• Throwback Thursday: Ashlee’s Senior Session in Deep Ellum

    This session was a blast – Ashlee and her mom were a riot and we had so much fun together!

    Ashlee came to our session exactly as she is, as you’ll see in the images from her shoot – they really reflect her willingness to be herself! We shot in Deep Ellum and talked about Ashlee’s love of videography. She’s fiercely independent, and it was easy to see that she was so ready to take on the next adventure of life during our session.

    It was so cool to see Ashlee’s connection with her mom, too. They had a playfulness with each other throughout our shoot, but the mutual love and respect they have for one another was always clear. Even though they seemed so different personality-wise, I loved how Farrah encouraged Ashlee to be herself!

    Ashlee’s session was (and is!) meaningful to me because it’s very different from what I normally do. Her props were a reflection of who she really is – skateboard, camera, casual apparel,  hats – can’t emphasize enough how much I love that! Her session felt like getting to know a new friend, and I’m so grateful to have had the chance to do so. Thanks for hanging with me, Ashlee…wishing you all the best in your new adventure! 

    High school: Colleyville Heritage High School, class of 2015

    Shoot Location: Deep Ellum, Dallas

  • Non-Posey Poses: Tips to Help You Look Like “YOU” in Your Senior Portraits

    At Love, Me Photography, we don’t believe in mixing seniors and stationary backdrops. (Although I can’t say the same about my own senior portraits – sadly, the realization that the sun provides WAY better lighting than any studio ever could had yet to hit the world of photography. Seriously, so unfortunate.) Back to the point: I am a huge, major advocate of taking senior portraits that look and feel like YOU. This means traveling with you to a photoshoot location that feels just like home – or maybe even one that IS your home. It also means that if your go-to look is a messy bun, I’ll tell you to bring it on. And I promise, you will never find me begging you for a cheesy smile if you’re a “smize” kind of guy. That being said, I know that sometimes photoshoots can feel a little awkward…especially right at the beginning! While I feel completely at home behind the camera, when it’s my turn to pose I still find that my thoughts go a little more like, “Wait, should I put my hand here? Or maybe here? Is this my good side? Is something crazy happening with my hair?” Can anyone relate? If so, then I hope this post will set your mind at ease and give you a few ideas about some non-posey poses to try as a warm up during our shoot!

    (hand on hip), (arm on the shoulder look), (the knee pop + natural smile combo), (over the shoulder)

    Remember, these “poses” are just a starting point. As our shoot goes on, inevitably you’ll begin to feel more and more comfortable. So comfortable, in fact, that I’m betting you might bust out a move like this…

    …or an all-star action shot like this…

    …or something special and unique to you, like this!

    The point? Don’t limit yourself, and DEFINITELY don’t be afraid of looking (ahem) “stupid.” (I have two young children, so that’s still considered the “S” word around our house.) Be you, whatever that  looks like. It’s hands-down, 100%, totally and completely my favorite thing to capture! Okay, now it’s time for some note-taking. Below you’ll find a list of a few things that have proven to help my clients feel more relaxed in the past. Choose to take one suggestion or check off every single box, and I have a hunch that you’ll feel just like yourself in no time at all on the day of our shoot!

    1. Select a location that’s a perfect match for your personality. From the Friday night lights of a football stadium to a perfectly artsy alleyway, your photos will feel most like “you” if the look and feel of your location matches whatever you love most. In short? If you’re into western wear, a brick wall tagged with graffiti probably isn’t the right environment for you (unless you’re going for a punch of contrast which is totally cool, too).

    2. Bring along mom. She’s known you for practically – scratch that – all of forever. She knows what you like and what you don’t. When you’re fake smiling and when you’re genuinely laughing so hard you’re about to pee your pants. Bring her along and I PROMISE the two of you will have so much fun. Bonus: We can even snag a few shots of the two of you together!

    3. Incorporate your favorite accessory: Soccer ball, bicycle, guitar, sassy heels, super cool truck…I’ve seen it (and I love it) all! Bring your letter jacket, your pom poms, and/or your Audrey Hepburn dress, and let’s do this thing!

