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Let's shine.

Anna Laura here! As a brand and product photographer at my company, The Shine Studio, I'm here to give back the most important asset you have as a business owner: your time.


I created The Shine Studio to help businesses shine by showcasing their unique story and message through photography.


My clients tell me it takes them on average 6-12 hours each month taking photos -- photos that most often do not turn out how they wanted!


This is where I come in, so you can spend your valuable time on more important things in your business.

With more people turning to online shopping and the prevalent use of social media, high quality images are a must-have. Allow me to curate high quality imagery for you through a collaborative, simple and creative approach to showcase your brand.

So shoot me a line, and let's chat about how I may serve you in your journey!

Anna Laura has been recognized by Peerspace as one of the 10 Best Lifestyle Photographers in Philadelphia and one of the 10 Best Product Photographers in Austin (both her former homes):

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10 Best Lifestyle Photographers
Philadelphia, PA

"Anna’s goal in photography is to foster a strong sense of community through images. She understands the value of great images for budding businesses or established brands looking for some new energy in their content. 

Her lifestyle images are light and airy, with bright colors and natural posing. Anna has a great eye for emotion but also knows when to bring your brand or product to the center of attention — this balanced approach creates a well-rounded package for any entrepreneur."

Peerspace, June 6, 2019

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10 Best Product Photographers
Austin, TX

"Anna Sommer started The Shine Studio to help businesses and brands find their voice through the visual medium. And since more and more people rely on e-commerce than ever, Anna has tailored her work to meet your online needs. From social media to welcome page images, her photography carries just the right notes to encourage potential clients to look closer.

Anna's style pairs nicely not only with product images but food, editorial, portraiture, and women’s branding photography as well!"

Peerspace, May 6, 2021


However you happened to stumble across this page, I'm so happy you found it! I would love to share a bit about myself and what it means to SHINE...


I created my first business (a scrapbooking biz) when I was about 11, while growing up on a farm in a small town in Arkansas. Growing up on a farm gave my brothers and me a rather unique perspective on life: one that enabled us to dream wildly and fearlessly.

When my brother, Tyler, lost his life during his deployment to Afghanistan in 2009, I began to merely exist, rather than live.

It wasn't until my grad school roommate demonstrated to me just how having a supportive community can help heal, that I began to heal, spiritually and emotionally, from my family's loss.

But a year later, I found myself in a job I dreaded going to each day. In (another) tear-filled phone call on my commute to my job, my husband said:


"Maybe find something outside of work to focus on?"

And I ran with that.


I spent the next several years pursuing my entrepreneurial dreams, and through this, refined my passion for photography, branding, marketing, and setting & achieving business goals.

Instagram became a way to create community (and land clients!) online, and take those connections to real life. I soon learned how powerful a tool social media is for business.


Something lit up inside me, like a light beginning to shine.


Now, I get to do what I'm most passionate about: use my creative abilities & marketing expertise to serve female entrepreneurs, and goal-getters through The Shine Studio Brand Photography and SHE x SHINES Business Mentorship.

It's your turn! Shoot me a line, and tell me more about yourself!

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 How about a coffee chat?

Let's grab a coffee, tea, or glass of bubbly and chat about your personal or business goals, and how I can serve you! Click here to set up a time to meet!