Monday, December 21, 2009

Gary and Ky - Engagement

I've been working a lot in the cold thanks to several engagement sessions. I can't complain. The light has been phenomenal, especially for the session of Gary and Ky.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Engagement - Mike and Jai

What a shoot! 4 hours of photography wears a guy out! Mike and Jaime spent the weekend in Fort Scott for their photo shoot. We knew it was going to be a big shoot and it turned out to be an amazing time - except for the weather didn't cooperate like we had hoped. It would have been nice to have 80 degree temps but instead we got 30s!!!

They were troopers and hung with it and I'm glad they did because some of my favorite shots were taken outdoors.

I stole the above pose from Vanity Fair and loved the way it turned out. Mike's the perfect match for Jaime and she is the perfect match for him. I'm glad we know them so well and got the opportunity to photograph them before their big day - May 15, 2010!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Engagement - CK & Sydney - Blue Springs, Missouri

I used to catch frogs and build the most amazing hay forts with CK when we were just tiny little farts running around grandpa's farm. There were near-death experiences - including but not limited to: fingers hanging by threads after playing with knives, rolled ATVs, making too much noise late at night and countless others.

My life has been blessed - I can call my cousins my best friends. It's great to know that you can count on them when needed. CK was my best man when I married Megan. He was the first person I wanted to call when I proposed. Even though we live a few hours apart and don't see each other often, I know that if needed he would be there.

So I really didn't give he and his fiance much of a choice when they began planning their wedding - I was going to be their photographer, regardless of how they felt.

On Saturday I met them at their home in Blue Springs, Mo., for an engagement shoot. We did most of the images in Lees Summit but my favorite photo was taken in their home. I used paint to write words on their arms as they embraced...and is the result and the cleanup afterwards.

Blinn defeats FSCC For NJCAA National Title

Blinn's Cameron Newton superman's into the endzone for the game's first touchdown. I don't care how good this kid may have been (He backed up Tim Tebow at Florida), he's a punk. All day long he walked around like he was a Greek god.

Newton races past an FSCC defender.

FSCC's Jasmin Hopkins was named the offensive MVP of the game after rushing for more than 3,000 (He actually rushed for an astonishing 210) yards against Blinn. He was a total animal but even that couldn't keep Blinn from winning.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Eden Family - Fort Scott

Where to begin?

I've known Jon since I left the womb - he's my cousin and been one of my best friends for as long as I can remember. Not many of my greatest memories happened without him. We've camped together, beat each senseless with foam toys in the pool, golfed together and I doubt it ... but it's always possible we've even streaked together. Doubtful though. We also used to have a jackalope when we lived together in college. Life has been a treat for sure....

I've photographed Jon and his wife, Meredith, several times over the past 3 years (They were married one week after Megan and I). This was the first family photo they have had with their 3 month old Kenlee, named after me of course! ;)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cagle Family - Olathe

It's been awhile since I photographed the Cagle family. I first photographed Madalyn as a toddler and she was quite the little model.

A few years later I photographed Braedon and Nicole in their wedding near the Country Club Plaza in KC.

Fast forward to present times and I had the opportunity to photograph the newest addition, Vannah, as well as the entire family for the Christmas card. We had a great time shooting outdoors and then around the Christmas tree in their living room.

A beautiful family! I look forward to more shoots in the years to come.

Vannah - 1.5 years old and a little cutie!

Madalyn - ALMOST 7!!! She was one of two flower girls in my wedding 3.5 years ago.

Madalyn peeks through the Christmas tree as she hangs her favorite ornaments. My favorite image from the shoot.