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Why printing your colossal photos is NOT a futile endeavor

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Why printing your colossal photos is NOT a futile endeavor

He lost them. All of them. Even after I told him. They are gone.

You see, my husband is a peak mountain climber. Meaning, he takes his spare time to climb mountains and climbs mountains to get to the top. Notice I didn’t say “rock climber” but mountain climber. He is active in local groups that people join to go climbing together. He is a knowledgeable source on lots of things on this topic.

And this week, he lost all his photos he’d ever taken on top of the mountains he’s climbed.

He was devastated. I mean its an understatement how cool it is to be able to go look back at all the places you’ve been and the views you have been able to encounter. But now, they are gone.

Let me explain what happened.

  1. He took images on his phone when he went hiking.

  2. All the images from his original phone had been transferred to his new phone.

  3. We gave his old phone to our son to play games etc.

  4. My son deleted the images on his old phone so he could make some of his own.

  5. All the images from both phones were deleted.

  6. And we have no idea how that is even possible.

And before you ask, no, we do not save images to the cloud mostly because we don’t want to pay for that service. And yes, now we see how that could have helped in hindsight.

However, I still won’t pay for the service now. Why? Because it’s our job to get those photos OFF the phone. They aren’t meant to stay there forever. And for weeks, I had been chatting with him about getting all those images into another service that will print them for us to enjoy- before this even happened.

There is nothing like the feeling of seeing and touching images from your own life story. Nothing. The emotion of it brings you right back to where you were and what you were doing. The connection we have as people to physical prints is proven to help lighten moods, reduce stress and connect us all on deeper levels. And no, I don’t have proof to back any of that up, but I know its out there. I know its true. It’s happened to me and I’m sure it’s happened to you too.

So whats the ending? Thank heavens for Facebook because he was able to download (some) of the images back to his phone and we WILL be getting them into print soon. This will not happen again.

Much love,

Heather

P.S. If you want to know how to get your own photos off to print, go ahead and sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to printing. A step-by-step guide that is easy to understand easy to follow, it brings back to life, the ability to print. Check it out below.

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Snowy Day Christmas Tree Hunting

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Snowy Day Christmas Tree Hunting

Smack. Right in the face and down my shirt, the snowball was really cold. It never ceased to amaze me as a child how much fun the snow could be when it was new. It was always so fun to make snowballs for throwing, snowmen for displaying and travel up our backyard butte for sledding. I don’t really know what happened, but as I grew up I didn’t enjoy being outside in it anymore. Now, as an adult, I enjoy sitting inside while I stay warm, while I read a good book (if I get the chance) and just watching the snow fall from my safe place. Maybe it’s experience that tells me I don’t really enjoy the wet snow as much as I used to. Maybe its the fact that I am one of those people that get cold just at the thought of opening my refrigerator. Or maybe it’s the fact that my kids aren’t really snow people either and that has prevented me from trying too hard to get out and play in it. As a family, we don’t go skiing, we don’t go sledding and we don’t make snowmen. The last time we did, was many years ago. I wonder if my kids aren’t becoming more like me due to example or maybe just because the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. But whatever it is, I’m ok with it. I have to make peace with the fact that we are not “winter people” but rather more “summer people”. And thats ok with me.

That all being said, yesterday I was able to take a moment and truly enjoy the snow from children’s eyes. My kids NEVER got this excited to be outside in the snow. They rarely experimented with what to do in it, let alone be creative with it. It’s amazing how truly fortunate I feel to be able to document these kinds of moments in families lives. I am forever grateful for families that will trust me to document these moments for them.

My Christmas Tree hunting sessions are underway and in full swing. I still have a few spots available. If you want more information on these and my available times then please contact me. Visit my Christmas Tree Hunting page for more info on what they and how they work. I can’t wait to do this for you too!

Much love,

Heather





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How to pick the best camera for you

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How to pick the best camera for you

We just got home from the emergency room. We are fine. Unfortunately my pocket book is not, but that is a story for another time. I was wishing I had thought to bring my camera. Hindsight, I know...but that got me thinking of something else, because my mind will often veer into weird directions. (Whose doesn't?)

It's coming. We all know it. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it seems to be a great time of year to look out for this amazing deals and those awesome discounts on the things we want. You may be buying for you or you may be buying for someone else, but you know there is always room for a little bit of splurging. Well, if you're me anyways. 

People always ask me what kind of camera I shoot with and what I would recommend for others. Well, instead of fielding those questions all year long, I decided to go ahead and write about it. There are so many choices out there. But what camera is best for you and your specific needs? Let’s explore some of them.

First of all, you may have heard (and you may have not) that there is a war going on. Yes, a war. A war on the best camera brand out there and a war on what would be the best for a beginning photographer or for an experienced one. And the coolest thing about that war is that you really don’t need to pay attention to all the hype. Because what I’m going to tell you today will ease your mind and help you choose what is right for you.

