Miss Elena | Senior Portraits

I had the privilege of shooting Elena’s senior portraits last weekend. I’m always honored when new clients entrust me for monumental moments in their lives. Senior photos are something to be cherished forever – something to show your grandchildren one day. Elena is such a sweetheart, and she was a natural, as you can tell from the photos! I had such a tough time narrowing down the photos. These are just a handful of many of my favorites.

A Sea of Sunflowers

Last weekend, my husband humored me by getting up well before sunrise, waking our kids, and loading them in the car for a drive to the Kansas-famous sunflower field, Grinter Farms. I mean, what kind of Kansas photographer would I be if I didn’t insist we go there for sunrise?

Reality: While the morning light was great, the kids were not. Apparently the beauty of infinite sunflowers is lost on small children when they’re dragged out of bed and thrown into a field full of scratchy flowers and bugs. I still have to hashtag #worthit and #makingmemories, because the photos did indeed make it worth it.

Thankful | Family Portraits

As we approach Thanksgiving, I just want to say how thankful I am for all of my clients. You help me grow as a photographer each time you book a session, refer a friend, or even like my work on social media. I’m also thankful for this family – new clients who were open to a new location. They really toughed out cold, windy weather this afternoon, especially after just returning from a trip to Hawaii! I think the end result was worth it.

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Sunflowers for Miles

I was so excited when this family reached out to me to take photos at Ted Grinter’s Sunflower Field near Lawrence, Kansas. I had wanted to take pictures there last year but didn’t have the opportunity. Farmer Ted plants acres and acres of sunflowers and lets the public come visit and take photos free of charge. What an amazing place!

The beautiful views, coupled with the little guy’s huge smiles and adorable dimples, made for an awesome photo shoot. I have so many favorite images from this session! This is just a handful.

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Lesson in Photography | Natural Light

If you wonder why I only book portrait sessions at the beginning or end of the day – this is why. We squeezed in a visit to Grinter Farms last week between church and lunch, which was unfortunately right around noon – the worst possible time of day to take outdoor photos. Notice the sun beating down on us, the awful shadows on our faces, and the squinty eyes? The “golden hour” right before sunset or right after sunrise is the best time for natural light. I will say I’m still happy we got to visit this huge, beautiful sunflower field. Next year we’ll be sure to visit much earlier or later in the day so I can get even better photos.

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Thanks to Bobby for taking this photo.

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Our friends Brandi, Lil’ W, and Bobby

Family Portraits | Can We Say Adorable?

I had the pleasure taking photos of this adorable family this weekend. Aren’t they about as photogenic as you can get?  Three-year-old Tynlie is about as cute and fun as they come (but don’t tell her that). And you can’t help but want to squeeze 7-month-old Wyatt with those adorable cheeks and big eyes. I loved the farmland – the hay bales, the silo, the barn … so serene.

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Photo of the Day: Wind Farm

The last time I took a road trip in January was two years ago … with my parents … for a funeral. Below is a photo of a wind farm we passed in Iowa on that trip. I’m lucky my parents were willing to make the stop, because I got some pretty cool photos, most of which have never been published before.

Today I’m leaving on another road trip, but this time it’s a girls’ weekend at a spa in the Lake of the Ozarks! I’m so excited. Hopefully I’ll have some fun pictures to share when I return.

An Iowa wind farm, taken January 2011

Project 52 Week 42: Self-Portrait, 3 years & counting

Last week was so busy, from a Fountain City Brass Band concert, to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, to my wedding anniversary. I haven’t had time to sort through many photos yet, so I’m posting a photo from our quick anniversary self-portrait photo session. We try to take photos every year on our anniversary, so we’ll be able to go back and see how we’ve changed from year-to-year. I don’t think we’ve changed too much yet. 🙂 These will serve as our Christmas photos, too.

By the way, don’t forget that Wednesday is the last day to book your holiday portraits!

My husband and I celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary outside Weston, MO.