About Ivey Photography
Thanks for stopping by Ivey Photography
Since 1977 Ivey Photography has been at the center of creating and preserving photographic memories for people all over Midlothian, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. Ray Ivey founded the studio in Dallas and moved it to Midlothian in 1999. In 2008, the studio was purchased by local photographer Chris Smith.
Chris Smith, M. Photog. – President, Ivey Photography
You probably own a really great camera, which you may be holding in your hand looking at our site. As a society we’ve produced more photographic content in the past 5 years than we did in the history of mankind. We LOVE photography. Heck, I take as many photos with my phone as the next person. When it comes to capturing something important, artful, worth printing on paper, I capture it with a camera not attached to my phone. I am honored that you are considering a professional portrait.
I have a passion for many things, including photography. Photography isn’t first on my list, and may not be second or third on the list of things I’m most passionate about. I take time with family seriously, I love to fish, play golf and dove hunt with my dad. And I usually have a camera close by during all of those activities. Sometimes it is my Nikon D5, or maybe just a GoPro, but I do enjoy capturing unique images of my adventures.
Honestly, I think a lot of photographers are “passionate” about their cameras and taking pictures. But just because they are passionate about those things doesn’t mean they are practiced at the art of photography. I pride myself on being skilled in my craft and about learning something new every day. Over the years I’ve been able to prove myself as an innovator, but more so as an implementer. I see things that work well in other studios or other industries and I try to work those things into my business. If Ivey Photography is on the cutting edge of photography and runs smoother, you get a better experience. My goal for you is to enjoy the process and the experience, not just the images.
More About Chris
I turned 44 in June 2017 (yikes!). I have three beautiful children, Chandler, a patent attorney in Dallas, (26), Connor, the smartest 6th grader in MISD and a heck of a guitarist, (10), and Camryn, the most competitive person I know, and a good little defender on her club soccer team, (8). They challenge me to be at my best in order to provide them with a better life and a better example. I love what I do. But I know I do it better because of them. Being a dad is my favorite part of my life.
A few of my favorite quotes and things to live by:
“Good things cometh to those who waiteth, if he worketh like hell while he waiteth” -Unknown
“The grass is greener where you water it” – Unknown
“You can’t beat fairway play.” – Charles Smith (my papa)
My Professional Photography Career Highlights
-Master of Photography (M.Photog.) awarded by the PPA January 2017
-Active Member of the Professional Photographers of America, Texas Professional Photographers Association
-Professional Photographers of America International Print Competition Awards
- Gold Medal Photographer of the Year 2017, Photographic Open
- Silver Medal Photographer of the Year 2017, Artist
- Bronze Medal Photographer of the Year 2016, Photographic Open
- Gold Medal Photographer of the Year 2014, Photographic Open
-LexJet SWPPA Best Print Award, 2017
-Featured speaker Texas Professional Photographers Association, Summer 2017
-Texas Professional Photographers Association Distinguished Print Award, 2016
-SWPPA Best in Show Winner, 2014
-SWPPA Best Illustrative Print and Perfect score of 100 for “Permission to Buzz the Tower”, 2014
-Texas Star Award for Best Event Photography 2010, 2011, 2012
My Personal Story
-Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 1995
-Earned my B.S. in Fisheries Science from Texas A&M (’95)
-Earned my M.S. in Fisheries Biology from Texas Tech (’97)
-Once caught two 10 pound largemouth bass on back to back casts…in a tournament!
-Have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named “Puff Daddy” (RIP Mr. Puffy – He passed July 18, 2017)
-I’ve seen The Dave Matthews Band 22 times in concert since 1999
-My iTunes playlist includes The Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, and Pearl Jam (Yes, my formative musical years were in the 90’s)
Our studio is run by a team. We have a staff of three, including Chris, with each of us responsible for various aspects of our business.
Nolan Henley – Ivey Staff Photographer, Digital Artist, Self-Appointed IT Guy
Nolan is a Midlothian High School graduate. He has been with the studio since 2014. Prior to coming to Ivey Photography he was the lead photographer at Home Snappers, a real estate photography company, where he photographed over 1100 homes and commercial properties. Now, you’ll find him photographing sports teams, senior portraits, and he makes up one half of our Associate wedding coverage team, Off the Vine.
Brittany Epperson – Ivey Staff Photographer, Customer Service Specialist
Brittany is also a Midlothian High School graduate. After spending time in the corporate world as a customer service rep for Citi Bank, she decided to take matters into her own hands and become a professional photographer. Today, you’ll find her primarily handling customer service for Ivey Photography and during busy seasons photographing school and sports portraits. She makes up the other half of our Associate wedding team, Off the Vine.