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

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.

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.