2017: Part 2 A Year in Review

2017: Part 2 A Year in Review | The Year of Patience

Cheers to 2018! I know I'm almost a week behind but that's just how I roll. This series of review is so therapeutic for me and a little tradition I love to do for my business. So even when I'm a little behind (or more like a lot behind) I still want to get these posts up and out into the world for myself and those who follow along. This coming year will be called the year of Patience. I've realized over the last couple months my strong desire for goals to just happen now. I never honestly saw myself as an impatient person until I realized how often I was searching for quick fixes and short cuts to my hopes and goals. So this year I've really set my heart on being patient and steady. I've struggled often with the anxiety and doubt that my goals will never be met and that's why I find the word patience to be so healing. I keep telling Chris that I just need to be happy with each victory rather than counting them up and not finding enough. 

All of that said I have a lot of hope and resolve for this coming year in both my business life and personal life. And I always find writing out my hopes as a way to make them real, they are no longer passing thoughts but goals that I really do aim to achieve. So here it goes, a few goals I'm hoping for but staying patient about for 2018 they are for both my personal life and business. 

First would definitely be my health. I've been struggling with that for quite some time and I'm ready this year to truly be authentic and transparent about this huge part of my life that I struggle with. Gone are the days when I can really forget about whats going into my body, I'm hoping to get focused and be patient with myself as I change the way I see food and wine. With that being said, my second goal would be to see myself with ALOT more grace. So often in the photography world I hear women crying out for self acceptance. Taking self portraits of their flaws and calling it beautiful. I honestly tried this past year to put myself in front of the camera once a week thinking it would be this path to healing. But it was mostly painful and scary and vulnerable. Being in the worst shape of my life and trying to capture the way I saw myself always felt like a disaster. But for 2018 I want to truly love more of my flaws in a way that gives me power rather than weakness and insecurity. Still working on the practicality of this hope but a huge drive for me is to one day have a daughter and to be a reflection of body loving confidence to her. I want her to see herself with love and grace so I know my heart has got to be soften toward myself to be a better example one day. (no I am not presently pregnant, this is more for down the line) 

Thirdly I want to photograph what I'm passionate about. I want to capture people who truly get the work I'm trying to do. I also want to meet more people in general. Moving to Durham has been more of a surprising joy than I could have imagined. And my business has in no way felt like it was stalling even though I moved it during the biggest photography season of the year. But their are parts that I'm still trying to grow; Parts that took time in Kansas City and will take time in Durham. These goals are where I need to find patience. I want to shoot double the births in 2018 and half the Weddings. I want to shoot more sessions in people's homes, capturing the true love and joy found when people feel comfortable to be themselves. I want to document more intimate stories of motherhood, not just birth, but the emotional ups and downs of growing a child inside of you and then outside of you. 

So there you go three big goals for my 2018 I'm even terrified to write them down. What if they don't come true, now everyone will laugh at me... and thats when I have to say to myself "patience"

Bergen, Norway | March 2017

Bergen, Norway | March 2017

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2017: Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth & Family Photographer
2017: Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth & Family Photographer
2017: Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth & Family Photographer
2017: Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth & Family Photographer
Bergen, Norway | March 2017

Bergen, Norway | March 2017

Iceland | June 2017

Iceland | June 2017

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Stockholm, Sweden | March 2017

Stockholm, Sweden | March 2017

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2017: Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth & Family Photographer
2017: Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth & Family Photographer
Oslo, Norway | March 2017

Oslo, Norway | March 2017

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2017: Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth & Family Photographer
2017: Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth & Family Photographer
2017: Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth & Family Photographer
2017: Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth & Family Photographer
Oslo, Norway | March 2017

Oslo, Norway | March 2017

2017: Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth & Family Photographer
Iceland | March 2017

Iceland | March 2017

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2017: Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth & Family Photographer
Lofoten Islands, Norway | March 2017

Lofoten Islands, Norway | March 2017

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2017: Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth & Family Photographer
2017: Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth & Family Photographer
Oslo, Norway | March 2017

Oslo, Norway | March 2017

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2017: Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth & Family Photographer
Oslo, Norway | March 2017

Oslo, Norway | March 2017

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2017: Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth & Family Photographer
Oslo, Norway | March 2017

Oslo, Norway | March 2017

2017: Part 1 A Year In Review

2017: Part 1 A Year In Review |

Thankful for Growth

So If you've been following along for a while you know I love New Years. It's the time to really revitalize hopes, perspectives and plans. It's a time to receive all the parts of your year that were blessings and release all the pieces that were hard or painful. I always feel like the process of celebrations with family and friends is the moment I feel that redemption of a new year most clearly.

