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I've been shooting professionally since 2005 and a lover of photography for many years before that. Ever since I saved up and bought myself my first 35mm film camera as a teenager and my dad taught me the basics of exposure, I was hooked. And even though I spent the first 15 years of my after college adult life as a school librarian and teacher, I think I always knew I would come to a career in my first love. It wasn't until I had my son and had a subject to practice all of the time that I started pursuing it and making a career change.

Twelve years since being established and today Tracy Allyn Photography specializes in both portraiture and architectural images. I'm passionate about creating incredible photos for my clients. I know how to make people and projects look their best, whether families of high school seniors, executives or architects, or a fantastically designed interior or exterior of a building. I have fun doing what I do and I'll make sure you enjoy yourself during our shoot, too.

I'm a member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International), and am proud to be named one of the Best Family Photographers in the D Magazine Guide and a Top 5 Best Portrait Photographer on the Dallas A-List. My architectural photography has been published in Columns Magazine and has accompanied multiple architectural award winning projects.

When I'm not photographing clients, I love spending time with my husband, Rob, our teenage son, Campbell, and our Border Collie rescue, Roxie. With two artists in the family (Rob is an architect), we love going to art galleries, listening to live music, and visiting White Rock Lake. At home they are pretty thankful that I love to cook and lucky for them, I'm pretty good at it.

My good friends will tell you that I love to talk and can be a homebody at times. They will also say that I sometimes don't complete my thoughts verbally, skipping around in conversations. My best friend from college and I can talk forever about absolutely nothing and understand exactly what the other is saying with just a few random words. We can kick butt at Taboo just through inside jokes and memories and have decided that someday we should go on a game show.

scheduling

You can reach out through the contact page, by emailing photos@tracyallyn.com, or by calling me at 214.682.3965 during business hours. Portraits with Tracy Allyn Photography usually book at least 4-8 weeks in advance, so please contact the studio as soon you are ready to schedule. During our consultation we will chat about your photography needs, available dates, your style, and how you want to display your portraits. We can talk about the best location for you, whether it be a fun and funky urban experience or natural surroundings such as fields or parks. The studio is perfects for babies and headshots. Tracy loves photographing outdoors with natural light, so those sessions are based around sunrise and sunset on both weekdays and weekends.

styling

Upon booking, Tracy will share with you a What to Wear Guide to help you plan your wardrobe. As a general rule, casually mixed looks of colors, neutrals, textures, and a few medium size patterns photograph well. For families, you can try having one or two people with patterns and the others wear solids in colors pulled from those patterns. Avoid logos, text, or tiny prints. I suggest you lay out all outfits together and snap a pic to see how they work together. You can even send it to me and I'm happy to advise. The most important thing is that subjects feel like themselves and are comfortable. Most family groups opt for one look, however, you are welcome to include an outfit change during your session. For senior portrait sessions usually it is best to bring 2-3 outfit changesl

photographing

A session with Tracy Allyn Photography will consist of a mix of lightly directed "poses" along with candid moments. During the experience it is important for your family to laugh, touch, and interact for personal images. Emotions are wonderful to show in images. Sometimes kids will be kids. Even if little ones don't seem to act "perfectly" in your eyes, let it roll naturally. Sometimes the unplanned moments make the best images. Tracy strives to make it a stress free time for all. Rest assured, you wll look and feel your best and together we will create art you will treasure. Plan for between 60-90 minutes for your session and be ready for a great time.

ordering

Two weeks after your session your images will be ready for viewing. During an in studio gallery reveal you will be able to order your favorite images, print sizes, and products for your portrait art with Tracy's guidance. Your images will also be visible in a password protected gallery for two weeks for online orders to be placed. For general pricing information, please see the prints & products section on the pricing page under the details menu. From archival prints to canvas and custom albums, your portraits will be amazingly displayed. Full studio pricing is available upon request. Once your order is submitted and full payment is received, your custom portraits will be ready within three weeks.

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