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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

Things I’m Obsessed With: Birthday Edition

As I ride the slippery slope into middle-agedness, I marvel at the fact that my nineteen year old self thought thirty was OLD. Now I’m on the other side and rapidly descending into the MID-thirties, I think that thirty three is YOUNG…or I hope it is and I am hoping that you, my favorite blog readers will reassure me that it actually is. If it’s not, lie to me…

(My friends threw me an AWESOME surprise birthday party last week–I’m trying to get the footage to post, but I don’t have it yet, so, I’m filling in with an Obsession post–birthday style!)

Things I’m obsessed with

1. ShoeDazzle: I have big feet and so I always hated shoe shopping…then something happened about three years ago – I CAME TO MY SENSES. There was this whole new world of shopping that I had yet to appreciate and explore. What was I thinking?! I’ve since rectified that little flaw and (don’t tell my husband) totally made up for it. And then I found Shoe Dazzle. Started by Kim Kardashian, you sign up and for $39.95 a month, a group of stylists, chooses 5 pairs of shoes for you to pick from. I was a spectator for 3 months before I pulled the trigger and yesterday bought myself a pair of shoes for my birthday. The first day of each month, you get a new showroom. I swear, it’s like Christmas. I love opening my email and looking at my new selections. If you want to sign up, comment below or send me your email. I get credits for people I refer to the site and I get free shoes and you get 20% off! Here are my new shoes, called Anise:

2. The iPad: I want one. Why do I need one? Who said I needed one? I just want it. It’s cool, makes my pictures look cool and makes me look cool. If anyone wants to get me one for my birthday, I’ll be a happy girl…(ahem, mom or Tim…)

3. Juicy Couture: I love the BRAND. I don’t like everything they come out with but their branding is AWESOME. I mean, singlehandedly making sweats COOL…how can you go wrong there? If I ever had the chance to shoot an ad campaign for them, I’d D.I.E. Literally. Pink zebras, feathers, huge bows, pirate ships, tutus…ah, heaven.

4. Myxer.com: Free ringtones. Can you say high school??! Yep. Don’t judge. I have a ringtone for everyone. Husband – USC ringtone. Mom and Dad – Home by Michael Buble. Day job boss – The Office theme. Brides and wedding vendors – Going to the chapel, of course. How else can I tell if I want to pick up the phone or not? Just kidding.

5. Zumba: A few months ago, I was allergic to exercise. I used to say that I only ran when chased, but when my dog trainer told me I had to walk the dog everyday, I figured I might as well run and work on losing the “baby” weight. Then I went to Zumba with my mom. It’s  a “Latin infused workout” that is fast, fun and burns a ton of calories. I’m seriously uncoordinated–can’t move my arms and legs at the same time and I absolutely have not one shred of rhythm. I can’t even shake my hips properly –I look like I’m convulsing, but it’s fun and no one laughs at me –to my face anyway –and it makes me feel better about eating half a loaf of garlic bread in one sitting, then topping it off with a couple of scoops of Baskin Robbins’ Peanut Butter Chocolate ice cream.

zumba logo 2

Well, thanks for indulging me today. I’ll leave you a photo of my AMAZING birthday cake–made by my favorite caterer, Jay’s Catering and designed by my good friend, Mary Lallande.

Joan Long Last Name - September 7, 2010 - 4:29 pm

Happy Belated Birthday Hanssie! :) I too shamelessly love Juicy Couture. I also went to Zumba once at 24 Hour Fitness with my best friend. We got a really good ab workout from laughing at ourselves. They’re hard to keep up with!

aaron - September 7, 2010 - 3:25 pm

Nice post! I want the ipad too……..!

Matthew Saville - September 7, 2010 - 11:00 am

…My android phone lets me clip any song from my music collection into a ringtone, for free. :-P

Happy birthday!


