I love when a client says, “hey can you take photos for my WHOLE family?” I have so enjoyed getting to know the McCune extended family. I looked forward to meeting Kyle and Betsy whom I heard much about. This family is so sweet. They love each other fiercely! After several attempts on their part of to accomplish this session and weather fighting them all along the way, we ended up with a surprising warm, beautiful day. I could not have enjoyed this session more.
Michaela is an excellent student. She is dedicated to her role in student council. She loves the Fourth of July. She can not pass up a swing. She is a caring sister. She loves her friends. She is assured of herself. She loves to laugh. She has high ambition. She has the respect of many. She is the pride of her parents. Not to forget, beautiful As she described her daily routine to me I was in awe of what she gets accomplished in one day. She is juggling many balls at the moment, including senior in high school. It was so much fun to try to capture her and showcase some of what she juggles so well.
I know GORGEOUS is probably the first word that comes to mind with this couple. Which they absolutely are! However they go beyond gorgeous! They are genuine, kind and sweet. You can’t help but smile after being around them. They are over the moon about the arrival of their baby girl. We had so much fun at their session. I love when I am given the freedom to create freely and when I have such amazing subjects. I can not wait to get my hands on the beauty of what is assured their baby girl will be.
It’s for bittersweet reasons I had the opportunity to photograph this family. This family is moving. For this I am sad. I am sad because my youngest walks around the house yelling Lulu, my son is full of excitement after an adventure with Finley, and my oldest recalls the giggles shared between her, Emerson, and Harper. I am sad because we exchange babysitting. I am sad because Lydsay gets me. I am sad because this family has become every so dear to my family. So all of that is the bitter in the bittersweet. The sweet is watching them having a calling on their life and not being afraid to act on it. The sweet is knowing another family doing the hard work of ministry, walking that same journey even if it has to be so far away. The sweet is knowing lifelong friendships have been formed and for this I am so grateful. The sweet is also having the chance to capture their family before we part ways. I love them dearly and so glad to call them friends.
What you see, is what you get with the Jett family. And typically what you get is fun. They are up for just about anything, just about anytime. I love how they embrace life and try to live it to the fullest. It was fun to explore an area of Missouri I had never been. Our session was a bit of an adventure as we dared to do majority of it on a country dirt road often yelling “car” to make sure everyone got out of the way. After the car would pass we would continue with the session. It was a fun adventure, and my privilege this very genuine, very fun family.
I was able to pull of the biggest surprise of my life a few weeks back. I surprised my husband Jon with coordinating his best friend and his family to fly in for Jon’s ordination. It was awesome to see disbelief and joy on his face. He has not seen his best friend (or his family) for 4 years. In that 4 years we have added 4 children among the two families. It was exciting to finally have everyone together. Since both of these little girls have been born, I have been dying to photograph their beautiful blue eyes and precious smiles. I was glad when they agree to let me. It was a fun morning of getting to know each of them that much better. The whole weekend was so enjoyable and makes our hearts miss them even more in their absence. I am praying it won’t be another 4 years until I get to capture them again and hug their necks. We love them dearly!
I love The Plaza in Kansas City. It’s always full of life. When Amelia suggested it as the place to take their engagement photographs I was more then happy to take them there. However, I quickly found out that The Plaza was much more then a fun destination location for this couple. They meet at Seasons 52 for their first date that ended up lasting for hours walking around The Plaza. They spent most of their date night falling in love at The Plaza as it was the perfect mid way point for them to meet. It was en lighting to walk around with them and they would share why different spot where so special to them. The Plaza became much more then a pretty backdrop for this engagement session but more a capturing of many memories of them falling in love. It was my honor to capture those moments.
I have gotten to know Jenni because she is the fearless leader of the MOPS group I am apart of. (Which by the way is an amazing national program for Mother’s Of Preschoolers that I highly recommend! http://www.mops.org/) Jenni approached me taking some fall photos of her kiddos which I was more than happy to do but quickly told her we would be making it a family session. I firmly believe in family sessions and the importance of documenting you as a family. I am so glad I talked her into it. As you can see from the photographs this family loves to laugh. I love being around and photographing a laughing family. I think laughing brings a family closer, and shows an obvious bond. I came across this quote and liked and felt it fit this family.
Families fill our lives with happiness and laughter leaving us memories to treasure today and forever after
I wish everyone in my life could just spend 5 minutes with this incredible family. Here is what I know that 5 minutes would do for you; it would uplift you, inspire you and simply make you smile. Yes, this family is that powerful. You will see people that love each other, serve each other, and strive to honor God in their actions. The weather the day of the session was less then ideal as it decide it was fall instead of summer that day. However, I never heard a single complaint from any of them. I am telling you simply remarkable family, just remarkable! Once we completed the family session we focused on the tiniest of the family as she just turn one year old. She is a delight! She is full of giggles and one of the best smiles that make her eyes disappear. She is also very loved.
I have looked forward to photographing Anna’s engagement session for many, many years. She has patiently waited, earnestly prayed and quietly sought the person God had intended for her. As Anna’s best friend I did much of the same, you see Anna is one of the dearest people in my life for a thousand different reasons and not just any man would do. She is seriously one of the best people God has designed and the person that got to spend the rest of their life with her had to be something pretty amazing. Through a wonderful love story Eric came to be that man. I think what I like best about him is that he realizes the prize he has won when he ask for Anna’s hand and is thankful to God for the gift of her. What more could a best friend ask for?