Historic Preservation in Dallas {Architectural Photography}

Usually, when I photograph architecture, it is for newer construction and modern renovations. I definitely love modern architecture, but I also love seeing efforts to preserve architectural history in our city and admire how Preservation Dallas honors the work done by Dallas businesses to preserve and revitalize our city.

A few years ago, I photographed the Dallas Municipal Court building at 2014 Main Street for GSR Andrade Architects after they did extensive renovations of the building. That project was selected for an award from Preservation Achievement Award in 2014.

More recently I was honored to photograph the exterior renovations of the connected building at 106 S. Harwood for the Conley Group. It is a beautiful building that is being redesigned as the future home of the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law. Although it is still currently under construction, I'm eager to share some of the details completed by the Conley Group on the exterior. Like it's neighbor, this project was also submitted and selected for a Preservation Achievement Award and will receive an award in May. Congratulations to all who worked on this renovation!

This beautiful building was originally designed by C. D. Hill in the Beaux-Arts style and completed in 1913.

when you should book your Senior Portraits {Dallas Photographer}

Often, I have students and parents contact me and wonder, "When is the best time to take high school senior portraits?" My answer is always whenever works best for you because in Texas all four seasons are good! Some students prefer to take them in the summer before their senior year starts if they have a packed extracurricular calendar. Others choose fall for the beautiful weather or if they are trying to make a yearbook deadline. But for many, now is the perfect time of the year! Spring is a celebration of nearing the finish and celebrating your "Class of" status. And for us Texans, spring is a beautiful time of the year!

And then there are some who choose two sessions! When Hannah was a graduating senior from Hebron High School we did a fall shoot and a spring shoot. In the spring she even brought her cross country shoe collection! She had saved every pair of her running shoes throughout high school and wanted to incorporate a few of them along with just a few of her medals. What a cool idea! She is now running for the University of Memphis. I really would hope to see her again when she makes her way back to Texas! I always love photographing her, whether with her family, her sister, or solo. Now that I think about it, I never did blog the shoot with her and her dad... So sweet. Reminder to myself...

For now here are some favorite images from both sessions with Hannah. And if you haven't booked your Class of 2018 seniors yet, contact me asap with what your looking for and let's make it happen! The great thing about our Texas weather, is even though it is unpredictable, it makes for a great year round photo season! But if you are about to graduate, slots are filling and time is a ticking!

Farrell Dining Hall at PVAMU {Architectural Photography}

Prairie View A&M University's new Farrell Dining Hall sports an industrial chic interior that blends bold colors with warm wood accents. It upholds the University's legacy and history while making an exciting new dining atmosphere for students. GSR Andrade Architects preserved and highlighted historical aspects of the existing building by incorporating the original laundromat scale as a feature in the dining space and created a vibrant mural depicting the historic campus with an image of the building's namesake, Henrietta Farrell. GSR Andrade and Archer Construction & Design partnered on this modern food hub that also includes a Grab-And-Go deli and laundry facilities to address multiple college student needs.

The Clark Family {Dallas Portraits in Architecture}

Our Dallas skyline is absolutely incredible! Several years ago the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, designed by Santiago Calatrava, made it even more so. I love driving over the bridge in either direction over the Trinity River, especially at night with the top down on my car! The pedestrian Continental Avenue Bridge provides a fantastic view of this skyline architecture and also happens to be a fun spot for portraits. Definitely, a great location that you can even finish up at Trinity Groves for dinner or drinks after the shoot to make an evening of it!

A little while back, The Clarks and I took advantage of a beautiful, warm evening for their family portraits and the boys even enjoyed some climbing on the bridge's park structures. I love the warm light of the setting sun on their faces!  And if you are looking for ways to style your outfits, their oranges and blues with mixed solids and patterns were fantastic!

Tracy Allyn Photography is now booking sessions for spring. Contact the studio to talk about your session, whether it be an urban location like the Clarks chose or in nature. Email photos@tracyallyn.com, call 214.682.3965 or use the contact page.  Weekday and weekend sessions are available.

Lauren & Lindsey at White Rock Lake {Dallas Portrait Photographer}

I can never get enough of the evening sun when the leaves are changing! This late fall session with my two favorite redheads, Lauren and Lindsey, at White Rock Lake was everything I wanted it to be for the best season of the year. Shooting with my all-time favorite 85mm lens (if you don't have one, get one!) added to the softness of the background oranges, yellows, and greens. Seriously, I wish I could freeze this scene in time as our fall color is always so fleeting. Our beloved White Rock Lake offers so many things to our community, awesome photography locations just being one. Thank you, Mother Nature!