Print Your Memories, Your Life

As a member of Professional Photographers of America, I see it as both a perk and a responsibility to educate my clients on why it is important to print images. Once your photography session is completed and you have the chance to view your gorgeous images, think about where you can display them. Where will you most enjoy looking at them, every day

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What's on Your Wall?

Sort of like the commercial for Capital One, where they ask “What’s in your wallet?” my question is, “What’s on your wall?”

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of photographing a young family, Rebekah and Michael and their precious 2 year old daughter - Ruth. She was so much fun and had SO MUCH ENERGY!

Fast forward several months and Rebekah forwarded me the images below of her wall portraits that they purchased and now have displayed in their home!

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Value of a Portrait

You never really know the value of a portrait until it’s all you have left.  Michele Celentano

Did you catch that?  How easy it is to take it for granted that we will have our loved ones with us forever.  How about you?  Do you think you will live forever? Tomorrow is promised to no one, and no matter our age, life passes by all too quickly.  Before you know it, your children will be grown and moving out of the house.  When I recently hung this family portrait in Sally's home, she commented on how quickly her boys are growing and she was so glad they had this family portrait.  How wonderful that her boys will have this in their home - it is a visual reminder of their family connection!  

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Not to sound morbid, but what memories will your children have of you when you have left this Earth?  Will they have treasured photos of you?  Will those photos include you with them in a photo?  I know so many women who literally hate to have their photo taken – me included!  I have to make myself get in the pictures, not because I don’t want to be photographed with my children or my husband, it’s just easier for me to take the photo and then I don’t have to see myself in it!  

At the recent photography conference I attended, one of my favorite photography speakers, Michele Celentano made the statement above about the value of a portrait.  I had heard her say this previously but hearing it again in person just reemphasized the truth of the statement.  Another speaker at the same conference commented about how much a nice sofa costs these days - $2000 to $3000 and more.  Then he asked, “If your house were to catch fire, would you try to carry that sofa outside with you?” Highly unlikely!  But you very likely might scoop up photo albums or carry that heirloom portrait of your family out with you.  My sister-in-law did that very thing one evening when there were grass fires near their home in the country and we were encouraged to get out of the house.  All she could think of (aside from everyone’s physical safety) was grabbing whatever photographs she could gather and carry out. 

How about you?  Do you have portraits of you and your family?  Do you know the value they will bring to your family members in the future?   Remember Michele’s saying - You never really know the value of a portrait until it’s all you have left.  Make sure you leave something valuable behind for your family!

The Holidays are coming!

Despite the 95 degree temperatures we continue to experience daily here in the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex, the date on the calendar says it is now fall and we are seriously only 3 months until Christmas.  Don't you know the time will fly by!  

Have you started thinking about gifts yet?  It can definitely be overwhelming!  

I want to help with that and I have a great suggestion for you!  Give a gift that will be cherished for a lifetime.  A photograph of you, you and your family, and/or your children!   Beyond the regular photo prints, there are so many great options available today that you can definitely find just the right way to show off your photo(s) with all the people on your gift list.  

And, because I know you are busy, I'm offering both Mini Sessions and Regular Sessions and these can be scheduled at a mutually agreeable date and time.  Don't put this off any longer! 
Give me a call today - 214-697-5898.  

Here is more information on the difference between the mini sessions and regular sessions.  Can't wait to hear from you!

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The Wow of wall portraits

Have you ever walked through a room or an open space and a wall painting just caught your attention?  Maybe it was the colors, the composition, how real it looked, how it made you just want to go up and take a closer look?  How about a compelling wall portrait?   Maybe in a museum, a government building, an office, or even in someone's home?  How real the person looked, like they were just right there! Have you ever thought about having a wall portrait of your family, your children, you and your spouse?  Although we have always had a fair share of framed pictures of our family around our home, for the most part our "portraits" have been limited to tabletop sized prints - 8x10s and 5x7s.  

Becoming a professional photographer and utilizing the services of a professional photography lab has truly opened my eyes to the myriad possibilities of ways to display images.  Two of my favorites have become the framed gallery wrap and the framed fine art print.   The fine art print can be framed with no glass and while this picture doesn't do it justice, Randy and I were literally blown away when this arrived from the lab.  It is truly 3-dimensional and very realistic.  The size is 16"x 16" square.  Not too big, but big enough to catch your attention. 

I was also really excited when I ordered and received my first gallery wraps in floating frames.  Gallery wraps are great but mounting inside a floating frame really finishes them.   Here are a couple of samples.  Mackenzie is in a 20"x 24" black frame printed on metallic paper - really makes the colors pop!  

I'm really proud of the picture of Randy.  He is a patient model for me and I was so happy to be able to have a great picture of him to display in a framed gallery wrap.  His frame is a 11"x 14" chestnut gold brushed finish .  

So the moral of this story is think outside the 8"x 10" box and envision what your images will look like as a piece of art in your home! 

To Print or Not to Print - That is the Question!

Think for a minute about how much technology there is around your house.  If you were to clean out drawers or closets, would you find old devices or media stuffed away that is no longer accessible?  I know I’ve thrown out old floppy disks, the big ones that were about 5” square (I realize I just dated myself), and the smaller 3” disks in a hard plastic case, which were replaced by CDs and now DVDs and thumb drives and who knows what will come next.  In our media cabinet, we have old movies passed down from our parents on tape and our children’s home movies on small VCR cassettes that if we could find the adapter and if we still had a VCR machine we could watch.  Are you getting my drift?  

My son loves going through our family photo albums reviving and reliving precious memories. The photos are tangible and other than some of them fading a bit or getting dog-eared from handling them, they still exist and can be viewed.  They are a visual reminder of our family, of vacations and fun times and special occasions. Pictures, and the memories they invoke, make us feel good.  My mother-in-law had large, framed wall portraits made of each of her grandchildren when they turned one year of age and proudly hung them in her living room.  She is gone now and I have my children's portraits - what a great legacy she left for us. Through these portraits, we are linked to her and someday I will pass these portraits down to my children.  What will your children have to look at when you are gone?  

It is important to pass traditions and memories down to our children and extended family. Technology changes and despite our best efforts and intentions, honestly how often do you show or even look at your digital images other than on your phone?  And what happens to those digital images on your phone when you trade up to a new phone? The best way to preserve the images and memories that are important to you is through printing the images - something you and your family can hold and touch and that won't become obsolete.  Think of it as an investment in your family’s heritage!

Here's a picture of me, Lisa and Greg on my birthday! 

Here's a picture of me, Lisa and Greg on my birthday! 

Fun Christmas Photo Session

What is fun and chaotic at the same time!  Photographing a family with twin 2 year old boys who weren't exactly thrilled to hold still for poses!   Add in mom and dad, grand mom, aunt and cousin and all of them posing in their "ugly Christmas sweaters", and Stella the dog (who was a great model) and you've got an interesting photo session!  They were great and lots of fun.  Here are a few images from our session. 

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