    4. Take a few pictures with your favorite furry friend: Saved the best for last, didn’t I? Whether you own an adorable dog or it’s a horse that has your heart, take a few snaps with your favorite furry and your pictures can’t help but turn out perfectly!

    Last but not least: YOU’VE GOT THIS. Can’t wait to see you rock your shoot!

  • “Fall” for These Seasonal Looks: Hair and Makeup Inspirations from Grand Slam Glam’s Jordan Bawcom

    We’re already into the second half of October and I’m still pinching myself every time I look at my fall calendar. SO MANY of you have sessions coming up in the next few weeks, and I absolutely cannot wait to get to know you better + make some portrait magic together! I love fall sessions for so many reasons – the changing colors of the trees, the fun scarves and jackets used as accessories, and the thought of grabbing a pumpkin spice latte post-shoot just to name a few! Possibly the ONLY thing that ever causes my clients to think twice about booking a fall session is the fear of looking “washed out” in their photos. I totally get it, because my summer tan is quickly fading too. But here’s the great news, girly-girls: with the right makeup application, you’ll look as bright and fresh as you did after laying out by the pool in July with the added bonus of rocking leggings, boots, tights, and boho sweaters in your photoshoot…all the cozy clothing that makes fall my favorite season for fashion! But don’t just take my word for it – instead, take notes from our interview with Jordan Bawcom, co-founder of Grand Slam Glam and one of my favorite senior session stylists!

    What kind of makeup adjustments should be made for fall and winter photoshoots?

    As temperatures cool down, it’s time to whip out eyeshadows with warmer hues. Some of my personal favorites are rust, cranberry, bark, purple, and golden tones like these.

    As your bronzed goddess glow begins to fade, your foundation color also needs to change. I have three different foundation colors: my winter color (lightest), my spring/fall color (medium), and my summer color (darkest). An easy way to make sure your foundation matches your skin tone is to match your foundation to your neck color. Your face tends to exfoliate most quickly, meaning as your summer tan fades, your face will get lightest first and the rest of your body will soon follow suit.

    In the winter and fall months there isn’t as much moisture in the air and thus our skin is often more dry than usual. To compensate for this, I recommend using a hydrating liquid foundation as a base and following up with a light powder veil to set it. When you put powder foundation on dry skin it actually highlights your trouble areas and can look flakey. Start with a moisturizing foundation with a dewy finish (rather than a matte finish) like L’ORÉAL True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup. This is one of my favorite foundations for the colder months because it is made of 40% pure water and provides all-day hydration. It also has antioxidant Vitamins C and E for improved clarity and skin tone and has special Liquid Light Technology that create an instant, luminous glow! (Oh, and did I mention it’s only 12.99?!)

    Makeup DOs and DON’Ts for fall/winter:

    DON’T: Frosted eye shadows may look great with sun tanned skin, but they can make you look washed out as your tan fades. And, let’s be honest…ice princess is NOT the look you are going for!

    DO: Stick to warm colors. If you want a little extra pop, try a metallic bronze shade like Flame Thrower by Makeup Geek.

    DON’T: Forget to keep using a moisturizer or foundation with SPF! You can still get a sunburn during the chilly months.

    DO: Keep on using that waterproof mascara! You may not be jumping into the pool anymore, but when you are outside in the cold wind or if you suffer from seasonal allergies (like me), waterproof mascara is a total lifesaver!

    DON’T: Over bronze. Using too much bronzer will make your face look dirty. I recommend laying off any bronzer that has shimmer. A matte brown color that’s used as a contour is best during this time of year.

    DO: Exfoliate. Moisturize. Repeat! I just can’t emphasize this enough! I use my Clarisonic Mia 2 with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser every night and I follow up with CeraVe PM lotion. In the morning, I rinse my face and then use CeraVe AM lotion. In the fall and winter, avoid soap-based facial cleaners (they can be drying) and don’t forget to moisturize your lips, hands, and feet!

    DO: Try out a bold lip! I believe that if you give a woman the right lipstick she can change the world! Click here to see a few BOLD shades that are perfect to try out in the fall and winter months.

