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.
One of the aspects of my job that I love the most is all the amazing people I get to meet. At the start of the new year, the wealth management firm True North Advisors hired me to photograph their corporate party. It was so much fun.
The venue they chose was this really cool place over in the Park Lane Shops called Bowl and Barrel. Relatively new, Bowl and Barrel has done a fantastic job of combining great music and elegant food with a fun-filled evening of what they call “Boutique Bowling”.
As you can tell by the pictures, everyone really enjoyed themselves. I was having fun taking pictures, but I also found myself really liking these people. They just seemed like a bunch of totally cool people relaxing a bit after a hard season of work.
They had special bowling shirts made up and were pretty competitive, although I’m not really sure who, if anyone, actually won.
The food looked and smelled amazing and it was a real treat to photograph everyone having fun in such a unique location.
When True North first contacted me about the session, I was told that the goal was to hopefully get everyone out of their comfort zone so that they could really bond and enjoy a fun-filled evening together.
I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what happened. Thanks for letting me mix and mingle with you guys.
It was an honor to be invited to the party . . . even if it was just to shoot a few pictures.
Before Christmas I was commissioned to shoot a first birthday party. What a blast. Mommy and Daddy were so proud of their little cutie.
They really went above and beyond decorating for the event. I was impressed with all of the magical little elements placed throughout their home.
Mommy worked so hard making their place look fantastic. She even constructed a photo booth, complete with an entire box full of fun props and accessories.
It took a little prodding, but once Olivia figured out what the cake tasted like, she was all over it.
Just look at that adorable little face . . . and those eyes. Absolutely beautiful.
The afternoon ended with an impromptu bath before attacking the mountain of presents.
After all that excitement, the birthday girl was ready for a nap . . . and a few more hugs.