I had every intention of rounding up my favorite photos from the year and putting together a “favorites from 2017,” year-in-review, type post.  Let’s just say, life happened and that post did not.  🙂  So, even though that particular post did not get written, I did want to take a moment to stop and be thankful for this last year.  It has really been one for the books!

Since I was 14 years old, I’ve known I wanted to start a photography business one day.  I graduated and thought that would be a good time, but the Lord had other plans.  His timing is so perfect, though, and so the year after my high-school graduation found me sitting in a coffee shop with my parents, pitching this crazy idea to them.  I sat there with a bullet-listed paper in my hand, trembling with excitement.  It was my little game plan, complete with a mission statement and a logo.  Haha.  My parents heard me out and then prayed with me over this idea of mine.  They had a peace about it.  I had a peace about it.  The time was right.  So I made several life changes, dropped some commitments and, with no business know-how at all, Hannah Catherine Photography was born.  My brother showed me the world of spreadsheets, a friend blessed my socks off with website help, and several precious, brave friends hired me.  Thank you guys, you are the best!

It’s been a year since that coffee shop brainstorming session.  Since then I have had so many amazing opportunities.  I have made mistakes, I have blundered my way through this first year of business, and I have learned SO MUCH.  I have worked with precious families, incredible couples, and some pretty fabulous seniors.  🙂  God is good and I am so, so grateful.  Grateful for those first courageous clients.  Grateful for the priceless friends and fellow photographers who have aided me in my journey.  Grateful to the Lord for His grace and His goodness.  And grateful that I get to go at it again in 2018, this crazy wonderful job that I love so much.

Happy New Year, everyone!


The Pressleys – Historic Johnson Farm Family Session

This was my last session of the year and, boy, what a shoot to wrap up with!  It was fantastic, to say the least.  Faye and Rodney have been our neighbors for 4 years now and it was so fun getting to meet their sweet family.  From the people to the location to those awesome color choices, everything about this shoot was wonderful.


The Metzger Family

You might remember these guys from Matt and Samantha’s maternity session (here).  I was over the moon excited when we got the announcement that little Scarlet had arrived and even more excited when Samantha contacted me for family photos!  I had such a wonderful time hanging out with this sweet family and capturing them with their precious new addition.  Even though it rained on the day of their shoot, they rolled with the punches and I am thrilled with the images we got.  Enjoy!


Based on personal experience, I’ve always said every girl needs an older brother.  I’d say this little lady is all set with two who adore her. 🙂

The VanWyck Family

Meet the VanWycks; a fun-loving family who love the Lord and each other so well.  I had such a blast with these guys!  From canoeing down their front lawn to posing by their beautiful fireplace, Kelley had some wonderful ideas and I was so excited to work with them.  Enjoy a few of my favorites from this special family’s shoot:

Vivienne – Six Month Portraits

“I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.”

Psalm 139:14


I had such a great time a few weeks ago pulling together this impromptu mini-session with my cousin and his daughter.  Truly, the Lord’s works are wonderful and Vivienne is no exception.  Enjoy oohing and ahing over her incredibly adorable self.

True to form, Adam had to cut up for at least one photo.  It would seem that this guy’s fun personality can’t be contained and it simply wouldn’t be a cousin photo shoot without it! 🙂     



This precious smile gets me every time.  I’m telling you; fearfully and wonderfully made.  God’s creation is so incredible!

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