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Client Spotlight- Rex Collins

Rex Collins is a 2019 Senior at McKinney Christian Academy, and one of our awesome Senior Models!

This outgoing, personable young man, has a heart of gold – and a smile to match. His favorite high school memory this far, was watching the family in Guatemala, that his team built a home for, accept Christ.

Rex’s favorite movie is, “Urban Cowboy.” This photo shoot perfectly captured Rex’s inner, “Urban Cowboy!” When it comes to his favorite musical artist, it’s a tie between Waylon Jennings or George Jones. As you can see, Rex’s style is casual, but he always makes sure he’s looking good.

Maxbeau, the precious white lab, is Rex’s buddy, and companion. You can feel the love and connection they share. Maxbeau is often with Rex while he is doing the things he loves, like fishing, talking on the phone, reading the Bible, and finding ways to help the people he loves.

Post high school goals for this authentic guy? Helping people in their faith, and having a good family, is what success means to him, qualities and goals that have likely been instilled by the person he looks up to most, his, “Pop.” Drawing inspiration from his favorite quote, “Life is too short to get in a hurry,” will surely fuel his well lived days.

Congratulations Rex! We are excited to see all of the wonderful ways you impact the world!

Family Portraits Boost Self Esteem

Experts say Family Portraits have a Positive Effect on Children’s Self Esteem

We all love having family portraits adorn our walls, however, experts say hanging portraits on your walls is serving a much higher purpose.

An interesting, and rarely discussed aspect of family photography, is how it instills our children with more confidence, and self worth. When asked,  How can family portraits assist in boosting a child’s self-esteem?, Dr. David Krauss, a licensed psychologist from Cleveland, Ohio said,  “ It is so helpful for children to see themselves as a valued, and important part of a family unit.  A photographer’s job is to create, and make the image look like a safe holding space for kids, where they are safe and protected. Kids get it on a really simple level.” Krauss is one of the earliest pioneers in using people’s personal photography and family albums to assist in mental health counseling and therapy. He co-authored “Photo Therapy and Mental Health” in 1983 that is considered a founding text for the use of photography in therapy.

Additionally, Judy Weiser, a psychologist, art therapist, and author says, “It lets children learn who they are, and where they fit,”  Weiser has spend more than 20 years  using photography to aid in treatment for her clients. She is considered to be the foremost authority on a treatment technique called PhotoTherapy. “They learn their genealogy, and the the uniqueness of their own family, and its story. When a child sees a family portrait with them included in the photograph they say to themselves: ‘These people have me as part of what they are, that’s why I belong here. This is where I come from.’”

Digitals or Prints?

Which will have the greatest positive impact for your child?

 It has become more common for us to enjoy, and store our portraits and photographs solely on our digital devices. So, we are left asking ourselves, Do digital images have the same positive impact on a child’s self esteem?  In response to that question, Dr. Krauss states, “My bias is very simple. I think they (family portraits) should be on the wall. I am very conservative about self-esteem, and I think placing a family photo, someplace in the home where the child can see it every day, without having to turn on a device, or click around on a computer to find it really hits home for that child this sense of reassurance and comfort. They have a certainty about them, and a protecting quality that nurtures a child. It lets them know where they are in the pecking order and that they are loved and cared for.”

The importance of printed photographs displayed in your living space was echoed by other experts.

“Displaying photos prominently in the home sends the message that our family and those in it are important to one another, and we honor the memories we have experienced,“ says Cathy Lander-Goldberg, a licensed clinical social worker and a professional photographer in St. Louis, Missouri and the director of Photo Explorations, which offers workshops to girls and women using portrait and journaling for self-reflection.  

Additionally, Dr. Krauss recommends having photographs of that child with their family placed in the child’s bedroom so it can be among the last things they see before sleep and the first thing they may see before beginning their day. “It says we love you, and care about you. You’re important.”

Client Spotlight-Claire Carney

Meet Miss Claire Carney – Senior Model 2019

Claire is entering her senior year at Allen High School, and she is not just another pretty face! She spends much of her time serving others. This summer she went to Haiti, on her third mission trip to help the children and churches there. She will spend her senior year being a member of PALS, a group that mentors elementary students. Claire is also excited to be a part of, “Blessings in a Backpack” for the third year. This wonderful group packs 90 bags of food per week for children at local elementary schools to take home on the weekends to ensure they have food to eat.

Claire keeps her style casual, and she loves her dog Miles. Her friends describe her as kind and funny. When she’s not out helping others, you will find her on the soccer field. To date, going to the playoffs with her soccer team has been her favorite high school memory.

When it comes to High School traditions, Claire is like the majority of Texans, and LOVES Friday night football. Imagine Dragons are at the top of her Playlist, and the she can’t get enough of the the movie, “The Internship.”

Claire finds inspiration from her parents, and loves hanging out with her friends.

 

 

Congratulations Claire! You have already blessed the lives of so many! Looking forward to see where life takes you!!

