Tips for working from home

I wouldn’t call myself an expert at many things, but I have been working from home for 20 years and that puts me right up there with the big dogs. I thought I would share some helpful tips and company policies that have helped me adjust to life at home.

  1. Create a dedicated work space. Keep it free from personal things and distractions. I have an office up stairs, so I can shut the door when I’m “closed”. It is also good to teach your “co-workers” that when you are in your work space, you need to focus and have few to no interruptions.CoWorkerHeader-1
  2. Start your morning just like you would if you were headed somewhere else to work.  Get up at the same time every day, do your morning workout, shower, get dressed and make your bed. This might sound silly since you are working from home and you are not allowed to have any visitors. However, keeping a schedule and getting all dolled up makes you feel good about yourself and starts your day off on a positive note. (and when you come home from work, it is always comforting to get into a made up bed.

    3. One of my distractions is house work. So, I have found, that if I do about 30 minutes of house work every morning before I go to my office, I won’t be thinking about it all day. This also includes deciding what is for dinner and either taking it out of the freezer or putting something in the crock pot.

    4. One VERY hard thing to learn is that you only eat at regular scheduled meals.  When I go upstairs to my office, I take a glass (with a lid) of water with me. I don’t snack before lunch, so if I’m hungry early, I just go down and eat lunch early. After lunch, I ALWAYS need a snack. And by snack I mean CHOCOLATE. But, I don’t take it upstairs with me after lunch.  I make myself walk back down the stairs to get it. That is just  something I do to “justify” eating my chocolate… I at least took an extra trip down the stairs for it.

5. Focus, I try not to do personal stuff during work time. Now, on days when my                   brain is tired, or it is REALLY  beautiful outside, I will finish work early and take                 some personal time. The last picture is me learning the tictok dance up the stairs.

I hope this helps. I know working from home is a big adjustment. But, be grateful that you have that opportunity. The alternative is probably to be laid off and that would be worse. (I’m actually somewhere in the middle). My business is considered non-essential so I’m not allowed to leave the house to photograph, but I can still work. (which doesn’t bring in any income) If I can help you with anything else about working from home, just let me know.

Need an incentive to schedule your 2020 Senior Portrait Session?

We’ve got you covered! Do you want multiple looks? Do you want to be photographed both in the studio and on location? Do you want a more “influencer” style shoot? Or maybe you don’t like to be photographed but will agree to a quick and painless portrait session. Whatever it is, we’ve got it.

Senior year seems to roll pretty quickly after the holidays. It’s a wonder parents and teens are able to fit it all in! But, the one thing you just can’t let slide is your Senior Portrait Session. This is it! This is YOUR Senior year. You will want to remember your fun and playful personality and your stylish clothes. When your parents look back on  your senior portraits, their hearts will burst with pride and love.

We’ve got an irresistible offer for you. We are giving away UNLIMITED sessions at this value from now until the end of March 2020. The $99 Senior Portrait Special will include up to 90 minutes both in the studio and on location with up to 5 outfit changes.  And as an added bonus, we will gift you $50 in studio portrait credit plus our FREE custom social sharing phone app with all your ordered images. (value$130) Did I mention IRRESISTIBLE?

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We are here for you! Call Lisa today! 972-492-2983 or fill out the form below to get started via email.

Since this is an unlimited offer, please share this with your friends and family.

Can I bring my Pets to my Portrait Session?|Carrollton Photographer

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I  get asked this question all the time…YES pets are part of the family! However, if your pets shed, bring along a lent roller! Be creative, you can also take this opportunity to get your pet a new collar or scarf to match your clothing. 
We are having a blast photographing all of these family portraits… and the weather has held up pretty well. Our $25 Anniversary special will last for ONE MORE WEEK.  Next week I will be doing a final call.  So, if you plan to schedule your family portrait session during Portraits in the Park or Home for the Holidays, Call VERY soon. Once it’s over, IT’S OVER.
Keep reading below to find out how you can schedule your 2019 Family Portrait session.
Thank you for reading, Lisa
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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)
Saturday November 9th (1 appointment time left)
Sunday November 10th (3 appointment times left)
Saturday November 23rd (2 appointment times left)
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 (or fill out the form below)
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)

Carrollton Senior Photographer Announces 2020 Senior Modeling Street Team

If you could see my face right now, you could see the excitement beaming!  After 4 weeks of interviewing and emailing and texting and chatting on the phone…. I am proud to introduce you to our 2020 Senior Modeling Street Team.

