The Connection Newsletter – February 2017




February 2017 Give your Studio Album Samples some love this month. In honor of Valentine’s Day, update your studio samples. When your customers see your gorgeous studio album samples, they can’t resist! All of our Gallery Lay-Flat and Economy albums are included in this studio sample sale. Image by Photos Edge.

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February Specials

Studio Sample Albums 50% off

Gallery Wraps 25% off

2 for 1 Print Special

March Specials

Album Special – includes Gallery Lay-flat, Economy, & Leather Wraps 30% off

2 for 1 Print Special

April Specials

Jewelry 20% off

Press Cards 25% off

hhstudio updates

We continue to update our product line, including the recent changes and additions to hhstudio software:

New Album Covers available!

Albums/Guest Books/Panos
We added cover colors Pearl Pewter-Premium Leather and Charcoal Croc-Embossed Exotic.

Embossed Exotic Charcoal Croc

Pearl Pewter Premium Leather


We retired the Ferggi and Jordan Necklaces as well as the Round Christmas Ornament. Our new Teri Trio Bracelet was added to software.

New Products

New Teri Trio Bracelet

Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

The Teri Trio Leather Bracelet is all about love -LOVE the three-strand, two-tone leather bracelet; LOVE the magnetic clasp; LOVE the hammered heart and Love tag charms; LOVE the personalize image charm!


New Leather Tassel

The sophisticated accessory

Express your creativity and accessorize your bag or backpack with a soft leather tassel and image charm.


New Classic Modern

New framing option for torn edge prints!


Our popular 7×7 torn edge print is now available in three simple, Classic Modern frames. These 13×13 solid wood frames are available in white, black and hickory colors. Your image prints on our beautiful watercolor paper and is then given hand torn edges for a fine art look. Mounted in an extra deep, white on white mat, with no glass, your image truly is the focal point. Frames come complete with black backer paper and hanger. Give your customers something fresh with our NEW Classic Modern!


New Framed Tumbled Stone Tile

Available for 4×4 and 6×6 tiles

Our natural, tumbled stone tiles, with soft patina and rich image saturation now have a great finishing option available! Introducing our NEW Framed Tumbled Stone Tile. Your stone tile nestles down into this thick, deep-set Rustic Silver frame. Comes completely finished with backer paper and hanger. This frame is offered in two sizes to fit our 4″x4″ and 6″x6″ stone tiles.
Click here for more information


New Snap Jewelry

Includes two necklaces, two bracelets and one ring option

We have launched the new Snap Jewelry Collection! Order additional snaps along with Snap bracelets, necklaces and rings. Then mix and match to your heart’s content! Includes Tassel Necklace, Braided Leather Necklace, Adjustable Ring, Silver Chain Bracelet and Braided Leather Bracelet!
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New Floating Glass Locket

Order additional image bezels for personalization

The Floating Glass Locket features a 30-inch antique silver necklace and a removable 20mm free-floating image bezel that personalizes this popular necklace style. The locket has a magnetic closure that makes it easy to change out the bezels. Simply order additional image bezels when ordering your necklace!
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Schools and Sports


School Project Workflow

Our own Cory Tepfenhart has created a video to show you some simple tips for School Project Workflow; Click here to utilize this great resource!

Studio Organization for the Volume School Business

Jeff Edwards, Scholastic Reflections, talks about how he manages his 150 schools. Whether you photograph one school, 150 or more, this information is invaluable. Click here for this useful video.


Schools 101

If you answer YES to any of these questions, then you NEED to come to Schools 101.

  • Are you interested in learning about the school business?
  • Do you want to be better prepared and able to offer school photography in your local area in 2017?
  • Do you have schools asking for your services and you just don’t know where to start?
  • Have you done schools with H&H before and looking to improve your systems?

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 season!

Date: June 27-29, 2017
Cost: $395
Special Convention Season Pricing
$245 until February 28, 2017
Location: H&H Color Lab, Kansas City Mo

For all of the details and to sign up!

Sports Boot Camp

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 in to 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, you will leave with confidence knowing how to conduct a successful picture day and ability to grow your sports business!

