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What's a great first step in planning a photo session?

It's not the wardrobe!

 

Before deciding on your wardrobe and location, what you might like to think about is how you want to use and display the photos. Having a session and later making purchases from that session can be quite an investment and you don't want to end up with just a collection of digital files that are looked at for a few days and then forgotten.

 

It's planning how you will use and display the images!
 

 

Here are a few options to consider as you plan your session

 

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  • Do you have a lot of wall space in your home? If so, you might like to consider larger pieces of canvas wall art or framing sets of photos and displaying as collections. If you are not sure how large a canvas or frame would look best, tape some paper or newsprint together to create a few sizes like 20x24 and 24x36 to see what looks best in your home. A canvas print would be ordered as that size. A framed print would have the added dimensions of your chosen frame. Need some inspiration? Let's look on Pinterest! 
     

 

  • Limited wall space? 5x7 framed photos on tables and shelves look beautiful, and you can enjoy them every day. These sizes, when framed, also make lovely gifts.

 

 

  • A more recent choice for print display is the Portfolio or Folio Box. The image above is of a matted photo. These photos come in a Portfolio box and can be displayed individually or kept in the box and then taken out and viewed whenever you wish. You can even store these on bookshelves, have the dates printed on the spine and add to your collection to form a lovely legacy for you and your family.

 

 

  • You love all your photos from your session but no one has that much wall space... unless they live in a museum! You might consider a few framed or wall art pieces and/or a photo book. We used to call them photo albums when each photo was placed in those sleeves, but now they are actually books. Personally, I love photo books as you can really document the session so well with 20+ scenes.  Books come in a variety of sizes and bindings and as such can be designed for the budget conscious and those looking for a more luxurious product.
     

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  • You know you will want to keep all your photos from your session but no one has that much wall space unless in live in a museum! In this case, you  might consider a few framed or wall art pieces and a photo book. We used to call them photo albums when each photo was placed into sleeves, but now they are actually books. Personally, I love photo books as you can really document the session so well with 20+ images.  
     

 

So, that was step one to planning for your photo session. I would LOVE to help you with the next steps! Interested? You can reach me right here!

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Portfolio Boxes and Matted Prints https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2022/5/portfolio-boxes-and-matted-prints  

These are just gorgeous. These wonderful boxes are available in beautiful shades and materials both inside and out. Prints can be ordered in sets of 5, 10 or 15 in mat sizes of 5x7, 8x10 and 11x14.

 

Folio Box    Want to see the quality of this product for yourself? Let's meet. Interested in having your own Portfolio Box Collection?  Let's plan a session that suits you so I can transform your favourite files into beautiful matted photos! Contact info!

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Portraits with a Purpose https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2022/4/portraits-with-a-purpose  

One of the joys of having a small business is being able to use its platform to help others. Please join me in my first fundraiser!

On May 7th, gifting yourself or a special person in your life with a portrait session and printed image will give a gift to Maggie's Place Family Resource Centre that is located right here in Truro, N.S.

 

 

 

                                           Book your Session!

 

                                              or ask me a question!

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Weddings 2022 https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2022/3/weddings-2022  

Weddings? Maybe!

 

 

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With a few caveats. Those of you wishing to have your special day captured may want to work with me if:

 

  • You are having a small wedding or vow renewal with less than fifty in attendance. (You can have as many pets there as your heart desires, and I will happily include them all in images.)
  • You are holding your event in Colchester County. (Less chance of my getting lost and no extra travel fees for you.)
  • You are holding it during the day either outside or in a well lit and roomy indoor facility. (No need for me to set up lights. Keeps your photo costs way down! )
  • You are feeling pretty good and relaxed about your day, (no bridezillas!) and you want someone who will meet with you and listen to develop a plan for how you would like your day to be documented. (Planning is a very good thing! Family formals and posed bride/groom photos need at least 40 minutes between the service and the reception. Have you ever tried to pry a tired and hungry Auntie Mary away from the hors d oeuvres?)
  • You value prints and albums as a way to cherish those memories that you will be making. (Even though, of course, you'd like to have digitals to share on social media!)
  • You understand that most of the photos you see in Pinterest are done under ideal conditions and have cost the bride and groom many thousands of dollars. ( I like Pinterest, too, but I can't deliver sunset  photos when a setting sun is nowhere to be seen!)

 

Wedding spaces for 2022 are limited.  If, after reading all that above I haven't scared you off and  you think we might be a good match, you can  Contact me here!   

If you'd like to take a browse through my online Wedding Shop that contains a lot of info about sessions and prints/products, here is the link to the shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TWO New Photo Products! https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2022/3/two-new-photo-products The Seasons are Changing! Time for some new items!

 

First up is the WORD ART COLLAGE. These are available for most special occasions, including graduation. The background can be a solid colour or a blended photo layer as shown here.

 

The second new product  for you is the COMPOSITE PORTRAIT. These are GREAT for showcasing athletes and dancers and are  such a showstopper when printed large and framed. I have a variety of designs from which you can choose your favourite. Some, like the  photo below, feature one portrait while other incorporate two or three. Currently, they are offered in 11x14 and 24x30 inch sizes.

 

As always, let me know what you think! I'll be showcasing two more

photo product choices  in the next couple of days! 

 

Email me at: mhencher@bellaliant.net

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The Difference Between Senior Photography and Traditional Grad Photos https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2022/3/the-difference-between-senior-photography-and-traditional-grad-photos

 

First and foremost, I think traditional grad photos are wonderful and an important part of documenting the senior year. Wearing that gown represents the culmination of many years of academic work, and there are a couple of studios in our area that do a fantastic job of capturing the formal grad portrait. 

Senior Sessions are an additional way to further celebrate this special year.  Here are a few points to illustrate how  Senior Photography differs from the traditional cap and gown session. No reason you can't have both!
 
Senior Sessions

  • encourage  input from the student about their vision for the session
  • can include more than one location
  • can include wardrobe changes
  • go beyond the formal portrait
  • may feature family, friends and pets
  • capture the diversity of the student's personality and not just their appearance
  • include props, location and activities to showcase interests and talents
  • are not all about smiling at the camera
  • encompass both posed, action and candid photos
  • are slower paced and relaxed
  • result in more proofs to consider
  • are a memorable (and fun) event!                     

 

                 If you're like me, you want all the details so you can make a good decision! For more information about my Senior Sessions, which are offered to students from Cobequid Educational Centre, South Colchester Academy and all other high schools in the region click on the  photo of Sopia to be take to the SENIOR SESSION GUIDE! 

 

To consider your session options and browse through the products and prices that are offered, you can do some window shopping here by selecting the image below! I want you to be fully informed about every step of the process and pricing!

While early spring might not be the best time for some photos, I am very open to splitting your session. If there are activities or locations that would best serve you to be recorded in April and some in June, that is easily arranged! 

 

What if graduation will be in 2023? That is even better! 2023 grads can arrange for a series of images to be recorded all through their senior year, starting with early fall, back to school photos. Imagine the possibilities! This is especially perfect for those wishing to keep their memories in a photo album/book. In early July, a new Collection will be offered for 2023 grads who would like to take advantage of multi month Senior Sessions!

 

 

I love to talk about photography and sessions! 

Send your questions to me  right here.

If you are ready to book at session, you can start the booking process 

by following this link!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Dreams and New Directions https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2022/3/dreams-and-new-directions You are never too old to set another goal or  to dream a new dream" -C.S. Lewis

 

All my life, I've been a bit of  a head in the clouds kind of person. Give me a good book to read, and I won't hear the thunderstorm outside. Give me a sleepless night, and I'll plan my ideal city apartment down to the view out the windows to distract myself until sleep catches up. 

