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Posted by on Oct 11, 2009 in Our Life | One Comment

I was gone for the last 2 days shooting weddings, I woke up this morning and Max had a moustache. Dang, time sure flies!moustache

Engaged: Lindsey & Andrew

Posted by on Oct 9, 2009 in Beloved | 4 Comments

For our 3rd post in 3 nights, I bring you the love that is Lindsey & Andrew. They wanted something outdoors-y, and I’m always up for wide open spaces, weeds, and hanging out in places where you will probably see snakes.  I also love the changing weather, it just seems much more romantic to me.  Anyway, I have 2 weddings this weekend (1 in about 12 hours in fact), so enjoy!

The light was golden delicious!

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They were troopers, I never heard any complaints (and I asked them to sit/lay in some crazy places)

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My favorite 🙂

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This might be my favorite (can I have 2, I can have 2, right?)

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Wait, here’s a 3rd favorite. I just love how in LOVE they look!

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Enough with your cuteness you 2, geez.

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Snuggle tight 🙂

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Yes, your dog is adorable.

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I told you the light was golden delicious.

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One’s a K-State fan, one’s an MU fan.  Can you tell who’s more dedicated?

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Notice under the eyes. And the slippers. Andrew, Lindsey owns you in fan support 🙂

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Paige: The 1 Year Portraits

Posted by on Oct 8, 2009 in Family Portraits | 4 Comments

My goal when I take pictures is to create memorable photographs for my clients (and to have lots of fun doing it). I jump at any opportunity I have to incorporate personal elements into my sessions.  That’s why for Paige’s 1 year session I drove all the way to Gallatin/Jamesport, MO to their family farm.  I love being able to have fun things like their cows, the old oak tree, their barn in the background.  The images will mean so much more down the road as well.  And, that, my friends, is why I love my job so much.  Plus, when you’re out in the middle of nowhere, you have so much wide open space to play around in…just beautiful.

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Paige was so happy, which makes mommy & daddy happy, and, in turn, makes me happy 🙂

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Look at that smile!

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I didn’t know that cows were so interested in photography…that, or they were just hungry.

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Love this one.

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I really loved this field. Plus, the sun came out and was absolutely golden.

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Baby toss (Jenny & I used to do this with Max all the time. Ava & Lia didn’t like it as much).  I miss baby toss.

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Married: Ashley & Tony

Posted by on Oct 4, 2009 in Married | 13 Comments

I love small town weddings. Scratch that, I LOVE small town weddings. They have such a completely different feel than a city wedding.  One isn’t necessarily better than the other, just different 🙂

Now to the wedding of Ashley & Tony. Ashley is Kelley’s amazing studio manager/awesome new shooter, and I’m so glad that I had the chance to drive 3 hours down to Independence, KS to spend the day with them in the place where Ashley grew up.  Since I work quite often with Ashley, I’ve learned that her and Tony have a strong, committed relationship. They love to do little things for each other, and we all know it’s the little things that count the most.  So, without further ado, here’s what I saw on Ashley & Tony’s awesome wedding day.  Plus, Ashley designed a TON of the details (they rocked), and I got to set up a photobooth (it rocked)…

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She’s not happy to be getting married or anything.

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I love this shot…so much so it’s the only portrait I’m sharing 🙂

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They rode to the reception in a covered wagon. Yes, a covered wagon, and it straight RULED 🙂

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Party time!!!!

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Keg stand.

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Cake stand.

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Photobooth time. Note. I was outside on a stormy, windy night, so I couldn’t use my umbrella (it kept getting blown over), so harsh, direct light it was.  Fun still ensued. I also enjoyed all of the wonderful comments guests wrote on the chalk board that happened to be lying around 🙂

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Emu. Don’t mess with Carrie Babb’s emu. EVER.

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Born: Samuel

Posted by on Aug 26, 2009 in Birth Sessions | No Comments

I’ve re-written this post a number of times. I have all these thoughts in my head, and I’m struggling to get them out. I’m going to try my best, though 🙂

I feel these images are powerful. They bring tears to my eyes. I’ve watched this slideshow numerous times already. I’ve cried every time.

Today, I had the wonderful opportunity to capture Sam’s birth. He stayed in just long enough so that I could make it (he almost came on Saturday while I was shooting a wedding). To me, there isn’t much more beautiful in life than the birth of a child. Waiting, mass chaos, TONS of pain (for the moms, not the dudes), but in the end, once you get to hold that beautiful baby in your arms, and snuggle them close to you, you realize, everything is alright. And life is beautiful.

