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”!

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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A No Parent Zone in the Camera Room!

A No Parent Zone in the Camera Room!

Yes, we do call our camera room a “no parent zone”! This is where all the “magic” happens!

I remember as a child, my mom would drop me off at my Grandmother’s house for the day and when she would return I would start pitching a fit. My grandmother would say, “she hasn’t acted this way all day! She’s been a perfect angel!” Now that I’m a mom myself, I hear these phrases all the time. It can be frustrating however it’s a proven fact that most children behave better when separated from their parents. We’ve seen it time and time again whether here at the studio or even with our personal experiences with our children.

That’s why during a child’s session, we encourage this separation. Alex and I work side by side in the camera room. While Alex sits behind the camera capturing the moments, I’m sitting with the child making the experience fun and keeping their attention on what’s happening during the session and; not on Mommy or Daddy.  We start to see:

  • the child’s real personality whether they are shy or outgoing; that’s what makes a timeless portrait so unique
  • he/she is more focused on us instead of Mommy/Daddy
  • we gain their trust (at least for a moment)
  • they build confidence within themselves and that helps to draw out their personality

98% of the time we are successful in separating however in those instances where a child won’t separate, we don’t force the situation. We want their portrait experience to be fun! So when we’ve determined that it’s not going to happen, we bring mom into the camera room. She’s only there so that the child can see her and is confident enough to move on with the session. After every session (almost always) children are eager to head back to the camera room because they are so comfortable. That lets us know that we’ve done our job and have created an environment that children love!!!

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.

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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.

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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!