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It’s time to start thinking about Fall Family Sessions!!!

One of the most asked questions I get is “What Do We Wear?”.  Well, I’m definitely no fashion expert myself.  My favorite outfit is a t-shirt, shorts, and flip flops:)  But I can give you ideas on what looks best for family portraits…hey, it’s what I do!

Here are a few tips to think about when planning your outfits:

  1.  Wear colors that compliment the season.  Browns, blues, grays, yellows, and oranges are good colors to think about.  You can always add a pop of color as an accessory (a scarf, chunky necklace, etc.).
  2. Coordinate everyone’s outfit.  This doesn’t mean that everyone has to be in the exact same color.  Just make sure your colors all look great together.
  3. Think about where you want to display your family images.  So you want a nice size canvas on your mantle or wall showcasing what’s most precious to you – YOUR FAMILY.  Make sure your clothes you’ve picked out for your family session compliment the colors in the area of your home where you’ll display your family pictures.  Again, doesn’t have to match exactly – just be sure that your family photos don’t clash with the rest of your décor.
  4. Stick with solid colors.  Solid colors look the best in photographs.  Distracting prints on clothing will take away from the real subject.  If you must have prints in clothing, think about this…kids can get away with wearing prints more than adults.  Kids wearing prints is also a good way to break up solid colors worn by the adults and add a pop of color to the image.
  5. Textures are good!  Sweaters, jackets, scarves, and even belts are a great way to add texture to an image.
  6. Accessories are good!  Don’t forget this step when planning for you fall family photos.  It’s the little things that make the photo.
  7. Don’t advertise for a clothing company.  Well, unless you’re a Gap model – then it’s okay if you wear a shirt displaying their logo.  But for everyone else…clothes with logos and text are very distracting and take away from the subject of the photo.
  8. Add layers.  Layers can accessorize your outfit and add texture.  It’s also a great way to mix and match between neutrals and colors that can make a photo pop.  Layers also allow for quick outfit changes without actually changing clothes completely.
  9. Don’t forget your shoes!  Yes, it’s happened more than once.  A family shows up with the cutest outfits, but dad has left his shoes picked out for the session at home (shame on him lol)!!!  The tennis shoes or flip flops he’s wearing just don’t do the outfits justice.  Or someone spends so much time coordinating the clothes that they completely forget about the shoes or boots or whatever footwear looks best and they just grab tennis shoes for little Johnny right before they leave the house (grungy tennis shoes…no no no).  So when planning you’re outfits, don’t forget to plan what your going to put on your feet.  Not all of your family images may show your shoes, but some do and there’s nothing worse than when the shoes ruin the perfect family photo.
  10. Have fun & don’t stress!!!  This is probably the most important one of all.  Even if you clothes aren’t perfect or dad left his shoes at home…just shake it off and go with the flow.  My job as a photographer is to make you look your best.  If everyone’s scared of you (lol – mommys gonna snap) and you’re completely stressed out…IT WILL SHOW!  Take it easy and trust your photographer.

Well, I hope that helps a little when you start planning your fall family session outfits.  You can also check out my pinterest board for a few visual ideas

Follow Sheila’s board 2015 – What to Wear for Families on Pinterest.

Also, my favorite place to shop!!!  Fall clothes are out and great sales going on at Target!  Click here to go shopping at Target!

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“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson

It’s really hard to get that PERFECT picture!  But if you know a few simple tricks & tips, you’ll get a little closer.  Below is a list of 7 things to watch out for when trying to get the perfect shot…

1 – Photo bombers

You know the drill, you’re at your child’s play, about to snap a picture of your kid and just as you push the shutter button a crazy teenage boy jumps into the background of your photo and totally bombs it!  Watch for photo bombers in big crowds.

 

2 – Trees

Trees are a great addition to any photo, depending where they are placed in the composition.  If you want your subject to stand by the tree, place them next to the tree, not directly in front of it.  Having a big trunk coming out of their head can look terribly awkward!  That goes for anything in the background that can appear to growing out of someone’s head.

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3 – Awkward backgrounds

You need to update your profile picture and happen to be in the bathroom fixing your hair. You snap your own “selfie” and love the photo!  Later looking back you realize that the bathroom hand dryer and feminine napkin dispenser also made it into your image.  Uh-oh!  Trash that one!  Especially if your a guy!!!

 

4 – Don’t shoot from low angles

Unless you really love the look of double chins, hold your camera above your eye level when shooting yourself, or above your subject’s eye level.  This helps to thin out the face of the subject whereas shooting from below the chin puts more emphasis on the extra baggage commonly referred to as a “double chin”.

