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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Santa’s visit to Texas Tradition Photography

The day started with Santa riding up on a Harley! (His elves brought the sleigh)Santa on Harley

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3Santa_8266Santa absolutely LOVES his job. He looks forward to seeing the kids all year long.  He played peek a boo with the little ones, listened to the long lists from the bigger ones, and gave candy to all of them and a fist bump to one.

Today marked Santa’s 14th year to visit our studio. Some of the kids that visit our studio come year after year, so this is the only place they ever visit with Santa.  As it should be, Santa remembers the kids.Santa PhotographySanta was fun and playful. He had enough energy for all the kids… even Collin. But the second the last child was gone…Santa PortraitsSanta had to take a nap. He was pooped.  So, we fed his elves and reindeer some food and water and sent them back to the North Pole.Santa Photography

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Santa PortraitsSee you next year Santa! Thanks for coming.

Helpful Tips for Creating Beautiful Family Portraits – Carrollton Photographer

1. Choosing proper clothing is a huge factor in how your portrait will look. For the best results, everyone should wear colors that coordinate. You don’t have to match, but you need to look like you go together. For example, if you choose for everyone to wear brown tones, you can have a mixture of light and dark brown.

2. Think of what style you prefer (and make sure you tell me). Do you prefer a more formal portrait, or a less posed more “action” style?

3. To help you make decisions on style and color of clothing, decide where your portrait will hang. This will also help you choose a size for your portrait.

4. Schedule your session for a time of day when all of your children are typically happy.

5. Pets are part of your family, please bring them.

6. Do you have extended family? This is a great opportunity for gift giving. Grandparents are especially hard to buy for and they ALWAYS love portraits of their kids and grand kids.

7. Keep your cool!! Getting your family dressed and to your session is the hardest part. But, it is worth it! You get your family here and I’ll do the rest.

8. Definitely choose Texas Tradition Photography for your 2013 Family Portrait Session. And definitely call today before we fill up on our special event days.

9. Send a friend and save money! Refer a new family to us and receive a $50 gift certificate when they book their family portrait session with us.