Each of us needs to be witnessed. To be acknowledged in our entirety. To be recognized for the spark of divinity that we are. It’s human to want that kind of recognition. Acknowledgement. It’s our job to make sure that we find our own way to shine. To illuminate what is most meaningful to us. We are all made of stars.
— Chani Nicholas
 
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I love making portraits.

After working as a photographer for more than ten years - and taking pictures in a lot of different ways and styles - I have come to realize that photographing people is what really makes my heart sing. There is something deeply meaningful and touching in being allowed to witness another human being. And over and over again I am moved and amazed by the beauty that shines through, as people let go of their armour and allow themselves to be seen. 

I take natural portraits of natural people. No stylist. No huge lamps with artificial light. Just you and me. And nature. And the images that emerge when we dive into the present moment together and let it unfold. My goal is not to capture the perfect you, but the real you. To create a space where you can feel free to be yourself and express yourself in a natural way. 

I have come to describe these photo sessions as Portrait Ceremonies. Because that's what this work is to me. A sacred ritual - a celebration of who you are and what you have become. I do not only bring my camera when I come to take your portrait, I also bring a selection of my ceremonial tools (bells, music, tarot cards etc.). And I often weave in some meditation and movement as well - to help us both ground and relax and have fun.

For some people a Portrait Ceremony is pure joy. For others it can trigger old feelings of insecurity and a fear of being seen - and come with a bit of resistance. My goal is to create a safe space where anything that needs to arise can arise, and both tears and laughter are welcome.  I know from experience that this work can bring healing on many levels - both to the one in front of the camera and to the one behind the lense.  


The price of a Portrait Ceremony is 

4000 DKK + VAT

This price includes

A small opening ceremony where we tune into each other + the energy of the day + the underlying theme of the portrait session.

1 1/2 hour of photography - in a calm, safe and playful atmosphere.

Online gallery with photos, so you can choose your own favorites.

10 edited portraits - in both color and black&white - sent directly to your e-mail.

(If you want to buy additional photos, the price is 250 DKK per photo. Additional photos can be bought up to a year after the photo ceremony)


Being allowed to see someone through my camera is always an honor - and something I deeply cherish. And I always return from this work feeling truly inspired, uplifted and grateful. 

Write me an email at mail@hannehvattum.com if you want to make a booking - or if you have any questions. You are also welcome to give me a call if you want to have a noncommittal talk to see if it feels right for us to work together.

xxx

hanne

(PS: you can go HERE to see my portrait gallery, and HERE to read what other people have to say about my work)