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Sometimes your subjects/clients become your friends and other times your friends become your subjects, which is particularly sweet as you have firsthand knowledge of their personalities. Sometimes those friends share your name as well….

I love this family. You’ve seen them before. Patty and John would do anything for you. And although we don’t hug it out, Patty has gotten virtual hugs from a lot of people because she is a problem solver. “If there is a problem, yo I’ll solve it.” (it keeps running through my head, sorry Vanilla Ice-Patty) I mean it. You call her with some sort of issue—whether emotional or literal—and she goes right at it.

And as I hope to become a more frequent blogger (take heed’ cause I’m a lyrical poet) it was important to me to make sure I do something for them that has meaning and captures them. I asked to get the last three years of albums we’ve done and to document them and it is so striking to see the kids grow. I sound like a broken record (check out the hook, while my DJ revolves it ((For goodness sake)))….but that is the best part of my job. I want to make happy memories….really that’s it. I don’t know that I solve any problems, in fact with my indecision I often confuse matters. But I hope that the O’Connors can, in the years to come, look back and see their family and remember them that young, or that time we hung in the at the park or Brookside or drove around the Westside, like here.

Word to your mother.

Classic.
Oh Siobhany….You and Stella never turn into moody teenagers, ok?These lay flat albums are a beautiful archive to chronicle your family’s life. I think there is nothing more telling then seeing them side by side.

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Now that you saw Logan’s family’s more urban session we decided to go a little more pastural this year. We hit Cider Hill maybe slightly after the peak of the apple blossoms, but it was still so pretty. I loved seeing the light move through the trees at different angles and intensity with the clouds. I always think of orchards in the early fall when it’s apple picking time, but this is a beautiful and they had a little festival and Logan got to throw his fishing hook in for a try. He’s still a handsome devil but probably the last year he can be held as he’s becoming all boy.
the many faces of Logan, he gets them from his father, except for that one there on bottom right….all mother.

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I was recently at a networking meeting and we were talking about finding your niche. Finding a spot where you connect to your target audience and where you as a business relish the sweet spot of success. I was pondering this for awhile before the meeting and turning it over and over in my head, knowing full well that having a specific target audience was a good thing so that you could more readily “speak” to them and find them. But what I couldn’t reconcile is that I love working with everyone and every project. I loved the babies, I love the weddings, I love the teenagers and seniors and kids turning 9 and people with bulldogs and those that lived in small towns and those that lived in the heart of the city–you get the point. I don’t know a personality I’m not intrigued by, I don’t know a photo that I wouldn’t want to take. Or a challenge that would not excite me. Or a location that I have to shoot to give me “My” look. I guess if I was really honest with myself I’m not as into inanimate objects and commercial stuff as dealing with people (Ok, there is a little focus.) But all in all I couldn’t tell you who my target “target” is. And that was sort of upsetting to me and made me panic for a bit….where was I going? But after relaying this to the others in the meeting. One other wedding industry vendor mentioned. Well, then maybe your niche is that then. Seeing your clients come back to you for all events. You are “their” photographer–”Do you find that they do come back to you? Do you become friends with them.” “Yes, I guess I do.” Not that I’m turning this into a sales pitch or a I’m the greatest post–but what I did realize is what I do like about my business is that I may not just do seniors or newborns or weddings but if I do your wedding I will probably see you at your first child’s birth. Or if I did your Senior photography, I will probably be asked to do the grandparents 50th wedding anniversary or if I do your families photos one year, you will most probably want me the next year. And I will know what we did last year and what you were wearing and how Johnny likes potty humor or how shy Sally can be. That is a revelation that I really like.

So on that note, here are some of my friends that I did their wedding and little Logan through the years. They are funny (see pictures) and little Logan is going to break all the girls hearts cause he is a looker. This happens to be last year when he was 4 and tomorrow I’m going to blog his latest because he has grown and I get to see that, and that is the best.outta here…to here….a child of the pavement….

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As Kansas City is starting to heat up I will give you this super cool wedding of Heather and Kevin. This was one heck of a party–downtown KC at Twenty Eight Event Space.  Kevin is a rugby player and as such had a rowdy cast and crew of friends and groomsmen, many I already knew beforehand (including my bro-in-law, Erik), but I didn’t know many of Heather’s bridesmaids and I have to say they were one of the most fun group of girls I’ve been around—I don’t know that I’ve ever laughed harder!  Thanks to Alex and the Boulevard Brewery for letting us take a mini tour and get those great KC skyline shots. Heather for sure knew she wanted to incorporate glitter and metallics and as you watch the clip at the end we had fun letting it sail.

Shawn Spry of Adrenaline Images served as my second shooter and was fabulous. I love seeing how people see things differently. He has a cool edge to my sort of feminine taste. But regardless he makes people feel at ease and that is so important in what we do.

I’ll stop going on and on and let the photos tell the story……

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