How to style your living room (color choices!)

I talk about this during my planning meetings with my families but this is one tip that is so good to share!

If you want a photo gallery wall for your living room then you should style your clothing choices around the color of your room.

Take for instance this beautiful beachy shoot I had at Rockledge Park in Grapevine. Mom, Paty, did such a great job picking out clothing colors to match her blue decor colors.

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Notice their clothes aren’t matching, but perfectly coordinated. The paler colors work really well with my photography style, so extra bonus points for that! I also love the location choice with the general color scheme.

I think white simple frames with mats would make this gallery look top notch! They have a great beachy feel to it. Living in north Texas this might be the closest thing to a beach shoot!

Most of the time I don’t really have that great of a story of how I met someone (I think because I’m really bad at telling stories!). BUT…I met Paty a few months ago on a preschool forest hiking excursion. That already starts her out as someone I want to be friends with! As we hiked with our kids it was so refreshing to talk to someone who has the same opinions on a lot of parenting things!
I also really admire that she is opening her own ice cream truck! The ice cream is REALLY yummy and the flavors taste exactly like the ingredients. We bonded over the struggle of becoming a mom and then finding yourself again after that big life change. I’m really excited about her ice cream truck - find it local in Carrollton “Zuzu’s Ice Cream”!

Thank you Paty for the adventure of my new favorite location, Rockledge Park!

I hope that your photos help you love and appreciate those closest in your life even more!

Best time for a photo session

Quickly on in the photo experience we will talk about the time of your session. Typically, I shoot in the morning or evening.

So what’s better?

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I ask a few questions to get to the bottom of that question. First, if kids are involved they rule (the world!) and so it’s when they are the happiest. This is key (among other things!) to avoiding meltdowns.

It also depends on the time of year. During late spring and summer the morning and evening times are pretty early and late, respectively. During the late fall to winter the morning and evening times are later and early, respectively. If I really kept to the rule of shooting towards sunset, your two year old might be up until 9pm. So there is some flexibility when choosing times. BUT I do try to shoot around the same time to have a consistency to my photographs. Being a mom, I totally get it. I will never push a certain time on your family. That’d be bad for both of us.

Do I have a preference?

I’m so glad you asked! If I do have a preference it’d be for the morning. There are several reasons for this. The first photography technical side would be that in the morning I’m gaining light instead of loosing light. I love the photos that happen at the end of a photo shoot and so if I’m gaining light then I have more of a chance of getting those great shots.

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The morning light is just prettier to me too, if I had to be a poet (which would be the most awful job to me) I’d describe the morning light as innocent and humble. Does that make any sense? That might be such an artsy statement that shows I live on a different planet.

The morning is also less crowded. This comes in handy when photographing at an urban location. I also get the creeps when other photographers and families are around. In asking my families, they don’t like people around either.


Urban family photos: Wendel Family

I never walk away from photographing Amanda and Eric without a great story.

That’s why photographing them this year apart of my family rep program has been such an adventure!

Amanda has great style and I expected no less when I knew she was bringing her very stylish sister along for this shoot. The colors of their outfits were SO great! AND I love the urban feel with the colors they chose…and to get even more dorky obsessed I love the juxtaposition of the floral dresses with the urban landscape - ok ok I’ll stop!

But seriously if you’re here because you have NO idea what to wear for your photo shoot…just go grab what they wore. You won’t be disappointed!

I cant’ exactly post the specific location where we were (that’s the great story from this shoot) but you might recognize it if you’re from around here. And if you’re here looking for location inspiration for your shoot, you can’t take photos here. wa waaaaa.

Bummer, because I really loved it! I guess these will be considered collector edition prints?

Photo Wall Gallery

Here is a PRO tip:

During our planning meeting for your session I’ll ask you where you want your photos from the session to live. Look at the room that you’re envisioning and select your outfit colors to compliment the space. LIKE THIS CHAIR! I think it works really well with the grey and small bits of purple in the floral dresses.

