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History of Hanimals

When I was younger, I loved taking pictures of anything, especially my family—not much has changed.

Something I loved to feature in my photographs were my stuffed animals, and at that age I seemed to have an endless supply. My favorite stuffed animal to take pictures of, was my Polar Bear “Po” and he was my first animal that got his own card.

I started putting more of my pictures on cards and mugs to give to my friends and family on special occasions. When my parents had a going away party (we were leaving to Panama for a year), I decided to see if I could sell some of my cards since people were enjoying them. Believe it or not, I earned around $50, which was quite a lot for a girl of six, and I decided right there that I would donate most of my money to Polar Bears and Prairie Dogs.

Pretty soon I started taking pictures of animals in their natural habitat. When I was six, I went in a photo contest and won it with the classic: Foxey and Mousey!

Then when I was 8, I was in Teton National Park and a buyer for cards told me she really liked my idea. She wanted me to take pictures there and in Yellowstone, so, following her request I did—lots!

When I got back into Boulder, I decided to talk to some local store owners and soon enough I was selling my cards at seven local stores. I also decided that I would now only be donating to Polar Bears–they were starting to really need help—and I got in contact with Polar Bears International and have donated 1/3 of my profits to polar bear research ever since.

Now, a new history of Hanimals is taking place. From the years of running a business, I learned so many crucial and important skills from customer interactions to finances. I also love getting out into nature and taking pictures! Through different kid camps I ran, I quickly realized many other kids have similar passions to mine! So, I started coaching kids on photography and entrepreneurial skills. Some are even interested in selling their own branch of Hanimal cards and helping to run Hanimals when I am in college. (Read more in Hanimal Kids). 

-Hannah (founder)

Taking photos in China

Taking photos in China

Chikadee & Me

Chikadee & Me

This was typical in the beginning, shooting large groups of stuffed animals

This was typical in the beginning, shooting large groups of stuffed animals

An early shot of "Beary"

An early shot of "Beary"

Early on, I used to take lots of group photos.

Early on, I used to take lots of group photos.

Concentrating!! (I think there was a bug in the flower).

Concentrating!! (I think there was a bug in the flower).

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