Hunter came to Ivey Photography in Midlothian so we could create his baseball senior portraits. As a senior, he is a starting infielder/outfielder for the Midlothian High School Baseball team. Hunter is also an avid hunter and outdoorsman. We also created a variety of studio portraits including a casual cap & gown photo. We kept the session light-hearted and had fun with Hunter’s easy-going personality. Like most senior guys, he was reluctant to come in for senior pictures. Once he saw what we were creating in the camera, he quickly loosened up and began to offer ideas and get into the ideas we had for him.
We started with portraits in the studio before moving to the Midlothian High School’s new baseball stadium. The studio portraits represented Hunter’s family legacy as his grandfather was the founder of Ivey Photography, Mr. Ray Ivey. Mr. Ivey also photographed hundreds of sports teams in our area. We hope he would have been proud of our efforts while at the baseball field.
Coach Ray Hydes of the Midlothian High School baseball team was kind enough to allow us one hour of sunset time at the field. When we arrived another photographer was completing a session with one of Hunter’s teammates. We waited for the sun to set and for the stadium lights to come on. Most of the baseball games in the MISD are played at night. I wanted Hunter’s portraits to reflect his playing days for the Panthers. I used a combination of Stella Pro LED constant lights and the Godox AD600 Flash to light Hunter’s pictures. I made use of the lighting in the stadium and made my lighting resemble the stadium lights.
Here are a few of our favorite images from Hunter’s senior portrait session in Midlothian, TX.
Sally and Jamie were married recently in Southlake at The White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in the Founder’s Chapel wedding venue. White’s Chapel is home to dozens of weddings in Southlake each year. This wedding ceremony was held in the Founder’s Chapel.
The Founder’s Chapel
The Founder’s Chapel is the smallest of White’s Chapel’s three wedding ceremony sites. What it lacks in size it makes up for in charm. The space is warm and inviting, with beautiful windows overlooking a small pond. Beautiful sunlight flows in through the windows. There is a small bridal suite for the bride and a small group to prepare in. If you’re looking for a large bridal suite, you won’t find it here. The floors are all original wood throughout the small chapel. After couples are married they traditionally ring the large bell atop the chapel. Couples stop at the door and pull the large rope to ring the bell while they kiss.
White’s Chapel Stained Glass
White’s Chapel United Methodist Church’s main sanctuary is the largest of the three wedding ceremony options on the campus. Inside of the main sanctuary, there is a gigantic stained glass window. Sally and Jamie requested a special photograph in front of the glass window.
Second Chance Weddings
Sally and Jamie both lost their spouses in recent years. For them, this wedding was about a second chance at love. Through their faith and family, and the magic of the internet, they were able to meet. During their beautiful service in The Founder’s Chapel, they described a love that everyone wishes for. Their children from their previous marriages were so thrilled that they were together, and you could honestly feel how excited everyone was for this union. To celebrate their marriage, Sally and Jamie invited all of their guests to Perry’s Steakhouse in Southlake. They shared a beautiful dinner, cake and kind words from their guests before heading off to their honeymoon.
If you are planning a small wedding or a second wedding, we offer reduced rates for daytime and smaller weddings. We love intimate weddings at small venues on reduced timelines. Let’s meet and talk about how to create a set of meaningful images that are more about your family and your relationship with your new spouse. Inquire at iveystudio.com
Dalton is a 2020 Graduate of Midlothian High School. He came to us for senior pictures in Midlothian. We specialize in location lighting and posing for senior portraits for guys and girls. Dalton is the Varsity goalkeeper for the Midlothian High School soccer team. He is also a youth leader in his church and an outstanding student. Dalton had already taken his Cap & Gown Portrait with the contracted school photographer. He came to Ivey Photography for senior portraits that allowed him to be himself and show his true character.
A Walk Around the Block
Our extended senior portrait session is a custom experience for each student we photograph. Dalton has many talents and aspects of his life that make him unique. He is not only an excellent athlete, but his faith in God and his superior speaking skills make him an excellent youth leader at his church. He is attending Oklahoma State University in the Fall. We captured images for him that showcased those important aspects of his life.
We love our studio space. One of our advantages over “at home” photographers is that we can capture studio work and in five minutes be outside capturing in downtown Midlothian, or downtown Dallas. For Dalton’s senior portraits, we simply walked outside. The fall colors were still hanging on to some of the trees. I used a low angle to isolate Dalton from the busy street and frame him against the warm leaves in the trees. Using an off-camera flash, I was able to add just a kiss of light to brighten up his face. We found another isolated patch of color in front of a stone building to create an image Dalton requested. He wanted to be shown reading his Bible. He is an avid reader and studies his Bible regularly. The streetscapes in town are nice for portraits. There are long stretches of sidewalk with overhanging trees that create nice vanishing points for a portrait background. We made a series of captures using those backgrounds that are some of my favorites.
