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Meet Hannah Pascual of Hannah Pascual Photography in Southern California

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hannah Pascual.

Hannah, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My Journey with photography started when i was about 7 years old. My dad had an old film camera and camcorder that he would take on vacations and i just loved the process. When i got a little older he got me my first digital camera. That camera and i were INSEPARABLE. I took it every where and would do photo shoots in my bedroom. Creativity runs in my family, my brother is a natural talent musician and my aunt is an artist.

As my creativity and skills grew, I came to realize my passion was in photographing people. I loved when i would be able to capture someone in a way that gave the viewer a glimpse of that person’s personality. I first started with doing my friends senior photos and soon those friends grew up and got engaged. My first engagement session was so much fun. While my skills weren’t exactly polished, the passion was there. There’s something so beautiful and fascinating about couples and the bond they have. Each relationship is so unique and i knew from then on i wanted to freeze time for these rad people, capture their personalities and all their quirks and give them something to look back on when they’re old. I wanted them to FEEL their young wild love whenever they looked at their images. I wanted them to always remember this time in their lives as their love grew and deepened. I’ve grown so much from learning from other photographers and practicing on my own. I take the time to get to know my couples as friends, to learn their passions, what makes them who they are, and what about their relationship is unique. Only then am i able to create the space for those qualities to shine through in a photograph. I’m not where i want to be yet, but i’m constantly learning and growing in my art. I don’t believe we ever stop learning or ever “Make it”, life is always changing and evolving and i am so excited to see where photography takes me and who i get to make connections with in the years to come.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think impostor syndrome is always a struggle with artists we never feel good enough or that we’re just a wannabe fraud. I didn’t exactly grow up in a household where dreams are encouraged, we had a very realistic sensible view of the world. Even my aunt was told that there’s no money in art, why is she pursuing it? I think i struggled with comparison alot too when i first started out. My practical upbringing told me “You won’t be good enough, don’t even try. Learn something that “safe” and well known. There’s no money in art” I played it safe for far too long, and held myself back with doubt. When i finally decided to break free from that and was vulnerable and put myself out there, I started to notice i wasn’t alone in my feelings and that people were actually rooting for me. People connected with my passion and actually wanted to work with me. I’m not perfect and still struggle with these feelings, but i just remind myself i am worthy, that it’s okay to pursue what sets your heart on fire, and that life is way too freaking short to spend it being afraid. When you choose to move past fear and are vulnerable you will attract the opportunities that are closest to your heart.

Hannah Pascual Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I “officially” started my photography business in 2019. I specialize in photographing couples and intimate weddings. I also have a heart for elopements and travel weddings and would love to shoot more of those. I’m known for even making the most self proclaimed ” un-photogenic and awkward” people feel comfortable in front of the camera. I take the pressure off them to “perform” and invite them to simply connect. I have a very candid style, and i photograph people as their real, genuine selves. I hate putting people in awkward stiff prom poses or unnatural positions with cheesy props. I don’t’ believe those things are a reflection of couples intimate and intricate relationships. I prefer to get to know my couples as best i can before their session, so that i can draw the attention back to each other during a photo session and not on me. I invite them to interact with each other, to play, laugh, snuggle, cry , whatever is REAL. I invite these moments by not rushing around to get the shot and i ask them questions that make them reflect on their love and what sets their hearts on fire. I don’t make it about me or my portfolio, I simply want them to connect and have fun.My goal for each couple walks away from their session remembering why they fell in love in the first place, more connected to each other, and excited from how much fun they had.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
That in my first year, my hard work and vulnerability paid off and i was able to book 5 weddings right off the bat. I wasn’t even expected to book one. Each one was so special, and i’m forever grateful to those first 5 couples that trusted me and gave me a chance. they really showed me i could do this and i was good at it. It really fueled my fire and gave me a clearer direction on where to take my business.

Pricing:

  • Engagement Session starting at $350
  • Elopements (4 hrs) starting at $1200
  • Weddings (6-10 hrs) starting at $2200

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