Are you looking for a snow fight without getting cold?|Texas snow fight

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What if you could get most of your Christmas presents DONE and figured out today, with just ONE decision?

Well, EVERYONE knows grandparents/parents/relatives LOVE photos of you and your kids 🙂 So why not make the decision to do a mini session today?

PLUS it’s fun…

If the thought of watching your kids blast each other (and maybe even you) with fake snow is appealing, then you’re a lot like the other people who have booked the Family Mini Session + Snow Fight Kicker Sessions!

And if it doesn’t appeal to you?

That’s cool too…you can just take a peek at everyone else’s photos, have a little laugh, and keep on keepin’ on.

I just wanted to write you a quick note letting you know that the $97 Early Bird pricing goes up in a few days – November 27th to $127.

Plus, I’m only taking on 20 sessions. Note: there are more than 20 spots on the calendar for scheduling flexibility, but once the 20 spots are filled, those extra spots will go away

What it is:

10-15 minute photo sessions to get a grand family portrait update for this year’s Holiday cards, AND the last 2-3 minutes will be a BLAST of throwing fake snow at each other! Your kids will love to get the chance to smash fake snow in your face and at each other.

Dates and times:

Monday December 2nd           Friday December 6th           Saturday December 7th

For exact session times available, click here

Who this is perfect for:

If you’ve been trying to drag your husband to family photos, but he isn’t diggin’ it…this is perfect! Short, sweet, AND fun!

If you’ve had a traditional, longer 45-60 minute family portrait session done in the past 1-2 years and don’t want to invest in a full on session, this is perfect for you.

If you love having your photos taken, SO MUCH that you do it multiple times a year, and this time you’d really just like a nice portrait for your Christmas Card and a few gifts, and you don’t want to go full on in for an album, this is perfect!

If you don’t know WHAT to get your parents for the Holidays, because, let’s face it, they buy everything they want! Then this is PERFECT for you! Photos are grandma’s DREAM for a Christmas gift!

If you ARE a grandparent, and want photos with your grandkids! Or, if you want to give one of these sessions as a “pre-holiday” gift…as a “hint-hint, nudge-nudge” for what YOU really want for Christmas.

If you just don’t have the time to put together everything for a full on portrait session. Where DID the year go? And now it’s almost Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and CHRISTMAS!

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Family Photos + Snow Fight Kicker, Credit and Ornament

Here are the details:

10-15 minute portrait session of your family showing off your warm, loving relationship. The last 2-3 minutes is the snow fight kicker! You’ll get to throw “fake” snow at each other and just go a little bit crazy!

$47 portrait credit toward your artwork of choice – great for hanging on your wall or giving as gifts (online ordering), and can also go toward a single digital file or multiple digital files for holiday cards and printing.

Free 3×3 artists choice Tree Ornament (for early birds)– so that you can remember how crazy and beautiful and insanely busy 2019 was!

Price: Early Bird Pricing – $97 (price goes up to $127 on Wed. Nov. 27th)

Find out more details, including a more detailed FAQ, here

Cheers to snow in Texas! Thank you for reading, Lisa

Yes, I’m one of THOSE people|Hallmark Christmas Movies|Carrollton Professional Photographer

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I’m not embarrassed to tell you…  that, I am one of those people who watch ALL the Hallmark movies. But I especially look forward to the Countdown to Christmas. Yes they are sappy and they all end the same way… in fact, my daughter has them all dissected. When she walks in the room and I’m watching a Hallmark movie, she asks me if i’m at the part where the main characters meet and don’t like each other (this indicates that I just started the movie) or if there has been a “fall” and a “catch” (this indicates that the couple just started to like each other) or if someone has gotten something on their face and the other person wipes it off (this is about half way through the movie when they realize that they are falling in love).  Now, if I’m to the part where they almost kiss and they get interrupted, then she knows the movie is almost over.
I think the fact that I love to watch these movies, says a lot about me.  First, I must love romance with a fairy tale ending. This makes perfect sense since I photographed weddings for most of my adult life. Happy endings give you hope and something good to look forward to. And second, I love family. The holidays and holiday movies remind me of how special family is to me. The movies remind me to slow down and put family first. Yes, there are always a few crazy people in every family, but that’s what makes families so much fun!
I’m grateful for the gift of my career this time of year.  I love seeing how the holidays bring people together. Which leads us perfectly into FAMILY PORTRAIT SEASON!!
Keep reading below to find out how you can schedule your 2019 Family Portrait session.
Thank you for reading, Lisa
P.S. Thank you De’Anne for giving me these socks!
And Just in case you missed it…
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Happy 25th Anniversary Texas Tradition Photography
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.
As promised, today we are announcing our Portrait in the Park and Home for the Holiday dates. If you are new to our Texas Tradition Photography family, you can check out our website for more info on these two amazing events.
Portrait in the Park
($79 session fee)
Sunday October 6th
Sunday October 13th
Saturday November 9th
Sunday November 10th
Saturday November 23rd
Home for the Holidays
($99 session fee)
Wednesday November 27th
Friday November 29th
the entire month of December
Here is the part about YOU! So perk up!
For a very limited time, we are including YOU in our 25th anniversary by offering a Portrait in the Park session for $25 PLUS $25 off your portrait order. (for those of you NOT paying attention, that equals FREE)
The details are simple!
Grab your calendar
Pick a Portrait in the Park date
Follow these steps
1. Call 972-492-2983 or email us to schedule your session
2. Pay the $25 session fee (you will receive a $25 credit toward your portrait order)
3. extend our special to a friend and receive an additional $25 credit toward your order
4. Start planning your clothing. (let me know if you need help)

