HFM is so thankful to have a wonderful team of photographers. Meet one of our valued team members, Traci Ling
Tell us a little about yourself…
I grew up in Bryan, Texas and attended Texas A&M University where I studied Journalism. While there, I met my main squeeze and we married in 2005. We have 8-year-old Boy/Girl twins and a 5-year-old son. My kids tend to be my muses when they let me! My daughter has picked up photography and has quite the eye for it! We enjoy live music events and finding ways to keep the kids active!
Anything you want to share about “being a mom?”
Oh, wow! Being a mom is a joyful yet frustrating experience. Most of the time I feel like I’m surrounded by a bunch of wild animals, then there are the moments where they want to snuggle, help out, be kind to their siblings, and it warms my heart. I work a lot, and it’s a challenge trying to fit that into a small window of time while they are in school. And many times, my husband, mom, mother-in-law, friends are helping me out with the kids so I can work and not miss out on amazing opportunities. There are also times when kids are with me at shoots and I just have to give them a device for entertainment. We do what we have to!
What kind of photography do you do?
I mainly do fashion and commercial photography. But I also do portraits and family lifestyle work, as well. This year I have started doing fine art prints where my personal work is now up for sale. Now that the business side of it is set up, this venture will allow me to just get back to being creative without any expectations.
What was your favorite photoshoot ever? Or one you are most proud of?
It’s hard to choose a favorite! Tootsies is one of my long-time loyal clients and we have done so many fun, creative shoots. It’s amazing what you can do when you are surrounded by a great team. I also love my editorial shoots. It’s memorable and special when you get to see your work in print. The January 2019 issue of Houston Family Magazine was my very first cover! I was excited and honored to be part it!
If you could choose a destination to photograph, where would that be?
My husband and I love to travel. This past summer we visited Iceland and had fun shooting there. Next, I would love to head to the Faroe Islands or Argentina. Anywhere off the beaten path and far away!