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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

Makenzie & Dustyn ~ Headshots part 1

When I first started my photography business, I was looking for people to practice on. Fortuitously, Makenzie was looking for some headshots. One afternoon we met at a dog park and I snapped a few shots of her. I had no idea what I was doing…If you want to look back, it’s one of the first few posts on this blog. I’m not gonna make it easy for ya, you’ll have to find it yourself, hehe. They turned out okay.

A few months after that I invited Makenzie and her sister Dustyn to an impromptu gathering of photographers that ended up being the very first SoCal Photog Shootout.

Since then both girls have started building their careers in the entertainment industry and contacted me for new headshots, this being 2+ years, one better camera and one way better photographer later.

We had a very brief session in Riverside, until their car keys mysteriously disappeared and brought a stop to our adventure. We have another session planned, but for now, here are some of the very few shots I got of the two girls.

And if you happen to find a pair of keys just siting on the streets of Downtown Riverside, let me know!


s h e r r y - September 10, 2010 - 2:33 pm

:) These are gorgeous!

Teaching: Lady Gaga Style (Photog Shootout Events)

I lasted in the classroom for five years. I almost didn’t survive that last year. Just thinking about being in the classroom makes me want to pull a large bag over my head and regulate my breathing so I don’t hyperventilate.

Being a teacher did not suit me. AT. ALL. It wasn’t the students–although I’m not the greatest with children. It wasn’t that I didn’t like what I was teaching –fourth grade history is still my favorite subject. I think it was more of the fact that I felt caged. I was required to be somewhere, day in and day out with no escape for hours and hours. Four Walls. All closing in at once. Breathe. In. Out. In. Out…

Now that I am free from those claustrophobic walls, I’m okay with teaching in small doses –my peers, NOT children, LOL. For the last two Photog Shootouts (July- Los Angeles Group, August – SoCal Group), I was one of the rotation leaders and taught various groups throughout the day.

And I did it without a bag over my head.

If you want more details on what Photog Shootout is, CLICK HERE.

July LA Photog Shootout at The Ebell Club Long Beach – www.ebellclub.com

Theme: Wedding

Garrett Davis – www.garrettdavisphotography.com
Hanssie Trainor – www.hanssietrainorphotography.com

The Vendors:
Coordinator: Kim Lefabre – kim@six2sixevents.com
Florist: The Platinum Event – www.ThePlatinumEvent.com
Videographer:  Avery J Productions – www.AveryJWeddings.com
Catering: Jay’s Catering – www.jayscatering.com
Venue Concierge: Mary Lallande – www.venueconcierge.com
Cupcakes: Fancy That! by Collette – 909.524.1864
Hair/Makeup: Jessica – www.jessicahunterartistry.com
Make-up: Nicole Enjoli – http://nicolenjoliblog.com/
Hair: Ashley Gannon – Makeup.Hair.Ashley@gmail.com

The Rotation Leaders:
Gavin and Erin Wade – www.gavinwadephoto.com
Brian Khang – http://www.briankhang.com/
Hanssie Trainor – www.hanssietrainor.com
Michelle Cunningham – www.milaphotography.com
Kate Noelle – http://katenoelle.com/

The two problems with being a rotation leader is that I only get to work with one model and setting during the day and I don’t get to shoot much. Luckily, our models are amazing. My LA model, Kristin was with me in the “Details/Getting Ready” group for the wedding theme.

Jay’s Catering made this cool Styrofoam cake.

Mackenzie begs to model every shootout. Still working on that fake smile.

August SoCal Photog Shootout at Monica’s Castle in Fullerton

Theme: Lady Gaga/Desperate Housewives

Kim Lefabre – event coordinator –Six2Six Events
Lorrie Protero – Registration – www.pspphotos.net

The Leaders:
1. Matthew Saville  www.matthewsaville.com
2. Michelle Cunningham www.milaphotography.com
3. Garrett Davis  www.garrettdavisphotography.com
4. Jeff Almquist www.almquistphotography.com
5. Hanssie Trainor
6. Verone Pangilinan http://verone.zenfolio.com/

The Stylists:
Michelle Cunningham – www.milaphotography.com
Heather Skelton – www.thesoundoflace.blogspot.com

Hair and Makeup:

Tianna DeGuire – www.Tiannadeguire.com

Kylee Heath – www.kyleeheath.com
Diego Ortega – www.DiegoOrtega.net

My awesome model, Kaylie

Favorite Shot of the day:

You should see the other rotations for this shoot. AMAZING hair/makeup/costumes. Click HERE to see images from some of the attendees!

What Should You Do Now?
1. Leave a comment below.
2. Contact Me (E-mail OR call 951.264.1710
3. Look for Photog Shootout Group Nationwide by clicking HERE.
4. Join the SoCal Photog Shootout Facebook page for details for our next event!

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aaron - September 9, 2010 - 8:12 pm

Wow beautiful model and nice shots!! Good job!

Ian Andrew - September 8, 2010 - 8:59 am

These are great shots. Kaylie always does such an awesome job too.
This looked it was a fun shoot.