The Art of Happiness

I was born and raised in the wonderful state of Missouri. I mean, come on people, Missouri is awesome. I always grew up watching my mother take photographs of Hope (4 years older, creative, social, organized, and thrifty one), Haven (3 years younger, musically gifted, artistic, shy, intelligent, and the athletic one), and myself (visual, spontaneous, joyful, peace-maker, and sarcastic one).

Curiosity The photo labeled “Curiosity” (right) is me at age 2. I was so intrigued with cameras. My mother made sure to snap a photo of me trying to figure it out.
I received my first 35mm camera in second grade. I went through roll after roll taking photos of trees, animals, and walls.
FUN STUFF RIGHT??!!?!?
I used that camera up until my freshman year of high school. At that time I played the drums and took photographs. My parents informed me that I was allowed to choose between a drum set or a DSLR camera. As you could probably guess, I chose the camera, and I am so happy that I did!
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At age 15, I had 1 client.
At age 16, I had 6 clients.
At age 17, I had 18 clients.
At age 18, I had 40 clients.

I am now 21 years old and run a successful business that helps pay for my college expenses. I have hosted 2 successful art shows, (to raise money for non-profit organizations) and I am licensed as a sole proprietor and am entering into my fourth year as the business owner of Hannah Arnzen Photography.

What is my favorite subject to photograph…you ask?
I enjoy photographing portraits.
Everyone has their own story to tell, and I believe that a simple photograph can, in essence, capture someone’s personality and story.
Who do I look up to?
I look up to the outstanding and incredible Lara Jade. She aspired to be a well known photographer at the age of 15 and has built her portfolio by an incredible amount of clientele.
What keeps me going?
I would love to have my work published in a magazine someday, but for now, I jump for joy when I see that someone uses a photo I have taken as their Facebook profile picture.The Lord has given me a gift that I think is worth sharing to those around me. God has blessed me abundantly through finances, connections, friendships, and support. All of these things have kept me going. Having a business and being a full time student has its challenges, but this is where I find an abundance of joy. I believe that my job is to bless others for God has blessed me and that couldn’t make me any happier.
My favorite quote: “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” -Ansel Adams
I am currently a Senior at a small university and working towards a BFA in Digital Arts and a minor in Psychology. My hope is to go to graduate school and work towards a Masters degree in Art Therapy. Art is subjective. Simple as that. Here is what I have to say; like my photos or not, but at least you are looking at them.
To look at some of my work, visit:
www.facebook.com/hannaharnzenphoto

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