Redbubble Discount Code

Hi everyone! Some of you may not know that along with running a blog, I have a side business on Redbubble selling stickers that I design. Today only, you can get 20% off with the code HAPPY20 at checkout (and if you order six or more stickers, you can get free shipping as well)!

I just added several new stickers to my college section that are definitely worth checking out. Here are some of my top sellers!



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I used to have sorority stickers, but they all got removed for copyright. Now I just have the Greek letters in the same script font as the college ones so you can make your own pairings.

Let me know if you order any, I’d love to see my stickers on your stuff!

xo, Hannah

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Parabo Press is a Photographer’s Dream

I’ve been a photographer since I was about seven. Back then, my camera was a disposable Kodak and CVS was my printer of choice. I have scrapbooks filled with pictures from summer camp, holidays, etc.

I’ve always been the kind of person that likes to print my photos. Now that we live in a digital age, I realize the importance of printing photos and not just keeping them on my phone or my computer!

Parabo Press is my favorite printer I’ve found so far for high-quality prints. They were generous enough to let me test out some of their products. If you read to the bottom, you can find a coupon code for free prints!

Even though these came all the way from Mumbai, the shipping wasn’t expensive and they were packaged really well so that nothing was bent. Plus, the boxes are super cute!

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I got the classic square prints, their most popular product. I upgraded to the 5.5″ size and absolutely love them–the color definitely matches what’s on my screen and the matte finish is gorgeous. The paper is thick too, so it doesn’t bend or tear easily.


I used the Pon Pins to secure these to my closet door in my room. These pins are genius- they don’t poke a hole through your photos; instead, they have a round circle clip you just slide the photos into.


I also got their magnetic photo rope (another genius idea)! This comes with super-strong magnets and a rope to stick your photos to without ruining the photograph itself. It’s really long (58″) and I have it displayed by my bed for now, but I’m trying to figure out how to hang it on my wall.



You’ve probably noticed a theme of my dogs here…which is why I couldn’t resist trying out a more unique item, their Risograph prints. These are 11″ x 16″ and come in neon pink, blue, teal, or neon orange.


These prints are such a fun way to show off your photos. Hint: make sure your photo has higher contrast than normal when you print them. It makes a huge difference!


I absolutely love Parabo Press and all their printing options! They gave me a coupon code for my readers: HANSQ. If you’re a first-time customer, this gives you a free set of 25 Square Prints (the first ones pictured) and all you have to do is pay shipping. You can do it online or through the app they have!

Let me know if you try them out-I’d love to see what you print!

xo, Hannah

Thank you to Parabo Press for sponsoring this post.
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Dear September 2016

Hi everyone! Just like I did in July, I made a video for September and a bit of August as well. I love making these little clips and editing them together, so let me know if you’re interested in more video content!

xo, Hannah

p.s… if you’re interested in the alternate song, watch this one instead…I couldn’t resist.


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Brand Feature: Laurel Denise

Hi everyone! I’ve been slacking on the blog lately and I really don’t have any excuses, just trying to keeping up with homework and my new major! I plan on doing a Thursday update soon, but you can watch my sorority’s official bid day video to hold you over until then. (Catch me on the left at 1:19.) It was really cool being on the other side of things for recruitment and being able to welcome the new members to our house.

Today I’m featuring a brand I’ve been loving lately. When I went to Waco, TX, in May, I obviously had to visit the Fixer Upper/Magnolia Silos with my family. My parents watch the show more than I do, so there was no convincing needed! The Magnolia shop has a ton of very cute things, and if I had an apartment and way more money than I do right now, it would be my go-to place for decorating. However, I wanted a little souvenir from the silos and found this bracelet.

Laurel Denise makes these gorgeous leather patina bracelets and other jewelry as well. The one I have right now says ‘grateful,’ but I would love to get the one that says ‘choose joy’ as well! Along with selling her beautiful jewelry online, she is also selling these three exclusive bracelets on Magnolia’s website that say ‘radiant,’ ‘create,’ and ‘bloom.’ She engraves each piece in her handwriting to make a gorgeous, unique piece of jewelry.

