The Key to Happiness

Okay, so I may not have the key to happiness, but I found an interesting article called ‘The Happiness Project’ by Gretchen Rubin. I am usually not one to read Good Housekeeping, but when I came across this article, it was a must read! It focused on how pictures can increase your amount of happiness and joy.

By reading this article, it got me thinking about my life and how photos have effected me. My room is full of pictures from the year (of dances, holidays, birthdays, and get-togethers) which brings back memories of the good times you had that day or year or some other great memory you had. And according to Rubin, in our society we tend to remember the bad times a lot easier then the good; that’s where the photos come in. Photos scattered around the house and frequently looked at can trigger the good memories. Pictures are also a great way to share joy among family and friends: you can send your photos of the past or present to share your happiness from some spectacular event. The article also shared how photos bring a sense of calmness, which can come from your own photos or beautiful landscapes from the local craft store. And of course, photos have a great way to remind people of the happiness of their life and the things they are thankful for.

I also thought I should share a few of their websites and ideas to help encourage happiness through the art of photos. The first website they shared was Plum Print (, which can take documents and turn them into a memorial book. For example, most Mom’s have a pile of their children’s art projects, so send them into Plum Print, and they will return you the art and a book of the art. A great way to de-clutter! They also suggested Shutterfly ( Shutterfly takes photos that you upload and turns them into a sophisticated book that you design yourself. As a photographer, I love this website! You can design a book any way you want with hundreds of templates and ideas. Pinterest ( is also a great way to trigger calm and happy thoughts: you can pin whatever photos you want to your boards, so whether that is Hawaii or Italy or new vacation spots, it gives you a sense of excitement. Another great idea to enjoy your life is the Project 365, which allows you to journalize your day-t0-day life through one snapshot everyday. This can allow you to be grateful for the little things in your life that make you smile. There was one last little tip that I thought was awesome! Make sure to keep your ‘bad’ photos: these photos are hilarious and will bring a smile to your face every time. Another suggestion was to take photos of the little things, like your bedroom or college dorm or grandma. These little things can become fuzzy and photos are a great way to remember.








Inside the Wave


Next time your at the beach and watch the wave pound into the sand, I want you to think of this man: Clark Little. This guy stands in the water and waits until the last second to snap his camera shutter then takes a beating when the wave collapses over him. I learned about Little from a forwarded email; most forward emails don’t even see my eyes, but this forward stopped me in my tracks! He is a Waive Bay shore-break surfing pioneer, husband, and father of two, and he has gained nation wide recognition for his photography.

It all started in 2007 when Little’s wife wanted a nice piece of art to decorate a wall. Voluntarily, Clark grabbed a camera, jumped in the water, and starting snapping away capturing the beauty and power of monstrous Hawaiian waves from the inside out.

Cool, right? You can check out his work on his website

Best Friend Photo Fun!

I am looking for best friends! I am doing several different photoshoots for the best friends; I am thinking glitter, bubbles, beach and possibly a homecoming/prom type of shoot. If you are interested, please let me know

Looking for Models and Senior Reps!

I am looking for models for themed sessions. I have a bunch of ideas that I am interested in trying out as soon as the weather warms up a bit! :)These sessions are a bit like senior reps, if you are familiar with that: just trying to get some new ideas and styles out there.  I am hoping to do themed sessions any where from sports to the farm and everywhere in between 🙂 So, if your interested in modeling for me this spring/summer and have a particualar theme that you would want to help out with, please email me!

Meet Craig!

Craig is a Senior from New Bremen High School and is planning on majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the Wright State University. He finished out his senior year with the New Bremen Varsity Football Team and spending time with friends! Congradulations Craig!??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????page 3.8

This client used a new, interesting location for his Senior Pictures. Lockinton, Oh was his pick for his location with a lot of history and beautiful scenery.



Happy Easter!

Need some adorible Easter pictures for grandparents and aunts and uncles? ANN Photography is the place to get them! I have set up a few backdrops, which are in the pictures below, and I encourage you to think of a special location for your pictures to make them even more unique. And for everyone else out there looking for a great deal on pictures, all pictures printed between March 1 – March 31, 2013 are 25% off! Contact me for more information and to make an appointment (:

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Happy Valintine’s Day!

Happy Valintine’s Day! What are your loved ones doing for you this holiday or even better, what are you doing for your loved ones?

And for my daily followers, I will do better this week at keeping up with post; this week has been super busy! On the plus side, I have been asked to attend a photography workshop at Wright State Lake next month. WOOHOO 🙂

And, And Seniors! Looking for senior reps! More information will be coming!