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When anyone asks, I always say my dream is to do NICU photography and advocacy full time. From doing sessions for families admitted, following up with them post-NICU graduation, working with other organizations for their needs (such as March of Dimes, who I’ve worked with quite a bit both locally and nationally), penning human interest story books with proceeds going towards the cause, and of course, the big dream of traveling to other regions of the world documenting their approach to prematurity and how the families cope. When I see my future, that is what I see! That is what I whole heartedly believe I am meant to do.

I also have always said “One Day I’m going to do this” or “One Day I’m going to do that”, but when life is so busy, that One Day gets further and further away. And since the birth of my son Charlie this past Winter, I look at him and realize that life is passing me by way too fast and I need to make One Day be tomorrow, which is soon going to be TODAY.

The 5 Minute sessions started as a fundraiser for my NICU trip to South Korea in 2014. I’ve offered them a few times since and they are always a hit. By now you know that I am offering them year round, at different locations throughout the city, and for the crazy affordable price of just $60 which INCLUDES a handful of digital images (usually between 3-5, sometimes more!). I’m working heartily at shifting my business model towards these 5 Minute sessions for a number of reasons, including but not limited to:

• Shoot the mini-mini sessions on the weekends (and a few weekdays here and there) so I can work on NICU sessions and related advocacy work during the week while still providing necessary income for my family.

• Affordability and accessibility, every family can appreciate these two things! Budget friendly and time-friendly are essential because let’s face it, pretty much everyone these days is crazy busy and with this economy, borderline broke.

• Variety. We all have those spots we just LOVE and know would make an awesome backdrop, but do we need 30 pictures in different poses taken over the course of an hour with the same backdrop? Nope.

• Time. Working with small kids can be trying for everyone because their attention span is literally like two…SQUIRREL!… seconds. You can generally get most kids to cooperate for 5 minutes but more than that they just want to play. And every couple has that one of the two who really does not want to take portraits while the other is begging them to. 5 Minutes and $60 is an easy sell compared to the other options. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had spouses tell me “Yeah, that wasn’t that bad, I actually had…fun.” You’re welcome.

• It works for every milestone. Seriously. Families, kids, tweens, teenagers, high school graduation (yearbook photo anyone), engagement, pregnancy announcements, maternity, grandparents, holidays, sunflowers. I mean, it just makes sense because all these milestones only need a few photos. Do you need 30 images of your pregnancy announcement? Nope.

It’s fun. It’s fast. It’s affordable (the price is cheap, the quality is gold) and it allows me to take care of my family and volunteer pretty much full time. Slam-dunk.

So there you have it, that’s why the big push. I am currently still shooting privately commissioned sessions but will phase those out by June 2017 to where I am only doing the 5 Minute sessions for portraits and concentrating wholely on my NICU work. By choosing to work with me, you’re supporting my family which enables me in turn to do more supporting of NICU families here, there, everywhere.

WIN-WIN.

Fall session dates/locations/themes (August-December), are coming out in July at www.5minutephotoshoot.com, still spots left for June and July!

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I ended up driving by Kauffman Center yesterday and had a throwback to this beautiful family maternity session I shot there last fall of Lisa, Marc, and their oh-so-adorable son Jack before baby #2 arrived. It was the perfect evening for the light, especially with Jack’s amazing red hair. He was a pretty shy guy with me but we did get some smiles! Lisa was a couple months ahead of me due date wise and we had a great time getting to know each other and talking about babies. I love doing sessions down by Kauffman because there really is so much versatility, though it does require some walking! We lucked out and there was no one around, we had the place to ourselves!

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Even being shy, Jack’s eyes will get you. So cute!

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I always make sure to get some of just Mom by herself when doing family maternity sessions, and the one of Marc chasing Jack in the background is one of my faves! =)

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Thank you Marc, Lisa and Jack for an amazing session! Looking forward to working together again!

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Before Charlie was born, like every other adult I experienced time speeding up and the moments where you sit back and wonder where it all went. After Charlie was born, time hopped on the Autobahn and never looked back. When people with kids say it goes by way too fast, they no kidding absolutely whole heartedly mean it, and then some. If you’re a parent you’re probably nodding your head in agreement am I right? =)

So I’m still a very new mom, just 3 months in, and I already know that time and budget factor in to every single decision I make. Not that I didn’t before, but now that I have less freedom with the money I work for, I value it so much more. I value TIME even more than that. Right now I’m soaking in the baby stage, because there is a period right around the corner where life is going to really speed up. Are you there right now? When time is this race horse you can barely keep up with?

Anyone who knows me knows I am a workaholic. I LOVE my job. Since I slowed down to a turtle’s pace at the end of my pregnancy, and especially now that Charlie is here and I get to stay home with him, I needed to find a way to make my work schedule, well, work. Gone are the days of shooting 6 days a week and editing/blogging/booking/ delivering/etc during the night hours of those 6 days. By having the need to make the very most of my time so I can spend as much of it with my son as possible while still making enough to pay our bills, as well as continue to shoot the free sessions in the NICU and work on preemie-related projects, the answer came to me in my very popular and high demand sessions, the 5 Minute Mini-Mini sessions.

If you have ever said to yourself any of the following, “I only need a few photos”, “I just need one for the Christmas card”, or “Holy crap, I don’t have that kind of money right now, or ever.” , then I’ve got your answer. Our answer. And I’m the only professional photographer who offers it that I know of in the city.

