@Hanna_bixel and @Bixelphoto
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Growing up in a small/small-minded town, it was harder for me to be creative in my early high school years because of how much you stuck out if you were different. People in this town do like like people that think different than the normal conservative views. It took until I was in college for photography for me to be able to let my creativity take over and be myself completely. I stopped hanging out with most of my "friends" from my town and focused fully on my talent. Now today I have slowly started traveling the world starting with Mexico, to Costa Rica, Cabo, Colorado, Florida, Chicago, Houston, U.S. Virgin Islands, And ending up in Los Angeles for a solo trip to search for models and companies to work with once I move to California when I graduate in December 2017
Hanna, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I am starting taking photos early middle school just with my new iPod that had the new camera in them. I realised how much time I could take up just taking photos of my little siblings jumping in the air and catching that action with no blur. I finally got my own Canon Rebel when I was in 9th grade and have been learning and growing every day since. I am most passionate about growing as a photographer every day until I have reached all of my big dreams of travelling the world constantly taking fashion photos for big brands and companies with big-name models for popular magazines.
Who is your inspiration in life Hanna? How do you keep inspired?
Right now I stay inspired every day by sitting in this town for my last semester dreaming about all the places I've been over the last couple years and reminding myself how far I've made it from getting my first camera in 9th grade to shooting Models in LA just weeks ago. I am very confident that I can reach every single one of my goals if I stay focused and continue to work on my talent and networking skills every day.
We all make mistakes Hanna; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
One day in video class I was partnered with a girl I didn't think was very nice, so I suggested to the teacher that I work by myself on my project. I think I should have given her a chance and tried to work with her because one day I will have to work with people I do not like, and I will have to stick with it.
Hanna, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I have a handwritten calendar on the wall of everything I have scheduled for that month. Then in a small notebook, I have my time scheduled for every day of when I am going to shoot, edit, study, work, and relax. I have my days all planned out so I can achieve my goals easily.
Please tell us, Hanna, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
One day when I was on my LA solo trip, I was supposed to shoot with this very successful model later in the week. He asked me what the mood and style were for the shoot and who the stylist was going to be. I didn't have a budget for a stylist, so I decided to be my stylist. I went to the thrift stores to find some cool pieces for the shoot and decided to go with a colourful 90s theme in the grudge looking parts of DTLA. It turned out amazing, and I was very proud of myself.
Hanna, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
one day a few classmates and I were assisting on a video for a construction company, and I knew the lighting person was wrong, so I explained to them in a friendly and motivation way how to correct it.
Hanna, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment was the end of my last summer before my last semester of school; I knew I had to go to LA one more time by myself to network and gain connections before I was stuck at home for one last semester. So I raised the money and booked my flight and room for a whole week by myself in Down Town Los Angeles. I contacted many models signed with agencies in LA. I contacted brands to send me their products to shoot. Once it was all over, I had the best week of my Life. I shot with multiple well-known models, shot for a couple of different brands, and made connections that I knew would boost my career immensely.
Hanna, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
When I went to the U.S. Virgin Islands just a month before hurricane Irma hit. I went with the two people I travel the most with, my cousin Caitlin and one of our best friends Hunter. We call ourselves siblings because of how close we all are. That trip was my most creative work. I got to explore the islands most secret places with the locals we made friends with. We went cliff jumping into the Caribbean sea, hiking the mountains of the islands, exploring secret beaches, and much more amazing experiences. I took my camera on every one of these adventures. You can see the adventure on my Instagram and website!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Stay focused and believe every day that you will get better and achieve those big dreams of doing what you love for a living. I'm almost there, and I can't be more excited about my future. All the time and hard work will pay off one day, and you will be thankful you dedicated your life to your passion.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am looking for any collaborations with fashion editorial models, brands, clothing lines, agencies, and stylists. I enjoy fun fashion editorial advertisement type shoots.
photographer: Hanna Bixel @hanna_bixel