Keeping it Real

Image courtesy of David Vernon - eScapes Photo

Snapshots by Stacy Photography is soon to be Stacy Hanna Photography. With this change is coming a brand new website and integrated blog.You might be thinking that I have changed my website in the past and you'd be right. I've changed the aesthetics of my website a couple of times now looking for the right look and feel for my business. The truth is however, that while each revision has been an improvement on the last, I have never been completely satisfied with the result. The website never entirely felt like it represented me as an artist and what I am about. About a year ago, I almost ditched my website for something new and I didn't pull the trigger. The nagging feeling, however, remained that Snapshots by Stacy just wasn't quite really me.

I've had a heart to heart and in the spirit of Jasmine Star, I'm about to "Keep It Real". If you're hiring me, then you are hiring Stacy Hanna, the photographer, the artist. The more I thought about this, I realized that I had to step away from "Snapshots by Stacy". I had to be just myself and shoot what I wanted to and the way I wanted to. I heard Zack Arias say this, "You are going to be one of two kinds of photographers...a photographer that is going to strike out on your own or a photographer who is going to follow everyone else.", and it rings true to how I feel.

My intention is for my blog, like this post, to be a more honest insight to who I am as a person and why I think and shoot the way I do. I want my current and future clients to get to know me and what I am about and what they can expect if they choose to hire me and I also want to share what I have learned with an enthusiastic photographic community. You will see more of my art as well as client work and some posts on things that inspire me. It has been a goal of mine for awhile to extend myself like this. I'm excited not simply because this change is new, but because it feels like what I was meant to do from the start.

I thought about what I could do to better myself and my art and stand out from a similar sea of photographers. I want to incorporate what I am learning from shooting landscapes and lighting into more interesting portrait work. I want to start working with local bands and experiment with this new world of video and still fusion. I have a landscape project in mind for next year. Basically I just have this creative urge to mix it up and push myself. I have ideas and I can't sit still. I don't think I should let me website sit still either and rely on the same old branding and same old web designs as everyone else, so that is why I am making a change, to just be me.

I just want to thank those readers of this blog for sticking with me as I've grown. I'm not sure how many of you are out there, but I hope that you enjoy what you see and read and I really want to improve this experience for you. My goal is that as I keep finding myself, the work will change and the site will grow with me and I want you all along for the ride if you're up for it.

I'll be sure to point you in the right direction when the change happens. I'm excited about it and I hope you will be too.

-Stacy