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Can you believe it’s already less than one month until Valentine’s Day 2017?!?!  Well, it is and the SWEETEST sessions of the year are taking place now!!!

The Valentine’s Day Quick Take Sessions will last around 15 minutes – these sessions are perfect for babies (5 months or older…strong sitters preferred) and children up to about 10 years of age.   Your session includes up to 6 digital files with a print release or a $70 studio credit.  The special cost of this quick-take session is ONLY $125 (plus tax).

The sessions will take place at my photography studio in Splendora, Texas and we have 3 different backgrounds to choose from and are available until February 10, 2017.  For your convenience, appointment times are offered Tuesday – Friday from 10am until 6:00pm.  Saturday appointment times are VERY, VERY limited.  Please call the studio (281-804-3148) or email ( to schedule your appointment or for more information.

PS…No session fee to Baby Club or Graduate Members:)

sheila hebert photography valentine day mini sessions

What a fabulous year 2016 was!!! I feel incredibly blessed to have had such a small part in your life – THANK YOU to all my clients for giving me the opportunity to photograph you, your families, and your events!

Here’s to a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year!

Class of 2016 – I am so honored to have photographed each and every one of you!!! My sincerest apology for not getting this “congrats” out sooner, but you know how the saying goes…better late than never:):):) And in all fairness, my last order for “class of 2016” was just delivered today:) So now I can honestly say I have completely finished all sessions from Class of 2016 Seniors!!! Yippee…now on to Class of 2017.

But before I move on, I have to say to the Class of 2016 High School Seniors that I photographed…You guys were AWESOME!!! I was totally blown away by each and every one of you. The talent, intelligence, determination, and motivation that graced my studio this past year was unbelievable. There are no words to express how truly impressive all of you were. In almost 10 years of being in the photography business, I don’t think I’ve seen so many medals, banners, awards, buckles, scholarship letters, and so on than I have this past year. VERY IMPRESSIVE!

Thank you so much for choosing me to photograph you and tell the story of your senior year. I feel truly honored and blessed to have been able to work with each one of you and be just a small part of your life. I wish you all the best of luck in your future and I’m confident you will do great things! I hope some of you remember me when your famous – hehehe:):)

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. ~Henry David Thoreau


Here is another sweet little girl from one of my favorite families – Miss Reagan!  It seems like only yesterday when I met Reagan for the first time.  She was just  a few weeks old and so teeny tiny.  


Now look at her as an “almost” big five-year-old!!!


When Reagan came to the studio, one of the first things she did was give me a GREAT BIG HUG.  Thank you so much Reagan…you are such a sweet baby girl!

And thank you Paul and Heather for allowing me to be a part of your lives over the last 7 years (or has it been 8?!?!)!!!  I have loved every minute of watching your family grow – from your wedding (way back in 2008 ) and then having the pleasure of photographing Reagan every year as she grows into a beautiful little lady:)  And congratulations again – I can’t wait to meet Kayson.


So you got a new fancy camera for Christmas — that’s great!  Or maybe you’ve had your camera for some time and just never took the time to learn to use it.  Have no fear…I’m going to help.  Awhile back I started posting “Tips on Tuesday” and tried to give a few helpful tips along the way (I think the bulk of the originals are gone due to the gremlins who ate my website a couple of years ago though).  I’ve also taught a few “Basics for Beginners” photography classes here and there & I get asked questions about cameras (how to use it, the best one to get, etc., etc.) ALL THE TIME!  So I’m starting over here with “Tips on Tuesday” and my goal is to help you learn to WORK YOUR CAMERA.

Most of the tips can be applied to any “advanced point and shoot” or DSLR camera.  But a lot will apply to any camera whether it be an iPhone camera or a “simple point and shoot”. By the way…if you happen to be in the market for a good camera don’t fall into the trap that the most expensive is the best.  An expensive DSLR is no better than a mid-range Point & Camera unless you really have the time to understand and learn to work it.  And by the way…here’s a link to my camera of choice for personal uses – Canon G series.  I currently have an older version (G12), but looking to upgrade very, very soon (I’m leaning towards the G16).  I once wrote a very lengthy blog post on why this type of camera for my personal use (and why I recommend this camera to most people who want a “better” camera), but I just checked and it’s gone from the blog (darn gremlins).  I’ll add that to my list to rewrite it soon, but in short this camera can do everything most people really want and need for personal uses.  And it’s small enough that you WILL actually carry it along with you.

