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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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I am super excited to announce that I am hosting another photography internship!!
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Last summer I hosted my first official one, and I have been debating on whether or not I would host one this year --
anyways, I've had time recently to figure it out + am stoked to share about this!!
And a heads up that is probably the only one I am doing for this year --
although I would love to do more down the road, Lord willing!! :)

A brief intro about me -- if you're reading about this for the first time + you're not familiar with who I am!! :) 

I'm Hannah Elise -- a 23 year old Christian photographer, living in Eastern Iowa. I am a 2011 homeschool graduate + when I finished high school, I didn't go the typical college route and instead started my photography business and also have taught piano students over the past several years, been involved with a girls ministry, am part of a large family (I'm the second oldest of 8 kids) involved at my church, done traveling, etc. I'm mostly self-taught, but have learned a lot from friends, google, interned with Jessica Shae in 2012, done mentorships with Cheyenne Schultz + Ariel Renae + taken the Magic of Light workshop by Summer Murdock. I've been running my business for almost 5 years now and have done over 200 sessions within that time. While I definitely don't know everything about photography,  I am grateful to have learned a lot over the past 4+ years of being in business -- and if sharing what I've learned (and mistakes I've made!!) can help someone else start their business on a better foot or give them the tools to equip them to succeed -- then that is totally worth it. Seeing girls I've mentored grow in their work + being able to photograph people better makes my heart swell -- and what it's all about!! If I can help more girls go back home to their communities + photograph people even better -- that is SO rewarding!!
Some of my favorite things include : thrifting (#goodwillforever), Chickfila, traveling, 
hanging out with friends + I love color and unique outfits. 
You can check out more of my work + get to know me better on my WEBSITE,
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As mentioned before, when I first started my photography in the fall of 2011 I didn't really know what I was doing,
and the next year I really felt like I needed some type of "push" with my photography business
+ had the opportunity to attend Jessica Shae's SUMMER ADVENTURE INTERNSHIP 
which was exactly what I needed at that time!!

Some of you may be in that same spot where you're just needing a push with your business,
or wanting to turn your photography hobby into a business
+ I would give you all the steps and practical knowledge to take it there!! :)

Two years ago I hosted my first photography WORKSHOP + after that realized I wanted to do something longer + more intensive to be able to go in-depth with things -- and last year hosted my first INTERNSHIP and had girls attend from Canada, Illinois + Wisconsin!! 

You can read the RECAP from last year HERE + watch this video below to get a peek at what we did!!

Watch on YouTube HERE

Anyways, I'm super stoked to announce that I have another internship scheduled for this August + would love to have you come!! :)

Here are the details..

Who : Girls ages 16-25 who are wanting to turn their photography hobby into a business OR grow the business they already have!! 
When : August 23-26, 2016 (Internship will begin with lunch on Tuesday + wrap up with lunch on Friday!!)
Where : Hosted in the Amana Colonies, IA, which is one of THE prettiest places on earth + where I do a lot of my sessions!! Click HERE or HERE if you need convincing!! :) All of the photo sessions at the internship last year were shot in the Amana Colonies and it is just beautiful -- view them HEREHEREHERE + HERE!!
Investment : $700 which includes..
+ All your housing (we will be staying at a BEAUTIFUL venue -- so stoked about this!!)delicious meals!! 
+ Teaching / sharing on various topics -- which is going to be EVEN MORE CONTENT than before!! 
TOPICS INCLUDE : camera basics + shooting in manual, posing, lighting, finding shoot locations / what backgrounds to use for sessions, walk-through-of-a-client-process, tips on photographing / working with clients + getting genuine expressions in pictures, practical tips for going home + getting your business off the ground, client communication, editing, basics of Lightroom, blogging + how I personally blog, branding, running your business from home, packaging / products / client experience, business tips, how I work with children / my hacks for posing, marketing (I'm kind of a marketing freak + nothing fires me up like that!!), using social media, etc. along with Q&A + discussion time -- so come with any questions you have!! :) Content will be super practical and down-to-earth for you to apply + make sense..I'm all about this. Each girl will also get a bit of one-on-one time with me as well. :) You will leave with a sense of community + having people to bounce ideas off of + ask questions to in the future and having those connections + friendships will be totally invaluable for you down the road!! We will have tons of practical lesson time (like with picture examples to explain things!) and I would love to hang out with you while we learn together + this is going to be a blast!! :) 
+ Observe how I pose + photograph my clients during family + portrait sessions we will be doing with awesome models -- and get to take some pictures yourself at these for your portfolio!! You will get to see how I capture families + work with individuals + apply what you're learning at the internship with these!!
+ Some printed content which you will get to take home + have for reference + a sheet with all the links for gear/equipment/resources I use.
+ New headshots of yourself -- taken by me!! :)
+ And a few other surprises that you will receive when you get here!! :)

You will be responsible for travel to + from the internship and if you're flying in, 
you would need to arrive at the Cedar Rapids, IA airport (CID) so just a heads up on that!! 

