I'm interested in booking a session, how can I get more information?
Awesome! Please click on 'Contact' and fill out the online form. You can also send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be specific as you can, the more information the better. We will respond to you within 48 hours.
How far out should I book my session?
The time of year depends on how far out we are booked. During the late summer/fall season, we can be booked out for 1-2 months but, please don’t let that stop you from asking. We may have a cancellation or an extra date open up, and we can fit you in. When we schedule your session, we will also schedule your consultation for one week before shooting date.
What is the best time for senior portraits?
Senior sessions can be scheduled anytime before and during your senior year. We love shooting both in the studio as well as outdoors. Prime times, such as summer and fall colors, fill quickly. We recommend scheduling early. Please be mindful of your yearbook deadline and plan far enough in advance.
What is a consultation?
This is where we discuss all the details of your session; the best wardrobe, what to bring with you and how to prepare for the shoot. The consultation is scheduled for one week before the session. When your session day arrives, we'll have a plan, everything goes smoothly…which means less stress for you!
Senior Sessions: The consultation is in person. One parent is required to come to the consultation with the senior. It's important to bring the clothes you're thinking of so we can plan the locations accordingly.
Children, Family and Headshot Sessions: The consultation can be in person or over the phone. We will discuss details about your session including clothing and answer questions.
How much is this going to cost?
First you pay the session fee. This price includes the pre-consultation, shooting time and the time and talent post editing. It does not include product. Ten business days after your session, we meet for your Premier Viewing & Ordering Session. This is where you view your portraits and purchase the prints/products that you’d like. Please have all important decision makers present at this appointment. Some clients spend around $900 total, others invest upwards of $1500, it all depends on your budget and desires. We have a lot of options to make everyone happy!
What products to you offer?
We offer many beautiful products including canvases, albums, custom cards and wall displays. The products start at $15 on up and collections start at $900 on up. Once your session is scheduled, a complete product guide is included in your welcome packet.
What is the ordering process?
At your consultation, we pre-schedule your Premier Ordering Appointment for around ten business days after your session. You will see your professionally retouched images for the first time projected larger than life in a beautiful slideshow set to music! We then go through each image and help to pick and choose your favorites. Clients love looking through the product line in person. Maybe there are a few images that would look perfect as a storyboard, or there are so many favorites that a custom album would be a perfect choice. The Premier Ordering Appointments generally take an hour. Often with seniors and their parents it will take closer to 1 1/2 hours. Please have all important decision makers at this appointment. Orders generally are completed within 2 to 4 weeks depending on the amount of design work involved.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes, in any amount. Contact us to purchase and arrange shipping or pickup of any gift certificate!
Can you come to our house?
Yes. Any session can be an on-location session at your home.
Can I buy just a CD of my images?
HW Portraits is a boutique studio. That means we specialize in beautiful, handmade heirloom prints and products. We so strongly believe we need to exist in prints instead of just having them on our phone or computer. Our collections not only include the beautifully printed pieces but also the digital of those ordered images…and yes, we do offer the CD option as well.
What are your wedding prices?
We have shot many beautiful weddings over the years but, currently, due to our high volume of High School Seniors, Commercial and Sports projects, we currently schedule no more than 3 weddings a year.
Are you a full time photographer?
Yes! The studio is open M-F 9-4 by appointment and Saturdays upon request.
Why should we pick HW Portraits?
We deliver beautiful portraiture and an unrivaled customer service experience. Heidi is a nationally recognized and award winning photographer who puts her clients first. She is also Winona's only Professionally Certified Photographer,
What makes HW Portraits unique?
We are a full service professional portrait studio that strives to give a completely custom experience to each client. From the moment you schedule your session with HW Portraits, you are our top priority. With every product purchased, you can feel confident that you are investing in the absolute best portrait experience.