Family Photographer

Thank-you for selecting TopHatz Photography as your Family Photographer

Children and family groups are really fun for me as a family photographer because all rules are usually thrown out the window during these sessions.  There are no set poses, number of photos taken, or limits on time.  As a family photographer I know the best pictures are accomplished when everyone is relaxed and having fun.  This is why during children’s photography sessions I make sure that ample time is set aside to get the photos that showcase your child and their uniqueness.  It usually takes children a little time to warm up to a new person, especially one who is carting around a camera with a big lens attached.  I like to  spend a few minutes interacting with the child to develop level of comfort that will allow for their personalities to shine which will result in amazing photos.  Group shots can be more challenging for a family photographer.  When multiple people are being photographed, attention to detail is crucial.  Many times multiple shots of the same pose or arrangement is necessary due to movement, blinking or eyes closed, or simply an unflattering expression.   It takes time to compose a beautiful family portrait, and this is always done without watching the clock.  Your experience with TopHatz Photography will be memorable and our hope is that we become your family photographer of choice.  Photos are treasured heirlooms and passed down through generations.  When you look at these family pictures years from now, you will be reminded of the relationships and importance of family.   We provide exceptional customer service at an affordable price.  We’ve learned over the years what makes our clients happy, and we’ve built our business around it.  We offer various print items including large canvas prints and gallery wraps, metal prints, coffee table books, albums, and holiday and greeting cards for your family pictures.  Please contact us for design and pricing information.


What to Wear

Good choices in clothing is one of the key elements of a great photo session! For group sessions, clothing should be coordinated. Clothing should be simple and timeless. Favorites are jeans, khaki colored pants, white, black or neutral colored shirts, sundresses, gowns, hats and bare feet. (Large, busy prints, checkered patterns & geometric designs don’t photograph well). I’ll be checking in with you to chat about clothing choices. It’s a great idea to plan the outfits 2 weeks before the session. Lay them out on a bed, step back and take a look. Once you’re happy with your choices, make sure they are clean and wrinkle-free, then set them aside for your session. Don’t forget about shoes and the most overlooked item… the socks! Yes, the socks are important…(the color). This will lower your stress level on session day!  Clients are encouraged to include their own props. Examples are: A musical instrument, sports equipment, a book and reading glasses or a family pet.

What to Expect

Studio photo sessions are available however,  on location sessions are encouraged.  Natural environments and lighting make for wonderful photographs and most people feel more comfortable in this setting as opposed to being in a studio.   TopHatz Photography is located in Allen, close to Plano, Frisco, McKinney, and North Dallas. On location photography sessions are offered throughout the DFW Metroplex.  If you are unsure of a location that you would like to use for your session, I can offer suggestions.

We offer weekend and evening appointments, making it easier for you to schedule.  Your portrait session will be tailored to your individual style and personality, so you are encouraged to bring a variety of outfits, accessories, or other items that are important to you.  There are no limits on the number of outfit changes and your creative input is always welcome.  Locations can be recommended or we can go to a favorite place of yours:  your home, the lake, downtown, or just your special get away.  We will create timeless contemporary images that parents will be pleased to display in the home as well as a few edgy, artistic, and fun senior pictures for you to share with friends.  Collections and a la carte products are offered.  Custom announcements, coffee table books, artistic metal prints, and various other print items are also available for purchase.

Please feel at ease at your session. If pressured to “smile”, natural expressions may be lost.  Many of the great images that I capture are the “in-between” shots, when the subject relaxes & smiles.  Photo sessions are work for both subject and photographer but don’t worry, be yourself and don’t try too hard!  Relax, it’s your day!

Once I’ve received your deposit payment, I will start planning your session. I will contact you to go over the details of your session. I will also keep an eye on the weather forecast and contact you (the day of or day before your session) if I feel the session may need to be moved earlier or later in the day or re-scheduled.  I will then meet for your photography session, have loads of fun and capture great images.  *Additional fees may be incurred in the event a client re-schedules with less than 24 hours notice.

Please allow up to 7 business days for your photos to be processed.  Once they are ready, I will contact you and schedule a time for us to meet to view your images, which takes around an hour.  This gives you a chance to choose your favorite images and let me know if there are any edits you would like to make.  Upon request, minor blemish correction, teeth whitening, etc. can be done to the images.  We offer a variety of processing techniques that can be applied to your images, giving you choices that you might not have otherwise considered.  You can choose to have black and white, sepia, or creative editing done to your pictures.  We also have many print products available such as gallery wraps, coffee table books, fine-art canvas, artistic metal edge prints, greeting cards, announcements, and countless other specialty print items.  Visit the Product page for more information about what we offer.   If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just give us a call.  If you can imagine it we can create it. Written estimates are always provided so there are no surprises.  If you have any questions, or you would like to schedule an appointment with TopHatz Photography you can submit a request for me to contact you, or just give me a call.  I would love to hear from you.

TopHatz Photography is based in Allen Texas and offers on-location and studio sessions in the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex area and surrounding areas including Arlington, Garland, Irving, Plano, Carrollton, Denton, Frisco, Grand Prairie, McKinney, Mesquite, Richardson, Addison, Bedford, Colleyville, Coppell, Euless, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Grapevine, Highland Village, Hurst, Keller, Lewisville, Mansfield, Midlothian, Murphy, North Richland Hills, Rockwall, Rowlett, Sachse, Southlake, The Colony, University Park, and Wylie