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!

Welcome 2018 Senior Models

Please help me welcome our 2018 senior models.  If you follow us on Instagram, then you have already started seeing their beautiful faces. Our senior models do more than just model for us.  They are our street team… they representatives us around the community.  Our models help keep us informed of things that are going on at their schools and around town. AND they occasionally label post cards and assist me on shoots. These kids are invaluable to me!!

CHS 2018 Senior Ian

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CHS 2018 Senior Mary

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HHS 2018 Senior Jamie

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HHS 2018 Senior Lauren

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HHS 2018 Senior Logan

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HHS 2018 Senior Jessica

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HHS 2018 Senior Sheridan

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Are you ready to schedule your 2018 senior portrait session?  Contact us today!

My last post says it all…

I have taken a little break from my blog and now that I have re-read my last post, I mean it even more.  You see… in January of this year, my husband… my partner of 23 years… had a bad motorcycle accident and passed away. So, what I have felt in the past, I’m even more passionate about now.  I treasure every minute we spent together.  Even the tough ones.

I have beautiful portraits of him and my family. We had tons of experiences and milestones together and I have pictures of all of it.

As Dr. Seuss once said “Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened”

I am grateful for every second that I got to spend with my husband, my best friend, the father of my children.

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You are MORE than JUST a 2017 Senior!

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Contact us RIGHT NOW to schedule your 2017 senior portrait session AND to take advantage of this limited 75% off your session fee AND to reserve your 2017 senior drawstring bag.

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2017 Senior Bag – Only at Texas Tradition Photography

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Check out our 2017 senior models showing off their exclusive 2017 senior draw string bag.  These are only available at Texas Tradition Photography! It’s our free gift to you when you book your senior session this summer.  Hurry, they are available only while supply lasts!

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Our Hottest Summer Trend is our NEW 2017 Senior Models

I am honored to introduce Texas Tradition Photography’s 2017 Senior Models.  We have been hanging out and shooting for the last 2 months.  I have gotten to know each of these seniors and I can tell you right now… They are AMAZING!  I’m so excited to finally get this year started.

Braeden HHS 2017 Senior ModelHebron High School senior photography

Christy CHS 2017 Senior ModelCreekview high school senior photography

Evan Allen HS 2017 Senior ModelAllen High School Senior Photography

Jace HHS 2017 Senior ModelHebron High school senior photography

Juliann HHS 2017 Senior ModelDallas Senior photography

Laurel HHS 2017 Senior ModelDFW Senior Portraits

Maddie HHS 2017 Senior ModelSenior photography

McKenzie CHS 2017 Senior Model2017 Creekview High School Senior Photography

Natalie CHS 2017 Senior Model2017 Creekview High School Senior

We are now booking 2017 senior portrait sessions. Contact us today!  Hurry, the summer is filling up fast.

Behind the Scenes of A Carrollton Photography Studio

I was in a hurry yesterday to finish up a senior mailer. I needed to get it to the printer before the end of the day.  The only thing left was to inset images of my studio.  Well… The hold up wasn’t that i couldn’t take the images, it was that my office and studio were a mess.  I just haven’t had time to clean.

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So, I did what any other mother, photographer, business owner, wife, person, would do.  I moved all the “junk” to the opposite side of the room.  So, when you get our mailer in your mailbox, you will see a fresh, beautiful, clean studio.  I thought it was funny, so I took pictures of the “other” side of the room and texted them to my best friend.  It made her laugh. So, I started thinking… everyone knows that I’m not a great house keeper.  I like to see the work that I need to do, so I always have stacks of papers on my desk. I didn’t think anyone would believe that my office was clean anyway.

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So, here it is.  The “clean” side of my office and the “other” side. HA

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It just reminds you that what you see in life is only what people want you to see. Once you see the behind the scenes, you know the full story.

A Special Tribute to a Special Family.

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Last year around this time, I received a call from a past bride and groom about doing a family portrait session.  I was SO excited to hear from them.  I love catching up with my couples.  I learned that the groom, Clinton, had landed a job in London.  Being young and adventurous, they accepted the job and moved.  In addition, they had just been blessed with twins; one boy and one girl.  The twins were about 8 months old.

Anyway, Sara and Clinton were coming home for Thanksgiving and wanted to do a family portrait.  I was super excited.  When they arrived at the park, they were dressed perfectly.  I could tell that Sara had put a lot of time into planning their clothing.  We had a great session and a lot of fun getting to know each other again.  They were just as happy and in love as when they married about 10 years ago.

