Hilary & Jonathan's Engagement Session

Posted by on Jul 23, 2007 in Beloved | No Comments

Last Saturday morning I was nervous. Jenny had to stay home with the kids and left me to do Hilary and Jonathan’s engagement by myself. Not that I can’t handle it, it’s just different, and I have to write the blog. I’ve noticed that if it doesn’t involve my children, I can’t write about it very well.

Anyway, we walked around the Plaza for a while and got some great shots. I can’t wait until next June for their wedding in Lawrence! So here are a few of my favorites from the shoot.

This is one of my favorites (Hilary went to KU, and Jonathan went to North Carolina:)

Reichen's Portraits

Posted by on Jul 22, 2007 in Family Portraits | One Comment
Yesterday we had the pleasure of taking pictures of little Reichen. He is just 5 days older than Ava and so cute! His dad does our website for us (thanks Dave, you’re the best!), so of course we were super excited to do pictures for them. Anyway, here are a few of my favorites from the shoot… Reichen wasn’t handing out too many smiles, but we still caught a few 🙂

Trashin’ Tara’s Dress! (It’s 2:00am and I can’t think of a better title)

Posted by on Jul 18, 2007 in Married, Wedding | One Comment

I’ve been waiting for a long time for tonight’s photo shoot. We finally got to do our second dress trashing, and this time it was with Tara & Ryan. We trekked on up to downtown Smithville, where we walked around town for a little while. Then we headed over to Smithville Lake for some rompin’ in the water. The water felt good since it was so freakin’ hot. We ended the night by stopping by an unfinished house in a new housing development where we found some interesting holes. Overall, it was a blast, and I want to thank Tara & Ryan for being so open to any of our crazy suggestions. I know Ryan had to be uncomfortable in his wet clothes, and Tara tired from lugging her wet dress! Once again, Drew & Selena came with us to capture it all on video. And once again, Jenny decided to keep something from the day’s shoot. Sorry Leslie, we will return your hairspray, and yes, Tara, we will return your sweet red shoes!

So, without further ado, here are some of our favorites!

I love how dirty their backs are!

Love the eyes!

Down in a Hole

Fun at Smithville Lake

Posted by on Jul 18, 2007 in Family Portraits | No Comments

Last night we headed up to Smithville lake to take some pictures of these awesome kids. We’ve known these guys forever so it seems (maybe it’s really only been 7 years). Anyway, here are a few of my favorites from the shoot.

First up, the baby, Isabella… she’s not really a baby anymore though…

We met them when Gabbie was only a year old and soon she’s gonna be all grown up.

Celestino, such a little man…
Tonino, almost a teenager (scary!)

Mia… isn’t she gorgeous?

Aaron and his beautiful wife Katie

And a group shot!

We love you guys!

Celeste, Zandra, & Erin

Posted by on Jul 17, 2007 in Family Portraits | No Comments

After Juliana’s shoot on Sunday, we headed over to take pics of these three cuties. It’s a good thing I brought my A game, because Celeste was tough to crack. But once I figured out that jumping karate kicks with crazy faces made her laugh, we were good to go 🙂 Here are a few pics…

Celeste smiling (finally!)

And baby sister Zandra

And cousin Erin


Posted by on Jul 17, 2007 in Family Portraits | 2 Comments

We’ve known Juliana’s parents for a couple of years now (has it really been that long, Angela?). We did their engagement pics and then their wedding early last year, and now we have the pleasure of taking pictures of their beautiful daughter. I’m telling you, they are going to be in trouble when she gets older…

Kelly & David's Wedding

Posted by on Jul 17, 2007 in Married, Wedding | One Comment

Kelly & David got married on Saturday and everything went off without a hitch! It was a beautiful ceremony and we got some fun pictures in the cornfield behind the church. The reception was at the Leawood Community Center… it’s such a nice event space and we were just out there a couple weeks ago for Jennie & Jay’s reception. There must be something in the air there, because there was a lot of crazy dancing this weekend too! Anyway, here are a few pics from the day…

A cool lensbaby ceremony shot

Bridal party fun

So in love!
Kissing in the corn

David gave Kelly a rose right before their first dance… so sweet.

T-Rex Cafe, Kansas City Zoo & Myspace

Posted by on Jul 16, 2007 in Our Life | No Comments

Jenny and I made a list before the summer started about all of the different things we were going to do with Max and Ava this summer. It turns out that it is now the middle of July and we haven’t crossed anything off of that list yet. So, Friday night after I got off of work, we decided to take the children up to the T-Rex Cafe at the Legends Shopping Center. I heard it was like the Rainforest Cafe and Build-a-Bear all rolled into one, but centered around dinosaurs, which Max loves. So, here are a few pics from the T-Rex Cafe.

First, we have Max digging for dinosaur bones in the big sand pit.

Max decided to bury Ava!

After burying Ava, Max wanted to be buried, too.
Grabbing rocks with Grandma EE

Then we moved to the Build-a-Dino, and here we see Max picking out his dino…

Next, he picked out a heart…

And put the guts in it…

Then Max had to clean the dino.

It was late and this is the best one I got of him holding his dino (he named him Max, Jr.)

Since I didn’t get a good shot of Max and his finished dino, I took some more pics the next day. Max said his dino was hungry and wanted to eat the camera. Don’t worry, the camera made it out okay.

Max, Jr. really is a friendly dino.

Now that we crossed off one item off the list, we wanted to knock another one down. So, thanks to Kelly & David for not wanting us at their wedding bright and early, we had enough time to take Max & Ava to the Kansas City Zoo. A little backstory here about the first time we took Max to the zoo. As you all obviously know I’m a photographer, and I love to take pictures of my children. So, how does a photographer take his son to the zoo for the first time and tries to document it with a $10 disposable camera? I’ll tell you how, I forgot my camera! And disposable cameras suck!! So, I made sure I brought my good gear this time (it was Ava’s first trip to the zoo). Being a Friend of the Zoo helps out as well, because it allows you to see one part of the zoo before naptime, and go back whenever you want without paying each time. Here are a few pics.

Max’s first ride on a carousel

Ava didn’t really know what was going on, so she chilled in the stroller…

And snacked on Cheerios…

And got excited for the lions, or maybe just excited to hit the glass, we’ll never know.

Max was roaring like a lion at Ava…

And roaring on the train ride back to the car.

And he’s still got the dino.

If you’re still reading this after the 20 pics, and all my silly captions, please feel free to check out Josh Solar Photo on Myspace. If you have a Myspace, and would like
to add us as a friend, go ahead. We’ll be updating that page with current pics every so often. So that makes our website, our blog, and myspace all as places you can keep informed about Josh Solar Photo.

Leslie’s Dress Trashing is DONE!!

Posted by on Jul 12, 2007 in Married, Wedding | No Comments

Leslie’s dress trashing pics are finally done and online. Also, Drew sent me a little, low-quality teaser video that I think is pretty neat. Once you get to the black part, it’s over (we are having technical difficulties, and video is not my cup of tea:) I look forward to Tuesday’s dress trashing with Tara & Ryan, and we’re excited to book some more.


Three family shoots…

Posted by on Jul 8, 2007 in Family Portraits | No Comments

We had the opportunity the past two days to shoot three different (and fun!) families. We were out at Loose Park yesterday and the Nelson today… here are a few shots from each…