I am no different than anyone else this time of year. My mind is racing. I’m reflecting, not only on the end of the year, but on the end of this century. I think about what I did right, what I did wrong, and what I can improve on. And of course the excitement of the new year brings tons of ideas and lists…. LOTS OF LISTS! Sometimes my dreams are too big, but that’s why they are called dreams. I always push myself to be the best I can be. Because pushing myself makes my business and photography better each year. Am I the best photographer in the world? Probably not, but I want to be the best I can be. I am a work in progress…. and by progress, I mean I’m moving forward.
Running a business is hard work. Especially when you run it by yourself. I’m getting better at including some behind the scenes images and stories. As hard as it is, I have a lot of fun and I want to share that with you.
Humor is the best way to get through life. None of us are perfect and not everything we do goes as planned. I primarily work with high school seniors and families. Here is a funny example of life not going exactly as planned, but in the big scheme of things, was funny and ended up just fine…. I was greeting the mom of one of my family portrait sessions this season, as the rest of the family was arriving in multiple cars. (it was a big family) At the same time, the mom and I overheard the daughter say … dad, you wore your flip flops? The mom’s head swung around so fast I’m surprised it didn’t fly off. Yep, the dad ALWAYS wears flip flops. So why would he wear anything different? I paused to see if the dad was going to be burned at the stake, but after a short awkward quiet second, everyone started laughing. The dad has such a cute smile, I’m sure he never really gets in trouble. He was quickly forgiven and we put him in the back to hide his feet. This is why I love families. A family’s little quirks are what make them “them”. (yes, Lauren, I’m talking about YOUR dad)
So, instead of looking backward this year, I’m only looking forward. I have ALOT to be thankful and grateful for. I am blessed with my health, amazing clients and friends, a prospering business, and a loving family…. which may be growing in the new year. (yes, that was a tease that I’m not ready to elaborate on yet, but I will fill you in VERY soon)
Happy New Year!!! 2020 I’m ready for you!
What if you could get most of your Christmas presents DONE and figured out today, with just ONE decision?
Well, EVERYONE knows grandparents/parents/relatives LOVE photos of you and your kids 🙂 So why not make the decision to do a mini session today?
PLUS it’s fun…
If the thought of watching your kids blast each other (and maybe even you) with fake snow is appealing, then you’re a lot like the other people who have booked the Family Mini Session + Snow Fight Kicker Sessions!
And if it doesn’t appeal to you?
That’s cool too…you can just take a peek at everyone else’s photos, have a little laugh, and keep on keepin’ on.
I just wanted to write you a quick note letting you know that the $97 Early Bird pricing goes up in a few days – November 27th to $127.
Plus, I’m only taking on 20 sessions. Note: there are more than 20 spots on the calendar for scheduling flexibility, but once the 20 spots are filled, those extra spots will go away
What it is:
10-15 minute photo sessions to get a grand family portrait update for this year’s Holiday cards, AND the last 2-3 minutes will be a BLAST of throwing fake snow at each other! Your kids will love to get the chance to smash fake snow in your face and at each other.
Dates and times:
Monday December 2nd Friday December 6th Saturday December 7th
For exact session times available, click here
Who this is perfect for:
If you’ve been trying to drag your husband to family photos, but he isn’t diggin’ it…this is perfect! Short, sweet, AND fun!
If you’ve had a traditional, longer 45-60 minute family portrait session done in the past 1-2 years and don’t want to invest in a full on session, this is perfect for you.
If you love having your photos taken, SO MUCH that you do it multiple times a year, and this time you’d really just like a nice portrait for your Christmas Card and a few gifts, and you don’t want to go full on in for an album, this is perfect!
If you don’t know WHAT to get your parents for the Holidays, because, let’s face it, they buy everything they want! Then this is PERFECT for you! Photos are grandma’s DREAM for a Christmas gift!
If you ARE a grandparent, and want photos with your grandkids! Or, if you want to give one of these sessions as a “pre-holiday” gift…as a “hint-hint, nudge-nudge” for what YOU really want for Christmas.
If you just don’t have the time to put together everything for a full on portrait session. Where DID the year go? And now it’s almost Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and CHRISTMAS!
Here are the details:
10-15 minute portrait session of your family showing off your warm, loving relationship. The last 2-3 minutes is the snow fight kicker! You’ll get to throw “fake” snow at each other and just go a little bit crazy!
$47 portrait credit toward your artwork of choice – great for hanging on your wall or giving as gifts (online ordering), and can also go toward a single digital file or multiple digital files for holiday cards and printing.
Free 3×3 artists choice Tree Ornament (for early birds)– so that you can remember how crazy and beautiful and insanely busy 2019 was!
Price: Early Bird Pricing – $97 (price goes up to $127 on Wed. Nov. 27th)
Find out more details, including a more detailed FAQ, here
Cheers to snow in Texas! Thank you for reading, Lisa
Raise your hand if you love snow…. but you hate to be cold… and you live in Texas… Dallas to be specific.
