The Allison Family

Hi again, everyone!

My clients are always so wonderful to work with. That’s true of my session with the Allison family, too!

I met up with them in January at the Archaeology Museum and the weather was perfect for photo-taking. We had a mild 60 degrees with our gorgeous clear El Paso skies. While the weather was fine, it was the Allison family that made this shoot such a treat.

The Allison family consists of Cortnie, a massage therapist, Luke, an MP serving here at Fort Bliss, 3-year-old Kenton and adorable 2-year-old Kamden.

When they’re not looking gorgeous for my camera they enjoy afternoons at the zoo, shopping, watching a great baseball, hockey or football game and they hope to start hiking the many trails here in El Paso’s mountains. At the time of our session, Luke had just returned from a deployment. I could tell Kenton and Kamden (and Cortnie of course) were so happy to have daddy back home.

As you can see from the comments above and the photos below, this family is not only photogenic but also a close-knit group who clearly love spending time together. Luke, Cortnie, Kamden, and Kenton are lucky to have each other.

Check out the photos below!

If you are looking for your El Paso family photographer I would love to capture your memories for you! Simply Contact Me for more information! Want to see more of my work? Follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

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How to Get Real Genuine Smiles From Your Kids

How to eliminate fake smiles during your session

Kids are completely unpredictable. They can be so adorable and easy going and laughing uncontrollably one minute, and the next minute, turn that charm off completely. They will typically smile for you all day long until you put them in front of a camera, then they freeze up like a deer in headlights. We want to avoid the gritted teeth and bug-eyed forced smiles during our session.

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Make a list of things that your child thinks are funny and send it to us prior to the session. This way, we can be prepared and add these things to our bag of tricks.
  2. Also, give us a list of icebreakers for your child. Tell us the kinds of shows they watch, the music they listen to, friends’ names, favorite story, etc. This will give us something to talk to them about and will help them forget they’re in front of the camera.
  3. Practice phrases at home to see which ones evoke the best smiles from your child. (Please, oh please, avoid “Say cheese!” unless that really works for your child.)
  4. Try out a couple of jokes with them. During the session, we can ask them to tell us a joke and this will typically loosen them up as they tell it to us.
  5. If there is a song that your child loves, load it up to your phone and bring it along with you, or be prepared to sing it for them during the session.

Prepare a bribe (such as a toy, a trip to the zoo, etc.) and show it to them, or remind them of it, during the session.

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Seven tips to take the stress out of picture day!

When it comes to family picture day, a lot of stress is typically associated with days leading up to the session. We’re here to help you relax and be prepared all at the same time. Here are some tips:

  1. Find the outfits you want everyone to wear a month in advance and set them aside somewhere safe. Then try them on a week ahead of time to ensure everything still fits comfortably and that you didn’t miss any stains or holes that you couldn’t see until they were being worn.
  2. As soon as your family changes out of their photo attire, make sure it is clean and pressed to be ready for the big day. Set the clothes together (sorted by person) and place them somewhere free from harm and dirt. Be sure to tell everyone that these are picture clothes and not to be worn until picture day. This will help to be sure that no articles of clothing go missing. Don’t forget about shoes, jewelry, belts, and other accessories.
  3. About three to four days prior to the session, start talking with your husband and kids about the session and what will happen and how they should behave. If you plan to use a bribe, now is a good time to set that in place. Continue to talk to your children daily to prepare them for the session.
  4. Two days prior to the session, pack a bag of everything you will need on picture day – snacks, props, bribery, etc. and put it somewhere you can grab it and go. Be sure to include wipes in case things get messy, an extra hairbrush, and other “emergency” items, such as bobby pins and a backup lipstick.
  5. On the day of the session, make sure everyone is well fed, but not overfed. We don’t want sick little tummies from overeating, but we don’t want anyone getting “hangry” (angry because they are so hungry) either. Do not get your family dressed in their photo clothes until after they have eaten and brushed their teeth. This will prevent spills and other messy accidents.
  6. If you have young children, avoid any colored drinks the day of the session until after we are finished. Also, get them to wear a bib or drop cloth if they drink anything on the way to the session to save their shirts from wet spots or stains.
  7. Once you get to the session, try to relax. If you have set a bribe, please let me know so I can use that throughout the session if the children get restless. Trust your photographers – know that I will take care of things and will deliver amazing photos of your family.
Are you ready to schedule your family portraits with me? Contact Me to schedule!

