Today we’d like to introduce you to Margarett Hansen.
Hi Margarett, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I began my photography business in 2017. My husband was in the Marine Corps at the time, and we had just moved from Japan back to America. Faced with starting over again, I was contemplating going back into management. My husband looked at me one day and said, “If you could do anything, what would it be?” Without hesitation, I said photography. That year, I got my camera, and my first two lenses, and began shooting real estate and families.
When my husband got out of the Marine Corps at the end of 2019, we moved to Colorado Springs. We unpacked the boxes and settled into our new home. I was excited to begin working again. I was ready to start networking, scouting the best locations along the front range, and capturing families in Colorado Springs. Then covid hit! Covid, an unexpected pregnancy followed by a breast cancer diagnosis in the summer of 2020 changed the trajectory of my life.
My photography plans were immediately put on hold to fight cancer while pregnant. I honestly didn’t think I would ever pick up my camera again. I entered remission in the summer of 2021. With active treatment behind me, I began to dream about the future. I registered for a three-day photography workshop in Salt Lake City in September of 2021, just a week before my final surgery.
I wanted to see if photography still sparked joy in my life. I got all of the answers I was looking for at Tracy Layne’s Light and Life workshop. I fell back in love with photography, and knew I would resume my business in Colorado Springs! I officially re-launched my business in 2022! I have connected with amazing local photographers and had my best year in business!
I learned firsthand that life can change in a moment. My cancer journey has made photography even more important to me. I love photographing families and freezing those moments in time forever. I desire that the photographs I deliver to my clients are cherished and passed down for generations to come!
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Not at all! I originally started in real estate photography. I fell into it. My realtor friend needed a photographer and I offered to help her. Although I never intended to photograph houses, I was thrilled to support realtors, learn my camera, and edit. I eventually began photographing families. The biggest struggle I faced was moving from North Carolina to Colorado and having to completely start over. My portfolio was filled with coastal images and now I lived by the mountains. Starting over is daunting.
When I started my photography business again, initially I didn’t want people to know about my cancer diagnosis. I was afraid my clients would see me as sick, mentally compromised from chemo, or unable to show up for them because of my medical history. I have overcome my excuses, and instead, allow what I’ve been through to serve my clients more intentionally.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in photographing families and brands. I am most proud of delivering images where my clients feel beautiful, empowered, and unique. I love capturing genuine connections between family members and telling my clients stories through my camera lens. Every family, every individual, and every brand has a story to tell. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a gallery of images is like a book!
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
I believe the best support you can give an entrepreneur is a google review and word-of-mouth referrals.
- Website: www.margaretthansenphotography.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/margaretthansenphotography/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MargarettHansenPhotography