Down By the River–Summer Quick-Takes

Down By the River–Summer Quick-Takes

Are you looking for a fun and casual session of your family or children this summer? Are you new to Phil Hyman Photography? Have you been a  part of our Portrait Family for several years? Well, our Quick-Take Session called, “Down by the River” is perfect for you!

We are heading down in the “Heart of Downtown Greenville” for these 15-minute sessions and they are sure to be some of your favorites. Here’s a peek into the session that we photographed of our children. It was quick, simple and so much fun! Our daughter fussed when it was time for us to leave because she didn’t want to get out of the water. She’s our little fish, by the way!

So what should we dress our kids in?

  • This is a casual session so fun, bright, summer colors work great!
  • Some patterns are fine but keep them simple and not over powering! We want to see your child’s face and not their outfit.
  • Barefoot is perfect. They will be dipping their toes in the water so we want to see those feet!
  • If you use a bow, make sure it’s size appropriate. Again, we want to see your child’s face and not a bow.
  • Shorts and polos are great for boys.

We are offering these quick-take sessions for only two days on July 17th and 18th every 15 minutes. Our packages only start at $79.00 which is a fraction of our normal custom sessions. Call us today to reserve your time for our “Down by the River” sessions; they won’t last long! 864-235-7864

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)


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”!

Why Hire a Professional Photographer?

Why Hire a Professional Photographer?

It’s so important to hire a “professional photographer” when capturing precious memories of your family and children. Why? We hear horror stories everyday! Check out some of the latest that we’ve heard:

  • The family schedules a beach session. They arrive at the scheduled time and the photographer is no where to be found. She arrives 30 minutes late because of traffic, she’s frazzled, and has very little time to work with the family. She rushes through the session and she even asks the family how they want to be posed. What?
  • Another family schedules a park session. The photographer arrives and has issues with her camera. She fails to get the camera working and has no backup camera. She turns to a family member (who so happens to have a good camera) and asks to use his camera for the session. Then proceeds to grab her phone, pulls up Pinterest, and thumbs through pictures as a guide for posing. Oh, my goodness!
  • A mom schedules a toddler session at her home. The photographer arrives and spends 2 hours at the house photographing the toddler. After numerous changes of clothing, the toddler is spent and tired. Mom is excited about seeing the images and the photographer tells her that she will receive a link so she can order her pics. A week passes and no email from the photographer. Mom emails the photographer and is told that they will soon be uploaded for her to view. Another week passes and still no link. Mom calls the photographer this time and has to leave a message. Two more weeks pass and still no previews. Mom is frustrated, calls the photographer, and her response is that all the images from her toddler’s session were “somehow” deleted/lost after the session. Sorry!

These are just a few of the many stories we hear when moms call our studio. They’ve had such bad experiences that needless to say they are hesitant to even try to schedule another session with anyone. Do you blame them? The result is that they didn’t hire a professional photographer. In many cases, they chose someone that was a friend/acquaintance that dabbles in photography on the side or a part-time photographer that has the lowest price. The old saying that I’ve always heard, “you get what you pay for!” In most cases, that statement is true. You can’t expect someone that gives you photography for free or at the lowest price is going to “long-term” give you the best customer service. We know that there is a time and place for everything. You’re not going to hire a professional photographer for every event in your child’s life but those moments that are most precious to you, please leave it to the professionals.


Here’s what you get when you hire a professional photographer such as Phil Hyman Photographer:

  • Our goal is to get to know you. Building a relationship with our clients is at the top of our list. It’s the only way to truly capture timeless portraits of your children/family. We schedule a planning appointment in order to sit down with you and go over your wants and needs, find out about family dynamics and personalities, talk about location and clothing for the session, and chat about pricing. When you leave the studio, you will have a big picture view of what your experience will be from start to finish.
  • During the session, we never rush through however we know that your time is valuable. Sessions usually last 45 minutes to an hour depending on the subject. Most subjects especially small children have a very low attention span so we know we have to be precise and quick to capture these moments before their gone.
  • After the session, we don’t just email you a link to order. We want to be there every step of the way to offer our expertise and guidance. We will schedule a time for you to come in and view the photographs on a large screen and together we choose the right portraits for your home. We are here to help you decorate your home with your wall portraits.
  • Delivery is so much fun! We always schedule a time for you to come by and pick up your portraits. We want that time to sit down with you and make sure everything is correct and in order plus chat with you about family and what’s been happening since the last time we saw each other. We always carry portraits out to your car (then it’s up to you to safely get that portrait in your home; lol). We can even deliver large portraits directly to your home and schedule a time for hanging those portraits.


