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


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

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A whole year? Oh... DEER!

Everlee is turning a year young and I just can't wrap my mind around that! I love my job so very much but having to see these babies grow up in the blink of an eye makes me question if we are getting all the hours in our days or if the world is shorting us on time. 

A year ago (Mar 15) I posted about Everlee's hospital, 'Hello Baby' session, where I went and visited her sweet family within the first day of her life, capturing timeless moments, including the one where her adorable older brother, Eli met her for the first time. She graced the world with her beauty and stole her mom & daddy's hearts from the second she took her first breath.

And now, here we are! Everlee has the sweetest little expressions and mannerisms, her mommy dresses her in the CUTEST outfits, and styled one of my favorite setups for a birthday EVER. Seriously, I can't get over it, she did such a great job! From pops of deep red, natural greens, creams and white, also the little hint of gold glitters, everything was absolutely perfect. 

We started the session in my Mabank Texas studio with a white paneling backdrop with matching floor, spanish moss greenery, and handmade paper flowers hanging. Everlee had the sweetest headpiece and check out that perfect outfit! 


I mean, isn't that just the sweetest!?
I have to, HAVE TO, get that printed for the TLP studio walls!

Then Everlee, like any star of the show, had an outfit change, complete with a custom, one of a kind headdress from Follow Your Dreams, and she rocked it! (Look at the end of this post for a side by side of her with the same teepee we used during her newborn session!)


And of course you can't celebrate a birthday and not have a little cake. Or how about a whole smash cake by Confectionary Dreams of Athens, Texas? (Let's be honest, we don't really need an occasion for a cake from Confectionary Dreams) 


She was so dainty and cute eating some of the cake. Babies usually never really EAT the cake, they just kind of pick at it, lick some icing, and then make a huge mess. Everlee poked the icing, ate tiny bits of the icing, and then pushed it off the stand with her foot. 

All in all, the session was hands down one of the cutest things I've ever seen, just like little Miss Everlee! 

Happy (early) first birthday, sweet little girl! Thank you so much to Daniel & Kristen for bringing her in over the last year to capture her growing from that sweet little chubby cheeked newborn to this petite & sweet (almost) ONE year old!


If you'd like to schedule a first birthday session, with or without cake, contact Traci Lynn Photography within 2-3 weeks of your planned party date. 2-3 weeks is best so you can print beautiful portraits from your session to display at the party and hand out/send to loved ones. They make great Thank you cards as well! Click here for more information on First Birthday sessions with TLP!