Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Arden & Sloane

People come and go all the time, especially in my line of work...I meet a new person, photograph them and then never see them again. It's just the business...I don't like that part of it but it's the truth. But then again there are people I meet and become lifelong friends with.

I met a couple recently who I wouldn't mind if they became part of that smaller statistic of sticking around for ages.

Bo & Lindsey and their two beautiful girls, Sloane & Arden, were recent subjects on two different shoots in the Kansas City area. Sloane captured my heart at Loose Park (near the plaza in KC) a few months back when I photographed her 18 month portraits. Then, a few weeks later, I got to meet Arden at their home in North KC. She was a beauty and I had a blast trying to make the perfect images of her little features.

We battled torrential rain, monsoon winds and tornado sirens but she was a piece of perfection and stayed calm through the whole shoot. This is one of my favorite images - taken in their front yard about 4 minutes before the storm hit.

In total, I've spent less than 4 hours of my life with the 4 of these people but I felt an instant connection with them all and hope to document their lives with my camera for many years to come.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Busy Busy Busy

First off, we have the Allen Community College Red Devils volleyball team. This is the 2nd year I've photographed the team - all gorgeous of course - and I'm glad they found me as I enjoy each shoot immensely!

Secondly, the book I did the photography for is now available in stores (life + style in Fort Scott; the Fort Scott Tribune are two that are for sure carrying it) and online at http://www.thechefslife.com/. Get your copy soon!

We are wrapping up our senior photo specials (they run June - August) and we've had some GREAT senior models come in. Below are a few examples:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Miss Pat & Her Glamour Girls

Miss Pat is well-known in Fort Scott as the owner of the Lyons Mansion. I've known her for awhile and have done several photo shoots on her property.

This was my first time to photograph she and her 5 granddaughters - it's a yearly tradition for them but I've not had the privilege. It was a little stressful thinking of where to take them and how to pose them...I had tough shoes to fill as Gary photographed them last year here at the studio. But they were a delight from the start. Each of the girls wanted to come up with their own poses so that made my job a bit easier.

Hopefully next year we can do another shoot and top this one...it's one of my faves so far this year. :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Taylor Family

Troy and Penny Taylor will leave the country this fall and won't return for 5 years. As missionaries, they have been called to witness in Verona, Italy.

When they called a month or so ago to do family portraits, I felt honored to be the one to capture their small family of 4. These images will be given as gifts to family and friends before they leave.

Noah & Rowen, 4 and 2 years old, were a delight to photograph, as were mom and dad and a family friend who joined them for a few photos.

They stopped by the studio to select the images they wanted and handed me a prayer card (above) with one of their photos on it. It's now sitting beside my desk...every day when I get to work I'll see it and hopefully remember to pray for their adventure.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Been Gone Awhile - New Addition!

Sorry I've been absent from the blog. I have a new addition to the family..Blair Harvi...who is now nearly 2 weeks old! I love her immensely and finally understand what everyone meant when they said life would change as soon as I saw her the first time. It did. And it's the coolest thing EVER. Hard. Frustrating at times. But it all gets better when she smiles.....