Note: One of my biggest regrets (and I’m sure Jenny would agree) is not having a photographer with us during the deliveries of our children. We had 3 chances, and blew it every time. Yes, I have some pictures that I love from all 3, but we’re not together as a family in any of them. So, what I’m trying to say, is, think long and hard about having a photographer with you during the delivery of your baby. You might think it’s gross, or are not comfortable with it, but I’m telling you, one day, down the road, you will regret it.

Now that I got that out, please enjoy the slideshow 🙂

The Murlatts

Posted by on Jul 15, 2009 in Family Portraits | No Comments

The Murlatts. Where do I begin? Max & Ava love to play with Micah and Caleb, that’s always good. Micah & Caleb LOVE superheroes, wrestling with daddy, and playing Cars, so our kids get along great! Well, it’s been a while since we last did some family pictures for them, so we figured it was time to update their walls…I hope you guys have some room, because your family is awesome & I had just as much fun editing these as I did taking them 🙂

Micah started off by showing us some of his moves 🙂


Then everyone else jumped in on the dancing action.




I love this series 🙂

We snuck away for a few minutes for a couple of kid-free images (Jenny was with the kiddos)


Then it was time for the superhero’s to come out.




I couldn’t decide which one I liked better, so you get to see ’em both.


Taking me back…

Posted by on Jun 27, 2009 in Concerts, Our Life | No Comments

Ok, so if you know me at all, you know I love music. I have music playing at all times, and at times when I can’t play music, I am singing in my head. Anyway, I’ve been going to concerts for over 13 years now. Ask Jenny about my high school/college years and she’ll tell you I was at a concert at least 2 nights a week. Anyway, my very first concert all the way back in 1996, was 311. A lot of my favorite memories from high school involve 311. So, when I got the opportunity to shoot their concert at City Market a few weeks ago, I was pretty stoked. I will say that I don’t listen to them as much as I used to, but that doesn’t take away the impact they’ve had on my life. I hope you enjoy the photos!















Engaged: Cecilia & Sam

Posted by on May 27, 2009 in Beloved | No Comments

Sometimes couples just get “it”. They love each other so much and aren’t scared to just let go and be themselves for me. Cecilia & Sam are one of those couples. You might remember them from these images this past winter. Well, it turns out that they were newly engaged & looking for a photographer. I’m so happy that Cecilia answered my call for snow pictures and that we now get to shoot their wedding. Seriously, I got chills editing these images. They are just so happy to have found each other, and it shows. Here are a few of my favorites…

Look how adorable these 2 are together (in case you forgot)
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Jenny’s take.
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Sam’s face says it all. I can see how much he loves Cecilia 🙂
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I think the feeling is mutual, Cecilia loves him just as much back 🙂

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I love snapping when I’m setting something up. You never know when you’re going to catch a genuine expression 🙂
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I think Cecilia & Sam belong on the cover of a magazine.
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I love when my couples just do cute things by themselves 🙂
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Another one. I never could have told them to hold hands like this.

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These next 2 are my favorites, and I couldn’t choose, so you get them both 🙂

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Born: Latham

Posted by on Apr 25, 2008 in Birth Sessions | No Comments

Being a photographer is the most amazing job in the world. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else with my life. We get to freeze time when we press our shutter, capture moments that will never happen again, and bring joy to the lives of so many people. What I’m going to share with you all this evening was the coolest event I’ve ever gotten to photograph.

On Wednesday, April 23, Tasha was going to be induced and I was invited to capture the experience for them. This was going to be a new experience for me. I mean, I have kids of my own, and I was in the delivery room for both of them (and I didn’t pass out, whew:), but to be capturing the birth of another couple’s child was…let’s just say that I felt honored to be included. I could go on and on about how cool this was, but right now, I feel that my words are falling short of what I really feel about the birth experience, so please, enjoy the slideshow!

Eliesa & Judd

Posted by on Mar 20, 2008 in Beloved | 6 Comments

I called this a Just for Fun session because that’s what it was:) Eliesa was one of the photographers that attended the Anti-Workshop with me. We did this shoot outside of Bally’s on Saturday afternoon right before I left Vegas. Her husband, Judd, was hanging out with her the whole time and we thought we’d have some fun with them. We had a few other Anti alumni, but I can’t remember who all was there. Give me a break, I was working on about 3 hours of sleep:)

Post-processing note: I have been working on a cross-processed look that I really, really like, and I finally found it, and this was the perfect shoot to try it out. What do you think?

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Eliesa & Judd totally worked it for the camera. I’m sure our paths will cross again one day!