Trendsetter to Know: Hannah Allen

Name: Hannah Allen

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Age: 26

Title: Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer

Married/Single: Married

Kids: Not yet!

City you live in: Avondale, Arizona

A typical day in my life includes…

well, I work a full-time job at the moment so getting up at 6am to drive to Phoenix for my full-time job.  Then coming home and eating dinner with my handsome husband and catching up on all our favorite shows/movies. We recently watched “Get Out” and oh my….it was scary but so good!

I was born…

in Frederick, Maryland. My dad works for the government and he is based out of D.C. so at the time we were living in Maryland. To be honest, I don’t really remember much of it.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

that it is very diverse. You can be boiling hot and then in two hours you can drive to the mountains and be freezing cold. I love that. I love nature and feeling the weather change!

I’m listening to…

the “COLD” podcast! I’m super into true crime podcasts and “COLD” is about a woman named Susan Powell who went missing in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2009. I also listen to “Crime Junkies” every Monday (they come out with a new episode every Monday). They are also a true-crime podcast and I am always so intrigued by the stories they cover.

My family…

is everything to me! I love them so much. But they are very far away. My parents live in South Korea now, both of my brothers live in Idaho and my sister lives in Colorado. We are all sort of spread out which is so hard! But I Facetime my sister every day (she’s my best friend) so it isn’t so bad. 

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

oh that is such a difficult question to answer…probably my past self. Is that weird? Haha! I would want to tell her that everything will work out and to not take life so seriously. When I was younger I would worry SO much about my future and now that I’m in my future, I see that I had nothing to worry about!  Life is just too short to worry away—just live it and love it.

One thing I cannot live without…

definitely carbs. If I were gluten-intolerant I would be a very mean person. I’m half Italian so carbs are VERY important to me.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

an Illustrator! I have always loved to draw and would sketch and draw ALL the time in church and in my classes. My sister wanted to be an author so we always wanted to create a book together; she would write the book and I would illustrate it! Who knows…maybe we have something in the works right now. 😉

I’m inspired by…

people. People are sooooo complex. I am so intrigued by people and their feelings and their actions. I think that if we could see every angle and every part of people’s lives and thoughts that our minds would be filled with knowledge and we would figure so many things out.

The one person who motivates me is…

my husband. He has always been my biggest support. When I tell him I’m giving up, he tells me to get back up and go harder. He himself has overcome so many challenges and he inspires me to overcome mine.

The perfect day would be…

to wake up in Paris. I lived in Paris and everything about it is so magical. I need to go back with my husband so he can see how amazing it is!

My first job was…

when I was in high school I worked at Hobby Lobby. It was actually really fun. Whenever I go into a Hobby Lobby now, the smells always remind me of my first job and I get so nostalgic!

My favorite escape…

is watching my girly shows. I love watching shows and kind of forgetting about the stresses in my life and focusing on someone else’s life. I love dramas, thrillers, romance, anything that lets my mind go to a different place and forget my worries!

My life…

is amazing, scary, comical, dramatic, crazy, complex and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I’m currently working on…

myself. I have had a very rough road to self-love and I am still trying to get to where I want to be. It is daily work and sometimes it is REALLY hard, especially because I suffer from anxiety and depression.  BUT, I am working on it and I can already see so many improvements. 

Always…

love fiercely. I’ve never been the type to shy away from sharing my feelings. Tell people you love them.  Show them you love them. And if they break your heart, well hey, at least you have the memories and you don’t regret NOT telling/showing them how you feel. Love is amazing!

Never…

let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. This is something I always tell MYSELF. It is inevitable that there are going to be people who come into your life and tell you that you aren’t cut-out to do things—but screw them! They don’t know your potential and they can’t tell the future. You are strong and you can do anything you set your mind to. 

Favorite Quote…

“You is smart, you is kind, you is important.”

Biggest Dream…

would be to own my own studio and have a thriving photography company. Oh, and also to live in the countryside of England with my little cottage house, adorable dog and amazing husband. 

My Pet Peeve(s)…

when people think they are better than other people. I can’t stand it! You poop too, alright!? Okay, I can’t have the last sentence in this interview have the word “poop” in it.  Being humble is one of the most beautiful traits to have and I think we should all strive to master it.



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