We had the good fortune of connecting with Nivia Hanson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nivia, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I started my business because I wanted to create images that captured life and do it beautifully, with meaning and purpose. I tried many different niches of photography when I first started, but chose boudoir because of my purpose behind the image. I don’t want to just capture pretty pictures, I strive to help women believe in their own beauty. It’s my form of helping women become more confident and live better lives. A woman who believes in herself and value, is a better mom, wife, employee, sister, daughter. Most importantly, she’s takes better care of herself because she values who she is instead of comparing her body or worth to someone else.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m self taught as freelance photographer. However, I have invested consistently in my efforts to learn more about how to build a successful photography business. I didn’t just want to take pretty pictures, I was motivated to help others and I wanted to be able to do it all the time! Building a business was a natural step. I can do this full time and help provide for my family financially. I chose to hire mentors to help me along the way, so that I would gain the tools I needed to reach my goals. Even with mentors, there was and still is a lot of work and effort that goes into making this business work. For photographers, it’s booking clients, and that means marketing, and lots of it! It’s a daily juggle of multiple hats to keep moving forward towards my goals, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am determined and intentional with my focus. I remain open to learning and I believe that helps me improve so that I can serve my clients. One lesson I’ve learned is that done is better than perfect! Whether it’s an ad or a social media live message to my community, it’s better to go for it, learn from mistakes, and keep pushing forward. Another lesson I’ve learned is that there will be good and bad days. I appreciate the good and learn from the bad. Failure is lesson on what can be improved and it’s beneficial for self-improvement, even if it hurts sometimes.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m all about new places to dine and have a great meal. Whether it’s taco’s from a food truck near Klyde Park or fine dining at a great steak house. My visiting friends will definitely be full and satisfied. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My support team, my family, are the definitely the ones I will forever be grateful and appreciative of for helping me be my best self.
Nivia Hanson Portraits