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Welcome, Hannah Louise!
Hannah is a college student running her own business, #bossbabe. On top of being in a sorority, balancing school work, and still finding time to have a social life, Hannah runs her own photography business. Hannah is very talented and her work ethic is something young adults should strive for. Running her own business at a young age has taught her a lot and here she shares some of her tips and her story with us. Below is an interview between THE 411 and the WONDERFUL Hannah Louise.
A little bit about yourself:
Hey! My name’s Hannah Louise and I’m the business owner + photographer of Hannah Louise Photography. From a young age, I’ve always had a passion for art and capturing moments of family and friends; it wasn’t until this past year I became an entrepreneur at the age of 20 and began my own business. Next to that, I’m currently a junior at the University of New Hampshire studying marketing and management. I’m also a part of the Chi Omega sorority at UNH and was recently slated as secretary for the UNH Panhellenic Council. Overall, I’m a pretty busy girl but that’s what keeps me going!
Background on how you got involved in photography:
Ironically, I actually started off in videography before I dived into the photography side. Growing up, my grandfather was always behind the camera capturing home videos. I believe that’s where I developed such a love for cameras, pictures and videos; he inspired me at such a young age. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I got my first camera for Christmas and began taking over his role of capturing home videos. Slowly, I got into the photography side and then fast forward today, it has become a full-time job.
What inspired you to start your own business?
I never knew what pushed me to start my own business; I use to be a very shy, quiet person growing up, but photography allowed me to get me out of my comfort zone. I remember when I began taking pictures, my grandfather believed that I could make something out of it. Because of him, he helped me realize this was something I was capable of; really no day goes by where I ever regret the decision of starting my own business.
When did you start your business?
I began my business around Spring of 2019; senior girls in my sorority were graduating from UNH and I offered to take pictures for them. For $40 a person, we ran around campus for an hour with the caps and gowns. Once I posted the pictures on my Facebook, more and more people reached out. By the time I came home for the summer, I had families reaching out for shoots and seniors in high school looking for someone to take their yearbook pictures. Since then, I’ve worked with numerous people from across the states.
What is your goal for your photography business?
In terms of my photography business, I want my work to be less of the technicality and posing and more about the relationships, friendships, memories, and the personality I capture. When people think of getting their pictures done, they sigh, think its very cliché and basic; yet, I want people to have these pictures tell their own unique story. Whether it’s a senior shoot, maternity or couples, I want all shoots to have those raw and real moments. I hope for my business to reach people across all areas and have them say, “this is something I want to feel” from a picture.
You also make videos, what do you recommend for equipment? For both my photography and videography, I use all the same equipment (thank god, because I’m still a broke college kid craving coffee every day!). I use the Canon 5D Mark III as the camera body and boy does it does the job. For my lenses, I primarily use the Sigma Art 35mm 1.4; this was my first big purchase and I never take it off my camera. I also have a Canon 50mm 1.8 that is perfect if I want something a little different during a shoot. For editing, I strictly use Lightroom and for videos, I use Final Cut Pro. Everything I use, I recommend to anyone who’s just starting out!
Where do you see your business in 5/10 years?
After paying off the large amounts of debt I have racked up at UNH, I do see myself doing this as a full-time job. I want to travel, make videos, capture moments, and share them with the world. I absolutely love getting to run my own business, I mean, I am my own boss which is pretty dang awesome! Whether I will be living in New York getting to work with a marketing company or stay local and open up my own office, I know I’ll always be doing photography and videography.
Do you have any tips for people starting a business?
Don’t worry about other people. I remember when I first thought about starting my business, I was scared what other people would think about me or my work. Yet, they ain’t you! If you have a passion for something, follow it and you’ll be surprised what happens.
What is your favorite part of running your own business?
Being my own boss... duh! I get to do all of this on my own. From creating my own website to getting to work directly with people is awesome, I love that my job is personable and one-on-one.
You are a college student, do you struggle balancing both?
There are defiantly days where I can feel overwhelmed with everything going on. Sometimes, I have to sacrifice a coffee trip with my friends to edit a video or go to a shoot... but they’re my biggest hype team so they always understand (and they always bring me back a coffee)!
What are the biggest challenges you faced in the process?
Trying to figure out my style, such as posing, edits, etc.; when I started my business, I stalked hundreds of photographers to see what ‘style’ everyone was doing. But I realized that everyone is different, so I took that into consideration and began doing my own thing.
You are in a sorority at the University of New Hampshire, tell us about your
Sorority life isn’t like the movies, thank god. Being in a sorority has given me life-long friends, memories, and leadership positions in a short three years. I was lucky enough to be the Marketing Director during my sophomore/junior year & from my business, was able to gain more skills to benefit from both jobs!
What is your major at the University of New Hampshire?
Marketing and Management!
Best study tips for college students?
Grab a coffee, put your phone on ‘do not disturb’, & lock-in for a good hour. Take breaks, go to the gym, and make sure you got a killer Spotify playlist going on in the back (feel free to follow mine @hlackss.. yes that was some subtle marketing!) Studying is my least favorite thing, but these things help me from stressin’, especially during finals week.
If you could tell your freshman self-something, what would it be?
College goes by fast, and I mean FAST. Smile at people walking to class, get to know your professors, go out on a Tuesday, make memories, and take chances. So much can happen in just one year, so in the next four, make it count.
What do you do when you feel stressed or overwhelmed?
I detach from what I’m currently doing and meditate. Yes, I meditate. But before y’all start making fun of me, it works! I try to meditate for 10 mins a day, just to clear my mind and ground myself. Whether I do it in the morning or before bed, it helps me relax and reassures me that everything’s good.
Who is your photography inspiration?
Now that’s a tough one; I think my photography inspiration would be Gabby Scianna; I absolutely love her work & although it’s a different style from what I tend to shoot, I’m still obsessed with her pictures and what she captures.
Who is your favorite account to follow on Instagram?
Indy Blue. Hands down. She has been my biggest role model when it comes to my videography; she captures so much, travels the world, and is one of those ‘down-to-earth’ people that you can’t help but smile when you watch her videos.
What is your all-time favorite quote?
“Celebrate we will, because life is short but sweet for certain” ~ my all-time favorite quote from Dave Matthews Band. I’ve grown up listening to DMB from my family and this has always been one line that has stuck with me since I was little.
Website link - https://hannnahlouisee.wixsite.com/photography
Instagram - https://instagram.com/hannahlouiseephotography
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