August 6, 2013

This Southlake Carroll swimmer and I had so much fun today in the pool we didn’t want to get out! She is amazing to photograph in the above and below water!  She picked out an awesome dress from the best resale shop around Style and Grace. It was perfectly flowing and I love how the pattern mirrors the reflections of light and shadow in the water. If anyone is interested in doing an underwater session call us and we will try to get you in before pool season is over! 817-424-0085

August 2, 2013

Well this Rowlett family is one of my favorites!  They are best friends of mine and introduced me to my husband Jaret and now are expecting a baby boy very soon!  It has been very exciting to be apart of their lives through some big moments in the past 5 plus years now but none as exciting as this.  Ramsay is very creative herself and was all about doing some underwater maternity images too. In September look forward to a lot of new born images!

June 26, 2013

Our very own Charles (aka the Boss) won the big one from Grace as 2013 Volunteer of the Year!  It was a very fun lunch event in Grapevine at the Hilton for all the volunteers. Thanks GRACE!

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June 22, 2013

I have been waiting to show this one off for a while, this gorgeous bride just got married this past weekend to her high school sweet heart and was extra special to me because I first photographed her as a high school senior!  Although it has been a few years neither of us have aged at all!  I also had photographed her sisters bridals as well and it is so nice to get to follow up with people after such big life events and to get to be a part of that time in someones life in some small way. Congrats!

June 21, 2013

I was so excited when my new friend Neely from Designs by K invited me to come out to this ground breaking for the Texas Rangers foundation Grand Slam Home in Colleyville last week.  I had no idea Rangers pitcher Joe Nathan would be there, or that there would be sweet treats from Le’ Popcorn and Candy in Southlake and LeSara Cupcake Bar in Colleyville.  It was also great to see Randy from Randy White Real Estate who will be selling the house once Cole Luxury Homes builds it.  Any takers!

June 15, 2013

What makes for a great looking, professional headshot?  This has been one of the busiest years for executive portraits that we have had in a long time, and I couldn’t be more excited about it!  One of the perks of working at a photography studio is meeting different business people around the Dallas / Fort Worth area- or even from other states!  I love hearing about their various lines of work, the excitement of someone who just got a job or promotion, or working with someone to execute a creative marketing idea for their website or perhaps a book they are getting published.  The best part is when someone says, “I hate having my picture taken because I don’t photograph well,” seeing my pictures, and being unable to believe how much they like them!  I think beyond the obvious assistance of good lighting and posing, what adds to a great headshot is just making our subjects feel comfortable.  You would be amazed at how little time it takes when you merely slow down and listen to what they want.  I also give 100% of the direction, so no one ever feels like a deer in headlights.  Some people even say they had fun… I love it!  Of course, being personable enough to make someone comfortable didn’t happen overnight, I suppose.  I really had to become comfortable with my equipment and technique to where all the technical stuff gets put on autopilot, and I can just focus on the subject and their personality.  For me, that means creating repetition so I always know where I’m putting the lights and at what angle I will want for specific looks; that way I am not fumbling around in front of the customer.  For example, if my subject is a woman, I almost always want a higher camera angle, and in most cases, the opposite for men.  Next for men, I usually want only one ear showing and will probably set up more of a dramatic lighting to make them look as distinguished as possible.  Whereas for women, I would use more of a beauty-lighting set up to minimize shadows, which also cuts down a lot on retouching.  Also, since I have been doing this for nine years now, I have no problem thinking up poses on the fly that can vary towards what would be most suitable depending on the type of job they have or are trying to get.  In the end, it all depends on what our client wants. Whether it’s a relaxed, yet professional image for their website or a sophisticated, corporate photograph for their company, I always work to give our customers the best images possible. 

May 28, 2013

I so enjoyed photographing this 2013 Grapevine High School Senior in our Southlake, TX Studio. I remember I joked with this future Texas A&M student that she might want to be a model, but I wasn’t really joking! She is sooo beautiful! Thanks for a great session!

May 23, 2013

I wanted to post this a looong time ago, back from when I went to the Game Changer conference, but now with so many kids about to graduate high school and be away from their family, this seems like a good time. About is Gold-winning US gymnast and Olympic champion Gabrielle Douglas who with her mom spoke about what a huge sacrifice and commitment she had to make at an early age to have a shot at the Olympic.  She had to leave her family  in a different state to move in with a host family to train with her coach Liang Chow in West Des Moines, IA at only 14 years old and despite wanting to give up and go home to be with her own family she stuck it out and we all know how that ended in Gold!  You can see more about here on her website  The cool thing about Game Changers was that you didn’t have to be an athlete to be inspired.  What I wish I could tell High school Seniors that will be graduating is pretty simple,  take that time in college focus on yourself and even if you don’t do so well your first year, don’t be to hard on yourself and don’t give up! 

May 22, 2013

This Southlake, TX photographer is just wrapping up on one of our favorite Keller, TX babies first year!  It has been so fun to see her grow up from a few weeks old to now over a year!  Our babies first year plan keeps you on track to capture all of the milestones and changes a baby will experience and it goes by fast!  From sleepy and squishy to pushing up, from sitting up strong to steadying a stand we schedule every shoot with those milestones in mind.   The best part is you get an awesome 5x7 black and white custom album at the end with two images of your choice from every of the 5 session.  I myself look forward to the left overs from the birthday smash cake!

March 21, 2013

I loved working with Shelby from Carroll High School on this super creative Senior photo shoot! She was up for anything and we got so lucky finding colors that match her University of Arkansas tee shirt for the last shots in down town Grapevine.  Thanks Shelby!