For years I had dreamed of taking my photography to the next level after finishing my teaching career. So, for ten years prior to that time, it was nose to the grindstone in my free hours to learn and refine shooting and editing techniques. That dream was realized in the summer of 2020.

Next came the dreaming up of new ideas and projects. What did I most love to photograph? What types of photos could leave a lasting legacy and create enjoyment for others for decades to come? Well, top of mind was portraits. Portraits of families, pets, siblings, business people,  athletes and more. I love talking with people, getting to know them a bit and making some images that they will love in return. My complete adoration of and respect for pets and horses  is no secret, so portraits of these special creatures is  always high on my list!

 

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This winter, as I thought about the direction I would like to take with my work, the idea of adding Senior Photography to the mix seemed to make so much sense. Teenagers as a group are amazing.  The graduating  year is such a unique time filled with both excitement and anxiety.  Plus, and this is big,  most teens share my love of dreaming!

With some help from four wonderful senior year students from C.E.C., I've been able to create some images that relay a bit of my vision  as to what Senior Photography is. (You'll see them all in an upcoming guide!) To me, it's  about showing who the senior student is this year. It's authentic. It's them. It's their dreams.  It's even a  gift to their future selves to help them remember when dreams were young.

 

 

Thank you, Sasha, for allowing me to capture a small part of your huge personality and talents, so I can illustrate my version of  Senior Photography.
 

 

If you have any questions or comments:   Contact me here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Self portrait time https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2022/2/how-not-to-take-a-self-portrait I've been putting off updating my profile photos, and I probably shouldn't admit that...

 

So, with all the dreary weather, the decision was made to do it today! Lights, action, pets and camera! Piece of cake, right?

Not really!!! Running back and forth to tweak focus on a spot where I "think" we will be, moving the soft box just so and settling back into position with Ella who is just looking for treats and Miss Kitty who doesn't want to be held today BEFORE  the ten second timer went off was.... challenging...not always successful... and really funny at times!

One hour, an exhausted person. a smug cat and a bored pup later, we were done.  Did I get the photos I wanted? Not exactly,  but with a bit of head swapping in post editing  they  will do for now.  Like cutting your own hair,  there is a lesson in all this somewhere...

 

 

 Myra and EllaPet Photographer poses with her own dog, a black Belgian Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix.

 

 

Would you like to avoid taking your own photos?  I'll be happy to chat with you!

 

 

 

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Senior Photography for Truro and area Grads https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2022/2/senior-photography-for-truro-grads A head and shoulders portrait of a grade 12 students with long light brown hair,  wearing a black mask  looks into the camera with the light from a large window  coming in behind her.Grad 12 student from Truro, Nova Scotia.Senior Photography is a fun way to capturing the months leading up to graduation. Sophia, a soon to be grad, loves reading so what better place to have a session than at the library? 

 

What is Senior Photography?

 

Well, several years ago, when I first heard the term Senior Photography, I honestly thought it was portraiture  for pensioners. Makes sense, right? Wrong!

Senior Photography is  all about Senior students or, as we usually call them in Canada, our grad students. This genre is very popular in many part of the USA, and it's catching on up here in Canada, too.

With my background working with students is something I really enjoy, so I started looking into what this Senior Photography was all.  Now, it's almost time to launch this branch of my photo business here in Colchester County for students in all the surrounding schools which are home to grade twelve students and for all those who are about to graduate from nearby community colleges and universities. 

So....

What is it not? It's not a  formal cap and gown studio session. Yes, I do formal headshots and portraits and those can be part of the experience, but there are other studios who have done a terrific job with formal grad portraits for many years.

What is it, then? It's a  photo session or two that takes place in various settings that are important to the grad. The sessions  showcases  their interests and talents and and the styling  remains true to the individual. And... it's fun!

 

 

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Stay tuned! I am in the process of developing a guide to my Senior Photography program. The graduating year and getting ready to transition into the next stage of life is an intensely pivotal time which is often overlooked. I want to change that!

 

If you'd like to help  this month (February) with the last few photos I need, as Emilie did in the photo above by playing her violin outside in the pavilion by the Main Street bridge, let me know and we'll chat:)  You can reach me here!

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February Must Love Dogs https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2022/1/february-must-love-dogs  

Why not celebrate Valentine's with PUPPY LOVE?

 

February Must Love Dogs photography  mini session Collections available from February 8th-12th just minutes  outside of Truro, Nova Scotia! 

If you are the hardy adventurous type, or just don't mind bundling up to keep out the February chill, this is such a fun way to spent time with your favourite dog or two and to make some great photos that you can display on your walls or on desk top for years to come!

 

  • four days set aside to give you lots of variety so you can work a session into your busy schedule.
  • If you think your pup might be too active or doesn't know enough commands or won't sit still to have the photos taken- that isn't a problem! The key is patience and lots of breaks:) Dogs are like kids and have their own unique personalities, and they are ALL just fine!
  • session will in held in Valley which is about 10 minutes from Truro, N.S. We're really easy to find and on a quiet street.
  • Leashes I can remove during editing. If his/her collar is not one you particularly like, a little shopping expedition might be advisable!

 

Schedule a consultation if you'd like to talk. We can chat on the phone or via email.

 

If you would like to pick your date and Session type now, just follow this link! February MUST LOVE DOGS booking page This is a photos of a poster  that shows  three portraits of dogs with  information about  mini or short photography sessions for dogs and their people to celebrate Valentine's Day near Truro, Nova Scdog photography mini sessions for Valentines in Truro Nova Scotia

 

 

 

 If you'd like to have a real Valentine's photo with your pup, that can be arranged! Just let me know that you would like to have part of the session done against a LOVE themed backdrop, and I will set it up outside for our session! Let me know before you arrive!

A black long haired dog sits in from of a Valentine's themed backdrop with the words LOVE, Happy and XOXO written on it near Truro, N.S.Puppy LoveElla knows that posing for photos for her mom will net her some great treats!

 

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February Valentines photo sessions for Children! https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2022/1/february-valentines-photo-sessions-for-children  

What's Happening? It's a Valentine's Mini Photography Session for Kids!

  • This will be a quick ten to fifteen minute Valentine’s themed photo session
  • Four Collections  from which to choose( See below)
  • The backdrop consists of a whimsical sweetshop façade with soft reds, pinks and faded yellows, some cute props and a light beige  “cobblestone road” to complete the scene 😊  
  • located at the H.Douglas Boyce Village Hall which is just over the bridge from Truro to Bible Hill and up to 69 Pictou Road

 

 

 

 

 

 Location and Covid-19 regulations and safety

  • Being held at the H. Douglas Boyce Village Hall in Bible Hill
  • Everyone twelve years of age and over must  show proof of full vaccination along with ID. 
  • A permission to record this information form must also be signed. This is in keeping with the current Provincial Health mandates.
  • I’m only booking six sessions for this event at the Hall and have allowed time for these checks to happen at the beginning of each so we still have plenty of time in front of the camera. If the Provincial Health  mandates change and our sessions are not allowed, a full refund, of course, will be made.
  • Except for the little one(s) having their photos done, we'll all be wearing masks, and I'll be using longer portrait lens so I can "keep my distance" 😊

 

Do you get prints or just digital files? 

If you've done a photo session with me before, you'll know that I am all about prints! Prints are so very important, but I also know that everyone likes to have a digital copy of images, so each print purchased is accompanied by its signed digital file that has been sized for online sharing. There are three Collections that offer prints, plus you can purchase later from the à la carte pricing menu. 

If you would love to do the session but don’t want to commit to purchasing any products before you see your gallery, that’s fine! There is an option called “Session Only” that will work for you.  

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for more information.!