What Should We Wear For Our Family Portrait?

I get asked all the time “what should we wear for our family portrait?” Well, this is a great time to discuss this since family portrait season is FAST APPROACHING!! What am I saying? Family portrait season IS HERE!!

A great family portrait begins with a great family portrait session.  And the way to achieve that, is to start planning RIGHT NOW! So, before you go any further, give us a call and get on our calendar for either our Portrait in the Park Event or our Home for the Holiday Event.  Details for both of these events are on our website.

Now, let’s talk about clothing.  First, think about where you plan to hang your portrait. Will it be in your relaxed family or game room? Or will it be in a more formal room? That will help us set the style.  Going formal or casual in your dress, will depend on where the portraits will hang and what style you prefer.  After that, choose a color pallet that will go with, or compliment that room.

Now, let’s say you have no idea where your portraits will hang.  No problem!  Just choose colors that look good on your family and will stand the test of time.

To start, you might have a great dress or shirt that you LOVE and want to wear for the portrait. Great, let’s call this our inspiration piece.  An inspiration piece will give you a place to start.  Pull out a couple of colors from your inspiration piece and have everyone wear those colors.

Let’s say you LOVE blue. Everyone can wear jeans and a different shade of blue for their top.  Or have the grown ups wear similar dark blue tops and the kids wear different shades of blue.  Don’t be afraid of prints or to add a third color to your pallet.  Be creative and add a little bit of your personality to spice things up.

I hope this is some good information.  If you still need help, give me a call.  That’s what I’m here for.  I have included some samples below of some families who nailed it!  You can also check out our website for some other examples.

Don’t delay, send us a note below and we will contact you about scheduling your 2018 family portrait. Talk to you soon,  Lisa

 

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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Proper Portrait Sizing – Tips from a Carrollton Professional Family Photographer

Since family portrait season is in full swing, we wanted to take the time to educate our clients on how to pick the best size for their wall portraits. Often our clients tell us they “don’t need anything big” for their walls, only to come back and need to upgrade their portrait size. Here are our tips for how to choose the right portrait size for your home!

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1. DVD’s are not portraits!
We love being able to offer digital collections to our clients, but the portraits rarely make it off the disk! By having Texas Tradition Photography print your wall portrait, you get amazing quality, choice of mounting or gallery wrap, and you won’t be able to resist hanging your portrait right away!

8x10's aren't big!

2. 8×10’s only seem big when you’re holding them.
Unless you have a wall with A TON of portraits hanging on it, your wall will look empty. 8×10’s are great for desks and wall clusters, but they don’t make great wall portraits.

16x20's are still too small

3. Not bad, but not great.
This 20×24 is starting to fill the space, but still isn’t making much of an impact, even with a wider frame.

30x40 Perfect!

4. Now this is what we’re talking about!
This portrait is a 30×40. It may sound HUGE, but the second it’s hung on the wall it looks perfect!

Not sure what size will work best on your walls? Grab a sheet of paper and hang it on your wall. If it looks too small, add another sheet until it looks right. Once it is the perfect size, measure it. Bring in your measurement and we can help you find the perfect wall portrait for you!

Still need guidance? Give us a call, we would love to help you decorate your home with beautiful portraits!

The Sanchez Family 2012 – Carrollton Family Photography

Here are a few images from the Sanchez family portrait session.  We met at a beautiful greenbelt park in Carrollton. It was a hot day, but just perfect for this family portrait session. Andrea, the oldest daughter, was one of our 2013 senior models. We had an amazing time and I hope you enjoy their portraits as much as we do.

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