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2018 A Year In Review: Part 2

2018 A year in Review

Part 2

The Year of Commitment

I am not a disciplined person. If you spent a minute to read Part One of this year’s review you’d see I barely scraped by with New year goals for 2018. It’s honestly never even been a goal of mine (to be more disciplined) but here I sit in 2019 and I really need it. Now the word discipline sounds awful to me, very restricting and suffocating so I’m going with Commitment. I’ve let creativity and honesty be my greatest characteristics for so long and while I love those parts about me, it’s starting to feel like I’m not super involved in my happiness. Because I don’t push myself to stay on track or finish a goal, I’m really just letting my days pass by. I want to be more committed this year to more than just my business and husband because i have the capacity for more. I want to fully commit 2019 to achieving personal goals, lifestyle changes and ambitions. I want to feel successful, this time next year and like some or even all of the intentions below were really invested in.

I want to be active and exercise everyday.

I want to eat better and learn more about what my body can handle and can’t.

I want to limit the amount of time I spend watching tv and comparing myself to others on the internet.

I want to be way more selfless to my partner ( like i want to be one of those wives everyone thinks loves their husband TOO much and does TOO much for his arrogant ass) Because that’s not at all me and probably wont ever be but I want to give it a try :P

I want to photograph more and more births, and meet more women who just understand that birth and art can truly be melded together and that it’s worth it to invest in your moments.

I want to meet more people and like more people unconditionally.

I want to learn how to love myself too and be proud of where I am.

I want to get back into my painting, drawing and journaling. That used to be my way of finding peace, calming anxiety and expressing my heart but now a days I just pour a glass of wine and watch the Office and hope the anxiety will go away.

I want to not sleep in so much (even though I love it) a successful person gets up early and I want a little more feeling of that success.

These aren’t really my “goals” per say because I really can’t take another year of feeling like I achieved no personal goals. But they are my ambitions for this coming year and I am speaking it into existence right now that I will be a more committed person. It doesn’t happen overnight and I’m trying to be more gracious about that but I’m also trying to look at the word committed and discipline not as a sentencing to a boring life but to a better and happier life because I’m putting more into it rather than letting it happen to me.

2018 was a happy year. I got to photograph so many stories that have shaped me for the better. My business grew from a little transplanted seedling to a full on garden that is still growing. I traveled and saw elephants, lions, leopards and all the other African animals so many may never see. I created a project I’m so proud of called The Motherhood Project that allowed me to get creative and learn so much more about womanhood and motherhood; thank you Lindsay for making this past year and project so amazing. So please do not misunderstand my goals for 2019, they are coming from a place of wanting to just be committed to the changes I want to see and opening myself to have the capacity to really experience more.

Thank you to all my people and I look forward to another year creating! If you’ve chosen a name for 2019 I would love to hear it so please leave it in the comments!

And of course this collection of images below are my favorites(atleast part two of my favorites), they are full of the raw and powerful quality I want my work to express. There is nudity and there is blood in some of my work, yes, but I think there is so much power and beauty in our bodies and I just couldn’t censor my favorites. All photos have been approved and released by the client for sharing.

2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
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2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer

Alex & John

Alex & John: Fall Wedding in Downtown Joplin, MO

I love how Wedding days are sometimes simply the beautiful celebration of a love story. It's not the first day or the last but the gathering of all the people you love to watch you truly commit yourself to another person. You get to honor the friends and family who have walked by your side through life and gift a beautiful party to the community created when two lives unite. I love that about weddings! Especially when they are as laid back, fun and beautiful as Alex and John's day. I'm excited to finally share it as they approach almost 5 months of marriage!

We started the day at Alex's family home. It was filled to the brim with family, wedding party, dogs, babies and so much pure energy and love. I remember walking in to find Alex completely calm, maybe a little overwhelmed by the rain starting to drop outside or the last minute details but her spirit was light and joyful.

We took some time to shut out the chaos and just have a moment with her and her sweet mom to get the wedding dress on. Those moments in her mom's bedroom really resonated with me. Thinking about all the times I'm sure her mom helped her dress growing up as a little girl and now being able to fasten the last button on her elegant wedding dress. 

All the while John was on the hunt for his tie :P He found it just in time to do their First look in the hiking path behind their house. It was a little muddy and the rain had started to drizzle but John and Alex were just so ready to see each other I'm not sure they even noticed. Those moments were sweet, intimate and quick as the rain started to really pour and we rain back to the house for cover. 

Next stop was downtown Joplin. A place I honestly had not been but was truly impressed by. I love big cities but there is something always so charming about the small town city center streets. A handful of old buildings and beautiful old architecture. Alex and John had their wedding at the Ramsey in downtown Joplin. Brick walls, old stairs and floor to ceiling windows! The said their vows in front of all the people they loved and were married by Alex's grandfather. It was beautiful to see the way he saw his granddaughter and was emotional about giving her away with so much care and joy. 

