Get To Know Me...


My name is Hannah and, although born and bred in Carlisle, I  spent ten years or so living in West Yorkshire, where I initially studied Graphic Design and purchased my first 'proper' camera while at University. After the most amazing year travelling, exploring the world, experiencing amazing and unforgettable things (and meeting my husband!) I returned to the UK and went back to University. This time, I jumped into the busy world of teaching! 


I spent seven years teaching at an amazing primary school in Leeds but made the difficult decision to relocate to Cumbria and pursue my passion for photography full time! I am primarily a newborn, baby and child portrait photographer. My years of experience in the classroom have taught me how to get the very best out of children, while making sure they have fun at the same time! So this is a belief I apply to every portrait session; ensuring it's a fantastic and memorable experience for everyone who comes along.

Before deciding to turn my passion into my profession, I completed a photography course at the Leeds College of Art and, more importantly, a specialist training course in newborn portraiture with BANPAS. It was very important for me that I had the right training and knowledge of safely handling newborns in the studio, so parents could relax and enjoy the sessions.

As well as having a little boy & a baby girl, I also have two dogs and have grown up surrounded by a wide variety of animals, so I am always open to including those furry family members into my 'family portait' sessions! 

I look forward to meeting you at Chesnut Studio soon!

Hannah x