October 29, 2013

Newborn & Family Portraits in Carrollton, Texas: Kieran

This evening, I had a lot of fun with a family over in Carrollton, taking newborn and family portraits at their home. So that we can take breaks for feeding, comforting, diaper changes and the like, it's easiest to stick close to home with newborn sessions. I think there's something special about capturing photos in a place where so many memories are made anyhow!
Baby Kieran: Newborn Portraits in Dallas, Texas & Beyond by Mary Cyrus Photography
Meet baby Kieran! At just under a month old, he was one alert little guy, despite our best efforts to coax him to sleep. That's alright - I don't mind seeing his beautiful eyes either!
A family with their newborn baby, posing in their backyard at home: Family & Newborn Portraits in Dallas, Texas & Beyond by Mary Cyrus Photography
Ayden & Kieran: Newborn & Family Portraits in Dallas, Texas & Beyond by Mary Cyrus Photography Ayden & Dad: Family Portraits in Dallas, Texas & Beyond by Mary Cyrus Photography
Big brother Ayden was of course an important part of our session as well. He's five, the same age gap as exists between me and my big brother. Props to Ayden for not sticking his tongue out or anything as was the case in all of my baby photos with my brother... ;)
A Froggy Baby Kieran: Newborn Portraits in Dallas, Texas & Beyond by Mary Cyrus Photography
Baby Kieran with Pumpkins: Newborn Portraits in Dallas, Texas & Beyond by Mary Cyrus Photography A family poses with their newborn son at home | Family Portraits in Dallas, Texas & Beyond by Mary Cyrus Photography

October 21, 2013

Lacie: Husky Mix Dog Portraits in McKinney, Texas

On Saturday, I met up again with the Bolton family for my 4th time to photograph them, but this time rather than their human daughter being the star, the focus was put on their pup Lacie. They rescued this gorgeous husky mix from a shelter when she was about four-years-old. They had gone in looking for a friend for their first husky, and happened across a pure white dog with the most gorgeous blue eyes. She was in pretty bad shape at the time, but as they gave her love and nourishment, and she got some weight on her, she changed in other ways too - her fur turned from white to the beautiful blonde she's rocking here!

I love the fun, happy photos that we captured at this session, and I wish I could say that it was all about fun and happiness, but what sparked this session in the first place is undeniably sad. Lacie has cancer that has metastasized very quickly, and it was important for the family to have photos of her and her sweet personality while she's still feeling good. Especially with their daughter being so young, they don't want this important family member to be forgotten! As my great danes get older and I worry about the breed's too quickly approaching average life expectancy, I can totally understand the sentiment. These loving animals are never with us for long enough.

Blue-Eyed Husky Mix | Dog Portrait by Mary Cyrus Photography in Dallas, Texas
Blue-Eyed Husky Mix | Dog Portrait by Mary Cyrus Photography in Dallas, Texas Blue-Eyed Husky Mix | Dog Portrait by Mary Cyrus Photography in Dallas, Texas
Blue-Eyed Husky Mix | Dog Portrait by Mary Cyrus Photography in Dallas, Texas Blue-Eyed Husky Mix | Dog Portrait by Mary Cyrus Photography in Dallas, Texas
Husky Mix with Family | Dog Portrait by Mary Cyrus Photography in Dallas, Texas
Blue-Eyed Husky Mix | Dog Portrait by Mary Cyrus Photography in Dallas, Texas
Husky Mix with Family | Dog Portrait by Mary Cyrus Photography in Dallas, Texas Husky Mix with Family | Dog Portrait by Mary Cyrus Photography in Dallas, Texas
Blue-Eyed Husky Mix | Dog Portrait by Mary Cyrus Photography in Dallas, Texas

October 14, 2013

McKinney Cotton Mill Wedding Preview: Matt & Larissa

Yesterday, along with my second shooter Amanda, I photographed Larissa & Matt's awesome wedding day at the McKinney Cotton Mill. You couldn't ask for a sweeter, more relaxed couple than these two. We were made to feel so welcome. I think a highlight of the evening was probably Larissa telling me and a few other vendors standing nearby before the cake cutting that if this was Grand Theft Auto, we would be ranked as the most experienced crew of vendors. Something along those lines at any rate. I must admit that my husband is the gamer in my household. Anyway, I felt honored by the praise.

