the blank they felt about getting their portrait made but how much more confident and at ease they felt by the end. I resonate with those feelings so deeply.

To further serve well I have taken the time to learn the art and service of offering printed artwork. With assistance selecting and designed professionally, so you don't have to.

I create tangible products that will live on through the decades. Whether that be an album for your coffee table. Wall art for your home or office. Framed prints for your desk or Grandma's mantel. During an image reveal meeting I can even use images taken of your own walls at home, to show mockups of what your portraits will look like as wall art on your own walls to help use design a selection in a scale and framing presentation that will enhance, and blend beautifully with the design aesthetics of your home or workplace.

My life experiences have taught me how far grace, a smile, understanding and a safe place, free of judgement can be. As a parent (of four children), friend and family member of families with neurodiverse people I want to be a professional that provides that kind of safe place for families and individuals. I understand that neurodiverse children's needs and preferred ways of interacting with the world can be vastly different. So, please, if you or a family member have any preferences that I can incorporate to create a more wonderful experience do not hesitate to share. If you are not quite sure, I'd love to chat and explore more with you from what I know of the vast spectrum of diversity I am aware of. It may be creating a quieter, less stimulating environment. Planning a session where a child can bop around and explore the environment freely without concern of elopement. Or maybe it would be pulling out all the sensory stops and blasting favorite music, bringing lots of energy movement, flavor, smell and lights into the mix. Or maybe as a Mom you just need to know I GET IT, I totally understand how difficult transitions can be. Maybe you need some pampering and getting some hair and make up services scheduled along with the judgement free zone. I hope you can feel so safe, and served well.

I am here to be your trusted, full-service photography professional.

My Process


The first step is to contact me. Through the form on this website or social media. I will get back to you to organize a time we can chat quickly about your vision, intentions for your artwork and an overview of pricing to make sure I'll be a good fit for you. From there we will schedule a consultation meeting to create a plan for your session. For a custom session, this could include going over outfits, discussing artwork options, making a plan for locations and more.


Sign the client contract. Pay the session retainer and your date will be reserved.


Come relaxed and confident knowing that I've got this. Pictures are my thing.

I'll take care of the light, working around the weather and managing the background so that your personality will shine. Like a good friend, my assistant and I will let you know if you have broccoli in your teeth, help you know what to do with your hands and hype you up about your passion and the reason for standing in front of the camera.


Depending on your project I will sit down with you or deliver an online gallery of images for you to choose from.

I will make sure you have what you need to complete your project whether that is printed media, artwork or digital images sized to your designer's specifications. Let me know how I can serve you best!

For most sessions we will sit down together in person, or virtually to relive the memories, ooh and ah and choose favorites. I will walk you through product options available through professional labs for displaying your artwork in the highest quality. With my photographer magic we can design wall art combinations on a picture of the walls in your own home. Once we have everything you want, the order is placed. Done.

Then it is all me.

No shopping around at consumer quality printers, waiting for coupons or dealing with hours on glitchy design platforms.

Museum quality artwork that honors your time, love and financial investment will be in your home.


Will I receive image files for my portrait session?

I've become a big believer in creating tangible artwork, thus I have tied digitals and prints together. Every print comes with a digital and every digital comes with a print.
If you order a set of 8 digitals, we will select a product with 8 printed images as well. If you purchase a beautiful wall collage, you will also receive the matching digital files. If you order an album from your session you will also receive the digital files for the images we selected for your album.

*Branding and commercial contracts are different and the digital images will be licensed specific to the needs of your project. I can certainly create beautiful custom artwork for your office needs as well.

Do you travel?

Travel within half an hour of carver county is included.
Up to 2 hours at a rate of $2/mile additional mileage fee.
Special considerations and arrangements for travel can be made for a larger project.

Do you do "mini" sessions?

Yes! I will publicize these on my blog and social media.
The "minis" are a prescheduled day at a select location where I plan to do a marathon of sessions back to back. The format allows me to reduce the session fee, making it an attractive option to clients with a lower budget or who do not need much customization.
A few marathons I plan to offer regularly include headshot days, school/homeschool portraits. family pictures before the holidays with fall and winter themes and some years Mommy and me mother's day pop up sessions to benefit women and children's non profit organizations.

Talk to me if you would like to wrok together to create a fundraising marathon event.
A few causes that tug at my heart strings: DV, mental health, and neurodiversity.

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