Just to refresh your memory, Our Street Team is a group of Seniors for the upcoming year who help us keep up with trends, stay connected to other seniors, and of course model for us. This is going to be a great year.

So, without further delay…. I’m proud to present to you….

 

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And Yes, we have already started booking 2020 senior portrait sessions for this summer! If you’d like to get a head start on the crowd and get first choice of popular dates, sign up below and we will get your session reserved. (and YES, there is a HUGE session discount and gift for booking early)

North Dallas Senior Photographer|Seeking 2020 Senior Models

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We are SO excited to be accepting applications for our 2020 Senior modeling program. We have had a team of senior models for the past 18 years. Our modeling program has been a huge part of connecting amazing seniors, like yourself, with Texas Tradition Photography.  And this year will be no different.  2020 is going to be incredible!!

Who are we looking for? High school girls and boys who will be 2020 seniors and live in or around North Dallas.  You must have a fun personality, enjoy people, like being social and above all, LOVE being photographed.

You won’t want to miss this AMAZING senior experience.  We are only taking a few seniors from each school.

If you are selected. You will be photographed by the BEST senior photographer in the North Dallas area, get to hang out with other really fun seniors from other schools, get to participate in some exclusive modeling shoots and earn real life MONEY!

Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience!! If you are interested in hearing more about our 2020 senior modeling program, please fill out the form below.

We will have several no-obligation informational meetings next week. During the meetings, we will be giving you more details about our modeling program, showing an amazing sight and sound presentation, and giving away some prizes. (we require that you bring a parent with you)

So, are you interested in finding out more information about our 2020 senior modeling program? We can’t wait to meet you!

Please fill out the form below.

 

Live in the Moment

Summer is fast and furious for me… a senior, wedding and family photographer.  Some might call me “just a photographer” but it’s not like that… not at all.  My seniors, brides, and families invite me into their personal lives to share their very important life milestones.

If I was “just a photographer” then I wouldn’t get this lump in my throat as a dad walks his daughter down the aisle to hand her future over to a young man that can’t possibly love her as much as he does…

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…or when I see endless tweets of last season’s high school seniors packing their cars to head off to college. Who is going to feed them, protect them, love them?

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I also remember packing my car and heading off to college.  I was SO excited.  But, I also remember my parents driving off without me.

The funny thing is that we all know it’s coming.  At the start of our senior year, or the beginning of your engagement, we know where we are headed.  If we prepare properly, then we are ready.  It’s the way life goes. Ready or not, it’s time.

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As summer is winding down, I continue to share these life milestones with my families. I’m technically “just your photographer” but, really I feel more like part of your family.

So, from the family member who is on the outside looking in, my advice to each one of my 2016 seniors, parents of 2016 seniors, brides, grooms, parents of my bride and grooms, and now my 2017 seniors and their parents…

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Live in the moment! Take it all in and enjoy every second with your loved ones.  We are exactly where we are supposed to be.  Thank you for including me in your family!

Do you know someone who needs a professional photographer? We’d love to be part of your family too.

2017 Senior Bag – Only at Texas Tradition Photography

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Check out our 2017 senior models showing off their exclusive 2017 senior draw string bag.  These are only available at Texas Tradition Photography! It’s our free gift to you when you book your senior session this summer.  Hurry, they are available only while supply lasts!

Contact us today!

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

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Groom’s tux: J Hilburn

Ceremony: Perkins Chapel at SMU

Reception: The Adolphus Hotel

Photography: Lisa Manis and Tim McCord with Texas Tradition Photography