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May 07, 2016 6:26PM
By HS Photography
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10 things I want my mom to know this Mother's Day

  1. Nothing brings me more peace and comfort than knowing you're there for me.

  2. I'll never forget the time you came to rescue me from a wasp (That, in my hurry to run away from, threw my hair crimper on the bed) and you jumped on my bed to kill it and burned your leg on the crimper. I still feel terrible for that.

  3. One of the best compliments anyone’s ever given me is that I look like you, because you really are the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. Inside and out.

  4. You taught me what true courage and strength are. You have endured far more than you should have ever had to and have remained so strong through it all.

  5. I’m terrified of losing you someday. I can’t even fathom it.

  6. No matter how much I love my husband, my children, my inlaws, my best friend. . . .NO ONE can ever replace YOU. You are my mother.

  7. Thank you for telling me you're proud of me.

  8. I am proud of you too. I'm so proud of the Woman that you've grown to be in the past 18 years!

  9. Even though I always complain about the couple of “bad” things I got from you, I'm thankful that I have your tender heart, your kindness and sometimes, even your attitude :)

  10. No matter where I go or what I do in this life, so much of my heart is, and always will be, yours.

  11. Yes, I know I said 10 but there's a couple more I have to add. . . . .If I am able to become half of the woman you are, I'll consider myself blessed.

  12. I. LOVE. YOU.

 
October 23, 2015 2:16PM
By heather smith
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I loved meeting The Hosman family a couple evenings ago! Their sweet girl who called be "Feather" is a natural beauty and their 2 month old that looks like he's pushing 5 months old was good as gold! Here's their sneak peek!

 
August 04, 2015 2:03PM
By Heather Smith
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Your kids will soon be going back to school. Time for new clothes, backpacks, tuition and yes. . . .SCHOOL PICTURES. Generally we pay about $40 per child for their new school pictures. They're generic and boring. You only get one pose and they look just like last years pictures and the year before. And, if you're a homeschooling family, like mine, you may not get any "official" pictures and just snap a few with your cell phone camera.. . . .Let's change that! What if you could get awesome Back to School pictures for all your children, spend less money AND Feed hungry kids from SEVEN schools in our community for one price? You Can! Schedule your Back to School mini session with me today. I can only take sessions for Saturday, August 15. Times are limited.

 

Cost | $85 PLUS 15 donated food items from the list below.

You'll receive:

*a 15-20 minute mini session for your (1-3) children (If you have additional children, we can either schedule another session Or accept more donations in exchange of payment)

*at least 15 fully retouched high resolution images from your session, available via digital download

*print release, so you can print your images.

 

$10 from your paid fee AND all your food donations will be hand delivered to Debi O'Dell of Elk River Backpack Blessings. This is a wonderful program that helps feed the children in our community when school is NOT in session! You can find out more about them here: http://elkriverblessings.webs.com/ You won't get this opportunity with regular school pictures! A list of acceptable items are below. If you'd like to make additional moneytary donations or additional food donations, please bring them to your session. We are so grateful for your help! Thank you for helping the kids in our community!

EXAMPLE List of items to donate:
Fruit cups, 100% real fruit Juice, applesauce, soups, boxed mac and cheese, cereals, soy milk, pudding, pretzels, crackers, nutragrain bars, pop tarts & other kid friendly, non refrigerated foods!


 
August 02, 2015 11:28AM
By Heather Smith
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THIS is why I LOVE when my clients purchase the baby plan! Happy Birthday Hadley!!!!

 

I LOVE seeing your babies grow from this. . .

 

To this. . . . .

 

TO THIS. . . . .


 
June 11, 2015 11:43AM
By Heather Smith
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Beautiful lighting and beautiful family. It doesn't get any better than this!

 
May 24, 2015 12:23PM
By Heather
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Meet CJ and MacKrea. CJ is from WV and McKrea is from Ohio. They met and started dating 3.5 years ago while attending Mount Vernon Nazarene University. MacKrea graduated last year and CJ graduated just last week. I photographed their engagement pictures last fall and they were BEYOND ready for their wedding day to come!  The lovely bride and groom tied the knot yesterday at my home church, Clendenin Church of the Nazarene. The grooms father, Pastor Charles Larue officiated the ceremony. My wonderful husband was my second shooter for this wedding (his very first) and I was so happy to have him there with me! Please feel free to share well wishes for the couple by commenting below and enjoy their Wedding Day Sneak Peek!

