Kansas City child, senior and family photographer » Kansas City child, senior and family photographer

Me, that is! I’ve just been the usual, annual crazy busy with fall/holiday sessions, holiday card designs, birth announcement designs, newborn sessions, orders and packaging. The blog always gets more than a little neglected this time of year, but with so many long days and late nights already, my focus has to stay on getting galleries post-processed and orders completed. There are so many great sessions I want to share (and will share) once I get past the next week.

In the meantime, someone else is kicking as well – and he/she will make an appearance in just a few short weeks – eeek (so excited!) I’ve photographed this stunning mama and her beautiful belly twice now, as well as her first baby (soon-to-be big sister) throughout her first year; and there’s simply no greater compliment than being asked back to capture the growth of their family.

Some of my favorites:

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  • These photos are so beautiful, as is the subject. Great work!

  • Babs

    Beautiful color, gorgeous mama; all poses are great; if only one to choose, it would be #1

  • Emily Wrigley

    Fabulous photos! All of your work for Melissa has been excellent!

  • Awww, thanks, Mel! (Blushing over here …)

  • Melissa

    Kami, I feel so lucky to have you capture these special times for our family. It’s crazy how fast time flies and how quickly we can forget the passing stages. Your work is impeccable and your customer service is second to none. Thank You for everything. XOXO

I’ll be the first to admit I swoon over the latest Matilda Jane dresses with their vintage-inspired, girly girl styling.

But somewhere between her 3 and 4-year photo sessions, I came to the realization that those outfits just aren’t “her.” She’s our dig-in-the-dirt, obsessed-with-dinosaurs-and-rocks, I’d-rather-be-hanging-upside-down-on-the-monkey-bars kind of girl. And don’t even think about asking for one of those silly, pink girl toys in a Happy Meal. We’ll take the Power Rangers, Buzz and Woody, and Lightning McQueen, thank you very much.

So when it came time to plan her 5-year session, I asked her what she’d like to do and her response was simple: Take pictures with my lion and swim in the ocean. I had a vision for a vintage swimsuit and searched high and low until I found just the right one with matching swim cap. I commissioned the very talented Vera at Seventh Avenue Designs to draw the whimsical ocean overlays and love how they turned out! Visit her Etsy store for more wonderful goodies.

With the help of Grandma Gail, we managed to squeeze this session in despite having packed up nearly everything in the studio for the big renovation. Even though her birthday was in April, I’m just now getting around to sharing these – some of my all-time favorite images of my own little rockstar. It’s a long blog post, but I haven’t shared images of her in quite awhile.

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  • Thank you, Kelly!!

  • kelly fowler

    Kami — these are just ADORABLE! I love the creativity and working in the design elements from clothing to sketches. So perfect! Nice work. Happy Holidays to you all! love-Kelly

  • Melissa

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Bella’s 5 year photos! You are so great at capturing little personalities.
    XO

  • Babs

    Kami, Bella is darling. What a contagious smile! I know a little boy that shares the same interests. Maybe there will be a play date in the future? Of course, you would have to come and visit Grandma Gail.

  • Tina

    LOVE these! Sooo cute!!

  • Thanks, girls!

  • These r great! Thanks so much for sharing. She is SUPA cute!!

  • Melissa Lee

    LOVE these photos! I can’t wait to get new ones for my desk at work and at home!!!!

October is jam-packed, but I have a few dates in early November still open. I am considering studio mini-sessions (20 minutes) for 1-2 children (4 months or older) for clients wanting a simple holiday photo and a digital file or custom cards vs. a full, styled session. Spots are open to current clients first. Shoot me an email if you would like to snag a spot/get more details: kami “at” kamibradyphotography  “dot” com.

 

 

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I love it when perfect symbols (unintentional or otherwise) make their way into my sessions, especially this signature maternity session. When I’m first composing a shot, I’m initially thinking about the person I’m photographing – do I want this to be a closeup, 3/4 shot, full body? Horizontal or vertical orientation? What kind of in-camera cropping will I compose for? How is their clothing hanging? Are their hands loose and relaxed or balled up? Where is the light falling? What kind of expression do I want?

Then, after all of that, I double check the background making sure there isn’t something I would want to Photoshop out later. Or, in this case, something significant or meaningful that I want to compose around.

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And what pregnant mama hasn’t heard the following bit of advice? (The harsh light wasn’t ideal in this location, but I spotted the words as we were walking back to the cars and couldn’t resist.)

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Once again, we were joking when she scheduled her maternity session that baby would likely come well ahead of her due date SIMPLY because she booked it with me. Remember the track record of early babies over the last four months?

Well, guess who arrived early?

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We shot this session at their home which is a nice change every now and again from the studio sessions I normally do – it also allows us to incorporate the baby’s nursery in a bigger fashion. The beautiful rocking horse is a family heirloom:

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Proving once again I really am funny:

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  • Thank you, Bonnie! I truly appreciate you “looking out for me” from Buhler land and your love of my art.

  • Babs

    Kami, these are absolutely beautiful. What a precious baby! Married to a cowboy, I especially like the one with daddy’s boots. Gorgeous color! God has blessed you with an abundance of talent. Keep up the great work!

He’s still quite the little thinker, sizing me up with a furrowed brow and those beautiful dark eyes throughout our session. But I’m confident in saying he can add mover, shaker and charmer to his famous moniker now that he’s a one-year-old on the move.

To which I say gleefully:

“Sam, oh the places you will go. Oh the people you will see!”

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… that they make each other laugh.

That they share the same sense of wonder … and their own little language.

That the big ones set a good example and keep a watchful eye over the little ones. And that the little ones unabashedly adore them. That last names and lineage aren’t the only things that connect them, for they are also friends.

 

That they will always be this close.

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