Would you mind introducing yourself? Hi! I’m Hannah! I am a 26-year old who lives with my husband, our two dogs and cat. Funny enough, in college I studied Biology. I love science but definitely have an artistic side of me that I like to express through photography!
How would you describe your style of photography? That’s tough! I think my style is still in the early stages of evolving. I find that I tend to shoot a lot of simple and minimalistic images, where the subject is very clear and distractions are minimal. I find myself bringing my camera along the most when I am out in nature. Lately though, I have been wanting to shoot more journalistic material and capture the genuine moments and emotions I witness from people or a place when I travel.
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When did you first fall in love with taking photos? I am not sure there was an exact moment. I have always loved pictures – being able to capture a moment that you can look back on excited me. When I was younger I loved buying disposable cameras, then in college I was constantly taking pictures of friends on a little point and shoot I bought. I purchased my first DSLR (a canon rebel) after spending two months in Thailand because I wanted to start documenting my travels. However, I didn’t start shooting in manual until I bought a film camera a few years ago and truly learned from there. Shooting film is such a great way to learn! After that, I have constantly grown to love it more!
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? Recently, I spent two weeks in Namibia for a photography workshop. When we arrived, the biggest rain in years had just finished, so everything was green and flowers were blooming, which was pretty rare to begin with. One evening we went out for a drive to try and find some animals to photograph. We ended up finding a herd of about 10,000 oryx. Our guides said they had never seen anything like it - the biggest rain in years had blessed us with more oryx than they’d ever seen before. We watched them running in front of us for almost an hour as the sun set. It was a photographer’s dream and I was lucky enough to share that moment with some other wonderful photographers. We were all out of our minds excited! It’s one of those moments you look back on and can’t believe was real.
Who/What inspires you to take these wonderful photographs? I think creation in general inspires me – whether people or nature. I am inspired by how unique and beautiful every person or place is, so I try to capture that beauty through pictures.
What kind of camera do you use? I have a Canon 5D Mark iii. I love it!
What is your editing process like? I do try to keep my pictures looking pretty natural to accurately portray what I felt and saw with my eyes when I took the image. I use Lightroom to edit my pictures, and if I am posting to Instagram I usually don’t do much besides bringing up the contrast and brightness in the Instagram editor a bit if needed!
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? Well, my first advice to anyone is to really learn how to properly use your camera and understand light. Force yourself to shoot in manual as much as you can and play with shooting in different lighting to see what a difference it makes. I think film is a great way to learn these things. When you take a picture think about what you want to say or show through the image and then ask yourself how you can frame it, or what you can exclude from the image to better do that. I take most of my pictures early or late in the day when the light is soft, and that plays a key role in the mood of the picture. Other than that, I think you have to find your own style by getting out there and discovering what sort of things inspire you when you shoot! Photography is different for everyone and the beautiful thing about it is that everyone sees things from a unique perspective. Two people can look at the exact same scene and interpret it so differently!
What are some of your passions/hobbies other than photography? I have quite a few…I love the ocean and thus love scuba diving - I have been certified since 2013. I teach yoga at a local studio. When I am home I am passionate about taking care of my body through exercise and cooking nourishing food. I love to bake as well as cook – another creative outlet! I’d also say that spending time with my husband, friends, and family has become one of the most precious things in the world to me so I would even call that a passion.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? I love Ansel Adams for nostalgic reasons. Growing up, my parents had his photos hanging in our house. I can vividly remember his picture of the moon and Half Dome hanging in our living room. A few photographers that hang out on Instagram who I love are Lucy Laucht, Alex Strohl, Emilie Ristevski, and Jason Charles Hill. I met Emilie and Jason during my photography workshop and was truly inspired by their passion, dedication, and creativity!
Are there any (other) photographers here on Instagram that you love and wish more people knew about? Besides the people I mentioned above, a few people whose work I really enjoy and think more people should follow are @kellybrownphoto, @freyadowson, and @natalieallenco.
Do you have any photography related plans for this summer that you would like to share? My best friend lives in the Maldives and my husband and I are going to visit her, so I of course plan to take a lot of photos. In September, I am going to Colorado to shoot a wedding with a good friend of mine and hopefully take a road trip while we are there.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? New Zealand! It’s so difficult to only list one though :)
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Summer and Fall. Summer because everything feels alive and I love warmth. Fall because I grew up in North Carolina - if you have seen those mountains in the Fall you understand why.
Anything extra you would like to share? Photography has been a creative outlet for me and something I love sharing with others. There are a lot of talented photographers on here so I feel flattered to be included among them! Thanks so much for having me!
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