What is my family rep program?

You might enjoy taking a peek at:

Their sunflower session

Their styled wedding shoot

Spouse photos or skip them?

During a family photo session should you take time to take photos of you and your spouse?

Let’s be real.

During the toddler years your relationship with your spouse often takes a backseat! Those toddlers require so much physical energy. So while family photos are about documenting your growing family through these years should you take photos of you and your spouse?

What if you haven’t lost those extra pounds you were hoping to loose?

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What will your kids do while I snap a few of you and your spouse?

I mean besides run around like crazy animals??? Who RAISES them??? haha.

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I’d argue that this is the PERFECT time to take photos of you and your spouse together. It’s probably been a few years since your wedding, when you last had professional photos, and as much as it is important to photograph your family together at this time, you and your spouse are equally important! So what if you haven’t lost those extra pounds? You’ll just feel even better when you do and you look back on these photos. If your weight is holding you back from taking photos DON’T LET IT! As the years pass you’ll want to remember these days, no matter how you look or dark the days are for you.
I’ve talked to MANY people about this conflict - not wanting to take photos because they’re aren’t happy with the body. They did take photos and guess what? NONE of them regretted having their photos taken. My style guide goes into details about what looks best on camera, that could help you a lot picking out the right outfit for your body type. I also have some posing tricks that will make you look comfortable in the photos. It’s REALLY important to voice your concerns to your photographer BEFORE your shoot so your photographer can help you achieve the best photos!

So what will your kids do?

In my style guide it prepares you with things to bring for your kids for the photo shoot. So those tips could come in handy during the few minutes I set you guys up for a photo. I also have some sneaky tricks that work well during this time that always are really fun. Most of the time the kids are behind me trying to “make mommy and daddy laugh”. It’s really fun for them to be on this side of the camera being my special helper.

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What your wall gallery says about your personality

I LOVE meeting with families and talking about what they’ve always dreamed for their wall galleries.

It’s really interesting!

There are some questions I ask in the planning meeting to get down to the bottom of what people like. Wait, what’s a planning meeting? Read all about it here

There are people who like symmetrical, even spacing, exact same sizes and products.

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There are other people that are repelled by symmetry! They like different photographic products, sizes, textures, and spacing.

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Both of these wall gallery designs fall into great wall pieces but are fitting for different people and different spaces too!

So what about you -
what does your personality say about your gallery you’d prefer in your home?

There are definitely mistakes in hanging wall galleries - for those check them out here!



Location of shoots: Lumen Room White Dallas (top) and Little Elm Texas (bottom)

Jay's Senior Photos in Las Colinas Canals

I photograph quite a few older guys and it’s about the same, they’re really not into their photos and they just want to get it done. Pretty typical. It’s really hard for them to warm up to the idea of professional portraits.

But Jay was totally willing to do anything his mom asked him. After our planning meeting I’m let his mom know that he is really sweet and she did such a great job raising him - major mom points.

Jay was such a sport for his photos. He’s not the type of guy who wants a large canvas of himself on the wall but he did like THE BEST job in front of the camera to make his mom (and grandma, and all of the girls at his school) swoon over his senior year photos!

And really his smile is THE BEST! I’ve already said THE BEST but just to emphasis JAY is REALLY THE BEST!!! I told him (and I’m totally going to do it!) I’m going to coin his awesome laughing smile to be “The Jay smile/laugh”. His smile/laugh was so infectious.

One thing that’s really tough about being a photographer is capturing photos that resemble the personality of someone you kinda just met. Before the shoot, I spent maybe an hour with him and his mom at their home planning for this shoot. There isn’t much time to get to know ya, but I feel like Jay’s personality came through here! Yah!

I also really appreciate him playing my games and just pretending I was funny, because I’m really not funny. That’s my secret. I’m really not funny. It’s out! I just so appreciate him and this is totally going in the books as a favorite session of mine! THANK YOU!!!!

