The Beahm Family

Posted by on Feb 24, 2019 in Family Portraits | No Comments

Getting caught up on the family sessions I’ve shot over the last few months but never shared. Here’s the Beahm family who I’ve documented for the last 5 years. Love watching these kids grow up!

The Wright Family

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Family Portraits | One Comment

I’ve known Rusty for years now. He’s taken some of my favorite pictures of our family ever & he’s just a great dude in general. Those that know him will undoubtedly agree. So it was a joy to spend a morning photographing him with his family recently.

The Neemann Family

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Family Portraits | No Comments

When you get to photograph your kids best friends family & your wife’s best friend’s family it’s quite fun 🙂

The Sykes Family

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Family Portraits | One Comment

Oh, this family & the joy they bring to the world!

Married: Rachel + Joe

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Married | 5 Comments

I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Rachel has been a big fan of Hello Happiness Card Co for years. And I met her sister, Sarah, a long while ago at a workshop we held in Kansas City. Let’s put it this way. When Rachel reached out about having Jenny + I travel all the way to Estes Park to document her + Joe’s wedding, we had to say yes. We had to make it work. The excitement was too great to not go.

Having been back for a few weeks, I think all the joy has been processed. There were so many beautiful moments we got to be a part of. All of the surprises throughout the day. The laughter. The tears. Joe even figured out how to get Rachel’s adorable corgi up for the wedding as a surprise…and they live in Aspen.

I told Rachel + Sarah I dream my kids will be as close as they are when they’re older. It’s a beautiful thing to watch their interactions + belly laughs.

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: WHY YOU SHOULDN’T CUT COSTS

Let’s face it, weddings are expensive, I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that. Anything and everything is going to cost you money. So when the time finally comes for you to sit down to prepare your wedding budget it’s important to understand which areas you should and shouldn’t try to save a few dollars on. One area, in particular, is Wedding photography. Today, I’m going to tell you exactly why you shouldn’t cut costs on wedding photography.

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IS AN INVESTMENT:

This is one of the most fundamental things to remember when it comes to selecting your wedding photographer. It’s important to look at wedding photography as an investment, something which is going to appreciate in value (to you) as time goes on. You are not going to get any do-overs. Unless of course, you have deep pockets, even then it probably won’t be as special as the second time around. This is also one of those rare occasions where you are to going to have all the people which mean the most to you in the one place at the one time. Which is why it’s important to make sure that each and every moment is documented by a professional.

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL:

We live in a time where everyone has a camera in their pocket. Most of us probably also know someone who is an aspiring photographer. But just because they have a camera and know how to use it, doesn’t mean that they know how to photograph a wedding. The reason it’s important to spend the money and hire a professional wedding photographer is because they shoot weddings regularly. They know exactly what moments are about to unfold and how to capture them. As well as knowing exactly where to be and when. A wedding photographer also understands which photos they need to capture in order to best tell the story of your day. This fundamental knowledge can’t be gained without hands-on experience in the industry. Allowing a wedding photographer to photograph your day will also give you the confidence to ask your guests to be present in the moment. Rather than looking at you through their phone screen.

Enough rambling. Here’s the pictures… emotional sisters in estes park on a wedding day father and daughter before her wedding ceremony in estes park, colorado beautiful wedding ceremony at the chapel on the rock in estes park colorado beautiful bridal portrait in estes park, colorado estes park wedding photography estes park wedding photography corgi wedding cake topper

The Beahm Family

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Family Portraits | No Comments

Family style at it’s finest. Love all the coordinating colors to match the adorable smiles.

The Hilton Family

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Family Portraits | No Comments

Fall in Kansas City means pumpkin farms. And pumpkin farms are a great place for some family photos. 

The Laughridge Family

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Family Portraits | 5 Comments

Some fun family images from a fall evening at Loose Park. Kansas City sure does do fall right with the colors.

The Zapien Family

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018 in Family Portraits | No Comments

Finding a Healthy Weight

Being healthy is really about being at a weight that is right for you. The best way to find out if you are at a healthy weight or if you need to lose or gain weight is to talk to a doctor or dietitian, who can compare your weight with healthy norms to help you set realistic goals. If it turns out that you can benefit from weight loss, then you can follow a few of the simple suggestions listed below to get started, read more about Exipure benefits.

