About Texas Tradition Photography

I am a photographer in Carrollton Texas and I know that I am following my passion because I can't wait to wake up every morning and go to work.

What is Hot and Sweet and makes you feel warm and cuddly inside?

YES!!! Hot Chocolate!

It’s ready… our AMAZING, ONE OF A KIND, HOT CHOCOLATE STAND! We created this Limited Edition Portrait set just for YOU! And I can’t wait for you to see it.

This is your formal invitation to join us in our exclusive Hot Chocolate Stand on Thursday, November 29th or Saturday, December 1st. Yes, that is ONLY TWO DAYS! So, call us today or email us using the form below to schedule your appointment. Once we are full, we are closing the stand until next year.

Here are the details:  Session fee $25 (we will be donating the ENTIRE session fee to Metrocrest Services). |The session is for 1-2 kids.  (additional kids are $10 each) | The set is ideal for kids who are able to sit up and older | You will view and order your images immediately after your session | Yes, your portrait order will be back in about a week… just in time for Holiday gifts.

What should you wear? This set is perfect for winter outfits, sweaters and boots, coats and hats, mittens and scarves, and even pajamas! Be creative and show your personality.  Feel free to bring along a special teddy bear, blanket or even your own holiday mugs.

Are you ready? Call us or contact us using the form below to reserve your appointment time. Hurry, once we fill up, we are closing the stand.

What is happening at Texas Tradition Photography? Could it be a New Limited Edition Portrait set?

YES!  It could!  If you are a long time follower of Texas Tradition Photography, then you are aware that last year was our first time in 15 years to NOT do Santa portraits.  This was a VERY hard decision for us to make, however sometimes we have to take a step back in order to move forward.

I felt that our children’s portrait offerings were become a little tired… stale… boring…etc. And for us in the creative world, this is never a good feeling.  I either want to give you 100%, or nothing at all.  I took the year off from Limited Edition sessions to brainstorm and survey and find out exactly which road I wanted to take with my children’s portraits.  My biggest goals are 1. to make it easy for my parents 2. make it fun for the kids and 3. make it exceptionally creative and unlike anything offered in my area.

There are hundreds of photographers in Dallas and I don’t want to mingle in with the crowd.  I want to stand out. And I know YOU will benefit from the year of waiting! Here is a little peek of what’s on the horizon. Just to give you a little taste, this set will be designed for kids ages… sitting up to about 8 years old.  However, I think a small family would be cute too.

 

We aren’t taking appointments yet, but if you’d like to save the date, it will be Thursday November 29 and Saturday Dec. 1st. Yes, two days only! In fact, if you’d like to be put on the waiting list, I will call you BEFORE I announce it!  Just fill out the form below to get on the waiting list.  More details to come!!

Portrait in the Park Family Event| serving Carrollton, Frisco, Plano and surrounding areas.

Life seems to be moving so fast that I tend to overlook stuff… occasionally. Okay, a little more than just occasionally.  So, just in case you are like me, I wanted to remind you about our upcoming 2018 Portrait in the Park Events.

We’ve made it super simple for you!

  1. choose a date below that works for you and your family
  2. give us a call or email to schedule your session.  972-492-2983 or Lmanis@verizon.net
  3. decide on your clothing (read our previous post, check out our website for samples, and/or give us a call and we will be happy to help you)
  4. We’ll see you at our portrait session.

Robly_PortraitInTheParkB_ 20182018 Family Portrait Event

What Should We Wear For Our Family Portrait?

I get asked all the time “what should we wear for our family portrait?” Well, this is a great time to discuss this since family portrait season is FAST APPROACHING!! What am I saying? Family portrait season IS HERE!!

A great family portrait begins with a great family portrait session.  And the way to achieve that, is to start planning RIGHT NOW! So, before you go any further, give us a call and get on our calendar for either our Portrait in the Park Event or our Home for the Holiday Event.  Details for both of these events are on our website.

Now, let’s talk about clothing.  First, think about where you plan to hang your portrait. Will it be in your relaxed family or game room? Or will it be in a more formal room? That will help us set the style.  Going formal or casual in your dress, will depend on where the portraits will hang and what style you prefer.  After that, choose a color pallet that will go with, or compliment that room.

Now, let’s say you have no idea where your portraits will hang.  No problem!  Just choose colors that look good on your family and will stand the test of time.

To start, you might have a great dress or shirt that you LOVE and want to wear for the portrait. Great, let’s call this our inspiration piece.  An inspiration piece will give you a place to start.  Pull out a couple of colors from your inspiration piece and have everyone wear those colors.

