Worcester

Worcester, Massachusetts- my home – is not generally considered a pretty city.  I work in the city center, and every day I look across the street to city hall and the surrounding buildings and park.   And from my window it is difficult to see past the mundane office buildings, run down convenience stores, constant construction, and crowds. So when my friend Andy suggested we go downtown and try some street photography this weekend, I didn’t have very high hopes.  At first, I just sort of wandered aimlessly around and took some uninspired pictures of the outsides of buildings.  But then I actually started to really look around me and I realized I haven’t been doing my city justice.  Yes, Worcester is gritty and industrial and still a little down on its luck.  But it is also full of strange beauty.  So I am going to work harder to actually see what is around me from now on instead of walking past it with my head down.

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Best,

Hannah

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Kelsea – Part 2

Yesterday I posted Part 1 of a photo shoot I did with my beautiful cousin Kelsea a few weeks ago.  Today, as I was looking back over the inaugural posts on this blog and thinking about posting Part 2, I was struck by one thing in particular.   I am really lucky to have the friends and family that I do.  Take Kelsea, for example. She is lovely, kind, fun, and she is always willing to revert to childhood for an afternoon to play dress-up and run around our old stomping ground with me.  She also wears the hell out of an oversized plaid jacket. So, without any more delay, here is Part 2!

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The farm animals were clearly very confused about what was happening. Frankly, I can’t blame them.

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In case you missed it, be sure to check out Part 1 of this post here!

Best –

Hannah

Kelsea- Part 1

Happy 2014 to you all! 2013 was an eventful year on my end.  I went to Australia for 4 months, started a new job, and got engaged to name a few things.  2013 was also the year that my cousin and best friend got married and moved to California.  Although I am very happy and excited for her, I won’t lie – going from living with her to not seeing her for nearly a year was pretty difficult. So I was thrilled when she told me she was coming back to Massachusetts for a few weeks around Thanksgiving. We had a lovely visit which included some time to do a photo shoot at our Aunt and Uncle’s farm.  It was one of the coldest days of the year, but Kelsea bravely donned some absolutely ridiculous clothing and ran around the fields and the backyard with me anyway. 

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Check in tomorrow for Part 2 of this post!Until then, enjoy the first day of the New Year.

Best-

Hannah

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Before you continue to read this post I should warn you that it is mostly pictures of animals.  I don’t quite know why. They were just there and they were being cute and the next thing I knew I had a memory card full of cat photos.  It happens.  Anyway, it was lovely to spend Christmas with my family and my future in laws.  There was a lot of excellent food and excellent company.  I hope your holiday was marvelous as well.

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Best-

Hannah

A Walk in the Woods

I have always loved the summer.  I love the sun and the color. I love the cricket-dense woods around my parents’ home in the evenings. I love the shock of cool lake water after being sticky hot all afternoon. I love it all. When it starts getting colder and darker every year I inevitably become sadder and crankier.  Eventually I fall into a pattern of just sitting under blankets watching television or reading all winter.  By January, the only time I find myself outdoors is when I am running frantically from my car into the grocery store or work, teeth chattering and muttering obscenities under my breath.

This year I am determined to do better.  I do live in New England, after all.  So over the weekend my fiance Brent and I went for a walk in the woods of a nearby town.  I had been grumpy all day and I frankly did not want to go, but Brent insisted.  And it was lovely. We had just had an ice storm and in the shadow of the forest nothing had melted off the flowers and trees yet.  And the light was soft and blue and beautiful.  After a little while I forgot about being freezing cold and just started to enjoy walking around with Brent (he is pretty great) and taking pictures.

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I told you he was pretty great already, right?

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Best,

Hannah

Portraits of My Mother

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Mine was pretty great, and spending all that much-needed time with my family reminded me of some pictures I took of my mom this summer.  It all started when she needed a business head shot and asked me if I would take one for her.  Now…as my friends can probably attest, this was a dangerous idea.  I have been known to try to coerce nearly everyone I know into modeling for me at one point or another.  Needless to say, I basically bullied my mother into an hour long portrait session.  Here are some of the results.

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I think by the end she may even have been enjoying herself a little…

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But thank you, Mom for allowing your daughter to follow you around with her camera for a little while.  I hope when you look at these pictures you see yourself the way I see you.  You are beautiful, kind, funny, smart, and so many other things, and I hope I can be half as amazing as you are one day.

Best,

Hannah