I'm a "retired" registered nurse, mom, and military wife. What was once just a hobby has become my new career. I once dreamed of being a wedding planner so it is just SO CRAZY to me that I actually became a wedding photographer. I love the chaos, the puffy dresses, the tuxes, the ballrooms, the barns, the families, the music...I could go on and on. I even embrace those stressful moments! I can’t ever get enough!
Honestly, I became a wedding photographer by accident. It's true! In 2015, I was encouraged to shoot my very first wedding having never shot anything professionally before and definitely having never shot a wedding (not even as a second shooter). I turned the gig down twice before I finally agreed. So, I got my business license just one week before that first wedding and the rest is history! I’ve now booked over 70 weddings in less than 4 years and have dedicated all my time and efforts to couples in love!
Yes, I love being a wedding photographer, but first and foremost, I love the people I photograph even more. There is nothing better than getting to know my couples and then spending my weekends documenting their real life fairytales. Many of my clients have left reviews saying I wasn't just their photographer but their friend. I just can't get over that. I continue to make it my #1 priority to be more and do more and create an experience you will never forget. Read on for more information!
I’m the spunky girl who is obsessed with everything weddings! It didn’t take long when I first started my photography business to see where my heart was leading me - weddings, couples, and love stories. Whether I’m behind my camera freezing those once-in-a-lifetime moments or behind my computer blogging the experience so you can relive your day, I’m invested. Go ahead. See for yourself. Check out the blog. Read the reviews. This job is so much more to me than just taking pretty pictures. It's about the whole experience. It’s about YOU, your significant other, and the whole adventure that led you to your big day!
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parents' wedding photographs), how do you view them? Surely not on a website or social media platform, right?! I bet you were holding their wedding album or maybe even prints placed in an album. Digital files are very popular right now (and that's why I include them too), but what happens in 50 years? For this reason, I offer tangible products in my wedding collections. Don't let your precious memories get lost!
When you look at old wedding photographs from years ago (maybe it's your grandparents' or even your
"The best way to relive your memories is through print."
In addition to the base wedding collections, a la carte options are available so each bride and groom may get exactly what he or she wants! Need additional hours? No problem! Need an engagement session for save-the-dates?! Well, that's already included, of course! Mom wants her own USB drive? We'll get her one! Still can't decide!? Let's chat! I'm always available!
ot exactly sure where to start when hiring a wedding photographer? Are you confused about what you need in a wedding photography package? No problem! The sky is the limit with Hannah Barlow Photography! I offer THREE wedding photography collections with options and price ranges set to meet almost every couples' desires and needs (starting at $2500).
ot exactly sure where to start when hiring a wedding photographer? Are you confused about what you need in a wedding photography package? No problem! The sky is the limit with Hannah Barlow Photography! I offer THREE wedding photography collections with options and price ranges set to meet almost every couples' desires and needs (starting at $2300). In addition to the base wedding collections, a la carte options are available so each bride and groom may get exactly what he or she wants! Need additional hours? No problem! Need an engagement session for save-the-dates?! Well, that's already included, of course! Mom wants her own USB drive? We'll get her one! Still can't decide!? Let's chat! I'm always available!
When you look at old wedding photographs from years ago (maybe it's your grandparents' or even your parents' wedding photographs), how do you view them? Surely not on a website or social media platform, right?! I bet you were holding their wedding album or maybe even prints placed in an album. Digital files are very popular right now (and that's why I include them too), but what happens in 50 years? For this reason, I offer tangible products in my wedding collections. Don't let your memories get lost!
As your wedding photographer, the memories you take away after working with me are just as important as the photographs I deliver! The wedding photography experience with my company is so much more than just giving you those beautiful, wedding photos you've always desired. It's also about giving you the memories of how your wedding came to be from beginning to end. Couples hire me wanting timeless and classic photography with candid posing and an experience not offered anywhere else! They want a wedding vendor who takes the stress away from their big day while laughing through those sometimes difficult moments. If that's you, you've found the right photographer!
No. The engagement session is complementary and it cannot be credited, refunded, or transferred. This session is extremely important to us. Even in the event that you do not need engagement pictures, I usually insist we meet up anyway to get to know one another. We may as well take pictures too, right?!
Yes. As mentioned above, I offer three different wedding collection options. The base collection starts at $2,500.
My collections include 8-10 hour options depending on the collection you choose. Additional hours may be added for an additional charge (max. 12 hours).
Yes and no. I do not employ a dedicated, independent second shooter. I do, however, have amazing, dedicated assistants who volunteer their time and accompany me to all weddings and some DO second shoot when I need them! I decide on a wedding by wedding basis who is needed the most and we most definitely can discuss this in more detail! No matter what, I take 90% of the photos.