With each new year I give it a word. A word that I lean towards all throughout year's ups and downs. Last year my word was Growth and it was absolutely stunning how much growth I experienced. I moved for the second time in 2 years, restarted my entire business in a new city and went full time into being a photographer with no back up job or income, I grew in the way I saw love and marriage by accepting the move and trusting that there was a plan and purpose for leaning into a change that felt so counter intuitive, I grow everyday with loving myself and my flaws for who they make me and I opened myself up for growth and change within my passions. (I literally did a 360 last year from pushing toward Weddings at first to moving head first into birth photography) 

This year of growth also made me really aware that I'm not nearly as transparent as I could be with all of my followers, friends and clients with how much growth I've experienced in the last couple years. There is something about admitting that "you've gotten better" or that "you've been working hard for change" that scares me. Makes me think people will assume I lied to them before , hopefully that sounds just as crazy to you as it now does in my head. I want to be authentic about how long its taken me to feel stable in this business. It's not something you wake up one morning and say, I think I'll be a full time photographer. It takes a lot of pushing, a lot of hoping and a lot of failure. I won't go into the whole story now because I hope to write my story in all its failure and joy soon. I do want to say that this past year and every year before it have honestly been ones of growth. Whether I was watching for it or not, I was growing and changing. I'm so thankful for growing this business and my personal self this past year, it was painful and beautiful. 

Like each year before I've pulled together the photos that I feel were my best, my favorites and the ones that have filled my soul with fire for this art.

They are a mixture of my client work, family and travels. I've also thrown in a couple from my self portrait series I tried to pull together in 2017. (another thing on my to do list is to blog about that) They are in no ways perfect but they are a symbol to me of my growth as I move closer and closer to my goals. They will probably feel like a jumble of emotions, brand, and style. There are some I've never shared before, others I've kept for a special time because they didn't really fit on my business page and others that have been my favorites throughout the year. The order is not as random as you might think, I want the photos to make you feel all emotions, from wonder, to shock, to comfort, to joy. I believe in the power of photographs to invoke feeling and love the drama of switching from black and white to color from birth to travel and everything in between.

Tomorrow I'll also post part 2, name 2018 and talk about the hopes and goals I have for the New Year. Excited to share whats in store. 

Bergen, Norway | March 2017

Bergen, Norway | March 2017

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2017 Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
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2017 Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2017 Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Iceland | June 2017

Iceland | June 2017

2017 Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Oslo, norway | 2017

Oslo, norway | 2017

2017 Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2017 Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2017 Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2017 Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Bodo, Norway | March 2017

Bodo, Norway | March 2017

2017 Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Iceland | June 2017

Iceland | June 2017

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2017 Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Copehagen, Denmark | March 2017

Copehagen, Denmark | March 2017

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2017 Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2017 Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Bergen, Norway | March 2017

Bergen, Norway | March 2017

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Bergen, Norway | March 2017

Bergen, Norway | March 2017

Oslo, Norway | March 2017

Oslo, Norway | March 2017

Iceland | June 2017

Iceland | June 2017

Lofoten Islands, Norway | March, 2017

Lofoten Islands, Norway | March, 2017

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Iceland | June 2017

Iceland | June 2017

2017 Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Iceland | June 2017

Iceland | June 2017

2017 Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Oslo, Norway | March 2017

Oslo, Norway | March 2017

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway: Travel Photography

So Chris and I traveled actually a bunch this year and while I'm still working on a new travel focused blog I just felt it was time to share some of my captures from our adventure through Scandinavia. There are so many beautiful places in the world but for us we feel like we have found the most beautiful in Norway. This trip was everything we wanted and so much more. We got to experience some of our favorite international cuisine, explore with our friends in a way we love and see some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world. We also went in the winter for Norway which for some might sound crazy but for us it was absolutely the time to go. not only have I changed my concept for cold and can handle a lot colder winters here in the US, I also just found so much life giving joy seeing snow such a snow covered world. 

Our adventure starts in Oslo. A big part of traveling for Chris and I is cheap flying. Its a big part of the reason we get to see so many beautiful places. Since getting married my hobby has become literally searching for flights all over the world at all different times and creating adventures that don't break the bank. But while we can travel to Norway on the cheap, we love living it up and trying the best food, wine and adventures we can. Those for us are our priorities, to taste, see, smell and experience the culture and lifestyles of the rest of the world. 

So back to what I was saying :P we started our Scandinavian adventure hear in Oslo. We flew over with two of our great friends, Charley and Christine, who were on their spring break from teaching( yes if you're doing the math, we went to Norway in March of 2017 and its almost January... I'm very behind) The moment we got off the plane I think our hearts and minds were sold. We were exhausted but it didn't matter we were in Norway and it was incredible. 

We experienced the streets of Norway new and old, the incredible tastes of pickled fish and meatballs. We saw frozen lakes and forests, statue gardens, and look out views of the bay. I took a million pictures of the people, cityscapes and even forced my friends into multiple mini couples sessions (that I will not apologize for :P) When the wind got cold we went inside and explored art museums and sat in little cafes till our hands were warmed enough to get back out and explore. We watched the sunset from the top of monument and wandered the streets until it was dark. We ended each day with a beautiful meal and tried not to fight over how expensive things could be. One day you should ask us to tell you the story of how Pringles made Chris scream, "I'm my own person." We are in no way immune to the traveler's stress but we so enjoy the ups and downs and crazy stories that are created. 

