The Frisco Heritage Center is located just east of the Frisco City Hall and Library on Page Street. The Center is located on approximately four acres of City property adjacent to the BNSF Railroad and contains 8 structures plus a steam locomotive and wooden caboose. A visit to the Heritage Center gives you a glimpse of what life was like for the earliest settlers of this area – how they lived, worked, and played. Whether you are a long time resident or new to the area, you and your family will enjoy a visit to the Frisco Heritage Center. Take a stroll through the site or enjoy the view from the gazebo, we invite you to come and see a piece of history.

The address is:

6475 Page Street

Frisco, TX 75034


The Mandalay Canal is such a charming part of Las Colinas. Old World style gives these office buildings, restaurants and shops a uniqueness from its modern counterparts on the street above.

Follow the walkway as waterfowl swim in the winding canal and rays of sun create interesting patterns along a tree-lined path. It is peaceful and stirring–the perfect gathering spot for those wanting to take a break from workday stress!


215 Mandalay Canal, Irving, TX 75039



I’ll start out by saying that plenty of rest and hydration is the best preparation for any photo shoot.  As well I know, it may be tough to fully address all the items on this list before your session, especially if you are also preparing a large group; but accomplishing even some of these will greatly impact the resulting images.

1. All you intend to wear should be laid out, clean and ironed the night before.  Wrinkle-free clothing will help make your image much more professional.

2. Eat!  Be sure to eat something before you leave for your session so you’re not hungry during the shoot.  I can’t stress this enough.  You will look better, be more focused, and have the energy throughout the shoot.  This is especially important for children. A great idea would be to bring crackers, nutrition bar, etc; but stay away from chocolate or colored items/drinks, etc. You wouldn’t want to color the lips, tongue, and teeth.

3. Make-up:  You want to achieve a natural even skin tone, and be sure to cover blemishes.

4. Fingers and toes should be clean and groomed.  Nails should be a natural color (nude,french,light-pink, etc) for model/actor headshots and portfolios;  and any color for family portraits, etc.  Although, for all, you want to be careful your nail color doesn’t detract from you and your face as the primary subject.  The focus of a viewer naturally gravitates first to laud vibrant colors, then secondly to the rest of the photo.

5. For men, all facial hair should be groomed.  If you wish to have a few ‘rough’ shots and then shave to include a few shots with a smoother look, please bring your shaving kit and mention this to the photographer before the shoot.

6. Facials and haircuts should be done a week or so before the shoot date.

7. For all, be sure eyebrows are groomed, teeth are clean, and lips are not dry.  If necessary, please bring a lip balm/moisturizer with you.  Moist lips always look better.

8. Come hair-ready and bring a brush, comb, etc for touching up during the shoot.  Hair and Make-up professionals are recommended for best results and are available for an additional cost.

9. Wardrobe: A good rule-of-thumb is to try and wear clothing that doesn’t detract from your face:  Your clothes should be free of logos.  You would also want to stay away from large busy prints and loud vibrant colors, .  Similar to nails, loud colors usually command the viewer’s attention, etc.  You should discuss wardrobe with your photographer before the shoot.

10. I will put this tip on it’s own bullet point as it is so important. Be sure all clothes are lint and hair free.  I cannot stress this enough.

If you see ideas in magazines, etc. that really attract your attention, feel free to bring those clipping or phone pics to your session.  How you feel about photography, what moves you and what you gravitate to provides much insight into who you are and your expectations.  Never hesitate to share your ideas with the photographer.


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Here’s the timeline which can help you manage a chaotic wedding day. Just print and add your time.

Getting Ready 

Hair and Makeup/Getting ready

Bride and bridesmaids arrive

Vendors arrive for setup

Groom and groomsmen arrive


People arrive

Ceremony begins

Ceremony concludes

Wedding party goes to take photos

Guests begin to take their seats at the reception


Guests head from Ceremony area to reception area and find their seats.

Emcee introduces bride and groom

The first dance.

Dinner buffet is ready and guests should be serving themselves food.

Out onto the dance floor.

A dance set begins with more upbeat songs to entice most guests out of their seats.

A couple of slow songs play.

Back to more upbeat songs.

The cake cutting.

Guests are asked to grab some cake.

The bouquet toss

The last dance, followed by your grand exit.

Reception concludes; guests depart; begin breakdown

Break down complete.


Happy endings!!



Yes, there is a choice. The difference is night a day. Camera equipment, how the pictures are processed and even the knowledge of how to shoot a picture is completely different.

Film photography is now considered a thing of the past, yet some photographers swear by it and only shoot with 35mm film. It can be time consuming, though, as once you take the pictures, you have to wait for proofs to come back from the developer. Even if the photographer has his own darkroom, there will still be a waiting period. Once the final prints are chosen, there is an additional waiting period to get those back as well. If mistakes are made, the photographer might not see them until he gets the proofs back, then, he will have to reshoot those pictures. If additional shots want to be taken, then that adds to the timeframe. Black and white film, though, can be worth the wait, if photographed correctly, it can look like artwork.

Digital photography, on the other hand, is almost instantaneous. The bride, parents or whomever wants to see them, can view them through the lens of the camera immediately. These can even be emailed to a computer, tablet or phone. There is no waiting for proofs to come back, If mistakes are made, they can be corrected right then and there. If the photographer has the capability to print out the prints, delivery can be even quicker than film, within hours or a day versus several days. Some digital photographers choose to use a 3rd party to print the photographs, so it might be additional time, especially if bigger sizes or multiple prints are requested.

Quality can be the same on film and digital. It really is a preference by the bride or family being photographed as to which one they prefer. Most, not all, photographers only shoot digital, so it would be a good question to ask when seeking out a photographer as to which medium they use. Some people still want to have their memories on film, along with the negatives so they can reprint them as needed. Be aware though, as technology progresses, that might be harder to do.

Digital photography, however doesn’t need to be taken to a photo lab or print shop, (unless you want different sized photos). Once the photographer is done with the shoot, he can save or send you the prints via email or on a flash drive. From there, you don’t even need to print any pictures, they can be emailed to family and friends and they can print what they want, or better yet save to their computer and use the pics as wall paper if they wish.

Even though it is a choice, technology is evolving to where film might be thing of the past.

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