    Top three go-to makeup products:

    I am having a flashback to when I competed in the Miss Texas pageant and I was asked the question, “If you were stuck on a deserted island and you could only take three things with you, what would they be and why?” Although not the deepest or most introspective question that could have been posed, for me it was the hardest question to answer! My mind automatically went to beauty products, and asking me to choose just three is nearly impossible…but I will try!

    1. This NYX highlight and contour palette
    2. Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina
    3. L’ORÉAL’s Voluminous Volume Building Mascara in Carbon Black
    Let’s talk hair! What are trending looks for fall/winter 2015?

    2015 is the year of the braid! A fishtail braid looks adorable under a floppy felt winter hat…if you haven’t tried it yet, you should! During New York Fashion Week I noticed that the deep side part is making a big comeback as well. It complements faces with thicker eyebrows (which are also “on fleek” right now!). I also noticed a lot of pin-straight hair. This simple, sleek, and sophisticated hairstyle is great for the girl on the go! Finally, I love the effortless perfection of boho waves and I think those never go out of style!

    I love when my clients rock a hat or a beanie. What’s the best way to keep hairstyles looking fresh and full between shots?

    I LOVE hats and they are everything this season! A few tips for rocking a hat during your senior session: 1. Make sure your hair is TOTALLY dry before you put your hat on. If your hair is even the slightest bit wet, putting a hat on before it’s dry will make your hair completely flat. 2. If you have longer hair, part your hair on the opposite side when you wear your hat. When you take your hat off, flop your hair back to the normal way! This will help your hair to have volume and avoid the oh-so-dreaded “hat head” look. 3. Use more hair spray than usual. My favorite hairspray for photoshoots is Big Sexy Hair. It provides a strong hold and helps hair keep its shape.

    Top three hair care must-haves:
    1. Dry Shampoo. I even put this on when my hair is clean to give it texture. I love the way the Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo smells, and once again, y’all, it’s only $4!
    2. Moroccan Oil. I put a TEENY tiny amount of this on my hair (starting at the ends and working up toward the scalp). This stuff smells fabulous and makes my hair shine like nothing else!
    3. ..because the bigger the hair, the closer to God! These are both MUST-haves for me: Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray and Redkin Wax Blast 10 High Impact Finishing Spray.
    Any final tips?

    Beauty should be a source of confidence, not anxiety. The best beauty secret I can offer is just to let your true beauty shine through by being comfortable in your own skin. Beauty truly does start on the inside and radiate outward!

    Falling for Fall Senior Portrait Sessions: […] Fall hair + makeup looks (and an interview with Grand Slam Glam founder Jordan Bawcom!)  […] (Sep 14, 2016 at 14:58 pm)
    What to Wear for a Winter Photoshoot: […] you catch LMP’s recent blog interview with Grand Slam Glam’s Jordan Bawcom? If so, then you’re in the know about all things beauty-related for your fall or winter portrait […] (Nov 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm)
  • LMP Love Dare, Senior Edition: Treat Your Mom to a Fall-tastic Day of Fun!

    If you’ve been following the Love, Me Photography blog for a while, then you know the Love Dare drill: we challenge mommas to love on their kiddos in creative ways, whether that’s through writing lunchbox letters, creating a digital scrapbook, or starting a journal documenting senior year from their perspective. This time around, though, we’re turning the tables and challenging our SENIORS to take the initiative and love on their mommas! More specifically, we’re daring you to treat (no tricking!) your mom to a fall-tastic day of fun. Here are a couple of day-date ideas to help you get started!

    IDEA 1: Visit the Arboretum pumpkin patch

    The Dallas Arboretum is always amazing, but it’s extra unbelievable in the fall thanks to Autumn at the Arboretum. There are so many spots for photo ops at Pumpkin Village that it’s actually a little bit overwhelming. In addition to the natural beauty of fall foliage and seasonal plantings, you’ll also find special events going on all through October – think Harvest Tea tastings (pinkies up!), musical performances, even pumpkin painting! BUDGET ALERT: If you’re not a member of the Arboretum, you’ll have to pay a $15 entrance fee + the cost of parking. But trust me – the sights and scenes you’ll enjoy together are totally worth the cost!

