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Hello! My name is Hannah. I am originally from the small mountain town of Durango, Colorado where I spent my childhood playing in the dirt, tubing down the river, and camping in the La Plata mountains.  I studied photography at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado where I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree and a minor in Ethnic Studies.

I met a fantastic guy from Ohio. He was handsome, goofy, and athletic. He asked me to marry him and I said yes. Since then we've had no shortcoming of adventures. We reside in a small town of Ohio full of fields, where the sunsets are red, fireflies are fanciful, and the lightning storms are riveting.

I love crisp quiet mornings, heavy rainfall in the summer, the smell of pine trees, and trail running in the mountains. I am Colorado girl, a morning person, a letter writer, and an ice-cream lover that can never choose between coffee or mint chocolate chip.

This is a little bit of my story. What's yours? 


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“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” - Dorothea Lange

What draws me to photography, is how the camera invites me to appreciate the details of the world. It has taught me to pay attention to the beauty and significance in even the most mundane things. With photography comes the challenge of creating something interesting, providing a different perspective that captures new attention. When it comes to portrait photography, the camera has taught me to acknowledge the depth and uniqueness of each individual. This curious comprehension is described as a "sonder,"

 

sonder
n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk. -The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

 

There is an unparalleled significance to every life. Everyone has a story. The camera is an instrument that is used to tell it. 


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