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 . . .
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.
Have a very Merry Christmas! See you in the New Year.
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.
Jenna was so cool and easy to work with. She was interested and eager to try just about any angle or pose I suggested.
Downtown Grapevine was alive and shining with Fall color. It was nice to see the gazebo so impressively decorated with all sorts of pumpkins, gourds and other harvest items.
I am especcially fond of the images we took walking back along the sidewalk out in front of the shops. Jenna’s braid and her snazzy jeans really made these pictures something special.
Thanks Jenna, for a really fun time in Downtown Grapevine.