Posts Tagged 'portrait photography'
I first met this happy baby girl back in 2011 when she and her big brother visited our studio for portraits. We stayed in touch online and through the wonderful community of moms at Bellani Maternity over the years.
We were on our Holiday break this year when I saw the story spread over facebook. A family in our community was struggling with the recent diagnosis of their young daughter. She had gone into the doctors with a stomach bug and then their world had changed. I soon found out it was Belle and her final diagnosis was pre-B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) . I just couldn’t wrap my head around the sudden news. I sent mom a message as soon as I heard. Whenever she was ready, whenever Belle was ready, I wanted to be there for them in any way that I could.
I have worked with many families fighting childhood illness through The Tiny Sparrow Foundation over the past few years. It has been the most meaningful part of what I do as a photographer. I know how much photos can mean to families fighting through treatment and recovery. I also knew how much Belle’s beautiful curls meant to her mom. Not for their physical beauty, or the soft way they framed her baby doll face, but because they were a symbol of Belle’s babyhood. They were a symbol of Belle before their world was turned upside-down. I know I would have felt exactly like Belle’s mom did. Yes, those curls will grow back, surely more beautiful than ever, but I would have wanted to hold onto them as long as I could. I had to get to the hospital and capture Belle’s curls.
Belle and her mom are some of the strongest girls I’ve ever met. Mom has been incomprehensibly positive and tenacious for her daughter. They amaze me and everyone else they meet. Belle had already fought through over two weeks of treatment and wasn’t feeling great the day I visited. We had endless fun, girly, dress-up toys to make her smile, but she mostly wanted her Elmo, her mommy, and her cozy blanket. You know what? That Elmo and blanket looked pretty perfect to me and there is nothing more beautiful than a mother’s love.
Plus, this isn’t the last photo shoot you’ll see with Belle here. We’ll be catching up again, when she’s feeling much better. She has plenty of tutu-twirling ahead of her! This summer, her hair will be growing back and I probably won’t be able to keep up with her as she runs around outside. For now, I’m happy to have captured those sweet curls before her next chapter begins. You can read more about Belle’s story in her mother’s words on the Kent Macaroni Kids Blog.
If you would like to help Belle and her family, please visit Belle’s Youcaring.com Page or check back in with us for the many opportunities to make a difference for Belle in the coming months.
Oh my gosh, is this not one of the cutest babies you have ever seen? I was totally in love with her from the first second she looked at me with those big brown eyes. Little Star sessions are some of my favorite and especially when babies are at this age. It feels like I’m just hanging out with mom and dad, playing dress up with their little one. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m working! M was so sweet. She indulged us in plenty of adorable outfits and sets. I’m wondering how I’ll ever choose favorites for this gallery! Enjoy your sneak peek!
Wait, did I just say that?
Yes, I said that. I said that even though digital negatives are the most profitable item any professional photographer can sell you after your session. We all know that the material cost of a CD or thumb drive is exceptionally inexpensive compared to producing albums, prints and frames. I said that even though digital negatives still remain one of the most popular products at my own portrait studio.
I’m here to tell you today that a disk of digital negatives should never be the only product you walk away with from your professional photographer. If you do, you are probably wasting your money. We believe in this so strongly at our studio that our team works hard to ensure all of our clients walk away with heirloom, archival safe keepsakes from their sessions in addition to their digital negatives.
Before I get everyone up in arms, let me start out by saying that we sell digital negatives at our studio after almost every session. Digital files certainly have a place for the consumer. We generally sell digital negatives to clients for the purpose of sharing with their family and friends. They love showing off their images on facebook, on their mobile devices, and printing out 5×7’s for grandparents and friends. That is all great, but surely that isn’t the only reason they invested in a professional photographer.
Why hire a professional photographer?
We all now have access to amazing equipment and technology to take everyday photos of our own lives. If we want snapshots of our kids to show off on facebook or print for Grandma, we can do it on our own. We can Instagram, email, Facebook, Tweet, and 1-hour-photo to our hearts content. I’m amazed every day at the artistic and photographic capabilities of Heidi Hope Photography clients. They definitely have a good eye! So many of our clients are amazing photographers in their own right and have equipment at home that rivals ours.
