Monday, January 25, 2010

Newborn doll. Massachusetts and Rhode Island newborn photographer creates newborn baby portraits in Warwick RI portrait studio.

I have been dying to share this preview with you. This adorable little girl came to the studio last week and we had so much fun. She took a little time and patience to fall asleep, but once she was out, she was sooooo good to me! Mom gave me free reign to try out some new props. I recently ventured out on a whim to Joanne's during a snow storm. I was ready for spring and itching to shop. I bought this red set up (below), along with all of the new flower headbands and hats I've made lately, and have been dying to use them ever since. I finally got my chance and I love the way the photos turned out. I could have seriously posted every picture from this shoot in the preview. As the icing on the cake, this little cutie smiled during the whole last set up. Check out the giant smile below! Every one from this session is a favorite. I finally had to do eeny, meeny, miny, moe to pick which ones to post. Enjoy your preview mom, can't wait to show you the rest!

2010 and big things are happening!

Wow, the first few weeks of 2010 have really escaped me! I kept imagining that after the holiday rush, things would slow down in the land of Heidi Hope Photography and I could play some major catch up. I am both happy and sorry to say that nothing is slowing down here! There are an enormous number of new client inquiries coming in and I am making some major changes to keep both the level of service and quality of experience at the height I envisioned when beginning this business.

There are some big things to come in 2010. We've already overhauled the ordering system and installed a new interactive ordering gallery that should make both booking sessions and ordering prints and products so much easier. The next step is to implement our new slide show preview galleries for detail rich images that do justice to the wonderful portraits created from your custom experience.

Another major change to come is in the way of new client correspondences. I have to apologize to anyone who has made a new inquiry in the past few months. New client inquiries have grown exponentially and it has become impossible to keep up in a manner that I would like. For this reason I have decided to hire a new client specialist and they will hopefully be starting in the coming weeks! If you have recently inquired about a session in the coming months, I truly appreciate both your interest and your patience in waiting for a response, and I look forward to working with you this year.

On top of all of that boring business stuff, I have a whole lot of fun announcements on their way as well. I will be looking for models in the very near future, have some great giveaways to promote (including the newborn session giveaway starting February first!!), and some wonderful session opportunities once the weather warms up. I also hope to FINALLY be launching my email newsletters so thank you everyone for all of your subscription requests thus far. If you would like to subscribe, simply email me at with the subject subscribe. Newsletters will include Heidi Hope news (obviously), promotion and giveaway details, and a special lesson section where I share tips and tricks to quench the teaching thirst in me. All of the coming news will happen here so keep checking in to the blog and facebook to be the first to see.

Here is a photo of G in a hat sent from Aunty Courtney in San Francisco (because I can't possibly post on the blog with out sharing a photograph). We read the book Good Night San Francisco last night and on the last page, G pointed to a little stick figure in a building and said "aunt cort-e-nee home. night night." and then kissed the page. Melt!

Stay tuned today because I have a seriously adorable preview to share with some real WOWZERS and then there will be galleries going up in the wee hours tonight.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Newborn twins m and n. Rhode island and massachusetts newborn photographer creates in home newborn portraits for twin boys in massachusetts

These two cuties stole my heart yesterday. At only about 5lbs each they were teeny tiny little bundles of joy! Baby M just returned from the hospital this week so we were finally able to do our much anticipated shoot. With so many newborn sessions now in the studio, it is refreshing to hit the road and get a change of scenery. Twin newborn shoots are always twice as hard, but I am happy to report that we were able to pull off all of the shots mom and dad wanted. Mom loved the long hats and dad loved the redsox. Some times it is hard to incorporate large props into a newborn session because the tiny babies become overwhelmed, but I think we really made the red sox shot work. (Thanks to mom and dad's help, who kept the babies happy while a scaled a bar stool for the shot!) We even got a shot with the Gulf ball for dad! I loved meeting this family and getting to know these two little heart breakers who I hope to see again this summer. Can't wait to show you the rest!

13 and 2! Sibling portraits at the Heidi Hope Studio by Rhode Island and Massachusetts family portrait photographer Heidi Guerard.

I just can't seem to get out of the house this morning. The newborn session laundry is just endless! While I'm waiting to hear the dryer buzzer sound (and seriously pondering a laundry service for the studio), I figured I would get one of today's previews up. Luckily G is contently eating her orange slices and catching up on her DVR'ed Super Why episode, so I have a few moments to be productive. Earlier this week I had a few visitors at the studio. Adorable 2 year old C and his big brother traveled down from Boston with mom and dad for their session. C was one of the best two year olds I've had at the studio. I think it is because he had such a great big brother to look up to! I had so much fun photographing them both. Here is a little preview. Can't wait to show you the rest mom and dad.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Baby X portraits. Rhode Island photographer creates natural light baby portraits

This sweet little guy came to visit me in the studio with his mama and one of my neighbors. He was such a joy to photograph and I loved visiting with the girls. Baby X completely stole my heart with his adorable looks and big doe eyes. Why do boys always get the most amazing lashes?! You may notice I've been into this kind-of vintage processing lately. Sort of the modern version of the "sepia" that was so cool back in the 90's. I bet you all thought sepia was still cool huh?! It's okay, I'll let that slide! I get bored pretty easily so I've been having fun playing with different tones and textures over my photographs. I thought you might like to see a before and after (below). Anytime I do this, I include both versions in the client gallery, unless one is clearly much better than the other. Enjoy your preview today!



