Beach Bound This Summer?

Beach Bound This Summer?

School is finally out for the summer and it seems like everyone is heading to the beach for their vacations. We can’t wait to dip our toes in the soft sand and relax next to those crashing waves. That’s why the beach is the perfect location to have family portraits taken. Check out more reasons why:

  1. Your family is at their most relaxed.
  2. A session of your family is something you will do maybe 2 times before your kids get married.
  3. Summer vacation is sometimes the only time extended family are together.
  4. Having Phil Hyman Photography photograph your family at the beach is so easy; we take care of all the details.
  5. It’s fun!

Next question is, “what should we wear?” We can help with those details, and you probably have everything in your closet.  But if you want an excuse to buy new clothes then this is the time.

  1. Khaki pants are always classic, but blue jeans are a great option too.  Linen pants are super comfortable and also look great during the session.
  2. Shirts and tops can be fun because of the many choices.  White shirts are essential and look good, but if you want to add a little color, then pastel colored shirts are the way to go.
  3. Long sleeve or short sleeve?  Long sleeves for adults work perfectly (roll up the sleeves, it’s the beach and hot)
  4. Sundresses for the ladies and little girls are perfect and flow in the breeze.

Lastly, timing is so important! Many times people choose the wrong time when photographing at the beach.  There are two times of day that work best: one is early morning, and the other is early evening.

  • Early Morning: 6:30 am – At sunrise the natural light is soft, and the temperature is certainly cooler.  Yep, we have two young children, and one is a morning person, while the other is not (kind of like his mom) so we understand why 60% of parents choose an evening time when photographing at the beach. By chance, if your family are morning people then mornings would be the first choice.
  • Evening: 6:45 pm – The sun is starting to settle on the horizon, and the temperature is starting to become somewhat bearable.  Most people choose the evenings because it’s a little easier when getting the kids ready (most families will relax and maybe even take a nap in the afternoon).  The only thing we sometimes need to be flexible on time to dodge thunderstorms but typically it all works out.

Bottomline, if you want a family portrait or a portrait of your children on the beach, this summer is a perfect time, and we are here to help with all the details.  All you have to do is give us a call, and we’ll help plan with the details! Having a portrait done should NOT be a dreadful thing and we want to make it a fun and relaxing experience for you and your family.

Below are the dates when you’ll catch us at the beach, however, please remember that if the dates and locations don’t fit into your plans call us anyways and we’ll try to customize a time at no extra charge. The fee to reserve is $300 and times are very limited so call us today! 864-235-7864

June 23rd-25th (Charleston Area)
July 7th-8th (Myrtle Beach Area)
July 9th (Hilton Head)
July 28th-30th (Hilton Head)
August 4th-6th (Myrtle Beach)

 

Trailblaze Challenge for Make A Wish!

Trailblaze Challenge for Make A Wish!

A couple years ago we had the honor of being a part of a brand new project through the Make a Wish of South Carolina called the Trailblaze Challenge. It’s a hike but not just any hike. This hike is 28.3 miles on the Foothills Trail in one day which is a challenge in and of itself. The second challenge was to raise money for Make a Wish Foundation.

Alex jumped in and was so excited to be a part of it. He went to most of the training hikes and was able to raise a good bit of money for the foundation. Right before their inaugural hike in 2015, he was approached by the foundation and was asked to photograph and video the hike. Even though he wanted to join his new found friends and hike the entire day, he knew this was a great opportunity to help Make a Wish of SC really tell the story visually.

So the morning of the hike, Alex and I jumped in the car with all our photography gear and headed up the mountain to the drop off spot. We got all set up and believe me it was “pitch black” setting up all that equipment. As soon as we had everything ready, the buses pulled in and all the hikers and volunteers jumped out, lined up, and the camera flash went off brightening up the entire area and capturing that very first moment of excitement. It really was an awesome moment!

The day was exhausting, running in and out of the woods capturing the emotion from the hikers as they reached each point however it was worth it all when they started reaching the last mile. The volunteers had hung pictures of the “Make a Wish” children on a tree as a motivator for them to finish what they had started. We saw tears of joy and excitement as each hiker crossed over the finish line.

The Trailblaze Challenge truly is an amazing event that challenges each person physically, mentally, and emotionally. Each year since that inaugural hike, the foundation has hosted three hikes (two in the Spring and one in the Fall). They have raised numerous amounts of money for those children at Make a Wish and have helped to make those wishes come true.

Home Sessions are the Way to Go!

Home Sessions are the Way to Go!

Home sessions have become a huge part of our service these days. To me, it’s just another great way for our clients to showcase their personality and tell their unique story in a portrait. We highly encourage these types of session in a big way however when we suggest doing a home session the first thing a mom says is, “my house is just not nice enough!” We totally disagree! Every home is “nice” enough. Your home speaks about who you are. Sometimes it takes someone from the outside to pull items that are special to you together in order for you to see just how “nice” your house is.

