We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah McCrary and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, why did you pursue a creative career?
Since I can remember, I have always been a creative. From Mud Pies to what I do now, photography. If I couldn’t create I don’t what I would do. When I had my children it became clear to me that being a creative gave me the ability to evolve and adapt to any environment and using what was at my fingertips to create. I pursued this career because I wanted my children to know you don’t have alter who you are to be successful. You can be real, genuine, free and unapologetically who you were meant to be without an ounce of regret. I teach them that being a creative means “creating” spaces where you want to be. If you don’t fit into someone else’s you possess the ability to create space and that is a beautiful ability to possess.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I got where I am today because I decided I wanted to learn the art of photography so bad I was willing to stay up late, work extra hard, and apply discipline and consistency to get to where I want to be. I have learned that not everyone will agree with your approach, method or reason but you have to believe so deeply in yourself that not even the doubters can stop you. I want the world to know that no matter how saturated a market is, it doesn’t have a you and that’s where your drive kicks in.
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?
This one is tough between being a Mom, a homebody and a business owner I don’t get out as much as I would like but from what I do know Food will play a major part. Monday we would start breakfast at home. I make a mean Skillet Potates with Bacon and Andouille Sausage. Lunch would be would be lite, because dinner would be Poor Calvin’s. Next Day we eat at Atlanta Breakfast Club of course do some site seeing and shopping in between and then Cafe Bourbon St. for lunch and dinner. The rest of the week would have be something spontaneous and unexpected.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
GOD!! Is the driving force in my life! None of what i do would even be possible without him. My kids! They are worth every drop of sweat it takes to build a brand and a business. My parents and the prayers they pray over me. If it were not for my parents there would be no me. Every sacrifice they made for me and my siblings. To my siblings for keeping me on my toes. I am so very grateful for every person I have met on this journey. My mentor Juliette Johnson, a real jewel and amazing photographer. She nurtured and helped me and still does and I am so grateful.
Credit: Hannah McCrary Photography