Happy 25th Anniversary Texas Tradition Photography|Carrollton, Texas

Yes, We are celebrating! And we want you to join us.

It might surprise you to find out that I’ve never popped a bottle of champagne. How is that possible? Well, photographers are always photographing the person shooting that stream of happiness across the room. (I am very good at dodging that cork)

In honor of Texas Tradition Photography’s 25th anniversary, I decided to try something new. Thank you to my friends Sandy and Kevin for helping me pull this off. Sandy from Sandra Lynch Photography guided me in opening the bottles (it took two) and captured the craziness as it unfolded. It was quite entertaining watching my hilarious attempts to make the champagne spew. And also a big thank you to my friend Kevin from Stuff in the Ruff for creating an amazing winter wonderland background out of my plain brown door.

Check out this slideshow to join in the fun.

 

 

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.