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Atlanta Wedding Vendor Highlight | Hannah Forsberg

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In today’s Wedding Vendor Highlight, Wedding Planner Brie Owens of Chancey Charm Atlanta is chatting with Atlanta-based film photographer, Hannah Forsberg. Hannah’s work is all about creating artwork that cultivates a sense of sincerity. The result is stunning fine art wedding photography – and we can’t wait to share some of that with you today + her thoughtful tips for new brides and her journey to becoming a photographer. All that and more is below. Cheers, friends!

– The Chancey Charm Team

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Name

Hannah Forsberg

Hometown

I hail from Huazhou, China and was adopted at a year old. I grew up in Kennesaw, GA, just north of Atlanta.

What’s your area of expertise?

Wedding Photography | Hannah Forsberg

First job you ever landed

Oh goodness! My first job ever was working at a chicken store in my hometown – I prepped all the salads and fruit cups, ordered inventory, deep-fried and made all the chicken sandwiches. It taught me a lot about balance, hustle, and working on a team to reach a common goal. It prepared me well for what I do now.

What brought you to the wedding industry?

Growing up, I knew that I loved using my hands and that I didn’t want to be stuck at a desk, doing something that I wasn’t passionate about. I wanted to be an artist, but I wasn’t sure what that meant exactly. I tried drawing, painting, graphic design, taught myself coding, and even dabbled in sculpting. At the end of the day though, I just wasn’t good at any of them. One evening, my small group leader brought her camera to a lock-in, and said that it could “take pictures in the dark”. From that moment on, I was hooked and she took me under her wing and taught me the elements of the exposure triangle.

At that point, I still had not envisioned myself taking photographs for a living. I started like most people do, I think, photographing my dog, cat, and eventually a few friends.

Then, a friend of mine was getting married and said that she wasn’t going to hire a wedding photographer. She explained that she would be happy with iPhone photos of her wedding day, and that would be enough. I begged her to let me photograph her wedding – I’m a firm believer that those are the most precious moments that should be captured. I loved the energy from the day-of and the fact that I was able to serve my clients’ during their wedding planning process in an intimate and honest way. I then interned with another photographer for a year which solidified the fact that I wanted to have my own business. In 2016, I took the leap of faith and quit my job as a manager to pursue my dreams and it’s been the best thing I’ve done for myself.

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A lesson you’ve learned the hard way in the wedding industry

If anyone says that being an entrepreneur, they’re not telling you the whole story. Yes, it’s absolutely the best thing I’ve ever done, but it is far from easy. Entrepreneurship is a road of passion, patience, humility, and grit. It’s a journey that is filled with many peaks and valleys. I think one of the biggest struggles for any self-starter is learning how to say “no”. I think when you’re new, it’s easy to feel the desire to please everyone. However, what I’ve learned is that it’s so necessary to say no – to set up boundaries and balance so that we care for ourselves, our business, and the clients we have been entrusted with well. We can’t do this if we say “yes” to everything.

Favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon

After I gather around a table with those I love, believe it or not, I love hopping in the car and going day-driving! Now that spring is here, the temperature is perfect to let the windows down and play music. If I’m not able to go driving, I love spending time at my piano playing hymns. Afterwards, you’ll probably find me snuggled up with my love, eating some Ben and Jerry’s and watching The 100 (or The Office, a classic!) on Netflix.

Best piece of advice to someone new to the industry

To someone new in the industry, my biggest piece of advice is to hustle hard and keep your head down – focusing on serving those around you, rather than comparison. In such a visually-driven industry, it’s easy to become caught up in what we see in our news feeds and become discouraged. Your time and energy will be much better spent serving and loving others well!

Best piece of planning advice to a new bride/groom

Don’t forget to slow down and take everything in. You don’t have to start planning your wedding right away! Be intentional to enjoy every day of your engagement and remember to focus on your marriage itself, more than the details of your wedding day. Your wedding dress goes away into storage, you only have your venue for a few hours, your flowers will fade away, and you won’t look at your wedding album every day. But your marriage will be the thing that matters most.

Some words you live by

“I am saying that God is good, and even when things are not good, He works them for our good…God is Who He says He is. Even if we don’t know all the details along the way, we trust that He is good.” – Francis Frangipane

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Best tip for balancing work + home life

Set a strict schedule for when you will end your work day and stick to it. There’s nothing worse than working at midnight! Your business will still be there in the morning. Remember to give yourself some grace and rest.

Best moment of your career

Sincere, thoughtful, timeless! I tell my stories and using medium format film and the way it renders light, depth-of-field, and color is something unparalleled by anything else. Film photography requires a careful and deliberate spirit, unlike the disposable nature of digital photography. The medium has caused me to slow down and compose carefully and thoughtfully, yielding an intentional frame. This has ultimately made me a better artist over the year. I’m honored that I have clients who love this medium, too!

Intimate or Par-tay? What size wedding do you recommend and why?

It depends on your budget, personality, and desires for your wedding! My heart loves the ability to be able to spend quality time with every person who comes to a gathering. If that’s you too, maybe an intimate gathering is the way to go!

What’s the first thing a newly engaged couple should do?

Don’t forget to slow down and take everything in. You don’t have to start planning your wedding right away! Be intentional to enjoy every day of your engagement and remember to focus on your marriage itself, more than the details of your wedding day. Your wedding dress goes away into storage, you only have your venue for a few hours, your flowers will fade away, and you won’t look at your wedding album every day. But your marriage will be the thing that matters most.

Learn more about Hannah Forsberg here + follow along on Facebook and Instagram. Cheers!

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