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Oh sweet handsome little man Paul. This is one of my favorite recent sessions which we shot down in the Rose Garden at Loose Park near the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Since it’s prime wedding season we opted to schedule the session on a weekday and with May being as rainy as it was, we really lucked out on a gorgeous day. I loved how happy Paul was, I mean, you look at the kid and he smiles, laughs and coos. Oh babies, just melt me. And blue is absolutely his power color, look at his eyes! Ah!

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It wouldn’t be a session in the Rose Garden if we didn’t get a family shot actually in front of roses. The whites were perfect to accent their blue outfits!

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Another quintessential Rose Garden backdrop, the beautiful arches. I asked Paul’s parents to just play with him for a few minutes and got this adorable images. As you can see, Paul thinks his Daddy is hilarious!

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If you have a drooly baby, bring an extra outfit! Paul soaked through his first outfit so we ha

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I just loved working with this sweet family and looking forward to seeing them again! My sessions are all-inclusive, meaning one price for the session itself and your choice of digital images! Easy peasy, one price, no upsells, no add-ons, just beautiful and AFFORDABLE images to treasure. Learn more at http://www.jessicastrom.net/packages-kansas-city-baby-photographer/

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Summer Mini-Sessions are back! These 15 minute sessions are a steal and a fantastic way to get updated family/child/maternity/baby portraits that are not only friendly on your time, but friendly on your budget! Each mini-session includes my choice of 10 best high resolution images sent to you via email about 1-2 weeks after you session, to which you can do whatever you want with!

All sessions are just $125 + tax and there’s various locations throughout the city. More locations to be announced later on in the summer and for fall sessions.

• Sessions must be paid for in advance to guarantee your spot and are non-refundable, however can be transferable to another mini-session date in the event of sickness and session availability.
• Weather cancellations may occur and sessions will be moved to the following weekend on Sunday.
• Due to the custom digital nature of these products, there are no exchanges. Mini-sessions are designed to make it easy for both families and photographer and by signing up for a session, you are trusting me to send you the 10 very best images from your session.

These economy sessions are only offered during special times so don’t miss out! Email me ASAP to make sure you get your spot and time you want! I will email you the online checkout to submit your payment.
jessicastromphotography@gmail.com OR through the contact link above.

Saturday June 20th – Antioch Park, Merriam
1:30, 1:50, 2:15, 2:30 pm

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Sunday June 21st – World War I Memorial, downtown Kansas City

6:00, 6:20, 6:45, 7:00 pm

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Saturday July 11th, Ironwoods Park, Leawood
9:00, 9:20, 9:40

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More dates will be announced soon for the West Bottoms, Crossroads, and Fall session dates.

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Confession time: After living in the suburbs for 5 years I got a little too comfortable with just shooting in the ‘burbs and not venturing out as much as I’ve always wanted to but never really did as much just due to the distance (and the old insane price of gas!). BUT, since I now have to drive an hour to pretty much anywhere (I literally live an hour-ish away from downtown KC, an hour to OP, an hour to Lawrence, an hour to Topeka, an hour to Leavenworth. Literally, everything is an hour), I really am enjoying branching out and getting more urban sessions rather than sticking to the parks. In being fair, I actually prefer urban settings to the parks just because I love lines and finding great angles to shoot from. So expect to see more urban sessions, because I’m loving them and really want to highlight my love for this beautiful city as the backdrop to my sessions.

So, with Lincoln’s 1 Year session, we did his session down by Kauffman Center area and I just adore how precious this family is. And seriously, how gorgeous is this kid??

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Yep, I love love lines! It’s all about bringing the focus to the subject and lines just make my heart pitter patter. That and ridiculously gorgeous families.

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As much as I love lines, I also do love greenery. I mean, it’s what kept me in the ‘burbs for as long as it did. So I do try to find a little wherever I go and when his mom put that blue shirt on Lincoln, his gorgeous eyes just popped with that serene blue. Sigh. A photographer’s dream model.

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Some insanely adorable fun with Dad.

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And the smiles on both sides of that hug, melt me.

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Thanks for a great session guys! So much fun! And yes, we did this in just 30 minutes! What? Yep, check out my packages HERE and book your session.

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I absolutely adore this adorable family. They’ve been dear returning clients of mine since big brother Khoa was a newborn and its all fun and giggles every time I photograph them. Just over Linh’s first year from the NICU to her 1 Year session, we’ve had 6 sessions and it’s a blast.

When choosing a location for any session, I try to go off of the background that parents are wanting (usually I ask do you want greenery or urban?) and then try to find what they want in an easy location to get to for everyone. Surprisingly enough, shooting on the grounds by the Corporate Woods business park in Overland Park is a great spot for a session. It has walking trails, a little bridge, a big fountain (though Linh wasn’t a fan of being near the fountain on this particular day), and we lucked out with some beautiful spring blossoms which with the building in the background gave it a slight urban feeling too. The nicest thing about shooting off the beaten path is that we don’t have to work around other photographers or busy families! Win-win! =)

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This set with Linh and her parents just melt me, I hope they get put in a frame! =)

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Until next time! See you soon!

If you’re interested in learning more about my sessions, please check out the General Rates page for more info and get in touch!

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Oh Mr. Brennan. He and his parents were getting ready to move out of their tiny condo in downtown Kansas City and the stars of our schedules aligned and we were able to fit in his second milestones session (lifestyle session at home) before the big move to a new house. What I really love about Milestones sessions in client homes is that I don’t do any planning before I arrive, and I tell parents to pick out an outfit or two that they would wear everyday but that less is more. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Then when I arrive I get to pick out items I find in the home and voila, we have our pops of color and fun memories of ‘remember when’. Plus, seriously, blue is definitely Brennan’s power color. Those eyes!

Shooting a session in a small apartment/condo really just isn’t an issue for me. So many people tell me their space is too small, but let me tell you, it’s just not. These images below were in Brennan’s living room and sure, totally tight space, but we put his baby blanket on the floor for the dots (oh I love the color!) and just let him play. Golden!

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From the living room we moved on into Brennan’s room for some images of him in his crib. Crib images serve a dual purpose. The first being that I think the crib is so often overlooked when it comes to this special age and deserves to be showcased alongside baby’s new ability to stand and see the world beyond. It shows baby’s size and gives parents something special to have when in the not too distant future, babes will be in toddler beds. Then big kid beds!

The second awesome purpose of shooting images in their cribs? It’s just confinement! They can’t get away! Haha!

We’d been doing images of Brennan with his parents in their room since his newborn session last year (you can even see one of his images, from that room, on the canvas behind them in one of the photos below) and so we carried on the tradition for this last session in the condo. Then to wrap things up, went outside to enjoy the sunshine and capture just a little of urban living in downtown KCMO. As much as one can look forward to having a front yard in the ‘burbs, a little green space to call their own, after living in any downtown for so long, you do eventually miss it. I know I miss living in downtown Calgary. So I try to capture those little details of one phase of life while transitioning to the next. Moves are always bitter sweet.

This dude turns the BIG ONE soon and I can’t wait to see him in new digs! See you soon B-man!

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