Welcome!! I’m Lily Hayes, a Dallas Ft-Worth Lifestyle Photographer serving the greater Dallas area and surrounding cities.
Welcome to my website and thank you so much for stopping by! ♥ I have been married to my wonderful husband and friend, Mitchel for 6 years. Together we have 4 boys, Terrance-18, Daniel-12, Maddox-4 and Gavin-3. They are my greatest accomplishments, and keep my days very exciting, and not to mention busy!
I found my true calling in photography when my oldest Daniel, was born. Only then did I truly understand how PRICELESS photographs are and how much I wanted to spend every waking moment documenting his every day life before it soon became a faded memory. I heard a quote, years ago that will forever be engraved in my mind, body and soul. “Time is our worst enemy”. “Time waits for no-one. We can’t stop it. Sometimes time moves too fast leaving us struggling to keep up with, let alone appreciate, our lives and the lives of others”. My obsession with photographic memorabilia slowly became a desire to document your very own love of your life and the life you love!! ♥♥
It all started in 2010 when I decide to become a stay at home wife and mother to my other son, Maddox. Being a SAHM allowed me the freedom to learn photography. I made it my goal to teach myself everything I needed to know about digital photography. I studied photography INTENSELY for the next few months! I would sit and read all day, soaking up all I could about the fancy gear, technical skills, and business related to digital photography. It was a fascinating new ADVENTURE for me and I was OBSESSED! Then we got another surprise in 2011, I was expecting again!! Fast forward nine months and I had to put photography on hold to care for my two young kiddos. In 2013, I invested in professional equipment, studio lights and backdrops for a mini home studio. I was gradually making some money on the side, but EVERY PENNY I made went straight back into my business. Even though I was very busy with life as a SAHM, I was still able to buy new gear, new lenses, a new computer, and new software. A pretty expensive hobby, if you ask Mitchel, hehe!
On a whim one day I decided I was ready to start a photography business. I put an ad on Craigslist and I bought a website to showcase some recent work. I felt like an official “photographer” at this point, but I still had a lot of learning to do. I charged $65 a photo shoot and gave clients CDs of about 100 edited pictures…YIKES! I quickly became popular and SWAMPED with clients. From there, I just started to increasingly perfect my work, craft and technical skills to be where I am today. It took a lot of trials, errors and whole ocean of tears but I’m so happy to say all that work paid off! NOW, I can officially say I’m a professional photographer and this time I am much more in CONTROL of my business and CONFIDENT in what I love to do! ♥♥♥