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

Silverthorn Photography's studio is located in Norwood Young America, MN and serves people in the surrounding towns, Carver county and the broader Southwest Metro suburbs of Minnesota's twin cities.

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

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

I have working behind a camera for over 15 years now. At times for my own business, at times for others. More recently I have become passionate about photography as a business that can be 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 things that really lightened my mental and emotional load. Things like grocery delivery when I had a newborn and 3 older children during the pandemic shut down of 2020. Bigger things like choosing to pay cash for an out of network birth professional so I could be handled with extra, skilled and tender care by someone I trusted exceptionally during the most vulnerable time of my life. These were things I sacrificed and budgeted for aggressively in other areas of life to prioritize. For the first time in my life, and also the poorest, I realized that the cheapest option was not what I needed every single time!

With that awakening I realized that I want to offer this kind of confidence and experience for my clients. I gave up my photography for a season because I could not sustain nor balance a business when I was racing to the bottom to be the cheapest. I have carefully evaluated what my business and life can sustain, so that I can give from a place of abundance and positivity. So that I can spoil you. I cannot wait to create your beautiful portraits. I look forward to helping you through the process and reducing the mental load as much as I know how as your trusted professional photographer. I hope that you come away from our time together feeling exceptionally well cared for.

My clients often breathe a sigh of relief somewhere during a session telling me how anxious/awkward/insecure/fill in the blank they felt about getting their portrait created. They exhale with a smile and a giggle about 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 and finished artwork. With assistance selecting and designed professionally, so you don't have to.

I create tangible products that will live on through the decades. Moments in time that you can revisit time and time again. 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. Imagine the memories you want to come back to. Imagine the feelings you want to relive. What inspires you to wake up in the morning and keep trying when times get tough? Can we create some art for your walls that will remind you of those important things that you never want to lose sight of?

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. We can design a selection of your portraits to scale and ensure that the size and framing 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. We are all so unique.

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. Whether that would mean creating a quieter, less stimulating environment. Or planning a high energy session with lots of sensory inputs, where a child can bop around and explore the environment freely without concern. 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, and I hope you can feel so safe, and served well.

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

My Process for Custom Sessions

Mini sessions and marathons are more simplified


The first step is to contact me. Through the form on this website, email, phone call 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 vision and plan for your session and answer further pricing questions. For a custom session, this could include going over outfits, discussing artwork options and collecting images to create custom mock ups, making a plan for locations and more.

We then sign the client contract. Pay the session retainer and your date is reserved. This can be done on the phone during our initital chat or at the consultation.


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.

Professional hair and make up services are also available and they are complimentary for one person in any custom session.


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 hours on glitchy design platforms.

Done, like REALLY done.

If you order artwork for your walls, I will personally come to your home to install your pieces...possibly with the help of a licensed and insured handyman.

You get to sit back, relax and enjoy a project completely eliminated from your to list.

Your printed artwork comes with a lifetime guarantee. If it doesn't last as it should, I will replace it.

Museum quality artwork that honors your time, love and financial investment to be enjoyed and cherished.


Will I receive digital images from 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.
When it makes sense. *
If you order a set of 8 digitals, we will give you 8 beautiful mounted prints. If you purchase a beautiful wall collage, you will 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.

Every session fee also comes with an image credit that will be applied toward the purchase of art work.

*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 consideration and arrangements for travel can be made for a larger project or wedding.

Do you do "mini" sessions?

Yes! I will publicize these on my blog and social media.
I offter "minis" and "marathons"
They are both 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 as much customization.
A "mini" is much shorter and without wardrobe changes. Some other options will be limited as well.
A "marathon" is an hour long session, that is like a sample of a full custom session. Some customization like wardrobe changes, a phone consultation and sometimes hair and make up services will be available.
A few minis and marathons I plan to offer regularly include headshot days, school/homeschool portraits. Family pictures before the holidays with fall and winter themes. Santa experiences. 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 work together to create a fundraising mini session event.
A few causes that tug at my heart strings: DV, mental health, and neurodiversity.

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