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.
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.
What do we LOVE this holiday season? Texas Tradition Photography Wall Portrait Clusters! Several wall portraits designed to hang together creates a Wall Portrait Cluster. A cluster is a fun and modern way to decorate your home.
Here’s a peek at some of our favorite clusters:
The Arcemont girls always look fantastic in their portraits! We designed their wall portrait cluster using an 8×10 of each girl and a 24×30 of all the girls together. This layout is great for a traditional feel with an updated look.
For the Kimball family cluster, we wanted to highlight their three adorable boys. Can you just imagine raising three young boys? We wanted to protray a feeling of love and closeness, but also the fun and energy we know these young boys have. We used a 6×6 individual of each boy (running in the reflecting pool of course!), a 24×24 of the three boys together, and a 36×36 of the whole family. This configuration is great because you have a beautiful family portrait on the right, and TONS of personality on the left!
We LOVE the Bimmerle family. Hank and Eli are die hard Texas Tradition fans. (and so are their parents)! We used a 16×24 of each boy and a 20×24 of the whole family for thier wall cluster. This wall cluster will actually hang above the couch at Texas Tradition Photography!
Not sure what sizes you want for your portrait cluster? Take a picture of your space and measure, then bring it to your appointment. We’re always happy to help design custom portrait cluster for your home!