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Anka Jurena-McGowan





Hi, I'm Anka !

My formal career in photography started back in 2005 when I attended a 2 year photography program. After graduation I then enrolled at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City where I majored in photography and dabbled in a bit of printmaking for 4 years. I graduated in 2011 with my BFA degree.


I then started working for legendary photographer Deborah Turbeville as her head photo + personal assistant, retoucher and fine art printer. I helped her shoot for various magazines such as Vogue Italia, L'Uomo Vogue, GQ and Harper's Bazaar. When Deborah passed in 2013, I became the Head Archivist  of her art estate which became The Deborah Turbeville Foundation.


I'm mom to a very energetic 4 year old Kieran and almost 2 year old Caden Quinn. When I'm not taking photos or in mom mode, my husband Patrick and I have a band called The Long Losts.


I currently work as a wedding photographer for George Street Photo and based on Long Island, NY. If you would like to hire me as a wedding photographer, a second wedding photographer, portrait, event, or a lifestyle photographer please do not hesitate contacting me through my contact link or directly at

Tintype portrait of Anka by Jolene Lupo


"Anka came all the way to Iceland to photograph our wedding. It was small and intimate, and I knew there was no in better for the job than her! We didn’t want any posed photos, just candids caught in the action of us and our ten friends. I knew she would capture once-in-a-lifetime moments with stunning photographs, and she not only met but exceeded my biggest hopes. Photography comes naturally to Anka, and she clearly has honed her natural ability with fine art study and experience, to be able to bring her clients/subjects a wide range of offerings for a final product that I have no doubt every person she shoots will be in love with. As much as I’d love to keep her to myself as my personal photographer I’m so glad she has a greater online presence now, so that others can have the opportunity to discover her, and have her capture the most important moments in their lives!"

- Holly + Colin Gallagher


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Based on Long Island, NY


I work  full-time as a freelance artist and I am available for hire, collaborations, prints and gallery shows

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