Posts tagged deep ellum
Locations: Urban

Location, location, location

Before I talk anything about location, I want to also stress that as much as you might worry about location and clothing, your photo session is about the time that you spent with your family and making memories. 


What goes into deciding on a location? 

First things first I think you should think about locations in two different categories. 
Urban or Nature. 
This will help you narrow down the options a bit. 
Not all locations fall into these two categories but I think it's a good starting point. 

Next I want you to think about what suites your family the best. For your whole life you've lived in Plano and never had photos taken downtown, that would be a great option to consider.
Or if your family enjoys bike rides through
Andy Brown East Park in Coppell that might be a good fit. 

Lastly, I want you to think about the space you want your photos to live. 
If you want a gallery wall in your living room and the color scheme is brown and green then I'd suggest going for a nature location. You also need to look at the art that is already hanging in your space.  If you have mostly urban locations for your photo shoots already hanging up, then I'd also suggest sticking with an urban location. I can advise during our planning meeting.

This location fits this space very nicely. The colors are grey, white, and navy and not only do those colors pair nicely with an urban location but BONUS tip is that those colors are repeated in the family's clothing! (more about that later!) Location: Downtown Lewisville

This location fits this space very nicely. The colors are grey, white, and navy and not only do those colors pair nicely with an urban location but BONUS tip is that those colors are repeated in the family's clothing! (more about that later!)
Location: Downtown Lewisville

A few urban locations in the DFW area

Urban places I want to photograph: 

George's Coffee and Provisions in Coppell
The Lumen Room Red in Dallas

Trinity grove on the Margaret Hunt Bridge
Fort Worth Stock Yards
Grapevine Train Depot
The Canals at Los Colinas in Irving
Fountain Place in Dallas
UTD in Richardson
A great find on Airbnb!

What to wear Wednesdays

Scroll down for my answer to my 2nd most popular question: How do I convince my husband!

It's been a while! I had what to wear Wednesday's going for a LONG time, lost track of time and took a break (to build a new website and focus on getting more schools into my 2018 schedule!) but today it's BACK! 

I had a photo friend from L.A. post she was looking for models for her Dallas trip! Me, me, me! I have this giant wall in my house that I'm really hoping to fill this year of photos of our family.  Lily's work is so beautiful so I really hoped that she would choose us for her models! 

I can't wait to see the REAL photos! In the meantime, I wanted to post this i-Phone photo talk about two different things I get asked a lot being a photographer. 

photo couple in deep ellum

#1: What do we wear?!!

I know (from experience!) this can be really stressful! (Did you know that all my booking families get a style guide that goes into great depth about what looks best in camera?! It takes the guess work out!) 

My general guidelines are: 

  • Women look better in camera in dresses or skirts - it also brings a sort of dressiness that speaks to the specialness of getting professional photos taken. Super bonus points if the dress or skirt is flowy - movement on camera looks great and it gives you something to do besides just stand there and smile - that can be so awkward for everyone! 
  • Take one color and lightly dabble throughout everyone's outfit to create some sort of unity.  
  • Men must wear tailored fitted pants.  Baggy pants make your legs look much larger - you don't want that, do you? I'm not talking about skinny jeans if you can't pull those off - don't - but more tailored fitting pants look great! 
  • I'd never gotten my professional hair and makeup for photos but LADIES - it's TOTALLY worth it.  I felt like a million bucks, and this is definitely a situation where that's what I want to feel like! 

#2: How do I convince my husband?!

This is a biggie.  I hear this a lot and I even felt a little guilty asking my husband to do this for me! Here's what I did - my husband already knows the importance to me to have photos of us (and our kids) up around our house.  So I told him my idea of wanting photos of us on the huge wall I mentioned earlier.  We haven't had photos of us since our wedding, almost 10 years ago.  I also showed him Lily's photography emphasizing how great it was and how I felt like you can experience the love her couples have for each other in their photos.  Once your guy really sees how you feel about something like this, he really is going to cave.  It's not about liking my photo taken - in fact I really don't like having photos done! It's about the experience that we had together and remembering these years through the photos I plan to have on our walls.  


BONUS ANSWER: When your children are grown, when your spouse has a few more wrinkles than you remembered, and your parents have passed.... what will you have left to remember those you love most? More importantly, what will you have to pass on as a legacy to your family?

Chances are, it will be two things:

the memories and the photographs.

Aside from some smudges on your walls and well-loved toys, your photos will be the one tangible thing that celebrate and remember your journey. These are more than just ink on paper or a DVD - these are the moments that tell your story! If you color your hair every other month, or grab a coffee a few times a week.... you are EASILY spending MUCH more per year on these things that, while fabulous, will fade away! 

All of these tips and more nuggets on info are included in my style guide! 


Here is a run down of the main clothing items: 

Tulle Skirt Charolotte Russe
Chiffon Blouse H&M
Floral Neck Tie Express
Tie dyed dress (featured on email about this!) from Amazon

Zack and Lyssa Sneak Peak

I’ve been looking forward to photographing in Dallas for a while now! There are so many nooks and crannies of great spots! I had such a fun engagement session today with Zack and Lyssa.  We started out at Klyde Warner Park (photos to come!), went to Bishop Arts to snag this heart shot, and then to the great Deep Ellum.  It was a long wait to meet this couple and they exceeded my expectations in awesome-ness. I’m so excited to share this sneak peak but can’t wait to post more! Congratulations Zack and Lyssa!

“you + me = <3” at 504 N Madison Ave, Dallas
“Forever” at July Ave, Dallas
“Deep Ellumphants” at 3501 Main Street, Dallas