CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog en-us (C) CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:04:00 GMT Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:04:00 GMT CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog 120 80 Lucy and Milo at the Dallas Arboretum September 27, 2016 Lucy and Milo at the Arboretum I had the best time with these two at the Dallas Arboretum!  DSC_0728DSC_0728

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]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Dallas Arboretum Lucy Milo White Stripes brother friends siblings sister video Wed, 27 Sep 2017 05:15:00 GMT
July 4th in Oklahoma We traveled to Daniel's family's farm in Oklahoma for July 4th. We enjoyed the peaceful property and time with family. There was a lot of fishing and swimming and ranger riding and the gigantic fireworks show they put together. I shot an enormous gun. Lots of ping pong too, until Penn broke his toe stubbing it on a chair while going for a ball.

We toured the Masonic Temple in Guthrie, Oklahoma. It was built in 1923 for 3 million dollars!

We are so lucky to have such a lovely place to gather with such wonderful people.

Lucy wrote a great book about her experience.
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]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) cousins family fire fireworks fish fishing gun guthrie lucy marshmallows masonic milo oklahoma penn pond ranger smores sparklers spider temple Wed, 05 Jul 2017 03:59:00 GMT
Lucy's 2017 Spring Dance Recital DSC_9750DSC_9750

Lucy had the cutest Spring Dance Recital with Studio B at SMU's McFarlin Auditorium. The theme for the whole show was Where Dreams Come True and Lucy's class danced to Let's Go Fly a Kitecomplete with kite props. The girls kept the kites a surprise from their parents for the whole semester!  I've never wanted to be a backstage mom, but at Lucy's very first recital it was clear she wasn't going to give me a choice. Now I've embraced it and come armed with coloring books and card games to keep the girls busy until it's their turn to dance. I love getting to know all the girls and their sweet little personalities and learning how Lucy makes friends and follows directions. 


I'm so proud of her bravery for getting on the big stage and smiling and dancing her heart out! This is SUCH a sweet time in her life and we are enjoying every moment.
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]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Carissa Daniel Disney Let's Go Fly A Kite, Lucy McFarlin Milo SMU Studio B ballet costume dance family flowers photo recital stage Sun, 21 May 2017 22:15:07 GMT
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I got to photograph one of my most favorite human beings on the whole planet for her Save the Date wedding card! They are the most fun and happy couple and I loved watching them love. Bessie owns the wonderful dance studio, Studio B, that my daughter attends. She's a true champion of our community.

I love telling this story. When Lucy started dance she was so shy and had so much anxiety around new people she would practically have a panic attack. When I took her to buy shoes for her first dance class she cried so much I was certain Bessie would call me the next day and tell me there was no way they were going to let her dance there. But she didn't and Lucy went to dance and Bessie and the teachers were so kind and patient and encouraging and without judgment. Lucy had so much fun and from there really grew into someone who loves performing. (Now we can't get her to stop!) I adore this lady!

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]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Lake Lucy Rock Save the Date Studio B White portrait Tue, 16 May 2017 05:50:36 GMT
Lucy's Winter Dance Recital DSC_4145-2DSC_4145-2 Lucy's winter dance recital was the sweetest ever! Her class tap danced to the Hap Hap Happy Snowman. Lucy is so drawn to music, dancing and singing and it's a pleasure to watch her grow each year in the things she loves. She dances with Studio B and they performed at the beautiful McFarlin Auditorium at SMU.
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]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Hap Hap Happy Snowman, Lucy SMU theater, Studio B, dance hat stage tap Sat, 17 Dec 2016 06:45:00 GMT
My babies DSC_1841DSC_1841 Penn Lennon is 13, Lucy Pearl is 5 and Milo West is 2. They are growing up so fast and so sweet! I'm the luckiest woman in the world to be their mom. And I need to take as many photos as possible of this brunette, blonde and redhead together before Milo loses that great baby white blonde hair! DSC_1796DSC_1796 DSC_1819-2DSC_1819-2 DSC_1823-2DSC_1823-2 DSC_1780DSC_1780

]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Dallas Lucy Milo Penn Winspear downtown portrait siblings winter Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:45:00 GMT
Penn's 13th Birthday

Penn turned 13 on November 27th. I have a teenager! We woke him up with breakfast and a candle like we have since he was little. He opened presents and we took him and some friends to play paint ball. 