Some reviews from my girls who attended last year..

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. Hannah did a great job choosing models for us to photograph every night and I loved the time we would spend after the sessions critiquing each other's work....That is another thing... The group of girls that came were so much fun to get to know. It was amazing how close we became in just a week and I know I will be friends with those ladies forever! :)

The minute I found out that Hannah was hosting an internship I knew without a doubt I wanted to be there! The time spent with Hannah and the other girls was so much more than I ever hoped it would be!!!! The teaching times were SO beneficial and Hannah covered a lot of good information. My favourite thing about this internship was it was so practical and helpful. What we learned throughout the day we were able to practice at the photo-shoots during the evening! I came to the internship feeling stuck and not knowing how to launch my business but I left knowing exactly what I wanted to do and how to go about doing it! But it wasn't all work, we shopped, ate at adorable cafe's and coffee shops, laughed until we cried and made great friendships and amazing memories too:) I would definitely recommend the Hannah Elise Photography Internship to anyone who is interested in starting or growing their photography business!  

Hannah Elise's internship is one of the best things that could've happened for my photography. It gave me confidence and knowledge in areas that would've taken me a long time if I tried to figure it out on my own. Things that would've taken me much trial and error Hannah helped explain and show clearly. Hannah was so sweet and helpful taking the time to help us all individually.  Being able to learn and grow with the other interns was awesome. A highlight has been all the friendships I have made. I would go back and do it all again in a second. I am very excited to apply everything I've learned. 

Hannah is a wonderful and super thorough teacher! I learned so much!!! One of my favorite things was that, she brings every conversation back to Christ! Loved watching her work with her clients! And I have to mention, she has lots of marketing tips! 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! 

-- Amanda, Amanda Joy Images | Instagram 
p.s. see Amanda's internship recap HERE

TO ATTEND, YOU WILL NEED: dSLR camera, notebook + pen, 
laptop, + an attitude excited about learning!! 
Also bring some spending money in case we do some thrifting or shopping. :)

Overall this is just going to be SUPER fun + SUPER packed with information for you --
as I mentioned earlier -- EVEN MORE CONTENT than before!! 

So, I would love to have you come --
and am super excited to meet,  get to know, 
learn together + hang out with you guys!! :)

TO APPLY, please fill out THIS APPLICATION and e-mail it to hannah@hannaheliseblog.com!!
I will only be accepting applications through June 26th at midnight CST, 
and contacting the girls accepted by Wednesday, June 29th!!

Also, I will reply to your e-mail once you've applied just to let you know I've received it! :)
**edited to add -- please save your application as a .pdf document 
and attach to your e-mail!! thanks so much!!
**EDITED -- the application deadline was extended until July 12th, 2016
+ you will be notified on whether or not you were accepted by July 14th!!

Please only e-mail if you are serious about coming and will be able to make the investment.
Depending on how many people apply I may not be able to accept everyone due to size limits,
so thanks in advance for understanding about that!!

Once you are accepted, a 50% deposit will be required to hold your spot
+ the rest of your tuition will be due 3 weeks before the internship. 

**If you have any questions on anything before applying, 
please don't hesitate to contact me + I would be happy to answer your questions!! :)

If you know someone who would be interested in attending-- 
could you please E-MAIL them the link to this blog post or TAG them on my Facebook Page or Instagram about it?!!
Thanks so much in advance for helping spread the word about this!!

p.s. If these internship dates don't work for you, but you would definitely be interested in attending a future internship -- please send me an e-mail + I will add you to my running list and notify you 
if / when I do more down the road!! :) 
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So this is something that I've loved + learned over time..
blurred cement can actually make great backgrounds for portraits!!
I'm a firm believer that beauty is everywhere -- 
and you can make pretty much anything work for you -- if you're doing it right + using light well. 
I think maybe it's because I've lived in Iowa and not in places like Utah that has killer locations or Nashville with urban backgrounds everywhere -- and have to search a bit harder with locations for sessions, finding those hidden pockets for backgrounds + making things work for me.

Blurred cement is like magic..so great -- and can be so creamy + smooth as a background if you use it right.

