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

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than two years since we captured his older brother at the same age, but it has. And wow, if ever there was a career that reminds you how quickly time passes and little ones become big ones, this is it. Now it’s younger brother Eddie’s turn to celebrate the end of the first year milestone and the beginning of full-on todder-hood. Just as we did with that session two years ago, we shot this one at their home. They have the most beautiful natural light streaming into their family room, and with all of the snow on the ground at the time, we knew this would be an indoor session. I shot most of these with my 35/1.4L lens, swapping out for my 24-70 here and there.

These are some of my favorites from their in-home session, especially the last one …

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If you’re thinking about your own child or family session, be sure to take advantage of my Spring/Summer promotion – a great savings and just in time for warmer weather outdoor photos!

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… and it’s bright and beautiful, just like she is.

This was just one of those sessions that flowed effortlessly – the hair, the clothing, the expressions … those looks …

And the light. All around us and shining from within. Meet Monique – Class of 2011.

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If you’re the parent of a 2012 senior or a soon-to-be high school senior in the Kansas City area, definitely head on over to my Facebook page for a special offer if you book your session (to take place this Summer) by March 31, 2011. Mention you saw this blog post and I’ll add 75 complementary wallets from your session, too! While you’re there, “like” the page and you’ll be the first to know about specials and promotions.

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  • stacie

    LOVE THEM!!!! They look great.

So many colors. So many textures. So many connections. So many families this past fall and winter came into my life and in front of the lens.

Yes, it was often cold and windy. There were more red, runny noses than I can count. And even a few meltdowns. Anyone who’s ever attempted to dress an entire family for a photo shoot and get out the door on time with everyone well-rested and well-fed (and completely unscathed) will attest to that one. But, in the end, we were able to capture not only custom images for holiday cards, gifts and home displays, but lasting memories.

So, I pose this question (especially to the moms out there reading this): When was the last time you stepped into an image with your children? If it took you more than five seconds to answer that question, it’s time, people. I promise, beyond a shred of a doubt, that there never will be a perfect, perfect moment (you know the one that dangles like a carrot in front of each of us … when we lose those last few pounds … when we grow our hair out … etc.) And, not surprisingly, those aren’t the things our children will see years from now when they’re looking through the albums. Instead, they’ll smile at the laughter, the hugs, the kisses and all of the things that make us a family.

Here are some of my favorites from several recent family sessions (starting with my own quickie family session thanks to the work of my good friend, Carmen Carver). Seriously, we shot all of this in my studio in about 10 minutes before we left for a company holiday party.

Don’t worry, if you don’t yet see yours here, I’ve got several more blog posts to go before I’m caught up, but I’m making progress! And, excuse the odd sizing variances. I’m working on a new blog site/rebranding so time is valuable right now and my main focus is simply sharing recent work so I don’t get even further behind here on the blog as the 2011 sessions are now in full swing.

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And then there’s this gorgeous family and a sunset session on one of our last “not as cold as it could be, but still chilly” December days.

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And this fun “urban” family session downtown where, I swear, we got the BEST shots of our entire session in the first 10 minutes (gotta love when that happens):

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And a late afternoon session to capture the fall colors and this terrific family in the most beautiful light:

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More fall/winter families to come, so stay tuned!

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So much to show and tell and I leave for Imaging USA in less than two days, so let’s get started. I’m going to mix up some late summer and fall sessions in no particular order, but there were a slew of wonderful sessions the past six months and looking back at those happy faces makes me equally happy.

Some of our shooting days were downright freezing cold and windy, like this one (but you’d seriously never know it from the ever handsome Gus and his gorgeous momma):

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But before we hit the single digit temperatures, I got to spend an afternoon with these guys. (Check out that eye color). The last time you saw little sister on the blog, we were shooting her newborn session. My how time flies!

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And let’s not forget Dylan who, along with his dad, has a big love of trains (and striking nonchalant poses in front of vintage chairs, apparently.) Ok, I made that last part up, but I swear he just walked right over, crossed one leg over the other and gazed off into the distance as if he’d modeled like this a thousand times. What a sweet, sweet boy!

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  • Bonnie D.

    Great shots!

…. but we’re in full bloom here at the studio.

Meet Karsyn, a scrumptious little stocking stuffer who made her appearance just a week before Santa made his. A truly special delivery!

Below are some of my favorites from her session. Once they have a chance to mail out birth announcements, I’ll share those as well.

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It’s not too soon to get on the calendar for a session this February through Summer. I only take a set number of newborns per month to ensure my schedule is flexible enough to photograph them during the first 5-10 days after birth. It’s best to schedule your Signature Newborn or Baby’s First Year Package during the second or third trimester to ensure a spot on the calendar.

I have a host of new creative ideas and compositions ready for the next set of newborns as well!

SPECIAL BONUS: If you’ve read this far, are pregnant and considering custom newborn photography, then mention this blog post when you call to schedule your session and receive two complementary, custom-designed accordian wallet books with your reserved (and paid) creative session fee. While the actual session will take place 5-10 days after birth, to take advantage of this special bonus, your session must be booked and creative session fee received no later than midnight Central time, January 14, 2011. Newborn photography sessions make wonderful baby shower gifts as well – ask me about gift certificates or a gift registry.

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“Wow. I can’t believe these little people are really mine. I feel so lucky.”

And I couldn’t have summed up the power of photography any better. In a single image, we can freeze a moment and bottle the joy and love we feel as brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers — families.

Yes, exposure, color, contrast, composition and post-processing are all incredibly important elements of a great photograph, but ultimately, I think it’s about this: Did the image make you feel like laughing? Crying? Could you almost ‘smell’ the newborn skin? Did you want to jump right into the shot and share your own belly laugh?

Did the image make you feel something?

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