Hello! I’m Hannah Mia. I’m a documentary photographer based in St Albans, Hertfordshire. I like big hair, car sing-alongs, travelling and the idea of owning a micro pig. I read more wedding blogs than the most obsessive bride and I really want to know what your first dance song is (my current thoughts on mine – Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room) by Flight of the Conchords).
I think weddings are just magical, from all of the beautiful details and outfits, to the laughter, tears and incredible dance moves. I get a chance to record all of the pretty things, with a good dose of people watching and lots of emotion. My favourite photos are the moments in-between and I’ve often been called a “ninja” for seeking out those little moments – after a while you can anticipate who’s about to break out some incredible dance moves; make an over-zealous leap for the bouquet; or spill ice cream all over themselves.
I’ve been carrying a camera around with me since I was a teenager and was already busy arranging photoshoots with up-and-coming models at sixteen, I then covered live music and burlesque events, before focusing on weddings. It was always people that fascinated me (and good lighting – if you come on an adventure with me for some couple portraits as the sun goes down I will love you forever) and weddings give me the opportunity to record so many relationships, stories and special moments. I also adore meeting new people – I’d love to meet up over a drink, talk about your plans for the big day and more importantly, get to know you – I often go home feeling like I’ve made new friends and so excited to see you start the next big chapter!
Other things you might like to know – at some point during our conversation I will probably refer to my dog (Tilly) as though she’s a person; California is my favourite place on Earth; I really want to cover a Vegas wedding; I am pretty fearless and will jump out of a plane with you if that’s what your photos require (or, more likely – mud, mountains, roller coasters, climbing trees, if any of that is part of the deal, I’m more than up for it); I am concerned about the amount of giant Jenga cheating going on at weddings nowadays; I will almost definitely shed a tear or two behind my camera during your speeches.