We headed back to the studio for a change of clothes. Dalton sent me a few inspiration images prior to the session. One of those was a brick wall with a superimposed portrait and a dramatically lit portrait merged together. We found a large brick wall and isolated Dalton with our lighting. We used an in-studio capture to add to the wall later in Photoshop.
Soccer Portraits in Studio
Dalton is wild about soccer. I wanted to create a collection of images for him that spoke to his passion for soccer. Back in the studio we set up a lighting scenario that would show off Dalton’s athletic build, and chisel his face against the background. In Photoshop, we extracted those images and placed them into a montage. Each individual portrait represents a different aspect of why soccer is important or how Dalton feels about soccer.
Products and Packages
Once all of the images were complete, Dalton and his parents came to the studio for his ordering appointment. Their primary takeaway was a large metal print of the soccer montage. We also delivered a selection of Do It Yourself digital files and a handful of gift prints in sizes 8×10 and 5×7. We offer a mix of digital files and printed products. The digital files are for convenience but are not meant to last forever. Who knows where technology will take us in the next 50 years. Our printed products like the metal print Dalton purchased are archival printings meant to last for generations. There is no substitute for a portrait hanging on your wall or an album on your coffee table.
The Springs Event Center Tuscany Hill. was home to the beautiful January wedding of Caroline and Juan. The Springs is a popular wedding venue near McKinney, TX. Juan’s Old Mexico Charro wedding tuxedo was a beautiful touch on this blend of Mexican and American families.
The Bride’s Coverage
We are a two photographer team, allowing us to capture a variety of perspectives on the wedding day. We began our coverage with Caroline in the bridal suite. She was completing her makeup and her bridesmaids were finishing their prep. Once her final details were complete, we took advantage of the spacious bridal suite. We used the window light to capture Caroline looking amazing. The day was windy and cold so we worked inside for as long as possible. We were able to brave the wind for a few moments for Caroline and her father to do a first-look. We took advantage of the soft light to make a few family images there and we finished our bridal coverage with some fun images of the bridesmaids. We did not get time ahead of the wedding day to create a formal bridal portrait, so we made quick work and created a handful of beautiful images of Caroline in her wedding dress alone.
The Groom’s Coverage
As we detailed in our blog post about Juan’s Mexican Charro suit, we were so thrilled to photograph the groom. His traditional Old Mexico Charro was an homage to his parents and grandparents who traveled to the US from Mexico for his wedding. The groom’s suite at Tuscany Hill is small, but the window light is perfect. A small tapestry hanging on the far wall made a perfectly textured background for the groom’s portraits. From there we moved to an open shade balcony to photograph Juan and his groomsmen together, and then create a portrait of Juan. I think this is one of my favorite portraits of a groom. The charro was perfect for him. The lighting was soft and from the side. The texture of the wall at The Springs Event Center reminded me of an old pueblo house from New Mexico. In the light, he looked like a movie character. I finished the portrait with a grainy finish and a heavy texture to pay tribute to old cowboy portraits taken in the 1800s. We wrapped up the groom’s coverage with a few portraits with family before the ceremony began.
The Ceremony and Portraits
The Springs Event Center Tuscany Hill offers several ceremony spaces, but with the wind and cold outside, Caroline and Juan chose the indoor staircase for their site. The grand doors offer a dramatic entry point for the bride and bridal party processional. There are two levels accessible for the photographers and we took advantage to show an alternate perspective of the wedding. Photographing a ceremony from above allowed a viewpoint that you don’t normally get at weddings. Their ceremony was about 15 minutes long and included American and Mexican traditions.
The arras is a set of 13 gold coins, that are presented to the bride as a symbol of the groom’s trust in her. For Catholic couples, this tradition is incorporated into the wedding mass with an intricately decorated gold box or tray that the priest blesses at the beginning of the ceremony.
The lasso is really more of a string of flowers and rosary beads, usually, and is placed around the shoulders of the couple—first the bride, then the groom—after the wedding vows to form a figure eight as the priest or deacon blesses the couple’s marriage.
