April 16, 2015

Heirloom Print Feature: Christine & Kyle

I was so excited to deliver Christine and Kyle's print order yesterday! Watching Christine and her mom ooh and aah over the prints made me so happy. I delivered bridal portraits too but they're top secret until after the wedding this weekend. I'll be seeing these prints again very soon... they'll be on display at the wedding, and will later grace the walls of Christine and Kyle's home!


Christine chose a Thin Wrap for one of her favorite engagement portraits. The photographic print is wrapped around a rigid board and float mounted so it pops off of the wall. It's ready to hang with no frame needed!


Christine and Kyle's other wall art product is a Metal Print -- my all time favorite. The photo is actually infused onto a sheet of aluminum and float mounted for a modern, striking presentation. How cool is that?!


Would you like your own heirloom prints? Drop me a line at 214-543-5438 or cyrus.mary@gmail.com and I'll walk you through my offerings!

March 12, 2015

Extended Family Portraits at the McKinney Cotton Mill

Sometimes when you're working with a large group and many conflicting schedules, it's worthwhile to rent an indoor space for your session. This extended family could only fit in a portrait session on one rare day that everyone was in town and available, so we absolutely couldn't be rained out. It's a good thing we had a studio space at the McKinney Cotton Mill reserved, because the weather was yucky after all! This session is probably my record for the number of children under the age of 6. There were a lot of little ones to wrangle, but the kiddos did a pretty good job of working with me and we wound up with sweet keepsake photos of the whole gang.

Extended Family Portraits in McKinney, Texas by Mary Cyrus Photography
Extended Family Portraits in McKinney, Texas by Mary Cyrus Photography
Extended Family Portraits in McKinney, Texas by Mary Cyrus Photography
Extended Family Portraits in McKinney, Texas by Mary Cyrus Photography
Extended Family Portraits in McKinney, Texas by Mary Cyrus Photography
Extended Family Portraits in McKinney, Texas by Mary Cyrus Photography

March 11, 2015

A Washington Vacation

Last month, I took advantage of the slower photography season to sneak up to Washington state for a week to visit my family. I'm a native Texan, but my parents and my sister all migrated up to Washington over the last 8 years. My parents have a spare bedroom, a large supply of tea, a scrabble board, and plenty of chairs for reading and relaxing, so it was exactly my kind of vacation. They have a serious lack of Blue Bell ice cream, but somehow I survived.

On one of my first days in town, my parents and I ventured up to Mount Rainier National Park, and of course my camera came along.
In between visits to coffee shops, restaurants, and antique stores, I walked the Rails to Trails path in Puyallup with my parents, and got a few photos of the happy couple. They're celebrating their 39th anniversary this week!
The backyard is a beautiful haven at every home my parents have owned in my lifetime. Their cat Allister sure enjoys exploring the yard. [Side note: Allister is my cat Calypso's brother. They both started life as stray kittens born in my sister's carport in Washington.] I enjoyed the unseasonably beautiful weather while Texas was being hit with sleet and snow. 
I arranged a portrait session with my sister's beautiful family on one of my last days in town. We tromped around an abandoned dairy farm, working around several other photographers with the same great idea.
I've still got quite a bit of family in Texas, but I sure do miss these Washington transplants!

February 10, 2015

Richardson Nikkah Photography at FunAsiA: Erum & Amer

Erum and Amer's Nikkah at FunAsiA in Richardson was undoubtedly my most vibrant event of 2014! After photographing a Catholic wedding mass at a cathedral the night before, I enjoyed the contrast of the Islamic traditions. Every event is unique, and while many of the Nikkah's traditions were new to me (Erum's sister kindly helped guide me through what would happen next), I approach every event I photograph with an eye to capture the candid interaction between people. I hope to photograph more of these beautiful events going forward!

February 6, 2015

Dallas Arboretum Maternity Portraits: Stephanie & Michael

Back in the summer, I photographed Stephanie's maternity session just days before her little girl was born! I'm certain that she and Michael are amazing parents, and I hope their first year of parenting is going well. I have to say that I was impressed that Stephanie was willing to tromp around the Arboretum in the summer heat so close to her due date!

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