I'm Hannah Kuznia - a wedding photographer in Upstate NY that just loves love.
Someone told me recently that it's obvious by watching me while I work that I am just as moved by the wedding day as my clients (the people actually getting married) are. I approach every day with a very deliberate, loving attitude because I am just so incredibly happy to be there.
I do this because being able to figure out what makes a couple laugh, and to immortalize their love in photographs drives me. I love to play a small part in making my clients' big day absolutely flawless. There are billions of people on this planet - each with their own unique values, background, outlook on life, and support system. No two individuals are the same, just as no two couples are the same. It really means a lot to me to get to see what all these different partnerships are like, and then to find a way to uniquely represent their love and the love of their support systems - their families and friends - on the day of.
Documenting the joy a wedding and the special bonds that hold people together is not just a career to me - it’s a privilege that I am thankful for every single day.
I started working weddings in 2015 as an assistant, so I learned about how a wedding day works from the ground up.
I started at the bottom: I was the one keeping the timeline straight and powering through massive lists of family formals, checking to make sure everyone in the photos looked perfect, and positioning people who needed it. I'm glad I got into weddings this way, because now I have a really keen sense of how to structure a photography timeline, and can kindly wrangle wedding guests and extended family like no other.
In addition to having the experience on the vendor side of things, I'm a newlywed myself so I just experienced the wedding planning process from the bride's perspective. I know how important it is to feel special, valued, and heard in those precious months you have while you plan your celebration.
Aside from a strong portfolio and unquestionable know-how, I want to bring a genuine personal connection to the table. I like to think of this exchange as the most meaningful customer service interaction of your life. Plus, when your photographer makes you feel at ease, it shows in the pictures - that's the key to looking gorgeous and in love.
When I was little, I was captivated by the way a photo could freeze a moment in time, and how it can still make you feel things years later. I remember frequently asking my parents to go through their old family photo albums with me, or through the packs and packs of photos they'd had developed from their disposable cameras (so very '90s and 00's). I quickly became the family "historian" and am, to this day, the keeper of our most precious photo albums.
For this reason, I always highly encourage my clients to print their photographs - our memories cannot only live in our phones - that should be illegal!
I count myself very lucky that I found my person already. In October 2019 I married my husband Tyler, and it was truly the most magical day of my life. It was such a fun ride being the bride, and being a newlywed is a truly amazing feeling! Part of what informs my photography is my firsthand knowledge of that desperate desire that every person feels to create beautiful, loving, carefree photographic memories with the love of their life.
During my downtime, I like to read, take walks, go out to eat (I'm a major foodie), and hang out with my fiance, family and my two cats, "the twin tabbies" Toby and Rory. I love those little orange goofballs so much. My toxic trait is brunch, I love Italian food, and I drink wine of any color.
Instead of adopting a Covid pet, I created a wedding planning podcast during quarantine to help fellow NY bride-to-be's and newlyweds navigate everything life throws at you after you put that sparkly ring on. Give us a listen for that A1 advice!
Our Core Values:
Let's be honest: the wedding industry is bright and flashy and full of various personalities.
The great thing about being a bride or groom in 2022 is that you have CHOICES.
You get to decide which of those personalities show up to your wedding... and if you choose vendors who share your values, you'll have the beast freakin' day.
I made my business with the intention of serving likeminded individuals who are looking for more than "just a vendor" to check a box on their wedding day.
HLP CORE VALUES:
Don't sweat the small stuff
March to the beat of your own drum, always
The more Office references, the better
We are all equal. Status isn't real.
INCLUSIVITY & ALLYSHIP = KEY.
Love is love.
Believe the best in people
Every human being deserves respect
Collaboration makes the world go round
Gifts should be given "just because"
Our time on earth is precious, stay grateful