“It is rare that I am the subject of pictures, unless I’ve taken it myselfie.
I haven’t “sat” for photographs since my senior pictures. There’s a part of me that secretly relishes being the subject of photos, and another part that was scared to do this. But I have gotten to know Hillary over the last year (and change) and I know she’s a centered and kind being, so I was ready to take the leap for my first adult photo shoot with her.
I have no idea what I feared, but absolutely zero of that happened. It was a joy to be encouraged by her, with her improvisational style, to find different things I could do to “pose” without being too pose-y or unnatural. She’s super easy, and calming, and I trusted her, and it was all so cool that if that was it, I’d have been happy.
But then she sent me a couple photographs, and they floored me! She captured my soul, said one friend. I love the way she “got” me, and I love the style of her photographs.
I loved everything about this experience with Hillary.
Follow her, go see her work, and HIRE HER when you need photographs.”
“I’ve known Hillary for quite awhile outside the realm of photography, and thus can vouch for what a tremendous human being she is. Hillary is incredibly compassionate, brilliant, and creative in everything that she does. After hiring Hillary for a recent event, I was able to see these talents come to life in her role as photographer. She did an excellent job capturing the essence of our event in a way that highlights the vision of our organization. Her work is of an exceptional quality, and the turnaround to get our photos back was immediate. I would recommend Hillary’s work to absolutely anyone!”
Valerie Groth, Founder Ryan Banks Academy
The short story of it is, I saw some of Hillary’s portrait work and decided to go for it. This lady is amazing and empowering!
The “long” story of it is, I met Hillary at a Mac & Cheese event and immediately noticed how she exudes calm. I haven’t been very keen on being photographed, afraid of how the pictures would turn out, the judgment. As it turns out, her calming nature was just what I needed in a photographer to get over my fears. Hillary took the time to discuss my expectations – why did I want photos and doubts – why was I freaking out about it. I walked into the shoot with all the necessary tools…except for modeling skills. No worries! Hillary had that covered. She provided guidance every step of the way from wardrobe selection to the “poses” (or simply letting go) to that gentle nudge to say “yes, and”.
One can tell photography, her art, is something that brings Hillary absolute joy. It’s contagious and it comes through in her photos. So happy I had this experience. Book her! Now! Really!
“Hillary captured beautiful photos of children and families participating in VOCEL’s Child Parent Academy. We are so appreciative of Hillary’s time, talent and care of capturing these moments and the loving spirit of these moments. Hillary’s passion for her work is clear. Thank you for sharing that with us and our families, Hillary!”
Jamie Hausch Thomas , VOCEL Child Parent Academy
“Working with Hillary was an awesome experience!… I have always disliked having my picture taken, and I have rarely been pleased with the results. Hillary is the consummate professional yet she has a very disarming style which made me feel less like I was having my picture taken, and more like having coffee with an old friend. I liked that she composed the pictures in natural settings and did not get bogged down with all of the lighting equipment. She personalized the experience and made it fun. In the end, she delivered some amazing natural portraits that I absolutely love and have been able to use to brand my professional image. I highly recommend Hillary for portraits that are exquisitely unique and professional service without gimmick.”
Steve Remmert, LCPC
“Hillary went above and beyond what we expected when documenting our wedding. I was amazed at the outcome of the photos — there are moments that look as though we had 3 different photographers catching 3 different angles, but it was all Hillary. She is a master at moving around you effortlessly, finding unique and meaningful perspectives.
What I love most about our photos is that Hillary really captured moments from the heart. Every photo holds the essence, the truth of what is happening — there is magic in her photography.
When I think back on the wedding day, I remember the wedding. I actually have very little memory of Hillary — in a good way! She captured moments that I really wasn’t even aware of, so gracefully and stealthily. I never felt like she was in the way, or commandeering a moment. Instead, she blended in and integrated so easily.
We have absolutely no regrets about inviting Hillary to spend the day with us. We received more than we expected and are so grateful to have these moments documented so beautifully. I would without hesitation recommend working with Hillary!”