When I think of my interactions with this family I immediately think of authentic. Even though it’s been a while since I have seen them they remain steadfast to that very word. I got to sneak a few family photos before we focused on Mateo. That last time I photographed him was 8 years ago. He was just as respectful, quiet and assured as I remembered him to be. He choose a few of his favorite locations in Kansas City to be photograph at. I also happen to love those places so it worked out well. He even showed me of a hidden bridge I was unaware of and fell in love with. It was a such a great session with such an authentic, kind and handsome young man.


This family is preparing for something I am not sure I could prepare for. They are preparing for life without their dad for a year. He is bravely defending our country in the Army as he is deployed. It was an honor and a privilege to photograph their family and allow them to have a moment captured to hold on to as they are away from each other. It’s a joint effort of sacrifice and willingness to give to our country by the whole family. What an honor it is to know them. Will you join me in praying for the Smith family this year as they serve our country?


When Lindsay approached me about doing family photographs she was sure of one thing, she wanted fall leaves.  We tentatively planned a date that we thought the leaves would be in their prime.  Well as that date approached it was evident the leaves just weren’t ready.  We pushed the date back a couple of weeks.  I am not sure if I have ever analyzed the leaves as much as I have in the last few weeks.  I wanted the leaves to look beautiful but also didn’t want to miss the window for them either.  As our session approached the leaves began to cooperate which I was relieved.  However, the session happen to be on the coldest day we had this fall so far.  The family was awesome and endured the cold to get some beautiful family photos.  It was worth the wait to have the colors of fall gracing the family in the background.