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How to choose the perfect wedding venue.

Learn about what you should consider when looking for the best wedding venue for your big day.Hotel El Paso Street Wedding Venue Photography Stephanie Perry

Organizing the perfect wedding can be stressful and demanding. For many, marriage is one of life’s most important events: the right wedding venue can tie everything together the best way. There is a saturation of wedding venues on the market today, and it can be overwhelming to decide which one would be the most suitable.

Accommodate your guest.

Make sure that you have an accurate estimate of how many guests will attend your event. It is usually better to over-estimate the number of people, to ensure you have enough space to accommodate every guest. The ideal wedding venue should have enough room for an adequate amount of tables and chairs, a dancefloor if you have music, a spot for speeches and a kitchen area for caterers.

Is it within your budget?

Weddings can be incredibly expensive, and at times, people spend more than they intended to and fall into significant debt. Everyone wants their dream wedding, but remember to act and plan according to your budget. Focus on the things that matter first, such as a venue that can accommodate your vision and needs. Look for options and shortlist the most affordable places that match your ideal demands.

Make sure the venue is equipped with all you need.

Flexibility is particularly important: you aren’t only going to need the space itself, but all of the amenities that go along with it. Chances are, you are going to need things such as a nice PA system that includes a microphone and speakers for speeches and announcements. Other features you may need include lighting, chairs, tables, and more.

Pleasing the eye!

A wedding venue shouldn’t only be practical, but also beautiful. In some cases, you might have a particular recurring theme, so it is important for the venue to suit the style of your wedding.

Here are my top 5 favorite wedding venues near El Paso!

  1. Painted Dunes Desert Golf Course: Painted Dunes is one El Paso’s most scenic wedding location for high-end events. Many newlyweds exchange their vows and celebrate their reception with friends and family in the shadows of the Franklin Mountains. In the background is a perfect wedding picture spot in front of the lake. Your guests will be seated near an impeccably-manicured putting green where spotless white chairs and a decorated arch is the ideal scene for saying, “I do.” The Pavilion wedding venue is the perfect choice for your outdoor El Paso reception site, creating the ideal scenery for your wedding dreams. String lights create a soft, romantic glow for your reception. Accommodating up to 400 guests, our all-inclusive wedding packages will meet your needs to create your dream wedding.
  2. Epic Railyard Event Center: EPIC Railyard is El Paso, Texas’ premier event center, and hall. Located in a historic warehouse in the heart of the city, it promises a unique experience.
  3. 150 Sunset: 150 Sunset, a unique mix of services that come together in harmonious union, creates custom outdoor spaces and memorable events as well as delicious dining experiences.
  4. Los Portales Venue: Los Portales is an event venue near El Paso, TX built in 1932.  It is an adobe building with history in the vineyard area of the upper valley of the Rio Grande, along the old route to Mesilla, also known as Don Juan de Oñate route.
  5. Grace Gardens first opened its doors in the summer of 2007. The vision was to create a one of a kind outdoor venue that would accommodate small intimate gatherings as well as large special events.

If today’s entry was helpful, leave some love in the comments! See more helpful posts here in my Journal. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram!

Have a fabulous day!


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What to Expect in Our Pre-Wedding Consultation

Pre-Wedding ConsultationStephanie Perry, Wedding Photographer in El Paso Texas in her studio

Last week I mentioned our Pre-Wedding Consultation as a chance to go over those last details, but there’s more to it than that!

A pre-event consult is set in place so that we get an opportunity to meet and talk about your wedding and expectations before the big day arrives. We will talk about your timeline and how your schedule is planned, decide when we are going to do the family formals and if you are having a first look, what time we need to arrive, when we will be leaving, where we will meet, and all of the other important details we need to know.

If you have any questions for us, the pre-consult would be the perfect time to ask. This consult is also a good time to catch up and chat, get to know one another, especially if you don’t have an engagement session planned.

Ultimately, this is important so you will feel more comfortable with us on your wedding day.

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