Thursday, January 14, 2010

Twin babies in the studio. Rhode Island photographer creates custom baby portraits in Warwick RI studio for 3 month old twins.

This sweet pair came to visit me this week in the studio and they were so much fun to photograph. Getting two three-month-olds in the frame of the camera and looking in the same direction can be tough, but mom and nana were a wonderful help! Between the three of us we were able to capture their attention long enough to snap a photo. I think we got some adorable shots and I can't wait to show you the rest.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Ready for your head to spin? Three 2 year olds! Rhode Island photographer creates on location in home toddler portraits in Massachusetts.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing THREE two year olds. Yep, you read that right. Twin toddlers and their cousin gave me a fabulous work out. I was just saying in Saturday's post how I feel the hardest age to photograph is 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 years old. The biggest challenge is to just catch them with in the frame of the camera before they move again! And that is with one. Trying to catch three? I was excited for the challenge and came armed with stickers, balloons, and M&M's (because I'm not above bribery). We also headed outdoors for a few photos because the light was so nice, but it was a frigid 20 degrees so we didn't last too long. Mom just wanted one picture of the three of them and I am happy to report, we got one (we got a few actually)! I also had to include a few out takes in the preview today because I was laughing the entire time I was editing these. Can't wait to show you the rest!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Tea Party. Rhode Island photographer creates outdoor natural light childrens and baby portraits.

One of my resolutions this year was to take more photographs of my daughter. This past year has been a bit of a rollercoaster for my family and I, and as I have been so busy photographing everyone else's family memories, I have been failing to capture my own. My daughter is truly a muse for me. She inspired me to start this business, but she also inspires me every day to do better and be more. There is something so magical about childhood and I want to preserve that forever with my photographs. Of course one of the problems with taking more photographs of my daughter is that she is 18 months old. 1 1/2- 2 1/2 years old can be the most difficult age to photograph. They just don't sit still! This morning I woke up with a vision in my head for this shoot, and I was actually insane enough to carry it out (with lots of help from my mom, who gladly indulges my creative whims). G has been loving tea parties and dress up lately so I thought "what better way than a tea party to keep her in front of the camera?!" It worked for a few minutes anyway. At least enough time to capture a shot. A single moment of childhood that I can forever look back upon with a smile.

The tea cup photo is a freebee for you :0) Feel free to download it!

(click on the images to view them bigger!)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Little Boy Blue. Massachusetts and Rhode Island newborn baby photographer creates natural light newborn portraits in Warwick RI portrait stuido

I was hoping to share this preview earlier, but I've had to deal with an internet outage from Verizon today... grrr! Well thankfully I am smiling again, and how could I not looking at this adorable face? I think you'll be smiling too after viewing his portraits. The whole family came to the studio yesterday and I had so much fun with them all. Mom, dad, grandparents, and sweet baby W. They even packed their own cooler! Clearly they were tailgating professionals. Baby W wanted to stay up for all the action, but when he finally did fall asleep, boy did we have fun! The sled shot is one of my new favorites, and if you know this family, I'll let them tell you how long it took us to pull of the shot. Enjoy your preview. So many more to come!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Little flower girl. Rhode Island and Massachusetts newborn photographer creates newborn baby portraits in warwick ri portrait studio

I have two newborns I'm excited to introduce you to today, and this sweet baby girl is the first. It has been a fun week in the studio with lots of adorable babies to cuddle. Have I ever mentioned that I love my job?! This little girl was so sweet and I was excited to see her parents again. You may remember them from their maternity shoot preview. Well baby girl was just as fun to have in the studio as her parents. We got so many adorable shots. And I'm saving the best for last mom and dad so look out!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

My first baby of the year! Rhode Island and Massachusetts newborn photographer creates natural light studio newborn baby portraits in Warwick RI

My first newborn of the year visited today. The whole family braved the snow to keep me company in the studio. Mom, dad, big sister (who was a most fabulous model), and even aunty! They were all so much fun to work with. Baby L was only 6 days old, but ate more than any baby I've seen! She was a teeny little girl at under 7 pounds so perhaps she was just trying to catch up to her big sister :0) Even though she ate much more than she slept, we still managed some adorable shots. I had a very hard time choosing for the preview. I have many new favorites from this session. Enjoy your preview family. I can't wait to show you the rest!

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