Emma | Class of 2014 Young & Free Senior Model

There has been so much happening at the HTP headquarters (or home office, if you will) this past few months. Crazy planning, tons of creating, a healthy dose of chaos and a few sleepless nights. Haha! While some of the things currently in the works aren’t ready to be announced, I am thrilled to let you know that I’ve added 2 more Workshops to our 2013 Calendar! If you can’t make it to a Workshop in Oregon in June, August or October- maybe you can joinClick for more »

Young & Free in California | Holli True Workshop

Young & Free in California | Mentor Session & Shootout | Photography Workshop

I’m not going to lie, I have dreamed for years now of holding a workshop in California. So, I’m not joking when I say this is a dream come true! I am so, so excited to announce that we’ve added two more teaching events to our 2013 calendar and BOTH will take place in the Golden State! Eek!! For those of you out there who know me, you know that I am so passionate about teaching, mentoring and sharing. I absolutely love being a workshop instructor,Click for more »

Let’s Chat About: Reality & Struggles

Let’s face it, being a business owner is hard.  In my humble opinion, I think this is especially true for creatives.  You see, I had this romantic notion of starting a photography business six years ago.  I was working a corporate 8-5, feeling caged within the 5 foot walls of my cubicle, answering phones and emails, crunching numbers, making massive “to do” lists and filing until my fingers were close to bleeding.  I imagined this fabulous work lifeClick for more »

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Emily | Holli True Workshops

I’m just going to say it… I am officially obsessed with designing concept shoots.  Seriously.  For those of you who don’t know what a concept shoot it, in a nutshell, it’s a shoot based around a theme.  I have been fascinated by concept shoots for a few years now and have entertained my fascination with several simple concepts, getting my feet wet with the process and trying out some of my ideas.  The beautiful thing about concepts is that theyClick for more »

Caroline | Holli True Workshops

I am so excited that April is finally here, as it kicks off the first of our four Oregon Photography-Focused Workshops!  The format of these Workshops are a little different than our Be Inspired Workshops.  The consistent request that I received from Photographers was that they needed more guidance behind the camera, a smoother system when it came to posing, engaging and lighting their subject.  With your requests in mind, I revamped the Workshop entirely, giving usClick for more »

Margaux | Class of 2013

I can’t believe April is already here and in just a few short weeks our Spring Workshop will be here!  Eek!!  So, so excited!  We have some pretty awesome things planned for our upcoming Workshops, I’m crossing my fingers that Mother Nature cooperates with my plans.  ;)  If you are interested in joining us at one of our 2014 events, be sure to check out the website and register today!!  I can’t wait to see you there! My Senior Season for the Class ofClick for more »

Kalani | Class of 2014 Senior Model

I am so excited to be embarking on a new adventure with my good friend, Heather Dunnigan, of Thea Creative!  Our new project?  Denim+Grace, a magazine for photographers, by photographers.  Heather and I are just two girls from the opposite coasts, who share a love for photography, branding and teaching. Although we have never actually met one another in the real world, we’re pretty much virtual BFF’s.  As dreamers, Denim+Grace is the result of the two of us, pushingClick for more »

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Amanda | Holli True Workshops

It would appear that sleep is evading me these days.  For some inexplicable reason, I could be dragging all day long, but by nightfall I am wired with hundreds of ideas buzzing around my brain, like honey bees to a hive. When your mind is moving a million miles a minute, the concept of shutting your eyes and closing your thoughts down is impossible.  I am leaning more and more toward forming a Night Crew with me fellow Night Owls so we can converse and bounce ideas offClick for more »

Cassidy | Class of 2014 Senior Model | Bend Senior Photographer

Last senior season was the busiest I have ever been since starting my business in 2007.  While I loved every single minute of working with all of my clients, there were many, many chaotic and stressful moments that had me wanting to hide under my desk.  At the start of 2012, I made a declaration that I wanted to have 75 senior shoots that year.  So, to make it happen, I started marketing myself like mad to reach that number- and it worked.  What I didn’t know atClick for more »

Kayley | Oregon Senior Portrait Photographer

Emma Stone.  That is exactly how I would sum up Kayley.  Quick wit, adorable laugh, go-with-the-flow, easy going, absolutely stunning…  Those are other ways to describe Kayley, as well, which again, can be summed up in those first two words on this post.  ;)  It was about halfway through the photo shoot during day one of my Be Inspired Workshop that I turned to her and said, “You totally remind me of Emma…”  She finished my sentence with me asClick for more »

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Cadie | Holli True Photography Workshops

From the very start of my journey with photography, I have always been very passionate about it and realized early on that when the time was right, I would share my passion with other photographers.  In the early days of my business, I felt pretty isolated and alone.  I didn’t know anyone in the industry and the few photographers I had interacted with locally weren’t interested in connecting or networking with me, so I didn’t have helpful guidance.  IClick for more »

High school senior portrait photographer, Holli True, photographing Lailek, Class of 2014 senior, in eugene, oregon at 5th street public market at sunset in the fall.

Lailek | Class of 2013 | Eugene Senior Portrait Photographer

I am so excited to announce that I am officially booking senior portrait sessions for the Class of 2014!  June, July & August sessions are now open and will fill in quickly, I only take a limited number of session each month- don’t hesitate to book your fabulous senior picture session now!  Your senior portrait experience should be something that lives within you forever. I want this to be the session of your dreams, capturing who you are today, in thisClick for more »

Blueprints: Building an Authentic Brand | Giveaway with Thea Creative

Branding.  It can be a bit of a scary word.  Mainly because this one little word holds such a massive, complex meaning.  Branding is often misunderstood, this results in underdevelopment and an inconsistent message, which can be detrimental to your business.  For several years I failed at branding for one simple reason: I didn’t have one.  I was unclear about the message, the tone, the feel and the direction of my business.  I didn’t know what I stood for,Click for more »

Reckless Novel inspiration board by Holli True & Marissa Lynn.

I am a writer | Holli True

When I was a little girl, propped up a stool in my kitchen with my dad patiently beside me, guiding me line by line as I learned to write my own name, I made a declaration.  Even at the age of four, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to be a writer.  Growing up, I would spend endless hours in my room, filling the pages of spiral bound notebooks with words pulled together by my imagination, creating stories of pretend friends in places I wanted to visit on pages IClick for more »

Bend Oregon senior portrait photographer, Holli True, photographs class of 2013 high school senior, Lacey in Drake Park at sunset.

Lacey | Class of 2013 | Bend, OR Senior Photographer

This week, in my mission to simplify, I have been making some much needed updates to the blog, conquering a small list of changes.  You may or may not see these cosmetic updates- please forgive me as we are in makeover mode- if the blog is acting wonky, it is likely because you’ve caught me mid-update.  ;)  Please be patient with us as we work through our list!  I am most happy with the look and layout of the blog, however, so don’t expect anything tooClick for more »