How has motherhood changed you as a woman? Being a mom has given me a greater purpose in life. I strive to set the best example for my son and be a better person every single day. I have strength I never knew I had and feel a love that I never knew existed until I saw my son. The mother I thought I’d be before I had my son is not the mother I have become. I have become the mother my son has made me be. Being a mom is the best me.
Tell us a little about your family? I have been married to my husband Ryan for 6 and a half years. We have a 19 month old son named Grayson who we call, Gray. We are also expecting a little girl on November 2nd!
What is one family tradition you have raised your children with? Growing up, my fondest memories of family traditions were always around the holidays. I plan to continue my family’s holiday traditions and I also hope to create new traditions as well. Decorating, baking, movies, and lots of family time are some of the small traditions that I plan to continue with my kids.
Favorite family vacation? With Gray only being 19 months, we’ve only taken a couple of family vacations. However, we really enjoyed our trip to San Diego. Gray loved visiting the zoo and Disneyland; I am sure we will return again soon!
What advice would you give new mothers about raising children? I have always had a Type A personality and I’ve never been a patient person. I’ve rarely been late for anything and I used to plan every aspect of my life. Becoming a mother has made me slow down quite a bit. I’ve realized that I can’t schedule and plan my life. I think my best advice to moms would be to slow down and try to enjoy every moment you can with your children. Don’t focus on being super mom!
What are your beauty must haves as a mom? Foundation, mascara, and lip gloss are my mommy must haves!
Words about your photographer?
It was such a pleasure working with Hannah. We live in Oklahoma but wanted our family photos taken while visiting San Diego. I was nervous choosing a photographer I’d never met. However, Hannah put my worries to ease! She answered every question I had and her customer service skills were top notch. She was so kind and very patient with my son. She took her time and we never felt rushed during our session. We absolutely loved every photo she took of our family. Hannah is truly a talented photographer. I cannot wait to return to San Diego for another session with Hannah!
I am Hannah Mann, a San Diego, CA based digital + film photographer. I am married to my best friend, my homebrewer, surfer, Greek scholar, second shooter, and biggest support system. I am mama to my two babies – the best, most exhausting, most rewarding job in the world. I am incredibly thankful for the community I have in this great city, and for a home that is not just a location I love but a whole lot of people who I love.I love photographing people. Families, weddings, babies, kids (even the uncooperative ones), couples in love. Everyone. I love capturing the connection between people and preserving it in a beautiful way. I love making people feel comfortable in front of the camera and giving them images that show the beauty of who they are, as they are. Not ten pounds trimmer or a little better dressed or with a cleaner house. Just people, as they are. You, as you are. Fancy or not so fancy. Any occasion. I want to take your picture.