If you are ready to book your collection (which includes the session) or book a just a session  you can do that right here!

 

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Christmas Sessions 2021 https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/12/christmas-sessions-2021 This was the first time I've done planned Christmas sessions, and it was so much fun even when it was dark and cold out!  Thanks to all who came over and sat on the Christmas bench or in the Shedio with the doors open wide so we could safely make some holiday memories for you and your family! 

December 2021Wrap up of the December Christmas mini photo sessions.

 

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The Holiday Dash Mini Session https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/11/the-holiday-dash-mini-session THE HOLIDAY DASH SESSIONS 

 

SESSIONS ARE OVER! THANK YOU! MERY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 

 

 

 

Come on over to my place during the lead up to Christmas for your annual holiday photo! I've got two natural backdrops set up OUTDOORS; all you need to bring are nice, warm clothes and your smiles:) (THE BOOKING LINK IS AT THE END OF THIS PAGE!)

You're pretty busy, and weekends fly by like Santa's reindeer! Evening sessions offered are now gone, but if you can't make it during the daytime, please contact me before booking and we'll see if we can arrange an alternate time for you between December 13th-15th.

Don't have a lot of time? That's OK because I am FAST! All I need is ten to  fifteen  minutes to capture some fun shots of you and yours.

 

There are TWO OPTIONS for you!

 

Holiday Dash One:  Included is the quick session, TWO 5x7 prints  and their  accompanying  edited digital files for social media and online sharing. My standard Photography Agreement to be signed. (It will be forwarded to you when you are booking!)
$40  

 

Holiday Dash Two:   Included is the quick session,  THREE 5x7 prints, ONE 8x10 print and their accompanying edited digital files for social media and online sharing. My standard Photography Agreement to be signed. (It will be forwarded to you when you are booking!)
$75  
 

The prints will be delivered to you or shipped at cost if you live outside the Truro, N.S. area.
Files that accompany your purchases are 72dpi/1200 along the widest edge, signed and are designed for online sharing. They can be downloaded from my site or emailed to you.

If you would like to purchase  prints or other digitals, that can be done after you have seen your gallery. The gallery will remain up for ten days, giving you lots of time to make your decisions!

 All in effect Covid-19 protocols are recognized. Keeping this outdoors for our health!

 

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Social Media Files? https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/11/social-media-files What's a Social Media Sized Digital File?

 

Such a great question!

  • When a photo is taken, the original file is usually set to 300dpi (dots per inch).  This is a large file and can take up a lot of room on a computer or other host.
  •  A print made with a 300dpi file will contain the maximum amount of digital information for clarity of detail, contrast, colour, etc.  This is especially important when larger pieces are crafted.
  • Computer screens, though, don't see much, if any,  difference between 72dpi and 300dpi. The only real issue that would affect how a 72dpi file would look on your screen is the width and height of the file and the calibration of your screen.
  • A file that is 600px (pixels are the smallest bits of digital info) will look blurry and "pixelated" when zoomed in on as you will start to see the distance between the pixels.

Unless you are planning to make prints, a 72dpi file that is 1000 to 1200px on the longest side will be fine for online sharing. Knowing that most people want a digital file to share, all prints that you purchase from me are accompanied by a file that is 72dpi and 1200px on the long side. I do sell these files separately for folks who don't want prints, but for a few dollars more, you can have both! (I LOVE prints and want everyone to have them!)

 

Here are some comparisons.

 

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This 1200x800 file is what someone would receive if they purchased this as a print of Ella. It looks great!

 

 

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This file would make a nice small print and looks the same as the 72dpi online. When I make prints, I use the original size file. This file was 4743px x 3162px before I reduced it for comparison.

 

 

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If you enlarged this last example (800px x 600px) you would see a noticeable difference in quality as there are a lot fewer pixels. It's looks fine, though, as a small file on a screen, but  I would not print this at any size!

 

 

Why don't I sell or give all the full size, 300 dpi files?

  • Another great question and with a simple answer: I like to control what happens to a file that I have put time (sometimes hours) and talent into taking, editing and processing to protect my reputation and your investment.
  • Print labs are not all the same, trust me on this one. To have a one of my files displayed in a way that "messed up" my work would make me both upset (I don't want people who see that print to think that is the kind of work I do) and sad (you've spent a lot of money on a file and ended with a really awful looking product that doesn't look like you thought it would.)

 

Any questions? Let me know!  Contact me!

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Christmas Gifting Time is Here! https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/11/christmas-gifting It's that time of year again!

 

 

Those of you wanting family photos for Christmas greeting cards wrapped that up a few weeks ago and can cross that one off your list! 

 

If you are thinking that a nice portrait of you and and yours in a nice frame would make a great gift, and you are right,  there is still time to a session. As of typing this, it's November 6th, and I'll be cutting off portraits for Christmas giving on November 30th as I don't want to take a chance that the printing will be delayed. 

What can I offer you? A full session (an hour or more) is $100. This does not include prints or files. Any purchases of files or prints can be made a la carte.  Investment Menu This is a good option if you wish to purchase multiple files to use in a photo book or if you have a large family (people and pets) which will naturally take more time. For this length of session, more than one location can be used and you'll have a selection of 40+ files from which to choose for purchasing. 

The second option is a shorter session (15 minutes) at my place in Valley. Some people call this a mini session, but I am calling them the HOLIDAY DASH session! This is a great choice if you just want a two or four nice files to share with friends and relatives and their accompanying 5x7 prints. The details for the HOLIDAY DASH will be released by November 18th. Let me know if you'd like to be put on the "Keep informed' list!

Can I help you look festive if there is no snow? Sure I can!  Let me know if you are interested, and I'll send along my ideas for you to consider.  Contact me here!

 

 

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Using Pinterest to Prepare for a Session https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/10/do-you-love-getting-ready-for-a-session Maybe this could have been titled,  "Is Pinterest Your Style Guide?" 

 

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One of the fun parts about planning a session is picking out what you, and everyone else including the fur babies, is going to wear. Here's the thing, while you want to make sure everyone is really comfortable so they will feel good and relaxed, you are also probably going to invest in  wall art, prints and/or a photo book and you want to make sure that along with feeling fine, everyone looks fine, too! We all know that Pinterest is a great resource for all things home and fashion. If you type in "What to wear for photo session", it will show you a list of prompts to choose from...to a fall photo session... family photo session... beach photo session and so on.  

 

Another fun way to use Pinterest for inspiration is to check out all their posts on how to decorate  your home using wall art.  Here's some saved pins I thought you might like!

 

Some people even like to get some posing ideas from Pinterest and that can be a great idea, especially if you are wanting several different looks for you or your family. It's really helpful to let your photographer know if you saw a pose you want to try, so you can discuss it before your session and determine if it's a good look!

 

One caution when it comes to using Pinterest to plan your session is to realize that many of the outdoor photos you see were taken at optimum times  of the day (half an hour on either side of sunrise and sunset) which is why your photographer will suggest the best times for you based on location and time of year. Bright sunlight casts much harsher shadows, so it at all possible try to plan your session around very early morning or early evening times. (There are some exceptions to these times, but you can talk to your photo person about that!)

 

  See you on Pinterest!  
 

 

 

 


 

 

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Folio Boxes and matted prints https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/10/folio-boxes-and-matted-prints  

These are just gorgeous. These wonderful boxes are available in beautiful shades and materials both inside and out. Prints can be ordered in sets of 5, 10 or 15 in mat sizes of 5x7, 8x10 and 11x14.

 

Folio Box    Want to see the quality of this product for yourself? Let's meet. Interested in having your own Portfolio Box Collection?  Let's plan a session that suits you so I can transform your favourite files into beautiful matted photos! Contact info!

