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Meet Hadassah Brand of Hadassah B. Photography in West Suburbs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hadassah Brand.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started taking photos when I was eleven years old, but it wasn’t until high school that I realized photography could be a career. I was very interested in weddings and the idea that I could learn about many different cultures through wedding ceremonies and traditions.

I began photographing weddings and events for family and friends in 2009; assisting and 2nd shooting weddings in 2011; and, received my Bachelor of Arts in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2012. The portfolio I was able to compile while in college afforded me the opportunity to land two-second shooting positions with 2 separate Chicago studios, and many more in the following years. I continue to freelance as a first and second photographer for one of those studios alongside running Hadassah B. Photography from my home in Lombard.

Weddings are my niche, but there’s just something wonderful about watching through my lens as families grow and flourish. My motto has become, “The love story doesn’t end at, ‘I do.'” I believe that is where it truly begins and I absolutely love when my couples return, years later, asking for maternity, newborn and family photos. There’s a certain”je ne sais quoi” about continuing photographic relationships with clients, a comfortability that breeds happiness and the ability for my clients to be themselves.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Being a photographer hasn’t always been an easy career path.

One season, I worked for 9 different studios while being a full-time administrative assistant for an aviation maintenance company. That year definitely took its toll on me, both physically and mentally, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It taught me how to prioritize, communicate and respect deadlines. It also taught me to say no and make time for myself. Oh, and that admin job was where I met my husband, so I’m definitely not complaining.

Let’s face it, photography is not a typical 9 to 5. I’m not punching a timecard and getting a regular paycheck. I’ve learned to navigate that through the years, how to build up the wedding offseason with family sessions and time for my own family. There have definitely been a few naysayers along the way, but they taught me to cling to my supporters, one of whom is my husband who helps me realize my potential and reminds me of my accomplishments when I’m being my own worst critic. So far, perfectionism has been my greatest obstacle but I’m learning that it’s outside your comfort zone where you find some of your greatest inspirations.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Hadassah B. Photography – what should we know?
Hadassah B. Photography is a wedding and lifestyle photography company. I specialize in weddings and engagement sessions but I’m also a big fan of all that comes after; maternity, babies, families, and all that important “life stuff”. Hadassah B. brides know we’re all about candid portraits and attention to detail. Details are definitely my thing, but I pay close attention to my clients’ needs and make a point to be as visible or invisible as necessary all throughout our time together. I pride myself on the ability to put my clients at ease because I believe that it lends to a wonderfully authentic outcome. I’ve even had a couple say that they felt like I was “not only passionate about [my] work, but passionate about making [them] comfortable and happy.”

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I’ve had SO many cheerleaders in my life. I’m so very thankful for so many who’ve lent their support. A few who deserve the limelight are:
-My father who has always been my biggest fan and embodies the definition of perseverance. Not to mention the countless prayers he’s sent up on my behalf.
-My family has been a huge support system and some of the best practice subjects.
-Almost every person I knew from birth to age 19, who together paid for my first professional camera.
-My husband, Corey(and our puppy, Willow) for dealing with my long hours at the computer and cheering me on even when it means I work on his days off.
-My sister, Hope, and my friends, Katie and Kristin, for being creative sounding boards. Every idea, piece of writing, portfolio, etc. have run past one (or all) of them and they’ve given me some of the best advice and re-writes a creative small business owner could hope to receive.
-My first photography mentor, Jessica Strickland, who gave me the opportunity to photograph under her brand while I was a student. She showed me the ropes that day and has been a great inspiration, not only as a wedding photographer and business owner; but also, in rocking married and mom life.
-Jess’ grandparents, who are family friends who believed in me enough to put Jess and me in touch when I was just beginning.
-My first photography boss, Kostas Lalas, for teaching how to be part of a creative team; and, for hiring me to photograph events in countries I’d never have dreamed I’d photograph.
-My clients! Oh goodness, I’d be nowhere without them! I’ve had such lovely people in front of my lens. They challenge me in all the best ways and each opportunity to photograph them pushes me to be a better photographer.

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Image Credit:

Shelley Anderson, Kristin Parra

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