Photography Locations in Dallas | Las Colinas Mandalay Canals
Many clients inquire about my favorite locations, so I will highlight one of my go to spots, the Mandalay Canals in Irving. The reason this location is so wonderful is because of its versatility. It looks picturesque all year long. With the beautiful architecture being the main focus, any season will work wonderfully. Not only is the architecture gorgeous, but it also works well with many types of sessions, which I will highlight below.
Bridal sessions are so magical at the Canals. The reflection of the water, the Tuscan buildings, and the greenery create a romantic setting for beautiful portraits. Engagement sessions are wonderful here, as well.
Senior portraits are perfect. The variety of locations like the stair case, the iron work, ornate windows and doors covered with vines provide many options for portraits. I recommend the canals for clients who desire classic sophistication.
Formal family portraitsare a wonderful style selection for the canals. Create images to feature your family in elegant clothes ready for a night on the town or a day at the symphony.
Lastly, child portraiture is a great option as well. There is nothing cuter than children dressed up in their fancy clothes. Celebrate a special birthday milestone with portraits of your child here!
How do a Texas girl and a Scottish boy fall in love? A great ocean divides them. This couple’s start occurred when they met on a mission trip. From that first meeting they kept in touch long distance. Eventually, the groom moved to Texas to be with his love. Their time together grew from there and here they are celebrating a wedding!
The groom’s family traveled from Scotland to take part in this special day. All of the groomsmen sported kilts and received lessons on how to wear “skirts.” It was pretty comical hearing the do’s and don’ts! DO sit with your knees together! DON’T spread your legs when you sit.
We also received lessons about Scotland, like a “bunnet” is a type of hat. It can be any hat, even a cowboy “bunnet!” Also, the men’s socks are hiding a small dagger, or pocket knife. Another fun thing to learn was that the father of the groom far preferred Scottish whiskey over Texas whiskey! It was really honoring to see two cultures unite. Parents from two countries joined to celebrate their children’s wedding.
The ceremony was performed in a gorgeous chapel with vibrant stain glass windows and cathedral ceilings. It was breathtaking! This little chapel sits on the campus of TWU next to a beautiful garden and green house. The location is nestled between college buildings and is a bit of a scavenger hunt to locate! That makes it the best location for a wedding, hidden and secluded.
Don’t you adore their matching shoes! I love how brides and grooms choose footwear to compliment their personality and help tell their story. These two chose wisely with comfortable tennis shoes!
View other events in the Denton area. It is a popular place with many options for weddings. The charm and funkiness of the city entices people to host celebrations!
So many wonderful experiences occurred this past year! My hope is that every year brings new opportunities, and 2019 definitely brought many adventures.
To start, I helped launch the Flower Mound Lakeside magazine’s first three issues by providing the front cover photography. This was exciting because, in my mailbox I received a printed material that I helped create! I also met notable people in the Flower Mound community.
Texas wildflowers are some of my favorite photography sessions. These beautiful blooms start appearing in late March. Different varieties emerge from March through July. Bluebonnets bloom first, followed by Indian Paintbrushes, and then black eyed Susans. If you are interested in wildflower sessions, I start posting about them in February / March! They go fast!
High school seniors! This year I photographed several seniors whom attended the elementary school where I taught! I even taught one of the seniors I photographed! It is hard to believe that much time has flown by! I know it is a trite saying, but it is so true. Time does fly!
Sun, sand, and salty air! I traveled to my home state of Florida to visit family and friends. While there I captured beach sunset sessions. Each evening the sky brings something new and beautiful. Also, the adrenaline gets going because most summer afternoons bring thunderstorms. They quickly pass and leave a vibrant sky in their trail.
Hear comes the bride! Yes, I expanded my wedding portfolio! Weddings are so fun to photograph. I love witnessing and documenting the stream of emotions at these events. Photographing the first look and bride and groom portraits are my favorite. Such raw feelings evolve from these moments.
Back to school sessions were a hit! Many kindergarten parents captured their child getting ready to start their school journey!
Starting in September, I began photographing “fall” sessions! This was a wonderful season filled with return clients as well as many new ones! I held designated dates for mini sessions, and also kept busy with full sessions. September through November is the busiest time of the year. I am so grateful to all the families who trusted me!
December slowed down, so I had an opportunity to photograph my own children. We even visited the very best Santa “Pappy” Clause in Plano. In addition, I photographed a sweet newborn baby, daughter of a female pastor. I am so in awe of watching this young mother and preacher set an example for women in leadership.
Looking at 2020
Here are some things to look for in the year to come!
Wildflower sessions are popular. The bluebonnet season lasts about two weeks! Start booking this in February/ March.
Fall portrait sessions are the biggest hit and sell out by October. Please contact me starting August to reserve your first choice date.
Back to school sessions occur in August. I usually only reserve a handful of sessions for these.
Senior portraits are great during the months of September through November, which means they compete with fall portraits! Spring senior photography is great from March through early May.
Weddings, bridal, and engagement sessions are open throughout the year. Contact me for details.
With the most sincere and heartfelt gratitude, I thank each and every client from 2019. Your business does not go unappreciated. Please spread the word about Jennifer Carley Photography. Referrals are the best!
Texas Ranch Bride \ Bridal Portraits in Justin Texas. I had such fun photographing this Texas bride for a styled shoot at a ranch venue located in Justin, Texas. In all parts of Texas, ranches are pretty popular wedding venues and create a wonderful setting for events. The rustic cowboy, yet elegant Texas theme is a great way to celebrate a festive wedding! Usually, the barn is the main feature of the entire venue. It is where the ceremony or reception take place. The wooden beams create rich warm tones for portraiture.
During this bridal session, we explored the ranch grounds which expanded for many acres. At sunset we ventured from the main buildings to explore the hidden creek and green pastures. Golden light streamed through the creek bed creating magical golden tones. In addition, the ranch had many longhorn cattle and a couple of calves! They were quite frisky this evening and wanted lots of petting from us. One really liked licking the bride in particular!! That created some fun images. (The ranch owner was close by to assist with the cattle and maintain safety). He also drove use around in the golf cart to each location. The hospitality was wonderful.
Do you want to research about Texas ranches for your wedding day? Take a look at this article from Brides of North Texas featuring lovely ranches to consider for your wedding venue. The rustic locations have so much charm and character not only in the architecture but the landscape as well.
Elegance can be portrayed in so many styles and locations. View a European inspired bridal portrait session at Mandalay Canals in Irving, Texas.