Summer is over and only the memories remain.
Fortunately, I love capturing and preserving memories.
It’s what I do for a living, after all.
You may have noticed I took a little time for the things that matter most these past few months.
Not to worry! I’m back and ready to go.
Although my business is primarily divided between family portraiture and event photography, I am occasionally commissioned to shoot business headshot images. It’s an art form that I truly enjoy for two main reasons . . .
1. Unlike a true portrait, the images must convey confidence and trustworthiness in a concisely drawn presentation. That part is straightforward and relatively easy. The trick, however, is to avoid losing the subject’s actual personality along the way.
2. As the photographer, you only have a very short time to make the magic happen. Most headshot sessions are jammed in between board meetings and power lunches. These people are super busy and don’t have time to spend the entire afternoon posing. I enjoy that “on-the-clock” aspect of the session. Everything comes into focus quickly . . . it has to.
Take a look at the newly redesigned website for the Richard A. Gump Jr. Law Firm. It looks fantastic. They made great use of my headshot and group imagery. They were really fun to work with as well.
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.
Spring is here and in Dallas, Texas that means it’s time to go outside and have some fun. In Big “D” you gotta tip-toe through the tulips while you can, because three fat months of hotter-than-hot temperatures are just waiting around the corner.
March and April have it going on, though. Just look around Dallas and you’ll see flowers of all shapes and sizes blooming everywhere.
From the Dandelions and Tulips of “Dallas Blooms” at The Dallas Arboretum to the spontaneous spectacle of Bluebonnets that grace the fields and roadsides each year, Dallas has a love affair with Spring Flowers.
There is no better time to gather the family together and have some professional portraits taken.
Please contact me today to schedule your family’s session. The calendar is filling up and like the beautiful flowers that only hang around for a few weeks – these specialized session offerings won’t last either.
Photographers can’t help it. We’re all wired to compare. Always comparing and evaluating.
The light looks better over by the window. Or, maybe out on the deck. But, what about over by the porch awning? Comparing and evaluating.
Every professional photographer spends time watching and admiring other pros and their imagery too. It’s just the nature of the game. It can be a bit depressing sometimes when you feel like you are in a rut and it seems like every one else around you has a camera and is filling galleries with delighted admirers and being commissioned to shoot Fashion shows and Rock Concerts and Sofia the First themed Birthday Parties.
They say that the only other photographer you should compare yourself to is . . . yourself.
Sounds great, huh? A little healthy respect and admiration of those who came before you seems appropriate. It helps to motivate and inspire.
The only catch is that someone forgot to mention that lil’ mantra to the client. For good or for bad, clients are going to have past experiences that they will bring along with them. Maybe they just moved and want to find another photographer with the same love of empty fields and vintage couches. Maybe they were burned by their last photographer because she included all 639 images from their “Summer in the Park” session on the CD and they still haven’t been able to choose which one to print. Or you could be wrapping up the initial meeting with a new corporate client and as the contact person walks you to the door, she casually mentions that she hopes you are better than the last event photographer, because everyone thought he was a bit too “creepy.” Ouch.
The good news – I consider that one of the coolest parts of this crazy adventure. If ever I wanted to make a truly lasting impression . . . gear up and get ready.
Every time I meet with a new client and we get ready to shoot some pictures, I get the chance to write a new chapter to their collective photographic experience.
Who cares what happened before . . . let’s go make some magic in the here and now.
It’s the week before Thanksgiving and the leaves are finally starting to change here in North Texas. This is my favorite time of the year for many reasons – College Football, Apple Pie, Harvest Seasonal Beers, Cooler Temperatures and all of the Holidays packed one after the other. Now is the time that everyone really starts stressing about Christmas. What to buy, what to wish for, what to eat, what to wear, what to hang on the front door. The last thing you want to worry about is your family Christmas Card pictures.
This year, I have decided not to offer a traditional “Christmas Card Mini Session”. I know – it sounds like crazy talk. But, the truth is that it just isn’t my style. I would much rather spend a little more time with each family and make sure that the right group of images have been captured before moving on. In my opinion, you just can’t do that in a seven minute session that only promises to yield 1-2 images.
So for 2013, Ben O’Neal Photography is offering The Christmas Card “Not So” Mini Session. This is essentially a full Family Portrait Session at a discount price of only $125.00. The shoot might take a bit longer and we’ll probably do a little walking, but I am confident that you and your family will truly enjoy the experience as well as the images we create together for this Christmas and on into the years to come.
Remember that this offer is only for a limited time and Christmas is just around the corner, so if you are interested in scheduling your family’s session, please contact me today.
On this, the One Year Anniversary of Ben O’Neal Photography, I thought it would be fun to go back, dig deep into the vault and share some never-before-seen images taken through-out the past year.
From Rock ‘n’ Roll bands . . .
. . . to leaders of business . . .
. . . to some of the most adorable kids in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex . . . it has certainly been a roller coaster ride the likes of which I never could have predicted.
So many beautiful events . . .
. . . and interesting people . . .
. . . and amazing families that I was fortunate enough to photograph.
As I look back through the images we created together, I’m touched by the trust and confidence everyone so readily placed in me.
These images (and so many more) may look like just a pile of random smiling people . . .
. . . cool looking places . . .
. . . and purposefully proud parents, but believe me when I tell you that the truth is much more than that.
The simple truth is that these pictures tell stories. They are insights into the real and colorful lives of the people I call clients. Each and every one is uniquely special and inherently beautiful, little shining reminders of the fun we had together.
Here’s to many more years – I can’t wait to meet the next image . . .
A few months ago the wealth management firm True North Advisors hired me to shoot some pictures of their company end-of-the-year party. It was a total blast and I blogged about it here. I was surprised and honored when they contacted me again about photographing their yearly client party.
The event was held at The Dallas Arboretum with food provided by Two Sisters Catering. The food looked and smelled amazing as it was served from installations that were themselves, works of art.
The Camp House was brimming with lively conversation and relaxed exuberance as the firm’s invitees soaked up the natural beauty of a perfect Spring day.
I enjoyed incorporating all of the details into the pictures taken during the evening.
As a photographer, I was enthralled with the authenticity and interest that was all around me. The setting couldn’t have been more lovely.
The challenge, however, was to mentally stay a step ahead of the waning natural light in order to ensure that the last pictures I shot would be just as crisp and informative as the images I had taken hours before.
I love the colors that appeared in the lights once the sun went down.
The tents and tables and trees seemed to come alive with the ambient glow of colored light. All the while, the Emerald City Band kept playing and playing.
It truly was an amazing evening and I am thankful for having been invited . . . again.
If you have been following my photography, you’ve no doubt seen the bluebonnet image of my son before. It’s pretty special to me for a whole host of reasons . . . not least of which – it’s reception convinced me to go pro.
Now that a year has passed since that award-winning photograph was taken, I thought it might be fun to post some of the other images captured that Spring evening.
I LOVE taking pictures of my kids. It’s as simple as that. The bluebonnets, were, admittedly a ruse. I was just stoked to be taking my camera out of the bag.
Now that a year has passed and Ben O’Neal Photography is going strong, taking a look at these pictures reminds me how excited I used to get just spending time snapping images of my son and daughter.
I hope you will contact me today about setting up your family’s Bluebonnet Mini-Session. I can’t wait to make some more photographic magic in the Texas wildflowers this Spring.