Hey y'all! I figured now would be as good of a time as any to introduce myself... I'm Anna Gutermuth, owner and photographer behind everything you see on this website.
I was born in Milwaukee, and raised in Burlington, WI. Photography has been my passion since I started high school. After a traumatic experience, I picked up my mom's point and shoot camera and started taking pictures of everything I could... flowers, pretty light, my family and friends. It became my way of coping with my teenage angst. One day, my mom's friend Laura loaded up her old Canon AE-1 with a roll of film for me. I focused and hoped for the best. That was the very beginning of all of this.
My Uncle Bill found a 35mm camera at a garage sale when I was sixteen, gave it to me, and I carried it everywhere I went. When I went to writing camp in Chicago that summer, I brought back seven complete rolls of film to be developed and flipped through those photos a lot, both for the nostalgia they brought and that feeling of creating something you love. In November 2009, when I was a senior in high school, I started a 365 project where I took a self-portrait every day for a year and uploaded every image to Flickr. That Christmas, my dad bought me my first DSLR, and the rest, as they say, was history.
I briefly attended the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) for a B.F.A. in Photography. I dropped out after one semester because the economy tanked and my parents lost their jobs. Photography became my passion project after that. It was my way to support my family and also try to carve out my dreams doing what I loved. I was working at a little frozen custard stand in my hometown during the day, and by night I was either driving back and forth to Milwaukee where I got a job in a Lifetouch studio, or taking my own clients out for a session. I had built up a pretty good business for myself doing senior pictures mostly, and photographing the occasional wedding or family.
I moved to Waupaca in 2013. I was days away from being twenty-one, new to this whole "adulthood" thing, and photography sort of fell by the wayside for a little bit while I found my footing in a new city and got used to doing things like paying bills and grocery shopping for myself. It wasn't an easy transition for me. I can count on one hand the number of times I used my camera in the first few years after moving. The combination of a broken laptop and having no energy after coming home from my full-time job made this dream of mine come to a stand-still. I threw my energy into blogging on my personal blog, because I could still take pictures and blog from my phone, and tried my hand at that for a while. I dove into scrapbooking and knitting, which I still love as hobbies, but they didn't bring me the same rush that taking pictures did.
My world turned upside down when my dad died in 2016. Grief completely turned my life around. I decided it was time to get serious about photography again because life is too dang short to spend every day with an anxious pit in your stomach because you hate your job. Starting on my 25th birthday, I did another 365 project. I bought a new laptop and battery charger for my camera and soon I was off and running. The same sense of joy came flooding through me, just like it had done ten years earlier.
Now I am still chasing that feeling of being seventeen with just my camera and the sun. Won't you join me?