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Five years ago today I officially started my photography business..that's crazy. 

5 years ago today was my first legit 'paid' shoot..I'm forever grateful to Liz for asking me to do her senior pictures + everyone who trusted me from the beginning.
I remember walking down the hallway with her at church + her asking me if I could take her senior pictures + feeling nervous about photography for the first time walking out the door to her shoot.

Thank you so much to all my awesome clients over for asking me to do their pictures + 
for trusting me over the years..
I am seriously blessed to work with such awesome people + am undeserving +
am so grateful for the 200+ clients I have worked with over the years.
A lot has happened in 5 years.. 
I was just thinking the other day about all the people I've been so blessed to meet through doing photography + connections I've made through this.  
I am so grateful for how God has blessed my business + given me far more than I ever would have dreamed + something I didn't know I would enjoy this much. 
And I am super grateful for my parents + for all the people who have believed in me from before the beginning.

And huge thank you to all of YOU for following my blog/work over the years, your comments + encouragement, following my social media, etc.!!
Seriously you guys are the best.
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To celebrate I'm going to be doing FIVE giveaways for the next 5 weeks (one per week!!) on different social media outlets -- and the first one is starting today so head over to my Instagram + if you don't have Instagram today would be a really good day to get one!! :)
And then be watching my blog, Facebook + Instagram for other awesome giveaways 
in the coming weeks!! 

Thank you again all so much for supporting my work + being so encouraging over the years -- seriously it means a lot.
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Just a quick heads up that I'll be in NORTH CAROLINA here in September 
and be in the Charlotte + Greensboro area in case anyone is interested in photography mentoring, 
headshots, a portrait session or family pictures!! 
Travel sessions are some of my favorite sessions ever + I would love to meet + photograph you!!

Just shoot me an e-mail at hannah@hannaheliseblog.com ASAP 
or send me a message via HERE + I would love to talk more!!
Or if you know anyone in this area that might be interested feel free to spread the word to them!!

Thanks in advance + hope you guys have an awesome weekend!! 
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I feel like I haven't really blogged in a long time..
I want to blog more..I really love it and have things I want to share about
+ it's really therapeutic for me..looking forward to doing this more.

Some recent things to woot about..

+ I recently got my hair colored with highlights / ombre and have really been loving it..took some getting used to but I have really been enjoying it. For anyone local, if you're interested in getting your hair done -- message me + I'll pass on my friend Cassie's info!! She does beautiful work + is so nice.
Hazelnut creamer -- this stuff is BAE. We recently got a coffee maker + I've been making iced coffee a lot..so good.
+ Walmart jewelry -- this is basically a deathtrap..so much good stuff + so cheap..you've been warned -- going in that section.
+ Chipotle rice -- lately when I've gone there I've just been like "Hi, I would like a mountain of white rice.." #basically HASHTAG like the only reason to go there..
+ Chickfila Ice Dream -- I'm done with all other ice cream, guys.. Also, I would like my own personal Ice Dream machine.. which will probably never happen in my life -- but a girl can dream -- right?!
+ For King + Country -- been loving their music lately..we recently got to see them in concert -- oh my word, guys -- hands down one of THE coolest concerts I have ever been to in my life -- and that's saying a lot. Like I can't even..if you ever get the chance to see them -- DO IT. Some of my favorite songs : Run Wild, To the Dreamers, Without You, Long Live, Steady + I've gotten more favorites since originally typing this.
+ Anne of GG -- one of the most timeless movies in the history of ever. So good.
+ Random, but if you want some great videos to watch check out Lara Casey's page -- HERE (Faith Over Feelings + Impossible is Possible -- you should be able to watch them even if you don't have Facebook). Love Lara's heart..really good..I loved what Ari was saying about how you have to go through the hard stuff to get to the good stuff.
+ Hilarious tweets..(i.e. like THIS and others recently that have made me laugh) //  I met with a friend recently + she reminded me of a hilarious childhood story that had me dying..so great + like so good to laugh.

Some August goals + some of these will carry over into September here..


+ I want to blog some personal thoughts about grief..and that's about all I can say about that right now..
Guys, I recently tried to film on Snapchat why I dropped off with my Grandmother's passing + I could't do it… too hard. But anyways, I want to blog about this and share some thoughts with it..
+ Workout..I was on track with this + have been out of it for awhile -- I had an illness that knocked me down after my Grandmother's death and just haven't physically had the energy to do it..like mentally I have wanted to but my body couldn't keep up -- I'm doing better now + want to get back in with this.
Guys sometimes I can't believe all I've walked thru this summer here..between my Grandmother's passing, an illness, another relative that just passed away..it's a lot when you think about it.
+ Do stuff I like to do..like embroidery, or reading..it's good to have variety and other creative outlets with things..
+ Write out goals for the year -- I think I may have started on this but still haven't finished it..
+ Start school pictures project with my brothers..still haven't started this yet.
+ Practice photography..start taking 10 minutes a day to practice photography. Some of the best people out there are just so good because they practice their craft all the time + I want to be better about this.
+ Get back into my 365 project..I've fallen off with this again -- but it doesn't really matter + I'm just going to finish it whenever it gets done. I'm giving myself grace with a lot of things given how my summer has been here.
+ Start reading The Finishing School by Val Marie Paper. Excited about this book!!
+ Work on memorizing 1 Corinthians 15 -- haven't done this (well, I've done it a little bit) and I'm not ashamed about it…I've had a lot going on this summer + will get back into it at some point here.