Here are some of my favorite pieces that she creates (and she does custom pieces too–bonus!).


Be You necklace


Choose Joy bracelet

Laurel Denise

Courageous Heart cuff

What bracelet would you choose?

xo, Hannah

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10 Semi-Formal Dress Options

Semi-formal season is coming up soon! I love seeing everyone’s dresses for homecoming or semi-formals, but there’s usually a common trend and it’s hard to stand out. With these dresses I chose, I tried to pick different silhouettes and colors that go against the typical fancy dress (think fit-and-flare with sparkles). You can absolutely re-wear all of these dresses for other events and they’re at reasonable prices as well. I wore my sophomore year homecoming dress to my sorority formal this past spring, so I’m all about reusing dresses! Here’s 10 reasonably priced semi-formal options that’ll withstand the trends that pop up each season.

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What’s your favorite place to shop for semi-formal dresses?

xo, Hannah

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Five Ways You’re Taking Photos Wrong

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I’ve been actively shooting photos for about six years, since eighth grade. However, I’ve had an interest in photography for way longer! If you go through my desk drawers and old scrapbooks, you can find photos from a disposable camera from Girl Scout camp, church camp, and family vacations. (I recently found a hilarious posed shoot with my American Girl dolls…) Over the years, I’ve learned a lot of tricks about photography and composition. You can read more of my posts about photography here! One of the best things about taking photos for so long means that I’ve made several mistakes and learned from them! Here are the top five mistakes that I’ve made and have learned from.

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1. You’re still shooting in auto.

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I see so many people that buy a DSLR (a camera that can change lenses, not just a point-and-shoot) in an attempt to learn photography, but they only keep it on auto mode. This is probably the biggest mistake you can make if you’re trying to learn! If you’re not willing to make the full leap and commit to manual mode, you have two options: Av or Tv mode.

Av/A mode, or aperture priority, will help you learn how to control the depth of field. This is the trick to give you that ‘professional’ blurry background that everyone wants. Tv/S mode, or shutter priority, will help you learn how to control the movement in your photos. For example, if you’re taking photos of athletes, this will let you keep them in focus instead of making them blurry once they move out of the screen. After you conquer those two methods, you can advance to mastering manual mode!

Solution: Shoot in Av, Tv, or manual mode.

2. You don’t take advantage of your focal points.

Five Ways You're Taking Pictures Wrong | Hannah With a Camera

If you think you’ve figured out manual mode or Av mode, then you’ve probably figured out how to blur the background and get that desired bokeh. However, your photos are always out of focus–and you can’t figure out why. To pinpoint focus every time, you need to select a focal point on your DSLR. For Canons, you can do this by pressing the +/zoom in button, and a screen that says ‘AF point selection’ will pop up. Then you can use the dial to change where you want your camera to automatically focus. For portraits, you’ll want to always focus on the eye nearest to you. When you look through the viewfinder of your camera and hold the shutter halfway down, you can see the red dot of the focal point you selected and move your camera or focal point accordingly.

Solution: Select your focal point to nail focus every time.

3. You’re shooting straight into the sun.Five Ways You're Taking Pictures Wrong | Hannah With a Camera

I always see people getting excited about going out to do a photoshoot, then taking all their photos in the middle of the day when the sun is at its brightest, making all their photos either overexposed or extremely shadowy. An easy fix to this is to shoot at golden hour. This is a common term in photography that refers to the time of day when the sun is coming up or going down. However, I get that photoshoots are hard to coordinate–so if you’re taking pictures in the middle of the day, find the shade or cloud that doesn’t make your light so harsh.

Solution: Change the time of day

4. You’re always taking photos from eye-level.

Change up your perspective every once in a while! You can go for a bird’s eye view, shoot from the ground, and so much more. For the first photo below, I got down and laid on my stomach to get the right perspective and be on eye-level with my subject. For the second one, I stood above her and shot down. See the difference?

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Solution: Change your perspective and move around your subject.

