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.
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.
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.
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!