Exciting News!

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We have some exciting new developments to share with you today!  As small business owners, we strive to provide the best experience for our clients while simultaneously giving the best of ourselves to our families. If you have ever owned a small business or know someone who does, you know that it can be hard to find balance.  We have been trying to think of ways to achieve that balance and guess what?  We think we figured it out!

When we are shooting weddings, our couples are getting two seasoned photographers with years of experience working together. There is a very natural flow to our joint sessions.  Plus you are getting two unique perspectives and images that you just couldn't get with only one photographer. 

So why not apply this strategy to more of our sessions?  Recently we we started shooting our mini sessions together and we realized, hey, this really works!  We gave our clients the best experience and images, and honestly, our photos have never looked better! 

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It allowed us to have one person posing your kiddos, tickling them, blowing bubbles, singing and dancing and overall getting those genuine smiles that we always strive for.... while the other person was snapping away. We got some great client feedback, and we also got to take turns snuggling your little people, so there's that bonus!

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On the back end of things, we are splitting our workload and making ourselves more available to our families. Win win!

We want you to know we are not raising our prices because there are two of us!  We are simply giving you twice the attention and making your investment go even further. 

We are also improving the way we deliver your gorgeous images to you. While we will still provide you with the digital images, we are also working hard to make sure those memories are printed. Your life is busy. We get it. Who has time for all that? If you join one of our mini session events, we will offer rock bottom special prices on prints, canvases, and custom designed lay-flat albums. Truly, they are gorgeous and our clients can't get enough. Check out this recent note we got from a client:

Check out the images from our most recent mini sessions and see why we love what we do when we do it together!

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Want to know more? Join our exclusive mini session group. You'll be the first to know about upcoming events and special offers. We are committed to doing 1-2 mini sessions together every month, but they are selling out FAST, so take a look at your calendar and let's make a date!

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With Love,

Heidi & Heather

Colten + Michelle

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We are so excited to share another love story with you today!  Meet Colten and Michelle! This sweet couple met on a blind date through a mutual friend.  The sparks flew so high on that first date that Colten declared to his matchmaking friend he was going to marry that girl!

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After a second date with each of their dogs in tow, Michelle said they were "attached at the hip!"  Soon they moved in together, and rescued their dane-lab mix, Keira.  

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Colten followed through with his declaration exactly one year after rescuing Keira, who carried the engagement ring to Michelle on her collar. Of course Keira will be the ring bearer at their vineyard wedding this summer.

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We had so much fun with them on this dreamy sunset engagement session.  And oh what a romantic, rustic setting!  Congratulations Michelle and Colten! We can't wait to capture your special day!

Five on Friday

We're starting something new - Five on Friday!  Tune into this blog on most Fridays and find "five fabulous photos" that showcase a few special details from many of the weddings we've captured.  One week it might be all about the dessert table, another it might be some of our favorite reception candids.  Though getting those perfect bridal portraits is the best part of what we do, it's the details about the wedding that make us enjoy every minute of the job.

This week, we decided to showcase flower girls.  Everyone on the HHWP team happens to have a sweet young (and perhaps sassy) daughter who has just started kindergarten or first grade this year.  Consequently, we're all kind of teary over photos of adorable little girls, wondering where the time went as we ship our beauties off to school for the day.  So while these photos might not make you cry, they'll certainly make you smile since the cuteness of these little gals dressed to the nines is almost too much to handle!

Ok ok, so there were a few more than five showcased above...but sometimes it's hard to choose from so much cuteness! Happy Friday!

Dear Groom

Dear Groom (who is dreading the photos),

Are you feeling like you need a couple of shots of whiskey before you can endure a few shots from the camera?  Don't worry, we've encountered that before.  Many brides show up having planned every little detail, including what kind of photos she wants.  Most grooms basically just show up; albeit madly in love and ready to get married.  Don't get us wrong - we've certainly had couples where those roles are reversed, and we've met grooms that planned the little details and love taking photos.  But you're not one of them, so we decided to share a few things with you.

#1. You will be so glad you did it.  You might be nervous and less than thrilled around the camera, but in the end you will love spending part of your wedding day doing fun, goofy, giddy things with your new wife - and having each and every moment documented forever.  You will be kissing her, dipping her, loving her, spinning her around, snuggling her... and if you do that, those photos will be amazing and remind you every day how beautiful you both felt and looked on your wedding day.  Photos capture more than just images- they capture the memory of the emotions you were experiencing.  You will be able to look at your photos and re-live all those wonderful emotions.

#2. You hired us because we know what we're doing.  When we sat down to talk about your wedding, we showed you our portfolio and the work we are capable of.  By hiring us we consider ourselves bound to making sure we meet or exceed the standards of work we presented to you.  This means that we may have to take you guys out of the cocktail hour to do photos at sunset, or perhaps pull you out of the reception for a few minutes to do a night-time shot.  We will balance getting those perfect shots with letting you enjoy your day - we promise.  This ain't our first rodeo.

#3.  You often won't even realize we are there. The majority of the photos we take during the day is pure photojournalism - documenting every aspect of your day. We spend a large chunk of our time at your wedding just taking pictures of the things you are naturally doing to get ready; things you would be doing even if you didn't have photographers capturing those moments. However, sometimes, we are going to have to pose you. Sometimes one of us will be pretty far away using a telephoto lens, but sometimes you'll feel like we're all up in your face.  When we are that close, it will just be for a few quick shots.  Remember, the vast majority of the time, having a photographer means you won't even realize we are there.

#4. We love photographing the guy stuff.  The camaraderie, the friendship, the style. For us, the groom isn't second fiddle - you are obviously just as important as the bride.  We want to make sure you’re getting what you want and we want to make you look amazing as well. We aim to capture timeless, handsome, dapper and authentic photos.  We want to make your kids look back on your wedding photos and think ‘that was my DAD?!”.  We will photograph you and your best guy-friends together, having fun, being who you are.  Again, sometimes we’ll guide you into poses that make you look good, but mostly it will be pretty casual. 

So go ahead and take a shot to loosen up before we get started on the photos if you still want to.  But we're confident that you won't need to, because we're seasoned pros and we know how to make this the most comfortable experience for you.  And if that's not enough, just remember that your number one girl is going to be by your side...on your wedding day and for the rest of your life.