I just want to fist pump. That’s what I want to do when everything falls in place the way it did for Leah’s senior session. There was last-minute scheduling, trying to squeeze our session in before the cold and frost hit us (and the trees). This ended up giving us the perfect weather and light for our session. Our setting was picturesque, Leah was on fire, and I was giddy with inspiration… it was all just, plain perfect! I enjoy all different kinds of photo session…Continue Reading “Leah // Senior Portrait Photography”

I love the way photographs freeze moments so I can cherish them forever. Within the last few years, I’ve realized that video also holds a special power. It can preserve those memories in a different way, one that saves the experience of those moments so they’re rich and alive. I had already been capturing video along with photos during the more outstanding moments in this life, but it was around the time we took our first big family road trip in 2015 that I decided to start capturing more video…Continue Reading “2016 // A Year of Growing, Loving, and Sparking Adventure”

I’ve known Amy and her husband Jeramy for a few years now and I was so excited for Amy when I found out she was expecting! Recently Amy ran into some possible complications with her pregnancy and there was concern that they would have to deliver their little boy early. Amy asked me if I would take some maternity photos for her to remember this special time with her family. Of course, I said yes! The next day we met for this awesome session and…Continue Reading “Amy + Jeramy // Expecting”

If you’re from around the KC area, you’ve probably began to notice this mural popping up in your Facebook feeds and friends’ photos lately. The moment I saw it in a photo by a fellow Kansas City photographer, I was like “Whah??? Where is it?!” Then, a week or so later, my sister, Bethany, came to visit. She’s a traveler, an adventurer of cities. She is truly in love with Kansas City, so I thought it would be perfect. When I told her about the…Continue Reading “Bethany // Kansas City I’m So in Love”

When I was pregnant with Finn, there was another soon-to-be momma at our church who was due to have her first child (a little boy) about a month before me. We would often share knowing looks and frequent check-ins with one another on Sunday mornings. I like to think it was our way of showing solidarity, a little “isn’t this wonderful?” mixed with a little “you can do this!” Now that we both have little boys about the same age we continue to experience shared mom things….Continue Reading “Eli // One Year Old”

A wide shot of the cake table including the banners and garlands above and the gold star balloons on either end

My thoughts about planning “second kid” birthdays Planning birthday parties for your second child can be challenging. I sat trying to think of what theme we should use for Finn’s first and was at a loss. I’d already done robots, dinosaurs, and monsters for Miles’ parties and Finn was too young to really have any preferences. So what did I do? I went to Pinterest. There I found a cute cake that inspired me to do gold stars. It wasn’t much of a theme but I…Continue Reading “Finn’s First Birthday Party”

Photographing my friends and family always trips me up because up until the day I think with the brain of a photographer… where will we take photos? What kind of light should I seek? How will the timing work? Then I am there and one of my closest friends is putting on a wedding dress and 10 years flash before my eyes and my heart wells up with emotion, overflowing with the feels, because my dear friend has found such happiness!!! It never gets old and…Continue Reading “Samantha + Josiah | Rustic Fall Wedding in Vintage Pink”

Fall is coming around again, my favorite season… perfect for the indecisive, fickle personality like me. There are warm days, there are cold days, you can wear pants with short sleeves or shorts with hoodies! It’s like a celebration of compromise. It’s wonderful. And that’s not even considering all the great excuses for baking and eating delicious food, the ocean of gorgeous leaves (each one unique and begging to be immortalized via my camera), and indulging in coffee and hoodies and all things cozy is almost…Continue Reading “Our Family Photos // Fall 2015”

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting my friend Sammy in Oklahoma for her baby shower! She’s only a few weeks away from giving birth to a little baby boy! But let’s back up… Sammy and Josiah met me last fall for a morning engagement session at Cider Hill Family Orchard where they let the warmth of the fire pit warm away the chill of early day. They then strolled through the trees, picking pretty red orbs and laughing at each other’s jokes and celebrating…Continue Reading “Samantha + Josiah | Fall Engagement Session at Cider Hill Family Orchard”

Welcome to Part 3 of our Maiden Voyage! If you haven’t seen part 2, you can check it out here: Our Maiden Voyage | Part 2 – Tahoe to Arcata and here is Part 1 Fern Canyon The next morning found me anxious because I had planned a lot of things for the day and I was nervous that we wouldn’t be able to experience them all. Everything we planned to see was within the 60 miles or so from Arcata to Crescent City, CA along…Continue Reading “Our Maiden Voyage | Part 3 – Northern California Coast”