I graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and this past fall, I attended my 20th(!) reunion! My husband and I both graduated the same year, but didn’t meet until after college, and got married four years after that. So it’s pretty fun for both of us to go back and visit one of our favorite cities. I was also fortunate to have a few moments to shoot portraits for a dear friend right before all the festivities, and I’d say we captured them on a perfect fall afternoon. Mom used the first portrait for a bright and fun Christmas card, and it was fun to have the family dog participate too. And the gorgeous portraits of two young ladies will be a treasured memory. Just like whenever I hear the song above, I immediately want to join in the chorus and clap, just like Pee Wee Herman and friends!!!

Go ponies – looking forward to more Dallas sessions in the fall!

“A house is not a home until it has a dog.” ~ Gerald Durrell

Choosing a location for a shoot is always an integral part of the portrait process, and while I have many favorite spots that I love to take my clients too, one of the best locations is a family’s own home. For this fall session, we started at home, and captured the perfect picture for their Christmas card that included their super adorable dog, Jack (check out the perfect ivy wall that I can’t wait to use again!). And close by is a golf course, Cross Creek, with some great views, so we headed over to change it up for the end of the session. Add in captures that nail the children’s personalities (according to mom and dad!) and two more things I love in a session: no front teeth portraits, and some with mom!  Another moment in time, saved on film!

“Well, color me happy!” ~ Vivian, Pretty Woman

I recently came across a note that I had started to jot, with no title but the following: “Pretty Woman”, “Overboard”, “Sixteen Candles”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Cruel Intentions”, “When Harry Met Sally” … and then I figured it out – it’s a list I was compiling of movies that I love and will stop and watch anytime, no matter how many times I have seen it. And then I thought it would make the perfect post title to one of my favorite holiday sessions this fall: three beautiful girlies captured in all of their cuteness, with a couple of clothing/prop changes to maximize our time together. In addition to the outfits they wore to the shoot (including some photos with mom!), we added colorful coats to change up the look, and then finished up by playing in my collection of tutus. A fun shoot with great results!