Happiness on a wall

I posted an Instagram photo last night of my husband helping me hang frames. Around Christmas we did some rearranging, which left a big open wall with a lonely off-center clock. I had a dream of making a photo wall, but with people coming over for Lil’ Miss K’s 2nd birthday party this coming weekend, I suddenly got motivated to make it happen. After lots of “pinspiration,” I decided to use a few pieces I already had and purchase a few new pieces as well. I had bought the small 4×6 frames on clearance probably a year ago, and I had the metal Kansas City skyline hanging in our kitchen. I liked the clock on that wall, so I decided to integrate it with the art.

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This past weekend we visited Kansas City’s First Fridays antiques sales in the West Bottoms, and I found two pieces perfect for my photo wall – the “Home is where the heart is” wood panel, and the big open frame.

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I completed the photo wall with a trip to Michael’s on Sunday, where I struck gold with tons of options for letters (40% off!), ampersands, and more clearance frames. The “R” marquee lights up, but I forgot to turn it on for the photo.

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Finally, I sorted through some of our favorite vacation photos and settled on prints of Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon, and Rocky Mountain National Park. To arrange the art on the wall, I first laid it out on the floor, then cut newspaper to fit the size of the frames and it them to the wall to make sure everything was arranged how I wanted. That step was critical in my mind. From that point, we just lined up the holes and nailed right through the newspaper – super easy! I’m so happy with the final product – I smile every time I see it.

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Graphic Design | Baby Room Owl Prints

After looking around on etsy and realizing that purchasing and framing prints for our baby room would be expensive, I decided to make my own! Two of the 12×12 prints are shown below – the third one has the baby’s name so I didn’t want to post it yet. We’re making progress on the room, and we’re going to reveal the gender this weekend at a shower, so stay tuned for some exciting updates! Any guesses on boy vs. girl? (Please don’t comment if you already know.)


Design Project | Fun Christmas Card

You may recall that I did portraits for this couple a couple of months ago. At the end of the photo session, they broke out their “ugly Christmas sweaters” and an antique sled for some fun Christmas card photos. Unfortunately (or fortunately, since it was October) there was no snow on the ground. After a bit of work in Photoshop, this is the card I developed for them. I love their fun-loving spirits and creativity!

Graphic Design Project | Phillips Theological Seminary

Over the last couple of months I’ve done a couple of freelance design projects for the Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The great part is that I can work on a design project for you no matter where you’re located. With a little bit of background information, a logo, and some branding guidelines, I was able to create an invitation and several ads for my client. Check them out below.

Front and back of a 5.5 x 8.5 fold-over invitation for the Phillips Theological Seminary 25th Anniversary Kickoff Luncheon.


Inside of the PTS 25th Anniversary Kickoff Luncheon invitation.






Online ads I created for the Phillips Theological Seminary.


Sealed With a T | Logo Design

I recently designed a logo for my friend Tekia, an up-and-coming comfort food caterer in Kansas City. I met with her to discuss ideas, inspiration, colors, and wording before coming up with a few rough samples to choose from.


Next, she narrowed down the fonts, colors, and design details she liked.


A few proofs later, she chose this design! Contact me if you’d like help with your design project.

Note card design | Prayer Shawl Ministry

Broadway United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Mo. offers a unique prayer shawl ministry. Volunteers at the church sitch prayer shawls and prayer pockets to give to those in need of prayer – whether it be after the loss of a loved one, during and after surgery, or even after giving birth. I had the pleasure of working with Joyce at Broadway UMC to create a few note card designs to give with the prayer shawls. Below are three designs for the front of the note cards.

GF Services | Logo & Business Card Design

I spent the last couple weeks working with a family friend on his new small business identity. A local printer gave him two sub par business card proofs, so he turned to me for some creative ideas. A few proofs later, he now has his own logo and business cards.

After brainstorming his likes and dislikes, I gave him 12 different logo designs.

He picked his top 3, so I created 3 business card samples.

These are the final results!

If you would like to work with me on your graphic design needs, the process will be similar to the one outlined above. Contact me for pricing and details.


Hello everyone!

I’m a photographer and graphic designer in the Kansas City area, and I’d love to help you with your family and senior portraits, photo retouching and restoration, logo designs, brochures, business cards, and so much more! My website is currently a work-in-progress, so for the time being I’m communicating via this blog. Please contact me for more information and pricing. Thanks!