Kendall Hanna is not only one of our featured artists on Heirloom, but she is one of the most talented photographers & videographers I've ever known! The way she captures her clients and makes them feel at ease is effortless and breathtaking. I am thankful to not only say that she takes our gorgeous anniversary photos every year but also that is one of our closest friends. Kendall has in many ways inspired Heirloom into life! Talented at so many things, from designing store displays to capturing weddings on camera, Kendall is a true renaissance woman.
We are thrilled to get to share with you today her heart behind what she does & a few of her many, many gorgeous photos!
Heirloom: Do you have any morning rituals or things you do to get ready for a long day of editing or shooting? (exs. A latte from your local coffee shop? Making sure you wake up before the sun? Go for a run?)
Kendall: On a long day of editing, I prefer to start late and end late. So I like to wake up, make some coffee, and do something relaxing before I start the day (like read or ride my bike), and then I get down to business. My best hours are from 11am- 1am.
Heirloom: Working from home, how do you balance life & work?
Kendall: It’s tough. Your two worlds have a fuzzier and fuzzier line of distinction between them. You wake up and go to sleep with your computer, your to-do list, and a full email inbox sitting in your home. I used to struggle with a lot of guilt about it- that I couldn’t go live life until everything on the list was checked off. But now I know that I have to schedule time for myself and my life or I will burn myself out. I’m always trying to learn how to balance it with grace.
Heirloom: Tell us about your journey into photography & videography?
Kendall: I started photography in college. I knew I was “creative”, but had no real idea of what I was supposed to do with it. I took art classes and was quickly made aware of my unimpressive skills with a paint brush. I stumbled around a lot, wondering if I was even artistic at all. And then I was handed a camera. And everything clicked. And I haven’t put it down since.
Heirloom: How do you like working with your husband?
Kendall: I love it. It’s a rare opportunity that a husband and wife can work together as a team, and I feel like I totally hit the jackpot. Clint works as a engineer, so he goes above and beyond to work on projects beside me during his time off, and I couldn’t be more thankful for it.
Heirloom: What’s one thing you wish brides knew about the photography business? Videography business?
Kendall: How much goes into it. I know every business owner could echo this testament. It takes a LOT of money, time, and effort to produce a good quality product. No one becomes a photographer for the money. We do what we do because we are passionate story tellers. So I’d love for brides to be more educated on what it takes for the equipment, travel, time, editing, loss of weekends, and taxes to be paid for so that there is a better understanding on billing!
Heirloom: Why do you believe photography is important?
Kendall: It is the only way to take a moment and make it into a memory that can be revisited for the rest of someone’s life. Can you imagine if you had never seen a picture of your parents growing up? Or if you didn’t have a single image of the ones you love? Pictures are some of our most valuable possessions- and I love creating them.
Heirloom: What’s one thing you want to pass on to other creatives and also to your someday kids?
Kendall: That it’s our job to leave the world a little more beautiful. Being a creative can be tough, but we were given our talents for a reason. So, if you were given a mind that wants to create, than we must always be brave enough to do it. And do it boldly.
Heirloom: Tell us about you!
Kendall: I’m Kendall- an over caffeinated shutter clicker and entrepreneur living in Houston, Texas. When I’m not working- I’m reading, hanging out with my husband/friends, or traveling. I have an unhealthy obsession with Diet Coke and Mad Men, and never saw a dish of macaroni and cheese I didn’t like.
Heirloom: Where do you call home?
Kendall: Houston, Tx!
Heirloom: What’s your favorite medium?
Kendall: Digital Photography- but I hope to become more skilled in film, eventually.
Heirloom: Did you go to school for the arts?
Kendall: Kind of. I went for business/marketing and eventually switched to visual arts. Having an education in both is extremely valuable to me today in running my own business.
Heirloom: What’s your favorite thing about owning your own business?
Kendall: Having (almost) complete control. I am able to produce whatever I like, pick the people I’m interacting with, and creating my own schedule. I really enjoy captaining my own ship. (Can you tell I’m just a hair of a control freak?)
Heirloom: How would you describe your style?
Kendall: Minimal, whimsical, and intimate.
Heirloom: What is the most challenging part of your job?
Kendall: Balancing it all. You give a big part of yourself away every day working on art, and it can be difficult to shut it off and take time for yourself.