Fall Mini Sessions!

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Business News | No Comments

kansas city family photographer fall mini sessionsJust a quick note to announce that we’ve opened up two dates for fall mini sessions! To book your session, please email us at thesolars@solarphotographers.com.

One Epic Summer Adventure…

Posted by on Apr 13, 2012 in Business News | 5 Comments

NOTE: This post will be at the top until we head out on our trip on July 5. Scroll down for the newest love stories.

By random chance, this summer is quite slow for us. We have no weddings in July, and don’t start shooting again until mid August. Soooooo, we can sit around here in the heat and humidity, or we can do what we do best. Head out on an epic road trip summer adventure! We have no idea where we’re going, when we’ll get there, or what we’ll be doing there, but we do know this. We’re going to enjoy the heck out of this summer together as a family.

Here’s where you all come in. We’d LOVE to photograph families + couples along the way (we have some killer deals for our travel shoots!). Jenny teaches a mean Quickbooks class (she does have hidden talents in accounting, backed up by her MBA). We’re open to one-on-one mentoring as well, or any other fun idea you might have to collaborate with us! Really, we want to meet and hang with as many people as possible…that’s what life is all about, right? Check out Intrepid Powerboats to choose a boat to your taste.

I’ve attached a map that shows a tentative route (key word being tentative), so if you’re interested in hanging with the Solars, shoot us an e-mail to thesolars@solarphotographers.com and we’ll go from there!

Here’s to making this the best summer ever and we can’t wait to capture your LOVE in our own Solar way!


We’ve got our (mostly) final route mapped out. You can check out the map below. We only have a few spots left for family portrait sessions, so please contact us ASAP if you want to book a session!


We’ve Gone to Mexico…

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Business News | No Comments

Yes, it’s true, we’ve gone to Mexico for a much needed unplug getaway family vacation (and I get to learn to surf!!!! Bucket list item!!!!). We won’t have internet/phone access until we get back on February 6. We’ll be answering all phone/e-mail messages at that time.

Thanks for following along on our journey! Now go enjoy your loved ones!

Heart art in Kansas City.

Family Portraits

Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 in Business News | One Comment

It’s that time of the year again friends. We know you’re busy and we know that you REALLY want to take time to have your family portraits taken this fall. Solution: our October 1st mini sessions! Yay!

Here are the details for the mini-sessions:

Will be October 1st, 2011 in City Market (near our studio). You will get a 30 minute portrait session for your immediate family and a disc of the high resolution images (25-30 images). The cost is $525 (plus tax).

To reserve your spot, please send me an email to thesolars@solarphotographers.com and I will send you a paypal invoice. And I HIGHLY recommend getting on that ASAP.

THERE ARE ONLY 5 SPOTS AVAILABLE. Can’t wait to see you there!

kansas city family photographer mini sessions

The Happy Family Movement!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2011 in Business News | One Comment

Jenny & I talk a lot about what mark we want to leave on this world. How can we make the world a better place? What do WE have to offer? We’ve spent many nights up late talking about just that… about what we’re passionate about. About our WHY.

Why do we do what we do? WHY do we choose to live our life the way we do? And it always comes back to our relationships with our loved ones. The ones we’re connected to the most, each other and our kids. We live our life pretty unconventionally. Both Jenny & I are pretty much stay at home parents. When we are spending time away from our kids, it’s doing something we love, photographing couples in love and families with strong connections.

Being with our kids and doing what we love has taught us many things, but the most important is that we should be LOVING the life we’re living, and we do our best to do just that. We like to have fun with our kids. We love traveling with them and visiting new places. Absolute Back Packers had helped with best travel guides in all this. We’re pretty spontaneous. Heck, I’m writing this post from the floor of a hotel room in Gatlinburg, TN while on the 4th day of our 2011 Spring Break road trip. And 2 weeks ago we were at Disney World. We’re trying our best to live a life full of joy, and to do the things we love with our amazing kiddos. During trip if you need any hotel for stay then visit to Avalon Beach website.