Leslie Velazquez - September 5, 2010 - 3:32 pm

Love your post!! I’ll be 32 this coming Friday, on the 10th and I totally hear you!! I agree and I too am IN L-O-V-E with Shoedazzle!! I’ve order so many pairs of shoes (too many to count) thru them and love them all!! =) Happy Birthday to you!!! Hope you have/had a great one!!


the weddings: nellie & nick ~ sunset cliffs, san diego

It’s a classic love story. Boy meets girl. Boy asks girl out by writing in her day planner. Boy makes girl pay for dinner. Boy and girl fall in love, get their PHD’s, get married and live happily ever after…with a few details in between of course!

Down the stairs she walks, hand in hand with her mother, wearing a traditional Vietnamese wedding gown, the sunlight dancing in her hair, but it pales in comparison to the glow in her face. Waiting for her is a procession line of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, close friends, parents, and a bevy of other assorted influential people in their lives, and of course the groom, holding a cascading bouquet of white orchids. She glides past her bridesmaids and groomsmen, eyes only on the man at the end. When she reaches him, he hands her the orchids and her smile radiates and she breathes a small sigh of contentment, knowing this is exactly where she needs to be, exactly the moment they had planned for for months and months and months.

The tea ceremony was a joyful, emotion filled, experience. Advice ran as fast as the tears streaming down everyone’s cheeks. Nick’s family presents gifts to Nellie’s family and Nellie’s mother passes on her jewelry to her daughter. Family members take turns to present blessings, advice and red envelopes. Tea is poured. It is a lovely blend of two cultures coming together, next to the altar which displays photos of her ancestors. The bride and groom tearfully thank each person that had given part of their lives to make them the people they were today.

After lunch, Nellie slips into a white wedding dress for the traditional American ceremony. The rest of the day is a flurry of activity, an embodiment of two cultures coming together. A beautifully, modern take of the traditional and the non traditional, full of artistic details (from the flower in her hair to the amazing centerpieces at the reception) and full of gratitude and love.

Nellie and Nick, your day was perfect. I was honored to be a part of it. Congratulations on your new careers at Harvard and the University of Massachusetts. Now that the day is over, I hope your photos help alleviate some of the wedding day “blurriness” you wrote about on the WeddingBee.

The event was fabulously coordinated by Brenda Swann and her team at Swann Soirees.

The details:

I LOVE Nick’s look when he first sees Nellie.

A part of the tea ceremony where the bride and groom’s mothers each affix an earring into the bride’s ear.

While I was getting this shot,

Garrett, my second shooter was getting this one:

Can’t get enough of parasols…

I love this shot…it’s exactly how I look at my daddy!

The First Look

Nellie, you are GORGEOUS! Makeup was done by her incredible cousin Suzane; Hair by the always FAB, Kacee Geoffroy)

Reception Details:

The night ended with a rousing and hilarious game of Deal or No Deal, with the bride’s brother as the MC, the uncle as the banker and her father as the one with the prize money.

FAVORITE Photo of the day:

What you should do now:
1. Leave a comment below
2. Check out Nellie’s alter ego on the WeddingBee, Mrs. Hot Wings
4. Contact Me: info@hbyhanssie.com OR 951.264.1710

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Nick - September 2, 2010 - 5:48 pm

Hanssie…absolutely amazing! Everything you included is great, but I LOVE the Deal or No Deal collage. Awesome.

I really can’t wait to see the rest…thanks so much for capturing all the emotion and excitement of our day and for doing it so well.


Katie - September 2, 2010 - 4:41 pm

Hanssie – these are beyond gorgeous: I wish the photos of my wedding day were as beautiful! And, I know that Nellie put so much work and love into her planning: it shows! Everyone is just radiating love and happiness…and Nellie is so darn beautiful! :)

Ali @ His Birdie's Nest - September 2, 2010 - 12:12 pm

What a cute couple! You got some amazing shots, I am in LOVE with that first one :)

Nellie - September 2, 2010 - 10:18 am

AWWW!!! You’re amazing Hanssie. You have such an amazing eye. I adore these pictures!!! I’m excited about my wedding all over again. Thanks beautiful!

Jove Yambot - September 2, 2010 - 10:16 am

very nice Hanssie….especially love the parasol shot =D