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I have a few new products coming up this season, and this sleek trifold is just one. What a wonderful way to display or gift three of your favourite portrait oriented (vertical) photos. With a wide variety of material and colours from which to choose, it's pretty easy to match your decor or pick someone's favourite tones.

 

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Interested? Ask me about the Trifold!

 

 

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(Myra Hencher Photography) photographer portraits prints save memories Truro https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/10/beautiful-trifold-portraits Fri, 22 Oct 2021 23:03:58 GMT
Your Gallery is Ready! https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/10/your-gallery-is-ready Your Gallery is Ready!

 

Viewing the Photo Proofs

  • Your link that you were given will take you to the gallery. Use the password (usually the last part of your link) to access the gallery. The first letter of your password (also called a client ID) is always a small case letter.
  • You can look at your photos as a collection on a page, one at a time or as a slideshow.
  • If you want to, you can log in and create a collection set for yourself to keep track of favourites. 
  • The photos in your gallery are very small files and have "proof" written on them as they are not fully edited. 
  • If you see some files that say "extra" underneath them, those are yours to download. Sometimes, there are some photos that might not be print options, but they are just too cute to languish on my computer:)

 

What about Sizes?

  • Most of the proofs are shown as a 5:7 ratio which can be trimmed to an 8x10 without too much loss of content. Some of the slimmer rectangular proofs are a 4:6 ratio and can be re-sized if there is enough content area on the top and bottom. If a photo is cropped in tight, that ratio may have to stay as it.
  • Common print sizes are 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14 and 16x20  (Remember, not all files can be cropped to all ratios without loss of content.) Wall art, in the form of canvas prints, follow the same ratios but can be much larger.
  • Here are two articles that might help you with choosing sizes for your prints or wall art! To Crop or Not To Crop  and Choosing Sizes to Best Suit Your Walls

 

How Do I Order? (  See the Pricing Menu below Sessions and Pricing Menu )

     You can: 

  1. Make a list of proof numbers and product and size you would like to have and email or message me the list . (The price menu may be seen at the bottom of this page or you can visit the Sessions and Menu Pricing Page for more information.)   If you are ordering files to be put in an album, you don't have to worry about sizes as I will design the album for you.     
  2. Let me know you would like to meet, and I'll come to you to take your order and answer any questions. (We can Zoom if Covid is still with us.)

      If any proofs are to be cropped, I will crop the proof and place it in the gallery so you can double check that you like the new ratio. If you don't,  we'll choose a new one!

      3. You will receive an invoice from me for the total cost of your products. (No tax at this time!) If you are ordering more than four items,  you will see that your total will  change a bit as I put them in a Collection for you. For example, if you were to order four copies of the same file, you would not pay full price for the three additional copies, or if you ordered a piece of wall art, and three or more prints, I would take that into consideration when preparing your invoice. (Four or more products!) 

     4.  As soon as I have received an email transfer from you for the total cost of your order, I will finish editing your chosen files and then send the order to print. Some products are ordered locally, and some are from a European company. Time for them to be returned depends on the company. I send them off within a week of your order being finalized.

As soon as the order arrives, I will  package your products and deliver them to you if you live near Truro, N.S. If not, we can arrange to meet when you are in town, or you can have them shipped to your home via one of the provincial companies for their cost of shipping. 

From the Sessions and Pricing Menu Page

That's pretty much it! If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask! For example, you might wonder about Photo Book prices. Photobooks from a department store made from a personal camera or cell phone may cost a lot less than what you see here and the colours will probably not look the same.

For these albums, the price reflects the number of fully edited full resolution files that are placed in your book, the hours to design the album, the paper and print quality and the binding materials from which the Photo Book is made along with shipping and my product cost. A "Fun Photo Book" that is not of heirloom quality consisting  of 11 pages (22 sides) is offered above.

If you would like to design your own book from purchased files, please just let me know! File prices are listed above, but a Collection quote can be made based on the number of files needed and the resolution of the files.

See, there is one question answered:) 

 

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Fall Photo Session Guide for 2021 https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/9/fall-photo-session-guide-for-2021 Getting ready for your Fall Photo Session?

I've prepared a guide just for you!     

 Fall 2021 Guide

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Photo Books! https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/9/photo-books Do you remember sitting with family or friends and looking through an old photo album together?

Do you remember the stories, the laughs and the occasional hidden tear? Do you remember how you felt when you saw your younger self or the face of a loved one or treasured pet? 

If you can answer yes to some or all of these questions, you'll understand why I love Photo Books so much. Photobooks are updated versions of those old albums. Instead of photos that are put in one by one, you receive an actual picture book to hold and share. Not only that, since it's 2021, you'll also receive social media sized files of all the photos that are printed in your book. How many photos do you get to choose that go in the book? From your private online proof gallery, you get to choose up to twenty-five of your favourites. In a twenty two page book, there are usually 30 photos included, so I will then choose the remainder. Yes, you can purchase additional pages for your book, and you can purchase extra copies. We can discuss all those details!

 

 

These books deserve some extra time and maybe some different locations and wardrobe changes, so the package includes up to four hours of photography time and three locations. If the locations are within 20km of Truro, NS, there is no extra mileage charge.  

For the starting package price of $850, along with the extended session you receive an  8x11 hardcopy edition with lustre paper pages. This is a nice book, and is the one shown in the photos below. An heirloom quality album for those who want very fine materials requires an investment of $1150.

Can you purchase any of the session's captures as prints or wall art? Yes! Additional purchases can always be made via the a la carte menu. 

If this sounds interesting, let's talk!

 

 

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Weddings? I do! https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/9/weddings-i-do  

Weddings? I do! 

(Elopements and Vow Renewals too!)

 

 

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With a few caveats. Those of you wishing to have your special day captured may want to work with me if:

 

1) You are having a small wedding of less than forty in attendance. (You can have as many pets there as your heart desires.)

 

2) You are holding your event in Colchester County. (Less chance of my getting lost and no extra travel fees for you.)

 

2) You are holding it during the day either outside or in a well lit and roomy indoor facility. (No need for me to set up lights. Keeps your photo costs way down! )

 

3) You are feeling pretty good and relaxed about your day, (no bridezillas!) and you want someone who will meet with you and listen to develop a plan for how you would like your day to be documented.

 

4) You value prints and albums as a way to cherish those memories that you will be making. (Even though, of course, you'd like to have digitals to share on social media!)

 

5) You would like to keep your total costs (social media digitals, a few special prints and an album) to under $2000. Yes, you can purchase more, or allow family friends to purchase prints,  but this will likely be all that you need. If I have an assistant with me, it will be at no extra cost to you.  For Vow Renewals and Elopements, please contact me so I can provide you with a quote based on your unique needs.

 

 

 

I am currently booking out only one wedding per month in late 2021. If you think we might be a good match, you can :  Contact me here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Only 3 Fab Fridays Left! https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/8/only-3-fab-fridays-left KMProof_11KMProof_11

That is Minnie the Yorkie up there in the photo which was taken in my yard earlier this summer. Is that not one of the most adorable and happy pup faces you've ever seen?

Today, I'm just putting out a quick note about there being only THREE Fridays left in August. That is kind of sad for someone who loves summer as much as I do. 

If you missed the information about this summer event the first time around, here it is again:)

 

With many restrictions soon to be lifted after a very long spring,  I launched Fabulous Fridays for the months of June and July to help us celebrate. At the time of writing this, there are only three Fridays left! 

We will  do a fun twenty minute morning session together, and you will receive an 8x10 or 8x12 print with its accompanying signed file for social media sharing. (These are about 900px on the long side.)

 

THE DETAILS OF THIS SPECIAL EVENT

Who: Anyone including pets or just a pet!

