Charlie McCallie has an artistic mind that allows him to see letters in unexpected, interesting places. To McCallie, a tree branch can be an E or a highway bridge can be a T. He looks for letters everywhere in everyday life, and that takes some real creativity and patience. In fact, out of 150 pictures he takes, he may only get one he can use. "To me, a great letter is one that you wouldn’t normally think of being one," McCallie says. "I like to look for things that are either really large or really small." And once he has these unique letters photographed, he spells out names and phrases. This personalized art makes for great birthday and baby shower gifts, he says. A word or name with four letters or more is $150; and anything with less than four letters is $100. Most of McCallie’s artistic inspirations come from right here in Dallas . "Probably 80 or 90 percent of the photos have been taken here," he says. "I’ve either taken them downtown or at White Rock Lake or just at random places in the neighborhood." McCallie began collecting these photographs a few years ago, and today his wife Marca also helps take photos. But Name Frames isn’t McCallie’s only vocation. He’s also the regional director for Young Life in North Dallas and works with Young Life groups at Hillcrest High School , W.T. White High School and Marsh Middle School – plus he’s a fulltime dad to baby daughter, Aspen . To find out more about McCallie and his letter photographs, go to his website at or call him at 214-455-1945.




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