Christmas Photo Tip: Capture the Moments!!!

November 28th, 2012

It’s not always about getting everyone to sit still and pose with a big smile. Memorable moments are all about creative spontaneity. One way to capture such photos is to shoot the Christmas Day action without your subjects knowing.Try photographing your children from the back as they open a present. Look for ways to capture the festivities while purposefully not including faces. It can be challenging, but the results are worth it.

Below are a few examples of our kids in action last Christmas (looking back it’s amazing how much they both have changed in a year).  I especially love the the one with Phillip and my grandmother (his great-grandmother).  


Christmas Cards!!!

October 24th, 2012

Christmas is right around the corner!  It’s actually 2 months away!  Do you send out Christmas Cards?  If so, most families send their Christmas cards out at least by the 2nd week of December which means we have less than 6 weeks away till you actually need to have these addressed and ready to go.

We can help and we have several designs ranging from very custom to super simple and in all different price ranges.  You can choose a very classic style to fun and funky designs.  You can show off your style in the Christmas cards you send out.


Updating your Business Image!

October 17th, 2012

This day and age of technology and social media, it is so important to keep your business image updated.  Things are constantly changing and are moving in such a rapid speed.  As a business owner, we know just how important it is to keep yourself interesting (visually) to the public.  You want your image to be pleasing to the eye but speak volumes about your business.  So choosing the right type of business image to tell that story is just as important and having the image made.  What do you want to tell your client base about you and your business?

Our business capturing portrait art is very emotionally and visually driven so we want our business images to tell that story about us.  So we decided to capture ourselves in simple, black and white photography plus add some interest in the images (not your typical “head and shoulder” photograph).  These images have been a huge hit this year!

On the other hand, your business may require you to go in a more traditional route such as a banker, insurance agent, etc…  You may want your business image to be simple but very professional.

Some business are trendy, fun, and yet professional.  These business may want to lean towards a more “urban/outdoor” style to tell their story.  We have a client that owns a spa in the downtown area and she really wanted to highlight herself and her employees with some of the architecture/texture that the downtown offers.  These were so much fun to capture!

Whatever your business needs are, we can help tell your story in your business images.  Come in and chat with us so we can plan the right type of session for you.


What do I wear?

October 10th, 2012

The number one question when a family session is schedule is, “what should I wear?”  That is a very important question.  First step is to determine the style of session that you are wanting.  Secondly, is to decide whether you want the session to be inside or outside/color or black and white.

For example, Alex and I have booked our outdoor family session in a few weeks.  The look we want is casual, classic, and fun so we want our clothing to compliment that style.  We want each family member to be unique but blend together so that we are unified in the portrait (meaning one doesn’t stand out among another).

We decided on cream, brown, and denim which I hope will look great with the season of fall.  We also know that patterns are a “no-no” so we are going with solid tones.  I’m super excited about the session and can’t wait to see the results.




Why is DRPA on my image?

October 3rd, 2012

Whenever you see an image posted on any social media outlet from Phil Hyman Photography, it always has DRPA underneath our logo.  We have had some clients ask, “what is that?”  It stands for “digital replica of print art”.  We are portrait print artists who provide our clients with the highest quality of printed artwork.  We choose to not sell our images on a disc to be printed at leisure because we know that other printers are not calibrated to our specs which will result in shifting of colors and quality.  We love our artwork and want to provide our clients with pieces to hang in their home that they will be proud of and for these pieces to become heirlooms.

We love to use our images to advertise and share digitally such as Facebook but want our clients to know that these are just digital replicas of the actual printed art that they have hanging in their homes.


Why Plan?

September 26th, 2012

We are huge planners here at the studio so we know just how important it is to plan for your portrait session.  Every family has a different style or taste in their artwork so we encourage our clients to come in for a planning appointment before they even schedule their next appointment especially if they either are brand new to Phil Hyman Photography or if they are coming back for a totally different type of session.

During this 30 minute planning appointment we discuss the type of session (such as family, children, couple, individual), style (casual or classic), black and white or color,  location (in studio, outside, or at your home), clothing (very important), how you will decorate your home with your portraits, and pricing.