First things first. You have to decide what you want to use the camera for. Are you planning on using it to take beautiful pictures of the nice scenery in your neighborhood? Are you planning on using it to take pictures of the wildlife that you see in your back yard? Do you plan to take pictures of loved ones on the holidays or just at family gatherings? There are so many reasons to own a camera and to pick the best one for you, you have to know what it is you plan to use that camera for.

Point and Shoot:

Point and shoot cameras are typically very small in size. As a matter of fact, as time has gone on and technology has gotten better, these cameras are extremely light weight and very small, sometimes fitting in the palm of your hand. It must be said, too, that these cameras are usually very efficient. They can do miraculous things if you are looking for a camera that can shoot candid photos of friends and the occasional scene outdoors. Some would also venture to say that these types of cameras really don’t do that much different than a typical phone camera. But depending on your phone, this statement may ring truer with some phones more than others. There are various point and shoot cameras on the market. Some of them are listed here. What you want to look for is a camera that feels good in your hand and has accessible, easy controls. These controls will all be automatic, which means the camera will have all the ability to change the look of the photo based on what it is seeing. However, because cameras do not have brains, there are just some things these types of cameras can’t do that well. It is best when looking for one of these cameras that you make sure it has automatic settings that make sense to you and that you think you may use. Listed here are just some of the cameras available to you. It’s important to check prices as well as descriptions to see what will be right for you.

PANASONIC LUMIX FZ80

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

Canon PowerShot SX620

Kodak FZ53-BL

Beginner DSLR:

Now, if you think you are up for a little bit more of a challenge, or you think that you want a better quality photo than what the point and shoot camera has to offer, look no further. These cameras allow you to not only be able to change the way your image is once taken, they will also afford you a much nice photo quality. These cameras also have he ability to just set the camera to auto and let her go, but they also will allow you to change certain aspects of the settings to alter the look of the photo. They allow your brain to do more work rather than the camera’s brain doing the work for you. I highly recommend that whenever possible, holding these cameras in your hands before purchasing. All cameras feel different on your hands and have the buttons to change setting in different places. You want to make sure you will be comfortable using it before you buy. Also, looking for a camera of this magnitude will most likely afford you a rechargeable battery rather than the kind you have replace (such as in the point and shoot cameras above). While the benefits of these cameras include having more functions and capabilities, they also have some draw backs. If and when you decide to move on to a higher camera, you will notice some key differences. These cameras have what are called “cropped sensors” which just means that not all of what you see in the viewfinder will show up on the picture itself. The edges will be cropped off. And lastly, the controls that help change your photo and make it your own, will usually not be as accessible as some of the better cameras. And it should go without saying that the better the camera, the higher quality the image when printing. Here are just some of the entry level DSLR cameras to include reviews. Another brand not listed here that you may want to consider is Sony.

Nikon D3500

Nikon D3400

Canon EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D

Canon EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D

Nikon D5600

Does this seem like a lot of choices? The thing with cameras is that you want to be able to get what you pay for. Pay for too much and you may regret it. Pay for too little and you may regret it. thats why understanding what you want and what you need out of a camera is so important. If at any time you have questions about a certain camera model or you need just plain advice more than this article provides, please contact me. I am here for you!

But what happens if you get your camera and you aren’t sure how to use it? You know you want to learn but the camera manual is confusing and just not detailed enough?

This just in time for a little bit of learning. My classes are coming up again soon to teach you how to use that camera you just purchased. I can't wait to spread the news on that event so stay tuned. Sign up now to get news and updates on the class coming soon.

Much love,

Heather

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How to have the most crush-worthy family photo gallery in town

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How to have the most crush-worthy family photo gallery in town

People are always asking me how to have the photos that they see in others homes. You know the ones. Photos where the people are always happy and the locations are gorgeous. You get all dressed up and everything looks fabulous in the sunset. But have you actually ever asked the person how that photo came to be? Usually it goes like this..."I have no idea how she got Jeremy to smile because he was running around the whole time screaming that he didn't want to be there and Laura kept rolling her eyes every time the photographer took a photo just to make me mad. I think the photographer said something about heavy editing and that is why I had to pay extra." I mean, don't get me wrong. Those types of photos can be magical and they can be wonderful memories. But when you look at the photo all you will think about is the memory of taking the photo and all the negative things that happened that day. IS that what you really want? While the final result may be what you were looking for. Let's, as a collective society, yearn for more. 

Why not yearn for an image where everyone is having fun and laughing? 

Or what about a photo where the kids are just being themselves?

Whats wrong with hanging these up on your walls? Nothing at all! It shows the real you and the real life that you are in right now. Who wouldn't want to see that and smile every single day? I would. 