Upon completion of the wedding ceremony, we had only a few minutes of light outdoors. We chose to break the formal photographs into two parts. The bride’s family was photographed first. Once we completed several combinations of family photos, we were able to make our way outside for about 5 minutes before the perfect light faded. We came inside and completed the groom’s family photos. Just before the cocktail hour ended we made one sunset capture in the back garden of Tuscany Hill.
Juan and Caroline’s wedding reception at The Springs Event Center featured a BBQ dinner, served buffet style. Their reception highlights included the traditional first dance, followed by a dance with the bride’s father. Caroline threw her bouquet from the landing of the stairway. Her maid of honor was there to catch it! The men at the reception also performed the traditional “el muertito”. During the reception, the groom is lifted over the shoulders of all the men, and then tossed several times into the air! Sometimes, his shoes are passed around the guests and they put money and gifts into the shoes. Sometimes his clothes are even removed. Juan was allowed to keep his shoes and clothes on! The evening concluded with a sparkler exit out the main entrance of Tuscany Hill.
Our Review of The Springs Event Center Tuscany Hill
I always wish the architects or designers of wedding venues would call photographers before they build these venues. There are so many things a photographer sees that regular people never think of. The first consideration for a photograph is LIGHT. What kind of light makes the most beautiful images and where can I access sit easily? Of course, the most easily accessed light source is THE SUN. But when you’re indoors, the sun only comes in where there is an opening in the building. YOu need a window, a doorway, or a skylight. One issue with Tuscany Hill, at least in terms of the way I photograph, is that there is only one tiny window in the bridal suite. If they had made the windows in the bridal suite about 3 times as large, it would be perfect. It is the right size, has a great layout, and has a beautiful mirror for the bride to admire herself in. The lack of light in the room limits our image quality if you like “natural light” or means we have to bring in artificial light. Although the groom’s suite had one nice set of windows, the room is a little bit small, but overall is better than most groom’s rooms at wedding venues. What Tuscany HIll lacks in prep room windows, it makes up for in so many other areas. The reception space is large, but not overwhelming. For photography, it is the right size to provide depth in the background and allows us to maintain your wedding colors if you have uplighting. The grounds of course and the venue exterior are of course spectacular and worth whatever fees they charge. The backdrops for photos are endless, and in the right weather, there are hours and hours of photography possibilities. The Springs Event Center Tuscany Hill is one of our very favorite wedding venues in all of Dallas.
If you’re from Scotland and you want to look formal, you wear a Kilt, especially at your wedding. Graeme is from Scotland. He is Scottish. He doesn’t have a fake Scottish accent. He does believe in the old Saturday Night Live skit where the famous quote was born, “If it’s not Scottish its CRAP!” But he did meet a beautiful American girl named Rachel while she studied abroad, and he married her, in what else.. a KILT!
By the way, if you’re under 35 you may not know the famous Mike Meyers skit “All Things Scottish”. Take a look.
Scottish kilts originate back to the 16th century. They were traditionally worn as full-length garments by Gaelic-speaking male Highlanders of northern Scotland. They were referred to as a léine, Gaelic for “shirt”. The garments were draped over the shoulder or pulled over the head as cloaks.
Thanks to kiltrentals.com for the information about wearing a Kilt at a wedding.
The Wedding Kilt: The Tuxedo of Kilt Outfits
Graeme decided for The Prince Charlie variety of formal wedding Kilt wear. The Prince Charlie jacket is characterized by a set of three buttons on either side of the jacket and hangs low at the back, almost like a tailcoat. The traditional choice of color is black. Other shades may sometimes be worn as well.
His set up also included the traditional matching 3 button vest. His vest was the same color as his jacket. Typical of most wedding Kilt suits for formal occasions, he included a plain wing collar white shirt. To finish off the look, he went with a long tie to match his Tartan.
It’s also important to note that you would not typically wear a belt and belt buckle with a Prince Charlie outfit. Because of the way the outfit is worn, they’d be covered by garments anyway.
A Prince Charlie wedding kilt outfit should also boast a prominent choice of the sporran. The sporran is a traditional part of a male Scottish Highland dress. It is a pouch that performs the same function as pockets on the pocketless kilt. Some say it can be converted into a drinking flask. Made of leather or fur, the ornamentation of the sporran is chosen to complement the formality of the dress worn with it. As this is the most visible accessory you will wear, you’ll want a full dress sporran to really elevate the outfit. A full dress sporran will typically have a metal top called a cantle, with a fur body.
The sgian-dubh is a small, single-edged knife. It is worn as part of the traditional Scottish Highland dress along with the kilt. As Graeme explained, he may have to fend off evil-doers at the reception and he didn’t want to take any chances. Of course, he was kidding, and there was no need for him to display his blade, other than for the pre-wedding photography.