So why does anyone hire a professional photographer anymore?
We invest in professional photographers to capture the details of our life beautifully and in a way that no one else can. We invest in a service that caters to our specific requests and takes care of the whole process professionally from end to end. I can cook a gourmet meal at home, but there is nothing like going to my favorite fine restaurant and having the amazing staff take care of everything for us. We hire professional photographers to create “artwork” for us and for our families. We hire them to document a time in our lives through their unique artistic eye so that we can enjoy looking back on it for generations. If all you get is a dvd in the mail, upload to the pics to facebook and then stuff your DVD in a drawer, you are missing out on what professional photography truly is! Couldn’t you have just as easily shared some Iphone pics?
Enjoying your professional photography for generations.
“From the iPhone to the Garmin, advancements and gadgets introduced this decade changed the whole world. In the process, a few things that once were considered social mainstays are now either obsolete or well on their way. Remember busting out a map to figure out directions? Or using a cell phone that had actual buttons? Yeah, those days are a bit hazy for us, too.” – Bianca Male Business Insider
I began researching to revamp our 4-year-old website and came upon an astonishing bit of news; Flash is dead. Flash is DEAD? In 4 short years it went from being the darling of visual media, taught in all of my web design classes, to DEAD? Where have I been? It isn’t just flash. CD’s are dead. Desktop computers are soon-to-be dead. Yep, they’re as dead as payphones, road maps, and Blockbuster.
So what happens in 10 years when you finally have some free time and actually want to do something with those photos you had taken way-back when the kids were little? Like most people, you didn’t know what to do with them at the time, so you bought the disk. Where is that disk? If you are far more organized than I and can actually locate that disk 10 years later, chances are, your computer won’t read it. That’s right, computers won’t be manufactured with optical drives much longer. Oh, but you backed it up on that external hard drive. Sorry, fire wires and external hard drives are soon to be extinct too. Desktops won’t be around much longer either, so you probably only have a laptop or tablet that you were never even able to transfer those files to. At least you uploaded them to Facebook. Thank goodness Facebook is still in existence in this future hypothetical! What a shame you can’t print a 16×24″ for your wall off of Facebook.
Okay, maybe your photographer was up with the times and started offering flash drives in adorable little packaging. We’ll be offering flash drives rather than CD’s later this year for the aforementioned reasons. At least they have a longer shelf life. Or do they? Unfortunately, flash drives are equally unreliable with industry experts warning that flash drive failure and file loss is at epidemic proportions. “The price of USB flash drive data recovery services at typical data recovery labs can reach into the thousands and it might take weeks or even months to get your files back“ (http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/9/prweb8735457.htm) That’s if you didn’t loose the little thing, like I surely would have.
Well, at least you can contact your photographer. They have a 20% chance of still being in business after the first 2 years. That’s if they were in fact a legitimate business. Did you check to see if they were a registered business? If they weren’t, the statistics are worse. Here’s to hoping they still have those files for you!
See where I’m going with this?
With the rapid change in technology, the only way to preserve your photographs so that they can be enjoyed for generations is by producing something tangible out of them. What’s even greater, I can guarantee that you will be even happier with your investment in professional photography if you do so! No one ever calls to say how much they love their DVD. They call to say how much their friends raved about their greeting cards this year, or how their wall art makes them smile every time they walk by, or how their toddler daughter looks at her newborn album every day!
This is so important to us at Heidi Hope Photography that we don’t sell digital negatives without giving clients their counterparts in print. We also include beautiful heirloom pieces such as wall art and albums in all of our collections that come with digital files. We take the time with clients during their viewing appointments to help them plan and design how to use and enjoy the photography we have created so that their investment lasts a lifetime… or longer! We show wall display options and custom design beautiful storyboards and albums so that the portraits clients adore can be proudly displayed and enjoyed. That is, after all, what you hired us for! We never want someone leaving saying “I wasn’t sure what to do with them, so I just bought the disk.”
