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Gallery Design

What exactly goes into a gallery design? 

Before a session I meet with my client's and talk about space they have in their home they want their photos to live.  We talk about products they like the best and the overall feel they want their photo session to have. 

This step is so vital!

It helps set up for a successful photo session! For instance, if you know you want to fill your formal dining room with family photos - then you'll need to dress the part.  It wouldn't make sense for your family to dress in comfy clothes and have a more casual shoot.  It would fit the space better if you dress up and made sure that we got formal posed shots. 

I always ask for a photo of the space you want your photos to live in.  This also helps prepare for the shoot.   We can look at the colors you already have in that room so you can coordinate your clothing choices.  This also helps prepare horizontal or vertical shots that I will need to get. 

After your session I will use my software to digitally put your photos on your wall.  Gone are the days where you buy too large of a piece and it doesn't fit - or too small that your wall is the centerpiece and not the family photo. 

During your viewing session you'll be able to see your photos via slideshow and then we will look at the different photo gallery designs I've made for you. 

Here are some different galleries I'm working on right now. 

Eric and Amanda

 

A few favorites from an awesome early morning perfectly dressed couple! Wowzers!
I’ve been begging for someone to wear a tulle skirt and it finally happened! Look how awesome it looks on camera!

Having photos printed in your house for all to see! It’s just not about you.  It’s about the time we’ve both invested in this photo experience.  It’s also about your future children and their children seeing these photos of how you both love each other so much! It’s much more than seeing photos – it’s about experiencing the love between the two of you that will pass down from generation to generation!

Love the details here.  These are going straight to my style guide magazine!
Hot off the press this week! I’m so excited!!!
Having details in your session make your session look more editorial.

Huge thanks for Jennifer Peterson of Lip Lock Smooches for awesome make-up!

Location: First United Methodist Church, Carrollton Texas

She said YES! Tyler and Alanna

She said YES!!! I had the awesome privilege of photographing Tyler proposing to Alanna hovering over the Ft. Worth Stockyards.  It was so so so so so so so amazing!  Tyler hired me in secret so I was posing as a photographer just tagging along on their ride to take a tour of the city.  I’m totally not an aerial photographer (I really don’t think my aerial shots are really amazing either) so I was hoping she wasn’t going to see my not-so-awesome lens for aerial photography — I think that is just a geeky photography thing to think about, I’m pretty sure she didn’t even notice.

Tyler had great music as we were hovering and he was pouring his heart out – just in case you’re wondering you can mute the back passenger’s conversations so the pilot and co-pilot (that was me!) can’t hear.

Congratulations Tyler and Alanna! Thank you guys SO MUCH!!!

This is one of my most favorite things about being a photographer – I get the chance to be apart of people’s lives in such an intimate way! Tyler and Alanna, years later when you look back at these photos I hope that they will stir up those emotions you felt at this point in your relationship and help you appreciate each other more and more.

LOVE these of them!!

Texas Motor Speedway – even from up above this place is IMPRESSIVE! 

Tarant County Courthouse – I photographed Wil and Haleigh’s wedding here – it’s SO BEAUTIFUL inside! 

The funny things we saw – only in Texas do you have swimming pools shaped like your state.

The helicopter tour was hosted by Epic Helicopters.  Highly recommend them – they’re so great.  The tour is individualized so really whatever you want to see they make it happen.  It was also very private.

What to Wear Wednesdays: Slightly Casual Engagement Session

Here’s another plug for my style guide that I provide my clients to help them make the hard decisions for their photo shoot.  Today’s “what to wear” is for an engagement session but really could be extended for a mom and dad on a family portrait session.  I’ve kept the colors light because I think lighter colors compliment the skin better and l think these colors compliment golden hour colors from the sun better.

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I usually recommend a longer dress for the ladies because long, full-length, flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photos. Especially when juxtaposed with nature, like open fields, forest, or beaches.  I LOVE this mint color – it’s really popular right now and I think it compliments a variety of different skin tones. It’s also a casual dress which is what I hear from a lot of clients that they’re looking for.  This material looks like it would be fairly airy in this Texas heat! This would look nice with a pair of strappy sandals or if you wanted to get a few shots with your cowgirl boots standing in tall grass that’d look great too.

I love this shirt for it’s color (and how it compliments the dress color) and for it’s material.  You can pull off several different looks with this shirt by having the sleeves down or rolled up slightly.  You can also bring along a sport coat to throw on for a quick shot to make your photos look slightly different.

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Long fitted pants are the most sophisticated and most masculine and help draw attention away from legs and feet and place the attention on the face. Loose and baggy pants make legs look actually bigger than they are.  I always recommend fitted pants.  These khakis are a great match for the shirt and chances are you might already  have a pair like this.  If you don’t, adding them to your wardrobe won’t be hard because they will get a lot of use out of them.  Finish this look off by wearing a pair of brown closed toed shoes.

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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!

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

Carrollton Engagement: Felix and Danielle

Felix and Danielle had me at “we will do everything you say”! I loved the communication prior to the shoot of details of what the couple were planning on wearing! They followed my style guide (that I give all my clients) perfectly! I was looking forward to their photo shoot the moment they both stepped into the Starbucks and I saw how awesome they looked…even in their Saturday morning Starbucks attire! They totally rocked their engagement session! Don’t they totally look like models!? I always LOVE the last few shots of a photo session because both the couple and photographer feel comfortable with each other but this first shot was literally the first snap I took! A-MAZING…that never happens.  I love how they’ve been together for 6 years! Congratulations you two! I can’t wait to hear about your September Vegas wedding! 

I’m also SUPER looking forward to seeing the VIDEO of our photo session provided by Daryl from Dhme Dallas

Location: AW Perry Homestead Museum, Carrollton, Texas