 

 

Celebrating Milestones

Time seems to be flying by at an increasingly uncomfortable speed. Holidays, birthdays, EVERY DAY seems to be passing by, almost un-lived. This frenzied pace has made those moments, hours, and days, that we reclaim our lives, and do something intentionally-incredibly liberating.

As the Director of Sales at Innovative Images, I get the opportunity to assist clients in preserving moments in the most beautiful way. We have the privilege of freezing time, giving people the opportunity to revisit a time period, a milestone, a moment… forever. I have passionately pursued being a part of companies who produce products, and experiences that I truly value, and hold dear. Photography, is no exception to this rule.

This summer, my family celebrated a Milestone Birthday. My lovely mom turned 60!.

My mom flew here, to Texas, from Utah, my sister came from Virginia, and we let the busy-ness of what life has become, continue on without our participation. It was such a fulfilling experience, to carve out time, and intentionally make space in our lives to honor the woman she is in this moment.

 

We went on new adventures, enjoyed slow mornings- with long talks over coffee, and were intensely present with each other.  I chose to celebrate this occasion with a photo shoot, as I want to be able to revisit this time in my life, forever. I am so incredibly happy that I did. Every time I look at these portraits, I am whisked back to this summer, laughing with my precious mom and sister, and time stands still.

This portrait session will forever be one of the best ways we have celebrated, and the portraits produced will be the gift that keeps on giving.

 














 

 

 

Client Spotlight – Ashley Cooley

Say Hello to Miss Ashley Cooley- Senior Model 2019

As a varsity cheerleader at Wakeland, Ashley’s favorite memories of high school have been cheering under the Friday night lights of Texas Football. She loves the themed student sections at football games!

Ashley also participates in Frisco ISD’s Health Science Program, where she gets to shadow nurses and doctors at local hospitals. She has been able to earn her CNA (Certified Nurses Assistant) license as a part of her training in the Health Science Program.

Ashley enjoys volunteering at local philanthropies, including Ronald McDonald House, Sunrise Senior Center, and Frisco Family Services as a member of the Frisco Chapter of the National Charity League ) a mother /daughter service and leadership organization).

As a former member of Wakeland Legacy Line Drill Team, and a member of the competitive dance team at Power House Dance- it goes without saying that this girl loves to dance! Her spare time is spent hanging out with friends, playing with her little dog Sophie, babysitting, or watching her favorite movie, “The Notebook.”

 

 

Ashley draws inspiration from her mom and sister, and finds encouragement and strength in Isaiah 41:10- Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Ashley is doing wonderful things in this world. She plans to attend Baylor or Clemson in the fall, and pursue a degree in nursing.

Congratulations Ashley!

 

Client Spotlight- Kacey Fought

Say Hello to Kacey Fought – Senior Model 2019

This kindhearted girl is a senior at Wakeland High School. She is a Cheerleader, and member of NHS, NCL, NTHS, DECA, and Student Council! And when she’s not participating in one of these many extracurricular activities, she’s working at the D-bat, batting cage.

 

Kacey’s favorite high school tradition is Carnival, and cheering at football games. She keeps her style classy and on trend, loves hanging out with old friends, and making new friends.

 

Kacey draws inspiration from her parents, and loves the verse, Proverbs 3:5-6 :

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.a]

After high school, Kacey plans to go to college, and get a degree in business.

 

Congratulations Kacey!!!

 

Photograph vs. Portrait

Photograph vs. Portrait

Both photographs, and portraits, are wonderful ways to preserve our memories, however, they do not serve the same purpose.

 

 

A photograph is a quick capture of a special moment;

A portrait is timeless, it is planned, and prepared for.

 

Photographs are deleted from you phone after your storage is full;

Portraits are handed down from generation to generation.

Photographs float in invisible clouds;

Portraits proudly hang on the walls of our homes.

We’d love to create your portrait.

Your Life, Your Love, Your Legacy. Innovative Images.

Client Spotlight- Brooke Faulkner, 2019 Senior Model

Say Hello to Miss Brooke Faulkner – 2019 Senior Model

Brooke is an ambitious young lady, and self described, “go getter!” She is a highly involved Senior at Marcus High School. She is in almost every honor society, and involved in many of the clubs that the school has to offer.

Brooke’s accomplishments  include being a Student Council Officer, a member of the English, and Science, honor society, Mu Alpha Theta, and National honor Society. She is a member of Circle of Friends, MEDS Club (a club for those pursuing a career in the medical field), and Young & Purposed (an all female Bible study club). Her little brother, Landon, has Down Syndrome, so she likes to volunteer for Special Olympics basketball, and soccer, as often as possible.

Brooke also volunteers her time tutoring middle school students in math, helping at local animal shelters, and anywhere else that there may be a need, she has learned how fulfilling service is at a young age.