 

5 – Avoid shooting in direct sun

Contrary to popular belief, shooting in the direct sunlight isn’t the ideal place for lighting.  It causes your subjects to squint and also creates harsh shadows under their eyes, nose and chin.  Instead, look for a shady spot that is still evenly and well lit.  Your subject will have a nice evenly lit face and much less squinting.  Way more appealing and professional-looking picture!

 

6 – Hold the camera still

Especially if you are shooting in low light situations, it’s important to hold the camera very still when shooting.  Any movement from your hands can cause your photo to turn out blurry.

 

7 – Avoid dark situations

When you shoot in a low light situation and your not using a flash, your shutter speed will slow way down in order to get enough light on the subject.  That slow shutter speed can be the reason for blurry photos.  Always choose the most well lit area possible for the best quality picture!

I’m so excited for this year’s Celebration of Smiles Event!!!  For a small donation of $24 you’ll receive a complimentary 5×7 gift print and a mini-session (about 20 minutes).  By participating, you’ll help support Operation Smile, which provides free surgeries for children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

 

For every 10 individuals we photograph, another child will receive the gift of surgery! It costs as little as $240 for Operation Smile’s medical volunteers to provide a life-saving surgery that can take as little as 45 minutes. One hundred percent of each donation will go to Operation Smile.

 

We also believe that our Celebration of Smiles Day is a wonderful way to teach children the value of reaching out to others. Even small children can understand the importance of Operation Smile’s work, and they are eager to help these needy children. We hope you will join with us in helping to make this vital work possible, and we promise to create a portrait that you will treasure.

  To schedule your session time for Celebration of Smiles, please call or email today (info@hebertphoto.com     281-804-3148). 

I can’t wait to see your smiling face:) 

 

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These days, photography is practiced by anyone with a smartphone, but it’s mastered by few. For everyday photos, you may be fine with a neighbor, a friend or your sister-in-law (no offense!).  But when it comes to those once-in-a-lifetime moments-when you’ve got one shot at getting it right-you better make sure the person behind the camera is a pro. A proven professional photographer that is.

There’s no greater proof than when the letters “CPP” follow a photographer’s name. They designate a Certified Professional Photographer, someone who is putting in the extra work to stay above the rest. It assures you of this photographer’s professional knowledge and experience, while also declaring that photographer as one who has achieved and maintains a higher standard.  Certified Professional Photographers must complete a written examination, an image evaluation, and adhere to a stringent code of conduct. Certification must be renewed on a periodic basis, ensuring continuing confidence in the professionalism of Certified Professional Photographers.

I, Sheila Hebert, CPP earned this designation after meeting rigorous requirements measuring my artistic and technical competence towards the end of 2013 (PPA member since 2008, but a CPP since 2013).  And let me tell you, it was no piece of cake.  I’d be lying if I said I knew I’d pass the first time (I did pass the first time…but I had my doubts).  Why I wanted this certification degree?  Because it was a personal challenge to raise the bar in my business & photography.  More importantly it gives my clients (present and future) a sense of security & relief knowing that when they hire me, I have the skills needed to do the job.  No worries – I’VE GOT THIS!  Does this mean I never make a mistake…HEAVENS NO!  But being a professional means I accept it, make it right, and move on.

Professional Photographers of America currently recognizes less than 2,000 Certified Professional Photographers in the WORLD.

 

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to be a part of a very special event – Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s  Principal of the Day Event.  This event connected local schools and local businesses by allowing business owners (and/or employees of) to be a “principal for a day”.  Everyone agreed that this event “opened their eyes” in a way they have never thought of before.  Sure we’ve all been in a classroom as a student, but how many have actually been in a classroom or school as a leader?  They have a very interesting job to say the least.  I have a very special place in my heart for the education system and think that events like this will help bridge the gap between school, businesses, and communities.

My main “job” of the day was to really photograph everyone who participated with the Cow from Chick Fil A (who doesn’t want a picture with the cow, right???).  However, the cow never showed up.  Lots of questions about where he could be and it wasn’t until after the event that we learned what happened.  The cow had an accident and demolished his car!!!  Poor cow – I’ve heard he was okay after accident and I sincerely hope that’s the truth.  But the big question people we’re asking…WAS HE WEARING THE COW SUIT???  Poor Cow!

So here are a few photographs from the event.  As you can see, the event was catered by Chick Fil A and was YUMMY!!!

As a board member of the GEMCCC and a committee member of the Education Committee…THANKS to all the schools (and the principals) and businesses that participated in this event!  You are both very much appreciated!  And thanks to Chick Fil A of Kingwood for the delicious lunch!

 

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