The Story Behind HAP

As many of you know, photography has been a passion of mine for a long time. I began investing into equipment during high school. Before I knew it, Hannah Arnzen Photography (HAP) was established in January 2011. 

I decided to stick with the name Hannah Arnzen Photography mainly because I loved its acronym, HAP. Shortly after, I came up with the tagline, "The Art of Happiness." I believe that my photos show the happiness in people, and I want to capture individuals in their happiest moments. I strive to create images for individuals that will cherish these moments forever. When we reminisce, we like to focus on the parts of our lives that bring us happiness. 

Today, I challenge you to find a few things in your house, room, apartment, desk, etc.. and take a photo of all of those items. Journal or post why those things are important to you and why they make you happy. It's the littlest things in life that make our bad days turn great and great days become greater. I would love to hear what things, whether that be tangible or not, make you happy in life. I have decided to take the challenge, and you can view a few things that make me happy below. I hope they make you happy too!

There is a lot of happiness on this table. Scroll down for a description of each item. 

There is a lot of happiness on this table. Scroll down for a description of each item. 

Now, you might be thinking....she likes money...okay we get it. That is not necessarily the case. I am a COIN HUNTER! I love finding coins on the ground! I have no shame picking up pennies because you never know how much you will find. For about a year, I kept track of how many coins I found on the ground. I reached $100.00 and jumped for joy! From then on, I placed all my loose change in jars and in about 5 months, I had over $200.00 which paid for my boyfriend, Kyle, and I to see a St. Louis Cardinals game up close and personal. It was one of my favorite events of the summer. All this to say, save your change, and save up for a small day trip to reward yourself! 

Now, you might be thinking....she likes money...okay we get it. That is not necessarily the case. I am a COIN HUNTER! I love finding coins on the ground! I have no shame picking up pennies because you never know how much you will find. For about a year, I kept track of how many coins I found on the ground. I reached $100.00 and jumped for joy! From then on, I placed all my loose change in jars and in about 5 months, I had over $200.00 which paid for my boyfriend, Kyle, and I to see a St. Louis Cardinals game up close and personal. It was one of my favorite events of the summer. All this to say, save your change, and save up for a small day trip to reward yourself! 

Alright, this is obvious. I love taking photographs. 

Alright, this is obvious. I love taking photographs. 

This photo serves for two purposes. 1. Coffee: I am not a night owl or a morning person, so coffee is one of my best friends. I am not a coffee snob. I'm okay with any kind of coffee just as long as it tastes good. Anyone with me? 2. Mugs: I collect coffee mugs, along with 2,000,000 other people. This is not something that is necessarily unique about me, but more so just another way to reminisce. Kyle bought this mug for me when he went to San Diego. I love all of the bright colors, and it reminds me of Summer! 

This photo serves for two purposes. 1. Coffee: I am not a night owl or a morning person, so coffee is one of my best friends. I am not a coffee snob. I'm okay with any kind of coffee just as long as it tastes good. Anyone with me? 2. Mugs: I collect coffee mugs, along with 2,000,000 other people. This is not something that is necessarily unique about me, but more so just another way to reminisce. Kyle bought this mug for me when he went to San Diego. I love all of the bright colors, and it reminds me of Summer! 

Handwritten cards are very sentimental these days. It is hard to get away from just posting on someone's Facebook wall, but receiving a handmade or handwritten card always cheers people up! Not only do I take photographs, but I design as well. After I graduate, I hope to begin designing more cards and calendars! 

Handwritten cards are very sentimental these days. It is hard to get away from just posting on someone's Facebook wall, but receiving a handmade or handwritten card always cheers people up! Not only do I take photographs, but I design as well. After I graduate, I hope to begin designing more cards and calendars! 

I have always loved perfume. I do not want to bore you with the psychology behind scents and emotion, but this perfume in particular reminds me of pure happiness. This is Burberry Brit perfume. I have worn this perfume during some of the most fun times in my life. It reminds me of Summer, and going on countless dates with Kyle. Perfume makes me feel good. I probably have about 6 kinds. 

I have always loved perfume. I do not want to bore you with the psychology behind scents and emotion, but this perfume in particular reminds me of pure happiness. This is Burberry Brit perfume. I have worn this perfume during some of the most fun times in my life. It reminds me of Summer, and going on countless dates with Kyle. Perfume makes me feel good. I probably have about 6 kinds. 