I think I’m getting into posting

outtakes too, they’re just so funny…..

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And who doesn’t want a photo with their mom? This is so precious!

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Let’s be real honest…

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As much as I LOVE LOVE L-O-V-E gallery walls, they’re just not that popular for senior photo shoots. It might have to do with something that makes it kind of like a shrine of having a wall fully devoted to one person in your family. It might also look like you favor *just a bit one child over the other…and let’s be honest, that changes on a daily (maybe hourly) basis.

So what is popular with seniors for photographic products?

  • Albums

  • Prints

  • Small frames (16x20 all the way down to 5x7)

  • Acrylic Blocks

  • Mini Accordion Albums

  • Collage Frames (10x20 with three 5x7 photos)

Location: Las Colinas Canals in Irving Texas

How to communicate with your photographer

Has your photographer ever asked you what you actually want out of your photo session?

Have you always dreamed of a certain photo or your photos living in a certain place in your home?

Well you need to tell your photographer this!

All my sessions begin with a planning meeting. Here I ask several questions, never scripted, but I want to listen to what families have always wanted for their photos!

In one recent planning meeting I asked what was the main purpose of Whitney wanting photos. She told me that when her and Matt got married they didn’t have photos that they really wanted. If I would’ve never asked this question I would have never known the important of getting this amazing portrait of them together!

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In another planning meeting I asked the same question, Geeti mentioned that they had done family photos when their first was born but had become so busy they hadn’t had a single family photo of their family of four! I asked Geeti what style of portraits she likes better, posed looking at the camera or fun candid shots? She immediately told me candid. I focussed on those for the shoot (while still getting the posed looking at the camera shot - I call that the “holy grail” shot!) . I think this set us both up for success!

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Preschool Photos

This was by far one of my most favorite schools to photograph!

Can I have favorites?

Three things I do to make myself different than the regular school photo company…

  1. Learn and USE each kid’s name

  2. Work with each kid for 1-2 minutes to try to get a genuine smile

  3. Photograph outdoors to make kids look and feel more natural

Location: Carrollton, Texas

What is a styled session?

Have you heard of styled sessions? I provide styled sessions for all of my families in my family rep programs and the question often comes up..

What is a styled session?

I always say that most of the wedding photos you see on pinterest are actually styled sessions, I’m not sure that’s actually true but I feel like it gives you a good idea of what I mean. A styled session is a session where they help select a portion or all of the different aspects of styling that goes into a session. This could be, har and make-up, clothing, location, or props. The photographer often works with different vendors in a collaboration effort to make the styled session happen.

Here is an example:

I worked with Keight and Ashley from Lonestar Lettering to create a style session for a one year old in my family rep program. They created the hand painted sign to be photographed in the session. Keight and Ashley were told the colors and details of the sign but then they were left up to their own creative juices to come up with the sign. Styled sessions are a great way for creatives to style something they’ve always wanted to create.

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Keight and Ashley (owners of Lonestar lettering) are based out of Wylie Texas. They provide hand painted signs, calligraphy, and watercolors for weddings and birthdays. Keight and I talked about how the also have done busy books for babies and want to do more of those. They sounded really fun and enjoyable for babies! They also do memory books of baby first year with painted pages and a customizable cover.

For the styled session I also worked with Julie’s Sweets Bakery in The Colony. They made the smash cake for the session. I liked knowing that they cake would be made with no preservatives, fresh ingredients, and from scratch.

You can also see a wedding styled shoot of mine here

How to make an eclectic wall gallery

True story…I was written up several times in college for having my door “too decorated”.

Apparently that’s a fire hazard

and not just great taste?

I love the eclectic feel of wall galleries and often get asked how to accomplish that look. The key for products is to use different frames, detailed and traditional, and different types of products, metals and woods.

Also, the way that you design your gallery also has to have an eclectic feel too.

