2011 in Photos {& what’s to come in 2012!}

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December 31, 2011.

It’s no surprise that the end of the year is today. The past month has flown by.  This year was a magical blur full of so many emotions. In yearly tradition, here is a photo recap of 2011. (And my 2010 recap, for your perusal.)

January 2011

– Signed up for my 2nd Team In Training 100 mile bike ride around Lake Tahoe.

– Spent a fabulous week with my colleagues in Las Vegas.

– Newborn photoshoot for precious Noah

February 2011

Snowpocalypse in the Driftless

– Mexico Vacation

March 2011

– Begin training for America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride

– Purchase my new camera body & lenses. Start playing around with macro photography.

Learn an important lesson from our oldest dog

April 2011

-Crazy warm spring weather

– Graduation photoshoot for Kenzie

May 2011

– Adorable photoshoot for Addie & family

– My graduation from the Medical College of Wisconsin!

June 2011

Bike 100 miles around Lake Tahoe for TNT. Raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Experience snow in June.

– Celebrate my 28th birthday

– Top secret project with TNT mentor & friend, Dano

– Spend time in NYC and New Jersey

July 2011

– Spend time with family & friends. Enjoy Governor Dodge in our ‘backyard’

Kayak around the Lake Superior Sea Caves

August 2011

– Photograph some adorable kids

– Begin the longest deck project e.v.e.r.

– Meet the wildlife in our backyard

Urban session in Madison

September 2011

Experience Ironman Wisconsin with front row seats. 5am in downtown Madison was electric.

– Photography workshop/getaway to Bayfield & Apostle Islands. Sailing. Good food. Goal setting for 2012.

October 2011

– The wedding of the beautiful Allie & charming Dan, all the way from London.

– Enjoying Madison sunrises and bird banding at the Biocore Prairie

{Look at the carp jumping out of Lake Mendota!}

– Meeting my cousin’s new baby

Spending a week in my new favorite city, San Francisco

– Family sessions with some adorable lil boys

November 2011

– More family portraits for friends & family

December 2011

– Spent a week in San Diego

– Had LASIK eye surgery

– Had 20/15 vision the following day and walked outside to this…

– Celebrated the holidays with family & lots of pups

– Photographed my childhood babysitter & her precious daughters

– Enjoyed my time off by going on photo adventures in the back field

– Spent an unseasonably warm day with the beautiful Lynn & Addie

{Pete & Lynn over time…engagement, maternity, and 1 year old Addie}


Looking through all of these photos and reliving the memories has left me feeling a bit nostalgic, but equally as excited for what’s to come in 2012!


Birkie in February {please, oh please, SNOW already!}

A miniscule chance of going to the Galapagos in March-April. If not this year, next year…it’s an annual trip with UW. On our bucket list!

Spending my 29th birthday & summer solstice {my favorite day of the year} in Austria & Italy !!!

Weddings of close friends {I can’t wait to capture your big days!}

Meeting new people/clients who will undoubtedly become friends {my favorite part of this whole photography gig} 🙂

Continue to grow and evolve in my photography. This recap has helped me notice how my skills have changed in one short year. I can’t wait to see what I learn in 2012!

Take more risks. Challenge myself. Make mistakes and learn from them.

Make a difference in people’s lives. Smile often. Laugh a lot. Spread my optimism. Share the love.

Capture the memories and emotions wherever this amazing, beautiful, crazy life takes me. Embrace change. Go out and live life to the fullest.

Wishing all of you a healthy and blessed 2012!


dano - January 2, 2012 - 9:53 am

Wow – what a year! Beautiful. Happy new year!

Emily (Edible Psychology) - January 4, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Wow, what a year! And what incredible photos Anni! Very best wishes for a wonderful 2012. I can’t wait to see what you are up to this year.

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