We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Quintana and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Hannah, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I spent 5 years of my life as an Air Force Military Intelligence Officer so I carried over the strengths of this previous occupation in to my current career. Discipline first and foremost. Being a mother of two I found it difficult to find the time, make the time, and make most of my time but over the years I’ve developed a very disciplined schedule and persistent personality that I think really got me on the fast track towards success. There were many moments of failure but I’d always take it as a learning opportunity to perfect my business–whether it was aesthetic improvements or client experience.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
These days with the technological advancements I think it’s so easy to pick up a camera and call yourself a professional photographer. But what sets me a part from the average photographer is that I have the strengths of really feeling my subjects–empathy is my greatest strength. When the subject is placed in my frame, I’m not just clicking away. I’m really taking into account who this person is that I’m photographing. What is their story? What are they feeling? How do they make others feel and how to others feel about them? What is hurting? What brings happiness? I incorporate who they are into my images and am always challenging myself to express that through my lens. My goal is to create wall hangars, heirloom images, and that will stop people in their tracks. If you’re only looking at it for a second, I didn’t do well enough. Everyone has a story and every story is beautiful.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My best friend and I love people watching–we’re both so intrigued with people and their stories. Sometimes we make up stories about the people we see walking by for fun. So I’d definitely take them to a happening spot in the city with good food, good people, and a good atmosphere. But I’m also very in touch with mother nature and would love to show her the scenic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and even venture in it.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This is a very ambiguous answer but it’s the truth so I’m just going to go with it. But I’ve always been inspired by the entrepreneurs and artists that I’ve met along the way. I couldn’t single anyone out because I think it was the collective entrepreneurial spirit that inspired me to move forward, do better, give more. Particularly those who are mother’s trying to nurture and care for their children/family while running a part-time or full-time business. Super women. They’re all my role models and inspiration.

Website: www.hannahquintana.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/hannahquintana

Facebook: hannahqphotography

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/HannahQuintana/

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