Category: Lifestyle Sessions ~ Portraits

Tony Piggott Cutting Horses {equine}, Texas Equine Photographer

When Tony’s wife, Jill, called to set up a session, he already knew what he wanted… details, the day to day details of their life.   They were needing some images for a new website for his business, Tony Piggott Cutting Horses.   Tony won the 2009 NCHA Futurity aboard Alice Walton’s horse Rockin W, marking a 229 in the Open Finals.  He has continued to have a very successful career, and they are looking forward to building the business they have both worked so hard for.  To see the slideshow of images from this fun session, click here!  Until the website is live, you can find them on Facebook by clicking here 🙂

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I have had the privilege of knowing this sweet family for a few years now.  Tillar is one of three Murray daughters that live in Fort Worth, but whose hearts are at the ranch with their horses in Morgan Mill.  These young ladies (and their beautiful mom) have made quite impressive horsewomen.  Tillar made it to the Texas Junior High Finals this year in several events, and you will see her all of her trusty steeds in this post that helped her.  This was a “just for fun” session- so much fun to celebrate the lives of young people with big dreams!  To see the rest of her session click here for the slide show to music 🙂

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Tillar posted June 23, 2011 (12:24) in Equine, Lifestyle Sessions ~ Portraits | Show Comments |

Destin {bridals} Fort Worth Stockyards, Texas Bridal Portrait Photographer

Let me preface this post by saying : I DO NOT SHOOT WEDDINGS! I DO NOT SHOOT WEDDINGS! I DO NOT SHOOT WEDDINGS!  🙂

Ahhh… that feels so much better.  Ok, here’s the deal- I really don’t have the time to dedicate to shooting weddings right now, and being away from my young family on the weekends, and the stress is just not what I want at this point in my life.  As a bride, you deserve a photographer who can put their whole heart into your special day, and who loves everything about weddings.

On the other hand, I do LOVE fun, personalized portrait/lifestyle sessions.  I understand as a bride you will probably get a better package deal that includes bridals, engagements, and wedding day coverage.  BUT, if you really think that you like my style and think that we could come up with some really fun engagements, bridals, or even boudoir sessions, please don’t hesitate to contact me 🙂  This is when the fun stuff happens!

On to the subject that matters most here…. DESTIN!!!  Destin is a family friend, and our families have several things in common…  We are partners with them on a commercial set of Red Angus, the same set you heard about being in danger at their ranch on Possum Kingdom Lake during the devistating fires last month (you can see some incredible images and story here).  Their home was one of four that was spared out of 50+ in their housing division, and the cattle are ok.  God is good!  They also own Lonestar Ranch and Outdoors in Cleburne, Texas.  This is how we initially met the Cooks, and they have become a valued dealer for Tony’s company, ADM.  More importantly, they have become really good friends. 

Destin married Levi Hardcastle, and they are going to live in Cleburne now.  The theme of their engagement and marriage is “2nd Love,”  and they are living by the verse “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”  Colossians 1:17.   Henley and Carson were both in the wedding last weekend, which was beautiful!  We shot Destin’s bridal portraits in Fort Worth at the historical Stockyards.  We started the session at the Stockyards Hotel, then moved about the area for the rest of the session.  True to her fun, laid-back personality, she wore her silver glitter Toms and insisted on a set of balloons instead of flowers 🙂  The last image you will see was taken after the ceremony when they were getting their wedding party/family pictures taken by their WEDDING photographer….

Thanks Destin for the opportunity!  Click here to see the rest of the fun images from her session in a slide show to music!  Too many good ones to post them all here 🙂

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Alyssa {senior} Stephenville HS Senior Photographer

Alyssa is another beautiful senior I have had the privilege of shooting the last few months.  This young lady is quite a successful showman and has been very involved in FFA.  She is also a cheerleader at Stephenville High School.  We shot this session around their ranch outside of town, and had so much fun with all the locations.  She’s definitely very photogenic, so don’t miss the rest of her slide show of images here!

