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.

Senior Portraits | Spencer

My sister started talking about me shooting my nephew’s senior photos back when he was in middle school. It seemed so far off. He was, after all, only six when I got married. But with the blink of an eye, here we are. His senior year. Last weekend, I had a great time visiting both recognizable and unique spots around Topeka to capture his senior photos. There are SO many images to choose from (over 600, to be exact). Here are a few of my favorites.

Do you have a student graduating high school this year? It’s not too late for portraits! I think fall is the best time for photos, and turnaround time is just a few weeks. Contact me if you’d like to discuss.

Miss M | Now She’s Three

Miss M. Ornery. A ball of fire. A little comedian. A talker who has never known a stranger. Our helper with a big heart. She keeps us on our toes and makes us laugh daily. I went through photos and videos tonight, reminiscing about how much she’s changed over the last year. She continues to amaze me – telling jokes, picking on her older sister, and making friends with everyone she meets.

I may be a month late taking her yearly photo with Dad, but better late than never! Her birthday party was a few weeks late anyway, thanks to COVID-19. See how she’s changed since her last birthday.

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Celebrating Miss M’s birthday with my family – Frozen II style

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Celebrating Miss M’s birthday and the 4th of July with my husband’s family

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Celebrating Miss M’s birthday with some time at the park

Back in business | Family portraits

Aside from a few mini sessions during the stay-at-home order, I haven’t had the opportunity to do portraits in many months, so I was more than excited to take one of my favorite families’ annual portraits last weekend! If you haven’t had family photos taken lately…outdoor portraits are a great way to support local photographers from a safe distance.

Sidenote: now is also the time to book 2021 senior portraits!

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Prom Photos

There is a lot going on in our country right now. And while it may seem trivial in the grand scheme of things, maybe a glimpse of something happy is just what we need. Most high school proms were cancelled this year due to COVID-19. But for a lot of the ladies, isn’t one of the best parts of prom dressing up, anyway? So why not get fancy and do a mini photoshoot with your prom date? That’s exactly what this couple did – and I was honored to be a part of it.

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Porch Portraits | Week 2

Because so many people in my neighborhood have been staying home over the last few weeks, I offered neighbors the chance for porch portraits – a quick photo session from a safe distance for an excellent price. Here are a few from week two!

If you’re local to the Johnson County/Kansas City area and are interested in porch portraits, please contact me! An additional mileage fee may apply, depending on location.

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Porch Portraits | Week 1

Because so many people in my neighborhood have been staying home over the last few weeks, I offered neighbors the chance for porch portraits – a quick photo session from a safe distance for an excellent price. Here are a few from week one!

If you’re local to the Johnson County/Kansas City area and are interested in porch portraits, please contact me! An additional mileage fee may apply, depending on location.

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Newborn Portraits | Baby Elaine

I am always honored when I’m asked to photograph a newborn, and doubly so when it’s for a new client. Little Elaine is a truly precious gift, and she did great in her modeling debut! It certainly didn’t hurt that Dada & Papa did an amazing job collecting props and coming up with ideas. Isn’t she perfect?

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Family Portraits | Long-time Friends

My first portrait session was about 12 years ago – an engagement session for this couple. Now they live across the country and have three kids who are growing up way too fast. But when they’re back home visiting family, I always love catching up and taking their photos. I was honored to shoot these in the church where they got married!

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