In 2017, Hankins and her husband Ken, a well-known local potter, went to Nova Scotia. Before they left, she decided to replace her old Canon camera with a new Sony camera DSC-HX80. She chose it because it has a view finder, making it easier to take photos in bright light. It is a smart camera, giving her the technology to send her photographs to her computer and phone, merging her technology background with her love of photography. When they traveled to Nova Scotia, Hankins selected a few photographs she liked the best and sent them to Facebook using her new camera for her friends to see.