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Tevae | Class of 2017

Tevae was my last graduate to photograph this season. I cannot think of a more bittersweet way to end my graduate season. Tevae is a very special friend of mine. Many of the seniors i graduate are from the ALT academy.  I watch these kids grow over the years. Their talents and hearts and love for others is always on display. I am incredibly proud of Tevae and all that he is accomplishing. He has determination like no other person i have seen. He is dedicated and smart and hard working. He most recently played “Beast” in Beauty and the Beast.  And each night, we would sit up in our production booth moved to tears during his solo.

Now tevae is graduating and leaving this little home we have at ALT.  And as sad as I (and everyone else) may be, we are even more excited to see what awaits him.

Just as we had finished photos in this spot,  a security officer told us we needed to leave. He was somewhat rude about it and spoke to me in a very intimidating tone. Much to my surprise, Tevae immediately spoke up and kindly defended me; told him we understood but didn’t need to be treated poorly. Sounds silly. But! these are the kind of people i love to see in this world. People that recognize mistreatment and aren’t afraid to respectfully intervene. and this is where i cry. Tevae. You KNOW how much i love you and care about you. You couldn’t convince me that you didn’t hang the moon. I am continuously impressed by you. your talent. heart. persistence. hard work. and selflessness. Thank you for being so generous with others. I know that you will continue to be blessed in life. I feel so very honored to have been able to know you these last few years and to be on the receiving end of your generosity. You are so very special to me. I am so excited for our future and am constantly singing your praises. I love you very much and will start saving and planning to come see you wherever your successes take you!

be infinitely blessed

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Harrison | Dallas Graduate Photographer

Harrison. I could write words upon words about this guy and not even come close to scratching the surface of how amazing he is. Aside from his talents, he is a most fascinating person. He is quiet and reserved. He is humble and genuine. And you see him and think, “my goodness this kid is going to do BIG things!” He has the motivation and energy and HEART to dream big and accomplish big things.

If you’re lucky enough to know him, you know just how awesome he is.

Harrison…. sigh. i remember one day i was having a tough time. and out of the blue, you text me to send me words of affirmation and encouragement. and i wondered how you could possibly know that i needed that. ?? and then there was that time that i was half way across the country and you know that i was on my way to get some corn. and even though that seems silly to point out… it made me realize that you pay attention. to life. to others. as much as i want to go on and on and onnnnn about how very talented you are, i feel like that is only a fragment of who and what you are. i keep thinking about amarillo. and the stage at ALT.  and your school. and the academy. and (if i’m selfish) my life. And how in just a few short months you will leave this little home you have here. and i know. i KNOW what awaits you is huge. and big. and alluring. and just frickin’ waiting for you. and maybe i won’t get to see you after all this. and my kiddo will miss out on your presence and heart in the academy. and well, i just don’t know how to process all of that. i guess it just never occurred to me that our time was limited. but this i do know… i am OH.SO.GLAD that we were fortunate enough to meet you. know you. be loved by you. and to have you make us laugh on stage and off. Harrison, you have an incredible future ahead. and i cannot wait to see you live in your dreams. thank you for making time for me. making time for others.  thank you for the lunch dates. the messages. the laughter. thank you for dallllllasssss. thank you for being like a big brother to my little man. and thank you for making a difference. i believe in you. i love you. and i am always always here!

be infinitely blessed

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Cross | Five Years

In case you’re new here…. this little man (and his three older brothers) take the spot in my most favorite clients to photograph. I have photographed them for the last 8 years… before this little guy was even born.

This past year, Cross and i have become the best of friends and he makes me smile daily! Today, this little Cinco De Mayo baby turns 5! Fiiiiiiive! Time sure does go quickly.

He is the cutest little guy and we had so much fun taking these pics.

Cross, i LOVE YOU!

Be infinitely blessed

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Katie | Class of 2017

What Katie doesn’t know is that she was the catalyst for a full week of wheels turning in my head. She doesn’t know that the 30 minute conversation we had after our session ended made me love her more than i thought was possible. She is so down to earth and so dedicated to the betterment of life and people that occupy it. I love her heart others.

Katie is graduating this month and we met a few weeks ago for photos. She is beautiful through and through was so much fun to photograph – despite the wind. and cold. and 4 flights of stairs.

Katie – i wish i could turn back my age and have the opportunity to spend time with you and be your friend. i truly believe that you are the kind of person that changes the trajectory of the lives you meet and touch. I have never met anyone your age that has such a great understanding of their gifts and abilities to impact others. Katie Logan, you are the true hands and feet of Christ and i hope i am fortunate enough to witness all that you do in this world. Thank you for sharing the last few moments of your senior year with me. I will forever cherish our time together and will always remember that conversation we had afterwards. You should know that it really opened up my eyes and heart and made me see things in ways i hadn’t before. You, my dear, have truly impacted my life in an hour. I can only imagine what you will do with the rest of your life!

be infinitely blessed

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