One important thing to remember is that a better camera will not make your photos better. Good photography comes from what’s in between your ears rather this what you hold in your hand. So start with the camera you have right now!!!

“A good photo is knowing where to stand.” ~Ansel Adams

My first piece of advice to anyone who “wants to take better pictures” is to understand how your camera works. READ THE MANUAL!  I know it’s boring, but how else will you ever learn all your camera functions???  Not all cameras are created equally.  For the first of this tutorial, I’m going to briefly explain what all the little icons mean on the camera dial.  My goal is to get you off the “green box”!!!  If you have a camera that cost more than a few hundred dollars and are using the “green box” mode (aka automatic)… You have wasted your money!  REALLY! Your iPhone can do just as a good job.  Again these will be very short descriptions.  To learn more about each…READ THE MANUAL:)

1  Automatic – the green box (or some an oval).  Basically you point the camera, click the shutter button, and BAM you’re done.  No thinking required – the camera does all the thinking for you.  Great for snapshots and candids of this and that.  Do I ever use green mode?  Yes, but only on my point and shoot.  And only when I really don’t want to think about my settings or don’t have the time (sometimes you just have to capture the moment).  Never, ever on my DSLR, NEVER!  One thing about shooting on automatic is that sometimes your camera can get it right and sometimes NOT.  But you get the point…all you do is point on the green mode.  Nothing else to say on this.

2. Program mode – I’m not going to spend much time here because basically it’s not much different than automatic mode.  While you do have a little more control (very little), the camera really controls everything for the most part.  There are a few tricks to learn for program mode that I’ll get to later, but I promise you have other options for a lot more control.   I never use this mode (goes for both the point & shoot and my professional camera).  And by the way…program mode is sometimes called “P-mode” — P-mode DOES NOT stand for “Professional Mode”.:)

3.  Shutter Priority (shortened to Tv on your camera dial) – in short, you set the shutter speed of your choice and the camera sets the aperture.  What’s shutter speed and aperture?  Read your manual he-he:)  Kidding, but not kidding really – you need to know these terms.  But I will cover them as we go.  Rarely do I use this mode – probably more so on my point & shoot.

4.  Aperture – This is one of my favorite modes to use when I work outdoors – using this mode helps me to achieve a certain look I want.  Basically it does the opposite of shutter priority.  In this mode, you set the aperture (the opening of your lens) and the camera sets the shutter speed.  We’ll get to the reasons why you’d want to control your aperture and/or shutter speed later.

5. Manual – My absolute favorite!  More thinking is involved here, but this mode really lets you be in complete control and be creative on your terms.  I use this mode 100% of the time in the studio and about 95% of the time when working with flash outside (the other 5% is in aperture mode using natural light only for the most part).

6. Bulb and scene modes – just for now I’m going to skip over these.  Most point and shoot cameras have special scene modes and some consumer DSLRs (have both).  But I’ll get to them later down the road.

So your homework for now is to READ THE MANUAL!  At the very least, read your manual to find out what camera modes and/or scenes your camera has.  And then practice photographing one object on the different modes.  Try to see if you can make a decent image on each mode (you’ll probably have to read that manual if you don’t know how to change your settings:).  But just try – don’t get discouraged.  In the next week or two, I’ll go into more detail on aperture and shutter speed.

Here is a quick example of one object taken at the 5 different modes I went over above:

Automatic Mode

Automatic Mode

Program Mode

Program Mode

Shutter Priority (Tv) Mode

Shutter Priority (Tv) Mode

Aperture Priority (Av)

Aperture Priority (Av)

Manual Mode

Manual Mode

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