Dearheart Studios was created from the heart, for the heart. It is for families and children, for expecting parents, for couples in love, and for lovers of dogs.

With my boys in Bodega, CA.

With my boys in Bodega, CA.

Originally from New York, I left my hometown of Brooklyn for the foggy hills and captivating charm of San Francisco. There, I became a wedding and dog portrait photographer, opened a boutique storefront studio, traveled the world for destination weddings, fell in love, began my journey to motherhood, and wed at San Francisco City Hall. When my children were born, I decided to close my studio of 10 years to focus on my family.

Inspired by my children and love of family, I created Dearheart Studios when my children began school so I could continue my passion for photographing people and dogs. It is my joy to document your story through my lens and create honest, artful photographs that you will hold dear to your heart for years to come.

Although I no longer call San Francisco my home, a piece of my heart remains there. The rest of my heart resides in Sacramento with my husband, two boys, and two dogs.

— Ann Burgermyer


I began my career in 2000 photographing couples in love all over Northern California, including a wedding on San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge, and in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, Las Vegas, and as far away as India, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Greece, Thailand, Philippines, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Jamaica, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and on a cruise ship somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. 

Named a Top 10 Wedding Photographer by American Photo Magazine

During that time, I received some wonderful honors. In 2009, under my former studio, I was named a "Top 10 Wedding Photographer" by American Photo Magazine. The following year, I was chosen by The Knot Magazine as one of the "Best Wedding Photographers" in Northern California. My work has appeared in publications including Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, 7x7 San Francisco, Rangefinder, The Knot, San Francisco Examiner, and in several books by industry icon, Bill Hurter, including the "Best of Digital Wedding Photography." I have received the distinction of Associate of WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) for my work being awarded in print competitions over the years.

Before weddings, I was as an apprentice for celebrated dog photographer, Amanda Jones. Inspired by Amanda and my beloved pug, Bogie, I began photographing dogs in 2005. My dog portraits are on display at Wag Hotels in San Francisco and Oakland, as well as in private collections. My work has appeared in publications such as Rangefinder and Photo District News (PDN), as well as Dog Art Today, Design Aglow, Varón magazine, and the Yahoo! Flickr app for Apple's iPhone. Clients have included Yahoo!, Wag Hotels and Earthbath. In 2009, I was invited to speak at  WPPI's annual photography conference in Las Vegas, sharing my love of dogs and passion for dog photography.

Currently, I freelance for two Sacramento social magazines, The Heart of East Sac, which highlights the residents of the celebrated Fab 40’s, and Sierra Oaks Life, which highlights the residents of Sierra Oaks and Sierra Oaks Vista.


Ann! Amazing work. Thanks again for capturing this chaotic time in my family with such wonderful pictures. You were delightful to work with and I hope to have the pleasure again in the future. 
— With Gratitude, Maria T.
Oh my goodness, Ann! We absolutely love the photos - they are breathtaking. :) Thank you so much! I cannot wait to hang these up in our home. 
— Alisha & Joseph K.
Looking at the different faces of Tiny, I see that it is possible for someone with great talent and a keen eye to perceive the “idiosyncratic chaos” that is a dog and capture it on film. Usually, when I meet people who’ve just adopted a new puppy, I tell them to take lots of pictures. Now, I think I will just say, call Ann.
— Moira McLaughlin, Dog Art Today