Connection Newsletter – May 2018

Pictured from left: Lee Gabbert, Melodie Woike, Sarah Higgins, Brady Forston, Bethany Still, Michelle Cavinder and Heather Manus

H&H awarded two Best of Show Awards for Mini Leather Wrap Albums!

We are super excited to announce that our new mini leather wrap albums have won two Best in Show Awards from Printing Industries of America-Mid America! The above H&H team attended this PIA Awards Gala held at the Chief’s Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri on April 26th. The Mini Leather Wrap Albums won Best in Show in the Bindery and the Digital Printing/Miscellaneous categories. We are honored to receive these awards from such a prestigious organization!
We are also thrilled to announce, that our own Lee Gabbert was one of only four nominees for “Print Evangelist of the Year” at the Gala. Lee Gabbert started with H&H Color Lab in October 1994 in the company’s Customer Service Department handling remake orders. Over the years Lee has worked his way up in the company assuming many different roles dealing with everything from color correction to the implementation of Lean/Six Sigma principles. Currently Lee sits on the company’s executive team co-managing Operations which leads all of the organization’s production, warehouse, purchasing, facilities maintenance, and production maintenance teams. Lee has been married to his wife, Michelle, for over 17 years, and they are proud parents of their son, Jake. Congratulations Lee!
Mini Leather Wrap Albums
Our mini leather wrap albums come in four distinct styles and make perfect graduation and Mother’s Day gifts.
Each 4×5 album is handcrafted with each signature stitched into the soft premium top grain leather cover. Four cover styles: Charmed, Diamonds, Primitive, and Hearts. Three press paper choices: watercolor, recycled, and art matte.
We want to take this opportunity to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Holidays are also excellent opportunities for special promotions, including Mother’s Day. Encourage clients to purchase add-ons for Mother’s Day at the time of initial package. Your customers will love our Mini Leather Wrap AlbumsAccordion Minis and Mugs as gifts for Mother’s Day! Additional products that are great for Moms include our Classic Modern Framed Torn Edge Print, the pretty Easel Desk Calendar that she can use throughout the year and our Tumbled Stone Coasters. No matter what they choose, your customers show Mom they care with a personalized keepsake!


Metal Prints

25% off Metal Prints

Spring special – 25% off Walnut Plaques (hhschools and hhsports only)

upcoming specials


  • 30% off Albums
  • 30% off Photographic Pano Books
  • 25% off Framed Prints

July – Pick 4 Specials

new products

updated acrylic albums

Our acrylic albums have been given a face-lift! You can now extend your images across the center gap to fill the inside left strip which used to be plain end-sheet material.
Make sure to download our new design guides for this first page in your acrylic albums.

Original Acrylic Album

New Acrylic Album

photo cover spring cleaning

In an effort to do some “spring cleaning”, we have brought together the three types of photo cover albums into a single product in hhstudio. Now, whether you prefer to order glossy, velvet touch, or canvas photo covers you’ll see them in one easy-to-find location!
In the Catalog tab, select Albums > Gallery Lay Flat Albums > Photo Cover, and then using the Cover Material menu, choose your preference.

album designer end sheets

Our popular Gallery Lay-flat Albums now come with new optional designer end sheets. When choosing your album end sheets in hhstudio, just select one of the 12 pattern choices. These unique end sheets are printed on our beautiful luxe paper and will enhance your album style. Our new designer end sheet options are provided at no additional charge – another way H&H helps you “stand out from the crowd”!

7×7 fine art torn edge frames

Barnwood Fine Art Torn Edge Framed Print
Our beautiful fine art torn edge prints can now be framed with four new frame offerings in select sizes. Watch for additional sizes to be added throughout the year! We now offer four new frame styles:
  • Barnwood
  • Shabby Chic Cream
  • Hand Scraped Smokey Grey
  • Hand Scraped Winter White
Shabby Chic Cream Fine Art Torn Edge Framed Print Handscraped Smokey Grey Fine Art Torn Edge Framed Print Handscraped Winter White Fine Art Torn Edge Framed Print

ordering applications

important notice

Upgrading our ordering applications to 64-bit technology

H&H will soon be updating our ordering applications to use 64-bit technology. Most computers manufactured in the past 7 to 10 years are 64-bit capable systems that also still support the now older 32-bit technology. Apple and Microsoft want to end support for 32-bit and are now starting to implement plans to make that happen. Apple has announced that when they release the next macOS after High Sierra (around June of 2018), it will no longer support 32-bit applications.
What this means to H&H customers: Once we update our applications, they will require a 64-bit capable computer to be installed and used. If you have purchased a major brand-name computer like Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, Sony, NEC or Asus in the past 5 years, you should not experience any issues. If you have an off-brand or older computer, you may not be able to run our new 64-bit ordering applications.
During the next several months, we will be providing more details on how to determine if there will be any compatibility issues with you current computer.

