September 20, 2018

chase more sunsets

Since quitting my fast food job, I could not tell you the last time that I actually watched the sunset. I've gone adventuring during golden hour with my camera, but I'm always back inside curled up with Lightroom and Netflix by the time the sky shows its true colors and the sun says goodnight. I miss fawning over a pretty sky and pretty light. It was a part of my day that I didn't even realize I would miss so much until it's gone. The goal for the next couple of weeks: Chase more sunsets.

September 19, 2018

feels like fall

The temperature may or may not have been in the 80's over the weekend, but at least it's starting to look like fall. The last of autumns flora are being displayed, and they have approximately 2394820 pumpkins at the grocery store. Pumpkin-spice is being thrown in everyone's face whether they like it or not. The leaves are just starting to change, slowly from the tippy-tops all the way down. The world is coming alive one last time before winter says hello for 6 months. Are you ready?

September 18, 2018


As a wedding photographer, I'm always trying to work on my detail photos. I'm in the process of saving for a macro lens to make my rings shots pop, but for now, I'm just rolling with my 50mm and my ring box. This ring is another piece from Civion store! The simple details on The Aurora Ring made me want to add it to my jewelry box... I'm a sucker for clean lines and flowery details, and I can't say no to rose gold. You can still use the code ANNA25 at checkout to receive 25% off your order!

September 17, 2018

fall down seven times, get up eight

...Except sometimes it's really more like, "Fall down seven times, cry a little, eat some comfort food,  take a shower, get some sleep, then get up eight."

Nobody showed up to the Portrait Day event I hosted with Next Stop Kids Shop. Not a single person. Those same feelings of imposter syndrome that crept up on me in my first semester of art school are back. I remember wandering the aisles of Utrecht, looking at a lot of the things I knew I needed but was too overwhelmed to buy. Being eighteen, on my own for the first time, armed with supply lists for three classes and not a lot of cash was my first glimpse into this messy life milestone called "Adulthood."

I don't know how to use any of this stuff!

I am a fraud for not knowing paper types or how to draw.

Savannah and art school and those days when my life revolved around charcoal drawings and art history flashcards feel so far removed from me now. Clumsily lugging giant portfolios of unused drawing pads on and off SCAD buses, hanging out on Smoker's Bridge, and Sub Shoppe Tuesdays belong to another Anna. But the imposter syndrome feels like pulling out your favorite winter coat from storage. Wrapping its warmth around you feels familiar, like a hug from your favorite relative you only see at holidays.

If nobody will pay $20 for my pictures, who the hell is going to hire me for a wedding?

The only promise you can get out of working for yourself is that it will be a lot of work. You have to have the strength to pick yourself up when you inevitably fall. Dust yourself off. Fake it til you make it through the imposter syndrome and impending anxiety about what you're going to do next. Sit down and reevaluate. Write down why you are doing this and who you are doing this for. Make a plan from there. And when that plan stops working, do it again. And again. And again.

September 14, 2018

friday introductions

Friday introductions are usually more of an Instagram thing, but I've been getting more blog traffic lately so hey! I'm Anna Gutermuth. I'm an aspiring wedding and portrait photographer that just has a lot to say sometimes and takes too many pictures to not have a personal blog. I shoot with a Canon 6D Mark II DSLR and an iPhone 8+. I've been blogging on various platforms since middle school. I started this blog in 2011 and never looked back. I was born and raised in southeastern Wisconsin, did a 6-month stint in Savannah, GA for art school after I graduated and had to drop out after the economy tanked, and now I live in north central Wisconsin with my boyfriend Justin and our two cats, Whiskers and Mew.

Photography has been my "thing" since high school. In 2010, I completed a 365-day self-portrait challenge and uploaded everything to Flickr. I started this blog in 2011, mostly as a place to post my rolls of film when I used to actually shoot film (RIP all my film cameras), photo shoots, and document the adventures I took with my friends. In 2013, I started ~fashion blogging~ because it was the cool thing to do. I ran around with my camera and my tripod taking outfit photos and then would come home and wrack my brain trying to remember where all of my clothes came from and developed a sort of shopping problem. Over the years I have moved away from fashion blogging and dabbled in things like scrapbooking and knitting and painting. Now it's the things that make my life magic or whatever is on my mind, and I'm trying to do some self-portrait therapy once a week. This blog has always grown with me through the years, and I will always be thankful for that.

Mornings spent with a hot cup of coffee and taking a walk around the backyard are my jam. I love thirty-second dance parties to get you to loosen up and let go of whatever tension you are holding in your body. I pretty much watch Grey's Anatomy and Gilmore Girls on a loop. I'm not a big movie buff, but I quote Mean Girls and Bring It On in regular conversation whenever I can. My favorite emoji is the sparkle emoji. Yellow is my favorite color. I'm always the first person to shout-out, "Look at the sky!" at every pretty sunset. It's so nice to meet you. I'm glad you're here!

September 12, 2018

makes me feel legit

I finally bought myself an actual camera bag instead of just wearing my camera around my neck all the time! The inside is roomy enough for me to carry my camera body with a lens attached, my external flash, and an extra lens. I also take advantage of the huge inside pockets to store extra batteries and chargers, extra memory cards, lens caps, and my "Wedding Emergency Kit" which is basically just sunscreen, hair ties, safety pins, a sewing kit, and like a million bobby pins. This purchase has 100% made me feel more legit when I show up to a shoot or whenever I'm just taking pictures in public out on my own. (I'm also thinking about grabbing another one in a different color to use as an everyday purse.)

And I know I'm like 3 years late to the enamel pin trend, but these were too cute not to collect along the way!

Bag is from Amazon
Pins are from Get to Work Book, Femfetti, and Amazon (1, 2)