I feel like the days are just slipping by! With 4 days left to spare, let me introduce to you to Robin Hansen of Robin Hansen Photography. Each month I like to highlight one of our Studio Share members and tell you a little bit about their business! I find it comical when I am introducing someone I have never met - but let me tell you, the way others speak of her and the reputation that follows her makes me confident that she is one worth getting to know!
Robin has been a member of Studio Share Photography since July of last year. Hopefully as you read a little bit more about her, you will resonate in some way....and be encouraged. :D Grab your coffee...
Which side are you on?
What's your favorite lens to shoot with?
35mm 1.4. That bad boy never leaves my camera body.
What does most of your work consist of?
Are you from the area? Why do you live in the midwest?
I am originally from Naperville, IL. Love the midwest, especially our summer trips to the lake in Wisconsin (where my husband and I met).
Tell us a little bit about your family...
I married my Wisconsin college sweetheart, who brings out the best in me. Truly. He's so darn positive. We have two darling blondies, Josie (7) and Macie (3), who make me laugh, cry, and pretty much evoke every emotion possible on a daily basis. They are my everything, and the fuel to my photography journey.
How long have you been in business?
6 years this fall.
What got you started in photography? And how did you build your skill set?
Like most mamas, my first born got me into photography. I was inspired to get a nice camera and document her cuteness. I built my skill set from a lot of trial and error, classic YouTube videos, and taking Sweet Shots classes with the amazing, Amy Tripple. My best advice to those learning is consistent practice, practice, practice.
What type of photography do you specialize in?
I am a natural light photographer that specializes in maternity, newborn, children, seniors and families. I crave styling my client sessions while incorporating life, light, and connection into my work. I also teach workshops and offer mentoring. I love people! Relationships and collaborating with others inspire me. Photography has allowed me to gain a unique glimpse into various lives. Working with so many amazing clients and photographers fills my soul.
What are the names of 1 or 2 photographers that inspire you?
Ohhhh...there are just so many talented photographers that inspire me. I have always loved me some Spanki Mills Photography and the way she captures movement. I adore Paisley Ann Photography's work. It's pure magic. Her images are full of romantic adventures, and she captures light in the most emotional way possible.
What is the hardest thing about being a photographer?
Capturing my own children's moments with my big girl camera. Funny how that is the reason I started this crazy journey, and how this business has removed me from that very simple idea of taking my own kids pics. Seems to be a common pattern in photographers. Hope to break that funk soon.
What has been surprisingly easy? (if anything)
I think I started my business at a really good time. Facebook was a super powerful way for me to attract new clients. I have been really blessed with booking sessions throughout the year. Social media has made it harder now for new businesses, so I can't stress the importance of client referrals. If they have a good customer service experience with you, word will travel, and business will come.
Would you be willing to briefly tell about a time that you were afraid in your business and how you worked through that?
Taxes. Taxes are a scary thing. I delegated that daunting task to my helpful hubby, and hired a really good accountant. Best business decision ever for my mental health. Ha!
If you could share one piece of advice with a photographer just starting out, what would you tell them?
Invest in taking workshops or mentoring (online or in person). When I first started I would WAY over-edit. For real! My kids eyes looked like creepy aliens. I used to buy every action possible, and watch a million photography tutorial YouTube videos to teach myself. It was really bad. Until I took my first newborn workshop, I didn't really know what the heck I was doing. It's so eye opening to learn in person, and this will really help you find your personal style.
Why did you decide to be part of Studio Share Photography?
I was going craaaaaaazy having my studio in my home. It stressed me out like no other. At the point in my career I needed something more professional, and the SSP was the perfect stepping stone to get out of the house. So much happier now!
5 years from now, where do you see yourself and your business?
Goals! I love goals. I hope to be just as passionate about my job as currently. I would love to incorporate more travel sessions, and one day have my work featured.
Would you rather get up early or stay up late to edit?
Stay up late
Would you rather eat something sweet, salty or both?
Sweet and salty
So there you have it. Did you find some things in common with Robin? Do you want more information on how to be a part of our community? Contact us! We'd love to hear more about your business and how we can serve you!
Happy Monday. :D