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  • Hanssie: Photographer, Mama, Diva, Single Gal, Shopaholic, Control Freak, Gym Rat, Cynic, Socialite, Daughter, Friend, Marketer, Asian, Consultant, Party Animal, Pescatarian, Grammar Fiend, The Queen of Everything.

    Labels. No matter how much we want to shy away from them, it’s a way of life. Collectively, they help us define who we are and separately, they each contain a snippet of a facet of our lives and personalities.

    When I first started my photography business, my logo was hanssie trainor: photography. Even back then I knew I could not be contained under one label, hence the colon. (The colon is used before a list or an explanation that is preceded by a clause that can stand by itself) and I knew that photography was just one thing that defined who I was. And now after 3+ years in the business, I’ve evolved and come full circle, back to using the colon to help define who I am – a multi faceted, ever changing person, that wears many hats and has many life experiences.

    This blog has always been about my life but with a focus on my photography, but now, there will be a shift to focus more on my journey in the "IN BETWEEN" from my former life as a wife and mother to life as a single gal and single mom living life passionately under my own terms with photography thrown in as well. I'm just a girl trying to figure things out and deal with baggage and confusion in the dating world. I'm putting it all out there --the good, the bad and the ugly. I hope you’ll join me for the ride.

    I'm kissing a lot of frogs..and blogging about it.

    (P.S. Yes, I am still commissioning for fashion/editorial work and for weddings/ portraits)


    "A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." Coco Chanel

Life’s Little Reminders

I got a call today that one of my little first graders lost her dad earlier this week. He was in a serious accident a few weekends ago and was in ICU. He was in his late 20′s.

Times like this is when we are reminded how fleeting life is. It’s almost a cliche now – when the unexpected death of someone jars us into remembering that there are no guarantees. Unless it directly affects us, do we even bat an eyelash? We shake our heads at the tragedies and move on, thankful that it didn’t happen to us and keep doing what we’ve always done.

We wake up, go to work at a job we hate, complain about the weather, complain about the bills, the kids, the spouse…and yes, I am guilty of all of this.

Last week, thousands…THOUSANDS, lost their lives to a typhoon in another country. And the article that we wrote up at SLR lounge got a few clicks. Then I post a commercial from Volvo that has tens of thousands of clicks and shares. Since when did people dying and/or needing help, become barely a dent in our radar, whereas entertaining the masses has become king? When did people stop CARING? When did we as a society become so jaded?

Thankful, a little of my faith in humanity was restored with BatKid on Friday. (If you haven’t heard about BatKid, you’ve been hiding under a rock. You should click HERE and catch up!)

I didn’t intend to get up on my soapbox tonight and I certainly can’t make people start caring. I can only encourage you to teach your kids some compassion, because I don’t want to have the Kidlet live in a world where people just don’t care about other people anymore.

Tonight, a little 6 year old girl had to say goodbye to her Daddy, and that is just a small reminder that this life could end for any of us tomorrow. If that is the case for me, my hope is that I left my little part of the world better than I found it.

For Philippines With Love

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