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I'm Tim Flanagan
I love getting to know families like yours and reminding us both of what's really most important in life.
I'm Tim Flanagan, and I have been a professional photographer since I was 11 years old. No kidding. With a makeshift darkroom in a spare bathroom, I bicycled to assignments and photographed evidence for courtroom presentations. A few years after...
...graduation from Baylor University, I opened my first studio full-time in 1992. I cut my photographic teeth on commercial and journalistic photography and had hundreds of images published in magazines and newspapers across the country. A visit with a mentor from Northern California motivated me to turn my passion toward photographing people exclusively (as opposed to commercial advertising or news) and I have never looked back. My experience has left me firmly committed to keeping alive the traditions of fine portraiture. The methods and tools have changed dramatically, but the art of a real portrait is as valuable as ever. Teaching professional and amateur photography classes at my studio and around the country remains a passion.
In 2000, my family moved to the Artist's Village of Salado and opened Solas Gallery ("Solas" is the Irish word for light) We named the studio as a reminder of the essential role light plays in visual art. If you have ever been to my studio in person, you no doubt remember the striking architecture and the massive 27 foot tall northlight studio windows. Our studio is full of light, so the name makes sense.
Through the years I have photographed hundreds of weddings and created over one million professional images for a few thousand of my dearest friends.
My True Love
My wife Cherie Flanagan photographs babies from the tiniest newborns up through their first birthday. Cherie began BabyFaces in 2005 and has watched it grow into one of the leading baby studios in Texas and one of the few in the nation that exclusively photograph the first year of life. Cherie loves working with infants and moms. She and I have two babies of our own who have somehow grown into men.
What We Do
Solas Gallery is a great place to create personal art for your home. We enjoy working with you to craft truly custom pieces to fit your style and character. We offer framing from leading American and Italian manufacturers including Larson-Juhle, Roma and Husar Picture Frame.
What's in my Vault?
If we have ever photographed you or your family, we may still have your images in our archive. A quarter century of sessions has left me an incredible number (over 1.5 million) film and digital originals in storage. We cannot promise that any specific image or session is still accessible, but if you contact us, we will gladly search our files.
What we do
Personal Art of the People you love
For twenty-five years we have created hand-finished portraits to grace homes all over the world. Our private gardens and modern studio are among the best in the nation.
We print all of our own work in-house in a state-of-the-art custom lab on archival materials.
Create your portrait wherever you feel most comfortable. We can come to your home or meet at your favorite spot.
Landscaped gardens and a 27 foot wall of north-light windows await you in our studio.
why we do it
We’ve been there
There is nothing more important than your family. The days are long, but the years are short. We help you remember.
What they say
The portrait of Ryan is truly my most treasured possession. When we had flooding in our area, it was the first thing we grabbed.
Every year we come back to you because we know you are able to capture something we can't get anywhere else. It's always worth it.
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2 Rock Creek Drive
Our studio is conveniently located in the artist's Village of Salado. An easy drive from Waco or Austin or anywhere in between.