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This is probably really obvious, but I love the details of phases of life. It is the little things that surround someone that make the story. We often forget about the high tops we wore in middle school that we had to have or the graphics of the Wheaties box but just like anything these visuals are so fun, they take you back. My family and I recently binge watched Stranger Things on Netflix. It really represents the 80′s so well, down to the opening graphics. I really felt like I was back on my bike riding around my neighborhood in 1985.The story is fun and the actors are good, but what really kept me watching is to remember my childhood. My favorite tv show of all time is Wonder Years, and I do really love the premise of the show, but I love the era as well–the jeans, the house, the middle school of the late 60′s. Other favorites come to mind–Madmen and Downtown Abby. The reason I’m bringing this up is although I love showing your pretty faces and capturing you for future generations- these little vignettes that surround us in this moment now are really important too. When looking at little Miles in utero and newborn I was struck by this. Jessica and Alan are super cool, they have such great style and they are renovating a 100+ home and revamping an old neighborhood. I’ve known Alan since we were kids playing kick the can on Maize Rd in Colby KS. It was fitting to be there in his sweet room surrounded by all baby and this beautiful architecture that will be the story to start off Miles’s life.

This was a couple months ago and already he has totally changed, but they will have Jessica’s belly and tiny toes images to remind them that it was all real and when he gets to be in college or has a child of his own he can look back and say look at my cool parents and how cute are my fingers and I remember that pillow.

First off a few maternity– cool kids–cool house.

here he is!


Choices, decisions. I want to spend a minute on something I love to hate.

I feel like in our golden age of social media/internet and all things bold, subtle, beautiful and graphic, modern, nostalgic, vintage and visual. We are constantly bombarded by perfection and beauty but also the pursuit of these things.

I have a hard time grappling with something that day to day brings so much stress but also so much absolute joy. I love to hang my hat on how “visual” I am. I am by nature a visual learner and what I see has always framed my existence–like a lot of people. Hence, my choice of career. But I don’t know about you, the older I get I think I’m going backwards in a way. To explain– Decisions. all day every day. Like what to buy at grocery store, what color paint, what direction to run, all of it I contemplate. That makes is seem like I’m complaining it but I’m not. I love it all. I love being able to go to Home Depot and try three different samples and go online and find a pillow that changes it by afternoon. I love that I can walk to a farmer’s market or McDonalds in my neighborhood. These decisions are great most of the time.

But I think that like most things that word balance is allusive.I’ve talked about this before.  Sometimes you don’t know where it all ends. At what point to rest and enjoy and not think about the what ifs and should haves.I don’t know how to wrap this into a post except for that Katie, my senior here is going to have a heck of a time deciding on images. As a photographer that looks at oftentimes hundreds of images a day it hasn’t gotten that much easier. In fact, decisions only get more and more plentiful.  And when your making up your mind on that gallery wall or if you want to go black and white or color on an image, I want to tell you I empathize. Maybe I sound like a baby or that I’m taking this first world problem way to serious but hey it’s winter I have some time to think.

With necessity comes clarity. If you don’t have the time to lament over hamburgers or chicken for dinner you don’t. Or the color of paint, or which direction to run. Like most things once decided and hung on the wall its all beautiful. That’s why I do what I do taking people and animals and objects of love and affection.

And when I’m anxious over the paint colors I chose I remember that cute canvas of my kids that I’m going to hang over it and start to paint.

Ok, can I just say that I’m super jealous of Katie’s hair…..

Katie, your beautiful. Good luck deciding on all decisions of life. Enjoy the ride…..


Happy New Year! Blog more, eat less, be more social, be more organized, drink more water, paint the dining room, read more, cook more meals, do more things with the kids, be more present, run more miles. Always striving, striving, striving. This is the time of year when we reflect on what we could have done better, what we want to achieve. The problem is the striving often leads to stressing. I feel like there is a clock over my shoulder constantly ticking and reminding me to do more, make every moment count. Especially as a photographer where every moment has the potential to be memorable, revolutionary, and beautiful. And in trying to make every moment count, I feel like I’m missing out on something. I mean the minute you put for example, “cook more meals at home” on a list some of the joy is lost, the serendipity and the feeling that this is a job rather then an activity creeps in. It’s about being the best person you can be independent of the miles others are running weather that is figurative or literal. That’s not to say I’m jealous of people’s accomplishments, when I see a great photographer I’m not jealous, I admire them, I’m not jealous of fit people, wealthy people or more attractive people (although I may have used to be-ha!) I do believe I want what’s best for people and their individual stories. But I do get envious of those who accomplish things and still have a way to relax, those that do wondrous things without the constant “to do” list running through their heads. Even if that “to do” list has to “be present” on it. Maybe these people don’t exist. I just feel like I need to constantly be accomplishing, which sets me back I think. I mean in this age of social media and smartphones, you can check in on  a friend half a world away and see the news in Canada and be exercising all at the same time.  With all the things you can be doing sometimes the options are so overwhelming nothing is done.

I would like to be focused most of the time, and unfocused some of the time and not feel guilty about it. Not regret the time away, or be hard on myself for not making all moments count. I think it is in this balance that goals become achievable. I hope to make this happen, it may not, it’s hard to make it tangible…I’ll keep you posted.

So in this line of thinking as 2016 rolls to 2017 I want to celebrate Katie and Jed. Katie is from a family of 7 hilarious girls full of personality. One of her older sisters, Annette and I have some fond memories not appropriate to share : ). She found a doll in Jed, who is quietly funny and unassuming until you get the guy on the dance floor. I think they are the sweetest way to close out 2106′s wedding season. I hope I made your wedding moments real and visual for years to come and here’s to more of those in 2017.  Hope we all accomplish great things and relax even greater!!! (as Stella Baska would say, “let’s resolve to relax SO HARD”) much love –
former bride on the left… Cathy, and mom Bernie on right
Rock Chalk.the dab is so 2016yep, this guy here. right. here.


We are all thankful for good friends. These friends are special and this blog post is a long time coming. My kids line up with the Lyons kids and have experienced a lot of Kansas City with this family. I’ve gotten to see more of the world with this family. They leave us with many memories. In August they moved to Ohio. I wanted to give them some memories of their little Brookside home here. We miss them all the time…
                                                                                                               Now dab. This is a theme, that will be continued.

And not to be forgotten, when their family came in this summer via London and Malaysia….Family memories as well. Thanks for all the good times Lyons-Josephs.

                                                                                                                                          Now multi generational dab again.                                                                                                                                     the most beautiful eyes