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It’s not too late to schedule your family session with Sheila Hebert Photography.  While there are still open spots through the rest of the year, the weekend times are almost gone!  There are more choices available during the week, but with very limited afternoon/evening times.

This year I’m offering two different types of family sessions:  The COMPLETE session and the MINI session. 

You’ll get the greatest variety of images with the COMPLETE session.  These sessions are for those families who haven’t had their family portraits updated in a while and want beautiful portraits to decorate their walls or want to preserve the memories in an heirloom family album.  A COMPLETE session at Sheila Hebert Photography includes multiple indoor and outdoor areas and has a $70 session fee (prints/digital files purchased separately).  

The MINI sessions are 30-minutes and include one area (indoor or outdoor – the area/backdrop is predetermined before your session).  This is the perfect session if you’re are just wanting a few images for gifts and/or Christmas cards.  The session fee is only $50.  

If you’re not sure which session is right for you, give me a call so we can discuss the details of each.

For more information & to schedule your session online, please visit this link:   2018 Family Sessions

 

Family Sessions – Top 10 FAQS

The busiest time of the year will soon be upon us and you know what that means…FAMILY PORTRAIT SEASON!  A tad cooler weather always makes this the perfect time.  Well maybe on the cooler weather, this is Texas.  But it’s still the perfect time to update your family portrait.

Maybe you use this time every year to update your family portrait or maybe it has been a few years since the last family portrait.  Either way, I’ve pulled together the “most frequently asked questions” about family sessions.  I hope these helps to shed a little light on one of my favorite types of sessions and help you make for a stress-free family session.

1.  What do we wear?

This is the number question I get.  But don’t stress!  We’ll discuss this when you schedule your session and you’ll also get a “What to Wear” tip guide.  But here are a few quick tips to think about:

-Coordinate your clothing to everyone in your portrait and with the colors in your home where you plan to display your family portraits.

-Remember “coordinate” means “complement”, not necessarily everyone in matching color clothing. 

-Stay away from stripes and patterns for the most part.  Solid colors do a have a magic “slimming” effect;)  Of course, babies and kids look cute in almost anything so they can get away with patterns (see image above;).

-Remember that during your family session, you may be standing and sitting.  Make sure all clothing fits well in ANY position.

For a more detailed answer to this question, check out this blog post (WHAT TO WEAR) and don’t forget…when you hire me to photograph your family session, you also hire me to help you plan your session and create beautiful images that will last forever!  I’ll hold you hand every step of the way;)

2.  How much does it cost?

For this question, I’ll have to give you a two-part answer.  The first answer depends on the type of session you are wanting…a MINI session or a FULL session.  The session fee for a mini is $50 and last for about 30 minutes.  Here we basically we have one goal in mind – Christmas card pictures, just a few to give as gifts, etc.  You can expect about 10-15 images most of the time.  The full session is an hour (sometimes up to two) and the fee is $70.  With this session you can expect about 30+ images – plenty to choose from when you decide to purchase an heirloom family album and/or wall-portraits to decorate your home.  For the time being there is no minimum order required , but for now the amount you spend depends on what you want.  All products (digital files, prints, albums, etc.) are purchased separately.

When you schedule a session with Sheila Hebert Photography, we will not only discuss clothing options, but we’ll also talk about your budget and what you are wanting from your session.  Because a family session can be quite a bit of an investment, I’ll ask you what your goals are from the session.  This is a very important question and helps us plan for the session YOU want.  The amount you spend on your family session really comes down to WHAT DO YOU WANT!

Every family is different, but just to give you an average of what you can expect:  An average cost for a mini session starts around $350.  This may include digital files, gift prints, or a combination.  This is a perfect session when you’ve recently had a full family session, or you are just wanting to update your family images for a special occasion (like Christmas).  For a full/complete session, the average ranges between $750 and $1200.  Most people who choose a full session haven’t had a family session in a while and/or want to use the images to decorate their home with beautiful portraiture.  Most leave with all or most of the digital files from their session, an album, and/or wall-portraits.  

Once again, the investment in your family session depends on what you want as an end result.  Again, at the pre-consultation we’ll discuss this so that you can have a good plan to follow, be prepared & choose the best session for your family (mini session or full session).  There is nothing worse than choosing a full session and then come back to your order appointment to only be overwhelmed by all the beautiful images.  You want them all, but “all” is not in your budget or you have no idea what to do with “all” of them.  On the flip side, if you choose a mini session and want a huge variety of options for albums and wall-portraits – you may end up being a little disappointed as well. 

