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This includes two photographers, print credit, an album, several digital negatives with a print release and a password-protected gallery to share with your guests. We have several wedding day coverage options. Our reprints start at $39.
We totally understand the changes in our economy, and that couples have to make every penny count.
We are aware there are certain things, like purchasing a home, on the horizon. There are temptations everywhere to cut corners in regards to wedding photography. Other photographers may seem less expensive, but there's usually a reason. They may not be as experienced, or as professional, which leads to poor photography, posing, bad lighting, poor service, poor product choice and possibly a total loss of your investment. You may end up with pictures you really are not that crazy about. Pictures that every time you look at, you will be reminded of how you compromised.
There are many reasons it is important to take engagement photos. An engagement session with your photographer is, without a doubt, one of the best things you and your fiancee can do together before the wedding. As a couple who likely has never been photographed professionally before, the engagement session is a great way to know what to expect during your wedding day with a professional photographer. Another thing you might want to think of doing is having your hair and makeup test done on the same day as your engagement session. This way you get to see how your hair and make-up will look in photos. We can send an engagement picture to area newspapers at no additional charge. They may also be used in your wedding program, invitation, or in a save-the-date card.
Photography is an art, it's more than having a good camera.
We ask, if you have good pots and pans in your kitchen, does that mean you're a good cook? No, of course not. Having a good camera does not make you a good photographer. At Hillside Studio, we have studied lighting, posing, printmaking, digital techniques, business and customer service for the last twelve years. It's our passion and we've built Hillside Studio around the desire to give you great wedding portraits over and over, not just an occasional lucky shot. I am a professional with proper qualifications, from Professional Photographers of America (PPA), critical to getting the best quality, value and satisfaction for your investment. Photography is my chosen profession and I work at the studio full-time. Unlike some photographers that only photograph part-time and have another full-time job in another profession, this is how I make a living. You can trust our products and services.
There will forever be important financial decisions to face in life.
Whether to invest in professional photographs is one of them. One investment that never changes is family. Material things may come and go and be great for the moment but the memories from your wedding will never change. If you are like many other American's you are re–evaluating your priorities. Cutting budgets here and there and only investing in the things that matter. We feel strongly that investing in your wedding memories will let future generations have a true glimpse into your beautiful day.
Our 4000 square foot indoor studio has over 100 backgrounds to choose from. Then right outside the door are acres of rolling countryside along with outdoor sets and gardens we change all the time. Add to that, our experience photographing on location, which means handling tricky lighting and surroundings where other photographers might fail. If you want variety, a great experience and something different then everyone else, you've found the right place. With over 15 years experience and a dedication to discovering new trends, Hillside Studio has it all.
Digital or Prints
Don't assume getting it “all” from a digital package is the best route to go. Deciding you need everything in a digital format is a hasty decision to make if you haven’t even been photographed yet. There's an artist's experience, skill and time investment you're trading in by “having the files.” Photographers' willingness to sell a session in a digital format… are only doing a small portion of the work necessary to provide beautiful images of your family. You want to enjoy your images everyday, in your home…not left on a disk in a drawer. And yes, we do offer digital options as bonuses to our clients.
Everyday we make decisions about where to spend our money.
We decide what's important to us. Sometimes we end up shopping for the "cheapest" price. We understand that to get that price, we may sacrifice quality or great service or even name brand. Other times in our lives, price takes a back seat to things like amazing quality and value, great service, years of expertise, and someone's artistic vision. You know there is only one chance to capture the beauty of this time. Nothing does this like a beautiful portrait hanging in your living room. Sometimes price should not be your only focus.
Our premium children and family lines features more choices in outdoor and indoor locations
more clothing changes and sessions that capture any type of family breakdown you desire without additional fees. Premium session fees start at $89.
Our Simply Jody line is perfect for smaller sessions with simpler concepts.
If you only want a few poses in one outfit this is perfect for you. If you're new to Hillside Studio, this might be a great way for you to become acquainted with all that we offer. These sessions are shorter, usually in one location (indoor or outdoor) and in one outfit. Our Simply Jody sessions start at $49.
We accept cash, check or credit card, and, of course, payment plans are always available. Just ask.
Beautiful, creative and contemporary portraiture of your family is available at Hillside Studio
Can you think of a better investment than photographs that will continue to become more valuable
one that shows your family how much you love them and how important they are to you and your family?
How amazing are you?
