Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Last post on this blog

My blog has moved to:


Please visit me there. And be sure to check out the new website. It looks GREAT! I'm very excited about it.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The new logo

Well, I hoped to have every new thing released at the exact same moment but my web master, aka husband, tells me it's not that easy. So my site is going to be down for a few days. I hope it won't be for very long. This is what you'll find if you go to jhintze.com.

I finally have a logo of sorts. It's basically just the business name in a cool letter arrangement or whatever. But anyway, I like it. It's friendly and it makes me happy. It's certainly better than just typing everything business related in the "skia" font for uniformity.

So, what do you think? I'm not changing it so you might as well like it. I made the mistake one night of asking Jackson's input. He was just wanting me to change all kind of stuff around for no good reason at all. I told him to go to bed.

A little wacky

Things around my website might get a little wacky over the next few days as we begin to move to the new site. The address will be the same so you may see some kind of under construction type thing happening. We will bust it to get the new site up ASAP. Please be patient with us. Once we get everything up, I will post here for one last time and then we're on to the new blog. Thanks.

While you wait, check out this little piece of coolness. Just one of the many new things we're preparing for the new site. I will have fully customizable cards with many more options. But this is one of my super affordable pre-made cards.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Countdown to the new J.Hintze Photography website and blog. That means this blog won't be the one you're interested anymore. I'm *hoping* to have all the new stuff ready to go in a week. That might be a little too ambitious so we'll have to see how it goes. I'm so excited to have the new site up and running. It's going to be much better and more colorful and just all together cooler. Okay, here are a couple of sneak hints about some things you're going to find on the new site:

- The Beatles
- Green & turquoise
- Original music (not canned stuff you can get anywhere)
- Accordion

Okay, gotta go work some more on the stuff to get it ready.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Happy 80th Birthday, Helen & L.Z., aka "Coach"

This evening I got to hang out with a big group of folks and celebrate two 80th birthdays. Here are a few pictures from the event. This is the largest family picture I've taken yet...and it was raining a little so we had to hustle.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Jackson's business cards have arrived

Here's a funny picture of Jackson showing off his new business cards. These are actually play date cards for those social mommies (unlike myself) who might want to have some cards to hand out to new friends.


Saturday, August 9, 2008

Christmas Cards and Announcements

Here are a few Christmas card designs I've been playing with today. These were designed using templates and backgrounds purchased at PT4P. I have tons of design options in 5X7 sizes, both flat and folded and 5X5 sizes, both flat and folded. All of the designs are insanely customizable. The options are practically endless. Each card is created uniquely for your family or baby. They can be as classic, elegant, fun, or crazy as you want them to be. Contact me for pricing or to book your shoot.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Family Vacation at Galveston Beach

I met a family in Galveston this morning for some pictures. It was very bright and very hot! Even at 8:30 in the morning. We were all pretty sweaty after about 15 minutes. The kids were real troopers. I love this first picture of Mallory. She turned out to be quite a ham once we got out of the sun. I played around with some different finishes and textures on some of these. Any little experimental things are offered in addition to the regular color and b&w prints, BTW.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

It's almost that time again.

Yes, I know it's August and the hottest part of the year here in South Texas. But believe it or not, it's time to start thinking about Christmas cards. And that means it's time to start thinking about booking your family session so you can have pictures for those Christmas cards. I've got some great new designs that are fully customizable and so cute. I'm very excited about all the new templates and other fun stuff I have just purchased. Here's a Christmas card for you to take a look at.

Playdate Business Cards - How chic is this??

Jackson will soon have his own business cards. Aren't these cool?
This template was purchased at Pinkle Toes 4 Photographers.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Chubby Legs Kendall

I had a shoot this morning with Kendall. I did her pictures back in March and she has certainly changed a lot since then. The mosquitos were beyond horrible today. And it just so happens that I chose a couple of locations with high grass and I think mosquitos love high grass. Kendall and her parents stuck it out though and I think we got some great pictures. I've hardly been able to peel myself away from the computer since I walked in the house. I'm actually still wearing my filthy clothes from the shoot. I need a shower!