So, this is why the pre-consultation is so important to your session!  When I find out what you want, I can help you make the best decision on the best type of session for your needs.  And don’t worry if you’re just not quite sure – that is exactly how most people feel when we first start planning and discussing their family session.  We’ll take it step by step and you’ll at least have a pretty good idea by the end of your session.

3.  Where do we meet for our family session?

Most sessions take place at my studio which is in the Splendora / Cleveland area.   Here, we have the option of indoors and outdoors.  The professional studio has several different backgrounds to choose from (which is super helpful when Mother Nature is not) and we have 14-acres with several “photo-op” areas. 

However, if you do have a special location in mind – we can do that too.  Location sessions do have a slightly higher session fee and require a minimum purchase.  Please get in touch with me if you’d like more information on a location session.

4.  How do we schedule a family session?

Easy – just give me a call or email and we’ll get the process started (281-804-3148 or info@hebertphoto.com).  You can also book your session online now or check the calendar to see what’s available first.  Click HERE to see the calendar.  Please note…online scheduling is a new thing I’m trying out.  Not all appointment times may show for a reason or two AND there’s a slight chance that an appointment time you choose may already be full (if that’s the case, I’ll be in touch ASAP).  Thanks for your patience as I work through all the bugs.

5.  How do we order from our session?

About 1-2 weeks after your photography session, you’ll come back to the studio for a private order appointment.  This is when you will see your images for the very first time and this is when you place your order.  This appointment will last for about an hour.  After your session, you’ll be assigned “homework” to make the order appointment as smooth as possible.  Basically, your homework will be to set a budget and then create your need & want list from your session. 

By the way, those who actually do their homework really do have a much easier time at the order appointment.  There have been a few times when clients have come back totally excited about seeing their images, but totally unprepared on what they want to order.  So, I really STRESS DO YOUR HOMEWORK.  But hopefully, you will have a pretty good idea from the pre-consultation session of what you are wanting.

6.  Can we just have an online gallery instead?

Online galleries are only available for those who purchase a digital collection.  For the order appointments, I do ask you to come back in and choose your favorites in person.  I know this may seem an inconvenience, but it is really for your benefit.  I hear it all the time – “there was no way I could do this online”.  And in the past when I have tried online galleries, they really became too time-consuming for clients – a huge disservice for you.  So, I really want to make this entire experience for your family session as pleasant as possible.  As long as you come back prepared, the order appointment should take no longer than an hour.

7.  How long before our order comes in?

After your order session, it normally takes about 2 weeks to get your order in.  Custom products (such as albums) do take a little longer – anywhere from 2-4 weeks.  Remember…custom portraiture does take a little time, so it’s important to not wait until the last minute.

8.  Can we bring our dog (or insert your favorite fur friend)?

Absolutely!  Just let me know beforehand (we should talk about this in the consultation) and I can give you a few tips and more specific instructions.  Just FYI – I live next to a deer farm, so always bring a leash;).

9.  I don’t have a lot of wall space, so what will I do with all the images?

Just because you think you don’t have wall space in your home, there are still several creative ways to display your family images.  Albums & easel prints, and a session box are just a few.  I can also help you assess your wall space and create a sample of how images will look on your own wall.  You’ll be able to see your walls with your images and decide the best size for the area.  Unless you live in a glass house, we can probably find “hidden” space that you haven’t thought of.  A side note:  one of the homework assignments I give is to take & send pictures of areas where you might want to display your images.  With this, I can create a mock-up with your own wall and your own images to size.  How cool is that!

10.   I just need one 8×10 (or one digital file)?

Okay, so this is not a question, but it is comment I get every now and then.  Planning a family session takes a lot of time (both on your part and mine).  As I mentioned above, with a mini session you can expect about 15 images and about 30ish with a full session.  If you really want something less than a mini, then I would love to talk in detail about your session expectations.  If it turns out that I’m unable to meet your needs, then  I will happily help you with any other questions and refer you to another studio who may of more service to you.

