portrait photography

Welcome 2018!

Okay, okay, I know I'm a little late posting this, but it has been a CRAZY season! Starting in October until the New Year, I have been busier then ever before, and I have all of you to thank for that! I've met so many wonderful new families & clients this year and got to photograph my return clients (and try not to be in disbelief by how big all these kiddos are getting!). Just want to give you all a little update on the season and what's coming up:

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First for some awesome news: as you hopefully know, at the beginning of the season we pledged to donate a portion of all sales from October & November to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). This cause is so important to me because I was diagnosed as a juvenile diabetic at a young age and I'm also a member of their Youth Leadership Committee! Not only did we meet our goal, we exceeded it by $50! Thank you so much to everyone who helped this happen!

Next, I of course have to give a shout out to all the amazing families I photographed this season. Everyone was super sweet, relaxed, and just my kind of client! Here's a few of my seasons favorites! (and if your's isn't here, don't worry it's probably still one of my faves because there was alotttttt haha!)

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Our Christmas Minis were also a hit this year! This was my favorite Christmas set yet with a red and green rustic theme that included vintage sleds, a frosted tree, and lots of plaid. (In case you can't tell, I loveeee plaid!)

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Now for what's coming up! We are having superrrr cute spring mini-sessions on 3 exclusive dates: March 10th (just in time for Easter), April 15th, and May 27th! Keep an eye of our Facebook and Instagram pages for when we post the official set next week, but for now here's a small sample.

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It's January, so I always say now is the perfect time to update your business portrait! We offer sessions in our studio and have a full selection of color backdrops as well as outdoor scene backdrops, so we don't have to get too chilly outside.

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Fall Check In With Alexis!

Wow guys, its already the middle of October! October is one of my favorite months, it has my birthday, Halloween, I love fall weather, anddd it's the start of my photo season! Every I'm so busy this time of year with family sessions and Christmas Minis, but I love it! I love meeting new families or seeing familiar faces, and creating new memories for you all to decorate your home with. So here's a quick glimpse of everything that's going on!

As I mentioned, October is my birthday month! To celebrate I'm giving one of you guys a gift! All you have to do to enter my Birthday Contest is go to my Instagram and/or Facebook page and share this photo! Make sure you've liked or followed my page as well to enter!
You can find my Facebook -> Facebook.com/HellionPhotography
and my Instagram here -> @HellionPhotography
Good Luck!

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Second we have out Christmas Minis! This year's set theme was 'Rustic' and so far everyone loves it! I wanted to stick with classic red and green but give it a twist with the plaid accessories and burlap wrapped gifts. Christmas Minis are exclusively on 2 dates only and the 19th only has 2 time slots left while the 11th has 3! So if you want to book one of these, do it quick!

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Third is our Fall Family Session Sale! All sessions are $50 to $75 off which is our biggest sale on our new packages yet! Our new 2017 packages come with high resolution photos that include retouching and a $50 print credit which is gives you several prints or can be put towards a specialty product. We also have our special Christmas products like Luxe Cards (which I LOVE getting in the mail!) and metal ornaments.

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Last is a new one! For those of you who don't know I offer Photo Restoration services. I take your old worn out or damaged photos, scan & restore them, and give you brand new beautiful prints. This year we're having a Restoration Consultation Day. We'll have free consultations all day on November 5th and if you decide to have a photo restored, you will receive 10% off all services and prints! Restored photos make really special gifts, I've done it myself and have seen it cause happy tears and incredibly big smiles. Please make an appointment ahead of time for this event! You can check out the Facebook event page here.

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I hope I see some of you this season! A lot of you have already scheduled and that makes me so happy to be your chosen photographer, I couldn't do this without your guys! As always please contact me with any questions you have, I'm always happy to chat and answer your questions whether its via email, phone, or text!

HellionPhoto@gmail.com•  Contact Page  •  732•710•2426

Choosing a Setting & Background For Your Portrait Session

When discussing an upcoming portrait session with a client, one of the first questions I ask is always, "Have you thought about what background you might like"? That's because (aside from yourself) it's one of the most important elements of your portrait! There's a lot of thought that goes into picking the proper background since there are so many options that convey numerous, appropriate moods.

To help you pick the right setting for your portrait, I've broken down the main choices into three different categories: Studio, Nature, and Industrial.

Studio // Studio is the most basic option. It can fit any category of job; From makeup artist to lawyer to real estate agent, in the studio you can choose from a selection of colored backgrounds with gray & white being the most common. White gives a nice clean bright feeling while gray is an optimal option for those who want something clean & crisp, like white but not as bright. If gray and white are a little too "plain" for you, you can also pick a fun bright color! This works well for someone who has a creative or child-oriented job, like a graphic designer or daycare owner. Feel free to ask me what colors would work well for you if you choose to shoot in the studio!

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Industrial // Industrial is a popular option that includes backgrounds like brick, buildings, and stone. There's a lot of great options for these in Somerville and if we schedule it right, you can fit both studio & industrial photos in your session! Walls like brick, marble, and stone are another great option for non-specific industries. They're neutral enough that most professions & genders will look good in front of them and has the perfect combination of serious & friendly. If you want to add more depth to your photo, you can do full buildings or streets in the background, which I can make 'blurry' so you are still the main focus. This type of shot works best when the building behind you relates to your job, so perhaps buildings & streets for jobs associated with real estate or a court house for lawyers or paralegals.

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Nature // Nature isn't as common of an option, but is still one of my favorites! These backgrounds include flowers, trees, and grass. The job has to be right for a natural background. The best professions for this are, of course, people who work with nature & plants, creative jobs or jobs that want to show they're friendly and fun, so a lawyer or an financial advisor wouldn't be best for this.

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It all comes down to what emotion you want your portrait to convey. Want to show you're serious and down to business? A studio session with a neutral color should work best for you. Want prospective clients to think you're friendly and trust you with their children? A natural or a bright colored studio session may fit you best! Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have about choosing your background. I'm always more then happy to help you with a decision; After all, it's what I do!

New Year, New You, New Portrait Sale!

We all know how much first impressions matter so why not start your year off right with a new portrait! Update your LinkedIn, website, portfolio, business card or whatever else you may need! This sale if the perfect package for anyone looking to revamp their image and get the ball rolling on their 2017!

The package includes a 30 minute session, Online viewing gallery, 2 digital images with retouching in high res and low res! You can either have your session in studio or on location. Downtown Somerville has tons of great outdoor spots for photos.

Group rates are also available if you're looking to update your whole company's portraits or have a few friends who need a new portrait as well! I can also travel to you office building!

Contact me to book your session or with any questions you may have through my contact page or directly at HellionPhoto@gmail.com//  732-710-2426

Book now because the sale ends March 1st!