The morning before we left we saw some of the last remaining Viking ships in the world. And from Oslo we trained to the western coast of Norway to experience the fjords of Bergen. Now if I follow the same pattern of blogging that I've been struggling through, waiting 9 months to blog 1 city, then you may not see Bergen until September 2018. You also may not see the whole story (4 cities in Norway, 1 in Sweden, 1 in Denmark and we also took a 5 day trip to Iceland) until June of 2022. So I do promise to get better than that but who knows, atleast it's something for you to look forward to. 

Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
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Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
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Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
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Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
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Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography
Oslo, Norway Travel Photography | Hanna Hill Photography

The Meckley Family

The Meckley Family : Durham Nature Preserve Family Photography Session

I love capturing the joy and craziness of siblings. I come from a family of 6 and had one of those beautifully chaotic childhoods and I'm so thankful for it. Having siblings all in your business and always someone to talk to. That's why I really fall in love with sessions that have a few little ones running around with joy. The Meckley family was so much fun to photograph from playing with the sweet older brothers to capturing the sweet snuggles with their little girl. The dynamics of this family are so beautiful. Authentic family moments are my jam, the reason I love what I do.  

dad gives mom a sweet kiss on the forehead during their family portrait session | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
a sweet happy family moment trying to get the littlest to laugh | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
a family moment shared with laughter during a family portrait session | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
The Meckley Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and family Photographer
a sweet motherhood moment while kissing her little girl on the forehead| Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
little girl holding dad finger during the family portrait session | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
dad and his little girl have a cuddly moment touching noses | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
a sweet mom and daughter moment in front of the sunflare | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
little boys running around during their session  | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
siblings together | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
mom and her boys snuggle together under a big blanket | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
mother and daughter wrapped in a beautiful blanket  | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
child yawns in moms arms| Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
mother and child in black and white | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve

Where to go for quality Christmas Cards?

So every year I photograph so many beautiful and fun families. Capturing these beautiful memories each years is one of my favorite parts of being a photographer. Especially when I capture the same families year after year. My hope for every session is always to tell the story of their family from the little details of their shoes to the way their little ones hug and cuddle on them with their short baby arms. But I do recognize that with each family session the time always comes to choose one or a few to go on the yearly Christmas card. Whether you are an all smiling at the camera type family or you want to use something emotional or silly for the card this year, you still are left trying to choose.

I find myself in the same boat every year and I take so many photos throughout that it takes me hours to decide and I almost always go with the 6 or more photo card, because I can be crazy indecisive. But I actually love getting and giving Christmas cards. I love being able to stay up to date with friends and family close and far. But not all Christmas card places are the same and I think printing photographs even as cards means choosing a quality place to print. I also think there are so many out their to choose from that we often stick with what we know. But while making my cards this year I did some research and was shocked at how many beautiful designs are out there. So many websites with deals to take advantage of and adorable styles to really set your Christmas cards apart. A few of these sites I've used in the past while others just look so well done I can't wait to use them in the future. I'll list them below with my own little reasons for loving their styles! 

Where to go for quality Christmas Cards?| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Family Photographer

1. Paper Source

So Paper source is fantastic but the past couple years I've been using Paperless Post for pretty much everything. They are perfect for invitations and e-vites but they have moved their printing to paper Source so I would definitely check them out for all of your printing needs 

Where to go for quality Christmas Cards?| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Family Photographer

2. Minted 

I was blown away by their designs this year. So many options for photo centric Christmas cards. They are fun and stylish and I actually decided to go with them this year. I've used their printing before and I just can't say enough about the quality you get! 

Where to go for quality Christmas Cards?| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Family Photographer

3. Artifact Uprising

I love this website, so many hip and stylish things to print. They also have so many great Holiday card designs this year. As I'm sure you can tell I love that minimalist style and they are definitely the best at it!

Where to go for quality Christmas Cards?| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Family Photographer

4. Simply to Impress

They have so many bold designs that I love. Especially if you've worked with me for photography  because the bold designs with bold color are just a perfect combination.

Where to go for quality Christmas Cards?| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Family Photographer

5.  Paper Culture

So many good deals while still getting stylish and fun designs. If your looking for a more budget friendly option I really think they are a great middle ground because they still have some minimalist and beautiful designs.  

Where to go for quality Christmas Cards?| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Family Photographer

Like I said before, Christmas cards are really one of my favorite things. I love being able to choose the style and show off photos from our year. I also think doing to research for cool designs and cards takes time so hopefully putting them all in one place could be helpful. Especially if you're like me and are just getting to Christmas Cards this week. At least its not December yet :P