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Ok, I love snow but when March hits I think it should be gone. That is all I’m going to say about that. I am thinking Spring and green and flowers and oh my graduation, because you know once weather turns warm it feels like Spring goes into super drive and before you know it we are in the heat of Summer.

I’ve always wanted to know more about the special bond that happens between twins, the connection only you two share after being in utero for 9 months. They say there is a bit of that telepathy that exists. And you can tell the chemistry between them. Kari and Shannon are super creative and I felt like they glow together.

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It’s an honor to shoot a family year after year, or for all family events. I’ve known Margaux’s family since our kids were little going to The Children’s Garden. I have done their cousin’s photos, other siblings senior photos, family parties and portraits. She resembles her sister and laughs like her brothers, but is all Margaux.

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It is only fitting on an icy day I return to the blog world. It’s time– I have heard from some of you that are not related to me (ha) that have said I follow you and well, that keeps me going. I have enjoyed the respite of decision making and thinking what to write but have also missed sharing. I hope to be more present here, but love the idea of writing when inspired. Today, I bring you Holden, a senior from Rockhurst taken this Fall. I don’t need to say how photogenic this kid is.. We had a fun afternoon walking the neighborhood and hitting the spots that reflect his youth. Now, Laurie…I’m going to go read a book ; )

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I hate to sound like a broken record but the best photographers are the ones you trust and you feel like you know. I have done a few of Sally’s family member’s weddings and each one is like hanging with friends. And through them I’ve gotten to know many many more who I have photographed through the years. I love the traditions this family has and they really do know how to put on a party. 9.15.2018  Sally + Kevin

Check out her sister’s wedding, cousins’ Elaine’s wedding and Beth’s family.  

Kara and Pat’s wedding is not on the current blog or else I would include it….but when Kara & Pat first had baby Betsy, it was only fitting that we went to her dad’s infamous bar, Breits, which is a lot like walking into Cheers.  We will certainly be stopping by there tomorrow–tradition. It’s the beauty of these traditions and stories that I hope the photos add another visual layer for them for the generations that come next. 

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I’m exploring what motivates me to be a better marketer/business owner and I can tell you admitting that I am not good at some of this is really therapeutic. For a very long time, I felt I needed to uphold a very corporate like facade of being professional and never showing weakness but I now feel like I’m a key person behind this train and it’s better to just let you know how I am real and human ; ). And if I can make a very small difference in someone starting out, or if this resonates with someone then that is all I need. I think creative people easily forget about the business side of things and this is me, trying to make up for some lost time.

When I first started out, my plan was do good photography and be nice. That was it–no real mission statement or schedule, no plan to have lots of followers or even audience. Naive of me but free and easy. It worked for some time. But as the market got more saturated and online presence got to be more and more important, I realized you have to be able to show your work. And somewhere along the lines in building that social media portfolio I have let fear creep in. This is not something I deal with alone I’m sure. And while fear is great when your about to jump out of plane, not so much in business.  I’m afraid I’ll say the wrong thing, I will make someone mad, be boring, I will leave someone out, I will not show the right images, or get something wrong about someone’s story (this is a big one), or even I get so big that I can’t handle it (I know this is a stretch but hey I’m being honest) it all interrelates. So like the indecision and the feeling like I have to be crazy creative every time I get on here what do I do? Nothing. This is where I need to change. I need to mature in business and realize that I am not for everyone. This is not a popularity contest and to do my best to be authentic to peoples stories, with the idea of doing good photography and being nice. #justpostit

So that was my 2 minute PSA to go along with Tia & Dan. These two are so photogenic and natural in front of the camera, these images were really hard to decide on, really hard. They are having a destination wedding later this year and wanted to get some images that showed the midwest. Can I say the midwest showed up in all of it’s glory, I mean—-. Congrats Tia & Dan, hope you enjoy these midwest Summer evening images for years and years and years.

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