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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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It was an absolutely beautiful morning down on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri for miss Lydia’s 18 month photo shoot, the weather was divine and it was a cloudy morning, which when shooting down on the Plaza is preferred for me because then we can shoot anywhere! Lydia was in a fantastic mood, loved exploring and being silly, and looked divine in that adorable little romper that her Mom put her in. Though the main focus was of course Lydia herself, we got some family photos in there too. This only took 30 minutes, which is all you need! With toddlers I find a spot, take the shot, and we keep moving, it’s the best way to go to keep little people interested and having fun. I have loved photographing Lydia as she’s grown from a newborn to curious toddler, this girl is going places and I’m privileged to document this amazing life of hers. =)

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