Inspiring Interview | featuring Carolina Hanna Photo

Our Inspiring Photographer Interview for this week features Carolina Hanna Photo. Carolina is one of our very own talented LSI Pro Members. You can follow more of her inspiring work on her blog and Facebook. Please meet Carolina…

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A Few Words From Carolina…

I’m a lifestyle baby & childhood photographer based in Montreal, QC Canada. I love to capture the simple, everyday moments that make up the most important parts of our lives. My two children are the most amazing people I know, despite their hate for my camera, and I just love that I get to explore the world through their eyes.

If there was one thing you would want us to know about you, what would it be?

I am a total introvert.
I can’t tell a joke to save my life.
If you think of the worst singer you’ve ever heard, I am at least 10x worse.
But I can tell a story through an image, and that’s what makes my heart happy!

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Studio, on location or both?

After spending a couple of years working from a studio, I realized that studio photography was not for me. I prefer capturing candid moments to posed images. I love the mystery of the unknown and feel that walking into a client’s home I have never seen forces me to be more creative with my work.

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Natural light, studio light or both? Preference?

When I worked in studio, I used strobes 100% of the time, however, since becoming a location photographer in 2013, I rely solely on natural light. I love looking for different ways to use natural light.

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Share with us your all time favorite image and why.

I just spent 15 minutes lost in my images and it’s just impossible to chose just one! This one is a top contender! I just love how you can feel how much mom loves this new little person in her life. You just know he will cherish this some day; to know and see how loved he was right from the start!

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What inspired you to be a photographer?

I was working at a desk job and just didn’t feel fulfilled. By fluke, I came across a beautiful image of a newborn baby and I felt compelled that that was what I was supposed to be doing. I had a background in film production, and have always loved photography but never believed that I could create a career out of it until that day. That moment changed my life.

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Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I am a paid professional.

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Is photography your full time career?

Yes! I spent over two years working hard, learning about photography and building my portfolio before I finally said goodbye to my desk job and started on this new path!

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What type of session do you look forward to the most vs what type of session you most often do?

It’s a toss up between lifestyle newborn sessions and childhood/family sessions. Newborns don’t run away, but children are just so full of unadulterated life.

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On average, how many sessions do you have per month?

Six is my happy place!

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What has been your most memorable session and why?

I was photographing these beautiful 4 year old twins, a boy and a girl. They were just all over the place, playing, having the best time. Without being prompted, the brother grabbed his sister and they started dancing together. I felt such admiration of their love for one another and their connection. I hope they will always be this close.

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What has been the best source of information along your photography journey (workshop, online forums, classroom, mentor, etc)?

I am an education addict! I love soaking up information, new techniques, and gathering inspiration along the way! I take classes on different forums, I read blogs, watch youtube videos and I am a member of some Facebook groups that have proven to be amazing resources.

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What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?

The beauty of childhood. The pureness of children. The way they see good in everything and everyone and view the world through unfiltered eyes. Their willingness to try things and their lack of fear and self doubt. Children being children inspires me.

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Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

I shoot Canon with a Sigma Art 35 1.4 that rarely leaves my camera!

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How would you define your post processing style?

Usually clean and simple. Sometimes, I like to take an image and transform it completely.

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What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

Be true to yourself. Only shoot what makes you happy.

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What is your favorite and least favorite part of owning your own photography business?

Knowing that I get to create images that will bring happiness to someone is amazing! Taxes are my nemesis.

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Please include a funny outtake or blooper image from a session…

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that drool going straight for dad’s face? Sure is!

And finally, please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

My goal is to create images that capture the essence of childhood in a way that is natural, beautiful and emotive.

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A Few Fun Questions:
Favorite TV show? How I Met Your Mother
Favorite movie? Any romantic comedy
Favorite musician/band? Jason Mraz
What is your favorite food? Zucchini & Chocolate, but not together.
What is your favorite beverage? Water, I am exciting that way.
Your favorite item of clothing? Yoga pants
Your go-to pair of shoes? Flip Flops
What is one word you catch yourself saying too often? I say sorry ALL.THE.TIME! Even when I have nothing to be sorry for, I am just always sorry for some reason!!!! Sorry.