By far, the coolest thing about this job is the people I get to shoot. The Clients. All of their emotions. The strength and the vulnerability. And the love. God Bless the Love!
This session was so much fun. Angela and I went to high school together and became even better friends years later through social media. She worked hard to get in shape and was ready to strut her stuff.
Engagement Sessions usually overflow with love and affection, and this was no exception. Just look at these two souls. They can hardly wait to say “I do” to each other.
Her man, Damon, is awesome. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know him better with each new photoshoot.
He’s got his hands full, for sure, but this guy’s cool and confident. No worries here.
Move along. Nothing more to see here. XOXOXO
It’s so obvious with these two – they seem to have found each other at the perfect time.
I can’t say enough about Downtown Grapevine either. How fantastic is this place?
Shop windows, brick facades, wrought iron benches, beautiful planters and festive lights galore.
This is a couple with everything in front of them. The future is their’s to create.
Now we just have to figure out how to get them to stop kissing . . .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.