Ariel's Oh The Places You'll Go, Hot Air Balloon Cake Smash!

I love when babies come back to see me for their first birthday! In this case, I took Ariel’s Mommy’s maternity photos, AND newborn photos, AND now her first birthday cake smash! How fun! I love love love it. Here’s her beautiful Mommy’s maternity session from August 2018;


Isn’t she absolutely gorgeous? I mean, WOW! And those turned out incredible even with us rushing them in about 10 minutes, with police having to come unlock her car (where she accidentally locked her other outfit in… oops!) It was eventful haha!

I loved these so much, she’s actually featured on a wooden print in my studio as well. SWOON!

Then her newborn session;

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She is absolutely adorable right? I love this sweet girl.

Now for the main event here, her BIRTHDAY SESSION! We celebrated with a hot air balloon setup, with pastel colors going on -


Then we had Ariel tot around for us and show off her little baby wobble she has going on. She’s full of smiles, and just the sweetest faces ever!


& then the cake! WHICH SHE LOVED and squished, and smashed, and then I popped a balloon that made her cry with the cutest little cry face (I’m so sorry Ariel haha I still feel bad!) The cake is from the lovely Market Street Bakery, located on Market Street in downtown Mabank Texas, in the heart of East Texas.


Thank you so much, Yessenia, for choosing me to capture all these beautiful memories for you, it has been such a joy and I’m so lucky to have clients like you in my life.

Happy Birthday Ariel! It has been so lovely seeing you grow up this first year.

With love


Dallas Cowboys First Birthday Cake Smash

Dallas came back to TLP to celebrate his first birthday in style with a DALLAS COWBOYS themed cake smash! How fun is that!? Before I show you the birthday session, you may recognize this cute boy if you’re familiar with my work and have been to my studio, but he’s changed a lot in a year! He is the sweet baby in the cowboy hat featured on my studio walls in a huge round wooden print! (One of my FAVORITE images ever!)


SO CUTE RIGHT? Who can resist a newborn in a cowboy hat? I mean, come on! So so so cute!

Okay, okay time to show you his first birthday session, which I don’t think you’re ready for this cuteness, but get ready because it’s of epic proportions!

Here’s Dallas and his FIRST DOWN, Dallas Cowboys themed first birthday + cake smash!


The cake used is from the wonderful Market Street Bakery in Mabank Texas, from our little Market Street in downtown Mabank. If you stop in, tell Melissa I sent ya!

LOVED this session, thank you so much to Dallas and his parents for coming in for another session, it’s been so wonderful taking photos for you since your wedding, and now from newborn to first birthday for this little guy!

Can’t wait to see you for Christmas photos!

I hope everyone is having a great end to their summer festivities, school is starting up for most of us with school age children, and this Texas heat has us scrounging for soaks of the last bit of summertime we can enjoy with our little ones.

Stay tuned to the TLP Tribe group on Facebook for advertisements for the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons!


My Favorite Texas Tradition

Deep in the heart of Texas, we LOVE our bluebonnets, they shine as bright as the stars at night! (You know you want to sing the song and clap now!) This is my favorite time of year, I love everything Christmas, but to me there’s just as much magic in a field of these blooming beauties!

The experts are saying that this year we’re going to have one of the best blooms we’ve seen in years! Are you ready? Let’s get you signed up!

I’m offering very limited time slots, so be sure to sign up as soon as you have a chance!


What’s included in your session? $199 session fee | half is due upfront

  • 20 minute time slot for up to 4 people, add $25 for each additional person

  • 15 digital downloads with a printing release

  • Online ordering gallery (you can purchase additional downloads for $10/each or a total gallery price, professional prints, wall art, and more from the gallery)

April 6, 7, 12, 14th - 5:30pm-7:00pm

Goodbye to 2018

I have said it and will say it again (and again & again… & AGAIN!) I have the best clients in the world. As I sit here, counting down until midnight, on the last day of 2018, I look back at my sessions this past year and tears start to roll down my face. HAPPY tears of course!

I am so honored to have been hired for 256 beautiful occasions, capturing so many family memories, celebrating weddings, birthdays, and births. I am truly honored, and I am beyond thankful! This has been TLP’s best year yet, and it’s all thanks to my clients.

It hasn’t been easy 100%, don’t let me fool you, running a small business isn’t all cake (even though I’ve bought over 20 cakes this year, haha!) there are days where I wondered if I were strong enough to carry all the positions my job holds, as an accountant, a maid, a planner, a designer, an editor, a stylist, all of that, plus more, and not to forget being the photographer. But here I am, I’m balancing it and hopefully 2019 will be much easier on all levels! (However, I’m always up for the challenges!)

Not every artist is in it for the right reasons, and for that, I hope I stick out in my target clientele’s mind as not only valuable, but talented and original. I never want to be seen as the photographer people go to because I’m cheaper, or that I look like “so and so” but have a better price or more for less. I hope my clientele continue to come through my studio door and love their portraits, time and time again, because they value me as their local photographer, and trust me as their artist.

