Aiszah | Portrait Session

I met Aiszah when she was 13 and I was 16 and we connected over similar experiences we were having at those points in our teenage lives. I remember her coming to me for advice and feeling like I was being asked to play a role model that I didn't feel prepared for, but that our conversations together helped me become. After that summer we didn't see each other much because she went away to school and I got involved with photography and became consumed with that. When she told me that she needed pictures of herself for her to audition for college and theatre, I happily said yes.

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Throughout the photoshoot I kept calling her little Aiszah. I’m the youngest of my entire family (on both sides) and so I never got the chance to see someone younger than myself grow up, and felt a disconnect in my memory between the Aiszah I knew and the one in front of me. She finally said to me “Katie, I’m not so little anymore” and it struck me that the beautiful person before me was no longer a little girl, but a blossoming young woman.

Katharine Hannah

Chicago, IL

Katharine’s work has graced the walls of institutions such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harold Washington Library of Chicago, and local galleries such as Dreambox Gallery, Siragus Gallery and Blick Art Materials. She has also been featured on websites such as the Huffington Post, Phlearn, Fstoppers, Tigress Magazine for Girls, Bitchtopia, and Golden Boy Press.

In addition to photography, Katharine has been a mentor and educator in the arts since 2013. She has worked with students in various organizations and projects over the last two years, including Hive Chicago’s PROjectUS initiative and Digital Youth Network’s Digital Diva’s and Chicago City of Learning programs.