Here’s an example of a session that we captured last month in Winston-Salem, NC. Mom called me last year wanting us to capture a special portrait of her children yet her baby was not quite old enough. So we decided to wait until this year. We planned to travel to her home instead of her coming here. This made for the perfect portrait session of her children. They were comfortable in their own environment and no one was tired due to traveling a long distance.

Mom had those same concerns about her house. We told her to leave it up to us and we found this corner in her home next to beautiful lighting that was perfect for the session. We ran around the house looking for flowers, the right chair, and color tones that worked together. Plus, we were able to bring along some of our pieces that we’ve used in the past (our wooden panel and trunk). It was like we photographed them in our studio. Each child had their own unique personality and we were able to showcase each one during the session. Mom was amazed and so very happy with the results!

There are so many advantages to having us come out to your home/location for a session:

  • We are coming to you so no dragging your tired children out of the house and driving across town for a session.
  • We can see your style and suggest clothing that will pull everything together.
  • We can capture your portrait that would be “just right” for the walls you want to hang them on. For example: if the wall space needs a vertical image then we would capture and pose your children so that the portrait would go vertical and we can suggest the right size.
  • Most of the work is done prior/during the session so that when you look at the results, you can enjoy choosing the right image instead of trying to figure out where to hang the portrait.

So if you’re thinking about creating a classic portrait of your children, consider creating that art piece in your home. You’ll be thrilled that you said, “yes”!

Tajh Boyd Foundation Gala

Tajh Boyd Foundation Gala

We had the honor of photographing an amazing event last week at the gorgeous venue called the Loom for the Tajh Boyd Foundation Gala. It was such a fun night of meeting like-minded and passionate people, hearing stories, laughing at jokes, but most of all raising money for a great organization that is changing the lives of so many children in the Upstate. Many familiar faces attended including Delvin Choice and CJ Spiller.

We were so inspired by this young man and his love for children. You can see the passion in Tajh Boyd’s eyes as he spoke about what his Foundation was about and how it’s mission is to empower the youth of SC to overcome adversity through education, mentoring, and character building.

What really struck me about Tajh Boyd was when he spoke about why he ended up choosing Clemson University over all the other schools for college. He told us that he knew he could go to any of the schools and they would help him to be a better football player but as soon as he met and spoke Dabo Swinney, he knew that this coach would help him become a better man in life. He said that’s what he wants to see happen to the children he is honored to mentor. He wants to help them to discover what they want to be in life (whatever career they choose) but better yet help them to discover who they are (character) and how they can make a difference in their communities.

Even though this was a night of fundraising, Tajh made sure to speak with everyone that attended especially taking the time to chat with all the children that were there, giving them a few pointers on football. He has a heart of gold and I know great things will happen with him and his Foundation! It really was an honor to be a part of such a special night.

 

 

We Hire Professional Photographers Too!

We Hire Professional Photographers Too!

It’s always been so important to us as professional photographers to hire other professionals when it comes to photographing our personal, family portraits! Yes, we could attempt to set up our cameras with a timer and capture the moment, however, in my opinion, it’s just so impersonal looking at a camera without an actual person to engage with. To me that’s where the real talent comes into place; that person behind the camera! Especially with children, you need someone engaging with them to draw out their true personalities. So important!

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We desperately needed an updated portrait. It’s been a few years since “Papa” Phil photographed our family; Ally was only 2 years old back then. You may say, “well that was only 3 years ago” however our family has greatly changed and the kiddos have matured so much since then. We always suggest that you capture your children and family every 3-4 years to hold onto to the changes that will happen. It’s amazing to see the difference!

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I wanted something totally different but pulled from our family’s personality. We are not a “beach” family so that setting didn’t work and our last family session was taken in our studio garden with the fall leaves. So we chose one of the coolest settings right here in the middle of Taylors, SC! Taylors Mill is such a unique place with it’s rough wooden floors, brick walls, and do I have to say it? “Those windows”! Absolutely fell in love with those tall windows with the light streaming in and hitting those wooden floors. Just perfect for our little family! You’ve gotta check this place out, my friends!

We called up our dear friend, Mitchell, owner of Mitchell’s Photography (such a talented photographer) and asked if he could capture this moment for us! He didn’t skip a beat and said, “I would be honored to! Thank you for asking me!” So we got the session scheduled! He was so much fun during the entire process. We challenged him a bit with the location because he had never been to Taylors Mill but immediately fell in love with it. Mitchell made the session so easy even though it was a hot morning and by the time the session was done, we all were drenched with sweat (Ally and I were both glistening; lol! The guys were sweating).

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Mitchell really captured some memories for us and we could not have done that with a timer on our camera and trying to do it ourselves. So remember, even though we are in this awesome business of photography, we too hire professional photographers and so should you!

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