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?

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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

Paisley's Minnie Mouse Cake Smash

Paisley celebrated her first birthday with TLP in the Mabank studio on Market Street, with a very messy cake smash and grins that are beyond contagious! Happy First Birthday sweet girl!

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The Phone Rings

An update on Pyper real quick, (and the Bedwell family of course) she's weaning off the oxygen, and they moved the family into a room together. I am so happy to hear this, as well as Wesley getting extra time with his family! Keep the prayers and happy vibed thoughts coming, roll them this way and that way, they need them! Pyper is getting stronger, and they're so excited to finally get to bring her home (hopefully sooner than anticipated). 

 

It's no secret that my pages have been going crazy recently, and with that my phone is also going insane. It's such a blessing for TLP to be getting this publicity, I've been pushing my business through the walls of society's limits this year and was hoping for a break-through to get my name out there. I'm SO excited for this journey. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me for this unique story. 

 

With that being said, I'm sorry to anyone I have been ghosting recently. I've been putting my clientele first, but I find myself getting phone-calls or emails from media productions asking questions or needing more information, and I do my best to forward the info to who needs it, but I am more than just a photographer. The phone rings, and I'm pulling my daughter's hair into a ponytail while singing our ABC's. The phone rings, and I'm rushing us out the door to get my son from school. The phone rings, and I'm packing my bag to get ready for a session. The phone rings, and I'm on the phone with my mom who wants to check in on her grandchildren. The phone rings, and rings, and rings, and honestly I'm terrible at talking on the phone as it is, hah! So here I am, candid and open saying I'm sorry to those I've ghosted or screened calls. I hope you get the information you need to, I've been doing really well with e-mails, and calling back when I realize the numbers calling aren't spam. TraciLynnPhotog@gmail.com SEND AN EMAIL! I promise I'm not a bad person, I'm just a busy mom on top of a single person ran small town business that's striving in the community. A picture of my littles below this, just so you see their cute faces that work distracts me from. 

" Children are not  a  distraction  from more important  work . They are the most important  work ." C.S. Lewis

"Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work." C.S. Lewis

 

Some of the places the story has been featured:
Inside Edition, Hello Giggles, A Plus, Southern Living, Fox Digital Platforms, KLTV Tyler, Vanity Fair - Italy, Tabi Labo (Japan), Baby Center, Yahoo, AOL, MSN, Beauty News, Cosmopolitan, The Monitor (local news), Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, The TODAY show, Daily News, Cafe Mom, Womanista, PopSugar, Love What Matters, CBS... AND MORE! I can't believe how far it's went. I've been contacted by places all over for it, and then the shares by Ashton Kutcher, George Takei, Zoe Deschanel, and multiple news anchors, radio stations, it's just a dream that I'm living in. One day it will actually hit me and I'll probably pass out from the shock, but right now it just feels like some sort of dream I'm living in. 

I'll update the blog later with birth story pictures, and then eventually (hopefully before Wesley leaves) we are going to do the newborn session, as soon as Pyper is out of the hospital. 

Remember to pray, and remember to thank someone that has served, or is currently serving, our country. We need more positivity in this world! Pass the love on!

 

-TLP