You may ask, “why plan for a session?”  Our answer is we know it’s important to the success of the session and makes sure that you get exactly what you had envisioned.



“Our Best Bud”

September 4th, 2012

A year after Alex and I got married, we decided to add to our family by getting a puppy.  Our first reaction was getting a small, house dog like a pug but Alex’s dad did not like that idea at all.  He wanted us to get a big dog (what he called a real dog; we laugh about that today).  One day Phil called us out of the blue and said, “I found your dog!”  We were shocked but of course the animal lover in us wanted to go see.

As we were driving to the man’s house to see the puppies, we both agreed that we wanted a girl dog.  As we were looking at these full blooded lab puppies, I spotted one that was different than all the others.  He was black with brown spots all over him.  He was larger than the others but he was a boy.  The owner said, “I don’t know what I’m going to do with him; his brothers and sisters are full blooded but he’s the only one that’s not; guess I’ll take him to the pound if no one wants him.”  That’s all it took and we were walking out with the spotted puppy that we named Bailey.  Come to find out he was part Lab and part Great Dane; the only mixed dog that had official papers!

He was our first baby and we did everything with him including letting him sleep in our bed (yes even when he weighed 115lbs).  We hiked with him, camped with him, did all kinds of crazy stuff with him even taking him to the pumpkin patch during the fall time at where else but Sky Top Apple Orchard.

Unfortunately, after almost 12 years, we are having to say good bye to our Bailey today.  He was a huge part of our family and will be greatly missed!  He was our best bud!!!  Thank you, Bailey for being such a wonderful part of our lives.  We will always cherish those special memories with you.


“A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.”

–John Grogan (Marley and Me)


Weekend with the Family!

August 13th, 2012

Such a fun weekend spent with our little family!  We promised our kids a full day with them on Saturday so we got up bright and early and headed to Stax Omega for breakfast.  After a yummy and healthy breakfast, we took them to the Children’s Museum.  We had never been there before and it was so exciting.  There’s so much to do there for the kids (and adults too).  They were absolutely wore out when we were finished but neither one wanted to leave.  I’m betting we will go again in the near future!


Ashley’s Viewpoint!

July 26th, 2012

I can’t believe it’s already the last week of July and thus the last week of my summer internship here at Phil Hyman Photography. Time really has flown by as I’ve spent my Tuesdays and Thursdays here at the studio! I’ve had several opportunities to assist with various projects including shooting and editing photos for The Nashville Connection. I’ve also written quite a few blog entries about my personal experiences here and stories for the e-newsletter as we look forward to the 40th anniversary of the business. I’ve had many great conversations with Phil, Alex, and Becky regarding the many different facets of photography and editing in general (how digital media has changed the photo industry, etc.), Phil Hyman’s studio in particular (especially his used of natural lighting in children’s portraiture), and learned a great deal about the operations a small family business (there’s a lot more involved than you might think!).

I’ve learned that it really takes a small team committed to excellence to create memorable portraits that will last a lifetime. I’ve also discovered that flexibility is key in this business since both weather and illness are unpredictable and both can lead to rescheduled appointments for sessions. I’ve met quite a few absolutely adorable children when they came to the studio for their portraits and saw firsthand how different personalities respond differently in the camera room. I met the founder of the new local brand Calmettos™ and watched a 1-yr-old play in her birthday cake.

I’ve made so many great memories while working for Phil Hyman Photography as an intern and look forward to continuing to be involved with the studio in the future as I help hand out brochures at the Upstate Women’s Show next month and maybe even write another guest blog post here and there. I’ve enjoyed meeting those of you who have been by the studio this summer. It’s truly a blessing to be an honorary part of the Phil Hyman family!


Summer Fun!!!

July 19th, 2012

We have had so much fun this summer at the coast photographing families.  Summer is not finished yet and we have a couple more beach trips planned for August so give us a call to reserve your time at the beach.  864-235-7864  It’s the perfect setting to capture your family because it’s such a relaxed environment and who doesn’t like the beach?