    IDEA 2 & 3: Carve pumpkins + make homemade pumpkin spice lattes together at home

    Okay, we all agree that Autumn at the Arboretum sounds completely amazing, but “amazing” doesn’t always come cheap. Except in this case! An at-home Saturday day date spent making DIY Starbucks lattes and turning pumpkins into gourd-eous (really could NOT resist) works of art is totally affordable and so much fun! I know that YOU know how to carve a pumpkin, so no tutorial needed there. For those of you without any previous barista experience, however, I’ve included an easy DIY recipe below. What better way to say, “I love you a latte” to your sweet momma? Enjoy!

    DIRECTIONS:

    Step One: THE SYRUP

    Bring sugar and two cups of water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring continuously until the sugar dissolves. Add in the cinnamon sticks, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin. Simmer the mixture, whisking occasionally for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Set aside five minutes, then strain twice through a fine-mesh strainer into an airtight container (a mason jar would work well). Refrigerate until cool. Store in the refrigerator for up to one month. You’ll end up with about four cups total.

    Step Two: THE LATTES

    When you’re ready to make each latte, microwave your choice of milk (regular, almond, etc) on high for one minute or until very hot. To get the milk extra frothy, transfer to a blender for about 20 seconds. Put two tablespoons of your homemade pumpkin spice syrup in the bottom of your favorite coffee mug. Top with coffee and warm, frothy milk, then mix until well combined. Garnish with whipped cream and a dash pumpkin pie spice if desired!

    Original recipe from Good Housekeeping 

    And there you have it: three ideas I hope will inspire you to plan a fun date for you and your mom!

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  • LMP Love Dare: Make a Digital Scrapbook for your Senior

    Alright, brand new mommas of seniors. It’s time to introduce you to a reoccurring theme we’ve got going here on the Love, Me Photography blog: The LMP Love Dare, a section of cyberspace where I challenge you (and me!) to love on your teenage babies like you did when they were little (albeit in new, mature, and creative ways). In the past, we’ve talked about writing lunchbox love letters and starting a journal for your senior. This time around, I thought we’d focus on a subject that’s sure to appeal to all you DIY lovers out there – creating a modern, digital scrapbook that your kiddo can take with them to college! (Is it too soon to start saying that word yet?)

    STEP ONE: GET SOCIAL

    If you’ve been following our Media Momma series or have ever taken a peek at my Moments With Me posts, then you already know how I feel about Instagram. (Three words: I love it.) Just in case you haven’t had a chance to read LMP’s complete guide to getting started on Instagram, though, here’s a quick recap of all the merits of my favorite social media platform:

    1. It functions like a virtual filing cabinet.
    2. It turns everyday occurrences into the most beautiful of memories.
    3. It’s a fun way to connect with a community people who are interested in the same things you are (#photograpy, #momlife – consider hashtags your connection portal!).

    So, step one to creating your digital scrapbook? Create an Instagram account and a personal hashtag for your child’s senior year – for example, mine could be #CrystalSr16. (Just a hint: they might not FULLY appreciate the loving tenderness expressed by #MommysLittleAngel, so choose wisely.)

    Tip: Keep your account private and DON’T “add” your senior until your project is complete. It will be so much more fun to keep this gift a surprise!

     STEP TWO: START SNAPPING

    Now that you have an Instagram account set up, it’s time to start snapping photos! Some of your subject matter will be easy to identify: The first day of school, the first football game, homecoming, prom…in other moments, though, you’ll want to capture the details. After all, big moments are comprised of lots of much smaller, seemingly everyday objects and occurrences. So, what am I saying? Think big picture and small scenes, all at the same time – take this scenario, for example:

    Occasion: Homecoming Dance

    Big Picture: Son/Daughter posing with their date, or group of friends on the staircase

    Small Scenes: Close up of her hair or special manicure, and his boutonniere or bowtie

    *Tip: Keep your filters light and natural, and don’t forget to add a caption. Those little details are so worth savoring and will make each moment much easier to recall!

