Fall Family

In the past year I keep going back to the same location to shoot. The wide open fields combined with hardly anyone else there provides this sense of freedom to relax, explore, play and be yourself. I feel like focusing more on connections rather than constantly looking for different backgrounds is really getting to the heart of family. And that is what feeds my soul: that spark of laughter and having fun together captured.

I have been photographing this little guy for a few years now. He is always so full of life and fun. I hope he always knows how loved he is and never loses his amazing spirit!

The best is yet to come.

I love the sort of sessions where things just flow, and my stomach hurts after from laughing so much. I cannot tell you what a blast I had hanging with these two. I also cannot tell you how much hair envy I am having here. Almost glad I don’t have to sit and stare at these photos for hours on end anymore. LOL! No, but really, this girl has the most beautiful hair! ;-)

They drove in from New York! Yep, that’s right, all the way from New York to have photos done out here in beautiful Missouri! I mean, I guess she is from here too, so that helps. Lol. But I still felt incredibly honored that they drove all the way out here, even if they were already going to make the trip.

I love that they are both educators, lovers of dogs and old school rap, and very genuine, good hearted people. Their love and affection towards each other is so sweet and filled me up with all the warm fuzzies.

The end of me working on this session is bittersweet. I loved the session and post processing so much, and feels like I am saying a goodbye to a dear friend. But I am also doing a happy dance now that I can share these images! Because, I am in love with them!!!!!

A Lifted Life

Recently I did a photo session with my dear dear friend, Sylvia and her family, of Lifted Naturals. 

As I sit here attempting to write a blog post about someone is who is an amazing writer, while I am not, is incredibly daunting. Nevertheless here goes.

This girl is completely amazing! I really cannot say enough awesome things about her. 

Sylvia and I met about 8 years ago at a park when I was still living in Kansas City. We both had creative minds, toddler boys and baby girls. We instantly bonded! Obvs!

Sylvia is extremely creative, highly intelligent and very entrepreneurial. It was apparent that she had a gift as a Life Coach; her coaching seriously changed my life. Her ability to help people become the better versions of themselves is amazing. 

Soon she started to realize the desire to help people on a bigger scale as she was learning of the links between gut health and anxiety. Naturally, she wanted to get to the root of the problem by working with a manufacturer to create a Mood Boosting Probiotic. Thus, Lifted was created. And I thought she had changed my life through coaching! I have never felt better and am way less anxious now that I take this awesome probiotic daily! 

I am Sylvia’s number one fan! She continues to amaze me. I feel like she is a true pioneer, and that bigger things are in store for her. 

If I have peaked your curiousity, please visit her website to learn all about her amazing probiotic! Or go to Amazon to order it! Or just look at her sweet family by scrolling though the photos! 

Stubborn Love

After a few months of hibernating and being in a creative rut, my imagination has been reignited. Spending time with other creatives will do that, and I am so thankful for my creative community.

In a photography group I am in, we were challenged to come up with a shoot based on a song. I struggled with this a lot. But, then was hit with loads of ideas while out running the other day. (Another reason I love running....it fuels my creativity) Anyway, Stubborn Love by the Lumineers was the song I chose for this shoot, and I know the song is about a wife or girlfriend who has had an affair, but for whatever reason, I always think about being young and wild and free when I hear this, and I wanted to capture the kids doing just that, innocent, young, free.