I am so lucky to be his mother. He has certainly made me a better person. He was born on Thanksgiving Day and I've always enjoyed the symbolism of that day. I love his dry wit and love of humor. I love how strong his convictions can be, his interest in music, good food and his obsession with playing soccer. I love his ability to forgive and his determination to move forward. I love his focus on the positive and how he doesn't let obstacles get him down. Penn makes me laugh and love and hope. Watching him grow and loving him is a joy and privilege. 

*first photo credit to Brandon Hutchinson.


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]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) 13 bed birthday candle carissa family gatsplat paintball party penn teenager Sun, 27 Nov 2016 06:00:00 GMT
Milo's First Time Out DSC_9736DSC_9736 Milo hit Lucy today and refused to apologize. This was his first time out. He had to stay there until he said he was sorry. It only took an hour.

]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Milo time out, Mon, 07 Nov 2016 05:45:00 GMT
Halloween 2016 DSC_8517DSC_8517 Penn dressed as Ken Bone for Halloween this year. He rode his bike with Waldo to a Halloween party and waited until he got there to don his mustache and name tag. He came back with a lot of candy so I guess they had fun! Lucy dressed up as Wonder Woman and Milo dressed up as Batman. We had so much fun trick or treating down our street and hanging out with our adorable neighbors. I love this street.

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]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Batman Halloween Ken Bone Wonder Woman trick or treat Mon, 31 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Diner En Blanc Dallas

I had the great pleasure of shooting the fabulous secret party, Diner En Blanc for Itty Bitty Foodies. Check out her blog for a lovely post and in the video wrap up. It was spectacular! There were 2,300 in attendance. There are some strict rules. You must dress in all white from head to toe. This includes media, the band, and coordinators. Even the porta-potties were white! You bring your own all white tables and decoration and your own dinner. The location is top secret. Guests meet at a location to be bussed over to the surprise. This year was downtown at City Hall. It is such a spectacle of fun and friends gathered and I was so happy to be part of it!

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]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) City Hall Diner En Blanc Fireworks Itty Bitty Foodies White Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:42:09 GMT
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I photographed twice the love with these precious newborn twins! An absolutely perfect girl and boy pair full of all the cuddly sweetness. 

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]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) baby newborn portrait twins Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:32:25 GMT
J. L. Long Cross Country Meet DSC_3965DSC_3965 Penn ran his first cross country meet with J. L. Long this weekend. This is a great group of kids and they did fantastically! The Long girl's team came in 1st, the boys came in 2nd and Penn came in 25th.

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]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) J. L. Long boys cross country middle school running sports Sun, 04 Sep 2016 20:43:33 GMT
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]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Milo and black nap sleeping toddler white Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:15:00 GMT
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Penn starts seventh grade today. Here he is armed for middle school with his saxophone and new contacts.

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Summer Sunshine Mural Family Portrait DSC_2426DSC_2426 This one of my most favorite families ever! I was sweaty and hot. They were bright and beautiful and happy. Every time. They are magic. DSC_3115DSC_3115 DSC_2457DSC_2457 DSC_3089DSC_3089 DSC_2517DSC_2517 DSC_2464DSC_2464 DSC_2550DSC_2550 DSC_2617DSC_2617 DSC_2666DSC_2666 DSC_2730DSC_2730 DSC_2747DSC_2747 DSC_3010DSC_3010 DSC_2639DSC_2639 DSC_2806DSC_2806

]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Deep Ellum Sun Mural brick family kids portrait sun Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:53:23 GMT
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Brother and Sister Mini Session Portrait I first met this sweet boy when he was little bitty. Now look at him, taller than me and along with his sister! Truly one of the great joys of photographing family portraits is watching people grow. DSC_0531DSC_0531 DSC_0561DSC_0561 DSC_0628DSC_0628

]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Mini Session 2016 brother siblings sister studio Wed, 17 Aug 2016 06:42:45 GMT
Good Golly Miss Molly DSC_0249DSC_0249 She is one of the most delightful girls! We had the best mini session.

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]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Summer Mini Session portrait studio tween Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:42:06 GMT
The Most Adorable Sisters DSC_1025-2DSC_1025-2 This is the most adorable pair of sisters! I love their big brown eyes and happy smiles and how much they enjoy eachother. 

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]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Studio Summer Mini Session sisters Sat, 13 Aug 2016 05:30:00 GMT
Baby Cadence Rocks the Mini Session DSC_1376DSC_1376 Look at this adorable little sweetheart! This family rocked the mini session. Mom and dad are bright and smart and happy and amazing and Candace is such a perfect combination of them. I love them!
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]]> (CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Mini session studio toddler Thu, 11 Aug 2016 05:15:00 GMT