    STEP THREE: PUBLISH YOUR WORK

    Fast forward to the end of senior year. You’ve snapped, uploaded, lightly edited, captioned, and “filed” 100+ photos under the hashtag #YourChidSr16. Now, it’s time to create a real-life booklet from your digital memory box! There are several services out there that can turn your Instagram photos into printed keepsakes, but I’m especially fond of these:

    1. Groovebook – Why create just one album? Groovebook allows you to create a series of books that can be mailed to your senior each month. How fun would it be to get a mini care package of memories throughout your first semester of college? I know I would have loved it!
    2. Artifact Uprising – One of my favorite photo services! Highly recommend for this type of project and any other printing needs you may have (senior portraits, anyone?).
    3. Blurb – Ditto!

    And there you have it! Everything you need to create a modern, mostly digital scrapbook. All the love, thought, and care of a traditional keepsake without any tape, glue, stickers, sequins, mess, or clean-up required!

    LMP Love Dare, Senior Edition: Treat Your Mom to a Fall-tastic Day of Fun!: […] mommas to love on their kiddos in creative ways, whether that’s through writing lunchbox letters, creating a digital scrapbook, or starting a journal documenting senior year from their perspective. This time around, though, […] (Oct 16, 2015 at 07:20 am)
  • From Seniors to Sorority Sisters

    For the past few weeks – make that months, actually – I’ve been completely immersed in family life. That’s mostly because, after feeling the Lord’s prompting to take a big (big big BIG) leap of faith, my husband and I made the decision to start our homeschooling journey with Mia Grace. Much more on that decision to come, but for today it’s simply an introduction to the wave of shock, awe, and where-did-the-time-go nostalgia that washed over me when I plugged back into the world and saw photos of my precious 2015 senior girls decked out in Greek letters at each of their new sorority houses!

    Courtney Faciane – Senior 2015 (See more of Courtney’s session here)

    Peyton McAlister – Senior 2015

    Although seeing pictures of their smiling faces and colorful new t-shirts did inspire a brief “my babies are all grown up” moment, I am so thrilled to see these girls spreading their respective wings and soaring to new heights as college sorority women. It was such a privilege to help these ladies prepare for the recruitment process via the Love, Me Photography Rush 101 series, and I LOVED working with them to launch LMP Recruitment Packets, a rush-ready set that includes templates for a letter of recommendation, resume, address labels, and all that other good stuff! We completely, uniquely branded each set for these girls and had the best time re-living our own recruitment memories while doing so!

    Kelsey Davis – Senior 2015

    CONGRATS, 2015 seniors turned sorority sisters! Make forever-friends, chair philanthropies, attend mixers, and win awards. I’ll be cheering you on every step of the way.

    Megan McDivitt – Senior 2015

    McKenna Ramsey – Senior 2015

    PS: It’s never too early to start preparing for recruitment! Sign up below to receive our FREE cover letter template!

     

  • A New Kind of Quiet

    Can you believe it? The Fall school semester is officially underway! Kids of all ages are reluctantly but successfully getting back into the groove and, if you’re like most moms, you’re probably pretty happy about it. I mean, we all want our babies (from our precious kindergarten newbie to our practically-an-adult college student) to thrive and find their special place in their own little world, right? Right. And even though this year looks a little different for me since I’m homeschooling (thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated) I can definitely appreciate and commiserate with what life looks like right now for a lot of my LMP mommas.

    Let’s take a peek. I’m thinking most likely it’s really quiet around some of your homes. Like, eerie quiet. As in, you can actually hear yourself think quiet. And maybe one of the things you’re thinking is, “Wow, it’s so different here without the kids. And a little lonely.”

    So, if you’re a stay-at-home momma, you get to work straightening up the house, throwing a load of dirty clothes in the wash (wondering for the hundredth time, “How is it possible we use this many towels?”) and getting ready for your day. Maybe you’re trying out a new Pure Barre class or signed up for that interesting Bible study, or you’re just running down to Whole Foods (or Whole Wallet as a friend of mine jokes) for fixings for dinner. But you haven’t had to do all of that while juggling and/or maneuvering one, two, three (plus) children’s schedules.

    Weird.

