If I’ve learned anything at all doing this job, it can be summed up in a few simple notions . . .
Have your gear ready and stay alert. The magic happens quickly and not at all when you expected it.
Consider kneepads. Get down on the ground and see what’s really happening.
Trying to pose kiddos is futile and not that much fun anyway. Follow their lead.
Some places have extra magic. Identify and remember them. (Bishop Arts is more than just good food.)
When someone wants you to shoot their important event, you say “Yes”.
Did I mention that kids are awesome to work with, but impossible to predict?
The most interesting shots are not the “static set-ups”. Quite the contrary – it’s the random candid pic that almost didn’t happen which stirs the imagination.
True Love will always be photogenic. Point and shoot. Nothing more to it.
Details, details and a few more of those beautiful details.
A huge “Thank You” to my amazing clients. Your continued support means everything.
Thanks guys! It was fun trying to keep the camera steady while braving the wind and holding the canister of doggy treats with the other hand.
I agree! Trimming this image down and focusing on the Birthday Girl and the balloon makes it really interesting.
Thank you! That was a beautiful location and such a wonderful evening. It was an honor to be invited to shoot the event. Congratulations!
Now that the Holidays are over and most of the football games have been played,
I felt like taking a look back at 2014. I sure did snap a whole lotta pictures. Most were pretty good (IMHO).
A few of the images, however, were pretty darn good. Here are some of my favorites.
Children’s playful and smiling laughter . . .
Newly formed families creating special memories . . .
Beautifully colorful and emotional celebrations . . .
Fun-loving return clients that have become friends . . .
Long-time friends that have supported me from before the beginning . . .
Bold adventurers excitedly stepping out into the unknown . . .
Gleefully unencumbered innocence . . .
Families blending together in happiness . . .
Fatherhood . . .
Motherhood . . .
And a ton of awesome clients.
Thanks for your trust and confidence. It’s so much fun shooting you guys.
Part of being a professional photographer in Dallas, Texas means every Spring you shoot thousands of beautiful families frolicking and having fun in the bluebonnets, right?
That’s what I thought too. I was ready to deliver the bad news to the late-comers that I was all booked up and simply would not have time to work them in. Barely enough time to eat.
But, outside of a few wonderful clients nobody came knocking. My website never even crashed beneath the digital strain of the sudden and overwhelming bandwidth overload.
And I’m convinced that it’s not for lack of quality. Hey, I’ve taken some pretty good bluebonnet pictures in my time. Just ask around.
True, the flowers haven’t been quite as brilliant this Spring. But, they’re still out there. We can’t all live in Ennis.
No, that’s not it.
My theory is that, for whatever reason, it’s just not as popular as it was a few years ago. I guess everyone is just blue-bonneted out.
Angela, a friend of mine from High School, contacted me a while back wanting to do a “double” session with her family and the family of her best friend Brandi. It sounded like a really great idea, so we got everything set up.
Wow! This group was super fun and full of energy. I enjoyed all of the different pairings and match-ups they wanted to capture.
We couldn’t have chosen a better location, either. The Heritage Museum in Frisco came through big time. I absolutely loved the scenic elements and the abundance of spectacular exterior walls on all of the old buildings. Everywhere you turn there is another metal barn or a beautiful rock wall or some sort of old, rustic wooden structure.
This is just one of those places where, on a good evening, you know you’re going to see at least a handful of photographers with their clients.
The BFFs looked beyond amazing as well. I loved the outfits they had prepared for themselves and the rest of their families. Super cool and bursting with color.
On top of all the fantastic old buildings at the Frisco Heritage Museum, they also have a wonderfully authentic train.
Needless to say, I filled up my memory card shooting these guys. They were just so photogenic and the location provided an endless variety of amazing background settings.
Before long, we had worked our way around the entire center, shooting well past the point when the light had actually given out.
I’m so glad that Angela and Brandi contacted me. It was an amazing session filled with near perfect light, a ton of interesting settings and two whole families full of really cool looking kiddos.
Some days I think I must be the luckiest photographer in Dallas. This was one of those days.
Sweet little babies just melt my camera lens . . . and this cutie was no exception. Just look at those beautiful blue eyes.
It was my first photoshoot at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, and I was really impressed. Everyone enjoyed being outdoors and the rustic, natural scenery provided an abundance of backdrops for our session.
Mommy and Daddy were even surprised at how relaxed and laid-back their little daughter was through out the evening.
I’m happy to report that there wasn’t a single tear shed . . . by anyone.
As the sun set on our shoot, we all knew it was time for one little angel to get some much deserved rest.
I am almost finished working through the pictures of this beautiful family and I just couldn’t wait to share this group of preview images.
The truth is that I am having trouble editing the session down because there are so many “keepers”. They are just so photogenic, it’s almost not fair.
We had so much fun walking the sidewalks and alleys of The Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff.
Are you kidding me? Look at that kiddo – how cute can ya get?
The family will be welcoming a new member soon and they have decided to wait and find out what they will have. I can’t wait to meet the little cutie-pie they call “Dos” . . . as in kid #2.
I had a super fun time getting to know this energetic, adorable family. Their son was all smiles and I know that he is excited about being a Big Brother in the near future.
We ended our shoot near the MHH Bridge as the sun was setting. Fantastic!
Joel, Laura and Grace are three of the coolest people in Oak Cliff . . . and that’s really saying something, because “The Cliff” is swarming with cool people.
I couldn’t wait to shoot The Pulis Family on the streets of Oak Cliff, in and around The Bishop Arts District, for two reasons.
Firstly, because without even trying at all, these three people are attractive, engaging and generally fun to look at.
And secondly because as session locations go, you just can’t ask for a more raw and authentic place. I’m going to be returning to Oak Cliff many more times for certain. So much character and texture – it’s almost not fair.
Thanks Joel, Laura and Grace. It was really great.