Friday, January 30, 2009

First Annual Valentine's Day Special I HMH PHOTOGRAPHY I Durham Region, Whitby, Maternity, Newborn, Family, Boudoir, Glamour Photographer

Every woman can get all she needs for only $99!!!!!!
Get your Hair, Nails and Makeup for your Special Day & we'll include a NICE or NAUGHTY 8x10 or 2-5x7 Professional Glamour Photo to give your better half or keep for yourself FREE!!!

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We look forward to seeing you on the 14th

Heather, Sandra and the "Love Team"

Saturday, January 10, 2009


I don't know about you but I can't believe it is 2009 - it seems like only yesterday we were all worried about Y2K!

Here are some my my faves from our kid friendly New Years Party!

What an exciting year 2008 was - I can't wait to see what 2009 has in store. For our family I am sure it will include a fair bit of Hockey and Lacrosse! I can't wait for the Spring - we are hopefully going to be going to Halifax on a Family Holiday - I can't wait to get some great shots!

As some of you may have noticed for 2009 my session fee has gone up a wee bit - it is now $100. But as always this will still allow you the personalized attention that a professional photographer can give - we are free to explore what the session has to offer and we are not ruled by a clock.

I found an article over the holidays that helps explain it all (copied with permission from

The photographic art you choose to place on your wall is ultimately the result of the vision of the photographer. This vision, coupled with what you wear to your session, the environment, the lighting, even the mood the subjects are in at the time of photographing creates the work that you will want to proudly display on your walls forevermore.
Your first step in the process is more about determining who you are, who your family is and then seeking a photographer that reflects your style. For instance let’s say your family is extremely outdoorsy and loves playing on the beach. You start determining what style you like, browse through photography website portfolios and determine if any of the styles exhibited there would be a good fit with your life and family style. You have already determined that you should probably seek out a beach type photographer (that is if you live near a beach) and then begin narrowing the field down a bit.

Finally after a bit of Internet research, you have narrowed it down to two photographers who do what seems like solid work, the sort of outdoor beach look you desire. It is now time to ask yourself: Do you like photographer A’s style over photographer B’s style? Is it because the people in the images of A’s style are having a great time and it seems very caught up in the moment vs. B photographer more posed, looking in the camera images? If this is a case, you probably like LIFESTYLE photography or perhaps even take it a step further and define your desired style as a PHOTOJOURNALISTIC photography style. The photographer you probably should choose is photographer A because their style is very similar to the style you desire.

What custom photography ultimately is all about is choice and experience (as in THE experience). Custom photography is about finding someone who will photograph your family, give you devoted 1:1 attention without worry of the next ‘in line’ or the feeling of a crowded portrait studio. A custom photographer will typically show you a fairly extensive gallery culled to only show the good images that meet the photographers’ creative sensibilities. Often the images are fully edited images-color corrected with blemishes and undereye circles removed. Custom photographers are also known as boutique studios, offering a range of products and unparalleled service. Think Lexus vs. Hyundai, think Nordstrom vs. WalMart.

Custom photography should have you, the client and your experience in mind.


Approaching it from a time standpoint, for instance let’s imagine if you will that you have hired a photographer who has work that you love and that is travelling an hour to your on location session. Time break down:

session prep time (30 mins - 1 hour, includes equipment and back up equipment checks + vehicle checks)
one hour travel time TO session
15-30 minutes prep time at client’s home
90 minutes-2 hours with client photographing subject
one hour travel time FROM session
30-45 minutes uploading time from digital cards from camera to computer
30-45 minutes time spent backing up the original images
2-5 hours editing time to present you with a diverse gallery of edited images
1 hour prep time getting ready for ordering
2-3 hours time with client for ordering images
1 hour sorting through and checking order
30 minutes-1 hour prep time for delivery
30 minutes-1 hour getting order shipped
any additional phone time or time needed for add on ordering, shipment issues, quality issues
As you can see, average client time for a session ranges from just under 13 hours to 19 hours dependent on the photographer’s level of service. This is time dedicated only to your session. When the photographer charges $150-$300 for the photo shoot you are not just paying for the two hours of session time, you are paying the photographer for 12-19 hours complete time for your session.