If you are interested in learning more about the process of hiring me then go ahead and visit your adventure. If you want to get on my waiting list and earn $100 off your first session then go ahead! No one is stopping you from getting these types of images but you!

Much love,

Heather


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Breathtaking beach fun that will blow your mind

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Breathtaking beach fun that will blow your mind

There are so few moments that I am humbled in this life, but when I get so few, I have to relish in the times I am right? I am honored to feature this amazing client in such a way. I give every client an opportunity answer some questions about how I am doing after our session together. I completely in aw over some of the words that my recent client has said to me. I appreciate them so much and I am excited to bring them to you. 

  • At what point did you decide to book with me?

    It was a no brainer to me! It just was the thing to do!

  • Were you ever skeptical about doing a Documentary Session? If so, why? And what made you overcome it?

    I was not at all skeptical about doing a documentary session with Heather. She's very easy going and personable and not at all intrusive.

  • What was your favorite part of the session?

    The best part was, that we did what we would usually do (at the beach) play!

  • Were you pleased with the way your session turned out?

    My husband and I loved the photos. I love the cinematic appeal and intimate moments captured.

  • If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your session? Anything? And why?

    Nothing.

  • Would you ever do a Documentary session again? And if so, when could you see yourself doing another one? What activities would you do on your new day?

    Something that appeals to me are family lake days, paddleboard, jumping into the water, intimate hugs with my hubby and tight squeezes onto my board with the kiddos. ♡

  • Why would you recommend Documentary sessions to your friends? How would you describe it to them if they didn’t know what it was?

    I would recommend it. I'm constantly the shutter bug of the family, and it is nice to have those precious moments caught on camera-- being in the picture all together, in a more relaxed feel.

Enough said.

Much love,

Heather 

P.S. When you want your next session? If outdoor adventuring is your specialty then let me come! It's my specialty too. Contact me today.  


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Feeding the cows: family fun time on the farm exposed

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Feeding the cows: family fun time on the farm exposed

Pretending to be scared of heights, she sat on the fallen tree and cried. You know, one of those spells that just feels forced? How can you really be scared when 4 feet off the ground? 

Alright, I am not going to say that she wasn't really scared because I really didn't know, but mom and I laughed anyways. We helped her down and she went running. At just 4 years old, she is a true spitfire. But who wouldn't be with brothers like these? 

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10 easy questions: confessions from a happy client

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10 easy questions: confessions from a happy client

The gratitude I feel for some clients is just immeasurable. The ones that totally "get" what I am doing make me the happiest. I feel a close connection to all my clients but sometimes certain ones take me over the edge. One example of this is the Edwards family. Their son "Mr. M" was the cutest little ham if I ever saw one. We had a ton of fun and I wish the session had been longer than two hours! I interviewed mom afterwards to hear her thoughts on the matter and this is what she came up with. There is never a dull moment when you have two dogs, a toddler and an awesome sunny day.

  • How did you hear about Floyd Family Photography?  

I found one of your video sessions on Facebook!

  • At what point did you decide to book with me?

I knew I would book a session at some point, but it took me a while to get over the idea of needing an "event" to have photos done.

  • Were you ever skeptical about doing a Day in the Life Session? If so, why? And what made you overcome it?

I loved the idea, but when I thought about my typical day with tantrums, reading Go Dog Go 100 times, and general pandemonium. I was afraid I wouldn't capture what I thought were the moments I would want to remember. I finally went to the place that said "I want to remember ALL of it!"

  • What was your favorite part of the session?

Just the overall feel of it. I'm married to someone who can't smile on demand to save his life. Also, now with a toddler I don't know how anyone expects them to sit still long enough to get a photo that isn't blurry - let alone an actual posed photo. Leading up to the shoot my husband was worried about what he should "do". I just told him to go about his day - he always smiles when he's playing with our son so I knew I'd get at least one great photo of him!

  • Were you pleased with the way your session turned out?

Beyond thrilled! And the turn around time was fantastic. Even with a busy schedule, instead of pushing back our viewing date it was moved up! The definition of professional if you ask me.

  • What is your favorite product that Heather offers in her line?

The USB with digital photos which is beautifully engraved.

  • Which do you value more? Digital photos or wall prints? And why?

I love receiving the digital photos so I can really take my time in choosing what I want printed and in what sizes. I also enjoy that I can more easily use them to create my yearly scrapbooks online.

  • If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your session? Anything? And why?

The only thing I would even consider changing would be to make the session longer - I would seriously consider a full day if i could! We did ours in the morning through breakfast , stories, and a walk. There are so many other things that make this time so precious... nap time on the floor because he refuses to nap in his crib, the sleepy after nap cuddles, playing outside with the water table and bubbles, the huge mess that dinnertime inevitably becomes, and of course bath time is always a blast... how can I choose just a few hours?!