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Kylie Rae Harris {singer/songwriter}

Kylie Rae is one beautiful, talented young lady with a huge future in front of her!  She is a Texas Country singer/songwriter who is releasing her first album in the next few weeks.  We had a great time getting some really cool shots for the album- so many that you will really have to check out her slide show, set to KYLIE’s great music. GO.CHECK.IT.OUT. here!!!!  So beautiful, so talented, and oh, did I mention so in love?  Her super-sweet guy, Trent, was by her side the whole time, at her beck & call….  thanks guys for a fun evening!!!

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A story worth sharing…. and a new outlook for the year 2010!

Meet Emily…..  isn’t she beautiful?  She’s a senior at Stephenville High School.  She is in front of my camera for the second time….

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I actually took Emily’s senior portraits and a few of the family one afternoon about 4 weeks before this.  After Thanksgiving I went to process/edit the shoot, and couldn’t find the files ANYWHERE.  I frantically looked on all my hard drives & storage and couldn’t believe what was happening.  My heart just sunk in sadness.  In my six years of shooting digital, I have never had this happen. 

But it did- and I can’t exactly pinpoint when or how, all I know is that during all the madness and rush of last minute holiday sessions, the files must have been erased or overwritten.  And since I didn’t go to edit them until a few weeks after the shoot, I just don’t know when or how.   So, I contacted Becky, Emily’s mom, and explained to her what had happened.  And apologized through the nose over and over.  The one thing I didn’t do was lie- I told her the truth as soon as I figured out that I didn’t have them.  I figured honesty was the only thing I had left to give her.  I have actually known Becky for a while now through a good client of mine, but this was the first time to actually do work for her personally.  I was prepared for an upset, disgusted response and potential client loss.  Which I totally understand. 

But instead this is what I got…..  “Allison, I can’t imagine what you are going through!  We are available…..  Just don’t worry and we will see you tomorrow.”  Really?  Is she really this forgiving?  Now, I know she and Emily were upset/mad, they had to be.  But instead of putting more guilt on me, she went out of her way to try to make ME feel better.  Me, the one who messed up.  The one who lost files of some really cool senior session shots that Emily ROCKED.  Amazing. 

So, we grabbed a couple family pics and a few of Emily to get what they needed for Christmas…

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Now, as if her kindness wasn’t enough for this thoroughly embarrassed “photographer” you will never believe what happened next.  I went by the office where she works for her sister-in-law to drop off a cd a few weeks later.  Becky hands me this really cool little wooden box, all the time smiling.  I looked at her puzzled, and she said it was for me.  I opened it up to find this…

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Becky made this beautiful pen.  She made it out of wood she found, and created this keepsake that will forever mean much more to me than she will ever know.

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The more I thought about it, I just couldn’t help but see the love of Christ.  Now, I don’t know Becky well enough to speak of her faith, but she has always been a kind, wonderful person to work with, and I was so excited to actually work with her personally.  All I can say is that during a time of year when the Spirit is so alive and we are celebrating our Savior’s birth,  it was very timely to be forgiven in such a way.  To be reminded that Christ was born, and died for us so that we could be forgiven of our sins.  All we have to do is ask…  ask for forgiveness and for Christ to be your personal Savior. 

And at the end of the day, that is all that matters.  All the “material things” that we think are necessary to survive here on Earth are worthless in our home in Heaven.  I am only human and we all make mistakes, and that is why I am not ashamed to share this story with you.  More importantly, I wanted to share how someone so graciously handled the situation with kindness.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not making light of this mistake, because I pray that it never happens again. 

I don’t have a huge list of New Year’s resolutions- mainly because I am not going to set myself up for failure with unrealistic goals.  But one thing we are going to do is continue to lead our children and teach them by running a Christ-like household and businesses that will hopefully teach them right from wrong.  And I’ll probably look into a better back-up system for file storage! 🙂

It is amazing to me to still see the kindnes in people when we are living in a world of such sadness, hatred, and selfishness.  Thank you Becky & Emily for renewing hope that we as individuals can make a difference in the daily lives of others.  I can’t wait to show you the images we will create for Emily in her SECOND Senior Session! 🙂  Stay tuned!

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