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“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”

-Francis Bacon

So, I’m like one of the least political people I know. Just ask my husband who often wants to talk politics and I usually end up running away, or tuning him out. I have my opinions like everyone else and enough good sense to know that they don’t always jive with everyone else and not enough sense to care. This is life, I feel we are all going around with our own sense of being and trying to do the right thing.

When I woke up the other morning to another mass shooting in LV, I sort of shrugged and said here we go again. Then I realized three people were murdered in Lawrence and a student committed suicide at her school in Lee’s Summit. With that realization I thought it’s not everywhere else-whatever “it” is. It is in my backyard and probably in yours. And I don’t think its about gun rights or terrorist groups or arguing politicians. “It” is the weird phenomenon that people want to hurt themselves and others. What is that? I don’t get it. Do people feel like they don’t belong? Do they really hate that much? where does it come from? I don’t know if anyone can answer these questions.

I don’t want to go into a long discussion about where society is failing, because I’m sure there are lots of reasons. I do think it is really easy to see all the bad stuff everyday that is reported and forget about the millions of good little things that happen all the time that will never get a second glance or that no one notices. This is life too I suppose.

And I certainly don’t want to turn this into a sales pitch or cheesy photography post (oh you know I do ha!) but as we enter the Fall and the trees turning every color in our great midwest wrap your kids in a cozy blanket, sit with your lover and have some hearty meal and chat, tell someone you think they did a good job even if you don’t know them but appreciate them. Maybe the small acts of love will work against some of the hate-maybe a little. I’m just reminded about how important friends and family are, when bad things happen.

A few from last years Beier family, it was fun to shoot on the trails of Swope Park. I will be announcing some Holiday card mini sessions soon. Please email me at if you’re interested. Can’t wait for Fall color and light.


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