Tim and Casey are such a warm couple. When I met them for the first time there was something about the way they looked and spoke to one another that made me feel at peace. It’s that type of love that you don’t question. You just look at them and think…. YES. And that’s exactly what Casey said when Tim asked her to marry him. The Hanson and Bruce family were so great to work with. After meeting them I then understood where Tim and Casey got their warmth from. They can’t help it. It’s in their genes. I feel so completely honored to have been apart of Tim and Casey’s wedding day. I look forward to watching their family grow and hope we always remain friends.
*A huge thank you to xl Photography for assisting me and helping me capture their day.
Kansas City have you heard I’m offering Mini Portrait Sessions in October?? I’m celebrating my one year anniversary back in the midwest and I wanna spend some time with you! Make you look gorgeous and take yo picture.
What’s a mini session? It’s a chance for you to get updated family portraits or personal portraits. In a quick and fun 30 minute session with me!
How much is a mini session? Mini Sessions are $100 (for individuals or families of up to 4 people). This is a great savings if you are on a budget and can’t participate in a regular session. (For families of more than 4 people please email for pricing.)
What do you get? 30 minutes one on one with me , 2 digital images with permission to print anywhere you’d like.
What dates are available? Sessions will take place at River Oaks South park in Grandview,MO. I have 8 spots currently available……
- 3:00- 3:30pm
- 3:30- 4:00pm
- 4:00- 4:30pm
- 4:30- 5:00pm
- 3:00- 3:30pm
- 3:30- 4:00pm
- 4:00- 4:30pm
- 4:30- 5:00pm
How do you book a session? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a date and time. If it is available I will send you a contract and a link to put down a 50% deposit to save your date within 24 hours. All dates are first come first serve. Deposits are non-refundable.
What happens after the session? All images will be edited and culled by me within 7 days. You will receive sample images by email. Once you have chosen your favorites the final images will be sent to you and you are free to post them on Facebook and get them printed at the shop of your choice.
Still have questions? Contact me >> email@example.com
Over labor day weekend I traveled to chicago with a friend and fellow photographer. We explored the city and talked endlessly about the past and present. One subject in particular struck me and still plays over in my head. As a photographer when do you put down the camera and just be in the moment? My mind is constantly constructing shots. Wanting to reach for my camera so I can forever remember the way his shirt complimented the wall of wine in the background during brunch. Or the way light falls through the window in my living room. Or even the way my grandmother’s hands move when she talks about baking. But in adoring and obsessing over these moments I’m taken out of the actual experience. Not to mention you’re never in the moments you’re capturing. Weeks and months later you have tons of pictures but you’re not in a single shot. Having the memories means the world to me but is that more important than giving whomever I’m with my undivided attention? But as a photographer what happens when you don’t have any images to look back on? Disappointment and a feeling of lose surely ensue when there isn’t much to “show”. Maybe this is one of those conflicting feelings that never goes away. Lately I’ve walked away from parties, dinners and trips with a full heart but very few images. The memories will always make me smile but I can’t help but wish I’d taken more photos. BUT I can say I’m living in the moment more often than not. And I’m ok with that…..
I’ve been getting a lot of people asking me where I purchased my hat and shoes in my facebook profile. Got the wedged sneakers from Bakers and the hat from Baldwin. Bakers Shoes and Baldwin Denim are two companies that I adore. When I do shop outside of thrift stores I tend to go lurking at these stores. Both companies are Missouri based (Bakers>STL / Baldwin>KC) which I love
I’ve shopped bakers for years not knowing they were run out of my home state. All of their shoes are fun and a lil funky which is right up my alley. Plus have you taken a close look at those silver wedge sneakers in the pic below? My heart jumped when I spotted those. I’ve had a silver shoe obsession since middle school so I had to snag these. They are perfect when I’m out shooting live shows. Baldwin Denim is a new brand to me. And although it’s mens wear I can’t help but love everything that they produce. My next boyfriend is sure to get spoiled with goodies from this store. Have you seen their latest promo video? You can just smell the manly goodness as you watch. Ugh, I’m a sucker for a well dressed man. Next time you guys shoot a video holla at your girl to take some behind the scenes photos lol.
What are some of your favorite places to shop. Let me know in the comments!
I’ll admit I wasn’t into it at first. Never really been the shopping kind. Especially when it involved me rummaging through racks and racks of clothes. I was the chick sitting in the corner checking the time, rolling my eyes urging my friends to leave. The first couple of times I went thrifting I was overwhelmed. Intimidated even. It took me a good 3 trips to really jump in.
Since moving back to the midwest I’ve been cutting down on my spending all the way around. This is something I can do for fun and still snag some great one of a kind pieces. I feel like the clothes I purchase have soul in a sense. And don’t get me started on the jewelry. I can’t get enough. $60 typically gets me 15-20 items depending on what I’m getting. Seriously what can you get at the mall for $60? A pair of jeans, shoes or 2 shirts? Mmhhmm, yeah see. I’m a thrift store junky now. The best thing about it is that my personal style has totally evolved into something I feel is completely me. I love it. Here’s a couple items I snagged about a month ago. This time around I got one “expensive” item so I didn’t stock up but I loooove every piece.
“Attitude is everything” mug $2 / Wood lips $3/ Red fringe boots $20/
Linda Rondstadt vinyl record $1/ Silver sequin dress $4= $30
Do you thrift? What are some of your favorite items you’ve snagged over the years. Send me some pics I wanna see what you got!
This past weekend I was feeling an overwhelming sense of inspiration. I needed my camera in my hand and I wanted to do a boudoir type of shoot. I believe boudoir gives us an chance to showcase ourselves in a vulnerable yet fearless manner. I often secretly admire the women I come into contact with. Strangers, friends doesn’t matter. As a woman I know how giving and strong we are. But we forget to appreciate ourselves. To love ourselves as much as we love others.
Vanessa was the perfect model for my first boudoir session. We were both a little nervous/excited but I’m proud of the images we created. I plan on making time for more of these kinds of shoots. There’s something great about looking a woman in the eye and telling her she’s beautiful before you photograph her. To watch her nerves slowly melt away as she embraces her particular brand of gorgeous.
This little cutie pie is the daughter of one of my oldest friends. I’ve photographed her every 3 months pretty much since her birth. On our next session she’ll be 1 years old! With each shoot I fall more in love with her facial expressions and laughter. They’ve got a sassy one on their hands. Enjoy the baby goodness…..
A couple of weeks ago I did a quick test shoot for a stunning pre teen model. She’s looking for representation in the Kansas City area. Check out a couple of out takes from the session!
I’m long time friends with the founder of IndyGround Entertainment known to many by the name of Steddy P (I’ll save my nicknames for another post). Not only has he created a label that is changing the way the industry looks at music in the midwest, he’s giving back to the hip hop community in a way that’s rarely acknowledged. IndyGround hosts a monthly showcase for local talent called Midwest Got Next! I’ve had the pleasure of photographing these events since they started 4 months ago. Reminds me of the late nights I spent documenting MC’s on thursday nights at LA’s Project Blowed. If you’re in the Westport area and are free on wednesday night (7/18) come out and support local talent. RSVP and grab your tickets here. Check out some of my favorite performances featuring: Sausha Brooks, Dallas, J-None, Les Paul and Missing Link.