My name is Hannah Federle and I started taking photographs at age 15. I picked up my step-father's Nikon D40 and went for a walk in my backyard and grandfather's fields. The majority of my work was of nature and macro-photography using natural light. I loved capturing the often overlooked beauty and colors in nature. At 16, I had my first solo photography show at the Warsaw Project Gallery in Cincinnati, OH followed by a second solo show later that year. By my senior year, I started taking senior and family photographs. I have been awarded the Rural Alliance for the Arts's Young Artist Showcase trophy and have donated many of my pieces to the RAA. My work is on permanent display at Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville, IN and in numerous private collections. I am especially grateful for guidance from Amy McCabe my high school art teacher, Cindy Wagner my professional photographer mentor, and Lish Emley my mentor for my artist solo shows.
After high school, I studied at Indiana University's Herron School of Art and Design majoring in Photography. My foundation classes included Drawing, Color Concepts, 2D and 3D Design, and Creative Process. I worked extensively in both color and black & white using a manual focus and exposure camera developing my own negatives and photographs using traditional methods.
Photography is my passion and I wanted to start following my dreams. The name Raes of Life has numerous meanings - Rae is my middle name, Ray is my grandfather and great-grandfather's names and on whose land I took my first photographs, and my best friend Stephanie's favorite photograph is my cover photo of "rays" of sunshine shining down from above. Tragically, I lost Stephanie in a car accident just a few months after my first solo show and dedicate much of my work to her memory.
I also own Love Story Photography and am a member of Professional Photographers of America & Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep organizations.
I hope you enjoy my work.