    Or, perhaps you’re a working momma and your day looks different – up at 6:00 a.m., showered, dressed, make-up on in a reasonably pleasant way (putting on eyeliner in the car just never, ever works out well, does it?) and you’re back behind your desk ready to take on another day. But you haven’t taken that third or fourth phone call from your kids; you know the ones – where they can’t find a dance shoe, a baseball glove, a banana?

    Weird.

    Yep, it’s kid quiet and when it’s kid quiet, I don’t know about you but my thoughts turn a little sappy. I start thinking about how my babies are growing up; how time is passing faster than I know how to put into words. My heart tugs a bit lot when I think back to those different days of quiet – when time stood still and the majority of my day was spent holding them and looking into their sweet faces, singing over them or reading to them. True, at the time I was probably juggling a lot of different duties just like I do now, but I definitely remember that the quiet was almost sacred and I relished every moment.

    Back to school – and off to college, for that matter – quiet is different. It’s an awareness of change and time marching on and like I said, it can be a little lonely. Because here’s the deal (and if you know me at all, you know this is straight up truth): I’m crazy about my work – like I really, really enjoy photographing the amazing young humans that stand in front of my lens every day and I sometimes laugh out loud that I get to do what I’m passionate about doing for a living – but my family is my true love.

    Still, truth be told, I can get so busy and caught up in the “important” things of life (read: deadlines, finances, house repairs, etc.) that I’m prone to overlook or tune out the truly meaningful part, and that’s being a momma to my amazing and wonderful children.

    And then there are my LMP mommas who are experiencing a realllyyyyy new kind of kid quiet – a semi-permanent kind of quiet that comes because their particular kiddo has gone off to college. I hear tales of moms wandering into their child’s empty room, sitting on the edge of the bed, smoothing the comforter and breathing in the lingering scent of a son’s Abercrombie & Fitch musky cologne or the sweet smell of their daughter’s Vera Wang Princess perfume – and staying in this quiet, semi-comatose state for, like, hours. And I totally get it! I get having a moment(s) to recall the life lived in that room; of shoe laces being tied, games played, conversations shared, hurts whispered, dreams dreamed and prayers prayed. And I get that it’s important to spend time contemplating the 17 or 18 years of living that child has shared with you because those years are priceless treasures that will never, ever be duplicated.

    Which is why I think quiet, reflective moments are good for us moms, no matter if they take place while our kids are in elementary or high school; whether they’re gone to camp, gone to Grandma’s or gone to college. Because even if those times can be a little lonely, rather than throwing us into a funk or causing us to wish for the “good old days” they can help us to remember the sweet times and then re-focus on what’s really important in the here and now; cause us to slow down, breathe in the moment and enjoy the place we and our children are inhabiting, whether together or separately, in this little thing we call life.

    “Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come…The past, I think has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.” Audrey Hepburn

     

    Having written this, I’m totally aware some of you out there are doing the happy dance and are thinking, “What on earth is she babbling about?! My kids are in school and life is great!” If that’s you, my friend, then you go, girl!

  • Summer Sale: Snag your portraits before they’re gone!

    About a year ago, I made the decision to narrow the focus (pun totally intended) of my photography business. Why? Because I have always loved working with teens, and so it made complete sense to build the Love, Me Photography brand around capturing the most important season of every teenager’s life: senior year!

    That being said, I have many (many, many) digital files from my previous life photographing newborns, families, and graduating classes of years past that are taking up lots of space on my hard drive. In an effort to do a little belated “spring cleaning” and make room for tons of gorgeous 2016 senior photos, I will be clearing all of the old digital files from my hard drive at the end of July.

    “But wait!” you might be saying. “I don’t want hundreds of frames from Suzie’s newborn session or Sam’s senior photoshoot to be lost forever!”

    I totally get it, which is why I’m making archived digital files available for purchase via the Love, Me Photography Summer Sale! Here’s how it works:

    Who: The LMP Summer Sale is available to any past clients who booked newborn or family sessions between 2007-2014, as well as senior sessions booked for the graduating class of 2014 or before.

    What: Everyone who purchases files through the LMP Summer Sale will receive all of their session images + printing recommendations and a list of ideas regarding how to use your images!