If you’re going for eclectic then steer clear from the grid format. You’ll want to create a staircase effect. Don’t over do it with the stair-stepping, you want to reserve something that resembles stair shapes for the actual wall next to the staircase. You’ll also want to have different rows and make the rows resemble rainbows. So bottom line? Remember…

“Staircase and rainbows”

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The spacing of the photos is about 2-3 inches down from the next photo (which creates the staircase effect). The general shape of the gallery is rainbow shape. You can also see the different colors of frames and the use of image wraps and circle wood prints.

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The Hawthorne frame (above in silver) is my most popular frame and speaks to an eclectic and boho style.

I also LOVE the way

floor to ceiling galleries look!

The have an eclectic style.

Pro tip: make sure the photos near the ceiling are bigger so you can see them from far away and that the products near the bottom are shatterproof (like my shatterproof acrylic frames!)

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Unspoken Rules of What type of Photos to Hang Where

I’m not really all about unspoken rules. Why don’t we just speak them???

So let’s begin by talking about some of the unspoken rules of hanging photos in your house. I don’t mean hanging your artwork too high or things like that

(if you’re interested in reading something like that then check this out)

I’m talking about hanging family photos in the bedroom or in the bathroom. Where is the best place to hang maternity photos. Things like that. Let’s dive in.

Let’s call these the best practices…

First let’s talk about the bedroom.

Don’t you hate when people say, “this is where the magic begins” haha.

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Personally, I think it’s strange to hang family photos up over the master bed. This feels strange to me. I think there is a big difference in hanging family photos over the bed versus on another wall in the bedroom.

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While this, doesn’t feel so creepy.

What about the bathroom?

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This also feels a little weird to me. A bathroom is a private place, especially the master bathroom. You do private things in there…don’t have to go much into details there.

If you’re interested in hanging family photos I’d go with something more playful.

I’d like to see a styled shoot of your kids playing in the tub with a lot of bubbles.

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With a styled shoot you can get more of the details right to match a certain location or look.

What about the kitchen?

Kitchen Photo Gallery

This screams to me that you didn’t have any other space to put these photos.

I’d also like to see a styled session of a family cooking together hanging in the kitchen. I think that would fit better than the traditional photos you see here. I think it would be a better fit if the photos just had something to do with being in the kitchen.

Maternity Photos

Apparently I have a lot of thoughts about maternity photos and where you should put them. A majority of the decision here would be the style of maternity photos. Is the mom fully clothed? Just a little clothed? Does it have a romantic feel?

First, I don’t think it’s appropriate to hang nude or slightly suggestively nude photos in your house. It just makes people feel weird. I’d suggest those photos to be apart of am album where you can filter who sees them.

You don’t want your plumber seeing your slightly nude maternity photos, do you?

These all just feel weird to me.

I hope I’m not the first to tell you this, but when your baby is born, they’re going to be the center of attention. So any photo of you being pregnant, clothed or not clothed will feel weird in your home if it’s the center of attention.

I think the best practices for maternity photos are:

  • If you’re clothed then you can hang them up on the walls of your home as long as it’s not the center of attention. Think about photos that can be paired with them to make it more balanced.

  • They shouldn’t go in a very prominent place. While they should be smaller and not the center of attention they should also not go over the bed, mantel, or entry way.

I’m sure I’ll be coming back to this post to add more about photos of you and your spouse and wedding photos!

How your kids will act during a photo session

How you want your kids to act during a photo session and how they will act are two very different things…

as is life, right?

But I’m a firm believer that if you know they won’t act the way you want them, and let me take charge of them, it’ll set you up for those photos you’ve always dreamed for your wall.

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Every parent wants their kids to sit when they’re told, smile GENUINELY when they’re asked, and make the most precious reactions to my prompts for candid photos.

Guess what???

That almost never happens.

Here’s all the things that could totally go against your perfect session plan:
(And these have ALL happened to people I’ve photographed in the last 10 years…)

  • Your kids won’t nap the day of

  • They’ll get up early that morning

  • You’ll find you have your security tag still attached to your dress, so you’ll have to run by the store before the session and then your kids will either be screaming for food or fall asleep.

