Open House & Shoot Day 2!

Posted by on Mar 7, 2009 in Business News | No Comments

Well, the day is finally here…the day that our studio is FINALLY ready! So check out the little ad and come on down on March 27 to see for yourself! Anyone and everyone is welcome!

And, here’s the details for Shootday 2…We had so much fun with the first one, that I’m giddy like a schoolboy for number 2 πŸ™‚

Saturday with the Solars

Posted by on Mar 2, 2009 in Business News | No Comments

So if you’re a regular stalker of this blog, you’ve surely seen the hundreds of photos Josh has posted on here of our kiddos doing what they do best, being crazy little kids :). In the last year, we’ve had some interest from other parents who want to learn how to take better photos of their own kids, so they can document everyday life in between our portrait sessions. So, if you’re one of those parents, listen up, here are the details…

Saturday with the Solars:

What it is: A 2 hour class designed to teach you how to take better photos of your kids. We’ll teach you about good light, composition, and shooting on manual mode. We’ll demonstrate how we take photos of our own kids doing normal stuff. We’ll finish up with a question and answer session.

What it isn’t: This is not a portrait workshop. We’re not going to cover anything business-related. We’re not going to teach you how to take photos of other people’s kids. If you’re interested in portrait photography, we may offer a photographer’s workshop in the future. This is all about learning how to document your family throughout the year.

Requirements: You MUST have an SLR camera. You won’t be able to apply what we teach you to your own photos if you just have a point-and-shoot.

Investment: $200 per person. We’ll only take 5 people so our kids don’t get overwhelmed :). Payment in full is required to reserve your space.

Date & Time: We are open to suggestion… Here are a few possibilities…
March 14th 9 a.m.
March 21st 4 p.m.
April 4th 4 p.m.

Other notes: This class is for parents only, so leave your little ones with your spouse or grandma :). If you are interested, but can’t make it to the first class we offer, please send us an email anyway so we know if we should offer another class in the future.

And, here are a few captures from around the Solar household over the last few weeks to give you an idea of the stuff we’ll go over πŸ™‚

Shoot Day 1.0!

Posted by on Feb 26, 2009 in Business News | No Comments

So, yesterday was not only my 28th (man, I’m getting old) birthday, but it was also our first ever Shoot Day! I had a ton of fun meeting a bunch of photographers from all over the MO/KS area. Some of you came a LONG way, which blows my mind. And I still can’t believe how amazingly warm the weather was!

Thanks to our models who went all the way back to the 80’s for us…and a big thanks to Katie from Mink Artristry for taking them there πŸ™‚

I have to say I was pretty nervous at first, especially because I was teaching everyone the basics about using off-camera lighting. But I think we all learned something and had a chance to play with the set up a little bit. I’ve seen some of your pics already and they’ve been looking great! I hope everyone had a great time, and honestly, that’s one of our main goals. To just go out, have fun and shoot away!

On a side note, Kelley, Jenny and I are excited to be offering more of these mini-workshops in the future, and we have a few ideas, but we would love to hear about what specifically you all would want to learn about. So, leave a comment below, or send an e-mail to with your suggestions!

Well, I want to share some of my favorites, but first I wanted to list out those who attended with links, so we can all see what everyone came up with. And, for those without links, if you have one, please send it to and I’ll update this post.

Sarah Dickerson
Amy Hoskins
Jaclyn Marie
Claire Ryser
Tyler King
Jolene Grabill
Nicole McLaughlin
Angela Davis
Michael Thomas
Sharaya Mauck
Patrick Scanlan
Jen Flanagan
Sarah Crawmer
Heather Denney
Jennifer Bresnahan
Sarah Maxey
Jeremy Arnold

Here’s a few behind the scenes shots. I wish I would have taken more, but oh well. The first one is showing how Kelley likes to have her models get run over by cars! In all seriousness, the cars swerved around us…and no one was hurt. Although we did get pointed at quite a bit πŸ™‚

Walk Hard!!!

Now, here’s all my favorite images from the Shoot Day. Again, I had fun trying new stuff and playing with my post-processing! I hope you all like-y πŸ™‚

One of my favorites!

My favorite image (I think)

Dang, this might be my favorite

or this one (I’m so indecisive)

My first shot…and I love the colors here.

More rocking out…hey, it was an 80’s themed shoot…we have to have a lot of rockin’ πŸ™‚

still more rockin’

Gotta have some sweet air guitar skillz…
finished off with some cowbell πŸ™‚

Shoot Day!

Posted by on Feb 16, 2009 in Business News | No Comments

Recently I’ve been getting a TON of e-mails from aspiring photographers asking for advice, shooting tips, etc. And I’ve always made it a point to help everyone out that I possibly can, but it’s getting to be a lot harder for me to find the time to answer everyone’s questions. Therefore, Kelley and I decided to offer a shoot day, actually, afternoon this time πŸ™‚

This is going to be a super low-key, but super fun afternoon of shooting, learning, and experimenting. We’ll provide a few models and show you some of our favorite techniques, including some off-camera lighting and a general Q&A.

The details….

When : Wed, Feb 25 @ 3:00 (it’s my birthday!!) We’ll just shoot till we’re worn out!

