I'm Hana El Zohiry - a Toronto-based photographer who hates writing, especially about herself. But, in all seriousness, I love photography, and thank goodness for that!
I graduated from the University of Guelph-Humber in 2018 earning a Bachelor's Degree in Media Studies with a specialization in Photography. It was four years of my life that consisted of laughter, great friends and learning new photography techniques.
I am a natural light photographer who specializes in love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming love. The real stuff.
Photography is my first love when it comes to creative expressions, and it absolutely helps me feel at ease; it helps my anxiousness. I am always grateful to work alongside clients who believe that capturing authentic emotion matters more than getting a perfectly posed portrait.
HOW DID I GET INTO THE ART?
When I was in grade nine, my visual arts teacher was also the high school's photography teacher, and so she implemented a unit focused on photography. The second I held the camera in my hand, my life changed.
I immediately knew that it was something I wanted to pursue. Something about freezing a moment in time won me over.
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?
In grade 12, I had two options: study Early Childhood Education or Photography. I chose the latter. In 2014, I went to the University of Guelph-Humber to study Photography and Media Studies.
I learned not just the hands-on concepts of photography, but theory behind the art and how to create a story using photos.
AND WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW?
Now, I have a business that I'm trying to grow. I work full-time as a graphic designer for the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, and there I get to use my photography to share global stories.
On the weekends, you can find me behind the camera at a session, at a concert, or in COVID times, on the couch reading a spicy book!
SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT ME!
→ I'm an enneagram 7.
→ My personality type is ENFJ-A
→ I love iced coffee. Like LOVE iced coffee.
→ I also really love dogs.
→ I love to travel, whether it's by plane, boat or road.
→ I love to read - mostly books that make me cry! My goal is to read 50 books in 2022.
SOME OTHER THINGS I LOVE
I absolutely love music - I'm the kind of person to burst out into song mid conversation, and TikTok isn't helping that habit!
Some people I listen to:
- Niall Horan
- Luke Combs
- Harry Styles
- Taylor Swift
- Olivia Rodrigo
- Clinton Kane
Do you know how some people start talking in a baby voice? Well I do that, but with dogs. I absolutely love the fur babies.
I have beautiful German Shepherd who's like my best friend. Even though she doesn't like cuddling, she does enjoy going on location scouts and walks with me!
P.S. No matter the age, I will call your dog a puppy!
I say this all the time, but I honestly don't believe I'd be where I am without all that God has done in my life.
The story of how I got into university amazes me, and I'm always thankful that He has provided me with amazing blessings throughout my life.
A go to verse of mine is 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
I love love. It's cliche, but I love the fact that I get to photograph love in its purest form.
From couples, weddings, families and pregnancies, I love getting the opportunity to be part of something special that comes out of love.
I often end a session, get in my car and say "wow, I am so lucky to be able to do what I do."
Branding photos by: Lesia Kalyna Photography and jordan raquel photography
Lesia Kostiw – second & associate photographer
Lauren Fong – lead videographer
Hello! I'm Lesia - someone who loves capturing moment in the most creative ways. I love cats, reading, and travelling and I can't wait to get to know you and make more memories with you!
Hello there, wonderful people! I’m Lauren - an experienced photographer, videographer, and lover of all things creative. I love to take the ordinary to create something intensely beautiful. My interests include health & fitness, music and faith. Helping others is a strong passion of mine. I look forward to meeting you. Check out some of my work here!