  • They’ll get a black eye the day before and be super grumpy

  • They’ll throw up in the car on the way to the session

  • They’ll be showing signs of getting a cold

The list of possibilities is endless…

I feel like that commercial for the insurance company “mayhem is striking at your door” muawhahaha!

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I want to let you know that SOMETHING with your kids is going to be off the day of your photo shoot.

But wait!

So how do I get those great candid and smiling photos of your kids if it seems like there is no hope???

If you’re a new parent you might not know this but…in general

Your kids act better for other people

true story.

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I have a ton of tricks up my sleeve to get your kids to forget whatever their problems are and to be happy, for a bit. Now, this being said, you totally know your kids better than I do. If you think they’re being pushed a little too far and everything is about to hit the fan, do speak up.

Just ask politely for a break for them!

Breaks are definitely allowed.

I don’t expect to photograph your kids for an hour straight. That’d be bonkers.

Something that definitely works to my advantage (besides my training as a photographer for 10 years) is my camera! My camera is really fast!

It can capture nearly 23 photos in 1 second!

I can guarantee that your kids will probably not cooperate in some fashion - especially if they’re between the ages of 18months and 3 1/2.

Here’s what you can do…

I can definitely tell when kids are done with photos. Let me do some of my tricks to get them back on track and interested in taking the photos.

Something you should probably not do…stand next to me to try over and over and over again to say cheese. It’s really confusing when there is more than one person talking to them at the same time. If I need your help, and I’m sure at several points I will, I will totally ask you to do a specific thing to help. One more thing about saying “cheese”, they always look like they’re pooping when they do this - so let me do some of my other tricks.

Your help is so graciously needed at these times.

I think if you stick with those understandings then you’ll be surprised at the genuine photos I get of your kids.

Location: Lumen Room (Red), Dallas Texas

What is a viewing session?

Hello!

I wanted to give you a sneak peek into my viewing session that is the 3rd step of my photo experience. I’m always REALLY nervous about situations I have no idea what is going to happen, so if you’re like me then hopefully I can put your mind at ease!

There are 4 parts to all of my family’s photo experience. The third step is a viewing session.

So what exactly is a viewing session?

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After your photos are edited and ready to go, we have your viewing session. Best case scenario we schedule a viewing session while we schedule everything else. The viewing session usually happens one week or so after your photo session. During busy season it can take a tad longer.

WHERE? At your house
WHAT DO I BRING? My laptop with a slideshow of your photos and my software I use to show you your photos on your walls (or a digitally mock-up of an album if that’s what you want instead). I also bring the products you said you were most interested in for your wall gallery.

HOW IT WORKS


We start the viewing session with a slideshow. One or two times? It’s up to you!

Secondly, you rate your photos. There are only two ratings, Xs or CHECKS.

Next, you compare your similar images. I suggest comparing all the sibling photos, mom and dad together, etc.

The whole point of what has happened up to this point is so that you can narrow the choices down to your most favorite photo.

Lastly, you view the pre-designed wall galleries (or albums).

Remember that photo I took of your wall? Remember that gallery that you said you liked the best? Remember the price that you knew for the gallery? All of that took place during the pre-planning session. View details of the pre-planning meeting if you missed it here!

Now you are just virtually viewing your actual photos on your mock up wall. You can change the arrangement, orientation, and sizes. You can swap out photos for your favorite.

The whole part of the viewing session is to find a home for all your favorite photos. I want you to have all your favorite photos out in the open for you and your family to enjoy them….not forgotten on some hard drive.

See your photos in your home helps you love and appreciate those closest in your life better. We all need a little more of that in our lives?

Location: Prairie Creek Park in Richardson Texas.

Make up for a photo session or not

To make up or not to make up

I definitely don’t want to add something to your list just to have busy work BUT I really encourage if you’re planning on a photo session to schedule professional hair and make-up.

