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Feature Friday | Lauren Hanson

F E A T U R E   F R I D A Y

This week we wanted to introduce you to Lauren Hanson. She is one amazing woman and we are so honored to have her a part of the Imani Collective community!

Lauren resides in Philadelphia, PA and is a Photographer and Owner of Citizens Photography!

If you are in the area and need someone to freeze frame time for you, this is your girl! Go check out her instagram, facebook or website

Tell us more about what you do and how you empower the community of women around you! 
I own and operates a give-back wedding and family photography business called Citizen Photography based in Philadelphia. With every booking, I am able to give 20% to nonprofits and other organizations instrumental in the betterment and empowerment of women and girls around the globe (Imani Collective being one of them). I also work to inspire couples to choose products and vendors for their wedding day that have a greater stake in making the world a better, brighter place. Whether it is ethical, eco-friendly, sustainable, fair trade, socially conscious; Lauren believes with a little creativity and a lot of heart your wedding day can truly change the world. 

Who inspires you and why? 
I'm honestly most inspired by the kindness I see in strangers all around me. The ones that help someone struggling to get out the door, the ones giving to those that call the concrete their bed, the parents out there I overhear teaching kindness and empathy to their children. For me it has always been about doing your little bit where you are. Sometimes its not the grandest gestures that make an impact but the quiet help you maybe didn't need but you were so thankful to receive. It's these acts that I see and I try to pay forward. When someone is kind to me, I feel compelled to be even more kind that day and so there are little sparks of kind gestures bursting from just one simple act. Pretty powerful when you start to visualize this, I'd say.

What are you most proud of in the work you do? 
I'm continually working and proud of my efforts (because it is hard y'all!) to try and break out of the habits of producing for production's sake, working just to make money, and oversharing. I put a lot of thought and work into what I'm contributing to my communities both physically and online so that I'm not just creating more noise. I'm deliberate in making sure I have the right intention behind every business move, post I write, and connection I make. And now I'm finding it a lot easier to fall asleep with a quiet and content mind, which I think means I'm on to something! 

One last thing to live by,

 “Last year when I was in a particularly challenging season I spent time with myself to come up with the words that would embody for me a life well lived. Those words were Joy, Balance and Meaning. Every time I'm faced with a decision now I ask myself if it is serving one of these areas of my life and I let that guide my choices."

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