Sports is a huge part of Brooks life, she played soccer for 12 years, and is now on the Marcus Varsity Track Team, where she runs relays, as well as triple, and long jump. When she isn’t at practice, it’s safe to say, you will find her at the gym, and on Friday night, you will find her indulging in her favorite high school tradition… FOOTBALL!!!

You are probably thinking this lovely lady can’t have a minute to spare, but when she does, she loves spending it hanging out with her friends and family, playing with her dogs Charlie and Sammy, watching, “The Notebook,” or listening to her favorite artists, Thomas Rhett & the Josh Abbott Band.

Brooke is inspired by her dad, who is hardworking, Christlike, and generous, his living example has has been instrumental in who she has become, and is becoming. The words, “Win or learn, never lose,” encourage Brooke to always choose growth in her life experiences.

Congratulations Brooke! We look forward to seeing all of the beautiful things you do in this world!

 

Case Client Spotlight

The Magic of the Perfect Gift

We all know gift giving can be difficult. It feels more often than not, we resort to “safe” gifts, such as flowers, candles, chocolate, or gift cards. None of which light up our souls the way finding the PERFECT gift, for that precious loved one does. As I get older, the more important giving, and receiving, thoughtful gifts has become. A gift that says, “I pay attention to what you like, I know what you love, because I love you!”

This past holiday, I had the privilege of working with a brother and sister, who had gone above and beyond to present their mother with the PERFECT gift. You see, this family has been clients of our studio since they were children, now they are grown, and both recently graduated college. Both of them are now out in the world, starting their careers, and exciting new chapters of their lives.

Chandler knew his mother cherished their portraits from here, he also knew his mother would absolutely LOVE to have portraits of him and his sister, together, in their college graduation caps and gowns, and in their professional wear. But due to the complexity of life, geography, and schedules not lining up- it was likely his mom was not ever going to get that portrait.

Despite busy work, and holiday scheduling, he and his sister made the time to meet at our studio, and have portraits made for their lovely mother. To her surprise, she was presented with a beautiful collage of images for Christmas, she was in absolute awe of how her children had put such time, energy, and thoughtfulness into the perfect gift for her. This act is something she will never forget!

We at the studio, had the honor of getting to be a part of the perfect gift. Each, and every one of us, was moved by the careful attention that had been paid to every detail of the process. Thank you to the Case family, who re-inspired me to do better when giving, to really step back, pay attention, and give from the heart. Giving the perfect gift spreads magic to everyone who gets to be a part of it. No more holding back, when you give, give fully- make it memorable!

GUYS Senior Portrait Prep



Tips and ideas for your session

CLOTHING: Wear what you love and be who you are! We want to capture your unique style and personality! Be sure to choose a variety of colors and styles. Vary the dress level: some dressy, some casual and some in between. Some shots are up close, others are full length. Plan outfits from head to toe down to your shoes. Don’t forget about the extras (hats, belts, watch, sunglasses, etc).

NOTE: Make sure your shirts are ironed. We can’t “photoshop” out wrinkles. Hang them on a hanger to bring to the session. This is the number one, most overlooked detail!

COMPLEXION: We retouch blemishes, so don’t worry about minor breakouts. Regarding scars and moles: we don’t remove anything permanent unless you request us to. Our goal is to create images that look natural. Just let us know your preference.

HAIR:Avoid changing your hairstyle or cutting your hair right before your session. Do it at least 6-10 days ahead of your photo session appointment.

GLASSES:Most prescription glasses glare. Some more than others. Consider checking with your optometrist because most can loan you an empty set of frames or pop out your lenses of your session. Of course, we want you to be able to see, so do what feels best.

BRING & WEAR THE THINGS THAT DEFINE YOU

WEAR WHAT YOU LOVE/ INCLUDE WHAT YOU DO

 01: DRESSY

DRESS PANTS
BUTTON DOWN SHIRTS
JACKETS & VESTS
SUITS / TUX
TIES & BOW TIES
PEA COAT
BUTTON UP SWEATERS
DRESS SHOES




02: CASUAL

FAVORITE JEANS
CARGO PANTS
BOARD SHORTS
HENLEY AND TEES 
HOODIES
DENIM OR OTHER JACKET
SHORT SLEEVE SHIRTS
SWEATERS


03: EXTRAS                                                                                                   

HATS
WATCHES
SUNGLASSES
FLIP FLOPS
VARIETY OF SHOES
BOOTS
BELTS
SCARVES
COAT/ JACKET
ANYTHING THAT'S YOU

04: YOU

BIKE
YOUR CAR / TRUCK
GUITAR
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT
DOG OR PET
SKIS / GOGGLES
HOBBY PROPS



05: SPORTS

SPORTS UNIFORM
EQUIPMENT
BASKETBALL
BAT / BALLS / MITT
FOOTBALL
LETTERMAN
HOCKEY STICK
JERSEY WITH JEANS
TENNIS GEAR
ANYTHING YOU LOVE