We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Hutter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Connection is hands down the most important factor behind the success of my brand. I am someone who is highly relational and meeting new people on the regular is one of my favorite parts of my job. Next to the romance between a couple (this is a given), I believe the level of authenticity in photos is directly correlated to the quality of relationship established with your photographer.
As a wedding photographer it is crucial to the experience of my clients that they feel comfortable with me not only in the process leading up to the wedding day but throughout the wedding day itself. I am not just a vendor you spend a small portion of the day with, we literally spend the whole day together! I’m there to capture every moment, fix your dress, hold your bouquet, pin the grooms boutonniere and be of help wherever I am needed. I’ve been told I’m like a built-in wedding bestie (a title I wear proudly) and Ive been referred to as the “ringmaster of the circus” on more than one occasion.
I love that I am able to say that the connection that I create with my clients is more than a business interaction and goes beyond the wedding day. I regularly meet up with a number of my former brides and clients for lunch or coffee and being asked over and over again to capture major life milestones for these clients that become friends is something that’s so special to me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Clean, light and airy imagery has always been my signature aesthetic. Photography trends come and go but I will always stay true to creating well-lit photographs with classic posing and a timeless edit. Honestly I think that alone is something to be proud of. In an era of Instagram and social media, not falling victim to the trap of comparison or persuasion of what’s trending can be hard!
As a photographer it is my responsibility to create art that my clients love but I am also proud of and equally obsessed with. I am currently coming out of a season where I created solely for the approval of others and let me tell you, its absolutely suffocating. I think that’s one of my biggest tips for other photographers. “Create art you love” seems obvious and somewhat mindless, but it is utterly crucial to your life as an artist.
Right now I am most excited to celebrate six years in business and establish myself as a photographer here in Dallas! I originally built my brand in Upstate NY and I am somewhat new to the DFW area. The thought of rebuilding a brand in an entirely new place is slightly terrifying yet completely exhilarating. I look forward to networking, location scouting, exploring new venues and of course meeting so many new people that will become my clients and friends.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give the biggest shoutout to Rob Spring Photography in Saratoga Springs, NY! Over 5 years ago I began working as a photographers assistant and looking back I am so thankful for that opportunity that opened so many other doors for me. I 100% would not be the wedding photographer I am today without the support, encouragement and all of the skills and knowledge I have learned from Rob and his team. I have no words to express my gratitude!! I am truly so blessed to have learned from one of the best.
Personal photo by Nicole Weeks Photography