Scheduled on certain days and at different locations throughout the city (KC Proud!), in 5 minutes we can achieve beautiful portraits at a mere fraction of the cost, both in budget and time. At just $60 + tax, which includes 3-5 high resolution digital images of my choosing to send to you, you can now have the option to have gorgeous portraits of several milestones throughout the year, versus saving up for maybe one family photo shoot. That one family photo shoot where you still only put a few of your favorites on the walls, in albums, and online. Even I’ve done that with our own family portraits.

5 minutes. Toddlers, teenagers, and husbands LOVE the snot out of 5 minutes. Get in, Get out. Everyone is happy. And you get your images back in a week pending no unexpected life events on my part. No more waiting 2, 3, even 4 weeks for photos.

Perfect for families, babies, toddlers, tweens, teenagers, pregnancy announcements, graduation, grandparents, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, High school seniors who need that one photo for their Facebook or yearbook, I mean really, the list goes on. And come back again and again and have photos documenting your various milestones while showing some serious love for our beautiful city with locations all over the metro and many ‘Classic KC’ spots!

The sessions are really so awesome I made a secondary website just for them, www.5minutephotoshoot.com. You can check out the dates, locations, and even book and pay online! No more having to write to me to see what’s available, it’s all right there.

Am I still going to be doing my regular general 30 minute sessions? Yes, of course, but on very limited availability. I give the best deal on those sessions if scheduled on Saturday mornings in either Leavenworth or Lawrence, check my pricing page for details. I’m also going to absolutely be doing the NICU sessions, which will pick up more as Charlie gets older and I can leave him with a sitter.

So, PLEASE check out the new site (www.5minutephotoshoot.com) and give one of these sessions a try! You’ll love it so much you may be convinced there’s no other way to do portraits. Check out the reviews below from very happy past 5 Minute client sessions with photos from their sessions, and you can see not only the awesome experience they had but the beautiful quality of the images they received. What are you waiting for? Let’s save time, money, and document MORE of LIFE.

Happily,

Jessica

ALL 5 minute mini-mini sessions are just $60 + tax and INCLUDE 3-5 high resolution digital images made available to you via digital download approx 1 week after your session. Be sure to check out the FAQ for more info!

BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW

Regular 5 Minute sessions are only scheduled on specific dates/times available for booking through our online booking system. Fall dates will be added and open for booking starting in July.

Questions? Shoot me an email at jessicastromphotography@gmail.com

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A few favorites from Owen’s First Birthday cake smash, held in the comfort of his own home. I love doing cake smashes at home because 1) It’s easier on baby to be in their own environment when it’s hit or miss if they’ll even like it 2) Clean up is so much easier because we go straight from the smashin’ to the bathin’ for some tub time pics and 3) It captures the family’s home around baby, because it’s always nice to be able to look back at your photos and see the life you LIVED, not just props.

As you can see, Owen thought his cake was awesomesauce! He even cried when it was time for the tub and Daddy took the cake away. So sad, haha!

At-home cake smashes are the only type of cake smashes I offer and come with portraits beforehand in your home. No backdrops except your home, so we’ll use what you have and let baby play in a more lifestyle setting rather than forced posing with props. It’s so much more comfortable for everyone and the luxury of having me come to you is so much easier for parents. But plan ahead, as I have very limited dates available for these sessions!

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It’s that time of year again! My third annual NICU Then & Now sessions for Kansas City families who have had babies in the NICU to show how far they have come. Doesn’t matter how long it has been since your NICU days, these images are always such a treasure to have to show how far your little fighter has come.

It started out as a way to follow the families I met and photographed in the NICU and has grown to include families who I didn’t get a chance to meet, so no matter when you were in the NICU and whether you have professional photos from that time or not, this session is one you won’t want to miss!

Proceeds from these sessions go towards helping me continue to provide FREE NICU SESSIONS to local Kansas City families, including Santa photos at Christmas and other special events. So win-win!

Sessions are done is just 5 MINUTES, yep, they don’t take any time at all. Scheduled on set dates below and shot outside (weather permitting), in that 5 minutes we most always have time to get the photo of the NICU Grad with their framed photo and then a couple family shots as well, as seen in 31 Weeker Joey’s collage below. Families receive 4-5 images via digital download to keep forever!

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SESSION INFO:

COST:

$10 Non-Refundable Deposit paid online to reserve your spot with a suggested cash donation of $40 on the day of the session

DATES:

Saturday April 23rd, 4-5pm

Saturday, April 30th, 4-5pm

Saturday May 7th, 4-5pm

Saturday May 14th, 4pm – 5pm

LOCATION:

Antioch Park, South parking lot

Included:

I provide the 11×14 frame, you provide the print of your child in the NICU (you can order the print on your own or through me at lab cost)

You receive 4-5 High Resolution digital images delivered via download within a few days of the session

RAIN OUT PLANS:

In the event of weather causing a reschedule, families will be asked to choose from the other available Saturday dates for their reschedule.

And guess what? You can book your appointment online now! Yeah! Limited spots available, so book now!

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Questions? Shoot me an email at jessicastromphotography@gmail.com

SEE YOU SOON!!

I strive to always get one of just the NICU Grad and their NICU photo, so beautiful to see close up just how much they’ve grown and how far they’ve come.

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Whole family shots with the framed photo, and we get some without the frame as well.

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These images were of families who had come back for a second year in a row and we documented their growth over two years, just like we did with Joey’s photo at the top of the post, so fun!

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SPACES ARE LIMITED! Make sure you BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW!

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