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.
Our coverage featured a long list of important family photographs, which made the pre-wedding timeline very important. We needed to be sure we worked with all of the parties requested by the bride and groom, while still leaving time to capture the pre-wedding moments. The natural light flooding into the venue made it very easy for us to work quickly while giving us a beautiful quality of light to work in.
The ceremony was lovely and was highlighted by a very emotional reaction from Jay when he saw Shannon for the first time. I think his reaction is the one every bride
wants from her groom. We were able to capture photographs from the floor level, as well as the balcony, giving us two very different points of view and allowing us to see every moment clearly.
We took a few minutes with the couple between the ceremony and reception for a few portraits and then got them quickly to the party. Craig with TriStar DJ was the master of ceremonies and he rocked it. He also provided the uplights for the venue. The night moved quickly and after the ceremonial cake cutting, garter and bouquet toss, and a few dances, we were planning for a sparkler exit.
A classic Ford Fairlane made for an awesome getaway car.
Alex & Rob were married recently in Arlington, TX at The Legal Draft Beer Co. About 125 guests attended the intimate affair, which started at Alex’s home where she and her Bridesmaids got ready. Once we moved to Downtown Arlington, we took advantage of some of the art district murals and the great textures and lighting at The Legal Draft Beer Co.
The ceremony was held outside on the patio. It offered a challenge to eliminate the street and background distractions in the shots, but we managed to find positions and used our long lenses to keep the backgrounds out of focus. After the ceremony, the reception was held in the open air area of the venue. Most of the dancing and celebration took place outside on the covered patio. Alex and Rob made a quick exit to an awaiting bus while “Texas Fight” played them out.
The best Keller Santa Portraits just made a big big improvement! Ivey Photography has teamed up with the Keller based event venue The Keller Roundhouse to present The Storybook Santa Experience. Santa will be available by appointment to visit children from Keller, Southlake, Grapevine and other surrounding communities from October 18-December 18, 2019.
The Keller Round House is located at 107 W. Vine Street in Keller, TX. Normally reserved for events such as weddings and large meetings, Ivey Photography will be transforming the 1700 square foot space into Santa’s Wonderland for The Storybook Santa Experience. Each family will experience the magic of Santa’s workshop, meet him at his writing desk, bake magic cookies with Mrs. Claus and enter a beautiful snow scene through a secret passage.
Keller and the neighboring communities have always supported Ivey Photography by making the more than 1-hour drive to the Midlothian studio. This year, Santa is just around the corner. The short drive to Southlake is about 10 minutes, Grapevine about 15 minutes, and Argyle is less than 10 minutes away.
Ivey Photography is the leader in experience based Santa portraits in the United States. For over ten years, our artists have been creating one of a kind moments between children and Santa Claus. Our proprietary digital art is a unique blend of photography and painting. Our clients come from all over the world including Nigeria, Australia and over 20 states in the US to experience our Storybook Santa Experience. Join us in one of three Dallas Fort Worth locations, Keller, Richardson or Midlothian between October 1 and December 24.
By Chris Smith, M.Photog.Cr.
The “Photography Olympics” (International Print Competition by the Professional Photographers of America) just completed this week in Atlanta, GA. This year, I was within 2 Merits of completing my “Master Artist” Degree, given by the Professional Photographers of America for excellence in Digital Artistry. I submitted my 4 entrants, and although they didn’t reach the prestigious LOAN Collection as hoped, I did earn Merits on all FOUR images, earning a Bronze Medal. Thanks to all who served as advisors and mentors over the past 3 + years of creating these images. I look forward to celebrating them with you in Atlanta at the IPC Exhibition in January.
In addition to the “Artist” category, I entered 4 images in the Photographic Open division, and also earned 4 Merits on my images. I’m very proud of both of my cases, especially knowing how few entrants even attempt 8 entries, and how even more rare it is for someone to Medal in both categories. I am also proud to say that this is my second year in a row to earn Merits/Loans on all 8 of my entered images. In 2017, I was one of only 21 photographers to achieve the 8 for 8 designation.
The images I entered are shown here, along with a brief description of what makes them a “Merit Award” winner.
What are your kids’ favorite summer activities? What moments do you catch them in that you’d like to keep forever?
We are developing a series of hand painted photographic art designed to capture the dreams, the wonders, the moments, and the memories that childhood is made of.
When thinking about my own childhood, and things I see my own kids do, I can think of dozens of themes, activities and moments I’d want to immortalize with a piece of art.
Washing your car
Playing Hide & Seek
Playing in the tree house
Riding bikes in the neighborhood at dusk
Having a tea party
Playing dress up
Paddling the creek in a canoe
Flying a kite
Splashing in the sprinklers
Swinging on the playground
Splashing in the pool
Playing kickball with friends
Eating snow cones or ice-cream before it melts
Going camping in the backyard
Swinging from a rope tree swing (tire swing)
…… so many more….
Right now we are looking for families with children ages 3-13 who would like to have a FREE session ($250 value) to help us put together a larger portfolio of images. We will give you one image to share on social media and offer you a discounted price if you would like to purchase the artwork we create.
Please message us or tag someone you know who might be interested in creating a piece of art with us this summer.
The images below are to illustrate how a simple photograph can transform into a very unique piece of art for your family.
Are you tired of the same old school pictures from your school photographer? We were, too and we did something about it. At Kennedale Middle School, we brought a tried and true studio portrait technique and applied it to 7th and 8th grade spring portraits. We’ve been photographing school and volume photography at Ivey Photography since the studio opened in 1977. We’ve traditionally done the standard fall yearbook portraits on an old master background, which is a very nicely lit, documentary style portrait. In the spring, we’ve tried everything from spring flowers to fishing docks to railroad themes. But this year, we went SIMPLE. Really SIMPLE. We offered students the option to wear either a black shirt or a white shirt. We setup two different backdrops, a black for the students wearing black and a white for the students wearing white. There are approximately 550 students at KJHS. MOST students chose to wear black, with about 40% choosing to wear white. Each student was given 2-3 poses to flow into, with each session taking about 30 seconds to complete.
If you are a school administrator looking to step up your school portraits, we work with schools ranging in size from 200-2000 students. We offer a complete line of in-school portraits, sports, and senior portraits. Our pricing for parents is very attractive and our school incentives are competitive with the other national brands.
Prior to the sessions, we hung large posters in the school promoting the sessions. The students were buzzing about it and over 95% of students remembered to wear black or white.
Couture Kids Portraits is a new line of portraits for children ages 6-16. The idea is to offer an affordable, professional portrait, that you can repeat several times during your child’s in-between years. Children are commonly photographed professional at younger ages like newborn, first birthday, five year, and maybe 10 years old, then not again until they are seniors in high school. Our studio focuses on portraits of children, and the Couture Kids line is specifically designed for kids in the middle. We make the sessions fun, fast, and easy for them. We finish the images with unique textures and tonality that represents the digital age of photography, but with classic and simple poses and backgrounds. We want you to notice their expressions, their clothing, their hobbies we feature, and not be distracted by the location or any elements in the background. You can learn more about the Couture Kids line here.
Connor is a 6th grade student at Walnut Grove Elementary School in Midlothian. He loves to play guitar, listen to music, play tennis, go fishing and is a straight A student. His was the first set of portraits created for Couture Kids and we’re proud to feature his session here. He’s also Chris’ son, so that makes him extra, extra special. Meet Connor.