Perhaps you're reading this right now thinking, "Well, this isn't for me, I'm not a procrastinator, no way!"  But then you gaze over to the empty space underneath your tree and feel a grip of panic seizing your breath.  Perhaps you are like me and filled with creative ideas but always run short on time and end up in a non-fulfilling gift scramble.  Never fear, I have compiled a list of simple solutions that still honor your creative genius but won't break the bank or keep you up til the the clock strikes midnight.

1. H2 Photography Gift Certificates!

Of course we're not biased at all, but we sure do think that our new gift certificate make a great gift for the amazing people in your life!  We get lots of people who tell us that they want to buy a Session for their friend/daughter/boyfriend/cousin but just don't know what session to pick.  Well, now you can take a deep breath and relax because with our Gift certificates you can give a great gift that they can choose themselves!  AND you can finish up your shopping while sipping cocoa in your PJ's!

2.  A Couple's Date Night

Trying to figure out the perfect gift for your friends that have everything and still coming up short?  How about putting together a date night!  Movie tickets, some candy, and even a little card to provide babysitting if they have little ones is an adorable idea that any couple would think is a delicious treat!  Wrap everything in a cute basket with some tissue paper, and be the hit of the day!

3.  From ME to YOU Coupons

Most of us remember doing this as children for our parents, but how about making some coupons for things you can do for your loved one in the future?  Taking a car to get washed, making him or her breakfast one morning, and letting them pick the movie next time you go out are all sweet ideas that you can create coupons for.  The only trick is that you need to honor them, so remember, don't make promises you aren't willing to keep!

4.  A "Warm Cozy" Basket

What's better than being cozy in the winter?  I'm a huge fan of all things cuddly and warm, so a cozy basket would be right up my alley!  Get a basket and fill it with a warm blanket, fuzzy socks, a coffee mug, and some hot chocolate mix, and you're set!  It's inexpensive, fun, creative, and most importantly, COZY!

5.  A Future Plan

Don't have lots of time right now to get out of town and go somewhere together?  Make a plan for a future weekend and then take care of all the arrangements!  Pick somewhere you think he or she would like to go, and then print off photos or brochures.  Tuck everything into an envelope and slip into the top of their stocking.  Everyone knows that the best gifts come in small packages, and whether it's a night in the mountains or a picnic at the beach in the Spring, having a day or weekend planned by you would be a blast to look forward to!

Procrastinators, it's time.  Hit the internet, your local Target, the craft store, or the movie theater this afternoon and unleash your creative genius on your friends and family!    Trust me, you'll be glad you did.  :)

Well, here we are in December!  The year is behind us, and it's time to start thinking about what this next year will bring.  But before we start making lists of our New Years' resolutions, let's just take some time to relax and think about all of the things 2010 has brought to us.  If January is the month of resolution, shouldn't December be the month of reflection?

As I sit here with a cup of hot chocolate in my hand (a December staple for me), I'm thinking of all the changes that have happened in my own life this year.  It feels great to look back on a year and see more success than failure, and from the failure see lessons learned.  If there was a standard by which a year could be judged, for me it would be that looking back in December I would be able to say, "I am in a better place now that I was this time last year".  I am thankful that this year, this is true for me.  As I look out my window to see twinkling lights, it's tempting to start planning the coming year, and where I'd like to be this time next year.  But this year, I'm going to take the rest of the month to live in the present and enjoy the season that I am in.  Planning can wait a week for January!

I would also love to take this opportunity to wish a very happy holiday season to you from us here at H2 Photography  We are so grateful for your constant love and support of the company, and many of you have been influential in our lives this year.  So many of you have taken the time to blog, email and call us to share your happiness with us, and it makes us feel very proud to work for this company.  We LOVE communicating with you, and we are very thankful to have an audience who is willing to communicate with us as well.

So as you read this, grab a cup of cocoa and a cozy blanket and snuggle in!  We'll see you next year!

I'm sure you're really wanting to know what they are... well here we go!!


{The Referral Program}
For every new client that you refer to me, you’ll get $25 off your next session (or package)*.  The person you refer will get a free 8×10 print.  There’s no limit on the number of people you can refer, so it’s possible to earn a free session!  Just make sure each referral mentions your name so that you can receive the credit!

*Credit will be rewarded after the referral’s session has been completed

{Gift Certificates}
Gift certificates are a fantastic gift for baby showers, weddings, birthdays, anytime! They are available in any increment but must include the full session fee.  Just shoot us an email and we'll get it all set up!

So I'm introducing something just for you!  It's called the Birthday Session!  I'm sure you're going to love it!