Professional hair and makeup is on the top of most of my family’s checklists because it looks amazing on camera and removes the stress of getting ready on your own.

This is the time to treat yourself!

Professional hair and makeup will give you an extra boost of confidence in front of the camera, and it always photographs like a dream. Good makeup artists know how to get it all just right for the camera — and our clients always love the final result.

Pro Tip: Confidence. It’s always the best accessory.

I didn’t alway think this, and only once have I gotten pro hair and make-up…and let me tell you from experience…it really does make the difference. I just felt awesome. A photo session is exactly the time I want to feel awesome.

A Happy Birthday Photo Shoot

A little girl turning 1 is a big deal!

It always makes me really happy when families document their family’s growth when the oldest child is not the baby anymore.

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I LOVED Justin and Michell’s answer to the question
Q: What is one thing you said you’d never do before you became a parent?
A: Give in as easily and give over the phone in public.

Doesn’t life seem so idyllic before you become parents about parenthood? You don’t really dream about the tantrums that your kids will throw in the restaurant or the few minutes you just need to get something done and are willing to let them do anything.

But through it all we love our kids! Taking photos help us remember that they are the most important people in our lives. Seeing our photos in our house help us love and appreciate them more by reminding us to do that! AND….after the years when they don’t live in your house anymore, you’ll have a tangible photo legacy to hand down to your kids so that they can remember their childhood.

Location: Prairie Creek Park in Richardson, Texas

Places to eat with playgrounds!

I highly recommend coming up with a fun family treat to do after your family photos. The questions is, what could the treat be?

If you’re looking to grab something to eat after your session then you might need to consider these places around the Dallas area that offer dining for you and a play area for your kids! That’s a win-win. Your kids are probably going to want to run around and get some energy out, you’re probably are NOT going to want to cook, and you look FABULOUS…so cozy up in these places with a cold drink and let the kids play!

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The Lot
http://www.thelotdallas.com/

Try the lakewood lemonade and fish tacos while you send the kids out to the sandy playground for hours of entertainment.

Location:
7530 E Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75214


Hat Creek
http://hatcreekburgers.com
Very allergy friendly! (and bonus every Tuesday kids are half off from 5pm and on!)

Try the sombrero burger (you can make it skinny with no bun and lettuce wrap) with an ice cold beer on tap.

2 locations in DFW:
8185 Walnut Hill Ln, Suite 1400 Dallas, TX 75231

3321 South Custer Road McKinney, TX 75070


Communion Coffee
http://www.communioncooperative.com
There is an old bus, some faux grass and a chalk wall that keeps kids entertained for hours.

Try the avocado deviled eggs!

Location:
514 Lockwood Dr #1, Richardson, TX 75080


Arepa
https://www.arepatx.com

There is a small dining area that has a huge chalk wall, kid sized tables and a variety of things to entertain little hands while parents can eat their sandwiches, and finish their meal with a popsicle cocktail.

Try the pulled pork or portobello mushroom arepa

Location:
5940 Royal Ln, Dallas, TX 75230


Nico’s Cocina
http://www.nicoscocina.com/

Nico’s has a large patio area with a playground. It can get crowded in the spring and fall on the playground but there is always seating outside available.

Try: Cowboys Enchiladas and a frozen margarita

Location:
3065 N. Josey Ln. #24 Carrollton, Tx 75007


La Vista
http://www.lavistacocina.com/

Our favorite! We have very fun memories here. In fact, as you’re reading this there is a good chance we are here. Say hi! It has an outside covered eating area and an outside playground that seems to have new playground equipment every time we go! Watch the sunset if you haven’t missed it by now.

Try: The brisket tacos and the frozen margaritas are the best.

Location:
1012 W Hebron Pkwy W #100, Carrollton, TX 75010


Heritage Pizza and Tap Room
http://www.heritagepizza.com/

Has an outside playground that is shared with Another Broken Egg Cafe.

