Hello, hello!! Hannah Key here, the photographer behind The Freckled Key Photography! The absolute FIRST thing you need to know about me is that I’m a wife to my high school sweetheart (together since 2002), and second that I am a girl mom to our spunky toddler, Maxine, and her lovely little newborn side-kick, Dorothy. Skinny jeans and a cotton top are my uniform and my messy mop is in a topknot 6 days out of 7.
If you’re still reading, you also need to know that I LOVE sugar. The only reason I eat greens is so that I can eat sugar. I eat dinner SO THAT I can eat dessert. You get me? My favorite forms of sugar, in this order, are 1) frosting, 2) cake with frosting, and 3) donuts with frosting. So you can probably gather that I enjoy baking. That and anything to do with ink and paper. If I’m not behind a camera or cleaning up after my girls, you will either find me baking a cake for a friend or doodling on my newest sketch pad.
I am a wife, a girl momma, and a documentary newborn and family photographer daily attempting to find beauty and joy amidst the chaos and the mundane, celebrating the beautiful everyday. I can’t wait to meet you!
Since the birth of my first daughter in 2015 I found that the seemingly perfect images I was seeing on social media were just not what my life was looking like – and I felt lonely in that. Where were the other screaming babies? Dirty dishes? Couch cuddles with no makeup? Not-so-quiet mornings at home? I wanted to believe that surely I wasn’t the only momma whose life was not curated, clean, and perfect! Determined to find contentment in the chaos of my everyday, I became intentional about photographing our normal life: the no-makeup, dirty-hair, nothing-but-a-diaper-wearing toddler life. And you know what? I found freedom in taking and posting these images.
It didn’t take long before I began approaching my family sessions in the same way: searching for and documenting the beauty amidst the chaos, the snuggles and the sword fights, the quiet enjoyment of a cup of coffee and juggling a newborn with a toddler at your ankles. These are the moments that make up our incredible existence, the little things that when we are 50, 60, 70 years old we will look back on and remember with absolute fondness.
Celebrating chaos, embracing snuggles, and preserving the little things