Our 4000 square foot indoor studio has over 100 backgrounds to choose from. Then right outside the door are acres of rolling countryside along with outdoor sets and gardens we change all the time. Add to that, our experience photographing on location, which means handling tricky lighting and surroundings where other photographers might fail. If you want variety, a great experience and something different than everyone else, you've found the right place. With over 15 years experience and a dedication to discovering new trends, Hillside Studio has it all.
Premium or Simply Senior?
We offer two lines to our high school senior families. So, one of your first decisions is whether to participate in our Premium Line or our Simply Senior line. What's the difference? Let me explain. Premium seniors have sessions tailored just for them. They can take place at the studio or out on location and may be over several days. We plan premium sessions at a one-on-one consultation appointment done at the studio. Coming for this consultation can help you be less nervous and very organized when you come for your session. Our Simply Seniors are given a lot of information on the phone to help them get organized and ready. After your premium sessions, a favorite benefit, is viewing EVERYTHING we photograph at a starring appointment with Jody. This ensures you love all of the poses we offer you for sale. After that starring appointment, a proofbook is made and can be checked out and taken home. Once you know what you want to order, you return and place your order at the studio. Final products in our Premium line have extensive editing and retouching. Whatever they need to be perfect and the best we can make. Prints both small and large are mounted on styrene for the best protection. Mounting ensures your portraits value for many generations. The average investment by families in our Premium Line is $1200.
The experience of being photographed is a collaboration of the artist in us and the person in you. It's not “cookie-cutter” posing done over and over. As artists, it's our ability to help you achieve fun, natural and unique poses and expressions, working with clients that don't necessarily feel they “know how to pose themselves.”
After your session
We make products you can feel, touch, and see everyday. Seniors first want a fun experience, then wallets and social media files to show to their friends. We can do that. But, even more important, is what's going to be in their family's home. The products we make are connections to them and to the future. So how's this all accomplished? We're artists and usually we have a vision of how an image should look, feel and be displayed. We work closely with you to choose the proper images and displays that are right for you and your family. Taking your images, with proper exposure, posing, lighting and expression, is only a first step. It's nowhere near the end of the process.
Simply Senior Line
For those who don't want all the bells and whistles or maybe those who are on a budget, but still want beautiful poses to choose from, our Simply Senior Line is the perfect choice. You still get a fun experience and the quality of work we're known for. Sessions are shorter, but still packed with lots of variety, great poses and natural settings both inside the studio and outside, weather permitting. The tempo of a Simply Senior session is quicker, but still lots of fun. After your session there are no proofs to take home, so a View and Order Appointment is made for you at the studio. The average number of images offered is around 50, sometimes more. Your View and Order appointment utilizes state-of-the-art monitors and software to make it easy to choose favorites and place your order. After your sale, we will put your images online for family to view for three days. Simply Senior images are edited and retouched beautifully and professionally printed. All of our Simply Senior clients have been in love with their experience and their portraits. The average investment by a family in our Simply Senior Program is $350.
Editing your images
First we choose which images are the most important. The ones that always “make your heart skip.” Not all images will do that, so it takes time with the images to find them. Once we know which images to work with, they'll need the correct coloring, cropping and stylizing.
Then our artists retouch and perform artwork on your image to bring out the best parts and minimize the flaws such as acne and facial shine. Retouching has been done forever. It's not just something we've done since digital. Artists used to paint right on a film negative. Now we do it on a computer, not with “push button” programs that turn your face to mush but pore by pore or rather pixel by pixel making sure you look natural and beautiful. Our retouch artists have a lifetime devotion to their craft. It's their chosen profession and passion.
Printing your Images
After all the above steps, we turn our attention to printing and producing your products. A properly prepared image can still look awful if it's not printed properly. We use professional labs, with real people who are experienced in color reproduction for all our products. Together we make sure the colors and densities are perfect to ensure the skin tones and colors in the image are perfect. After that, these labs add the UV protection and mounting for the maximum longevity and enjoyment. We want your images still around in 100 years!
Framing and Displaying
Frames are like the jewelry for the dress. Not all are good and more expensive isn't always the right answer either. Once your image is made, we turn our attention to the framing of your image. Does it need glass or no glass are some of the questions to be answered. We have hundreds of frames in stock and offer custom framing. We've even been known to visit your home to help you make wall displays you'll love to own. We want you to go home, put up your images and LOVE them for a very long time.