Date: July 18-20, 2017
Cost: $325
Special Convention Season Pricing $200 through February 28, 2017
Price included a ticket to the KC Royals game!
Location: H&H Color Lab, Kansas City MO

For all of the details and to sign up

Employee Highlight

Dru Sutcliffe – Accounts Payable Associate

DruSutcliffeMeet Dru Sutcliffe -Dru works behind the scenes at H&H in our Accounts Payable department. She does a very important job working with our accountants, vendors and team members, and her attention to detail is a very important asset. Dru keeps all of us balanced and organized (not an easy job!) and makes sure we provide timely and accurate information.

Click here to read the full article


We pride ourselves in providing our customers not only with excellent products, but with great educational resources as well. Our blog features articles about equipment, lighting, advice from other professionals and all kinds of great photography tips. This is just one of the many ways that we provide our customers with the tools they need to succeed as professional photographers. Look for new blogs with the March newsletter!


Going to WPPI?

Win a photo shoot with Sal Cincotta at Red Rocks on February 8th!

Enter simply by setting up a free 30-day trial with N-Vu by noon PT on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

For more information, click here

To sign up, click here

Grand Prize
The photographer’s image judged the best from the shoot will win over $3900 in prizes.
FUJIFILM X-T1 Mirrorless Camera with 18-55 lens
1 Year Free Subscription to Adobe Cloud From Adobe
Westcott Rapid Box 26″ Octa Softbox
10×10 Photographic Album from N-Vu
10×10 Premium Leather Album from N-Vu
10×10 Seamless Bind Book from N-Vu
20×30 Gallery Wrap from N-Vu
30×40 Metal from N-Vu
Free Prints or No Commission Plan for 1 year from N-Vu


On the Road Again…

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!

WPPI-February 5-9, 2017: Las Vegas, Nevada


Come see us at WPPI 2017
Come visit with our expert staff and see our beautiful products, first hand, including lots of new offerings!
We are also excited to announce, that our partner company, N-Vu will be at WPPI as well. Visit with them about your complete workflow solutions.

KPPA Winter Shutter Expo-February 19-21, 2017: Manhattan, KS


Come visit with us at this great regional, photography conference!

Nebraska PPA Conference-February 18-20, 2017: Grand Island, Nebraska


We are pleased to sponsor the following speakers:
February 19th: John & Cindy LaBarge-High Volume Sports to Seniors

SYNC-February 24-27, 2017: Destin, Florida


Join this creative group of photographers for one of the most powerful, life-changing conferences you will attend this year.
We are pleased to be sponsoring the following speakers at this year’s SYNC:

February 24: Micah Solomon-Opening Night-Customer Service and Marketing

February 25: Kia Bondurant-High School Seniors and Teens

February 26: Lora Yeater-Inside the Photographer’s Studio:
An Intimate Interview with Lora Yeater- a SYNC exclusive

Sterling and Linda Seminars present “Portraits at Preschools”

Make $1000 an hour (or more) and have fun doing it!


Spend 2 days with Sterling and Linda learning everything you need to know about how to create & sell preschool portraits!

When: Monday, March 6, 2017, 1pm; Wednesday, March 8, 11 am
Where: Kansas City, MO–Courtyard Marriott Country Club Plaza
Cost: $2500
Early Bird: $2000 if paid by February 15, 2017


  • Complete school equipment set-up with background, lighting and posing aids for you to interact with during the class
  • Demo of a live a preschool portrait session with live models
  • Lunch on Tuesday and Breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday

Topics to be covered:

  • Marketing to the preschools
  • Booking the schools
  • What equipment is essential for quality portraits
  • Equipment extras that make your life easier
  • Studio-quality lighting done on-location
  • How to get the school to give you a decent working space
  • Posing children individually and in sibling groups for beautiful, classic portraits that will have the parents in tears (we may even have live models for a posing demonstration!)
  • Photographing class groups – learn the skills to make them good
  • Getting amazing expressions and not taking hours to do it
  • Working with preschoolers-the tearful and clingy two year-old and the can’t-sit-still four year old
  • Turning uninterested teachers into enthusiastic helpers and cheerleaders
  • What packages to offer and how to price them
  • Supporting materials-what do you need, who will design it, who will print it
  • How to get the parents to pay!
  • Taming workflow
  • Understanding lab software-a good lab is your partner
  • Packaging and Delivery-how to make this the easiest step instead of the most tedious
  • Why we only do pre-paid portraits
  • Simplifying reorders
  • Can you market your boutique family portrait services to your school clients?

Facebook Page: Sterling and Linda’s Seminars

Questions? Post in the Facebook group or email
Ready to register? Email

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