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    I want to impact people. I want to bring happiness around me. I want it to matter. Whether it’s a wedding, family or little kiddos I’m shooting my goal is to not only leave you with a set of beautiful images but a memory of an enjoyable experience.

    My style as a photographer is a hybrid between photo-journalism, art photography and portrait photography. I got my BFA in fine art photography and I aim to be timeless and one-of-a-kind with my work. I want each image to be unique to it’s owner! I love colour and fun in photography (and let’s face it; in life general). Having your picture taken shouldn’t be a dull experience. I adapt my approach with every client because every client is unique and different AND AWESOME. Some clients flourish if you give them more space and you’re a fly on the wall. Others like more feedback and commentary while the shooting is happening. I feel like a photographer should do their best to make you feel comfortable (because most people already are aware there’s a camera in the room). I chat as much or as little to make you comfortable and sometimes even snap when you least expect it to get the candid moments.

    My heart beats for my family. My daughter, Eila is my reason to be better, try harder and love stronger. My husband is my BFF and he’s quite adorable as well.

    I also love cookies, cupcakes, thrifting (people always say I find the best stuff!) and Netflix. I also love fresh cut grass (the smell is the best ever), polka-dots and stripes and interior design. Oh yeah and of course I love my home-Finland and singing to Taylor Swift loudly in my car. And yep, I love The Bachelor and all the Real Housewives! And Jesus is pretty cool too.


You guys. Yesterday was perfection. Luke and Emily are for sure the sweetest and it’s so darn adorable how they look at each other. Can’t wait to share the full wedding later on!

Congrats you guys!!

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I always tell myself ‘this year, Hanna, you’ll be on top of it’ when it comes to blogging. And then you know, I’m just not. I have like SO much fun work to share with you guys but you know when you’re busy blogging is just one of those easy things that don’t take priority.

But you know. I’m gonna try to make an effort to show you more work, more often!

Like the Kulsveen family! This family was just so easy going, fun and relaxed! Even when bed time was looming and I think dinner might have been skipped since I was all like ‘an hour before sunset is the best you guys’.

You guys are the most cutest!!!


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HPCYou guys! In my social media I have said again and again I have something exciting to announce and annoyingly so just haven’t announce it. You know that type of announcements. #annoying

I think a lot of people thought we might be moving or have a baby. You know, that’s kinda what people do when you’re like 33. But no.

How about a new business name? Yep. That would be more like it!

For over 8 good years ‘Hanna Salonen Photography’ has served me well (that’s another post right there). But it’s time for changes, changing things up, taking risks and leaps for my business and there you go, a new business name!

You can find this blog at www.happyphotoblog.com and the main site at www.happyphotocompany.com 



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I probably know this as well as anyone who doesn’t have family very close that when you’re together it’s a big deal. Especially when it means your kids are together! Even better if there’s someone (me!) shooting it since these kinda things don’t happen too often! It’s just super special!

I just absolutely loved these siblings organizing time to capture their families while they were all in the same city at the same time for a wedding! Ashley said last time they did this it was 10 years ago and it was mostly before kiddos and wives and husbands!

Guys. If there’s something you can take from this it’s this:

1)family is super important and investing time in them is just like putting money in the bank.

2)capturing these times together is super important too because time flies, kiddos grow and can’t get any of these moments back. So yeah: next Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Fall break…think of hiring a photographer to capture your family if you’re all in one place at the same time! You won’t regret it

(shameless plug over).



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Sweet Henry! From Hillary’s maternity pictures to newborn pictures to now being able to shoot him every year and see how much he has grown and evolved..what a blessing it has been! Henry is truly one of my favorites!

This last time we shot his 5-year portraits he was so fun and even burst out into a dance routine as I was singing to (maybe Moana?)! It was the cutest and he has the best moves!!

You’re gonna do so well in in Kindergarten, Henry!!!

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