I understand the desire to have access to digital files so that you can print and design on your own. I also believe some people actually do create beautiful artwork at home out of their digital files, even when I’m hesitant to give up the control of quality that is lost when we can’t check over the final product. If you are one of those people who still hasn’t ordered your wedding album however, you probably need some professional help figuring out what to do with all of those gorgeous photos you’ve had taken! If you do opt for digital files in addition to your heirloom pieces from your professional photographer, please back them up in multiple locations on a variety of platforms so that you have them to enjoy in the years to come.
Yes, in our digital world, digital files still certainly have their place, but you are cheating yourself, and wasting your investment, if all you walk away with is the files.
We’re so excited to be bringing back our December Deals! Every week from now until the new year we’ll be offering a special deal for a Heidi Hope Photography session. Each deal is available for ONE WEEK ONLY. After one week, the deal, and the opportunity, expires! If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you’re already in the know about the entire series. To hear about future promotions, sign up for our newsletter here.
This week’s deal (expires 5pm EST, December 21st, 2012): Book a Senior Portrait session for the Spring of 2013 (before May 31st), and receive 32 free wallets of your favorite pose, plus a free yearbook photo!
We’re already thinking Spring for senior portrait sessions, and want to make sure we have sessions free for the class of 2013 and 2014! This deal is perfect for seniors who want to remember their last highschool years with more than just a studio yearbook portrait. We personally make every shoot unique, and provide stylists for professional hair, makeup, and wardrobe styling throughout your session. This Spring, show off your magazine-quality shoot with free wallets and a yearbook photo!
How do I take advantage of this deal??
Call the studio (401-864-1919) this week to schedule and submit your session fee for a senior portrait session. Please note we are here to answer your calls Monday through Friday 9-5pm. Calls during non business hours will be returned in the order received. Session fee must be submitted before 5pm EST, December 21st, 2012.
Please visit our SENIOR PORTRAIT WEBSITE to learn more about Heidi Hope Photography sessions!
~ The Heidi Hope Team
I loved this little birthday girl and her gorgeous family! S was so full of personality. She loved crawling around the studio and was so proud of her new standing skills. Mom and dad were up for anything and chatting with them made our shoot fly by. We started our session with some sweet family portraits that I know they will love having with baby S while she’s still their little baby. Then S stole the show! From our simple classics in all white to our colorful cakesmash, this is going to be one huge gallery. Enjoy your sneak peek!
Gorgeous baby A came to visit the studio this week and her session was one of my favorite 3 month old sessions to date! She was A: Gorgeous, B: So happy, and C: Incredibly adored by her parents. We focused the session on capturing their family bond and of course had to snap a few of just A herself. As you can see, she’s the steals the show!
This little boy was a dream to photograph. He went from being kind-of sleepy to SUPER sleepy and never woke up once! He let us pose away and the images of him on our blue chair are some of my absolute favorite. Mom loved the our chair shots on the antique pink chair but I was thinking it might look too “girly”. So she said “what about that chair in your front hall?” It was perfect! Thanks for the inspiration mom. Enjoy your sneak peek!
I had such a good time photographing this family last week. Baby K’s session was perfect from beginning to end. She was such a gorgeous, joyful little girl. She was the perfect cake smasher as well. She didn’t really eat the cake. She just played with it and smiled away for the camera! Enjoy your preview!
I was so excited to hear the good news that these twins were born. I had the pleasure of meeting mom and dad for a maternity session a few months back and I’ve been counting the days ever since! E and O did not disappoint. They were so adorable and I loved capturing their bond with each other. We also were able to take our first twin hanging shot (with a whole lot of takes!). Great seeing you again mom and dad, enjoy your preview!
Do I have the most adorable clients or what?! I knew the second H showed up to our studio and gave me a giant smile through those big blue eyes that we were in for some fun. H was so easy going that we were able to try out lots of fun sets. Usually the larger flower bands aren’t my favorite to use, but I think in sets like these they look so stinkin cute and the two mom picked were some of my favorite! No matter what we put H in, those big blue eyes always stole the show anyways. I can’t wait to show mom and dad the rest of these!