I don’t take on a lot of new families anymore, but absolutely love that I have several repeat family clients that I’ve gotten to see grow over the last two and half years alongside my business. I take the Cunningham’s photos just about every six months, and they are more and more adorable every time. I’ve blogged a set of theirs before and I’m sure I will show off more in the future. I’ll keep this brief, but just had to share a few shots from this recent gorgeous shoot outside The Rio - one of my absolutely favorite locations.
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Generally speaking, when someone approaches me about taking newborn photos I send them along to one of my very talented friends who specializes in working with newborns. However, when Brooke told me she wanted me to take baby Nash’s newborn photos in a lifestyle family setting I was thrilled!
I’ve worked with this family before, and they are a dream to shoot. For one, they look like they could’ve come out of a catalog. All five are super good looking, naturally photogenic, and at ease in front of the camera. They also are super warm, laid back, and always make me feel welcome when I’m working in their home. I’m serious. They’re a total dream!
I don’t share lifestyle work a lot anymore, but I just couldn’t resist posting this sweet session. Baby Nash was so timely in making it home just in for the holidays. I think he makes the cutest Baby New Year.
I think anyone who knows me well knows I have a huge heart for animals. For a long time Michael and I were known as "that couple with five cats," and recently we added a Great Dane puppy to the mix. Throughout my life I've had a lot of pets and I've seen them leave this world multiple ways. However, the three that have always stuck out the most were Chance, Levi and Luna. (I know I know, I'll get to Peaches in a minute I just need to provide some context here.)
Chance, Levi and Luna were three cats I had as a teenager. Each of them died of cancer (various types of cancer) within a year and half long span. It was a horrible, awful thing that happened to them, and to all of us as a family. Owning a pet means having to make very difficult decisions for them, and deciding when their quality of life is compromised. The hardest thing is knowing when it's time to let go. While we had many beautiful photos of Chance. Levi and Luna were cats we'd mostly shot images of on early 2000s cellphones. We didn't back them up, and my mom ended up losing her phone some time later. Two and half years after the images were lost my mom found the old phone buried under the seat of her car. There they were; our few pictures of Levi and Luna in all their glory. I could've cried.
And so enter Peaches, a dog with cancer. When I read the simple request for photography the words really hit home. "Beloved family dog recently diagnosed with cancer." Within 48 hours I was meeting Peaches and her sweet family. We went through all her favorite activities; laying bedside while reading stories, playing ball in the backyard, taking a walk through the neighborhood and down her favorite trail, and even getting to sit on her mom and dad's bed. (Because this was a special occasion.) I am overjoyed I was able to take these images for Peaches and her family. Peaches is a beautiful dog, and while her prognosis is uncertain, it was wonderful to get to see her as her happy, content self in her home, surrounded by her people, and all the precious day to day joys of dog life.
My father and step-mom moved to this area many years ago, and since becoming a photographer I've been dying to shoot a session with this insane mountain view. A few weeks back, I got the opportunity to shoot a family session for their neighbors. Shanon, Sheri, and little Evelyn were the sweetest, kindest people. They were amazingly laid back considering they were wrangling three dogs and a baby throughout the duration of our time together. Their infant daughter, Evenly, was the most fair tempered child I've ever encountered. I work with kids of all ages, and typically the most agreeable burn out about 40 minutes into a shoot. Evelyn was alert and engaged throughout our entire allotted time, and never fussed once. It was definitely a record.
While the view from their backyard is breathtaking, it was the small details they brought before my camera that made this shoot so stunning. From their patchwork quilt, to the blueberry bushes, to the small white wild flowers growing in their backyard; this sweet family has made the most beautiful, inviting mountainside home.
"Do you think you guys will last out here for a full hour?"
".... Probably not."
I met these guys on a windy, cold day in November for their family portraits at Liberty Memorial. When initially booking their session a place that represented Kansas City was important; recently having moved here from Texas, they wanted a location that showcased their new city. Unfortunately, the weather forecast had other ideas. The bitter breeze nipped at our exposed hands and faces as we moved from location to location. The architecture of the memorial made for a perfect wind tunnel on the sides and staircases, and no one spot seemed out of wind's grasp. I requested that everyone think warm thoughts and held my shutter button down in hopes that I would catch just one photo where everyone's wind swept hair was out of their eyes. I manged to get a few clear shots, with some beautifully breezy candid photos in addition.