Anyway, here are some pictures of Kendall. I have probably gone a bit overboard with the number of pictures on this post. Oh well. I think the first one is my favorite from today. And I can't prove it, but I think Kendall might be among the top ten most beautiful babies on the planet. And certainly one of the chubbiest.

P.S. Kendall, I won't tell Mrs. Cyndi that you tee-teed on her mirror. It will be out little secret. ;-)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Check out my chair....and my cute kid.

I got a new cool FREE chair today thanks to freecycle and a friend from church. I figured the chair search would take much longer than it did. The search was only going on for about a week or so. Thanks, Jennifer. Your ex-chair will be put to good use. I was very eager to get her out and let her stretch her legs and pose for some pictures. She obliged. I took my favorite male model out with me.

Jackson agreed to model for me under the following conditions: (Jackson always has conditions.)

1. He needed to be paid a fee of $5.00 for his time and cuteness. He really wanted the money up front but settled for after the fact. He didn't make me sign anything, thankfully.

2. He needed to be able to bring his sword.

3. I had to take a picture of him with his sword.

4. I must post the aforementioned sword picture online for everyone to see.

5. I had to replace the gum I made him spit out during the chair shoot.

I think that's it. He thought the whole thing was really fun. Just to be able to jump in a nice chair outside on a gravel road is kind of a new experience for most kids. After we did a few with the shirt on, I asked him if we could take a few without the shirt. And he said, "I guess. I don't know why we're doing this. It's probably against the law." I told him that I seriously doubt trespassing on private property, taking off your clothes, and taking pictures is illegal. Good grief, that child. Whose kid is he anyway?

I had a lot of fun taking and editing these pictures. Since this is my kid, I was able to do some serious Photoshop experimentation. Some of the editing is a little over the top but I like it. Now, I would like to introduce you to my new cool FREE chair.

Say hi. If you or your family would like to meet my new cool FREE chair in person, I can arrange a meeting.

Love this....

I've been playing around with some different finishes. I really like this one a lot.

In other news, I've been on the lookout for a cool chair that I can use. I may have found one. For FREE!! Well, I haven't gone and looked at it yet, but it sounds like it might be a good one to use for some pictures. So if it looks like what I have in mind, I'll be using it on Friday for some chubby baby pictures.

Problem #1: Where will I put the chair in my house?

Problem #2: How will I get the chair from my house to a shoot?

Oh, I'll worry about that after I bring the chair home. One thing at a time, right?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

$25 off Advertisement

It's 1:30 in the morning. I should not be up doing this stuff but at least the kids aren't interrupting me. I have ordered 48 of these advertising post cards. In a few days they will be strategically placed around the City of Lake Jackson. So I hope some of you find them and use them. And if any of my photo competitors find them and throw them away, shame on you. That's all I have to say to you. Shame, shame, shame.

If anyone has any suggestions of places I can put these, e-mail me and tell me. Don't post it on the blog. That wouldn't be smart. It's like a hide and go seek game. I'll hide, you seek.

A few more of Emma's family

I thought I would post a few more pictures from yesterday on here. I don't have anything better to be doing right now other than playing around on facebook. (BTW, if you want to friend me on facebook you can search for jhintze@jhintze.com. I'll send you some flair!)

Anyway, I've been playing with some muted color techniques in photoshop. The one of the girls reading the book is muted by layering a regular color, a sepia, and a b&w and adjusting them and overlaying them until it looks like I want it to. I think it looks kind of cool. I won't get rid of the regular color pictures but I'll probably offer a couple of muted along with a couple of sepia per shoot.

And just F.Y.I., my son, Jackson, wants to marry Emma. They were in the same kindergarten class. I showed him some of these pictures of her and he asked me if I could print one out for him. If Emma's mom doesn't mind I might have to get him a 4X6 to frame and put on his shelf. Funny.

Enough jabbering....on to the pictures!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

A Beautiful New Family

These wonderful people are coming together as an official family next Saturday. Mom and Dad are getting married and these two little ones are going to be new sisters. It's so exciting and they look so great together. And these parents win the coveted "Most Relaxed Parent" Award for letting me give these girls lollipops in their white dresses. And they didn't even freak out when the little one got some on her dress. I think it was worth it, but I don't have to get out the stain. Congratulations, guys. Emma, you're going to be a great big sister!