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Fabulous Hannah Elise / iowa city portrait photographer

Yes, this is all about the FABULOUS Hannah Elise Photography. This girl rocks the photography world, capturing an emotional connection especially in her family portrait work that is hard to come by. She also is an amazing young woman that motivates and encourages those around her and is constantly pointing others to Christ! And of course, if you know anything about this girl...she is the ultimate thrifter, I mean the stuff she finds amazes me!  These are just a few things that make her FABULOUS and a joy to be around!

When I was approached by Hannah this Spring to shoot her images for her blog re-brand...I cried inside! Cried from joy of having the perfect client and cried from fear of shooting another photographer. All fears were pushed aside when I saw our amazing location, her beautiful Lularoe dress and when our laughter began! HANNAH...thanks for the opportunity to join you on your branding journey and helping make my camera sing!

Since Hannah's new blog went live this week, I thought you all should see more of her lovely self as well as hear a few tips about gaining momentum on Instagram. I will stop talking now and let Hannah take over!

Hey there! My name is Hannah Elise, and I am a 22 year old photographer living in eastern Iowa. I adore wearing colorful outfits, thrifting is my love language, and photographing families is my passion!!

3 Tips for Gaining Momentum on Instagram : 

Instagram is one of my favorite social media tools! There are so many awesome feeds out there to follow and it can become a little addicting, amiright?! :) Caitlyn asked me to share some tips for Instagram, and I feel honored that she asked! I definitely don't feel like a social media expert, but I am happy to share some things I have learned over the last few years. 

1) Create points to connect on. If you are using Instagram with your business, don't feel like you have to keep all your posts strictly 'work-related.' Share that you just stopped at Chick Fil A for a shake, the awesome deal you found on leather sandals, something God is teaching you currently, etc. People want to know that you are REAL, and that they're not the only ones who freak out over new Rifle Paper Co. products, love BBC movies, or can't wait for the cold winter days to be over either. This will bridge the gap between a stiff, formal business and one that resonates with your audience!

2) Script a story with your posts. Instagram is really the new form of blogging in a lot of ways, if you think about it! For our fast-paced culture, people don't read blogs as much as they used to, and having one photo with a caption fills that void instead. So start thinking of your feed as a 'mini blog', and present your photos like a 'mini blog post'. Instead of sharing an image and just saying "Kelly // 2015 senior #hannahelisephotography", you could say something like : "Had so much fun photographing this beautiful senior #hannahelisephotography!! Loved Kelly's outfits and the urban backdrops where we got to shoot! Cannot WAIT to share more previews!" We all love stories, and are going to pay more attention to a beautiful image when it has a compelling caption.

3) Be consistent. If you are sharing phone photos (and editing them in an app, like VSCO) try to stick with the same preset so that your images will look uniform. I try to curate a mix of more personal / phone pictures, along with "real camera" images of my photography work. You don't want to have a stream of 20 personal photos, and then suddenly post one "real camera" one out of the blue, or 

vice-versa. If you think your feed isn't very consistent right now, don't feel like you need to go delete everything you've previously posted. :) Just start from this day forward to be intentional and think about what you're posting, or consider starting a separate instagram account just for your business! People go to Target because there is a consistent feel every time they walk through the doors; same for Walmart, Nordstrom, etc. Strive to create consistency with your feed, and people will become familiar with what to expect and love your posts for that!!

 (Sorry, but these shoes are too great not to photograph!)
Thank you Hannah for sharing your great tips! If you guys haven't made the trek yet, head on to her new blog site! Everything about it is lovely!

// C A I T L Y N    B //

P.S. We love hearing from our readers...give Hannah some love by commenting below, asking questions, or just saying HI! Also, feel free to contact us if you would like new pictures for your awesome brand!

Dryden Boys Headshots / marion, iowa photographer

Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero. ~Marc Brown

Had a blast working with these brothers and getting some fun images. If you are a kid or teen looking for some fun modern headshots for your portfolio, send us an email!

P.S. We have been working on a new line + studio set up involving some specialized keep your eyes peeled this Spring!

// Caitlyn //