It is not an urban legend, and despite Graeme probably not wanting hundreds of strangers knowing this fact, he was not wearing underwear! Traditionally, men would not wear any underwear while wearing a kilt. Many, including our groom and his best man, still don’t. According to your-kilt.com, the no underwear traditions started with the Scottish Highland Regiments and found it’s way into the civilian population. Many say that a “true” Scotsman will never wear underwear under their kilt.
The Springs Events Lodge
Rachel and Graeme were married in November of 2019 at The Springs Event Venue’s Denton location in The Lodge. It is a beautiful mountain lodge tailored for up to 225 guests.
Juan and Caroline were married at The Springs Event Center in Aubrey, TX in January fo 2020. Juan opted for a traditional Mexican Charro instead of a traditional wedding tuxedo. His groomsmen also looked sharp in the traditional Mexican Charro wedding style. The Mexican Charro suit dates back to the seventeenth century. Juan is from the Dallas area, but his parents and grandparents live in Mexico. His suit was a way for him to honor his Mexican heritage.
Distinctive Features of Charro Suit Tailoring and Textiles
Tight tapered trousers and a cropped fitted jacket, waistcoat, and a formal shirt is worn with cufflinks form the basis of the traditional Charro aesthetic. Suits are made from suede or leather and then embroidered with either pitea fibre or metallic gold or silver thread. The embroidery normally depicts flowers, horses, shoes, vines or Aztec style motifs. It is extremely hard wearing and also very expensive. Today, much of the embroidery is now completed using polyester thread for non-competing occasions.
Charo Suit Options
There are a variety of different suit options for the Charros and they are worn for different occasions. The Feana Suit is the most casual and costs around 8000 pesos. It is a mix and match of different styles. The Media Gala is a formal suit with three silver botonodura on the side seam of the trouser and cuffs of the jacket. Gala suits cost around 15000 pesos and feature silver decorations from the waist band to the hem of the trousers. The Grand Gala suit is the same as a Gala suit but in all black with silver ornamentation. Chaquetilla is the name given to the short-cropped jacket, sometimes part of the suit or sometimes worn over the top. These can be mixed with different outfits. Suits and chaquetilla are decorated with grecca, a fret work textile technique appliquéd directly onto the garments.
Sombrero on Top
Sombreros are traditionally made from horse and rabbit hair. They start at 6000 pesos but are not just for decoration. They are as hard a crash helmet so they can protect the head in a collision or fall. The toquilla is the decoration on the sombrero and the pedura is the dimple in the hat.
Any self-respecting Charro needs a pitea belt, and these costs 6000 pesos and can take up to four months to make. The silk bow tie, which completes the classic look, is called a mono.
“Cousins” Bring your entire family to meet Santa and let us create a one of a kind panoramic portrait.
NEW for 2020!
The Extended Family Edition of The Storybook Santa Experience is a special version of our Experience designed for larger families. If your family has a set of cousins or numerous brothers and sisters or even multiple generations this version of our experience may be best for you. Each session includes a panoramic portrait (as shown above) of your family. You may include children, parents, grandparents or even friends. We will create one master image for you where each member of your family will be given a “character” or activity to portray. Based on the best image combinations, we will composite the image together to create the final version. The one shown above is made of 6 separate images.
In addition to the family panoramic, the children in your group will have a meet and greet with Santa, find their names on his Nice List, and then have a visit over milk and cookies. We will make images in the same style as our standard Storybook Santa Experience during these smaller group visits. We recommend at least 5 children and 2 adults for the best panoramic result. We can accommodate as many as 15 children and 10 adults in the primary image. Our Keller location is best suited for groups 8-25 and our Midlothian location is best for groups 8-12. We do not offer the Extended Family Session in our Richardson location.
The Extended Family experience requires the purchase of one panoramic image sized 36 inches or larger, and a $100 minimum print purchase per nuclear family. Our standard reservation fee is required to reserve your session. We will invoice you separately with a custom rate for your group after a brief phone consultation. Panoramic print prices start at $1500. Duplicate prints of your main family image are available at 40% off and are available in sizes 14-inch and larger. Our standard product rates apply, ask for details.
Prior to her wedding, we were able to photograph Shannon’s bridal portrait session. Her session time was included at no charge in her wedding day package. She chose to add several pieces of wall art after she viewed the images, including a very sexy piece we made just for the groom. The goal was to create a classic look while keeping the light and airy feel of the venue. Shannon is full of personality and sass so we tried to let that shine.