Where: In the lower part of Victoria Park or one of my favourite nearby trails close to Truro.  

Why: To have some fun on Friday!

When: Fridays between 9 and 11 in the morning or between 6 and 7 in the evening, if it has not been previously booked. 

What: 20 minute session/private proof gallery/print/digital file for $50 (no GST nor HST)  

How: This event is limited to two sessions per Friday.  Waiver of Release to be signed digitally and email transfer forwarded within 24 hours of booking, thank you. Covid-19 restrictions will be in place to keep us all as safe as possible. 

 

Interested?    Contact me right here!

To read over the Waiver: Waiver of Release

To learn more about Full Sessions, Collections and A la carte pricing: Session and Pricing Info
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Planning Your Photo Session Step One https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/8/planning-your-photo-session-step-one  

You might think that planning for what you will wear will come first, but not necessarily.

 

 

Before deciding on your wardrobe and location, what you might like to think about is how you want to use and display the photos. Having a session and later making purchases from that session can be quite an investment and you don't want to end up with just a collection of digital files that are looked at for a few days and then forgotten.

So, here are a few options to consider:

  • Do you have a lot of wall space in your home? If so, you might like to consider larger pieces of canvas wall art or framing sets of photos and displaying as collections. If you are not sure how large a canvas or frame would look best, tape some paper or newsprint together to create a few sizes like 20x24 and 24x36 to see what looks best in your home. A canvas print would be ordered as that size. A framed print would have the added dimensions of your chosen frame.  Need some inspiration? Pinterest!
  • Limited wall space? 5x7 framed photos on tables and shelves look beautiful, and you can enjoy them every day. These sizes, when framed, also make lovely gifts.
  • You love all your photos from your session but no one has that much wall space... unless they live in a museum! You might consider a few framed or wall art pieces and/or a photo book. We used to call them photo albums when each photo was placed in those sleeves, but now they are actually books. Personally, I love photo books as you can really document the session so well with 20+ scenes.  Books come in a variety of sizes and bindings and as such can be designed for the budget conscious and those looking for a more luxurious product.

So, that was step one to planning for your photo session. Up next... Planning for colours and location! Stay tuned!

 

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Let me Help! https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/7/let-me-help So, you've just had a photo session and you've chosen your favourite shots from your proof gallery.

Now what?

Are you going to purchase digital files only, share them once on social media and then let them sit in a file on your computer or mobile for... ever?  I certainly hope not! You and your photos deserve a lot better than that!

 

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to offer you some suggestion of what you can do beforehand when planning for a photo session and what you can do with the photo files you may already have. I am a big believer in having nicely crafted prints  or wall art made from your favourite files, but I also know that everyone likes to have digital images to share and keep, so we are going to look at both print and digital options. 

 

 

As you can see from this cell phone pic, in my office/editing area, I've framed four photos of our pets, and I'm using one of my favourite recent photos of Ella as a screensaver. I think I may have this one made into a wall art via a wrapped canvas piece. I love how she looks like she is going to jump up and run towards me:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Small dogs are great dogs! https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/7/small-dogs-are-great-dogs One of the best weeks ever! That is how I would describe getting to photograph these cuties that arrived as part of my small dog model call last week.

One of the things I wanted to do was test out my new "shedio". What is a shedio? It's my answer to shooting inside during a time when inside activities are restricted. I'll post all about it when I have it tweaked and a bit more polished. (That said, shabby chic will definitely be its style!)

Hope you enjoy these this little slideshow and hope you contact me and say, "Hey, I want that experience for my dog!"  

 

 

 

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Fabulous Fridays! https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/5/fabulous-fridays  

Fabulous Fridays!

 


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I've always thought that Friday was such a great day of the week, and in the summer I especially love the mornings!   

With many restrictions soon to be lifted after a very long spring,  I've launched Fabulous Fridays for the months of June and July to help us celebrate. We will  do a fun twenty minute morning session together, and you will receive an 8x10 or 8x12 print with its accompanying signed file for social media sharing. (These are about 900px on the long side.)

 

THE DETAILS OF THIS SPECIAL EVENT

Who: Anyone including pets or just a pet!

Where:In the lower part of Victoria Park or one of my favourite nearby trails close to Truro.  

Why: To have some fun on Friday!

When: Fridays between 9 and 11 in the morning or between 6 and 7 in the evening, if it has not been previously booked. 

What: 20 minute session/private proof gallery/print/digital file for $50 (no GST nor HST)  

How: This event is limited to two sessions per Friday.  Waiver of Release to be signed digitally and email transfer forwarded within 24 hours of booking, thank you. Covid-19 restrictions will be in place to keep us all as safe as possible. 

 

Interested?    Contact me right here!

To read over the Waiver: Waiver of Release

To learn more about Full Sessions, Collections and A la carte pricing: Session and Pricing Info
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Home and Office Décor https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/5/home-and-office-decor  

 

Who needs generic prints when you can be surrounded by family, friends and special places? 

 

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Worried a bit? https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/3/worried-a-bit                                          

 

Does the thought of doing a photo session make you feel a little anxious?  Let me help you turn concern to excitement!

 

Just be yourselves.

Family photo sessions, whether your family is of the human or tail wagging kind, can be amazing. Really. The key is to go into the session knowing that you and yours have to be nothing but your genuine selves.  

 

Don't worry!

Trust me when I say that I am pretty unflappable, so you never have to worry about what I might think or that your session will be ruined or any other scenario that might be running through your mind. I love what I do. Your kids can run around and be silly. (Great action shots.) Your partner does not have to smile and look at the camera. (They can look at you or the family fido instead.) Your dog can jump on me, and I'll be happy to see that they are so full of life and will try to get some shots showing that exuberance.

 

It will be fine.

Sessions are meant to be fun. They are a time to hang out with your people and/or pets and just be in the moment. Let me state again that your typical family shenanigans will NOT ruin your photos. I am all about telling your story. Yes, there will be nicely posed portraits among the files to hang on walls and present as gifts, but there will likely also be some  fun, silly and spontaneous moments, too! (See, that is where my Playful AND Classic Portraiture line comes from:)

 

We will plan together.

What if a child or partner has any special needs to address? We will address them in advance to create the smoothest experience possible on the day. You tell me what it is you need, and we will do what it takes to make the session great for everyone. We might need to plan for more time (or less time), less stimuli, an easy to access area, etc. etc. We can do it!

 

But what if?

If things are not going well for someone in your group on that particular day, we will rebook. No worries.  No added stress. No extra cost.  The same applies to your pets. If you have, for example, a very nervous pup, we might need to change the location to one that is more comfortable and that makes them feel safer. It's all OK.

 

This is my job!

So, if you have been a bit shy and hesitant or maybe a bit worried about booking a photo session, I hope I have eased your concerns. My job is to put you, your people and your pets as much at ease as I can and to make some great photo memories for you. Your job is to just be there and enjoy the moment!

 

By the away, that is our Ella in our photo, and she is wondering just what those cats are going to do next! That was the closest photo I had in my library to illustrate the theme of worry:)

 

I would love to hear from you! If you have any questions or would just like to chat about a session with your people or pets,  you can contact me here!

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Hug Your Dog Day Contest https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/3/hug-your-dog-day-contest  

Thank you! The contest has now closed. Winner to be announced on April 10, 2021!

Let's Welcome Spring with a Fun Contest for You and Your Best Tail Wagging Pal!

 

 

What can you win?

A half hour photo session for you and your pooch(es) with me at an easily accessible area of Victoria Park  to be held between April 11th and May 15th of this year AND a 16x20 fine art print! (Sorry, no substitutions and no cash value.)