5. You’re following all the rules.

I know, this contradicts probably everything you’ve ever read…but the best part about art is that it’s all about creating your own style. After you learn how to use the rule of thirds, then feel free to shoot symmetrically to create an interesting style. After you learn how to use light ‘correctly,’ then use the shadows from your window to experiment with how light plays across your subject. There are so many options out there, so one of the best ways to learn photography is to just get out there and practice!

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments, I love sharing my knowledge about photography!

xo, Hannah

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Dear July 2016

Hi friends! I’ve gotten more into videography this summer and I have exciting things planned in the future. Meanwhile, I thought I’d share this video with everyone about what I did this July! I used my new Wacom tablet that I’m absolutely in love with. Watch in 1080p for clearer definition.

Let me know what you think and if you’d like more videos in the future!

xo, Hannah

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Survival Kit | Sorority Recruitment 101

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I’ve been sharing an ongoing sorority recruitment series here on Hannah With a Camera. Click here to read more posts about recruitment and sorority life, or comment below if you want to see a specific post on the blog! 

In the third part of my Sorority Recruitment 101 posts, I’m showing every girl going through recruitment this fall the survival kit they need to have to stay sane and polished during sorority recruitment! I’m the kind of girl that’s always overprepared for new things, so if you’re the same way then this is the guide for you.

survival kit2 redo   I got this monogrammed clutch from my graduation party, but you can find similar ones online if you want it for yourself. Below I have all the essentials (that can all be found at Target!) for a recruitment survival kit.

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  1. A mini bottle of lotion You can find these just about anywhere, and they can multitask for just about anything. I’ve used this for frizzy hair/flyaways, getting rid of staticky clothes, and even for a subtle perfume. Most of the time, girls are advised not to wear perfume during recruitment because it can be overwhelming to have 80 girls packed in a room all wearing their ‘signature scents.’
  2. Bobby pins You know the drill. If you can actually find these in your room in the first place, these are handy to have.
  3. Lip balm Even if you’re not a lipstick girl, just swipe on some lip balm or chapstick. You’ll thank me later after talking for hours on end.
  4. Hairbrush My recruitment week ended up pouring one day, being super windy another, and way too hot the rest of the week. This saved me from looking like a mess at the end of the day! (P.S. This won’t fit in your bag, but throw in a small umbrella just in case. It never hurts to carry it around!)
  5. Lipstick I’ve been using this sheer lip crayon all summer for the perfect hint of pink.
  6. Pens Having one or two in your purse will be essential for number 12…
  7. Granola bar The rounds in the first couple days of recruitment go by fast. If you have a small snack to hold you over until lunch or dinner, then you won’t have to concentrate on how hungry you are the whole time you’re talking to a girl.
  8. Mints Most likely your recruitment counselors will have a ton of these on hand, but having one of these needs no explanation.
  9. Scotch-Brite™ Lint Roller I have two dogs at home, and I found myself with stray hairs on my clothes all the time (even when I hadn’t been home in a month). This is easy to just pop in your bag and to have on hand as a ‘just in case’ item.
  10. Powder/oil blotting sheets If you’re going through recruitment in August, the summer heat is still something to tackle. These will help you retouch your face if needed.
  11. Scotch™ Essentials Permanent Hem Bonding Strips These are new to me but I’ve learned that these are actually perfect to use for recruitment. If you find the perfect dress that is just a little too long, you can easily hem it with this sticky tape.
  12. Notebook This small notebook is one of the best things you can have during recruitment. After every round, write down a small note about what you liked about it–what the girl was wearing, something that made the women of the sorority stand out. This will help you preference every sorority at the end of the day after you’ve gone through over 12 rounds or more.
  13. Scotch™ Essentials White Mark Eraser We all have those moments when you’re in a hurry and swipe deodorant on..then find out it’s all over your shirt. All you have to do is just swipe this eraser onto the deodorant marks and they’re gone in seconds.
  14. Medicine I have this small container with a couple ibuprofen just in case for headaches.
  15. Scotch™ Essentials Adjustable Hem Tape Picture this: You just bought the perfect dress for recruitment but you’re trying on again the morning of..only to find out that you’ll be tripping on the hem if you try to wear that dress in heels. Adjustable hem tape is a great option for quick and easy adjustments the morning of!