Faith is a huge factor in my life. I wouldn't know joy without knowing God's word. He continues to challenge and guide me through the difficulties in life. God has blessed me with a wonderful life, and I believe he has given me gifts and talents to bless others. What is one of the biggest blessings in your life? 

Faith is a huge factor in my life. I wouldn't know joy without knowing God's word. He continues to challenge and guide me through the difficulties in life. God has blessed me with a wonderful life, and I believe he has given me gifts and talents to bless others. What is one of the biggest blessings in your life? 

Llamas are my absolute favorite animal! If you have ever seen a llama up close, they always look like they are smiling. It is so hard to look at a llama and not smile yourself. They are used for animal therapy in hospitals and nursing homes. Llamas are low maintenance and are great guard animals. They only spit or become aggressive when they feel threatened. One of my goals in life is to retire and own a llama. It will happen. 

Llamas are my absolute favorite animal! If you have ever seen a llama up close, they always look like they are smiling. It is so hard to look at a llama and not smile yourself. They are used for animal therapy in hospitals and nursing homes. Llamas are low maintenance and are great guard animals. They only spit or become aggressive when they feel threatened. One of my goals in life is to retire and own a llama. It will happen. 

From Left to Right: Hannah, Haven, Dad, Mom, Hope, Bo. (Missing Henry, our family cat) -Photo by Scott Cotton My family is one of the biggest blessings in my life. We are all different and get to share our gifts, talents, and expertise with each other. My family is my earthly refuge. My parents are so incredibly wise. They have raised us girls to be independent, adventure seeking, and loving individuals. They are getting ready to celebrate 30 years of marriage this year. My two sisters are my best friends. Haven, my younger sister, is smart, caring, and beautiful. She is an incredible piano player and is signed with Evangel University to play tennis. Hope, my older sister, is outgoing, bubbly, and unbelievably creative. She loves books and has her own youtube channel. If you are a bookworm, this is the perfect channel for you! Last but not least, I have a ridiculously intelligent brother-in-law! Bo is Hope's husband and pursuing a career in ministry. He is filled with knowledge beyond belief! I am lucky to have him as my brother-in-law. 

From Left to Right: Hannah, Haven, Dad, Mom, Hope, Bo. (Missing Henry, our family cat) -Photo by Scott Cotton

My family is one of the biggest blessings in my life. We are all different and get to share our gifts, talents, and expertise with each other. My family is my earthly refuge. My parents are so incredibly wise. They have raised us girls to be independent, adventure seeking, and loving individuals. They are getting ready to celebrate 30 years of marriage this year. My two sisters are my best friends. Haven, my younger sister, is smart, caring, and beautiful. She is an incredible piano player and is signed with Evangel University to play tennis. Hope, my older sister, is outgoing, bubbly, and unbelievably creative. She loves books and has her own youtube channel. If you are a bookworm, this is the perfect channel for you! Last but not least, I have a ridiculously intelligent brother-in-law! Bo is Hope's husband and pursuing a career in ministry. He is filled with knowledge beyond belief! I am lucky to have him as my brother-in-law. 

Kyle and I have been dating a little over a year, and I have never been happier! He is the funniest person I know and always makes me laugh. We both have goofy personalities and share the same kind of humor. He is smart, practical, and is a sports enthusiast. His chill personality sets a nice balance to my type A personality. My best days are spent with him and he continues to support my entrepreneurship each and every day.  For all my friends: I have so may wonderful friends that make my life wonderful! I am thankful for each and every one of you! You know who you are! 

Kyle and I have been dating a little over a year, and I have never been happier! He is the funniest person I know and always makes me laugh. We both have goofy personalities and share the same kind of humor. He is smart, practical, and is a sports enthusiast. His chill personality sets a nice balance to my type A personality. My best days are spent with him and he continues to support my entrepreneurship each and every day. 

For all my friends: I have so may wonderful friends that make my life wonderful! I am thankful for each and every one of you! You know who you are! 

I hope this post inspires you to reflect on the things that bring you happiness. I would love to hear what those things are! Please comment below and share what makes you happy! I would like to know if we share any of the same joys in life! 

Hannah