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.
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 . . .
One of the coolest things about this job is that you never know where a shoot will take you and who each session is going to bring into your professional life.
Neisha and I chatted a bit about the photography for her Wedding Reception months ago, but circumstances where such that she knew other photographers and ultimately decided to hire someone else. I was a bit bummed, but that’s the business and I totally understood and appreciated her decision.
Imagine my surprise when, the night before it was to take place, I got a call asking if I would like to shoot their Wedding Reception. Events had conspired against them and for whatever reason, they were now without a photographer at the reception. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity.
As you can see, the venue they had chosen was gorgeous. The Turner House is a beautiful old house in Oak Cliff that has been restored and is now used for all types of events.
As a photographer, I fell in love with the place the moment I laid eyes upon it. I could have spent the entire evening just taking pictures of the house. Some locations just benefit from truly authentic charm and character.
Working with Neisha and Marc was a dream as well. Just look at the love they share for each other. All I had to do was stand in the right place and push the right button.
Their family and friends were a treat to photograph as well. It was all I could do to keep up with the fun and excitement that was bouncing off the walls in that place.
They danced and danced and then danced a little bit more. I’m pretty sure they were still dancing long after I had gone home.
Thank you, Marc and Neisha, for allowing me to participate in your Reception and for trusting me to capture and preserve some of your first, special memories together.
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.
It’s been awhile now since I packed my camera up and visited the Four Corners Brewing Co., but I wanted to go ahead and post these pictures because they have been so cool to me and I really like the way they turned out.
When I drove up in the middle of the week, they weren’t even open. Everybody was hard at work, but not making beer. The real magic here won’t be unleashed for a bit longer. What I witnessed was the prep work. The positioning and configuring and manipulating. It takes an awful lot of “getting ready” sweat and toil before a brewery is set to begin brewing. I guess you just can’t rush a good thing, huh?
John Sims and the rest of the gang at Four Corners have already invited me back to shoot some full fledged brewing action, and believe you and me, I’m chomping at the bit. I can’t wait. I have a feeling this place is going to take off like a rocket. Everything just seems to be pointing in that direction.
Do yourself a favor and keep an eye on Four Corners Brewing Company. Their beer should be hitting the Dallas craft beer scene very soon. If you want to check out their digs, you can’t miss them. Just drive across the MHH Bridge and look for the giant yellow and black rooster. Classic!
Thanks again, guys. It was fun.