After the ceremony I always love to grab the couple and take them out of the chaos for a minute. Let them take in the new world they've just entered of marriage. I love to see the'r overflowing laughter and affection just spill out once they've run back down the aisle. I took Alex and John on a walk through downtown. We walked along the charming city streets just as the sun was beginning to set. 

The night was filled with words of love and support from speeches and hugs, to cheesecake from the gods, dancing till your sweaty and groomsmen that made me laugh almost off my stool. it was wonderful way to end a beautiful day of love.

So excited for John and Alex as they enter into this wonderful season of marriage. I wish them the best on their 5 monthiversary and can't wait to see the story that continues to unfold for their family. I hear they've been adding to it with pets every couple months. 

See their Downtown Kansas City engagement Session Here! Filled with an adorable golden retriever, city views and cuddling in a library!

Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Alex and John's Joplin, MO Wedding | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer

Mothers Day Special

Motherhood Sessions Special : In Celebration of Mothers Day

Growing up my mom was always the creative type, an artist and nurturer at heart. She always had a paint brush in hand, craft project in process or camera up ready to capture our life. 

She valued documenting our everyday moments before it was even in style. We even have these videos from back in the 90s of when we were all little ones. She would wake us each up with the video camera and capture everything we did in those 24 hours, from potty training to preschool to putting us to bed at night. Her love for just making a record of our family history has been something that has stuck with me my entire life. 

I remember though that while she captured life as art in a beautiful way, she struggled herself to get in front of the camera. She always wanted to be the person taking the photos of our family road trips, spaghetti covered faces and even the one to volunteer to snap the group photo at Disney world. She avoided being in the frame as much as possible.

 She is in no way a rare case and I can admit I’ve gotten that gene too. Once I started to become a photographer it made it that much harder for me to force myself in front of it. It’s weird how walls come up and how safe it feels to be in control of capturing the moment rather than being present in it. I think as women we all have a bit of anxiety when it comes to being seen and photographed. 

Especially as moms, the moments that you are spending with your littles and being present just don’t usually feel like your most glamorous. We can all agree parenthood isn’t perfect, and that mistakes and messes are made. But these seasons of childhood, raising your kiddos and documenting those in between moments have such an importance. Remembering the way you routinely woke your little ones up each morning, the way you took your kiddos to school with coffee in one hand and your youngest sleeping in the carseat, the sweet giggles that fill the house at bath time or the way your kiddos love to play outside until dark.

So for this Mother's Day instead of offering mini sessions or mommy and me sessions I thought I'd offer simply a few new types of Motherhood sessions with a limited time discount in honor of Mother's Day.

$150 off any Motherhood Session

A session that captures your family at it's most comfortable and captures your gifts as a mother at their most vulnerable, real and beautiful.

I'll be offering this limited time discount for my 2 new Motherhood Sessions (listed below) as well as my standard Newborn session and In Home Maternity Session. 

Book Anytime between now and May 13th for the discount! Gift cards are available for those who want to give these precious memories as a gift to the celebrated mother in their life! 

Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions Mothers Day Special | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photographer

The Day in the Life Session: Capturing 4-5 hours of your day to day life from waking up your littles in the morning to tucking them in at night. This is a chance to get beautiful documentary style photos of this unforgettable season of motherhood.

$750 - Includes 50 fully edited photos with print release 

Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer

 

The moments of motherhood Session: Capturing 2-3 hours of your day. In your home or back yard. This is all about comfortable celebration of your candid and beautiful lifestyle. These are perfect for any season, any age and any time of day. 

$400 - includes 30 fully edited images with print release

 

Mothers Day Special | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and Family Photography
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer

Newborn Session: Capturing 1-2hours of that beautiful and unforgettable newborn stage. This can be scheduled anytime between the 1-4 week mark after birth. Celebrating those intimate sweet moments of your family gaining a new little life. These are done all in home. 

$200 - Include 20 fully edited images with print release 

To see what Newborn Sessions are like with Hanna Hill photography check out these recent blogs! 

Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer

In Home Maternity & Motherhood Sessions: Capturing 1 hour in your home celebrating that growing baby bump or precious motherhood bond. Perfect for expecting moms, mom's just coming home from their birth who want an intimate picture of their postpartum journey or even moms who just want to celebrate their close bond of breastfeeding or bottle feeding. 

(Herbal & Milk Baths may have an added charge for supplies)

$125 - 10 fully edited images 

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Motherhood Sessions Mothers Day Special | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photographer
Motherhood Sessions Mothers Day Special | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photographer

All session pricing listed is with discount include. Gift cards are available to be paid in full at purchase and can be used to schedule a session any time within the 2018 calendar year. This discount will only be applied to sessions booked or gift cards purchased between April 10th and May 13th. 

Standard Family Sessions In home and outdoors are $300 for 45 minutes. They include 12 fully edited images and print release! (these sessions can be booked at any time but are not subject to the Mother's Day discount) 

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