Company History - 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.
Our studio on Main Street in Midlothian, TX remains the only retail photography studio in Midlothian. Clients come from all over the United States each fall for The Storybook Santa Experience. Since 1999, we have generated over $6 million in revenue. We own our property at 403 West Main Street and currently staff 3 full-time employees and up to 8 part-time employees during peak seasons.
Chris Smith, M.Artist. M. Photog. Cr.
You probably own a really great camera, as so many local photographers do. 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. I even take as many photos with my phone as the next person. 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 and play golf. And I usually have a camera close by during all of those activities. Sometimes it is my Nikon D5, or maybe a GoPro, and I 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 past 14 years as a professional photographer, I've been able to educate myself in my craft and prove my skills, 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 smoothly, you get a better experience. My goal for our clients is to enjoy the process and the experience as we work together, as well as love our images.