But anyways, pretty much anyone has cement, gravel or dirt at their disposal -- 
so here you go, guys -- one of the most universal backgrounds people can access!! :)


1. Shoot angled down on your subject.
2. Have the light coming from behind if you're shooting in sunlight (you can also use cement backgrounds when it's overcast or in a shaded spot -- it works then, too)
3. Use a wider aperture like 2.0 - 2.5 to get the blurred background.

I've included my settings below each photo for these photo examples so hopefully that is helpful..
have fun with cement, guys!! :)
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Blurred cement :  50 mm f/2.5 1/800 ISO 100
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Blurred cement : 35 mm f/2.2 1/500 ISO 100
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Blurred pavement : 50 mm f/2.5 1/1000 ISO 500
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Blurred cement / tin wall :  50 mm f/2.2 1/400 ISO 100
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Different angle with this -- but blurred cement can help make great foregrounds in pictures..
50 mm f/2.2 1/2000 ISO 400
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Blurred cement blocks as foreground : 50 mm f/2.0 1/500 ISO 1000
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Blurred pavement : 50 mm f/2.0 1/4000 ISO 500
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Blurred pavement (check out that creamy golden blurred goodness.. #allthehearteyes) :
50 mm f/2.0 1/250 ISO 100
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Blurred pavement : 50 mm f/2.8 1/400 ISO 200
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Blurred gravel : 50 mm f/2.2 1/800 ISO 160
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Blurred gravel : 50 mm f/2.0 1/4000 ISO 320
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Blurred gravel : 50 mm f/2.0 1/2500 ISO 320
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Blurred cement steps : 35 mm f/1.6 1/3200 ISO 500
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Blurred pavement : 50 mm f/2.5 1/1600 ISO 500
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Blurred dirt : 50 mm f/2.0 1/3200 ISO 500
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Blurred dirt : 50 mm f/2.5 1/2000 ISO 200
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Blurred gravel / grass : 50 mm f/2.0 1/800 ISO 100
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Blurred cement blocks in patio area : 50 mm f/2.0 1/500 ISO 250
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Blurred gravel : 50 mm f/2.5 1/320 ISO 500
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Blurred gravel : 50 mm f/2.5 1/320 ISO 500
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Blurred cement -- parking garage : 35 mm f/1.8 1/1000 ISO 320

To read more SOME THINGS I'VE LEARNED posts with photography tips -- click HERE!!

If you enjoyed this post + found it helpful -- please E-MAIL it to a friend, SHARE on Facebook
TAG someone on my Instagram or FACEBOOK PAGE, or PIN the above image!! :)

What things have you learned as a photographer that work good for backgrounds?!!
I'd love to hear!!

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Happy summer -- guys!!
 I'm grateful to have slower days here..I recently finished up piano lessons for the school year
and it's nice to have some breathing room now..
Like I actually felt bored last weekend -- can you believe that?!! :)
I don't think I've felt that way since 2015 sometime..haha
My life has been a crazy ride since January..oh man..

May was a great month overall goals-wise..
the last part of the month I slacked off more on some things, but some good stuff that happened were :
working out (I did this a lot -- wearing workout clothes to bed the night before definitely helps with this), finishing memorizing Psalm 37 (which I didn't finish exactly by the end of May but am basically done -- I have it down in my head and I just need to quote to someone), finalized some price sheets,
cleaning up my room for a few mins each night (again..but that was working really well but slacked off more with this by the end of the month). 
But anyways -- #progressoverperfection..some imperfect progress is way better than no progress at all. 
Keep that in mind with whatever goals you're trying to gain -- keep pushing forward with it!!

Some things to woot about :

+ McDonald's Reese's McFlurry with extra Reese's…these are so good + my current crush. McDonald's is underrated, guys..

+ Ironically (after that last point) -- running is becoming my new passion..man, nothing feels good like running. Love it..
+ Beautiful sunlight summer evenings with golden hour..so pretty.
+ Love + the Outcome -- this band is one of my new obsessions..some of my favorite songs are : The God I Know, Heart Like You (Live), No Mistaking [It's You], Ask, City of God, The Story You're Building in Me.
You can check them out online or actually you can just listen to some samples below..