{Birthday Session | FREE}

I offer a complimentary 30 minute mini session with the birthday boy or girl for any one who has had a full length paid session with me in the previous twelve months. Birthday sessions include a private, password protected online gallery with 6 individually processed images from the session. The complimentary session does not include prints or products, but these may be purchased separately.

Wow, talk about an amazingly beautiful family!! Little Elliana is so precious and flashes those adorable smiles when she wants! She sure is a handful! But you can't go wrong when you have such amazing subjects!

My brother Brad has finally said I do!  He picked the most amazing woman too!  Brad and Emily were married in beautiful Napa, California.  They had an intimate weekend with family and wine tasting!  It was great to photograph such an amazing couple!  I wish them the best and love them both!

We had a wonderful time on Halloween photographing the vampires, monkeys, ninjas, and princesses! Based on the rave reviews, H2 Photography is definitely going to make Spooktacular Portraits an annual event! Here is just a sampling of the creepy costumes we had this year!

Who doesn't love the fall? We have beautiful leaves and cooler weather! In honor of one of my favorite holidays, Halloween, I am going to offering free costume shoots October 31, during Trick or Treat 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  No appointment needed, just walk right in and I will be pleased to get some awesome shots of your sassy cowgirls and scary skeletons. The following week I will email you one Halloween portrait (printable up to 4x6 with studio logo) & they will also be posted online and available to purchase in larger sizes. 

Please contact me with any questions or more details.

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It’s that time of year again, holiday portrait time! The busiest time of year for those of us photographers in Arizona who shoot both weddings and portraits because it also happens to be wedding high season. 

Mini Session includes:
  • Mix of posed and natural family shots
  • Individual shots of children if desired, mix of posed/natural depending on age
  • Approx 25-50 final edited images posted to an online gallery for you to proof and order ala carte prints
  • Password-protected gallery of all images available for purchase
  • Turtle Doves Session - Five (5) high-resolution JPEG digital image of your choice, for you to download for your personal use
  • Golden Rings Session - Ten (10) high-resolution JPEG digital image of your choice, for you to download for your personal use
  • Plus 50 custom designed photo cards
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There will only be 3-4 sessions available per day, so please reserve your spot early. All sessions are available on a first come, first serve basis, so please contact me as soon as possible to reserve your spot!  

AVAILABLE DATES & TIMES for November 2010
Saturday, November 13
Location: Downtown Chandler

2:10-2:55 PM
3:00-3:45 PM

3:50-4:35 PM 
4:40-5:30 PM

Sunday, November 21
Location: Old Town Scottsdale

2:10-2:55 PM
3:00-3:45 PM
3:50-4:35 PM

4:40-5:30 PM

Tuesday, Nov 23
Location TBD

2:10-2:55 PM
3:00-3:45 PM
3:50-4:35 PM
4:40-5:30 PM

Sunday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Weekend)
Location: TBD

3:00-3:45 PM
3:50-4:35 PM
4:40-5:30 PM

Mini Session Details/FAQ:

  • Mini sessions last 45 minutes and are ideal for smaller families or updated portraits of the kids – perfect for getting the latest family picture for your holiday cards! We can actually take quite a few shots in that time frame and try to get as many posed and natural looking shots as possible in that time frame. We move quickly, so please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before you session starts so we can get going on time. We cannot make up time on the backend.
  • Mini sessions are limited to families of 6 or smaller. If you have a larger family, we recommend you book a full hour session so we can accomplish all the different shots typically needed for larger families.
  • Sessions are booked on a first come, first serve basis. All bookings do require a $100 deposit to hold your spot. The balance will be collected via paypal before your session or by check at your session. When you book, we will send you a contract, more details, tips for what to wear and shoot location and parking details.
  • The session will include high resolution sized image of your choice that we will email to you after you choose it from your gallery. High res files can be printed up to 8×10 but not any larger, pixelation will occur. The session also includes 50 custom designed holiday cards (a $50 value) 

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H2 Photography is offering custom Holiday photo cards!

Choose from 16 different cards {with envelopes}!

Photo cards are 6" x 7.5" {only requires one postage stamp}
All text is customizable
Other sizes available upon request {additional fees may apply}

$50 for a set of 50 cards, *additional sets (of 25) may be purchased at reduced pricing. 

Contact Holly with all other questions

1.  CandyCane

2.  Chestnut
3.  ho ho ho
4.  Jolly

5.  Snowmen (snowmen are customizable)

6.  Old Fashioned

7. Holly

8. Let it Snow
9.  Tree

10.  Blue Damask

11.  Candy Stripes
12.  Floral

13.  Colorful Snowflakes (colors may be changed)

14.  Evergreen

15.  Old Fashioned - 4 photo