  • Would you ever do a Day in the Life session again? And if so, when could you see yourself doing another one? What activities would you do on your new day?

I will definitely be doing another Day in the Life session! I know I will want another one once we have a second child, and another if we choose to have a third as well. Seeing how our every day routine changes as our family grows would be beautiful to see through this style of documentary photography. I think I would want to include some of our other favorite activities - especially ones I might not typically have the chance to photograph in the moment - such as: playing in the water (sprinklers, puddles, my kid loves it all!) or finger painting.

  • Why would you recommend Day in the Life sessions to your friends? How would you describe it to them if they didn’t know what it was?

When you look back through your photo album, you don't stop at the photo of your family standing in front of a backdrop with everyone posed and wearing coordinated outfits and think about what a wonderful day that was. It doesn't make you feel nostalgic the way that half blurred photo of you with the kids covered in stickers will. Or the one of the kids frosting Christmas cookies (and each other). But in all of those photos, you were holding the camera. Be a part of the memory! I have never been a part of an easier photo shoot. It requires quite literally zero effort. Sure, you may want to put on clothing, but there is no awkward posing, smiling, trying not to blink... just live your life! Hug your kids, jump on the trampoline, and bandage up a scraped knee because I guarantee you that THIS is what you are going to want to remember!

Do you want a session like this one? I LOVE documenting everyday stories as they are all unique. I am in love with this family for letting me document their adventure. I miss when my kids were this age. You never get it back. Contact me today.

Much love,

Heather


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You are my hero: Harelson Family

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You are my hero: Harelson Family

This is the start of something new. Heroes are people that do things amazing. There are many definitions of a hero. Fire Fighters, Policemen, Military personnel and more. They come in many shapes and sizes. This post is intended for those parents out there that are heroes to their kids. Parents do things that are nothing short of amazing. It's hard enough to get ourselves out of bed every day to do the things we need to do just...

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8 honest reasons to have an authentic photo session

Recently I had this idea that I could interview past clients and tell you about their experiences. It is so fun to hear about what people liked and (didn't like) about their time with me. Recently, one of my favorite people decided to have a session with me. Actually, she won a session and I gifted her a session last year when she had her baby. Caitlynn and I go way back. We used to work with each other at the vet hospital and I couldn't ask for a sweeter person to have a session with. Her two daughters are just the cutest things and I am in love with her whole family. I know for sure this won't be our last time together.  Here are just some of the questions I asked her in my interview.

1. How did you hear about Floyd Family Photography?

Heather was a co-worker of mine at a veterinary hospital a few years back and when I heard she decided to follow her dream of being a photographer, I was beyond excited for her.

2. Were you ever skeptical about doing a Day in the Life session? If so, why? And what made you overcome it?

Not at all!! I am more of a natural family photo person. The idea of capturing daily life in the raw, is priceless.

3. What was your favorite part of the session?

Honestly, everything. But if I had to choose one, it would be how comfortable my kids were with Heather. They acted like she wasn't there and she really captured our life. 

4. Were you pleased with the way your session turned out?

Absolutely.

5. Which do you value more? Digital photos or wall prints? Why?

This is a tough one. Digital is such a great way of keeping all your photos in one place, easy to grab in case of an emergency. But wall prints are so amazing to look at daily and really embrace family moments.

6. If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your session? And why?

Nothing. I feel like it was a good amount of time to be here and get a lot of photos. Moments that you don't get a chance to capture yourself.

7. Would you ever do a Day in the Life Session again? And if so, when could you see yourself doing another one? What activities would you do on your new day?

Yes! I would say when the girls were 3 and 4. I would love to do some sort of baking, gardening, maybe even a mini hike. 

8. Would you recommend Day in the Life sessions to your friends? How would you describe it to them if they didn't already know what it was?

Yes, and I already have. I would describe it as a different way to take family pictures. A more relaxed, unrehearsed, in the moment photo session.  Heather is so mellow that having her for a few hours seemed like minutes. 

I have to say that I wholeheartedly agree with everything she says about me!! Ha! I love my job and I guess it shows. If you want a session like this then go ahead and START HERE or just jump ahead and CONTACT ME. I can't wait to hear what you want to do and what events we can share together. 

Much love,

Heather 


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Day in the life of two cuties (and their parents) | Horseshoe Bend Lifestyle Documentary Portraits

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Day in the life of two cuties (and their parents) | Horseshoe Bend Lifestyle Documentary Portraits

It seems like yesterday that I was doing a portrait session for my friend Caitlynn. We used to work together for a couple years when I was in the veterinary business and have since stayed friends. I am so glad because she has become one of my favorite people. I am so lucky to have a friend like her. She is an amazing person and an amazing mom. Granted, her Type A personality would drive anyone crazy but in reality, her house is always clean and she always...

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