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.

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.

 

Lead by Example

Working with High School Seniors opens a lot of opportunities for helping and encouraging our next generation.  With social media and up to date news at our fingertips, our teens and kids are overwhelmed with information and opinions that may or may not be constructive. Our teens and kids are sometimes held to unrealistic expectations by social media. This is just our new normal.  We as adults have to rally together to pitch in where we can to help them sort out what is real and important and what is just fluff.

I find a true calling to help these teens see the beauty within themselves.  But, also as a trusted adult in their community, I strive to lead by example.  I run into my seniors and teen clients all over town. Sometimes, I pass them on the streets in our cars, or at a store while they are working their first job or at school functions. Where ever we are, I want them to see me leading by example.  They will never see me texting and driving, or checking email or text messages while having a face to face conversation with someone or sharing negative gossip. Sometimes it’s what you AREN’T doing that speaks the loudest and makes the biggest impact. If these teens see us adults treating others with respect, they will join in.  Remember the “golden rule” we were taught in preschool?

Let’s all do our part to help this next generation thrive.  They are our future! And our future looks bright.

That was fun

Thank you to everyone who entered our 2018 Senior Valentine’s Day drawing.  We had SO many entries our bucket was almost over flowing.

We have contacted all the winners. And sent a one time special offer to those that didn’t win. We will definitely do that again next year.

Do you love your 2018 Senior? Then you will love this!

Now more than ever, high school seniors are looking for custom senior portraits that are creative and show off their personality.  However, you (the parent) are drawn more to the classic “looking at the camera” style. What if I told you we could help you with this?  Yes, that’s right, we do both!

We want you and your senior to feel confident in your senior session. This is a BIG part of their senior year and we want it to be perfect for both of you.  The simple fact that you are here reading this tells me that you value this experience and want the best for your senior.  We are on the home stretch, only a few months to go before graduation.

Check out this amazing 2018 senior give away! Enter below to win one of our 4 prizes AND join our senior newsletter list.

Details:  We will be drawing for winners on Valentine’s Day.

First place prize: An Extreme Senior portrait Session (value $175) plus $100 towards your order. You must be photographed by March 10th, 2018

Three 2nd place prizes: Either a Studio Senior Portrait Session OR a Location Senior Portrait Session (value $95) Plus $50 towards your order. You must be photographed by March 10th, 2018

Want to see more of our seniors? Check out our website www.TexasTraditionPhoto.com

Enter here to to win! Good Luck!!

What if… Just because!

With Valentines day just around the corner, it opens us up to telling our special someone how we feel about them.  But… What if… we did this on a regular basis?… just because!

What if… we bought flowers for our special someone… just because!

What if… we took our special someone out to a nice dinner… just because!

What if… we took off work early one night a week to spend extra time with our special someone… just because!

What if… we did some extra chores, or wrote a sweet note, or said “I love you”… just because!

There is no greater gift than friendship and love. Let your special someone know how you feel every day… just because!

What are you waiting for? It’s time to schedule your 2017 family portrait session with Carrollton’s favorite photographer!

Seriously, don’t wait. Now is the time to schedule your 2017 family portrait session. Your family deserves this. Your family has busy schedules all year. You look forward to the holidays to celebrate with the ones you love the most. That’s your family!! So, let’s create some beautiful portraits that will celebrate your family ALL year… and every year after that. A wall portrait is the one gift that keeps giving, year after year.

Lisa and Nathan’s St. Catherine of Siena wedding and The Addison Event Center Reception

When Lisa’s mother called me to schedule a consultation to chat about her upcoming wedding, I was excited to finally get to know them.  Lisa and her family have lived down the street from me and go to my church; however, we have not actually been anything more than neighbors and acquaintances that wave and smile as we pass by.

Once they stepped foot into my studio and we began talking, I KNEW that I had been missing out on a great relationship. Lisa’s eyes lit up just talking about Nathan. I LOVE this family and I am SO happy that they are now part of our Texas Tradition Family. I’m also blessed to now call them MY FRIENDS instead of just neighbors.  Lisa has two sisters and a brother and they are all amazing! And… Nathan is the perfect addition!!

Lisa looked STUNNING in her dress and Nathan was MORE than handsome. They are such an amazing couple, and are such good loyal friends, it’s no wander they had ten wedding attendants! Yes, it was a big wedding party, but every one of them was a special part of this couple’s life. They were all invested in Lisa and Nathan’s relationship.

Take a peek at some of the images from the wedding and reception, you will have so much fun looking at them, you will feel like you were there.

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You can see by the expressions of their faces, the wedding was perfect.  We’d love to be your wedding photographer too! If you are getting married and would like more information on how we can become part of your wedding team, please fill out the contact form below and we will give you a call.