 

How can you enter?

Fill in the attached Google contest form with your name and email, answer one easy question and hit submit! (You'll get a confirmation email so you will know you're in.) Minimum age to enter is 18. (If you are younger, just ask a parent or guardian to enter for you:)

 

Can you get extra entries?

Yes! If you want to refer a friend, ask them to fill in the last section of the contest form and you will both get two extra entries.

 

When does the contest close?

 Midnight of  April 9, 2021.

 

Entry form:

 

 

 

Can you have other people and pets with you?

Yes! As long as there is at least one dog in the photo, that will meet the requirements. 

 

When does the winner get picked?

On April 10, 2021  (I will have all entries in an excel file which I will print, cut in strips and make a random draw, unless I can figure out how to get Google to do a random draw. (I am not up to date on all the fancy ways of using excel to pick a winner. Old school might have to do :)

 

What if the winner  doesn't have their session completed before May 15th?

That would be awful, but the winner would then forfeit the prize.

 

Is my email collected?

Yes, Google forms collects your email as part of the contest. If you do not want me to send you the name of the winner, updates about future contests and the occasional photo info email, just click NO at the end of the form.

 

Can I enter more than once?

Yes! You can enter on your own up to ten times, AND you can get even more entries by referring a friend. (See above.)

 

Any other questions?

I am always happy to hear from you.  Contact me here!

BTW, this contest is not connected to Facebook, Zenfolio web hosting or any other third party organization. It's just from me!

 

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How do "I" think you can best display photos from our sessions? https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/3/how-do-i-think-you-can-best-display-photos-from-our-sessions

How do I think you can best display photos from our sessions?

 

 

Since I am all about capturing the playful and the classic poses all in one session and will provide 50 or so proofs for you to consider, in my opinion the best way to display photos from a session with one or two wall art pieces and a photobook, the equivalent of yesteryear's photo album.  You might not want to hang the photo of your two kids chasing each other around and around you as they laugh at the top of their lungs over the fireplace mantle, but you will want to look back at it and other such shots  in twenty years and wish that time was there again. As a mom of grown-up kids, I can almost guarantee that you will treasure such photos. If you have pets, a lovely portrait and a photobook will help keep so many memories fresh in your mind as you flip through the pages.

Files are fun to have and share, but printed material tends to stand the test of time and my favourite product is a photobook. There is something special about sitting beside a family member or friend, flipping through pages of photos and sharing memories about moments past. It's all there in front of you for you to hold and pass back and forth. You can point to the faces, flip back to a page with another photo to compare, and stop and share your stories. No power needed. No special programs to install. No digital data to back up and reformat or lose.

I hear you! Yes, it's the 21st century, and we are in a digital age. So, when I have any prints made for you, whether it is a 32x40 inch canvas destined for your hallway, or a thirty page photobook, you will get a signed digital file that is large enough to share on social media, at no extra charge,  with every print purchased/included in your photobook. That way, you can have it all:)

So, in my opinion, to get the most from our session, that photobook along with a special print/canvas or two (or however many you would like!) is the way to go.  As always, I am more than happy to answer any of your questions.  Hope to hear from you!

 

PS The lovely Belle, companion Lab supreme,  is shown in the photobook above. 

 

 

 

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(Myra Hencher Photography) booking Colchester family family photography Nova Scotia pet photography photobook photographer photography portraits prints save memories truro https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/3/how-do-i-think-you-can-best-display-photos-from-our-sessions Tue, 02 Mar 2021 16:42:16 GMT
Which Comes First: The Frame/Size or the Photo? https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/2/which-comes-first-the-frame-or-the-photo Sometimes, It's the Frame/Size!

 

If you know that you are going to be making prints from your photo session, it might be a good idea to choose your frames or sizes first and let me, your photographer, know what sizes you have chosen so I can make sure to capture photos that fit perfectly. 

Things to keep in mind:

  •       Do you prefer horizontal (landscape) or vertical(portrait) orientation?
  •       Families, groups and landscapes usually look best in a landscape orientation.  
  •       Would you prefer a frame or ready to hang canvas? (Eliminates the need to choose a matching frame.)
  •       Do your new frames "go" with the ones already on your wall?
  •       How much room do you have? A 30x40 inch print may overwhelm your room, but a grouping of four            8x10s might look great! 4x6 and 5x7 prints are best for desk frames and albums as they are harder to          see from a distance, but you can create some nice wall collections with frames that are larger and have        a wide mat around the photo.
  •       If you are going to set your frame on a desk, make sure you choose one with a pull out piece for                  propping it on a surface. (Yes, I have made that mistake and bought a wall only frame!)
  •       If you can't decide before our session, that is fine! I almost always leave some extra space around each        scene to allow for some minor crop adjustments.
  •      By the way,  Pinterest has some great ideas for wall displays!

 

Group of Four Frameless Canvas Prints

 

 Simple White Frame

 

Have questions? I'd love to answer them!

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Choosing Sizes to Best Suit Your Walls https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/2/choosing-sizes-to-best-suit-your-walls

Choosing Print Sizes

You've chosen your favourite proofs to have printed. What is the best size, though? If you read my last blog, about ratios, then you have a pretty good understanding of what an 8x10 ratio will cover as opposed to an 8x12. ( That blog post is right here!)

If you are wondering what sizes would look best on your walls, have a look at the diagram below with a three seater sofa for perspective. It's about 6 feet on the inside and about 7.5 if you include the arms. These samples depict the actual photo or canvas size  in portrait, or vertical, orientation. Adding a frame would add a bit to the outside dimensions. Smaller and medium sized photo prints look great when grouped together in an ensemble.  (Check Pinterest for some great ideas about grouping photos!)

 

Reminder: 4:6 ratio provides  4x6, 8x12, 16x24, 32x48 prints with no loss of subject due to cropping

                8:10 ratio provides 8x10, 16x20, 32x40 prints with no loss of subject due to cropping

                Print sizes such as 5x7, 11x14, 20x24 etc. will not look exactly like their original file ratio, but they can usually still look great! 

                A square print will greatly change the  look of your photo. The photographer will frame the main subject within the square.

 

Any questions? I'd love to answer them!

 

 

 

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To Crop or Not to Crop and What Exactly is a Crop? https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/2/to-crop-or-not-to-crop-and-what-exactly-is-a-crop Great Cropping Questions!

Cropping is when you change the native format of a photo to something else. For example, my camera is set to take and display a file that has a ration of 4:6. When I take a photo and preview it, that file would look the same if printed at 4x6, 8x12 or 16x24. I am not very quick at math, but I bet you have already figured out that the 4 and the 6 divide into each of those sets of prints sizes equally!

But what if you don't want a 4x6, 8x12 or 16x24 print? What if you want an 8x10 or a 24x30? Ah! That is when cropping during the editing process happens!

Have a look:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the subjects smaller in the frame, as above, it is easier to make crops that still look great!

 

When the original photo is shot close, not all cropping ratios will work as well as shown by this set:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An 8x10 print would not work well at all for this file:

 

What about cropping in? 

Usually, a photo can be cropped in a fair amount and retain enough detail to make a nice smaller print; however, there is a limit and each photo is different. The files that I will  present to you as proofs are close to or at their optimal ratio, but most can be adjusted to suit the size you would like to display. We will work together to make this happen!

 

More questions?  I'd love to answer them!

 

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(Myra Hencher Photography) cropping family Nova Scotia photographer photography portraits save memories Truro https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/2/to-crop-or-not-to-crop-and-what-exactly-is-a-crop Fri, 12 Feb 2021 04:51:03 GMT
Photography Sessions and Print Costs. Where do they come from? https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/1/photography-sessions-and-print-costs-where-do-they-come-from  

Three black and white snapshots with a photo envelope and pieceThree black and white snapshots with a photo envelope and pieceAgainst a white background is arranged three black and white snapshots of a little girl in 1961 and 1962 on top of a yellow vintage photo envelope and a piece of brown negative.

