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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

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.

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.

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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!!