Hello, I'm Anna.

      A fine art equine and portrait photographer based on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

      Horse owner.

      Wife, mother.

      Coffee addict.

      Team Canon.

      Cat lover.

      Studio Portrait of Anna Smolens, horse photographer on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Purple Horse Designs
      At my core, I consider myself an artist. I’ve always had my toes dipped in something creative, whether it’s painting, drawing, or graphic design. In the end, photography became the medium I fell head over heels for.Aside from one class back in high school – where I developed my own film! – I am completely self-taught. My passion for photography led me to study it and learn the technical aspects so that I have the tools to create images I love.I’m told I have been obsessed with horses since I was taken to the racetrack by my Pop-Pop at age 2. As someone who has been riding since I was 6, I understand the bond we have with our horses, and can capture it in a unique way.Recently, I’ve been pushing boundaries with studio lighting. I enjoy creating timeless portraits for both horses and humans with an editorial vibe.

      Life is forever changing, and I enjoy being able to stop time for even just a second, to create a memory that will always be remembered. I’m constantly looking for new ways to document horses, people, and the world around me. I love exploring different techniques and turning an everyday view into something special.

      I am based on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, in Chestertown. I am happy to travel and am close to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Delaware.

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