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 Elgin, Bartlett, and St. Charles's most sought-after, Award-winning, Certified Professional Photographer Derryl Barnes is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and Texas PPA. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Photography from Texas A&M University.  

 Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) is a designation earned from the Professional Photographic Certification Commission, (PPA) the world's leading certification agency for imaging professionals in the U.S. Every three years, CPPs must show that they have maintained the mark of excellence that the CPP designation represents. After meeting challenging requirements that measure artistic and technical competence and adherence to a strict code of conduct that upholds their mark of excellence the designation is earned.   

My award-winning photography has appeared in magazines, company brochures, and prominent homes. Studying and working closely with some of the most acclaimed photographers in the profession has propelled my creative portraits into works of art. Using traditional lighting plus creative ideas is the foundation of my intriguing Photography.

My home-based boutique studio offers Location, Studio, and In-Home Portraits. The complimentary consultation is where your needs and expectations are addressed, which translates into outstanding service no matter what your photographic needs are! Check out my Next Level Sports Art gallery.

Also known as a Feeder and AAU basketball coach in the community and surrounding area, is how my Sports Art was developed. After creating dynamic team portraits for my son and league teams, I took it to the next level and "Taadow"! Now the Premier Sports and Senior Portrait Photographer in the Bartlett, Elgin, St.Charles, and the surrounding area.   

Destination Weddings and Assignments are accepted, Derryl Barnes Photography travels anywhere!

"It's not just photography to me ...I'm looking forward to photographing YOU!"

Please, call or contact me with your questions or to retain a date at 972 203 5767, for your convenience a Contact Me form is located at the top of the Website.
Thanks for visiting and I'm looking forward to photographing you!

 What to Wear

The goal of good photography portrait is to direct the viewer's eye to the subject's face. All other elements should be secondary. Not sure what to wear during your family portrait session8 It's a lot to consider - after all, these portraits will hang on the walls of your home forever. Here are a few tips to help you and your family look your bestl
Be Timeless
Clothing can easily date your portrait. For that reason, we often suggest simple clothing with a timeless cut and style. Long-sleeves work best for most portraits, taking attention away from the arms and keeping it on the faces and expressions. Jeans can be timeless and casual. Darker clothing recedes in the image and can appear slimming.
Color & Style
Instead of looking for top-to-bottom looks for everyone in your family, decide on a color scheme that works for all. Different hues of the same color family, or complimentary colors work great together. Ideally, keep your clothing selection within the same style (dressy, casual, sporty, etc) For a soft, timeless look, choose neutral colors in classic styles. Want to showcase the fun and spunky side of your family8 Incorporate bold accents. Busy patterns can detract from a portrait but if that depicts your style, consider pairing them with solids.


Scarve, hat, bow, bow ties ... they can all add a little 'fun' to your timeless style. Accessories are also a great way to coordinate looks, and props can help express your famil's unique personality.

Layers will not only provide more visual interest in your photos but they will also allow a lot more variety in your shots and poses. Layering also lets you easily and quickly vary your look: simply add a sweater, jacket or hat and you have an entirely different look.

Comfort Counts
Our goal is to capture the members of your family as they are today Choose clothing they love to wear and that accentuates their individual personalities. Consider that you might be sitting or leaning in different poses. You want to wear something that you feel very comfortable in and that will cover any areas you do not want to show in the images.

Try This
Lay out everyone's clothing together in the room where your portrait will live. Replace outfos and add accessories until you achieve a fresh and exciting look for that room. 

Choosing your clothing is very important to your portrait, to help eliminate visual confusion, similar color clothing is recommended so that no one person stands out in the family, group, or couple portrait. Long sleeves and solid colors are encouraged, while darker clothing is slimming, and bright colors tend to overwhelm. Using these tips will generally enhance your portrait.

Outdoor Portraits
Outdoor Portraits allow more variety in clothing colors and backgrounds. Dressing up for outdoor portraits is great, however, casual clothing compliments outdoor environments well.


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