So, there you have…The Top 10 FAQS for family sessions.  There’s no such thing as a “dumb question”, so if I’ve left anything out please, please, please send me an email with your question(s) and I will respond ASAP.  I do this everyday and sometimes I tend to forget that MOST people don’t have the family portrait taken everyday😊

 

 

Deciding what to wear for your session can be a little difficult.  This is the number one question I always get asked when someone books a session – whether it’s a family session, high school senior session, or just about any type of photography session – everybody wants to know what they should wear.  I know it can seem stressful trying to figure out what everyone clothing and at the same time making sure everyone feels comfortable and looks good.  So, one of the first things I try to find out is what your goals are for your session and what you plan to do with the images.  Believe it or not, this can make a huge difference in how you style your family for the session. 

Do you plan to display a large family portrait in your living room?  Do you plan to decorate your walls with your beautiful family pictures?  If so, then you really need to think about what colors will complement the colors in your home.  Not “matchy-matchy”, but just look well together.  If your goal is to just get images to use for Christmas cards and get a few for gifts, then your color scheme may depend on other things.   But if you are wanting wall-portraits to accent your home decor, be sure the colors don’t clash (clothing color and room colors should complement each other).  One trick is to lay out your clothing in the room where you plan to display your images and take a step back.  How does the clothing color look in that room?  Does it stand out too much or does it blend well.  

Another tip when planning your clothing is to remember that not everyone needs to match and be in the same color.  Sure, that can work and when it’s the right color scheme it can look great.  But, just like when planning your portraits around the color scheme of your home, it’s important to remember that clothing colors should complement each other too.  You probably wouldn’t want to mix colors like green and orange, brown and black, etc.  It’s just good color theory sense😉 You’ve studied that, right?  No worries if you haven’t – I have and can help you along the way. 

By the way, here’s a good article that talks about colors you probably DON’T want to mix  https://fashion-spreads.com/8-colors-that-should-never-be-combined.html

And here’s a reference pocket guide for choosing colors that look well together  https://deapalmbeach.com/2016/03/07/color-theory-for-designers/fresh-color-wheel-pocket-guide-to-mixing-color-artist-paint-color-wheel-of-color-theory-for-designers/

One last thing about your family portraits, think about the background colors too.  Is your family portrait outside?  Then try to choose colors that won’t clash with outdoor colors?  When in doubt, think neutral colors – you can never go wrong there (well, almost never).  If you are wanting indoor portraits as well – don’t worry about it…I’ll pick the best background for your clothing.

With all sessions it’s important that we have a “pre-consultation” before your session to help with making the best clothing decisions.  This is done via phone or email (or you can always choose an in-person planning session).  You’ll also receive a “What to Wear” guide for your family session that will give you ideas on how to plan for your session.  Remember, nothing is set in stone – the most important things to focus on when planning your family photography sessions are:

-How do you want to see your images 5-10 years from now?

-Where do you plan on displaying your wall-portraits?

-What is your family style?  Casual, formal, or a little in-between?

-Is everyone’s clothing comfortable and fit well?

-Do the colors/ patterns complement everyone

And one last thing…I always say “once you know the rules, you can break the rules”;)  If you favorite colors are green and orange, then by all means GO FOR IT!  Wear what your love!!!

Your school years are filled with so many milestones and are years that you will never get back again. As a parent, you want to capture every single one of your child’s achievements, from kindergarten right through to college. A graduation is especially important as it signifies a new stage in your child’s life.  

Below are a few tips to help you capture the best possible graduation photos, photos that you can look back on with admiration years from now.

  1. Embrace the lead-up

The moments leading up to the graduation ceremony are the best time to capture a few shots of your graduate. Grab some photos of them in their gown and hat and in their graduation outfit too. You can also take some close ups of the outfit, gown, and hat on their own. Since the actual graduation ceremony will be quite busy, take this time to shoot a few family pictures too.

  1. Don’t forget their friends

While the graduation ceremony is all about your child’s achievements, their friends have played an incredibly important part in their life up until this point. Being able to look back on and remember their friends, school and favorite hangout spots is something that your child will really appreciate later on in life so take a few group shots around the school to commemorate this milestone.

  1. Experiment with angles and your zoom

Aim to take a variety of different photos on the day by experimenting with your camera’s zoom and various angles ahead of time.

If you want to get a good shot of your child walking across the stage on the day, set your camera up for continuous shooting so that you have a better chance of getting the perfect photo. It’s also always great to get a shot of the entire graduating class so take the time to learn how to take shots with a wide angle before graduation day.

School and college is such an integral part of everyone’s life, which is why it’s so important to make the extra effort to capture these moments and milestones, whether it’s for yourself or your own child.  And don’t forget…ENJOY THE DAY!

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