    Why: The price is a STEAL, and digital files are the ideal way to keep your memories safe and easy to share! (PS: Our digital images are typically sold for $150/image – with the LMP Summer Sale, you’ll be receiving every single image I have on my hard drive from your session for the exact same price!)

    How Much? $150 per session – includes all digital files from your session (edited and unedited, previously ordered and un-ordered) and a print release.

    Delivery: Files will be delivered via Dropbox. If you prefer that your images be downloaded to a USB and mailed to your home, an additional fee of $45 will be applied.

    How to order: CLICK HERE to purchase your session images. After you have completed your transaction, please send an email to info (at) lovemephotography (dot) com that includes the following information:

    1. Which session(s) you’d like

    2. The month and year that your session(s) took place

    Fine print: The LMP Summer Sale includes session images as-is. If you previously ordered prints, the corresponding digital files will be fully edited. However, while all un-ordered images will be included, they will not be fully retouched. If any additional retouching is desired, a fee of $5/image will be applied.

    Happy Summer Saving!

  • Things to do in Dallas for July 4th

    Can you believe it? The Fourth of July is tomorrow, y’all! It’s another birthday for America, meaning it’s time to celebrate the freedom that allows us to dream and create and pursue what’s closest to our hearts. It was in that spirit that the idea for Love, Me Photography first began, and seeing my business come to life and continue to evolve and grow has been such a blessing. I don’t think I’m surprising anyone out there when I say I absolutely love my job. Getting to do what I do—capturing images of high school seniors right when they’re on the cusp of going out into the world on their own—stirs my heart and my imagination every single time I hold my camera. I just have to say it…God Bless America!

    With all that in mind, I am so looking forward to celebrating this weekend—any holiday that brings together family, fireworks, and food scores a perfect 10 in my book! In case you still haven’t decided where to go or what to do this weekend, I’ve pulled together a list of some of my favorite local activities. Let freedom (not cell phones) ring!

    HOME RUN HITTER

    There is nothing more American than baseball (except maybe apple pie), and good news! The Texas Rangers are playing the Angels at Globe Live Park in Arlington tomorrow night! Bonus: If you decide to purchase tickets, you’ll get a 2-for-1 experience. The ballpark puts on an amazing fireworks display!

    BABY, YOU’RE A FIREWORK

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    Set up those folding chairs and catch an amazing firework display (or three) in almost any given city! Here are just a few options to get your Google search started—check out this website for detailed listings on all of these events and more!

    • Southlake: Stars and Stripes 2015 (This free event is happening tonight!)
    • Addison: Kaboom Town
    • Arlington: Fourth of July Parade
    • Frisco: Freedom Fest
    • Grapevine: Fourth of July on the Lake
    • Lewisville: Red, White and Lewisville

    ON PARADE

    Whether you’re into classic cars or enjoy the pomp and circumstance of a good old-fashioned float, there are parades a plenty happening in the Dallas/Fort Worth area this weekend! A selection of events that caught my eye:

    • Park Cities: Fourth of July Parade 2015
    • Denton: Yankee Doodle Parade in Downtown
    • Mckinney: Historic Downtown Parade (A classic car show is also happening along with a performance by American Idol finalist Hollie Cavanagh!)

    HOME IS WHERE THE HAPPY IS

    Holding that teenager close and making a patriotic dessert à la Pinterest doesn’t sound too bad, either! How tasty do these treats look?

    PHOTO CREDIT: The 36th Avenue, The View From Great Island, Two Peas & Their Pod

    No matter what you choose to do, I know you’ll enjoy America’s 239th birthday in Red, White, and Blue-tiful style! Happy firework-ing, friends!

  • LMP Radio: Your summer, sunshine jams

    It’s here, y’all. Texas summer days and that means sunshine, shades, lake days (or pool days) and more sunscreen than you ever believed you could need. We have the playlist to loop in the background during cookouts and while you’re tubing on the lake. Crank it up, and share your summer sunshine photos with us on Instagram with #summersunshine.

    Here’s to longer days and tan, bare feet… 🙂