Let’s say you LOVE blue. Everyone can wear jeans and a different shade of blue for their top.  Or have the grown ups wear similar dark blue tops and the kids wear different shades of blue.  Don’t be afraid of prints or to add a third color to your pallet.  Be creative and add a little bit of your personality to spice things up.

I hope this is some good information.  If you still need help, give me a call.  That’s what I’m here for.  I have included some samples below of some families who nailed it!  You can also check out our website for some other examples.

Don’t delay, send us a note below and we will contact you about scheduling your 2018 family portrait. Talk to you soon,  Lisa

 

Senior, Family, Business and Event Photographer in Carrollton

I have been told over and over by industry leaders that in order for a Photography business to survive, I have to specialize in one type of photography.  Can you even imagine doing the same thing over and over, year after year?  NO! I can’t either.  No wonder some photographers experience burn out and just decide to quit.  I LOVE being a photographer.  I’m certainly not a rebel, or even a very opinionated type of person.  However, I do know what I like and what I want and have resisted the urge to listen to advice that just didn’t seem to fit my personality or my goals for my business.

In January of next year, 2019, Texas Tradition Photography will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary!  And I can tell you with the most certainty that I specialize in photographing people. I specialize in High School Seniors Photography, studio and location Family Portraits, Business Portraits and Personal Branding, and of course special events like Wedding Photography and Dance Schools and life’s milestones.

So, as I gear up to celebrate this amazing milestone in my business and my life (I am also turning 50 in 2019), I find myself happy exactly where I am.

 

Life is Spectacular!

There is something spectacular about life… what am I saying? LIFE is spectacular!  About a year and a half ago, my life came to a screeching halt. I felt like I was standing still while the world just kept on going.  Have you ever felt like that?  Not to get too deep, but it really gets you thinking.

Have you heard that saying… We are not promised tomorrow.  I hear that in my head every day.  So, now I try to slow down and take it all in. I eat lunch on the patio, I think really hard before saying no to an invitation out and I put my family first more than ever before… especially my mom and dad.

I’m normally a little shy and keep to myself, but the NEW me… the one after my life started turning again, is a little more outgoing and accepting of change.  Life is going to keep moving. Enjoy your friends and family.  And if you do find yourself in a situation where you are not moving but the world is… just remember to take one step at a time and eventually you will catch back up with the world.  Who knows, you just might even find yourself skipping.

As “they” say… out with the old, in with the new!

Who are “they” anyway? This time of year for senior photographers, we are saying goodbye to our 2018 Seniors and welcoming our 2019 seniors. It’s one of those bittersweet moments in my industry. I have watched my 2018 seniors grow from excited but nervous Juniors into these confident young men and women. I’m so proud of the young adults they are all becoming. As they head into their last week of high school,  many emotions begin to surface. One HUGE emotion, seniors often refer to as “senioritis” but parents would more affectionately call it “attitude”is often at the forefront.  Even the most well adjusted seniors experience senioritis to some degree.

A word to parents with graduating seniors… this last week of school might bring out the “attitude” in your precious teenager, but keep in mind, that you were once a senior. If you can look past the shortness of temper and the lack of motivation for school work and chores and anything else that would be classified as productive… you might notice an excited yet nervous child.  We expect these kids to be grown ups by the time they graduate from high school, but really they are thrown into a huge world of decision making and independence.  This world is scary.  And although they think they are ready, and they probably are, there is still fear of the unknown.  Be a little forgiving and compassionate during this transition time. After all, we DO want them to come home to visit.

A word to seniors about your parents… Although you are REALLY excited to be graduating, keep in mind that your parents may feel like time has passed them by.  Parents have SO much to teach you before you take off on your own, their heads are spinning wondering how you were in Kindergarten yesterday and are graduating today! I’m serious when I say, you WILL understand their point of view when you have kids of your own.  But until then, please  be patient with them.  They have been and are still your biggest supporter. They have been here for you since birth and they will continue to be here for you as you shove off into the big world ahead of you. I challenge you to take a few minutes of each day this week to thank your parents for something they have done for you and to tell them you love them. You might be surprised how just these two little/huge things will change your life.

I know I am JUST your senior photographer, but I’m SO proud of ALL of my 2018 seniors!!! Go out into this HUGE world and make a difference.  My generation is counting on you! And… please stay in touch.

Are you a 2019 senior? If you love senior portraits as much as I do, then I’m ready to meet you! Click here to sign up to receive our 7 tips on how to prepare for your senior portrait session.