Terra & Megan

Terra and Megan brought one of their babies along for the session, and if you haven't looked at the photo thumbnails yet, know "baby" is code for "dog baby."

He stole the spotlight, that's for sure! I love putting pups and other pets into photos. They're family, after all.

But doggie aside, I had a great time with Terra and Megan. Perhaps one of the coolest parts was discovering that Terra and I went to the same high school, although at different times.

Anyway, once again, I chose White Rock Lake for the session, but we stayed relatively close to Mockingbird Point Dog Park, so their little one could swim and play. We walked across the bridge, took some shots in the blistering sun (or whatever shade we could find) and dodged bikes on the path. It was adventurous, but never dangerous!

Kevin & Larry

If it wasn't 100 degrees out when I met Kevin and Larry, it was close.

But they're wedding is coming up quick, so they powered through the heat for a fun-filled engagement session at White Rock Lake.

We met at the Bath House Cultural Center. I felt the building could be an interesting background (and even provide a bit of shade). Not to mention the bird poles in the lake where egrets and other water fowl tend to perch.

Unfortunately, the birds felt it was too hot to show up! But we managed to get some lovely photos, regardless. I'm very much looking forward to Kevin and Larry's wedding in August ... indoors!

Babies Light Up My Life, Even if My Lights Don't.

So this shoot stressed me out a bit, and not because the baby was bad! She was a perfect angel. I've actually never had a baby be so chill. No, it was the lights. I had just purchased a new set of studio lights and they malfunctioned hardcore. In fact, I couldn't adjust the output! That's the entire point of using lights, being able to control the amount of light that comes out!

I tried everything I could, but something just wasn't working. And we were in my house, so I didn't have the space to move them far enough away to lessen the light (not to mention there'd be light bleeding everywhere!).

In laymen's terms, it just means I had to get creative and bust out my speedlights again. So instead of the 5 light setup I had planned (well, 4 and a bounce), I was back to two and a bounce.

It worked. Andi looks adorable in the photos. But then again, she always looks adorable.

Baby Batgirl and the Wild Rumpus

Summer and Larry are going to have a baby girl soon. And they're doing two things I love. 1) She's going home in a little Batman outfit. 2) Her room is filled with "Where the Wild Things Are" stuff. I love Batman. And I love "Where the Wild Things Are." Add the fact that Summer and Larry are both silly and fun and hilarious and loving, and it makes for an easy afternoon shoot. I can't wait to meet their kiddo!

And with that, let the Wild Rumpus start.

Wedding at Lakewood Brewing Company

It was a family wedding at Lakewood Brewing Company! Greta, one of LBC's totally cool salespeople, couldn't imagine getting married anywhere else. She had a red and black dress, all of the bridesmaids had pinup hair and makeup, and the beer flowed like wine.

It was a fun time. Congrats, Greta! And welcome to the family, Duane!

How to Use Your Camera Workshop!


Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

at Harry Moss Park. Corner of Greenville Ave. and Royal Ln.

Tickets available on Eventbrite.

A fun and friendly crash course in manual photography:

  • F-stops
  • ISO settings
  • Shutter speeds
  • White balance
  • and FOCUSING!

Plus, a goody or two to keep.

This is a true workshop; you'll learn by doing. We work in groups, play games, and learn how all cameras work while having fun. Expect tons of one-on-one time with the instructor. Questions are encouraged.

Bring your DSLR camera, a bottle of water, and your brain. You'll need all three!

Get your tickets here.


Mr. and Mrs. Gibson

What a cool couple! Ashley and Travis have known each other for years, and there is more history than my blog can do justice. So I'll just mention a few other things. They're untraditional, which I love. That made me get a little untraditional with how I shot their wedding. For starters, I shot the group photos with all of the wedding guests casually milling about in the background. I really like how it turned out. In fact, when I go through all of their photos, there's a definite theme of wedding guests always being visible, from the cake cutting to the dances to the toasts. It really works for their wedding--there were only 70 guests.

Both the wedding and the reception were at the Cross Timbers Winery in Grapevine, Texas. I've actually shot a reception there before years ago, so it was great to return. Maybe I'll be back again.

Family Fun at the Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum is the place to shoot couples, brides, and families. In fact, most of the time you end up snapping pics of the same people in that order! That's how it

has been with the Prices, dear friends of mine since ... a while back.

Anyway, their daughter is about to be two (WHAT), so we went to the Arboretum (again) to get some photos of their little family before she turns 22.

Sisters, Friends Forever

Here's the problem with taking photos of newborns: It makes me want another baby. Honestly, that isn't a problem. I mean, why wouldn't I want another snuggly, cuddly, cooing little baby to hold and love and protect?

I got my baby fix this weekend, though, with little Miss Taylor and her big sister, Natalie. These sweet girls just grabbed my heart and hung on tightly the entire time we spent together.

I love spending time with sisters. It makes me think of when my sis and I were kids. We were each other's best friends. And to this day, my sister knows me in a way that no one else ever will.

I'm so humbly happy I got to capture these moments between young sisters. I hope they see these photos when they're older and love them.

Rain won't stop family portraits.

The Ta Family wanted family portraits in a hurry. The problem was that it was cold, rainy, and all around gross outside. We had a few indoor options. One was a studio with normal, colorless backgrounds.

The other was Lakewood Brewing Company. And because the Tas are cool people, they had no qualms about shooting family portraits with brew tanks in the background.

So they brought the kids and I brought some lights and we had a great session indoors. Everyone stayed dry, and some of the adults even got a treat afterwards.