+ Host my HANNAH ELISE INTERNSHIP this next week -- looking forward to this + the girls that are coming!! Going to be a great week!! You can see behind-the-scenes on my InstaStory this next week here --> @HannahElisePhotography!!
+ Mark days off for the fall here..I took a half day of vacation yesterday + that was really rejuvenating..I have issues with actually enjoying things sometimes haha -- I'm a very task-oriented / work-mode-mindset-person / have a lot of responsibility so it's hard for me to break away from that mindset and actually enjoy things. #selfemployedprobs #laughingcryingemoji Anyways, I'm going to block off days off for the fall here and I'm excited about this + will be really good.
+ Blog my Spring Models Shoot -- this is coming soon!! Get excited.
+ Get in the habit of "One Touch" with e-mails -- a friend recently told me about this idea from a podcast she listened to by a lady -- she basically has a "one touch" with things -- like you get your mail, go through your mail + you're done with it -- you look at your e-mail once + then you're done with it that day. I want to get in that habit with things, and not have e-mail run my life + love that idea of one touch with things. 
+ Blog a Score Thrifty -- even if this is kind of a different version than I normally do with these -- I want to get one of these up here.
+ Blog outfits series -- I was going to do a blog post awhile back with particular outfits I liked -- but then have kind of moved on from those..but I was thinking I might start a new series of just current outfit faves I like + do those every so often for fun + share style.. would anyone be interested in this??
+ Something I've been thinking about recently is how it's so cool how we can be the hands + feet of Christ -- like in that Matthew West song "I asked God 'Why don't You do something? He said 'I did -- I created you'" -- we get to be the movers + shakers and go do those things for Him + fill those needs. So cool..we get to be His extension of that + doing those things.
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What would you like to see more of on here?!!
I always love hearing from you guys on here -- so please comment below!!
Hope you guys have an awesome weekend!!
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Since I still have some room for girls at my HANNAH ELISE INTERNSHIP this August --
 I decided to extend the deadline once more in case someone is still interested in attending!! :)
I'm stoked about the girls I have coming + would love to have even more be here for this!! 
If you're new here -- this is a girls photography internship that I am hosting +
is for girls who want to turn their hobby into a business or grow the business they already have!!
I would seriously love to have you come -- this will be an amazing experience for you 
+ super fun!!

I pour my heart into these + is going to be jam-packed with information for you!!
I definitely don't know everything about photography, but am really grateful to have learned a lot
after almost 5 years of being in business + doing 200+ photo sessions -- and love to share with you what I've learned over time + help equip you to get your business off on the right foot + succeed!!

**Applications due by August, 10th @ midnight CST**
**please save your application as a .pdf before sending + attach a picture of yourself!!

See what we did last year by watching this video or by clicking HERE or HERE!!

Sometimes last minute decisions are meant to be..
and I'm praying the right people will run across this or hear about it through social media!!
If you know of someone who would be interested that does photography -- 
would you take a second + e-mail them the link to this post?!!
Thanks so much in advance, guys!!

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Hope you all have an awesome weekend!! 
I'm looking forward to getting back with blogging again here soon..stay tuned!!
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Hey guys!!

Just a final reminder that tomorrow (July 12th, 2016) is the DEADLINE TO APPLY 
for the Hannah Elise Internship by midnight CST!!
I definitely don't know everything about photography, but am grateful to have learned a lot in the last 4+ years of being in business + I would love to share a ton of photography / business content
from what I have gleaned over the years!!
And if you would like to become better at photographing families + portraits, 
and be empowered to start your business off on the right foot, avoid mistakes I've made +
be equipped to succeed then I would love to have you attend!! :)

Click HERE to apply + click HERE to watch a video from what we did last year!!

And again, if you know anyone who would be interested in this + could spread the word
to them about it that would be awesome!!
Thanks so much, guys!!

This is the beautiful Jenna from a recent senior session..isn't she stunning?!!
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Guys, I just can't even.
About two weeks ago my beloved Grandma Frankie passed away,
and maybe I'll share more about that down the road here...one of the hardest things I've walked thru.
These last two weeks have been really hard..but God has been good.

But in regards to that with my internship -- I have contacted the girls who were accepted and since I still have room + didn't have time to market or promote before the original deadline ended due to my Grandmother's passing --
I am extending it here since I still have space and in case anyone else is interested. 
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Have you been needing a push with your business or
are wanting to turn your photography hobby into a business?
I have been there with needing a push and know how that feels.
I would love to have you attend if you're interested in this + share what I have learned over the past 4+ years of running my business and help you get your business off on the right foot, avoid mistakes I've made
+ help equip you to succeed.
If you have enjoyed my SOME THINGS I'VE LEARNED posts or my #HANNAHELISETUESDAYTIP posts on my Instagram and would like a motherload of information -- then this is for you!!

TO APPLY : please fill out THIS APPLICATION,
+ e-mail it to hannah@hannaheliseblog.com by Tuesday, July 12th at midnight CST 
and I will be contacting those who are accepted by July 14th.
If you have any questions on anything don't hesitate to e-mail me (hannah@hannaheliseblog.com),
send me a DM on Instagram or message me on my Facebook Page!!
**please save your application as a .pdf

"Where do I even start???? The Hannah Elise Internship last summer changed the way I take pictures. I was able to connect my knowledge about the creative/artistic side of photography with the technical and business side."

"Going to Hannah's internship was THE best thing for my business. She was such an encouragement! If you're thinking about going to one of her internships... Don't think twice! You will not regret it!  You'll leave with so many helpful tips, knowledge, and tools for your business! And lots of lasting friendships!" 

And if you're reading this and can think of someone who might be interested in this  -- 
could you please E-MAIL them the link to this post, SHARE this on Facebook 
or TAG them on my Instagram?!! 
I would SO appreciate your help in spreading the word about this!!

Thanks so much, guys.
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