 

A few years ago, when I starting to plan for making photography a small business, one of the things I looked for online was information about how much I should charge. Unfortunately, there wasn't a whole lot of good information. A lot of advice was about finding an ideal client (apparently one who purchased only designer handbags, drove six figure vehicles and had an unlimited amount of disposable income) and setting your price high enough to make a six figure salary as a photographer. (Excuse me while I roll around laughing here!) As you can tell, I wasn't too impressed nor helped by this type of advice.

So, if any of you are wondering how I set my session fees  and my print and product fees (which I just lowered significantly as I want more people to purchase prints), here is the list that I came up when figuring out  what to include in my cost of doing business. After taking a look, what do you think of my session and product fees?    Session and Pricing Info   Contact me here!

 

Session Fee (This is the photo session fee)

  • Knowledge of Camera technology and use, posing, lighting, etc.
  • Gas within Colchester County to and from shoot 
  • Time spent with texts, emails and phone calls 
  • Time spent taking the photos (Up to two hours)
  • Editing: Knowledge  
  • Editing: Time (Hour long shoot usually takes up about three hours of editing/processing time)
  • Monthly fees for online music and slideshow programs used
  • Website hosting cost
  • Cost and maintenance of two or more cameras, camera cards, lens, lighting, misc gear
  • Cost and maintenance of computer and two monitors
  • Cost of external hard drive(s)
  • Cost of card readers
  • Cost of backdrops and stands
  • Cost of Advertising
  • Marketing materials
  • Yearly business fee
  • Yearly insurance fee
  • Yearly photography association membership fees
  • Education costs (tutorials, books, etc)
  • Perks to clients (complimentary items)
  • Financial service costs (consultant, banking...)

 

Print and Product Fees (No department store printing!)

  • Costs of prints/products plus 15% tax
  • Time for final editing (polishing, re-cropping)
  • Time spent doing and sending invoices
  • Photo packaging cost
  • Gas to and from the printers
  • Gas to and from the client's on photo delivery day

 

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(Myra Hencher Photography) how to set photography fees photo business costs https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/1/photography-sessions-and-print-costs-where-do-they-come-from Wed, 27 Jan 2021 05:04:08 GMT
Valentine's Day Fun! https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2021/1/valentines-day-fun Have you heard about my fun Valentine's Day Event?

 

Would you like a special offer for this Valentine's Day event??  Contact me here and I will fill you in! No worries if you have already booked, as this will definitely be for you, too!

 

As the poster states, you can gift your special someone a session AND a printed 4 panel collage, just like the one in the poster! Flowers fade and chocolates soon disappear, but this Valentine's Day present gives you the gift of time spent together and a print for you to frame and treasure for years to come. 

A lasting gift or photography or roses with candy? Why not both?  Total cost, including the session and the printed 8x10 collage, is $75 . UPDATE: I decided to play Valentine's forward and have reduced the fee.    Conact me for a SWEET offer!  This is a time limited offer, so bookings must be made on or before February 14, 2021 to take advantage of this offer.

Sessions will be held outside in a lovely public space in the town of Truro or in nearby Bible Hill. 

After your session has been completed, please allow two weeks for editing and printing. I will contact you and deliver your print when it is ready. ( I love that part!) 

All COVID  precautions will be taken, including the use of a long lens while photographing. We all want to be safe.

More details under the poster!  

 

Here is the collage by itself: 

The more details part:

Payment for this event is due upon booking. If the session must be cancelled due to weather or illness, you will have the options to rebook a different time at this special price or receive a full refund. Payments may be made through e-transfers. (mhencher@bellaliant.net)

If you would like to personalize the message on the collage, that can be done at no extra charge.  If you prefer black and white photos, just let me know in advance. 

A release waiver is always used for my sessions. You can read it right here: Release/Waiver

If I have forgotten to cover any points, or you have questions: My E-mail

Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

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Autumn https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2020/10/autumn At heart, I am a Summer girl. I love the heat, I love the sunshine and I LOVE the longer evenings. Being a fair person, though, I have to give Fall its props:)

Where Summer is all about green and blue, Fall is about every earthy colour you could imagine. Knowing that we are going into that season where one colour is predominant with various shades of grey, let's soak up as much colour as we can to keep us going until next Spring!

Thank you to all the lovely people and pets who have shared some Autumn sunshine with me so far this year! 

Fall ColoursFall photos against a backdrop of Nature's finest!

 

 

  

 

  

 

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Summer is Over https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2020/9/summer-is-over  

I have to admit, that I always feel a little sad as August moves into September. For years, it meant revving up to go back to school, which was exciting, but there was always that bit of melancholia as the daylight hours shortened and temperatures fell. Summer, always, has been my happiest season.  Thank you to all the folks who entrusted me with capturing their moments over the past few months! 
 

This year, my goal is to forge a new relationship with Fall and Winter! With a huge change in lifestyle now allowing me to appreciate the outdoors seven days a week and not just two, it's time to embrace the great outdoors and these two unique seasons.

So, good-bye to Summer 2020. With my last photography session of the summer  having been completed on September 20th, it's time to look forward to Fall and time to  bundle up and track down the most amazing fall foliage for autumn photos. 

 

  Summer 2020

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Love is in the air! https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2020/9/love-in-in-the-air "The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." - Audrey Hepburn

 

As August drew to a close, one of the highlights was the small, outdoor wedding of Lisa and Danny Gill. As far as weddings go, this is my favourite type. Set in a beautifully landscaped backyard of one of Lisa's childhood friends, the couple stood on an gently elevated walkway which made a perfect little stage. Seated in little  "bubble" pods for safe social distancing, their guests had a wonderful view of Lisa and Danny's ceremony which was officiated by Sandy Little of Justice of the Peace NS Weddings

The days leading up to the event were filled with weather worries as storms were brewing south of us and whether Danny's mother and her cousin would finally be allowed on the ferry to Newfoundland. (The third attempt to walk on was a charm!) The day itself, though, was perfect. The anticipated rain amounted to a two minute sprinkle during the signing of the register, spirits were high and the outdoor reception was a huge success among the friends and family members. One of the highlights, for sure, were the wonderful wedding cupcakes by Jackie Waugh's company  Simply Sweet.

To Lisa and Danny, Congratulations!  May you always be happy!

 

August 29, 2020 Wedding of Lisa and Danny Gill

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August is one of my favourite things https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2020/8/august-is-one-of-my-favourite-things My Favourite Things 

Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote about some of our favourite things sixty years ago. There were kitten whiskers, ponies and packages tied up with string. It was a pretty good list, but it forgot to mention puppy dogs, sunshine and lovely people! 

One of my favourite things is now my job! Being my "job", thankfully, has not lessened the joy I feel when I am able to capture photos that make others happy or that can further a cause, like finding homes for adoptable pets.

August has been a great photo month so far. Here are a few reasons why:

 

August

 

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Cool Treats for Hot Dogs! https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2020/7/cool-treats-for-hot-dogs  Popsicles for puppers? Kind of!

 

The other day, it was so hot that I needed not one, but two popsicles. Part of the reason for two was that I knew I would have to share one with Ella. Wearing that fur coat all summer can't be too comfortable on the warmest days. Sharing the popsicles, and we all know how healthy the regular ones are, got me to thinking about making a frozen treat just for Ella  that would be better for her.