If you raised your hand, then you probably don’t have very many memories of playing in the snow or even getting to touch the snow. If you are like me, a native Texan, then most of your ideas and dreams of snow come from TV, FB, or in my case, The Hallmark Channel.
This is what inspired my SNOW FIGHT mini session. I see beautiful pictures of snow and snowmen on FB and in movies, but we just don’t have that here in Texas. So, I created a snow set in my camera room.
I don’t think kids are the only ones allowed to have fun, so bring the whole family. We will start with a quick family portrait session and a few small groups and then have a quick snow fight at the end. Boom, we have your portraits for family gifts, Christmas cards and created some really fun family memories.
P.S. tell dad it’s a mini session, so it won’t be too painful for him.
Are you ready to get in on the fun? Visit our website for more information and to schedule your appointment. Mini session dates are December 2nd, 6th and 7th.
I feel like I’m on the border of OVER SHARING… I’m notoriously private about my personal life and that sometimes bleeds over to my professional side as well. I don’t try to be secretive, I just tend to keep my feelings to myself. I’m trying to open up more because I have had some amazing photo assignments that have hit me pretty hard personally. I should have shared them at the time, but instead, I just completed the assignments and then filed them away. I have to stop doing this because I have the best job anywhere and I want to share it with you.
One shoot in particular hit me extra hard because of the timing. Let me give you a little back story so you understand where I was coming from and why this particular project was a little hard for me. Almost 3 years ago, Mike (my late husband) was in a motorcycle accident. He didn’t make it, but the first responders revived him and transported him to the hospital. He never left the Trauma ICU, but it gave me and my family 10 very long emotional days to adjust to the fact that he wasn’t coming home. Had we lost him right there at the scene of the accident, we would have immediately had to come home alone. I am so grateful to the first responders for giving me and my family that extra time with him.
Whew, okay, so…A couple of years ago I was commissioned to a project for Carrollton Baylor Scott and White Hospital. It was a tribute to all first responders. Specifically, the ones who service their hospital. The project was called Hometown Heros. The plan was to start with the area fire departments and then move on the the police department. Unfortunately the budget got cut before we made it to the Police Department. When Julie, my contact and careflight first responder, first reached out to me, I immediately thought she was an angel coming to give me the opportunity to do something really special to thank the first responders. I accepted the assignment right away. She had no idea that I had just lost my husband.
Julie and I went to several fire stations and photographed the fire fighters and Paramedics. It was really fun because, if you know anyone we refer to as “heros”, they usually are too humble to accept the title. So, we basically had to beg the guys to be photographed. It was really fascinating to get to walk through the fire houses and meet these guys. I could tell right away that they had a special bond. They teased each other as I photographed them. Basically, just the same as you would treat your brothers. It reminded me of how my son is with his army buddies.
Julie and I were at each fire house about an hour. During a couple of the shoots, they got 911 calls. We got to watch them go from laughing and having a good time, to immediately jumping into their fire boots and pants and speeding off. What I took from these shoots, was the fact that these first responders have to drop what they are doing and get to their destination as fast as possible. In addition to that, they witness terrible accidents, and fires and other emergencies. It’s hard to comprehend how someone does that and then goes home to their own families. They must carry some huge weight on their shoulders. Please join me in thanking all of our first responders. They truly are our hometown heros
Yes! You all know how excited I get during Portrait in the Park season. For those of you who are new, once a year (during the fall) we have our biggest Portrait event called Portraits in the Park. We schedule families one right after another at the same park. These are not mini sessions. They are full blown family portrait sessions. We just maximize our time by planning them all on certain days. This is especially a popular time since kids will be home from college and the portraits will be ready just in time for the holidays.
Portrait in the Park ($79 session fee)
Sunday October 13th
Saturday November 9th
Sunday November 10th
Saturday November 23rd
Home for the Holidays ($99 session fee)
Wednesday November 27th
Friday November 29th
the entire month of December
What?! Is it fall already? Yes, and not to startle you or anything, but Thanksgiving is just 8 weeks away and Christmas is a mere 12 weeks from now. Don’t panic, we can help with all of your gift giving needs. There is no better gift than a gift that keeps on giving forever. Yep, I’m talking about a family portrait.
For a very limited time, we are including YOU in our 25th Anniversary by offering a Portrait in the Park session for $25 PLUS $25 off your portrait order. (for those of you NOT paying attention, that equals FREE)
The details are simple! Grab your calendar and pick a Portrait in the Park date
Follow these steps
- Call 972-492-2983 or email us to schedule your session
- Pay the $25 session fee (you will receive a $25 credit toward your portrait order)
- extend our special to a friend and receive an additional $25 credit toward your order
- Start planning your clothing. (let me know if you need help)
To make it even easier, fill out this form.
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.
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!
- choose a date below that works for you and your family
- give us a call or email to schedule your session. 972-492-2983 or Lmanis@verizon.net
- 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)
- We’ll see you at our portrait session.