The Experience

1.png
2.png
3.png
4.png
5.png
BOOK YOUR SESSION
Book conveniently online to select a specific date or fill out the contact form and we will contact you. 
*All sessions are prepaid to reserve your date
SESSION
PLANNING
After booking, you will receive all the information needed to plan your portraits. One week before your session, we will discuss all the details. On your session day, you will be 100% ready!
YOUR 
SESSION
The type of session you have booked will determine where we will begin. (at the studio or on location)  We will talk all about that at your consult the week prior. We are going to have so much fun!
PREMIER
ORDERING
APPOINTMENT
Two weeks after your session, your portraits are projected larger than life in a beautiful slideshow set to music. Then we will go through your portraits and choose the beautiful products to fit your family. 
PRODUCT
DELIVERY
Products are generally ready within 2 to 4 weeks depending on the product ordered.  All products are ready to hang when you get home.

Why Choose HW Portraits

Capture Your Personality


We take the time to get to know you and what you would like out of your session.




Clear Communication


From the moment you schedule your session, we communicate throughout the entire process.




Equipment


We are regularly updating our equipment to ensure we have the latest technology.




Detailed Oriented


During our Pre Session Consultation, we listen to you and help plan so your session goes smoothly.




Custom Sessions


Every person is unique and your session should be too!




Deluxe Products


We offer a variety of custom products to showcase your portraits. At HW Portraits, we specialize in providing you with beautiful, handmade, professionally printed ready to hang products.





Capture Your Personality


We take the time to get to know you and what you would like out of your session.




Clear Communication


From the moment you schedule your session, we communicate with you throughout the entire process.




Equipment


We are regularilty updating our equipment to ensure we have the latest technology to capture the best pictures from any angle.




Detailed Oriented


During our pre session consultation, we listen to you and help plan so your outfits and background will work seamlessly together.




Custom Sessions


Every person is unique and your session should be too!




Deluxe Products


We offer a variety of custom products to showcase your portraits. At HW Portraits, we specialize in providing you with beautiful, handmade, professionally printed ready to hang products.





Jack_Thompson29.jpg

Professional Hair and Makeup

Meet Angie, our Professionally Licensed Makeup artist and Esthetician. We've worked together for 3 years. Angie will take your hair and makeup to the next level and is one of the best in the industry. She specializes in bringing out all of your best features, naturally. She offers airbrush with Temptu. Why airbrush?! It's sweat proof, water proof and LASTS 24 hours! 

BEHIND THE SCENES

AT OUR SENIOR SESSIONS

From sports to the arts and everything in between - whatever your interests are, we are here to help tell YOUR story. Plan on having a ton of fun on your session. We laugh, we play, we have fun. Period. 

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm interested in booking a session, what's the next step?


Awesome! There are two ways you can book - convienently online or by calling the studio. To book online, please click on 'Contact' tab to fill out the online form. We also provide online booking under each heading (seniors, portraits, etc.) with an easy to use calendar to select the date that works for you! To book via the phone, please call 507.858.4971. If we are on location or in a client appointment, you may get our voicemail. Please leave a message and we will respond to you within 24 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, no matter what season you'd prefer, please inquire. We may have a cancellation or a date open up. After we book your session, we will also schedule your consultation for one week before shooting date.




What is the best time for senior portraits?


Great question and we get asked this all the time! Prime times, such as summer and fall, fill quickly so we recommend booking early - most start booking in January/February of their Junior year. Senior sessions can be scheduled anytime before and during your senior year but be mindful of your yearbook deadline. "Senior Season" as we like to call it is June-mid October.




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. We have you bring the clothes you're thinking of wearing so we can plan the locations accordingly.
  • Portrait, Pet 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.
  • Corporate and Sports Sessions: The consultation is done via email or over the phone.




How much do you charge?


The cost is broken into two segments:

  • First is the session fee which includes the pre-consultation, shooting time and the time and talent post processing. It does not include any products.
  • Ten business days after your session, we meet in person for your Premier Viewing & Ordering Appointment. This is where you will view your portraits and purchase the prints/products that you’d like. Most clients spend between $950-2700. Pricing is listed in detail in the Welcome Magazine. We offer a variety of options for every budget so you can choose exactly what you'd like.




What products do you offer?


We offer wall art such as canvases, metals and framed artwork - albums, custom cards and more. Printed products begin at $15 and "Build Your Own Collection" will guarantee you'll receive all of your needs. Once your session is scheduled, a complete product guide is included in your welcome packet.




Do you photograph in a studio?


Yes! Our studio is located in Downtown Winona - we photograph most of our sessions beginning in the studio, ranging from creative senior portraits to headshots.




Do you photograph outside?


Yes! We start all sessions in the studio then work our way outside. Southeastern MN offers many beautiful landscapes. From urban cityscapes to the rolling bluffs, we have many options at our fingertips. If you have a location in mind, be sure to let me know in advance.




Can I have photos with my friends?


Yes! You can always schedule a friend session.




What happens if it rains?


If it rains, or the weather is looking not desireable, makeup sessions are scheduled on the closest possible date to your original session. We typically wait until the night before or the morning of your session to see if we need to reschedule.




When will all of my products be ready?


Products are generally ready within 2 to 4 weeks depending on the product ordered.




Can I buy just a CD of my images?


We believe in the importance of you walking away with tangable beautiful, handmade heirloom prints and products - ready to hang and hand out. Our product line includes a digital only option as well as a Collection with the products and digitals together.




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 are currently not scheduling weddings.




Are you a full time photographer?


Yes! The studio is open M-F 9-4 by appointment and Saturdays upon request.




Can you come to our house?


Yes! Any session can be an on-location session at your home.




Do you offer gift certificates?


Yes, in any amount. Contact us to purchase and arrange shipping or pickup of any gift certificate!





NEW Website 2021


FOLLOW ALONG ON INSTAGRAM @hwportraits