Here are a few favorite photos that I spotted while transferring the files to my computer. Many, many more to come before too long! Make sure to scroll down far enough to see the Best Groom's Cake Ever. Ever. Absolutely ever.

Bride in silhouette at the McKinney Cotton Mill | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Weddings & Portraits in Dallas & Beyond Bride & Groom posing in an arch after their ceremony at the McKinney Cotton Mill | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Weddings & Portraits in Dallas & Beyond
Matt & Larissa kissing in front of their bridesmaids and groomsmen at the McKinney Cotton Mill | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Weddings & Portraits in Dallas & Beyond
Boutonnière with nontraditional elements, including cotton - perfect for a wedding at the McKinney Cotton Mill! | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Weddings & Portraits in Dallas & Beyond Bridal bouquet with dusty miller, blue hydrangea, green roses, and cotton - perfect for a McKinney Cotton Mill wedding! | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Weddings & Portraits in Dallas & Beyond
Matt, the groom, using the Force on his groomsmen at the McKinney Cotton Mill | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Weddings & Portraits in Dallas & Beyond
Matt & Larissa's October outdoor wedding at the McKinney Cotton Mill | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Weddings & Portraits in Dallas & Beyond
A little girl wandering into the aisle at Matt & Larissa's McKinney Cotton Mill wedding | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Weddings & Portraits in Dallas & Beyond Larissa reads her vows at a McKinney Cotton Mill wedding | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Weddings & Portraits in Dallas & Beyond
Larissa & Matt, the bride and groom, after their McKinney Cotton Mill wedding ceremony | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Weddings & Portraits in Dallas & Beyond Matt dips his bride, Larissa, during their first dance at the McKinney Cotton Mill | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Weddings & Portraits in Dallas & Beyond
An AT-AT Imperial Walker groom's cake at the McKinney Cotton Mill. Also known as the best cake EVER. | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Weddings & Portraits in Dallas & Beyond

October 12, 2013

Lewisville Newborn Portraits: Daniel

Today I had a fantastic session with Daniel, the newborn baby of some of my very first wedding clients, Kate & Greg. In fact, the third anniversary of their McKinney Cotton Mill wedding is this week, and tomorrow I shoot another wedding at the Cotton Mill! Happy coincidences. :) We really couldn't have asked for better behavior from baby Daniel. There's no better word for this baby than perfect. I enjoyed working in some Autumn props with this October newborn, as well as my new miniature radio flyer wagon prop that I'm a little bit in love with. We worked some in his nursery, but I'm also thrilled that the muggy weather today was perfect for wandering outdoors with a newborn!

Newborn portrait of baby Daniel with pumpkins outdoors | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography in Dallas, Texas
Newborn portrait of baby Daniel with mom Kate outdoors in their backyard at home | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography in Dallas, Texas Newborn portrait of baby Daniel in a miniature Radio Flyer wagon | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography in Dallas, Texas

October 7, 2013

North Dallas Party Photography: Sophia Grace Turns 1!

Today, my camera and I made our way to a beautiful little girl's first birthday party! Sophia Grace is one well loved kiddo, and her family isn't shy about showing it. They put together a gorgeous party for this little lady, and she and all of the other kids in attendance seemed to have a good time! Sophia Grace wasn't too impressed by this whole "cake smash" concept (I mean, really, how undignified!) but she generously shared a handful of frosting with her grandmother. Here are some of my favorite photos from this gorgeous afternoon's backyard birthday party!

Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party Balloons | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond 1st Birthday Party Pink Cakes & Balloons | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Sophia Grace with her parents at her 1st birthday party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Balloon Photo Backdrop at Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Little boy swinging | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party - Posing with Grandma | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party - Dos Sophias | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Child's Portrait with Hot Air Balloon Prop | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond Child's Portrait with Hot Air Balloon Prop | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Child's Portrait with Hot Air Balloon Prop | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond Child's Portrait with Hot Air Balloon Prop | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond
Sophia Grace's 1st Birthday Party | Photo by Mary Cyrus Photography - Portraits & Events in Dallas & Beyond

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