It is FINALLY launch day of the new site!! *Cue the confetti*
This website has been a long time coming and I could not be more thrilled to finally launch this beauty! For months I have been thinking, curating, dreaming, and hustling towards a total refresh of Hannah Rosholt Photography. My business has grown immensely since I first started and it’s been fun to build a website that is growing with it!
Let’s take a walk down memory lane shall we? Picture 16-year-old Hannah, sitting in photography class with her mom’s film camera. Back then I had no idea how much I would take a liking to photography. I couldn’t get enough of the dark room, the process of developing your own film, the smell of the developer, seeing my final negatives up against a light – so excited to see the final product. I would work after school. Long after the custodians have swept the floors and emptied the garbages. It was a sacred space. A quiet reprieve from the daunting days of high school. A space for me to create.
Zip on through to college, still totally in love with photography, but realistically thinking of what I should pursue for a career, because, let’s face it, a degree in art isn’t exactly going to have companies knocking down my door for me to work for them.
So I went with a degree that would “bring in money”. Well friends, as you can guess, this left me feeling completely unfulfilled.
I wasn’t happy, but I knew how to make it right.
Looking fear in the face.
Against all the people telling me not to, I switched my degree mid-freshman year to pursue a degree in Art and Business Management. “What are you going to do with that?”, people would ask. I would smile and say “I really want to own my own photography business one day.”
Want to know something that held me back? Fear.
I went 5 years after graduating college…FIVE YEARS…to finally take the plunge into starting my photography business.
I’d like to say that it was intentional…it wasn’t. So many thoughts held me back from pursuing this wonderful dream of mine. “There are too many photographers already.”, “My work isn’t good enough.”, “Do I even have what it takes to run a business?”…and more deflating thoughts like that.
“You can do this.”
It wasn’t until my mom said to me in the car one day, “Why haven’t you started your business yet? You can do this.”, was all that it took for me to stop letting fear get in the way and just doing what I was meant to do.
So here I am. Working at this goal. Owning my own business. Wow. If 19-year-old Hannah could see me now!
Thank you to all who believe in me; who encourage, support and cheer me on daily. I would not be here without you.
Tell me friends, what’s your favorite thing about my new site? Let’s celebrate in the comments!