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I struggle with anxiety and depression, but in becoming a photographer, I've found this amazing outlet to release some of those scary emotions and pour my whole heart into photographing people and events.
Hannah, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I moved back to the East Coast after a break-up and picked up the camera because I craved something creative to be in my life again. I eventually want to become an elopement photographer because I love the intimacy of the smaller wedding and getting to experience a couple's love so up close and personal.
Who is your inspiration in life Hannah? How do you keep inspired?
My biggest inspirations are the strong, beautiful and independent women in my life who have encouraged me to pursue photography more and stretch myself to try new things. I moved into an apartment with three other women who are all just amazingly inspiring, resilient and incredibly talented.
We all make mistakes Hannah; 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.
I've helped out a friend with some weddings, and we've had some pretty difficult clients. I would have tried to take more time to get to know the couple beforehand to understand their vision for the day fully.
Hannah, 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 try to read people's mannerisms and pay attention to what they may not be saying but how they're acting. I try to hone in on feelings of anxiety and work through them; whether that's me talking about what they might be going through in their day to get it off their chest or making a specific playlist to listen to during a shoot to make them feel more comfortable. I've used the playlist option specifically for boudoir shoots for clients that aren't as used to being in front of the camera and want something familiar that they can connect to.
Please tell us, Hannah, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I worked my first wedding as a Lead Photographer this year, so I was definitely stressed. Writing everything out, like the bride's specific shot list, and then creating my own specific shot list was super helpful. I was able to take the bride's vision and create something to remember their wedding day truly.
Hannah, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
In being a second shooter, I've persuaded the lead photographer to take engagement shots that he normally wouldn't have taken, and they turned out to be some of the best from the shoot. He trusts my creative eye so I can sometimes make suggestions that won't make sense to him, but he takes my advice because he knows I see a bigger picture.
Hannah, 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 so far happened very recently. Our apartment was broken into, and one of my roommates, in particular, lost a few very important items. She felt as though her room wasn't hers any more and it belonged to the intruder. I asked her if she wanted to do a shoot in her room to sort of "win back" her room and make it hers again. She's never done any shoots with me, so doing a boudoir shoot was different, but so lovely because of how raw and vulnerable the shoot was...yet she came away feeling empowered and beautiful after the shoot. Like she finally owned her room again, and she was stronger than any intruder could be. I was so thankful to be a small part of this moment.
Hannah, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I work specifically with two models who are very trusting of me and my vision. They aren't afraid to try something or have me make suggestions because they know I'm trying to work through my own ideas. This happened recently with a shoot at a Recollective shop in Boston (shot can be seen on my Instagram). I think it can be difficult because I don't want people to think I'm crazy, but when I have a vision in my head, I NEED to try it. If it doesn't work out, that's totally ok. At least I tried.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Shoot all the time, even if you're not feeling super inspired. Sometimes my best work had come from when I was feeling uninspired but knew I needed to keep shooting because it clears my head and gives me that creative outlet I so desperately need.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love to work more with models and work with more high fashion. It's always a learning process, so working in any creative in any capacity interests me. I want to learn as much as I can!
Photographer: Myself, Hannah Fisher @hannahfish02 Models: @cornchips, @girlbosslem, @malloryhawk, @deathbyfalafel