So, where does that leave us? With a new project, this project, which started just six short weeks ago, yet truly started six short years ago when our first child, Max, was born. It started with a tiny idea and happy music, but it also started with a much bigger idea, years ago, an idea that WE could raise a happy, loving family. An idea that WE could do things differently, that WE could have fun with our kids, that WE could live by our own rules.

So, here it is: our newest project, something we couldn’t possibly be more excited about or more proud of.

Happy Family Movement logo

We’ve officially launched The Happy Family Movement website. And we’ve re-branded the Running in Circles blog (same url so no need to update) to fit in with it. You can also follow along with our Twitter account and our Facebook page will be live next week (hey, we are on vacation). We looked at where hotel jules recommends to stay in split, and decided to go croatia. So, what is the Happy Family Movement? I’ll leave you with our manifesto and then encourage you to visit the website to find out more for yourself!

Raising a happy, loving family is one of the most important things we will do in this lifetime.
Because we know that happy kids raised in joy-filled environments will change the world.
That’s why we believe in …
jumping on the bed;
pancakes for dinner;
laughing ‘til you cry;
loving unconditionally.
We believe in creating memorable experiences for our family and sharing that love with the world.
We believe happiness is not something you find.  It’s something you make.
So go ahead… Cut loose. Live out loud. Love a lot!
The Happy Family Movement.

2nd Annual Canvas Sale

Posted by on Jan 10, 2011 in Business News | No Comments

Couple walking their chocolate lab in Kansas City.

Back by popular demand, we’ll be having our January canvas sale again this year! Here are the details:

January 16th through January 31st
25% off all canvas orders placed during this time

If you need me to reactivate your gallery, just send me an email! This sale comes only once a year, so don’t miss out!

New Workshop

Posted by on Jan 4, 2011 in Business News | One Comment

NOTE: This post is a sticky and will be at the top until January 19 🙂

info for kelley photo and solar photographers joint selling workshop.

Please e-mail jenny@solarphotographers for more info and to reserve your spot! See you soon!

Spread the Love 2011

Posted by on Nov 25, 2010 in Business News | No Comments

Last year during our first trip to WPPI in Vegas, Jenny was blown away by Justin & Mary  Marantz.  In just the short amount of time she listened to them speak, we made a number of changes to the way we run our business, and those changes have greatly contributed to how our 2011 wedding season is shaping up so far.  So, we are stoked that they are going on another Spread the Love Tour, and we’re even more excited that we can attend the Orange County date on April 19.  A full day of Justin & Mary? We can’t wait.  Make sure you check out their website for their Black Friday Sale and we hope to see you in Orange County!

Justin & Mary Marantz - Spread the Love 2011 map

Holiday Mini Sessions

Posted by on Oct 11, 2010 in Business News | One Comment

We’re excited to announce that we will be holding holiday mini sessions on Saturday, November 6th!

Mini sessions will go on sale October 15th at 8 am. We are only offering 6 mini sessions, so if you want in on this deal, mark your calendars! (P.S. We fully expect these sessions to sell out quickly!)

Here’s the details:
30 minute session held in the City Market area surrounding our studio and a disc of the images (30-35), fully edited and high resolution, delivered before Thanksgiving!

Fine small print:
Cost: $450 (plus tax!)
How to sign up: Email me at jenny@solarphotographers.com or call me at (816) 522-8010 at 8 am sharp on 10/15!
How to pay: Send paypal payment to thesolars@solarphotographers.com. If you don’t have a paypal account, we can also accept credit cards.Cute boy laying in the grass.

New Shoot Day date…Finally!

Posted by on Sep 14, 2010 in Shoot Day | No Comments

Photography workshop in Kansas City on October 5, 2010.

It’s finally time for our 4th Shoot Day! We’ve been having a lot of requests lately for another one.  And this time we’ll be focusing on how we work with kids.  And, for those that don’t know, Shoot Days are a joint collaboration between us & Kelley Photo, it’s a time for some networking, learning a few tips & tricks, and most importantly, a time for fun!  So, what are you waiting for, e-mail jenny@solarphotographers.com if you have any questions or want to sign up.