Packages include coverage for areas in the Ohio Valley including West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania (including the Pittsburgh area). Farther distances can be accommodated but may require an additional charge for travel time and lodging. There are no hidden fees and if your venue requires travel charges, you will know up front and before booking.
Yes, you will get all finished, edited jpeg images but not on a CD. CD's have gone out of style! You will receive your gallery along with a print release on a personalized, USB drive.
Yes. The print release gives you permission to print your own photos. However, I highly recommend and encourage my clients to order their images through my business as my prints and products come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. All third party printing companies differ in color, consistency, and quality. I am not responsible for images printed through any lab but my own.
Absolutely! Unlike many photographers in our area, I edit every single image myself. Each image in your gallery is processed, hand edited, and retouched for color quality and consistency. I want your images to be the best they can be so editing them myself is extremely important to me. I simply don't trust anyone else to do it!
Yes! I own cameras and lenses that allow me to shoot in low light locations.
I own some of Canon's top of the line equipment. I have camera bodies and lenses that allow me to shoot in low light. Additionally, I use five top of the line, external flashes which allow me to shoot with one flash on my camera and additional ones on light stands. That's important when I'm wanting to capture your wedding guests on the dance floor! If Uncle Joe is going to do the worm, I want to catch him doing just that!
That's NO problem! Any experienced photographer knows how to use camera flash to remove those flashing, colored lights from the subjects. It's just a matter of knowledge, experience, and technique and we have it down pat! Don't worry though...we ALWAYS preserve that beautiful uplighting on the walls to give your photos an extra "pow"!
All wedding packages include a complimentary engagement session. I find these sessions are important not only to get some amazing pictures before the big day, but also for us to get to know each other. I'm going to spend the whole wedding day with you. It's nice if we feel comfortable together and know how to work together prior to the stress of the wedding day. An engagement session gives us the opportunity to learn a lot about one another!
Fun Fact: She is a Hannah Barlow Photography bride too! We were strangers when she hired me back in 2016! Our friendship quickly blossomed and her passion for both photography and weddings caught my attention! Being a Hannah Barlow bride herself, she knows the whole experience from start to finish plus what it's like to be on both sides of my camera!
Meet Kari! She is one of the very best things that happened to Hannah Barlow Photography! She's my ideal wedding day assistant and second shooter!! Her hard work and mutual love of weddings has made my job easier and my clients' experiences better! Her attention to detail never goes unnoticed and that's why she often directs while I shoot! She's also the train carrier, veil thrower, bag toter, refreshment runner... and she's even had to dash for the forgotten wedding ring a time or two! Unlike most photographers in the area, we are a team and it does make all the difference!
I tend to hoot, holler, and squeal when I take photos. I basically cheer my couples on! I've never been able to help it! Sometimes I worry it's too much but people keep telling me the energy lessens their fears and stress. I once saw myself in a video. Initially, I was embarrassed because I was so loud and excited...but clients assure me it’s “ok” and they would rather it be that way than have no idea if they are doing a good job. Makes sense to me!
Stressed about the day's agenda?! No problem! I’m happy to take the stress off you and make it my #1 priority to get you those beautiful memories no matter what. Running behind schedule is NOT an option for me and I’m very serious about my timelines - exhibit A left. My clients laugh because I have “nervous hands” which are basically my t-rex hands when time gets tight. Weddings are unpredictable. I have you covered - promise!
I don't know why because it's never happened, but those rings stress me out. I don’t take the rings outside...never over a heating vent...nope. No way! I blog about it often and clients know this about me! I even call witnesses when I return the rings saying, “Everyone look. I’m handing the rings over. They are no longer my responsibility.” It always gets laughs...but I’m dead serious!
I “joke” with my clients (but it's really true) that I have three voices. There's my “Hannah Voice” which is my normal, loud, spunky, and energetic voice. I have my “Professional Hannah Voice” which is the same but with more stern and to-the-point intonations (I may be getting a wee bit stressed and need people to be more organized). Then, I have my “Professional Bossy Hannah Voice”. Let your imagination run wild with that one! :-) Past clients will tell ya!
My life is a giant typo...figuratively and literally. I'm always in fast forward. When I blog, I’m known for my unfortunate typos and I do TRY SO HARD. I ultimately just get too excited. It drives my mother (who is a teacher) positively insane. My husband says I write like a cavewoman and one of my best friends is my “proofreader”. Nonetheless, it’s the one thing I’m known for not doing well and people get a kick out of it. I don’t mind either because people LOVE my blogs! See for yourself!