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I work in the Fine Art, Fashion, Editorial Markets. My rate, for now, is 50 dollars an hour.
I create clean, elegant portraits of people and the extraordinary junctures in their life. I emphasize my subjects with exceptional attention to detail, technically outstanding composition, and vibrant colors. Harmonizing emotion, painterly qualities and engaging fashion forward characteristics, I design classically picturesque photographs for the Editorial, Fashion and Fine Art market in the Greater Seattle Area.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Hannah. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I have lived in the Seattle Washington area for the last 12 years and I have been pursuing photography for roughly 7 years now. I was married to the love of my life at 19 and was blessed encouraged me to go after my dream. When it comes to my work, I believe that what makes me different from others is the true desire to not only make inspiring work but also create work that inspires and empowers each of my subjects. This translates into my incredible ability to not only create extraordinary images but to also have the ability to evoke emotion in each of the images I make. I desire to find the power and strength of my subjects through strong compositions, smooth tonal ranges and a touch of feminine elegance. Our lives each have unique and powerful stories, my desire is to create narratives and truly express them with my audience.
Hannah, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
When it comes to passions in my life, photography has to be my biggest. I have dreamt of being on magazine covers, galleries, and billboards since I started photography. I aspire to become a highly desired editorial and fashion photographer. My goal is to work with teams of people to create extravagant sets and luxurious outfits just like those seen in Vogue, Elle, and glamour. I started creating images when my parents got their first Olympus point and shoot camera back in 2007. I used photography as an expression of my inner thoughts and turmoil as a teenager. When life is out of control, photography became a controlled environment where I could create and construct my own world. A world of order and of beauty. Through this, I was able to start giving myself a voice. It has since then allowed me to meet new people, inspire others, and also widen my understanding and knowledge of the world around me. This has translated into not only my workflow as a photographer but also how to do life.
Who is your inspiration in life Hannah? How do you keep inspired?
I believe my biggest inspiration in my photographic journey has been Lindsay Alder. I was given a chance to interview her for a degree project and I loved the fact that she makes time for everyone passionate about photography. She also has shown me that as long as you keep doing and never lose your drive to be a problem solver. Her work is pushing me to keep trying new things and never stop at mediocre.
We all make mistakes Hannah, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Personally, I would say I work at a very high pace and am very organized when it comes to my shoots. I have had to realize that not everyone does things exactly like I do them. This can and has created definite tension between colleagues I have worked with, but thankfully nothing that communication couldn't fix. In one instance, I had a very limited amount of time to set up the studio and prep for my model coming in to be photographed. My colleague had asked if they could help me set up but were not completing the task with the same drive and determination I was. Unfortunately, this leads to some serious frustration on my part. I wish that I would have responded better in that time of stress.
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 prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I feel like the number of clients should not alter the quality of service you are giving to each. It is my goal to create an open line of communication with all of my clients so that they feel comfortable enough to tell me their needs and desires. Without this relationship between us, It becomes harder to facilitate larger demands.
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 believe photography is all about strategy. The strategy of working with people, equipment, and light. I encourage everyone strongly in making list and check it twice. Creating a workflow that works for me as a photographer is important to keep my sanity. This workflow has to be slightly flexible knowing that the day might have different plans then you did. This process helped me through many crazy busy work days. I also had to remember to use it as a reverence during my day as well.
Hannah, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I remember one time back in on of my instructors could not see my vision for a series I was pursuing and seemed very hesitant with one of my concepts. She told me that it might be better if I go with something else instead. As I express my desire to proceeded with my original vision, she slowly began to change her mind as I started pulling the pieces together. To this day that series is still some of her favorite work of mine.
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 just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I believe I would have to say my one of my proudest moments as a photographer would be back when I was in school. It was only my first year there and I was asked to show in the senior exhibition. Totally caught my teachers off guard.
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 have always loved being creative with my ideas. I recently created a series about woman internal goddess and the strength that lies in that. This project not only stretched my photographically it also stretched my use of paint, makeup, styling, and costume/set design. I believe that sometimes being thrown out of our elements we become the most creatively clear. That is what that project did for me.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Never listen to the voices in your head that tell you no. I feel like any time we're our own worst enemy. Don't ever stop working hard for what you want. If you don't start doing you never will. Also don't be afraid of trying new things.
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 collaborate with talents, brands, and creatives. I would love to start diving into more portraits, fashion, and editorial pieces.
Now for the best part Hannah! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Hannah Wentworth @by_design_photography, Models in order as seen: Megan Burns @mejgiey, Alma Manao @almamanao, Kirsten Nelson @northwest_chickadee, Kendyll Holguin @kendyll_holguin, Miriam Gootherts @migoof, Savannah, Johana Enns @johana_enns, Vanessa Sika @vanesssika