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This amazing family is always such a joy to photograph year after year, they’ve been annual regulars since the littlest girls were 6 months old and this was their 5th year. We always try to alternate styles of location, last year we were in a park setting so this year we went with some architecture and the Unity Village campus in Lee’s Summit never fails to disappoint. The campus is huge but we focused on the main center garden area with the water features and stone work. We also scheduled it for a week night since it’s really popular for weddings on the weekends, so if you’re planning on going out there, I strongly suggest a weekday morning or evening as we pretty much had the place to ourselves.

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We have a standard set of combos we always get; all the family together, just the kids together, parents alone, and then individual shots of each kiddo. Since my sessions are all-in-one sessions (meaning time and digital images), it makes it easy to get all the combos done for the wall. I especially love when parents get shots of just them by themselves because after the kids come along, it rarely happens! So I try to make sure I always get some. I think I have maybe two photos of my parents alone together my entire childhood, and I was kid #4, so I know how important it is for the kids to have when they’re older as well as for parents.

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We lucked out with an overcast evening so we didn’t have to deal with any direct sunlight, which made these photos below PERFECT. I am loving how blue the water was and how amazing everyone looked in front of it.

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Looking forward to next year with this precious family! And if you’ve never been to Unity Village, I highly recommend it! Awesome location to shoot at!

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It’s finally starting to get chilly here in KC, which means sunny skies and temps hanging around the freezing point with the wind chill, something the Canadian girl in me says feels more like Spring but the Kansas girl in me says “I’m not ready for Winter!”. I’m sure anyone reading this probably relates to the Kansas girl more! SO, in an effort to feel warm and fuzzy, time to start posting sunny sessions from this Fall. I’ve been so busy shooting that I just haven’t blogged. Here’s a freaking adorable family session we photographed down in the River Market. These sisters were just too cute for words and I loved how much they loved each other, it just melts your heart. Smiles and giggles for days.

Here are some of my favorites! I love the orange, blue and green from the scenes color combo, it just totally works! Enjoy! And stay warm!

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Okay, I know I say it in black/white here on my website that I never shoot seniors, ‘as in ever’. BUT, sometimes rules can be broken and I do surprise myself with how much fun I have. Case in point, Abby Jo’s senior session. Her mom is a good friend and colleague of mine and when she asked if I would do the session, I thought ‘you know, why not?’. And we had a BLAST! We chose the Crossroads here in Kansas City for the majority of our session and got a good mix of greenery and urban feel to Abby Jo’s photos, which just turned out beautiful. It’s been a long time since I worked with a teenager and I’ve been so used to chasing toddlers for sessions, it was a nice break! I’m contemplating bringing back Senior sessions next spring when I’m back from maternity leave, so stay tuned!

Here are some of my faves from Abby Jo’s session! Here’s the the Class of 2016!

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It is always such a joy to work with the Rolf family every year since Katie was first pregnant with Abel and now their precious daughter is soon to make her debut! Katie and I had fun planning out the session to fulfill her vision for what she wanted out of her images and I absolutely love how they came out. We found the blue graffiti wall down in the West Bottoms by chance having no idea it would match her dress so perfectly and I love how she dressed up her boys with a dash of pink for the wee little Miss coming. It was an insanely windy day but we found some great spots out of the wind, for the most part, and just rocked it.

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I always love popping by the freight yard, you never know what color combos you’re going to get but it worked out lovely!

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Across the freight yard is the viaduct for the Central Avenue bridge which is one of my favorite spots to shoot since there’s next to no traffic and I love the beams. Mostly because there’s no traffic, so it makes it much safer to bring clients out there.

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For our glitz and fun, Katie and her mom actually made the tutu and gold top outfit and I LOVE IT. We wanted to celebrate having a girl and do something totally girly, which if you know Katie is fun because she’s like me and not really girly girl at all, so it was a blast to have some fun, and she looked amazing!

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These family photos are my favorite. Abel had had enough by then (only 30 minutes later!) and so when I knew I had enough posed ones of him, I encouraged him to go splash in some puddles, which this boy was all about! LOVE. Life with a toddler ya’ll.

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Can’t wait to meet you Baby Girl! See you real soon!!

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***Offer is currently closed, thank you so much for the families who were able to sign up!***

Newborn sessions are starting to make a come-back! If you’ve followed my work for a while, you know that newborn sessions are among my very favorite sessions, only I took them off my offerings earlier this year when we experienced our miscarriage. Happily, things are going great with Baby Bug (24 weeks today!) and I am slowly transitioning into offering Newborn sessions again in full swing.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR LIFESTYLE NEWBORN SESSIONS:

If you are expecting your little one in November or December 2015, or early January 2016, OR you are anticipating bringing your preemie home from the NICU, you don’t want to miss this!

Book your Newborn LIFESTYLE session for just $300 + tax!

Includes:
1 Hour session IN YOUR HOME within first month of baby being born
• Images of baby alone for birth announcement pics and keepsake, using items found in your home
• I can bring select outfits/hats but no official posing in studio-like props/set ups
• Include siblings and pets
• Family Photos with everyone
Your choice of 15 High Resolution Digital Images to keep and use however you want

Areas served: Lawrence, Leavenworth, Johnson & Wyandotte Counties
Additional $25 fee for mileage: Lee’s Summit, Independence, Raymore, Belton, Kansas City MO

This is a savings of $150 and won’t last long as regular pricing goes back into effect when I’m back to work in May after my maternity with own little one. So take advantage of this awesome offer! Email me at jessicastromphotography@gmail.com to sign up today or ask any questions! Limited session slots available and weekdays only. Can’t wait to hear from you!

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**Please note, this is for strictly sessions at home of baby and I do not bring my studio equipment (aside from lights if needed) with me. I don’t pose baby in buckets or props or backdrops, these are meant to be quick and easy, bright and cheery. If you are looking for a studio photographer, I have a couple I’d be happy to refer you to! Thanks!!**

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