We know having a professional photographer capture these moments for your family is an investment. It’s not like going to Walmart for a 15 minute session and walking out with prints in your hands. It’s an investment in time and money. But the investment is so worth it when you glance up at your walls and see your babies and their true personalities in portraits. Be sure to go to and sign up for our “Free tips to decorating your home with portraits!”

Our Clients, Our Family

Our Clients, Our Family

Here on the blog, we talk a lot about both our family and our business. This time, we want to talk about you! Our customers are like family to us, and here at the studio we enjoy both meeting new people and continuing to develop our relationship with long-time friends. We want to take the opportunity to share with you some of the traits we admire in our clients.

Most of our clients come to us with a specific reason in mind when they get ready to plan a portrait session. Whether it be to mark a special milestone in the life of the portrait subject (birthday, graduation, etc.), a large framed portrait to give as a treasured piece of art, or a family portrait taken for the annual Christmas cards, we have found that our sessions are most often carefully planned for a purpose. Knowing why the portrait is being taken helps us to better serve you as we plan for your one-of-a-kind session.


While we seek to develop a relationship with our clients that will continue for many years to come, no relationship can be only one-sided. We are so blessed to have clients who include us in their family’s lives and truly desire to see us as more than just people with a camera. Family-oriented clients like these remember us when they have important family events they desire to document, and some have even thoughtfully remembered us with sweet gifts during the holidays or personally connected with us in some other way. We realize that this takes intentional effort and we are so thankful that they allow us to be a part of their family and we offer them to be a part of ours.

We recognize that portraiture is a unique business and that our clients make an investment when they choose Phil Hyman Photography to be their portrait artist. We are willing to work with our clients to develop a payment plan, if necessary, so they can keep a budget while preparing to enjoy a piece of quality, personal art that will last more than a lifetime. Many of our clients have begun to save for their next portrait immediately after their current one is completed. We appreciate their recognition of the importance photography plays in documenting family history. Time and time again, our customers express to us how appreciative they are to have such quality fine art in their home, proudly on display. As artists, we love nothing more than to see our work enjoyed.


We have some creative clients, and it is certainly fun to see the variety of settings in which our portraiture is on display. Some chose a single large portrait for their wall, while others order a group of images which, when hung together, tell a story. Some choose a colorful fall family portrait or peaceful summer evening beach portrait, while others prefer the stark contrast of black and white. While we will always have the same classic style, this variety is one of our favorite parts of our business.

Thank you for being a part of the Phil Hyman Photography family. If there is any way we can help document your next family milestone or help you to prepare ahead for Christmas gifts, please feel free to contact us. You are the reason we love the portrait business!

Keepin’ It Classic!

Keepin’ It Classic!

It’s all about keeping it classic! Check this out!

Many critics, journalists, authors, and music lovers around the world have called her “the most influential female recording artist of all time.” She is also the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and the Guinness Book of World Records best-selling female recording artist of all time. From the early 80s up through the current decade, her hits have been popular all over the radio waves and MTV. While many do not agree with the political stance or immorality she promotes, everyone has at least heard of Madonna. At 56 years old, she is still popular, even amongst the younger crowd. She is now much more than just a singer – she is an icon with an eye for business. In recent years, she partnered with her daughter to create a retro 80s style clothing line for Macy’s, and performed in front of millions of viewers (both live, on TV, and online) during the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show which also featured several other currently popular artists. She played a huge role in the controversial MDNA Tour that featured political and ethical topics, which actually sparked an increase in box office sales. Madonna has maintained the same basic style, but has strategically stayed with the current trends (yes, you can follow her on Instagram!).


It has been said that insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. With technology constantly progressing, it is important to keep up with the times, lest you be left behind. Here at Phil Hyman Photography, we are certainly not as infamous as Madonna! We do, however, make a conscious effort to continue to provide the same quality work we have always done while keeping up with the changing times. In recent years, we have kept up both our website blog and our Facebook page faithfully, as we seek to connect with you and your family and keep you up to date both with happenings in the studio and life with the Hyman family. Despite our growing presence in social media, we still send out hand written thank-you notes because, let’s face it, who doesn’t like receiving personal mail in their mailbox? This added personal touch is one of the aspects of our business that we don’t see a reason to change anytime soon. In fact, with the increase in social media, it’s not too often anyone receives a hand written note, so we like being the exception! As we have said before, while it is important to document everyday life with photos taken on personal digital devices, nothing can replace the beauty of an heirloom portrait, so we are committed to keeping this art alive in Greenville.

From season to season, we also vary a bit on which products are popular, although our classic portraiture is featured in each work of art created. This fall, of course, we expect to be busy with many family portraits in preparations for both Christmas gifts and annual Christmas cards. We look forward to continuing to serve you in the coming years by providing the same classic work that has always been associated with Phil Hyman Photography, while connecting with you on social media and providing services based on the needs we see in the community.