2017

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

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
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

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

Stockholm, Sweden | March 2017

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
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

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

Lofoten Islands, Norway | March 2017

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
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
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

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
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

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

Copehagen, Denmark | March 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
Bergen, Norway | March 2017

Bergen, Norway | March 2017

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

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
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

The Cunigan Family

I'm all about in home session recently especially when the weather is all over the place. And what better way to celebrate little Sammy's 6 months of life than getting comfy with his mom, dad and grandma for this in home lifestyle session. Sammy is surrounded by so much love and his joy is so evident all throughout our session.

If you're interested in getting some in home photos of your little ones don't hesistate to reach out here.

The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 
The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 
The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 
The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 
The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 
The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 
The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 
The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 
The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 
The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 
The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 
The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 
The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 
The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 
The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 
The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 
The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 
The Cunigan Family | Kansas City, MO | In home Lifestyle Session | Documentary Photography | 6 month session 

2017 Bucket List

Bucket list | Destination Wedding Photography | Free Photography | Hannahill Photography | Colorado | California | Alaska | Arizona | Oregon | Italy | Iceland | Nova Scotia | Ozarks 

In honor of this New year full of new ideas and beautiful love worth celebrating I give you the Bucket List! Creating this List has been a dream of mine for a long time but I needed that 'umph' of bravery to put my dreams out there for them to become reality. 2017 just seemed like the year of getting off my butt and photographing the "love I want to see in the world." That quote is a little too similar to a much more famous one, but you get my point. 

It's pretty simple and pretty beneficial to all the madly in love couples tying the knot this year! If you would consider your self adventurous or creative than you're my kind of couple, if you would consider yourself laid back and a huge fan of my work than you are also probably my kind of couple. If your Wedding is a reflection of all of those things about you and your mad love for each other than I'm absolutely positive you're my kind of couple.

And I know there are so many people who could be that kind of couple out there so I thought I'd actually open up a way to travel to you.

For 2017 I've created a Bucket List of Locations, these are places I've always dreamed of photographing amazing couples in. So much so I'll photograph you...

For Free 

That's right. I'm crazy and basically offering up Free wedding photography.

 If you'll pay for travel + hotel costs, I'll shoot your session/wedding for 0% profit. 

Seriously this is a way we can all be happy, I'll get to shoot some beautiful love stories in places I've only dreamed about seeing and you'll save your money for things like wine and anniversary trips together. 

So here it goes, the List!  Message me if one of these locations fits your Wedding, Elopement or Vow Renewal so we can make some dreams come true! 

The Bucket List 

  • Joshua Tree National Park, California
  • Painted Hills, Oregon
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona 
  • Thorn Crown Chapel, Ozark Woods 
  • Florence, Italy
  • Horseshoe Lake, Denali, Alaska
  • Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Reykjavik, Iceland 
  • Any Cliffside in Colorado

PS: If your location is actually amazing and should totally be on this list please just message me! Its totally possible I'd add your amazing location to the List! 

 

 

 

 

2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth

Good Evening New Year, 

Cheers to the first day of 2017. I am excited to call this Year the one of Growth and lean into whatever process 2017 has for me. This passed year was named Bravery and my intention with each obstacle was to face it head on with as little fear or anxiety as possible. Honestly I'm just ready to feel grounded in 2017 and grow whichever way I'm supposed to.

Hannahill Photography is growing too! I'll been updating the website, logo and moving into shooting Weddings all over the United States. One of my great passions has always been traveling so one of my great hopes for 2017 will be to travel for more weddings and open up more Family session days in multiple cities that are close to my heart.

I'm pumped because I'll be putting together 'My hopes and dreams Bucket List' that will give huge discounts to couples or families who want sessions in some of the dreamiest places around. I'm excited for all the big changes of 2017 personally and with Hannahill Photography and ready to see how much growth can happen in 1 year!

2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Documentary Family sessions 
2016 : Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Kansas City, MO | Hannahill Photography | Adventure in Easter Island
2016 : Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Kansas City, MO | Hannahill Photography| Quito Peru Adventure 
   
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Vacation with family to Arkansas 
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | new Born sessions of beautiful little gil
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Documentary Photography in Kansas City
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Married for 10 years and still in love Anniversary session
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Kansas City, MO Wedding 
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | 6 month session of little William
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Documentary family Adventure sessions
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Documentary Adventure Photography
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | In home Documentary Photography
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | In Home Lifestyle Photography
2016 : Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Kansas City, MO | Hannahill Photography
2016 : Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Kansas City, MO | Hannahill Photography
2016 : Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Kansas City, MO | Hannahill Photography | Easter island Adventure
2016 : Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Kansas City, MO | Hannahill Photography
2016 : Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Kansas City, MO | Hannahill Photography
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | In home lifestyle sessions