Phood Fotography

I'm trying to get this happy little photo gig shooting some food. Food photography isn't my forte, however. I've seen real food photographers and stylists do their thing and it's incredible.

Did you know there's a Chanel nail polish that's the industry standard for shrimp tails? True story.

The photography team behind one restaurant's ads (that shall remain nameless) invented a cannon to shoot shrimp into the air for video shoots.

And it's well known in the industry that lemons and other citrus fruits are injected with small bits of water for up to a week for a shoot so they're as juicy as can be.

Food photography is its own science.

However, things are getting a bit more natural thanks to blogging and Pinterest. The new style is food that still styles, but can be eaten as soon as the lights are turned off. That is if there are lights.

Again, I'm not a food photographer by trade, but I'm trying to get a small food gig. Here's what I shot (and ate!) and presented to my potential clients. We'll see if anything comes from it.



I cal this Pinterest Food Bate. It's natural light, art directed, yet still edible.

I cal this Pinterest Food Bait. It's natural light, art directed, yet still edible.


Wedding at the Red Oak Ballroom in Fort Worth

This wedding was special for me. Mike is a very dear friend (in fact, he's the talented person who did this website) and Julie is a welcome addition to my "family." When Mike told me about Julie, I couldn't help but hope that they'd end up married. Well, my wish (mostly Mike's wish, let's be honest) came true.

They were married last weekend at the Red Oak Ballroom in Sundance Square in Fort Worth, TX. It was such a casual affair with the right amount of attention to detail. Julie was radiant and I've never ever seen Mike look so blissful in the many years I've known him.

I have so many photos I'd like to post of their wedding and reception, but they're on their honeymoon right now. So I'll wait until they get back to completely unload my camera card!

Wedding at the Red Oak Ballroom



My husband has a bad habit. He comes home. Eats dinner. Then at 8 o'clock says to me, "Hey, I need some photos taken for the brewery. Tonight."

Tabletop photography takes FOREVER. Plus, it isn't my expertise.

But I love my husband. I love him dearly. And I'll do almost anything to help out Lakewood.

So we set up some sheets, lights, and found some scrap wood in the garage.

Here are the results of our late-night photo session starring Lakewood Brewing Company's BBT '14. We managed to wrap up before midnight and we (okay, I) only broke one light bulb.

Just Another Shoot

You can't tell by looking at the smiling family in the photo, but this shoot got very scary about 60 seconds later. The park we were at ended up being the unplanned destination of a police chase. We heard horrible screeching, metal crunching, stuff slamming, and then sirens.

We watched as a car tumbled and rolled it's way next to our parked cars. Then men jumped out of it and took off running. Then officers came from every direction. Before I could figure out what was going on, cops were everywhere, shouting at us to leave. There must've been 20 police cars. I saw lights. I saw men running. I saw guns.

It was insanity.

Before that, our photo shoot lasted about two minutes. However, it was a great two minutes before we all hightailed it out of there for our lives.

Photography isn't a very safe career choice, I guess.Tibbets-14_web

Flyin' High with Doug and Andy

Andy knows how to fly airplanes. And he has the license to do it. How cool is that?

So when they contacted me to shoot some photos of them flying over Dallas, I couldn't say yes fast enough.

However, shooting in a tiny, four-person plane has a unique set of challenges. First, it's tiny and a standard 50mm lens wouldn't cut it. In fact, even a 35mm wouldn't give me the width I'd need in order to fit both front-seat occupants in the photo. At least not in the way I wanted to.

So I picked the widest lens I could find that wasn't a fisheye. Nothing against fisheyes, it just wasn't part of my vision. That and getting my own body in the shot was already a concern, and with a fisheye, I was pretty much guaranteed to get my knees/feet in every shot.

So super wide angle it was. I still had to do some yoga-esque twisting in order to keep myself out of each shot, but the guys were cool with me taking over the back of the plane (which I did).

On the plus side, since we were in a tiny bubble, the light couldn't have been better. Thankfully! I can't even imagine trying to rig up lights for this. They'd have to be aimed in through the outside and this "easy" shoot would have gotten way to extreme and expensive way too quickly.

It was so windy, we ended up shooting on the ground. That worked out for the better, anyway, since I had to get out of my seatbelt to get angles.

Plus, Doug and Andy promised to give me a ride at a future date. I'm going to hold them to it!


the Bens Family

Spring has sprung and fall has fell. Even though it's still in the 80s, it's autumn in Dallas, which means it's a beautiful time to take family portraits. I had the chance to hang out with the Bens family this last weekend at the Dallas Arboretum. We were able to dodge the pumpkin-loving crowds long enough for some sweet family portraits.Family Portraits at the Dallas Arboretum

Babies are special.

I was fortunate enough to take photos of another perfect little baby the other day. It's very humbling that parents invite me into their homes to capture forever images of their families. Now that I'm a mom myself, I have a whole new outlook on family and what it means to love.

I try to make newborn sessions gentle. After all, you can't tell a baby what to do--they don't have words. And they're so tiny and delicate and precious, the last thing I want to do is disturb or distress them in any way.

So I work with parents and their baby. And we just take advantage of whatever mood the baby is in. I think the results are quite nice.

Newborn Photography

Chili & Monique

So I'm late to the blog party on this one. Chili and Monique had a wonderful wedding day back in May! It was actually this new mamma's first time away from the baby for longer than, say, two hours. But their perfect nuptials helped keep me from missing the little guy too much.

The weather was beautiful. Their vows were deeply heartfelt. And there was so much love floating on the air that it was absolutely infectious. I wish Chili and Monique the happiest life together.

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