The last couple weeks have been really interesting. I went from being stuck in bed with the flu to completely healthy and overwhelmingly inspired to create. The sun has been out and I’ve spent hours outside playing with my camera and planning photoshoots with anyone I can. I found it funny, however, because the last few years I tried diving into new types of photography. I’ve been trying things like flat lays (which I am awful at), lifestyle shots, landscape (another I’m not naturally very good at) and a lot of other things that I enjoyed but haven’t found as much fulfillment in. I kept feeling like I was failing and couldn’t get better. I kind of gave up on myself and this is actually why I starting a whole new medium and began doing videography and filmmaking. But this last week I decided to try and do the thing that made me fall in love with photography in the first place. I started to take portraits of people again.
Alright so by “people” I actually mean myself. Because when you don’t always have access to models, you gotta step in sometimes! So I started to try out some techniques I’d been learning online, trying to get real creative with the selfies I was taking and something was re-sparked within me. I forgot how much fun it is to make ordinary people look extraordinary! Getting funky with lighting has always been one of my favorite things to do, but adding light refractions from odd objects has been the newest game changer. It sounds really silly but it has been working for me lately. I love the movement and dynamic it can add to a portrait. But who knows, maybe it’ll be something I look back on and think looks terrible, haha. Thats the beauty though, isn’t it? Seeing our growth through the way we decided to express ourselves at a moment in time and being able to look back at it and remember everything that went into making those decisions…
AND, tell me what you think of these couple of photos! I’m always looking for constructive feedback, especially as I step into new territory. Thank you!!
All my love, Hannah xx
Another fun part of all this is forcing the hubz to model for me! haha. He’s been such a good sport as well and has been able to pull off some pretty fierce looks. Shooting men is definitely new territory and I’m lucky enough to be able to start practicing with a model I’m very comfortable with and that is also comfortable with me. I’m excited to start diving into shooting men more, I feel like they tend to get overlooked in the portrait scene and I’m excited to showcase them. Telling people’s stories has always been my goal and I’d love to have the opportunity to tell yours.
So, if ANYONE is interested in having a fun and casual photoshoot with me, please hit me up. I’d love to collaborate with you.