We were on a tight schedule since they were flying back home in a couple of days, so Sara and I met the following day to view the images and place her order.  Clinton stayed home with the kids. (super dad) Sara still had that twinkle in her eye when she talked about Clinton.  She told me she still thought he was “so handsome”.

Just 4 days later, i got a call from Sara’s best friend.  Clinton was in an accident and he was fighting for his life.  I just sat there, speechless.

I don’t know how Sara made it through the next month.  Clinton was incredibly blessed to have such a graceful, strong, loving and beautiful wife.  Clinton was not able to recover from his injuries.  He passed away.

I’m sharing this story for a number of reasons.  One is that this family has not left my thoughts and prayers all year.  Sara and Clinton’s life together was a beautiful love story.  They lived their lives together to the fullest.

Another reason is to remind myself (and you) that everyday matters.  Even if you are just sitting around watching TV, enjoy your family.  Make every second count.

In loving memory of Clinton Beer.

Tips for a great Business Portrait… From a Carrollton, Texas Professional Photographer

It’s just a headshot? What’s the big deal?

Business Portraits seem like something you take really quickly and toss up on your webpage and/or social media pages. So why is a business portrait so important? Can’t you just take a selfie? It’s quick and you can do it at home, or in your car. Well… you can, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

A business portrait is often times a person’s first impression of you.  I don’t know about you, but if I see a portrait that either looks like the person didn’t even take the time to brush their hair, or is wearing something from the 1990’s; I may not choose to do business with them.  That may sound silly, but if you don’t look professional, then I am going to assume that you aren’t professional. That first impression may be far from the truth. In reality, that person may just not like to have their picture taken.  Well, I don’t either, but to prove to you that it doesn’t hurt, I’m going to use myself as an example. AND… I’ll give you some do’s and don’ts along the way

Lisa Snow Feb2015croppedbwThis one is a true selfie.  It was snowing and I was out playing in it;  and that is exactly what it looks like.  I would not use this to represent me in a business situation.  But, I’m a photographer and I like to play in the snow.

IMG_9775bwThis one is very nice.  The lightening is even and I’m wearing nice clothes.  I look approachable and friendly.  If I hadn’t met myself, I would think I’m a well organized and put together person.  I would do business with me.

Lisa_7512This one has a few problems.  I’m actually showing off my new haircut. But I wouldn’t recommend wearing such a busy shirt and I definitely would not suggest letting your hair hang in your face.

LisaLeaning_8766cropped I actually love this portrait.  I think I look very friendly and fun. This portrait is more casual and would work best for either social media or a more casual industry.

webLisa Manis_6334This portrait is a good example of a good strong portrait.  My clothing is professional and in a dark neutral color. It is conservative, my arms are covered, and I’m positioned a little more directly at the camera. This is a more assertive/leader pose.  It shows that I mean business, but the smile on my face still shows that i’m approachable.  I would never want to look mean unless maybe that’s the kind of industry I worked in.

Manis_8076aThis is also a great example.  My clothes are professional, conservative, my hair is nice and neat and the lighting on my face is even. I would definitely do business with me if I saw this.  And of course I think you should too.  Give me a call, I’d love to take your next business portrait.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A couple of times a year I have the privilege of participating in the CFB ISD 5th grade career fair.  Unfortunately for me, it always happens during the busiest times of the year. But, I’m honored to be included.  There are tons of photographers they could ask, but they choose me.  And I don’t take that lightly.

The set up is similar to any other trade show, the difference is, the attendees are 5th graders. Hundreds of them!  Their objective is to visit with the representatives from careers they think they may want to choose when they get older.

These kids are my future employees, clients and competitors.  I want to give them the most useful information and the best advice possible.

One 5th grade  boy walked up and asked me what was the worst part of my job… okay, I wasn’t expecting that question so I thought a minute.  I told him that as a business owner, I had to do the day to day chores around the office like taking out the trash and cleaning the bathrooms.  Without even thinking, he responded “do you have to go to college for that?”  I couldn’t help but laugh.

Then another 5th grader asked me what I wanted to be when I was in 5th grade.  That was also a great question. These kids will change their minds a million times from now until they start their careers.  But the great thing about this career fair is that it gives the kids an opportunity to look a professional in the eye, shake their hand and speak to them face to face.  It also gets them thinking about their future and opens their eyes to many new opportunities. The sky is the limit for these kids, they can do anything they want.  And because of that… the kids… I will continue to carve out time to spend with the future of this awesome city.

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