The Scotch Essentials brand can be hard to find in Target, so here’s a display of the aisle. You’ll find it in the closet aisle by the sewing machines, irons, etc.



Just for my readers, I have a deal for you! Use this link to get $1 off all Scotch Essentials products. To learn more about Scotch Essentials, go to this website for more information.

survival kit3 I tested out the White Mark Eraser today, as seen above, and it worked so well and was super easy to use. Definitely a must-have in a pinch. survival kit4

Are you going through sorority recruitment this fall? Let me know what’ll be in your essentials kit!

xo, Hannah

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A Guide to Sorority Slang | Sorority Recruitment 101

I’ve been sharing an ongoing sorority recruitment series here on Hannah With a Camera. Click here to read more posts about recruitment and sorority life, or comment below if you want to see a specific post on the blog! 

Sorority recruitment is confusing enough in itself, let alone the world of Greek life and what every little term means. Today in my sorority recruitment series, I’m filling you in on the sorority slang you’ll hear the most during recruitment and beyond! (If you haven’t read my other article yet on how to get recommendation letters, read it here.) A Guide to Sorority Slang | Sorority Recruitment 101

Recruitment: This is also commonly referred to as rush week, but formally referred to as recruitment. Recruitment is the week-long process in which every sorority chooses their new members.

PNM: A PNM is a potential new member. This is what the girls going through the recruitment process that are not yet in a sorority are referred to.

Panhellenic: The Panhellenic Association is the organization that is comprised of 26 sororities in total that hosts recruitment. My university has 13 of the 26 Panhellenic sororities on campus, which is a pretty common number.

Preference day: This is the last day of recruitment in which girls will typically go to up to three houses for the last rounds of recruitment. After going to each house, all the PNMs will then rank their sororities in order of what they want to be in most.

Bid: At the end of recruitment, each sorority will extend a bid to every PNM that they want in their house. PNMs will only end up with one bid at the end of the week. For example, if the PNM ranks Sorority A, Sorority B, and Sorority C in that order on preference day, then Sorority A can extend them a bid. If Sorority A doesn’t want to extend that PNM a bid, then Sorority B will have the opportunity to extend a bid to the PNM.

Suicide: This term is used on preference day when a PNM only chooses one house. This means that if they don’t get a bid from this sorority, then they won’t be in a sorority at all. (At the University of Kansas, they are unable to go through informal recruitment or repeat the recruitment process until the following year.)

Rho Chi/Gamma Chi/Rho Gamma: These are terms used to refer to your recruitment counselors. Several schools call them by different names and these are a few of the Greek names used to refer to them. Your recruitment counselors will be girls that are disaffiliated from their sororities for the week and they will be your primary point of reference to help you navigate recruitment week. They’ve been through both sides of recruitment, so be sure to ask them questions throughout the week to help you decide what’s best for you.

Disaffiliation: Your recruitment counselor will disaffiliate from their sorority during recruitment week, meaning they’re supposed to take any trace of their sorority off of their social media. The PNMs are not supposed to know which sorority each recruitment counselor is in, in order for the PNMs to have an unbiased experience.

Maximizing your options: I heard this so many times during recruitment from my recruitment counselors! We were always told at the end of each day when we were preferencing, or ranking, our sororities in order of which ones we wanted to be in. To maximize your options, you should rank the maximum amount of houses instead of just putting the ones you only want to be in and leaving out the ones that you didn’t like as much. You might not have had a great conversation at one house, but if you come back the next day and talk to a different girl, you could end up loving the sorority.

Bid day: Bid day is the day when each PNM figures out which sorority extended them a bid. The PNM then becomes a member of that sorority.

Big/little: In your first year of being in a sorority, you will be assigned a ‘big sister’ and you will be the ‘little sister.’ (In Alpha Delta Pi, this pairing is referred to as being a diamond sister.) This is an older girl in your sorority that will essentially be a mentor to you throughout your first year of being in the sorority, and she’ll be someone to turn to if you have questions or you just want someone to hang out with!