And with the previous topic, I know that there are many choices out there, I LOVE our photography community, I’m friends with a lot of very talented ladies who have true passion and drive for this. We motivate each other, swap knowledge over a coffee date or scout new locations, or if we can’t meet in person (our schedules are craaaazy) we spend a lot of late night hours over chats and group posts. It is truly amazing being a part of #communityovercompetition in our small area, connected to the bigger areas of Dallas, Tyler, and surrounding.

Over the last 8 years I have been through many obstacles, and I know it’s not the end, but I’m stronger and wiser, and will do my best to be YOUR photographer, or help you find the one for you. So that being said, and if you have made it this far - THANK YOU to the photography community, our #LocalLensBuddies #LocalLensLadies and the ‘Happy Tog’ groups. Late nights, editing tips, workshops, and so much more, we have to stick together in order to pretend we have it all together.

In 2018 I spent my 2nd year on Market Street, #TheBestLittleMarketStreetinTexas , in beautiful #MabankTexas where I’m convinced only the best people come to shop. I have never met a more lively shopping crowd as the ones that grace the street of downtown Mabank, there is always a friendly face, a story being told, and not to mention the shops are great too!

I left Market Street for the LONG trek of ACROSS THE HIGHWAY, haha! And opened my studio in 1,000 spacious feet. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with all my space, but I have used every part of it so far while shooting the last few months. I love being able to have so many setups up, have all my props on their shelves, and have a seating area where my clients get comfortable and trust me to help tell their story. I’m still very active in the Mabank community, and consider myself an honorary revivalist member of #MabankMarketStreet , I often miss my small space, but I have to tell you, it’s great having a new storefront! I think this is one of my biggest and most favorite photography accomplishments yet, and it’s all thanks to my clientele. I outgrew my space, not only in room for all the props and backdrops, but for the amount of work in and out from day to day, week to week, month to month, and a new year to the next.

There are so many beautiful memories, in these photos I’m about to share. I helped brides and grooms come together as husband and wife, I’ve have a couple come back with newborns, I’ve visited hospitals to see their growing family in their first hours together, I’ve hugged so many little ones goodbye after they rocked their family sessions and milestones, I’ve celebrated birthdays and seen others just because!

It’s incredible how this hobby of mine, all my life, for as long as I can remember, turned into my career. I would have never guessed, and kind of wish I did so I could have saved some time and money from going to college to be a teacher, hah! (Shout out to teachers! You’re the real heroes! I couldn’t do it!) I remember being in middle school, getting my first camera, I remember upgrading to a DSLR in high school, I remember doing Senior portraits for my friends, and not realizing that was what we were doing (We thought we were just taking nice photos for our Myspace profiles, hey y’all owe me some session fees! Haha totally kidding… maybe!) I remember graduating and my Papa took me to get a new camera, and that was the one I used to start taking client photos. I worked at PictureMe! In Walmart, and hated all the rules they had, and eventually the place fell apart and moved out, months before that happened I started my business, and didn’t realize it would keep growing from that moment on.

So I’ll stop rambling and just THANK YOU all for the memories, for trusting me, and supporting this little dream of mine that has turned into something big! I hope to keep growing, keep learning, and forever be able to be your storyteller, through my photography.

Now how about those photos?


Thank you all for such a fun-filled, spectacular year! I hope you all have had a great one, and I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store!

Love always

-Traci Lynn Fugitt,
owner and artist of Traci Lynn Photography

Shop Small on Market Street!

Market Street in Mabank is where it’s at! If you haven’t been recently, you really need to visit. There is a little something for everyone and then some more!

From Elsie Mae’s vintage/antique finds, the assortment of amazing gifts and goodies inside Elsie Mae & More AND Mamie Ruth Mercantile, seriously cute stuff - check them out and also don’t forget to grab a cup from Latte Grace Coffee & More (they’ll even walk it out to your car if you call it in!), then waltz on down to Dirt Road Divas for some refinished, beautiful furniture, quirky clothes, then the mandatory (seriously don’t miss out) stop at Market Street’s NEST for all their adorable gifts, decor, and of course their awesome selection of boutique clothing, the same goes for the new Vanilla Fringe boutique where you can score the cutest accessories and gifts. The Storks Headquarters has the cutest baby clothing, gifts, and service for your expecting moms - talk to them about a gift certificate for an ultrasound. Then Magnolia Bodyworks with their AMAZING massages in a relaxing atmosphere. Market Street Bakery’s tasty treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. Guilty Pleasures Cafe to fill in your cravings, and play into your well, guilty pleasure of eating cafe foods and more. Euphoria salon and Total Look III with their talented stylists. Or if you prefer a personal touch, check out The Pink Chair salon down the street, she has the cutest salon with a bit of glamour. In the same building, The Wax Room can hook you up with an appointment. The Dance Connection - sign your cuties up for dance classes! The classic, MUST stop place - the Victorian Tea Room, which is a staple in the Mabank community, you’re more than likely to see a familiar face in there. Then OF COURSE fill your calendar with plans and stop in for the best glass of wine you’ll find at Twisted Sisters Wine Bar.

You thought I was exaggerating when I said there’s a little something for everyone, huh?

I don’t think I even talked about all the shops that are there - you’ll just have to go see yourself!


We’ll see ya!