How did you get started?
Ok people, let's try this again ... or for the first time.. or... whatever
This is my first blog post, second time writing it because, well, in Hannah's world, nothin's really 'smooth sailing' if you know what I mean.
This particular post is going to be about how I got started in photography. So if I remember correctly, I started the original post talking about getting some rando point + shoot camera and how back then, 6 mega pixels was like... OMG BALLER STATUS. I pretty much got hooked documenting my friends and I and taking what I thought at the time, THEE coolest "self portraits" ever (really they were just selfies for myspace, shoutout myspace)
So my boyfriend and I at the time, who was also really into photography decided, "Hey.. let's do this for real" and BAM I got accepted into Antonelli Institute of Art & Photography. I graduated high school and at the age of 17, moved to north Philly and started College.
Antonelli was a two year associates in Photography. The class sizes were small, probably like 15 people max per class and we learned everything from film photography, portraiture, lighting both natural and with speed lights, marketing, commercial photography, product photography, basic photoshop techniques, and a ton more.
Ready for some old school?
But you know what college didn't teach me? confidence.
Yeah, sure. I got a degree in photography but I moved back home after two insane years and I was just afraid. Afraid of working with real people, afraid that I sucked, and well... life happened. I still took photos... but the photos were for me or of my family, friends, etc. Never once did I attempt to put ANY effort AT ALL into this. It was too damn daunting.
Fast forward ten years... I'm with the love of my life now and he asks me to spend the rest of my life with him. When he got down on one knee and asked me to do this for the rest of our lives, my immediate response was "F$%! YES!" (that's legit what I said) and I instantly felt comfort. Comfort in knowing I would have support, no matter what I wanted to do in life.
At the time we were planning our wedding, I was inching toward my goal of being a photographer. Well, not inching... more like millimeter-ing toward it. I was really nervous about picking someone to photograph our day.
buuuuut I knew I wanted a certain style from our wedding photographer AND SHE KILLLLED IT (seriously shout out to Rachel. She is incredible, creative and an amazing human being) No joke, I loved every, single, image she sent us. I was moved, I laughed, I cried, I just felt.
After getting our album, I was incredibly inspired. She sparked something inside me that had been long gone + with the support of my husband? HOW COULD I NOT STRIVE FOR MY GOAL? He has supported me through step one, two, three and 417.
So here I am. working a regular 9 to 5 and probably another 40 to get where I want to be. I've photographed so many amazing people. They've trusted me + paid me to capture a part of their lives. Whether that be an event, a love story, their children or content for their business and
I couldn't be more grateful.
I want to thank my past, current, and future clients for everything you've done for me. Yea, you hire me for a service but what I get out of it is much more than I could ever explain.
Lastly, Here's my favorite picture I took in my entire two years of college.