» Family Photographer Mary Schannen serving Dallas Texas and surrounding areas.

Hello World!!! [Allen Family Photographer]

Well – I finally did it -  got myself one of these ‘blogs’ and I’m starting ‘to blog’.  Everyone is doing it – It just takes me a little longer I  guess.  Up until this post, this blog has basically been a photographic summary of the latter half of 2010, some client work, my art (both photography and mixed media) and my family.

Ever since I stared this journey, it has been constant studying, shooting, practicing, non stop studying (didn’t I just say that?), and I’m still studying.   I don’t think any photographer could in a clear head and heart can say that they ‘know’ it all – even the masters.  Trends are constantly changing, new technology and coming up with new inspiration.  I get all giddy when I learn a new photoshop trick or get a hold of an awesome lens.  Most moms becoming photographers are like that.  We’ve become weird.  Our friends don’t understand us, (unless they are a photographer of course).  Why spend so much time on the computer editing photos and spending so much money on lenses, computers, software, more software, etc.?  Don’t know.  I just LOVE it!

I soooo wish I didn’t have to do it as a business.  Don’t get me wrong.  I LOVE what I do – just wish I didn’t have to always charge for it.  There certainly is a price for me to keep going, and if there are people out there willing to pay me, God willing, I will keep going.    If all of a sudden my husband gets the promotion of a lifetime, or we win the lottery, I promise – FREE sessions for all of my clients!

One thing I have not focused on, at all, was marketing.   I got into photography to document my children.  I fell in love and started creating art while not only documenting my own children, but other children and their families as well.  Then, I became very fortunate that people wanted to actually pay me to create photographic art pieces for their families.  Then more and more business came in from referrals and repeat clients.  I did very little marketing – I have a website and participate on a few social media sites, but that’s about all.  I actually just ordered some business cards!  Now that’s just silly!

So – here’s my blog.  Simple.  I like it, however I’m sure it will be tweaked. I’ll just sit here and listen to the crickets until someone decides to actually post a comment.  That will MAKE MY DAY!!! (hint, hint)

Here’s a few of my own from 2010.  My loves, the reason I started this photography deal in the first place.

Thanks –


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  • goldfishka - All stylishly written

  • Grethel Van Epps - Beautiful!!!!

  • Grethel Van Epps - Beautiful!!!!..

  • Sandi - The blog looks awesome! I love the post galleries. Very cool idea. I seen your work on The Creative Mama and was blown away. You definitely have talent and I am adding your blog to my reader.

  • Tiffany - These images are amazing, serene, and so natural. You are such a talented artist!

  • christine - beautiful images. gorgeous boys.

  • Sally - These are spectacular. Really beautiful work Mary. And your boys are gorgeous! I know only one person is the Dallas area, but I will send your info to her in case she is ever interested in hiring a photographer. She also has two beautiful boys. Keep up the amazing work!

  • Mona G. - Beautiful work! Love the blog!

  • Stacey Erickson - Beautiful pictures!!!! Congratulations on your blog, it looks perfect, as usual!!! Good luck with it and I will keep checking for new photos, as I love to look at your work.

  • Rachel C. - Mary, glad to “see” you and see your work here on your blog!

  • Susan Vilven - I have always loved anything you do – decor, art, photography… You are amazingly talented, and also one of my true, special friends. I am beyond proud of you, for you – you have worked so hard. Keep up the good work, Mary! I can’t wait to visit your blog on a regular basis!!

  • Mary Schannen - Thank you everyone!

  • Susan Monaghan - Beautiful pictures

  • Melinda - Yea Mary!!!! Congrats on your new blog! It looks great!

  • michele - Yay! Congratulations on the blog!!!!

  • Mary Phillips - Love the blog! Welcome to the 21st century! The layout of the pics is awesome, I’m a little jealous…

  • Delilah - Great Job Mary!

    My father was a photographer. It was his hobby, and I was his subject. I understand the joy of new gadgets and new techniques. I look forward to your thoughts on lighting, mood and “tricks”! Much success to you-

  • Andre Lawless - Mary, your work is beautiful! You have a real gift for capturing images that show as much of the internal light and life in your subjects as their external attributes. I wish you the best of luck, though you clearly have so much talent that the luck really isn’t needed. If I ever find myself in your neck of the woods with MY kids I would love to see the results! Andre

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