Try: the goat and fig pizza and something on their extensive drink menu! I’ve heard on Tuesdays, if you bring a board game kid’s eat free!

Location:
3750 Plano Pkwy Suite 600, The Colony, TX 75056


The Magic Time Machine

https://www.magictimemachine.com/

So this doesn’t technically have a playground, but your kids won’t notice with the fun decorations and costumed servers (such as Superman, Jack Sparrow, and Peter Pan)

Try: sharing the rack of ribs

Location:
5003 Beltline Road Dallas, TX 75254


The String Bean'

http://thestringbean.com/

Try: Pecan toasted Tilapia and their ice cream!

Location:
1310 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

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Pre-session planning meeting

Do you like when people listen to you?

One of my pet peeves is when people are more interested in themselves when I’m trying to talk to them about something that is important to me. It’s a give a take relationship because you think what you’re talking about is important but at the same time you have to listen to the other person because they’re important too. It’s a mind swirling kind of thing.

It’s something we emphasis in our home every single day. Other people are important, they’re more important than ourselves. Treat other people as more important than you.

So that’s what I bring to the pre-session planning meeting.

Usually this happens in your home and I come and sit and listen to you. I’ll ask you a few leading questions, but I’m really there to listen to what you say. Because it’s IMPORTANT, you’re important!

Here are some of the questing I might ask (this isn’t based off of a script so they’re never the same!)

  1. When was the last time you had photos taken?

  2. What was that like? 

  3. Where do you see your photos from our session living in your home?

  4. What are some characteristics of your kids that you want me to focus on during the

    photo session?

  5. What do the photos look like that you've always imagined on the walls of your home?

So why do you have to answer all these questions?

Well you’re important to me! Also, it sets up both up for success! I always give this example…

If you’ve always dreamed of having square photos in your living room, but you never tell me…then you might get photos that you’re disappointed with. If I don’t ask - or don’t listen…then I’ll never know this about you! Not all photos can be cropped as squares!

 This photo’s crop is very tight! I would suggest using a rectangle crop instead.  The sisters on the end look like they’re being pushed out of the family!

This photo’s crop is very tight! I would suggest using a rectangle crop instead. The sisters on the end look like they’re being pushed out of the family!

 This is a much better example of a photo that can be cropped square.

This is a much better example of a photo that can be cropped square.

So all in all, setting out all the expectations is the way I like things to roll! Everyone is happier in the end!

2018 Holiday Card Designs

It’s that time of year again!

HOLIDAY CARDS!

Here are the options for holiday cards for 2018. These designs are fully customizable. You can change the orientation of the photos, what the text says, background colors, ect. You may also mix and match front and backs.

Or you can feel overwhelmed by all the different options and just choose a design!

Cards are printed on pearl cardstock paper.
Round or square corners
5x7 size with envelopes
Set of 25 $45
or included with the purchase of a wall gallery

FAQ: What size looks best over a fireplace?

Next to “what should we wear?” maybe the second most asked questions I get is “what size looks best over the fireplace?”

The fireplace seems to be a great spot for hanging a family photo. In most floor plans, it’s naturally where your eye is drawn so it makes a good choice for hanging an art piece from your family photo session.

I love being able to virtually show my families what sizes will work over their specific fireplace - it’s a great “try before you buy” kind of thing.

So what sizes work the best for over the mantel? It depends on some factors, mostly what else you have going on up there. Here are some size references for you..

Something else to consider (that is slightly related): do you see the 16x16? This photo works just fine as a square BUT some photos do not translate very well to square format. This is one of the reasons I LOVE my pre-planning meetings with my families so that we can talk about what the family wants out of their photo session. There have been many times in the past (when I didn’t do pre-planning meetings) and a family has wanted a square print and it just wasn’t possible. So it’s great to set those expectations up front so that everyone is happy!

Did you miss my post about mistakes in hanging wall art? You might find it interesting…