printed order summaries to be eliminated soon!

At H&H we continue to identify ways to eliminate waste and become more green. Thanks to the hard work of our IT team, we are now able to eliminate the printed multi-page order summary that has accompanied your returned orders for so many years. H&H no longer needs this printed summary to process your orders and a recent survey told us you do not either! This information can be accessed electronically in your H&H ordering applications. Our new process will be implemented soon, so watch for our announcement.
To view a summary of what you ordered in hhstudio, click on the “Printable View” button when you are on the order tab. See below:
The best way to view information for school and sports orders is to view the client’s package submitted in your project in hhschools or hhsports. Our customer service team is here to help you with any questions – be sure to give us a call!
Watch for our announcement and give us a call with any questions!

school & sports

NEW capability – hhschools direct post to hhimagehost!

Leverage the power of hhschools and direct connectivity with hhimagehost

Until now, if you wanted to send images to hhimagehost and use the group and password data from hhschools, you sent a package or proof order to H&H and told us to “Autopost to hhimagehost”. This was a great feature because, with one upload, you could both send your images to H&H for printing, AND send the job for online sale with urls and passwords.
We now have improved that feature! We’ve been listening, and we know that some studio sales methods require an online sale with passwords and group functionality BEFORE anything is printed. To make this simpler, we’ve added the ability to push images and data from hhschools directly to hhimagehost.
Learn More & Watch Video

products video

Overview of the latest new products for professional school and sports photography businesses.

9 new products

Geometrix Pro KO is our knockout sports template theme that includes 5 interchangeable backgrounds and 42 pro colors to mix and match for every team. These 9 new products are now available in hhschools:
  • 3.5×5 individual border
  • 4 wallet individual border
  • (1) 3.5×5 & (2) wallet individual border
  • 5×7 group border
  • 4×10 dry erase locker magnet
  • 8×10 magazine cover
  • (2) 4×5 magazine cover magnets
  • ceramic mug
  • mouse pad

new dimensions print sizes

Dimensions Prints leverage the effort that goes into green screen photography and gives you a realistic layered look without spending hours in Photoshop. The effect of a foreground element combined with a coordinating background and optional personalization make them unique and irresistible!
Historically, Dimensions Prints have been offered only in the 8×10 size. Our Grasses design is also now available in both 5×7 and a 4 wallet half unit.


4 Wallets

Knockout Sports Banners

knockout sports banners

Save hours of design time in Photoshop with this new product line!
No more knocking out your own images, creating graphic banner designs, personalizing each design with the team colors, and making unique files for every player with their names and other stats.
Our newest addition to Knockout Sports is a set of 5 banner designs called Reflection Pro. It is named “reflection” because each design features a low-opacity black and white copy of the subject image.
This series is available in 2 sizes; 24×36 and 32×48. As part of our pro series, you can choose one of 42 different accent colors to personalize the banners for each team.

challenger pro statuette

Our first ever graphic template for statuettes is now available in both hhschools and hhsports software. Part of our Challenger Pro template series, this new statuette features your vertical image and 3 text lines. We suggest using text line #3 to place the year in the top left corner of the design. Choose one of 7 different sports icons and 44 background colors to personlize this unique product for your teams!
Plaques Plaques

ORDER NOW! – 25% off walnut plaques

Our gorgeous, heavy walnut wood plaques do not go on sale very often, so be sure to take advantage of this special sale! These 5×7 and 8×10 walnut wood plaques have a high gloss surface which makes your image literally pop. They make great awards and gifting items for your teams and leagues. Order in hhschools or hhsports software January through June and receive 25% off with coupon code SSEplaque.