       

 
February 11, 2015 9:36AM
By Heather Smith
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It is ALWAYS such an honor to be invited into a families most joyful, most private, most miraculous moment in their lives. I've been photographing births since 2009 and it is my favorite moment to photograph. Photographing the mother throughout the difficult process of labor and delivery and capturing their sweet baby take it's first breath, there's nothing else like it in the world.  Very early last Monday morning, I got to witness it again. Congratulations Farley Family! Your baby girl is beautiful!

 
January 12, 2015 6:42PM
By Heather Smith
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This lovely little guy was 3 weeks old by the time we got around to shooting his newborn session. First his mommy was terribly sick with the flu then I had a virus. When everyone was finally well enough, we got these pictures! Ahh, he's just too sweet! Congratulations Mark and Adrienne on your precious baby boy!

 
January 08, 2014 2:29PM
By Heather Smith
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You really want to get great images of your family. You're looking for qulaity and images that aren't quite so "cookie cutter" and something not beyond what you can afford. Looking through 10 photographers websites, you see each image and decide what you like and what you don't. You read the "about me" sections of the photographers website and wonder what they are like to work with. You're looking for the photographer for you. THIS post is all about me and my business so that you can can make the best choice of photographer for your family.

My name is Heather Smith. I am the sole proprietor of Heather Smith Photography.

This business was started 6.5 years ago out of the love for my family and the images that I captured of them. I wanted to capture those same images for you. I love capturing real life and creating beautiful works of art that you can proudly display on the walls of your home.

I am honest, have a big heart, and at times I am kind to a fault. Because Luke 6:31 says: "Do to others as you would have them do to you" I will treat you with the same respect that I would expect to be given.

My clients know me and respect that I am a wife and mother first, and a photographer second. They know I return emails at nap time and edit images once my boys are tucked into bed at night and home school my kids throughout the day. They know that if their kids get sick and they cancel their session at the last minute that I will be understanding and compassionate, (at times, even bringing soup to my clients home and cold medicine to their door step) and that I happily reschedule their session without any penalties or fees (even when I am out a full days pay) because I AM A WIFE AND MOTHER FIRST. I understand.

In return, my clients are understanding when their sneak peek gets posted a couple days later than expected or their gallery is posted two weeks later than planned because I had a family emergency or my children have been ill. While this may not be “Good Business Practice”, I take pride in the fact that I run my business like I run my life: with morals, values, honesty, love and understanding. And most importantly, FAMILY FIRST.

That being said, yes, I am still running a business. And just like you, I have a mortgage, children, healthcare expenses and bills to pay. Love and care, unfortunately, do not pay for those things. Over the years, as I have built my knowledge and skills, I have slowly raised my prices to accommodate the expenses that come with that. The cost of cameras, lenses, lights, the nearly 30% of taxes on every dollar that I make, packaging materials, workshops and other tools for my business, not to mention the hours I spend with your family, the hours of editing and creating beautiful images for you, the hours it takes away from my family and my children. The combination of all those things will cost you more than a studio like Picture People, but the knowledge, skill and heart that goes into each session, each image is worth far more.

Everything I offer is professional quality. Press printed books, albums and cards, custom designed for you and the highest quality prints and canvases. I don't do anything the “cheap way”. However, from the start of my business I've always known I wouldn't be the photographer for everyone, but that I'd always do my best to remain affordable for anyone that shared the passion for my work and style and wanted a session with me. You get what you pay for and I want everyone to have the opportunity to have those things. That is why on occasion I offer mini sessions, sales and even payment plans when you place your order of $400 or more and even offer a waived session fee when pre-paying for a Premium collection. I also give back to our community, do coat drive sessions and canned food drive sessionsand more each year.

If you love my work and share my belief in great customer service, treating people the way you wish to be treated and your family being your top priority and have a passion for capturing real life moments, then you are the type of client I am looking for, and I am the right photographer for you!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me! I'd love to hear from you!

 

Sincerely,

Heather Smith

Heather Smith Photography

304.552.1172

hsphotography1@aol.com

 

 

 

 
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