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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…..love Cathy, and mom Bernie on right
Rock Chalk.the dab is so 2016yep, this guy here. right. here.

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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

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I had a whole hand written blog in a notebook about the act of decisions and how I hate and love all the decisions our charmed life has given us. It was pertaining to this particular senior and how it will be really hard to figure out what she was going to print out and send to the relatives so on and so forth. But I lost the notebook-ha!!! Such is life, but that leads me in another direction. Thankfulness, I hope to blog something I’m thankful for every day in relation to my shoots. I will start today with Sydney. She is one of those girls that dances like no one is watching. She is who she is and that beauty radiates out of her. It’s no wonder, knowing her mother and sister.  Her mother is my tax-preparer, accountant and all around general therapist (previous blog) when it comes to this SNAP train ride. She is fabulous. Mel I’m so thankful we found you all those years ago. Thank you both for hanging in there through the lime’s disease and general bug fest we endured.  Your daughters are going to be amazing women I can just tell. Sydney is going to be the best Marine Biologist to come out the middle of the prairie that exists. GOOD LUCK DECIDING.

                                                                                                                       It is so fun to do a dancer’s photos. Just had to throw a water texture in there as this girl loves the water.

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What do you get when you put a precocious three year old on his birthday, one of the best soccer coaches in the city, two cat-loving, active girls and a mom that has is constantly running after all of them down in the West Bottoms? Gold, I tell ya. I’ve gotten to know this family through my kids and they couldn’t be more fun. Kevin is my daughter’s EXCELLENT soccer coach—not only are they learning how to work their feet, they are learning team skills and listening and chemistry. It is really impressive. The West Bottoms was the perfect venue on a fall evening, as these active kids could run through the dust that left gold sunlight in their wake (and a bunch of feral cats that the girls wanted to take home with them).                                                                                                                          Happy Birthday G! This picture suits you.                                                                                                                           I kinda love the sun on these girls.                                                                                                                                               Oh come.on.                                                                    As Stella would say, thanks Coach, you and your family are awsome. (spelled like that)

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