Portrait Session | Lots of Smiles

I’m excited to welcome back one of my most loyal families. I’ve taken photos for them since their engagement – now their oldest is six and their youngest is almost three! It’s fun to watch the kiddos grow from the photographer’s perspective and see how much easier portrait sessions get as they mature. Although I always love a little bit of crazy thrown in!

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Project 52 Week 34: Union Station, Another Angle

On the long walk to the car after this weekend’s Kansas City Irish Fest, I grabbed my tripod for a shot of this Union Station sign. Photos of the front of Union Station are pretty common, but this angle is a bit different. If you twist my arm I may post some street photography shots of Irish Fest later this week – it’s a great place to people watch!

The back side of Union Station in Kansas City.

Project 52 Week 29: One of the most beautiful places on Earth

I just got back from a family vacation to Glacier National Park! We flew to Seattle and took an Amtrak train to the park. I’ve traveled a bit and seen many beautiful places, but I think Glacier is the most underrated national park in the US. It’s so unique because of the way the colorful mountains were formed by glaciers, along with all the wildlife and flora. It saddens me to think that the glaciers will be gone by 2020, mostly due to global warming. We got so lucky with temperatures in the 70s, clear skies, and almost no wind. Today it was 105 degrees in Kansas City; I already miss it!

My nephew looks out the train window as we travel through Washington.

A three-mile hike through patches of snow lead us to a spectacular view of Hidden Lake.

This little lamb was just one of many sheep we saw on the Hidden Lake trail. The animals in the park clearly have no fear of humans, as they just grazed near the trail and ignored the hoards of people photographing them.

An early morning view of Swiftcurrent Lake in East Glacier.

There are many beautiful wildflowers throughout Glacier National Park; I thought this was one of the most unusual.

A view from the top of our four-mile hike to see Grinnell Lake. The hike was supposed to be eight miles and take us to Grinnell Glacier, but unfortunately half of it was closed due to hazardous snow and ice. The lakes in the park are turquoise due to the glacial ice melt and the sediments it leaves.

We woke up to a large black bear grazing on berries about 50 yards from our cabin! This was the third bear sighting of the trip.

The wide-open Montana sky led to the perfect opportunity for me to photograph stars (a first). I took this photo around midnight as cattle trucks were unloading cattle a few miles from the park.

A one-hour time exposure of stars passing over the Montana sky.

Tattoo, the guard llama at the alpaca farm were we stayed, blocked the driveway as we tried to leave the last morning.

Day 96: “Trainquil” morning

Sometimes your plans don’t always turn out how you’d hoped. I got up early with the intent of driving downtown for a nighttime skyline photo. I guess 5:45 a.m. wasn’t early enough with the days getting longer, because the sun was already rising when I arrived. My skyline photos were gray and dull. But when I looked in the other direction, I saw this beautiful, tranquil morning scene.


Canon 60d
1/125 sec., f/9.0, ISO 400
18-200 mm lens (24 mm), natural light