Weight management is about long-term success. People who lose weight quickly by crash dieting or other extreme measures usually gain back all (and often more) of the pounds they lost because they haven’t changed their habits in a healthy way that they can stick with.

Tips for Success

The best weight-management strategies are those that you can maintain for a lifetime. That’s a long time, so we’ll try to keep these suggestions as easy as possible!

Make it a family affair. Ask your mom or dad to lend help and support. The goal is to make diet or lifestyle changes that will benefit the whole family. Teens who have the support of their families tend to have better results.

Watch your drinks. It’s amazing how many calories are in the sodas, juices, and other drinks that you take in every day. Simply cutting out a can of soda or one sports drink can save you 150 calories or more each day. Drink water or other sugar-free drinks to quench your thirst and stay away from sugary juices and sodas. Choosing nonfat or low-fat milk is also a good idea. Check out the latest exipure reviews.

Start small. Small changes are a lot easier to stick with than drastic ones. For example, give up regular soda or reduce the size of the portions you eat. When you have that down, you can make other changes, like introducing healthier foods and exercise into your life.

Stop eating when you’re full. Pay attention as you eat and stop when you’re comfortably full. Eating more slowly can help because it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to get the message that you are full. Sometimes taking a break before going for seconds can keep you from eating another serving.

Try not to eat when you feel upset or bored — find something else to do instead (a walk around the block or a trip to the gym are good alternatives). Many people find it’s helpful to keep a diary of what they eat and when and what they are feeling. When you have to write it down, you might think twice before eating cookies. Reviewing the diary later can also help them identify the emotions they have when they overeat.

Schedule regular meals and snacks. You can better manage your hunger when you have a predictable meal schedule. Skipping meals may lead to overeating at the next meal. Adding 1 or 2 healthy snacks to your three squares can help curb hunger.

5 a day keep the pounds away. Ditch the junk food and dig out the fruits and veggies! Five servings of fruits and veggies aren’t just a good idea to help you lose weight — they’ll help you feel full and keep your heart and the rest of your body healthy. Other suggestions for eating well:

  • choose whole-wheat bread and other whole grains, like brown rice and oatmeal
  • eat a healthy breakfast
  • keep portions under control

More Tips

Avoid fad diets. It’s never a good idea to trade meals for shakes or to give up a food group in the hope that you’ll lose weight — we all need a variety of foods to get the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Avoid diet pills (even the over-the-counter or herbal variety). They can be dangerous to your health; besides, there’s no evidence that they help keep weight off over the long term.

Don’t banish certain foods. Don’t tell yourself you’ll never again eat your absolutely favorite peanut butter chocolate ice cream. Making all treats forbidden is sure to make you want them even more. The key to long-term success is making healthy choices most of the time. If you want a piece of cake at a party, go for it! But munch on the carrots rather than the chips to balance it out.

Get moving. You may find that you don’t need to cut calories as much as you need to get off your behind. Don’t get stuck thinking you have to play a team sport or take an aerobics class to get exercise. Try a variety of activities from hiking to cycling to dancing until you find ones you like.

Not a jock? Find other ways to fit activity into your day: walk to school, jog up and down the stairs a couple of times before your morning shower, turn off the tube and help your parents in the garden, or take a stroll past your crush’s house — anything that gets you moving. Your goal should be to work up to 60 minutes of exercise every day. But everyone has to begin somewhere. It’s fine to start out by simply taking a few turns around the block after school and building up your levels of fitness gradually.

Build muscle. Muscle burns more calories than fat. So adding strength training to your exercise routine can help you reach your weight loss goals as well as give you a toned bod. And weights are not the only way to go: Try resistance bands, pilates, or push-ups to get strong. A good, well-balanced fitness routine includes aerobic workouts, strength training, and flexibility exercises.

Forgive yourself. So you were going to have one cracker with spray cheese on it and the next thing you know the can’s pumping air and the box is empty? Drink some water, brush your teeth, and move on. Everyone who’s ever tried to lose weight has found it challenging. When you slip up, the best idea is to get right back on track and don’t look back.

The Quintanilla Family

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018 in Family Portraits | No Comments

Session 1 of 2 I did in the Oakland Zoo parking lot. This momma is raising some sweet boys, that’s for sure! Loved their sense of humor, smiles & positive attitudes.