Interview: Photographer Hana Alvarez
Creativity and gorgeous work bursting out of the seams, Hana Alvarez gave us the run down on her inspirations and personal creative processes!
How did you get into photography and what got you to stick with it?
I’ve always had interest in photography as a child, taking strange vacation and family photos, but I really got into photography after joining Instagram. I was pretty late to the Instagram game(I now have 3 accounts haha), but when I finally joined, I stared discovering all these amazing photographers like @AlexStrohl, @Samuelelkins, @Jaredchambers, and many MANY more, and wanted to capture amazing nature landscapes like theirs.
Only problem was, I live in New York City and have very little access to the wilderness, ironically. Thats when I discovered macro photography and incredible photographers like @To_hi, @snegiribird, @ranasabw, and @FlowermanDan who inspired me to create my first account dedicated to photography, @ImaginaryFields(“imaginary” because I like to imagine I’m in the wilderness haha). And then I saw these crazy cityscape photos by talented photographers like @Opoline, @Raylivez, @Kingy_Kings(when he was an urbanscape photographer, now he’s slaying the portrait game!), and @illwill173, I just had to make another account(@Hanathoughts) for my city photos. And for my 3rd and hopefully last account, one day my acting friends started asking me to take pictures for their portfolio and I discovered the portrait community with awesome photographers like @MichaelGrobin, @Kat_In_NYC, and @BrandonWoelfel, and so I opened @Hanavarez. So thank you Instagram!
Where does the feel and style of your work come from?
I think I transfer my vison/framing for macros onto my portraits so I generally like to get close up shots of people with a shallow depth of field, and bokeh, LOTS of bokeh, the more bokeh the better!
What has the biggest influence on you and your work?
Photographers on Instagram play the biggest part of influencing my photos, but also movies, lot’s of movies! Sometimes I wonder if I watch movies for the storyline or the images.
How do you jumpstart your inspiration?
I like to listen to music before shooting, and keep listening while I take macros and cityscapes, but not for portraits with models obviously, that’d be rude even for me hahaha.
What are some essential requirements for your work?
I only use 1 lens, my 50mm f/1.4, and some accessories like macro filters, ND filter, and a little kit my friends and I like to call “The Brandon Woelfel kit” it consists of a glass prism, fairy lights, bubbles, and a CD ROM. Clearly I’m obsessed with Brandon Woelfel’s photos, sorry not sorry.
What was your life like prior to photography?
I’ve always had a visual mind, and constantly found myself distracted by things I see, so I’m just happy I can actually capture them and save them now, I still get distracted though.
Any favourite or special stories or experiences being a photographer has brought you?
One of my favorite things that came from starting photography is how I got my mom interested as well. We have a hobby we both love and can share, she even started her own account @YokoDuval and @BlushingSheep(she has 2 accounts, I’m a bad influence haha). I’m also incredibly appreciative of the friends I got through joining this extraordinary community.
What is your most favourite photo of all time?
My favorite picture? Aww man, I can’t choose!!
Is there anything, anything at all that you’d like to share that we didn’t ask address?
I like to listen narrated scary stories and “creepy-pastas” on Youtube while I edit my photos. So Incase y’all didn’t already think I’m a weirdo, there ya go hahaha!!