A quick Google search turned up lots of variations which either ended up in ice cube holders or in cute molds with some kind of edible stick. I don't know about you, but I don't have any cute doggy-bone shaped molds around the house, so I opted to check out the ice cube versions. One thing I wasn't too keen on was that most called for adding water. Being afraid that might make the cubes too hard and possibly cause a choke, I decided to freestyle a less ice-solid recipe with ingredients that I had on hand.  

The search revealed some soft bananas, squishy raspberries, peanut butter ( I use the type that is just peanuts and nothing else, but I think regular peanut butter would be fine) and vanilla yogurt.

 


 

Not being sure if raspberries were OK for dogs to eat, I did a quick check and, according to the American Kennel Club, they are fine. (Grapes/raisins, onions and tomatoes are not!)

So, without actually measuring, I combined two bananas, about 1/2 cup peanut butter, 3/4 cup(ish) of the yogurt and about 1/3 cup of raspberries in the blender and gave it a good mix  until it looked like thick soup.  

Then, I filled up the little rectangles in an ice cube tray.

 

I had about half a cup left over. At the back of my mind, I was still a bit worried about how hard they would turn out, so I lined a little pan with parchment paper and poured in the leftover bit to freeze more flat than cubed. I figured I could cut or break it into small pieces if the cubes were too solid. (This might be a good option for smaller dogs or dogs that inhale their food without chewing!)

 

Two hours later:

 

The consistency was fine. Have you ever had a fudge stick? The ones that are all chocolate and kind of soft but frozen? That is how these turned out. Ella loved them!!!!

Yes, I admit that I tried one to see how it was.  No worries that I will eat them on her! For my people critters, I will stick with making our honey infused smoothies:) Ella, happily, gave them a big paws up and asked for more!

 

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(Myra Hencher Photography) dog treats frozen treats for dogs hot weather popsicles snacks for dogs summer treats for dogs https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2020/7/cool-treats-for-hot-dogs Wed, 22 Jul 2020 10:45:00 GMT
Taking Safety Precautions while Making Memories! https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2020/7/good-practices-for-these-times Photography might not be essential in the way food and health care most certainly is, but it's definitely essential to preserving memories and events.  Time doesn't stop and wait for an all clear, so we carry on!

 

 

What will we do as photographer and client to make our time enjoyable and safe? Here are a few ideas:

1) We will meet at outside locations to make physical distancing really easy.

2) We will keep our subject group to less than ten.

3) I will not handle nor touch your pet without your permission. (This will be the hardest rule to follow!)

4) I will provide hand sanitizer or wipes for you to use.

5) I will use a longer lens and never have to be closer than twelve feet.

6) You can wear a mask and hide it for a few moments while your photo is being taken.

7) I can wear a mask if we need to be less than twelve feet from each other.

8) You can bring any props that you would like to have incorporated into your photos. I won't touch them:)

9) If you or I are not feeling well, we will re-schedule. Any retainer fees can be refunded or used to hold another date.

10) All payments can be contactless via email transfer or Paypal.

11) Galleries are available to view online in the privacy of your own home!

12) Products will have "airing out  time" before being delivered.

 

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It's Time for Change! https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2020/7/it-is-time-for-a-change  

I am almost jumping with excitement. Is it because I have just retired from many years of teaching junior high? No! Well, maybe a tiny bit:)  The reason I am so full of anticipation is because I can finally devout most of my earning hours to photographing you and and your four legged family! Yes! I have been waiting for YEARS for this time to come. 

 

 

My photography business will be  tailored to what YOU want and to what you can afford at this particular time. If we complete a session together, no order is too small and no order is too big.  I am all about quality photography, economic reality and the fairness of pricing for you and the fairness of pricing my services in this market for me.  I am basing my session fees on time and all products may be purchased separately. You do not have to buy a package. Everything is available a la carte.   

 

For those wanting sessions beyond an hour,  a retainer fee to hold your session is all you need to start. That retainer fee then pays for up to one hour of photography. After our session, you can choose how much or how little you would like to spend.  

 

For those of you who do like packages, I put together one called Just for You, for which you don't even need a retainer!  You will receive two medium sized prints (10x8 or 12x8)  accompanied by their social media sized files.  By comparison, how much does it cost to take a family of four to a fast food restaurant? Which experience is more special? Which product lasts longer? I rest my case! There is also a Mini Session available with one print that takes up to twenty minutes and no longer!

You will receive a signed, social media sized file for sharing with every print purchased, so there will be no need to purchase a more expensive digital file unless you plan to make multiple prints on your own.

 

Stay tuned for more information!

 

 

 

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(Myra Hencher Photography) digital files may be lost make print package deal Photo books prints save memories https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2020/7/it-is-time-for-a-change Wed, 08 Jul 2020 20:23:37 GMT
Personal Reflection https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2020/6/personalreflection  

My Personal Reflection Following the Week of June 1, 2020

 

In the past week my understanding of  the overt and systemic racism  Black Canadians and Americans continue to face has increased exponentially. I have been very privileged to have led a life which has been free of  the prejudice, distrust, profiling and other expressions of racism that millions of citizens have faced throughout their entire lives. That millions continue to face today.

What can I do?  

Every single day, these questions will form my interactions with others:

                        Did I listen?

                                 Did I speak up when I should? 

                                                                    Was I kind?  

                                                                                Did I look beyond myself? 

Take care of each other,

Myra

 

  

                                                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

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Throwback Thursday May 2020 Did you save the last dance? https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2020/5/throwback-thursday-may-2020-five-years-of-tjhs-grad-dance-photos  

 

Congratulations to the C.E.C. grads of 2020! 
 


 

 

There are some pretty exciting plans underway to celebrate your achievements thanks to some very industrious and caring members of our community. 

Reading about the proposed graduation ceremony made me wonder what old grade 9  T.J.H.S. grad dance  photos I had saved on the site that hadn't seen the light of day for awhile.

What did I find? Five different years of grad dance photos of students looking vibrant and beautiful. For a fun Throwback Thursday, take a peek at your 14-15 year old selves from a few years ago and maybe  have a little smile as you think back on those days.

May your future be  a happy one!

 

 

If you know the name of your old school, you can figure out the password. (Abbreviation and no capitals:)

 

TJHS Grad Dance  June 2019

https://www.myrahencher.com/p467525318/slideshow

 

TJHS Grad Dance  June 2018

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TJHS Grad Dance  June 2017

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TJHS Grad Dance  June 2016

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TJHS Grad Dance June 2013

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(Myra Hencher Photography) grad dance graduation junior high prom truro https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2020/5/throwback-thursday-may-2020-five-years-of-tjhs-grad-dance-photos Thu, 28 May 2020 11:00:00 GMT
Why Don't I Want to Sell Digital Files? https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2020/5/why-dont-i-want-to-sell-digital-files Photo by Meghan LyndsPhoto by Meghan Lynds

 

Do you see this photo book sitting on Meg and Jay's coffee table? (Thank you, guys, for the photo!) The day we made those photos has come and gone. Months have come and gone and that sweet puppy is now all grown up. The value of being able to look back on that time will only increase with every passing year. This book, and the prints made from that session, have the potential to last for decades, and they will NEVER become obsolete.

Can you say the same about the files that are sitting on your phone or on your computer?

I don't want to sell just digital files as the chances are too great that they will be lost, or that our ever changing technology will render them irretrievable. 

I want YOU to have prints, whether they be in the form of wall art, shoe box prints or photo books so your special times will always be in sight. Your memories shouldn't be trusted to a  memory stick!


 

 

 

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(Myra Hencher Photography) digital files may be lost make print Photo books prints save memories https://www.myrahencher.com/blog/2020/5/why-dont-i-want-to-sell-digital-files Wed, 27 May 2020 00:50:00 GMT