Twenty Questions with Hannah Whitehead


Welcome To Twenty Questions!

Every week I invite a twenty-something onto the blog and share their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions. No one featured on Twenty Questions is a public figure, and most of these people I don’t know very well, or at all. My hope is that by taking a peek into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.

Hannah Whitehead, 24

What is your full name?

Hannah Elizabeth Whitehead.

How old are you?

I am 24.

How old do you feel?

Sometimes with two kids I feel 50 haha!

Where were you born, and where do you live now?

I was born and have lived my whole life in beautiful Whangarei, Northland.

What do you do for work?

I work full time as a photographer at the children’s clothing label Jamie Kay.

What do you do for fun?
Good question! I enjoy reading, although I need to make more time for it these days. We spend a lot of time renovating our current home and while it is a messy process I really enjoy tinkering with things and rearranging spaces.

Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?

I completed a Bachelor of Applied Arts straight after high school and from there I worked as a graphic designer  for a few years before moving into what I am doing now.

What is your favourite movie of all time?
I love anything that is light and I love comedy! Movies like Step Brothers or Bridesmaids – anything that gives a good laugh.

What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?
Leaving a steady 9-5 job to pursue a career as a self-employed photographer when I was 22. It was the best decision I have ever made career-wise and I now work with an incredibly inspiring woman who is a sister figure to me. I definitely count my lucky stars on that one!

Hardest moment of your twenties so far?
The hardest moment of my twenties came just before Christmas last year when our three year old daughter, Frankie, was diagnosed with blood cancer. I would like to think that nothing will ever top that moment as it was one that has shifted both our lifestyle and perspective.

Best moment of your twenties so far?

I have had lots of goodies in my twenties. Getting married and meeting our two beautiful babies is definitely at the top but also the blessing of falling into a career that I am in love with!

What do you like the most about yourself?
I like that I have an open and optimistic mind about the world. That I have been able to help others work through their pain by opening up about my own. That’s the best thing isn’t it? Helping others to grow flowers.

What do you like the least about yourself?
I am not the most organised person in the world – life would probably be a lot easier if I could remember where I put my keys each morning!

If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get and where? If you already have tattoos, which is your favourite and why?

I don’t currently have any! But I do hope to get the words “no rain, no flowers” on my arm one day. It is a short and simple summary of my new perspective on life. It can rain and it can pour but without storms like these we wouldn’t be able to grow the beautiful moments.

How would your friends describe you?
Optimistic, kind, strong and hard-working.

How would your parents describe you?
Tricky! I think they are quite proud.

What are you afraid of?

These last two months have taught me to fear nothing. I have a huge amount of faith that we all have points in our lives that we have to meet and moments of adversity that we have to face in order to learn. Fear is only welcome if you allow it and right now we have no place for it in our lives – only strength.

If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?
I don’t know if I would change a thing. We got married quite early on in our twenties (20 and 21 respectively) and had our daughter Frankie that same year. It has been wonderful being able to raise a family while we’re young and to keep following our passions at the same time. I feel very lucky and I’m not sure what I have done before to deserve this life I have been given.