Then & Now | My Earliest Self Portraits

I feel like as artists and photographers it's easy to keep your website up to date with current work, only show what's your best, pretend that somehow you started out where you currently are, and forget the embarrassing selfies you took when you were 15. But I'm about to get real with you, friends. When I was first starting out with photography, I barely had a clue how to use a camera or computers, didn't understand lighting or how the time of day affected my work, and I followed trends that I didn't even really like only because they were popular. But in truth, it took me years to completely understand my equipment, how to compose an image, and what I actually liked when it came to photography.

I love to learn about how people got to where they are, what they've learned about themselves along the way, and see how far they've come. So, I thought it would be fun to share some of my oldest photographs that I've taken of myself all the way back to age 14 to show you where I began and what my progress has looked like. I've learned about lighting and not blowing out my highlights, I've learned how to replicate the style I love over and over again, and I've learned to enjoy the mistakes I make while shooting (like that time I shot an entire session in small JPEGs). Not to mention, it's also just fun to see how things change over the years with my hair being the most stark difference - can you believe how red I used to keep it? So if you're struggling, feeling like everyone else has their life together and you don't, that you'll never reach your goals because they feel so far away, take look back at where you were five years ago and I'm sure you'll be proud of all you've accomplished.

In the meantime, cheers to getting real and vulnerable! :)

2016

2011

2016

2010

2016

That time I did a shoot in Lake Michigan in February and my camera was out of focus the whole time... 2011

Self,Proof.jpg

2016

2011


Want to stay up to date on new blog posts? Sign up to get them to your inbox! (And a Instagram Freebie too!)

Name *
Name
 

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.