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Meet Hanna Schmidtman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hanna Schmidtman.

Hanna, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was first introduced to photography in high school. I lived overseas as a military dependent and had a fantastic video-and-communications professor who taught photography fundamentals. I had a decent point-and-shoot and started capturing all of the places we visited while living in Europe. I was always drawn to the creative arts but ended up going to school to become an engineer. Despite the technical day job, I still had a passion for visual arts and travel and continued documenting with the camera. As my photography improved, friends and family started asking for portraits and the business blossomed.

I’ve always been pretty self conscious and awkward in front of the camera, so I made it a mission to deliver images and an experience that clients celebrate!

Has it been a smooth road?
As a dedicated side-hustler, I have a lot less financial risk than some creatives. However, I would say my path has meandered. My parents were fully supportive of me attending an art school, only to have me pivot during the 11th hour to a technical field. That being said, exploring the entrepreneurial waters have been more intimidating than engineering college! There are so many facets of being a business owner that I am still learning – particularly anything to do with taxes, the government, and marketing I think that lists all the parts of running a business!

As a self-taught-hobbyist-turned-part-time-photographer, I also suffer from Imposer Syndrome and indecisiveness big time! There are so many talented photographers and creatives, I get into the comparison game and can get overwhelmed.

We’d love to hear more about your orgazation.
Right now, I still consider HSP a very young organization. I shoot a lot of different things (from women’s mountain biking clinics to more traditional weddings) and am still working on focusing on my unique perspective and style. I love guiding my clients into situations and then capturing their authentic responses and candid interactions. I always prefer the crinkly-eyed giggles and windswept hair. I love adventurous clients and am working towards marrying my portraits and love of the outdoors in an adventure elopement type specialty!

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Phoenix is a pretty good place to start. There are a ton of people with a huge variety of interests so I that makes room for a lot of different businesses and niche markets.

I particularly enjoyed launching a business in Phoenix because we have such proximity to a variety of incredible landscapes! People come from all over the world to visit the Grand Canyon and Sedona and it’s a weekend trip for us! Just outside of town we have a variety of different desert and mountain landscapes that make incredible settings for photography. I was also blown away by the enthusiasm for outdoor activities in Phoenix.

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Hanna Schmidtman Photography

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