We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Lozano Agnone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I first started my business in 2015, I was working full time and my business was a side hustle. I literally was working nonstop, and this continued for several years. Over time, I realized how important it is for my overall health and wellness to take time off and relax. This was super hard when I was balancing two jobs, but taking my business full time and quitting my job helped with that a lot. Now, I’ve been able to get to a point where I can outsource a lot of the things that kept me working late every night, so I have time to do things like cook dinner and read and other things I felt like I didn’t have time for before.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Photography always felt natural to me, even when I was first learning. When I first started taking pictures, I was in 8th grade and truly had no idea what I was doing. It was fun because there was no pressure, there weren’t clients, I was just taking pictures of things that looked nice to me. I think the real struggle started when I began to consider photography as a profession (a year or so after graduating from college) and I was exposed to lots of other extremely talented photographers. I didn’t go to art school and was fully self-taught, so I felt like I was behind and spent a lot of time and money trying to learn the ropes. I’ve learned that imposter syndrome is almost inevitable, that if you’re passionate about something, you’re going to doubt yourself at some point along the way. It’s so important to not let this get in your way, especially at the beginning. If you love something, invest in yourself and learn all that you can and then go do it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I will admit that I am a bit of a homebody, but there are so many fun things to do in Atlanta! I would start a weekend off with coffee or brunch near the Beltline. Little Tart at Krog Street Market is a favorite of mine, so we could grab coffee and pastries and then take a walk on the Beltline, or even bike it to Ponce City Market for a little shopping. The rooftop at PCM is another favorite spot for drinks, games, and just nice weather hangouts! You could make an entire day of these activities alone. One day would for sure be a museum day as well. You can spend an hour or so at the High Museum first. If you head downtown, you can do the Aquarium and the World of Coke as well, and if you’re a sports fan, the college football hall of fame is right across the street. Definitely take a ride on the Skyview Ferris Wheel too. If you’re lucky, you could catch a show at the Tabernacle right next door to finish off the night. I grew up going to the Tabernacle and The Masquerade (RIP to the North Ave location), so going here is always a treat! One year for my birthday we got milkshakes at The Yard downtown and they are a next level dessert option!
For a more relaxed day, I love taking my dog on a walk around Piedmont Park (and to the dog park there). I like to go in the morning and grab a smoothie at Sean’s Heart of the Park before going to the dog park. I also HIGHLY recommend lunch or dinner at Cava (multiple locations). Nothing fancy, but the best fast causal mediterranean food in the city.
There are a million options for dinner and to be honest, I haven’t tried 90% of them. Westside Provisions is one place I can vouch for – Taqueria Del Sol always has a line of people waiting and JCT Kitchen is to die for. The sides are so good that you almost don’t even need a main course (but people LOVE the fried chicken).
Another few favorite spots to hit:
-Puttshack for indoor mini golf
-Topgolf for outdoor driving range games
-Grana for delicious Italian food
-The Works at Chattahoochee for food, shopping, brewery-style hangouts
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family (parents, sister, and husband) have been critical in my success. They’ve been there supporting me every step of the way, from the day I first picked up a camera, to the day I quit my full time job to pursue photography full time, and every day since.