It's all about the light...
Our first Halloween Open House
Sunday, October 12, 2014 8:49AM

Make the Halloween fun last all year.  This is another fun event for our 2014 clients, so if you've been in for photos this year, or you have a session scheduled before the end of the year -- you're invited! We're open for fun from 10 until 4pm, for free photos and snacks on the 31st, so grab your little goblin and come see us!

Dallas Family Photographer - What to wear and when to shoot!
Friday, September 26, 2014 9:37AM

Fall family photography sessions are a favorite around here. We love the late afternoon light and casual clothes which allow everyone to relax and have fun.  One of our favorite tricks is to catch kids playing games for the camera (if they're old enough).  That carefree feeling of being a barefoot kid in the park is refreshing for us grownups and it gives the kids permission to be silly.  So, to re-cap:  Schedule your family photo session in the late afternoon (or early morning) for the best light. Secondly, wear casual clothes for that natural "lifestyle" look, like we're showing here. And lastly, call early for the best date and time. The first cool weekend triggers an avalanche of calls at most Dallas area photography studios and you may not be able to get a Saturday appointment.  Weekdays are a little easier for us, so if you have a flexible schedule, consider an after school or early evening appointment and you may have better luck getting on the calendar.And when you're planning your portrait wall -- be sure to add a couple of black and white options.  It's an absolute classic that you will never tire of.  Especially if you're not sure you want BRIGHT green grass as a background color in your portraits. Sidewalks and leaves add those neutral earthy tones that call attention to skin, hair and eyes so nicely -- where sometimes green grass ...

The 2015 Tiny Dog Calendar Voting begins...
Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:30PM

We're excited to announce what we think is going to be a great group of models for 2015!  Here's how it works.  Visit the gallery by clicking on "2015 Tiny Dog Calendar" in the banner in the upper left of this blog.  When you scroll through the dogs, simple select the one you want to vote for, and click BUY. Select the number of votes you wish to purchase ($1 = 1 vote) and add it to your shopping cart. All proceeds from the voting will go to the Legacy Humane Society (formerly the Collin County Humane Society) so that they can continue the work they do -- saving, rehabilitating and re-homing adoptable pets in the north Texas area.The calendars will be on sale October 1st, so make sure you come back to our blog and purchase some for your holiday gifts! 

Order Prints and help save a dog!
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:25AM

Love dogs but your home won't hold even ONE MORE?  You can still help us save them! Now you can order prints of most of our adoption portraits online and we'll send 25% of the profits to the animal rescue group that is responsible for that dog.  What an easy way to help save a life.  All prints are shipped directly to you, and suitable for framing. Just use the BUY PRINTS tab on this blog and shop to your heart's content. 

Remembrance Sessions : Pet Photography with extra meaning
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 11:43AM

Good photographers will capture emotion in every portrait --usually joy, love or even fear -- but it's rarely more emotionally charged than when there is an impending loss.  We often get calls from clients for "end of life photos"  when they have just received bad news from their veterinarian.  Most of the time they tell us they have had pet portraits on their to-do list for a long time, but kept forgetting.  Our beloved pets are with us such a short time compared to our human companions and the photographs need to tell the story of that relationship as completely as possible. It's a special joy when they are still active and feeling fairly normal.We recently visited a beautiful basset hound named Minnie, who has cancer. Her mom is taking some time off from work to be with her for her last days and I'm so glad we were able to capture a little sample of their love for each other. I know Minnie is surrounded by love and given every comfort.  I was honored to be her photographer.