Where : We’ll be meeting at our (not completely finished – don’t judge πŸ˜‰ studio in the City Market, and then wandering the area.

Who : Anyone who wants to learn! That being said, a basic knowledge of apertures, shutter speeds, ISO’s, etc. is strongly recommended. We won’t be starting at the very beginning this time.

How much : $50/person for this first time

Email Ashley ( if you’re interested in joining us! We’re thinking of offering more of these mini-shops in the future if we get a good response, so be sure and email even if you can’t come to this one. Hope to see you there!

Wedding Wire

Posted by on Oct 24, 2008 in Business News | No Comments

Well, I finally had the time to go set up our account on Wedding Wire, a sweet place to go to find out tons of info when you’re planning your wedding. But, I would like to ask for a little favor from all of our past brides that still keep up with our blog. If we photographed your wedding, could you please take a moment and leave us a little review? All you have to do is click THIS LINK, and follow the instructions. It’s as simple as that!

And since I can’t post without a picture, here’s one I took of Max today of his Play-Doh Ball (basically every can of Play-Doh we own mashed together πŸ™‚

I know you've been waiting…

Posted by on Oct 16, 2008 in Business News | No Comments

We’re SO excited! Today’s the day for our big announcement, so here it is… we just signed a lease on an AMAZING studio space down in City Market! And that’s only half the announcement! We’re also excited because we are going to share the space with a good friend of ours who just happens to also be an amazing photographer… Kelley! Katie from Mink Artistry will also be sharing the space with us. Now, we have a few things to discuss, just so everyone is on the same page…

1. What does this mean for us?
It means that Josh will get out of the house a couple days a week to actually work instead of napping while the kids tear up the house (just kidding, honey… you do a great job taking care of the babies :). Right now, as most of you know, we do all of our work at night after the kids are in bed. If he’s able to get a little work done now and then during the day, we might actually get a date night once in awhile (imagine that!). As of now, I am planning on being in the studio 1-2 days a week. We will be able to schedule consultations and ordering sessions at the studio on days that I am there. Otherwise, we will continue business as usual from our home office.

2. What does this mean for our clients?
We will still continue our business as Josh Solar Photo and Kelley will continue her business as Kelley Photo & Design. We are NOT joining forces. Occasionally, we may collaborate on a project together. We will continue to refer clients to each other as we have always done. But most importantly, we will work to create an environment where we can inspire each other and grow creatively.

We are really excited about this (if you can’t tell from all the teaser posts yesterday :). We’ll be posting some ‘Before’ shots of the studio sometime soon, so stay tuned!

Wait for it…

Posted by on Oct 15, 2008 in Business News, Our Life | No Comments

Patience is a virtue…

Lia says, “Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…..what’s goin’ down tomorrow?”


Posted by on Oct 15, 2008 in Business News | No Comments

Apparently nobody can keep their mouth shut around here. Kelley, are you sure Sam is okay with all of this? Seriously, I’m a little worried that he’s gonna take it all the wrong way…and he’s pretty big…and I’m a HUGE wuss. I didn’t think he was gonna find out yet…and I’m REALLY worried about what’s gonna happen the next time I see him…

All I know is this…something big, no wait, cool, no wait, awesome-super-dupertastic-ish, will be announced tomorrow…

Do it for Max…

Do it for Ava

Do it for Lia

Just do it…be here or here TOMORROW-ish or be square πŸ™‚

I am Josh Solar and I approve this message! YES WE CAN!!!

Big news coming soon…

Posted by on Oct 15, 2008 in Business News | No Comments

Okay, so this post violates Josh’s Dont-Post-Without-A-Picture rule, but I figured I had better make the announcement that we will be making an announcement (how’s that for vague?) tomorrow. I was hoping to make you guys wait a little bit longer to find out the big news, but a certain friend who shall remain nameless (link here) can’t stand to keep a secret any longer and I don’t want her to have all the fun πŸ™‚

Layna: Deal or No Deal

Posted by on Oct 12, 2008 in Business News, Our Life | No Comments
Okay, so this story starts way back about a year ago. We were heading out to dinner with Layna and Joel. Mid-conversation, Layna says, ‘Okay, so I had this dream that I’m supposed to be on Deal or No Deal, so I wrote a script and now I just need someone to film the audition tape. Do you guys do video too?’ No way! But we do happen to know the coolest videographers in town :).

Enter Drew & Selena (Van Horn Video). They made the coolest audition tape EVER (even though the Deal or No Deal people rated your audition tape as the number 3 video of all time, we all know it’s really the best one!) So, I know you want to see the video… click here.

Yep, so now that you’ve seen the video, you can totally understand why Layna got picked to be on Deal or No Deal. We headed out last night to the Levee for the watch party. We’ve never watched Deal or No Deal before, but it was SO EXCITING!! They showed a couple of photos that we took at Layna and Joel’s wedding and a clip from the audition video Drew and Selena put together. And, even though we were bummed that Layna didn’t win the million dollars, we were still super excited that she won $27,000!! Congrats Layna and Joel πŸ™‚

And we can now say: “As seen on NBC’s Deal or No Deal” because, although very briefly, some of our images were flashed on national tv. I’ll say it again, we have the coolest friends/clients in the whole world πŸ™‚

Of course Josh brought his camera along…