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Community Highlights: Meet Hannah Bernabe of HB Photos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hannah Bernabe.

Hi Hannah, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
When I was younger, photography was always one my the creative mediums that stuck. When I was gifted a DSLR as a teen, the hobby just kept growing and I documented a lot of moments through high school and college. Once it was time to choose careers, I had a day job, but photography was always there as a side hustle. During this time, I photographed weddings and engagements.

Around a year and a half ago, I made a decision to give full-time photography a try, which is where we’re at today.

As of right now, I primarily photograph lifestyle, portraits and food/beverage.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Being a full-time photographer is the biggest roller coaster of my life. You’re not just a creative. You also run your own business and balancing the two is a huge challenge.

I find myself wanting to just create, but at the same time having to put time in for the business and marketing aspect of being a working creative. It makes me want to have more hours in the day just to fully check things off my lists.

This balancing act makes the journey hard but also very rewarding.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about HB Photos?
HB Photos helps brands reach the next level of their business through photography and creative art direction. Through my unique approach and love of color, I have beautifully captured the vision and aesthetic of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and women-led businesses.

I foster is a positive force in the community, using our experience to amplify the creative voices of creators of color. I specialize in lifestyle, portrait and food/beverage services.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
Risk is often necessary in order to move forward in many aspects of life. It’s also a way to test your limits and how far you’re willing to go to achieve certain goals.

What I can say for myself is choosing the path of being a full-time creative is one of the biggest risks I’ve ever taken on. For every happy client, cool project or creative growth I’ve experienced, there’s also inconsistent pay, imposter syndrome and existing as a woman of color in a predominantly male industry.

Knowing the risks involved yet still moving forward to trying out this road is such an amazing privilege to take on, and I don’t take it for granted.

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Image Credits:

Model (pink trench) Lily Correa Food content for Elevation Eating Female Group image for Come Alive Co. Band still for Local Wolves feature of Diplomacy

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