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.Artist. M. Photog. Cr.

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.

Chris Smith, M.Photog.Cr

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, not so much 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 45 in June 2018 (yikes!).  I have three beautiful children, Chandler, a patent attorney in Dallas, (27), Connor, the smartest 7th grader in MISD and a heck of a guitarist, (12), and Camryn, the most competitive person I know, and a good little defender on her club soccer team, (10).  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.

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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

-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!
-I’ve seen The Dave Matthews Band 25 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 Staff Photographer Digital Artist Ivey Photography Off the Vine Weddings

Nolan Henley Staff Photographer Digital Artist

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 weddings.

Brittany Epperson Staff Photographer Customer Service Manager Ivey Photography Off the Vine Weddings

Brittany Epperson Staff Photographer Customer Service Manager Ivey Photography

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, weddings and events.

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Ivey Photography
Studio and Gallery located at

403 West Main Street
Midlothian, TX 76065

Santa Studios in Richardson and Keller, TX

Contact Us

972.723.2464 | info@iveystudio.com