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Family Fun, Alex M style | tyler texas family photographer

Over the last year or so, I have been incredibly lucky to become good friends with several of my photography peers in the area.  I love having a group of friends who know exactly what I mean when I utter any of the following words/phrases:  f1.2, iso, tilt shift, back lit, alien bee.  Or having a friend who can help me find “the sweet light” in any given room or situation, in under .02 seconds.

One of these awesome peeps, is wedding photographer, Alex M .  Not only is Alex an amazing wedding photographer, he’s also a super nice guy *and* a great husband and Dad to 4 really cute little people.  So, you can imagine I was pretty nervous stoked when Alex asked me to photograph his family.  I mean, photographing another photographer is a little different.  They totally know what you are or are *not* doing right  🙂  Plus, everyone has their own distinct sense of photography style that they like (or else they wouldn’t shoot that way!).  My style is soft and warm and fuzzy compared to Alex’s more modern, rock-star, humorous style.  All that said, we had a great time and even though we had some major things to overcome (locked gates, crazy cows, FULL sun (a photographer’s worst friend!), a grumpy old lady, ants, a few tears) we ended up with some awesome imagery.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed shooting it.  Gear up friends, this is a long one:

Okay, quick story on the first image… the truck (that I LOVE)  in the image is one that was a little difficult to get to.  The people that owned the property, that assured me they would be there on the shoot day, weren’t there.  So, what other choice did we have, but to trespass climb a fence?  So, imagine all seven of us, plus my gear, plus a ladder, making it over barbed wire fence.  Thank goodness there was this really HUGE guy, with big muscles there to help all of us make it over  😉  The climb was worth it, don’t you think? ::

alex-tyler-texas-family-photographerA little family fun in the sea of yellow that surrounded us:


And I really like the simplicity of this one, a family together:

alex3-tyler-texas-family-photographerAs we were shooting in the field, a little herd of cows began to make their way towards us… normally, this would not be a big deal.  But, these cows were “different”.  They were aggressive and mean.  Totally out to get us!  Well, not really, but the kids seemed to think so  🙂  So this last image, came after both Alex and I had jumped through lots of hoops to keep the cows at a somewhat “safe” distance and the kids were a little emotional at the entire experience.  But, I love this image of Alex and his wife, Danielle, with their brood.  You can see the humor on their faces about the situation and the little “pile” of children on top of them wearing completely different expressions…

alex4-tyler-texas-family-photographerNext up, a few shots of just Alex and Danielle (which every married couple need!).  You have to know going in Alex is a pretty funny guy and Danielle is super sweet and a little quiet.  I think she spends a lot of her day (in between taking care of four children) laughing at Alex.  See exhibit “A” :

alex8-tyler-texas-family-photographerBut, I did capture a sweeter side of them too:

alex7-tyler-texas-family-photographerAnd this next series, I love, love, love!  I so *heart* how their expressions reflect each others.  And isn’t Danielle seriously cute?!?


Next, another family shot.  This image is one that Alex had in mind of he and Danielle with the kids and I do love it.  Their youngest, Eli, crying is really what made the shot for me – a true snapshot of a day in the life with kiddos…alex5-tyler-texas-family-photographerFinally, we made our way to another field and let the “M” family just be.  While they were just “be-ing”, I captured this one of Alex and Jo, catching some major air and I have to say, it’s fab-u-lous right down to the flying flip-flops and Alex’s priceless expression:

alex9-tyler-texas-family-photographerThanks “M” family for letting me capture you being “you”, I loved every minute of it!

Until next time,


April 19, 2010 - 5:05 pm Danielle - Tammy! These are great! I can't wait until the kids go to bed and alex and i can look over them reaallllyyyy slooowwww. :) our kids had a blast. Thank you for capturing "us." We love them the pics and can't wait to see the rest! Haha. Jk

April 19, 2010 - 5:30 pm AlexM - We totally love them. Our kids had a blast and the whole process was so much fun. It was so great that you just let our kids run around and act crazy and it did not phase you one bit. That last image of Jo and I may be my favorite photo ever. You are great at what you do and I always love seeing your work. (The fact that it's my family makes it that much better. ;)) We may even have to have another kid just to get a newborn session in. :)

April 19, 2010 - 6:15 pm Vanessa McKellar - Ahhh, I love them! I seriously got warm fuzzies looking at them and also reading your background info. You are SO talented and I know that Alex is really really happy with these.

April 19, 2010 - 6:45 pm Tammy - You guys are all so sweet :) Thanks for the comment love and for being good friends!

April 20, 2010 - 12:38 am Brandi Burkett - Awesome job! The full sun gives me more shudders than any other obstacles you mentioned, haha! You did a great job of overcoming the challenges and producing a body of work that is sweet, thoughtful and very relevant to their personal style. The fourth and fifth images are my favorites. The shot of them sitting in the shade of the truck is a great example of why we use the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words". Very nicely done :)

April 20, 2010 - 2:55 am Claire - Tam, that is one cool session !!! I especially love all the ones that don't have the sky for a background, like sitting next to the truck, the brick wall, etc. Of course, the flying kiddo is astonishing, fantastic job, and yes, that family is just awesome. Thanks for sharing !!! Claire.

April 20, 2010 - 7:54 am Wes - I love the pictures! Not only great pics that capture the M family but you guys look like you had fun time too. Great Job, Tam! Next time you guys should come see me for pictures. I can do totally do what she did, I have a really nice camera. :)

April 20, 2010 - 2:31 pm Blayne - These are great but LOVE that last one.

April 20, 2010 - 7:09 pm Dognbird - You nailed it!! These photos are stunning from an emotional and technical perspective.

April 21, 2010 - 8:55 am Julia - These pictures are great! I love the ones with Alex and Danielle being themselves and the one after chasing the cows.

April 21, 2010 - 12:29 pm Nina - I LOVE the one of the family & front of the truck! They are all just gorgeous! WHat a beautiful family!

April 21, 2010 - 2:22 pm Leslie - AMAZING photos! They do capture them so well!

April 21, 2010 - 4:52 pm Marta M - Precious family, wonderful pictures, thank you so much I love them all. Alex's Mom.

April 23, 2010 - 4:00 pm Christina - These are completely awesome! I can't pick a favorite, they're all that great :)

April 30, 2010 - 9:40 pm Patrick - The Jo flying picture is indeed awesome. It reminds me of when Chsrlie Brown would get hit with a pitch and various items of his clothing would get knocked off. These are great pictures of great family.

May 5, 2010 - 10:21 pm Carmen - Love that last shot with the flip flops flying in the air too, lol...

July 28, 2010 - 2:57 pm Nova Fox - These pictures are amazing! I love, love, love the family photo where Eli is crying. Great pics!!:)

August 19, 2010 - 11:35 am Patti - The tossing in the air is the GREATEST shot ever! Gosh I hope he caught him. Lol! But wait what if he didn't catch him, maybe he did, maybe he didn't? If that's the case sorry of laughing at you little guy, hope you are better soon!

September 9, 2010 - 8:05 am grandma gigi - Tammy: THANK YOU for giving me precious memories. Being a grandma is so special but seeing what one of your own has and is doing with her life makes being a mom extra special. THANK YOU and GOD BLESS.

October 16, 2012 - 10:24 am Amy Dawnelle - I love the last image of the boy hugging moms leg. So sweet :) amazing colors too!

August 29, 2014 - 10:25 am Jennie Richardson - My granddaughter is coming in the first week in Oct. and we are looking to have family photos done. Not sure where, maybe rose garden. Please contact me.

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