We took Kyanne’s senior photos at Loose Park and the West Bottoms. She’s such a beautiful young woman, I had a hard time narrowing down her final photos. I wanted to use them all! Here are some of my favorites.
A diva in the making, Gracie is definitely ready for a lifetime of photo shoots! She did so well in front of the camera that we barely had time to get Mom & Dad in the picture. Such a happy and fun baby!
I’ve had a couple of shoots with Christyn and Hans in the last couple of months. They’re expecting their first baby and wanted to get some fun baby bump photos around Kansas City. We did our first shoot when Christyn was 6 months along at Loose Park and we did another one just recently (over 8 months) at The Plaza and the Nelson Atkins Art Museum. Unfortunately, both shoots were very hot days, but they were troopers and you’d never guess how hot it was looking at them! Such a fun couple and very excited about their new Batman, Wes!
Some of my favorite shots from both shoots:
What’s better than a hot summer morning at the pool? I can’t think of much right now. Monique and Chase joined me for a refreshing late morning swim and I got in some great shots of mommy & son play time!
It’s been a hot summer in Kansas City. Not normal hot. The heat of 10,000 suns hot. So it’s been pretty hard to get out and do shoots in this heat. No one likes to look damp and flushed in photos, right? So I met with Arlo and Paolo and their mommies for an inside shoot with lovely air conditioning. Arlo and Paolo are cousins who clearly have a good time together and it was really a pleasure spending time with them and watching them interact. I made do with some off-camera lighting including a shoot-through umbrella and a softbox. Anything for some blessed air conditioning!
Here are some of my favorite shots of the day:
I had a great shoot with Gavin and his parents, Cori & Jeff yesterday morning. Gavin is 4 months old and such an easy going little cutie. He patiently put up with me hovering over him with my equipment in his face. It’s crazy hot in Kansas City this week (100+ temps) so we made do in the house with a big window and a softbox off to the side set at about 1/4 – 1/8 strength just to get rid of some shadows. I stuck with my 50mm lens and got some great shots just using some things around us like a green bean bag and a chair in his nursery. I’m learning that you have to be creative with what’s around you when shooting babies, and to make it quick! He was very patient, but after about 30-45 minutes, he was done with me.
Here are a few of my favorites:
I’ve been furiously working on the site, my portfolio, and what I thought was going to be easy – a logo. It was a rough road, but I’m very excited about the result! So come on in, have a look around, and let me know what you think! Then go tell all of your friends to check it out, too! Don’t forget to like me on Facebook because I’ll be posting a “Grand Opening” special there soon. But for now, gaze upon my fabulous new logo!
Special thanks to my friend and coworker, Amy, for helping me out with it. I was afraid I was forever going to be in an endless loop of logo editing until she stepped in with her super font knowledge.
Until next time, hang your head out the window next time you go for a drive and try to figure out why dogs like it so much.
My photo business has become much more in demand over the last several months so I’ve decided to update my website and get my portfolio out there more officially. I’ve started a Facebook Page for just my photography, too. So head on over there and Like it!
I’ve really enjoyed developing my photography over the last few years and am so happy that it’s at the point now where strangers are asking me to shoot photos for them! I’m excited to see where my photographic journey will take me and I’m starting to realize the dream so many of us have of actually doing something you love for a living.
So kick back, take a look around, and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear any comments or feedback about the new site, the Facebook page, or my photos!
This is the 2nd year I’ve spent Christmas down at the beach in Alabama and I could really get used to this! Escaping the cold, ice, and snow of the north is great. Although, from what I can tell it’s not that cold in Kansas City this winter. Oh well, you can’t this view in Kansas City!
I had a great beach shoot with the fabulous Knighten family and if you look through the pictures, you can see we had a lot of fun. Beach shoots are a little more challenging than grassy locations, but you just can’t beat the gorgeous backdrop!
Recently, I watched The Cove, a documentary about a huge dolphin slaughter that happens in Japan every year after dolphin trainers from around the world go there to purchase dolphins for their aquariums/dolphin experiences/shows. It was horrifying to watch, and even more horrifying to learn that dolphins are not protected by any organization. I’ve always wanted to see dolphins close up and had wanted to go to Atlantis and do their dolphin experience there. Not after watching that. I will not give my money to support this ongoing practice.
So I’d resigned myself to the fact that I’d probably never see any close up and in person. We can see them from a distance, playing in the Gulf, from the balcony of my mom’s condo on Orange Beach, Alabama.
But then I started looking into the many dolphin cruises that are offered around the Gulf. I was skeptical at first, thinking that they were lured to the boat in some way. But I quickly discovered that wasn’t the case. I chose the Cold Mil Fleet cruise leaving from Orange Beach. Two boats go out at the same time and they drive together side by side with about 50 feet in between them, creating a large wake between the boats.
What happens then is nothing short of amazing. Immediately, dolphins rush to the wake and jump in and out of it…flipping and spiraling alone and together. They’re clearly having fun and enjoying themselves. It was incredible. Sometimes it seemed like they were showing off for their audience. They aren’t fed or lured to the boats in any way. The dolphins just know that a big wave is coming and rush to play in it.
I got some great action shots with my fixed 85mm. Thank goodness I brought that lens instead of the 10-22mm wide angle I was thinking of bringing. The 85mm put me at the perfect distance for some incredible shots. To see more, check out my flickr photostream.