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? Maybe you want to hang a portrait in your living room for all your visitors to see. Maybe you’ll put one in your stairway landing so your family sees it as they come and go each day. Maybe you want a family portrait in your bedroom so it is the first and last thing you see each day. I hope you will also see the importance of getting your valuable and memorable images printed so you will have them for life and you can pass them down to your future generations to cherish and enjoy! Help your children and their children know their history, their ancestry. PPA has provided the information below and I find it quite compelling. I hope you will as well.

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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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Generational Photography Project

I am working on a generational photography project. It is currently in the planning stages. I have been thinking about it for some time now and I need to move it past the just thinking about it stage.

One of the main reasons I do portrait photography is to capture the connections in the lives of my clients. Capturing several generations of a family in one image captures the essence of why I am doing photography! What a special gift that one image can be to not only those who are in the photograph, but for many years and generations to come.

Do you have old photo albums passed down to you that you can pull out and look through and remember when?

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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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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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