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

A four month old Princess and her lovely family!  Doing a shoot with three adults, two dogs and a four month old with two outfit changes certainly has it’s challenges – but I had so much fun and love how the images turned out!


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  • William - She is really very lovely. You have got good photography session always its very fun and enjoying having photo session with babies along with their family members. Pictures are really amazing with great proficiency.


Lovely Mother-Daughter session.  Such big beautiful brown eyes!




And my funny, awesome assistant Joe!  Not afraid to do anything to help entertain this little one year old!


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  • diana evans - These are too beautiful for words!!

What a cute couple – He ADORES her (and in my opinion, that’s the way it should be 🙂 ).  Love this couple!



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  • Daniel - I love the use of white space in the photographs. It brings focus to the fun-loving couple at one end of the composition. The final image of the couple kissing is awesome, as it captures the shadows of the couple on the road as well.

  • Crisgher - Love this couple .we sure do miss them! WISH AZ wasn’t so far from Wyoming. And Kansas too for that matetr! Beautiful pictures Laura you captured their personality perfectly! =)

  • Meagan Baker - Vancouver Child Photographer - Beautiful session! Love the clean look to the photos with the sky.

  • Chay Hastings - Lovely light, lovely couple!

  • Heather G - these are just gorgeous mary!! love them all! 🙂

  • Stephanie Moore {Tucson AZ Photographer} - Love your editing here, the colors are beautiful. Beautiful momma to be!

  • Christina - What a gorgeous couple and I am in love with this session. Great variety of location, I bet they are over the moon!

  • heather - Such a lovely session! This is such a precious time of life to photograph.

  • Rachel May - Absolutely adore that last one! Beautiful!

Been WAY too long since I’ve participated in my ‘weekly’ project – the last few weeks – Friday would just sneak up on me and then it was gone.  Well, I’m not going to be too hard on myself – Pick and choose your battles – I’m thankful for what I’ve accomplished so far.  My kids seem happy and healthy – doing their extra curricular activities, homework, and doing well in school.  I’m taking limited sessions and learning how to incorporate that in my life without too much pressure.

Ok – back to business:  This past Wednesday was Halloween.  I took a few snapshots.  Nothing great – was going to grab a few of those and post for this theme, until last night when Mikey decided he wanted to actually ‘sell’ his candy!  Genius!  Go for it I told him and he did.


First he laid out all of his candy (he came home early from trick or treating – he actually asked someone for water instead of candy at one house!  His brother got a lot more candy – Less candy = thumbs up from me).


PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEThen he made his price tags and priced all the candy.  The ‘better’ ones cost more. PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGE


Standing back admiring his store. PINIMAGE



Now please continue the circle to see what CLARA has come up this week!

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Well – this week’s theme is ‘black and white’ and certainly I do plenty of that.  But it’s been a while since I posted a Wall art post – and since a lot of my canvasses I have at home are of Black and White images, I figured I would put the two together.

My house is a work in progress.  Slowly changing each room.

I’ve never really bought a piece of art that I have not either painted myself, or took the image and had it printed on Canvas.   However, recently I did purchase something from Pottery Barn.  I have it in my living room – and will point it out below.


btw – I get all my canvasses from Canvas On Demand.


My Office Wall.  If you are interested in learning more on this one – Please go HERE.


PINIMAGEA hallway. Lights and frames from Ikea.  I do plan to add more square frames – so there will be nine total to fill up that wall.  Some day…..



And the Wood America piece is the first and only piece that I purchased for this house that I did not have a hand in creating.  I got it at Pottery Barn.  To be honest, I was a little underwhelmed once it was up on my wall.  It looks soooo cool HERE.  oh well.  PINIMAGE


I painted those panels – I did not originally intend for them to be on the mantel, which is why one has a frame and the other doesn’t.   They are 24×60 wood panels I had made a long time ago and about a year ago I finally painted them.PINIMAGEPINIMAGE


Thanks for stopping by.  Now please continue the circle to see Michele’s post.

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  • Wall Art | CalgaryCalifornia Family photographer | Tot Shots Photography by Jody Boryski - maternity, newborn, children and family photographer - […] I was looking through ideas for clients, I came across pictures of this wall.  LOVE it…could not get it out of my head.  So a few months ago, I started to pull together […]

  • diana evans - Love the canvas on the wall with the two boys walking down the trail. What location is that??

  • Amanda - Wow! I am so inspired! You’ve done a fantastic job with all of the photos and your decorating too! I recognize the photo of your child flying onto the couch from pinterest… such and amazing shot! I can’t say enough how much I love the way you’ve displayed your work!

  • michele caputo - Mary, I need you to help me decorate. You have a great creative touch and awesome talent!

  • Mary Schannen - Kris – you are too funny – I do everything on a budget so email me if you are interested on how I get my canvasses for less.

    Those are 15×15 canvasses. THanks!

  • Melinda - Mary, I love seeing how your house has evolved. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen it’s in person. Beautiful canvases!

  • Kris Allbright - My heart skips a few beats every time I see your galleries. I am in awe of your talent and creativity. Would you have any idea how large the framed square prints are? I have six kids and only a few images up because I just haven’t figured out size and placement in my halls and family room. I do, heart your rooms. Sigh;)

Hey guys! Hope everyone is doing well!

I have had a lot of questions, emails, and (blushing) compliments on my BW processing. Thank you so much! My processing for BW has actually been the same ever since I started photography. I’m constantly trying new color processing to find what I love (I think I”m there…but we’ll see)…but my BW processing has been pretty consistent – I make changes here and there depending on the image – but that’s normal! (Or at least I think that’s the way it should be – Please let me know if you disagree and why!)

I’ve posted two videos with two different images – just because one of the effects is more prevalent in the second image. I am FULLY aware that these images are not perfect technically. I’m basically showing you my BW processing.

As I’m watching these video back, I’m noticing that the picture quality is really not great in the movie version. Hope this helps – give it a try –

If you want to try the software for free, click on the icon to the right – Nik Silver Efecs or Nik Color efecs. See how you like it. :)  I do not work for Nik, however I am an affiliate and truly like their software.  So easy!

A few recent examples, then videos at the end. I suggest watching the videos in full screen.





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  • Mary Schannen - Hi Shaikh – Sorry it took sooo long for me to respond. I use the Canon 5d mark 2 and my go to lens outdoors is the 70 – 200 2.8 IS. Indoors is usually 50 1.4 but used the 24 – 70 2.8 for the second video.

    Sharp? Work on focus – I use Back Button Focus and do extra sharpening in PS. Plus when you resize an image for web, you need to do additional sharpening so it will look just as nice on the web as it does in print.

    Hope this helps!



  • Shaikh - – Hi,I’ve always loved your work. It’s so sharp and brhigt and clean. I’ve been a wedding photographer part time for about 5 years and would like to think i’m improving all the time. I like to check out what other people are doing. (your stuff is particularly inspiring). Thanks. I was wondering if you had any pointers in how to get my images as sharp and brhigt as yours ie, post processing techniques, and what cameras and lenses to use?? If you had time you can check out some of my work on my website. ( you will see i’ve got a long way to go) so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Perhaps you could write a book, I’m sure it would be a best seller. CheersSteve

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