+ If you want a great video to watch -- be sure to check out the Lara Casey video on her Facebook Page on Summer Goals Live -- click HERE + just scroll down and find the one on Summer Goals from June 3rd (she is also doing weekly videos this summer on her Facebook page -- and you don't have to have Facebook to watch..you just go to her Facebook page and you should be able to watch them)..I love how she talked about getting ahead on things here with the summer -- to go into the fall feeling completely unrushed -- at peace. Love her..she is basically #goals. She just has such a great heart, love for God + how she loves people + is doing things, has priorities in place, etc. Something that she said awhile back in a video that has really stuck with me is this : "If that is God's will then that is God's will and we will be grateful for that. 
We're gonna be grateful either way..even if there's sorrow or heartbreak on either side we will be very grateful -- because if that's His will then that's what is meant to be." I don't know that I put everything in the exact right order of how she worded it, but I have loved those words. That was in relation to their adoption of a baby + they weren't sure if they were going to get the baby or not. But really having that perspective in life -- that if something happens then that is His will + if it doesn't then it isn't His will..and being grateful for it either way..because if that's what's happens then it's meant to be..even if it feels hard at times. And if _______ doesn't happen then that's not His will + owning that. Not hoping for _______ to happen + getting my hopes in that -- which will let you down. But really hoping in His will -- I'm realizing is the best place to be..and along with that believing that He is sovereign + trusting that. 

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Some June goals here..


+ Workout 4x a week. I did 3x last week..and want to really stay on track with this.

+ Journal more..I haven't journaled in forever. I've started journaling with my Bible time + just writing down verses that God is speaking to me or things He is impressing on me during that time -- but I haven't journaled in my regular journal in awhile + it's important to chronicle the journey.
+ Finish reading 168 hours..I only sat down + read this once I think, and want to finish it out. 
+ At least finish Crash the Chatterbox..I don't have much more left in this + just need to do it.
+ Just chill + be okay with it..I'm realizing I actually have issues with like sitting down to relax and watch a movie..like you know you're a workaholic or something when?!! :) #laughingcryingemoji Giving myself the freedom to just BE and be okay with it -- I think it comes with running two businesses and just having a lot of responsibility in my life -- I'm always doing things + have a lot to stay on top of + have a hard time letting go of that mentality.
+ Start memorizing 1 Corinthians 15.
+ Start the school pictures project for my brothers..haven't done this yet and would like to get 2 of these done this month. Just need to start it..
+ Do a blog post about something God has spiritually been teaching me for awhile.


+ Keep blogging regularly -- didn't blog as much as I would have liked last month..but progress over perfection, guys. :)

+ Start working everyday on a big project!!
+ Work between the hours of 9-5 or I actually may start working earlier in the day as that will work better with my family's schedule..basically figure this out better + really put myself on lockdown with working during my work hours. I've slacked off with this and have to be better about it.
+ Do a brain dump on paper of all the blog posts I want to do..I've got a lot of ideas and need to figure out action steps to break them down + make it happen!!
+ Finish editing + blog the Spring Models shoots from May..these were awesome -- I've posted a lot of previews from these over on my FACEBOOK PAGE if you didn't see them yet!!
+ Blog two installments of the Motherhood Series!! 

Other randomness..

+ Who's in the St. Louis area or could drive a few hours to get there?!! The Bright Lights ministry is hosting conferences for girls (ages 8-22+!!) and parents in a few weeks -- and you all should totally go!! Bright Lights has been such an awesome impact on my life + I know you would be so encouraged + blessed by these!! Even if you can't go -- would you take a second and share this post with someone who is in that area?!! Just e-mail them the link to this post or TAG them on my Facebook page or Instagram feed when I post about it. Thanks so much for spreading the word with this!!!

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Click HERE for the online flyer to read more about it, watch the video below to learn more 

be sure to click HERE to register!!!

+ Now booking 2017 SENIORS -- or if you're interested in a family session this year as well -- shoot me an e-mail!!  I will only be accepting a limited number of seniors for this summer/fall, so please keep that in mind. Also I will be in Northern Iowa (Mason City area) later this summer + also possibly be in Nashville, TN + North Carolina again..so if you're interested in sessions at any of those places -- please shoot me an e-mail and I would love to talk more!! :)

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p.s. if you're on SNAPCHAT + would like to see more daily life/BTS/randomness/life hacks/photo tips -- you can add me by tapping HERE (if you're on mobile -- it should open in your Snapchat app) or add by username @HannahEliseBlog + I'll add you back!! :)
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Just a quick shoutout if anyone is interested -- I sporadically do wedding photography,
and while it isn't my main focus with my business -- I enjoy doing them from time to time!! 
Currently I am available for late summer / fall weddings of this year + I do travel for these.
If you are interested or know someone who might be --
please shoot me an e-mail at hannah@hannaheliseblog.com + I would love to talk more!! :)

You can view my past work with these -- HEREHEREHERE, HEREHERE.

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