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.

Perkins Chapel-The Adolphs Hotel Wedding

The secret to an amazing wedding is to plan your heart out, choose professionals that share your same creative vision, and then let go and enjoy your day. It’s okay if something doesn’t go as planned, just relax and trust that your professionals will take care of you.

Rachel and Eric’s wedding was elegant, traditional and simply romantic.  I caught myself tearing up a few times when I saw how sweetly he looked at her.  Rachel has a heart of gold and I felt that everyone at the wedding  knew it too.Perkins_Chapel_Wedding_1

Rachel and her mom did most of the planning. They did an amazing job picking two perfect locations and wedding professionals who shared her same style. Garden Gate Floral Design worked their magic to create a sea of elegant arrangements. Jr. even dressed their precious dog.

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Rachel and Eric’s amazing Professional Wedding Team

Hair: Amanda with Chad Rookstool Salon

Make up: Stormy Weather Make up

Florist: Garden Gate Floral and Design

DJ:  Uptown Sound

Video: LeVon Owens with Spinning Leaf Films

Dress: Mia Bridal Couture Houston

Bridesmaides dresses BHLDN

Groom’s tux: J Hilburn

Ceremony: Perkins Chapel at SMU

Reception: The Adolphus Hotel

Photography: Lisa Manis and Tim McCord with Texas Tradition Photography

 

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.