H&H education

new workshop added

Get On The Ice

Sign up now for this unique opportunity learn how to photograph ice hockey with Leigh and Scott LaForest from Davison, Michigan! You will be ON THE ICE with Leigh and Scott and the hockey players learning the ins and outs of team and individual ice hockey photography.


  • Shooting on ice: workflow, lighting, and posing
  • How to shoot off-ice when on-ice isn’t available
  • At H&H’s Sports Boot Camp you’ll learn getting the business, sales, & workflow


  • Build your portfolio using ice hockey models!
  • Network with other photographers across the USA
Date: July 25, 2018, 4:30-6:30pm
Cost: $60 per person
Location: CenterPoint Community Ice in Independence, MO
Info and Registration

Sports Boot Camp

July 23-25, 2018
H&H Color Lab in Kansas City MO

H&H’s Sports Boot camp will focus on the basics of youth sports photography. This beginning level workshop is designed for photographers who are interested in getting into the volume sports business or photographers desiring to grow their current T&I sports business. This class will teach you how to ask for the business, prepare for and execute a successful picture day along with best practices for workflow once you get back to the studio. Through lecture and hands on training, including a live league shoot (new this year), you will leave with confidence knowing how to conduct a successful picture day and ability to grow your sports business!
Info and Registration

School Boot Camp

June 18-20, 2018 – Schools 101

June 21-22, 2018 – Schools 201

H&H Color Lab in Kansas City MO

Let us help you transform your business by learning what
it takes to run a successful school shoot!

Schools 101

Schools 101 is a beginning level workshop designed for photographers entering the school business or who have less than five school contracts. This class will equip you with knowledge of the school business so you are able to go out and ask for the business and prepare your studio for your fall school season. Through lecture and hands on training including a live school shoot, you will leave with a plan and due dates to help keep you on track for a smooth fall season!
Info and Registration

Schools 201

This class will focus on what you need to know to take your business to the next level. Detailed topics that will help you scale your business include sales training, yearbooks, on line sales, green screen, composites and flyer design.
Info and Registration

employee highlight

Kim McLees

Kim McLees

At H&H, we are well known for our outstanding quality and consistency of color…it is one of our fortes. This does not happen by chance. It comes from the dedication and professionalism of team members like Kim McLees, featured in this month’s employee highlight. Read about Kim and you will see the pride she takes in her job and her concern to provide the best product for each customer, is a wonderful example of our core values.
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H&H on the road

Please click here for a full listing of events we will be participating in. We will make every effort to keep this calendar updated, including additional speaker information as we finalize details. Hope to see you at the shows!

Belly Baby Beyond

May 18-20, 2018
Huntington Beach, California
Pasea Hotel & Spa
We are proud to sponsor Dorie Howell at this event!
7 Steps to Success – Dorie will be walking us through the 7 steps to a successful business.


Masters of Light Conference

June 3-6, 2018
Meridian, Mississippi
Be sure to catch Dawn Muncy’s all-day program, sponsored by H&H. She will be speaking about photographing seniors, Tuesday, June 5th.

East Coast School

June 9-13, 2018
Raleigh, North Carolina
Rachael Boer, sponsored by H&H, will be presenting a great IPS program at this event!
IPS Bootcamp

SYNC Sports

June 10-12, 2018
Manheim, Pennsylvania
Spooky Nook Sports Complex
Don’t miss these speakers, sponsored by H&H, as well as two breakout programs presented by H&H:
Danny Rabalais: Main Stage
Topic: Nobody gets into photography to hire, manage or fire people, right?
Terry Dunlap: Breakout Program
Topic: Theatre and Band
Haley Hamaker: Main Stage
Topic: The Next Generation Volume Photographer
Jeff Gump: Breakout Program
Topic: The Business of Sports Banners
H&H Monday Breakout Program – Classroom
Topic: Extreme Team and Individual Sports
H&H Tuesday Breakout Program – Court
Topic: Compete. Grow. Win. Mastering School Photography Workflow

TPPA Summerfest

June 24-27, 2018
Conroe, Texas
LaTorretta Lakeside Resort
Don’t miss this program sponsored by H&H – Diana Waguespack presents:
  • Monday, June 25, 2018, In The Pool, 7:30-9:00 am
  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018, In The Pool, 7:30-9:00 am
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