Photographer flies high as chosen photo to go to the moon


Photographer Hanne Brooks

Hanne Brooks was literally over the moon to find that a couple she photographed at their Covid wedding had won a competition to select a photo to print and be part of the payload for the upcoming Peregrine Mission 1 flight and chose her photo favorite taken by Hanne on their big day.

Hanne started Hanne Brooks Photography during the lockdown and the business has grown over the past year. She takes on assignments all over the UK and has already built an excellent reputation for her weddings, engagement sessions, lifestyle and portrait work.

Peregrine Mission 1 is a partnership between NASA and Astrobotic and was slated to launch this year, but has been delayed due to the pandemic and is now slated to take off in March.

It will carry scientific and other payloads, including 15 photographs, winners of the competition hosted by Andy Saunders – well known for his work in remastering images of the Apollo program that landed men on the moon in the late 1960s and in the early 1970s.

Hanne, who lives in Wolverhampton and is a BNI Thomas Thomas member in Telford, said: “I really can’t believe it – one of my photographs actually goes to the moon! It’s amazing to think that a photo of me will accomplish more in life than me and that a little piece of me will be up there on the moon forever!

“It all happened when a wonderful couple I photographed for their Covid wedding won this amazing contest, which allowed them to select a photo to print and take to the moon, and they chose mine.

“Andy Saunders created the competition based on his incredible work in editing images from the Apollo era and has just released a pre-order book featuring this work called Apollo Remastered. He was able to offer lucky 15 the chance to win a spot for a photo to be added to the payload of the lunar lander.

“So now, thanks to my wonderful clients, a photo of me will be one of them and I’m honored that they chose one of my photos. They called me to tell me that they entered the contest and submitted their favorite photo that I took on their wedding day.

“The 15 mission images were printed on small hexagons smaller than the palm of your hand.

“These are really exciting times for me. I was delighted with the way things turned out and everything was achieved during a pandemic. I started the business during the first confinement, the pandemic gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream and to devote all my time and all my efforts to the development of the company.

“It has been an exciting race so far and you could tell I am flying higher than I ever dreamed possible with my job now taken to another world.”

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