Philanthropy: Each sorority has a charity or organization that they support through philanthropy events to raise money for the organization.

Legacy: A girl who has an older sister, mother, or grandmother that has been in a sorority. Typically this does not mean much in terms of guaranteeing you a spot in that sorority except past the first day. If you don’t end up in the sorority that you have a legacy tie to, don’t stress! Just because your mom was in that sorority or your sister is in one at a different school doesn’t mean that you fit in that chapter now, 20 years later. Different sororities vary on which relatives count (i.e. step-mothers, cousins, etc.).

Sister: The term a girl in a sorority will use to refer to another girl also in her sorority. If you talk to several different girls during one round of recruitment, one will often introduce the next girl to you as her sister–don’t take it literally! If you do, no sweat. It happens more than you’d think.

Active: A woman who has been formally initiated into her sorority.

If you have any questions, let me know in the comments! Are you going through recruitment at your university?

xo, Hannah

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How to Get Recommendation Letters | Sorority Recruitment 101

I’ve been sharing an ongoing sorority recruitment series here on Hannah With a Camera. Click here to read more posts about recruitment and sorority life, or comment below if you want to see a specific post on the blog! 

Recommendation letters. Most likely, if you’re going through sorority recruitment, you’ve heard all about them and how you just have to have them in order to even make it through the first day. This all depends on your school–some schools require them, some schools suggest them, and some schools won’t even mention them at all. You can find out which type of school yours is by searching “[insert school] panhellenic” and looking it up on your Panhellenic organization’s website. (Tip: Panhellenic is the governing body over all sororities, so you’ll hear this word a lot.)

How to Get Recommendation Letters | Sorority Recruitment 101

Step one: Just ask

My mom was in a sorority, so I posted on her Facebook page back in June last year to search for recommendation letters. My post went something like this: “Hi everyone! This is Hannah posting. I’m going through sorority recruitment at the University of Kansas in the fall and I’m looking for recommendation letters for [insert all 12 sorority names]. If you’d be willing to write one for me, please let me know and I can send you all the information. Thank you!” This was the easiest way for me to get recommendation letters–you’d be surprised at how many women were in a sorority in college. You could also post this on your own Facebook page and you might have friends of yours telling you that their mom was in a sorority. Usually, a girl who is currently in the sorority can’t write you a recommendation letter for her own chapter, but she can for a chapter at a different school. Keep that in mind if you’re planning on asking girls you know who are at your college and in a sorority already.

Step two: prepare the packet

Make it easy on the woman that’s volunteered to write your recommendation letter and put everything together for her. This packet should include four things: a picture of you, your resume, a pre-addressed and stamped envelope, and a cover letter.

The photo that you include will be sent to that sorority, so make it a nice headshot or senior photo, not just a photo that you cropped your friends out of. Be sure you print this on photo paper, not printer paper. Your resume should include all the activities you were involved in during high school, your GPA (weighted and unweighted), class rank, leadership positions, and community service. This is an easy sample resume you can use that I had during high school. (A lot of my information is redacted, so be sure to fill in the parts with the x or [ ].). Make sure you put how many years you were involved in everything!

The cover letter isn’t like a professional letter, instead, it should be more like a thank-you note to the woman writing your letter. Here’s a sample cover letter to refer to. Finally, include a 11×14 envelope that is pre-addressed and stamped to each sorority’s recruitment/reference chair. Be sure not to mix these up! To find these addresses, go to your university’s Panhellenic website and you should be able to find a listing of all the chairs under the recruitment page. Women aren’t living in their sorority houses during the summer, so don’t send the envelopes to the chapter houses.

Step three: follow up

Always, always, always be sure to follow up with the women who are writing your letters. It’s likely that your letter isn’t their top priority, so follow up with them to make sure that they got your packet in the first place and that they sent it out on time. Don’t forget to thank them for taking the time to write your letter. I would send out these packets at least a month before you move in so you can have time to resend an envelope and sort things out if it gets mailed back to you.

Are there any other posts you’d like to see about going through recruitment?

xo, Hannah

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