The Baska’s just got back for a Spring Break trip to Nashville–which is bursting with energy, I hope to put some images up later, we pretty much ate our way through the south (hot hot chicken)and saw some good friends. Why I bring this up is our next senior was accepted to Belmont’s school of music which we had a chance to visit and it was very impressive. He is still considering his options, but I think we may know his name in the future. Colin, a man of the arts, sings opera and is no stranger to the stage. What a fun afternoon exploring the city’s obvious landmarks (uh-huh Kauffman and #kcloves) but the back alleys as well. Wherever he ends up I hope he remembers these from his hometown. #kcnativeson
I’m really excited for Spring and everything that comes with it–a new beginning and new energy. So I’m launching March off with some 2018 graduates and first up is the stunning Audrey, senior at STA and future University of South Carolina Cocky. It’s not too late to do senior photos, it is never too late. Capitalize on this time of your life, where you are young and vibrant and I aim to make each session as unique as you are.Its a good time to get a few of the family as well…..
As we exit February, my last love post features Diane + Martin’s wedding. Both had lost their first spouses and found each other through friends. It was a simple and sweet morning wedding, that came down to the important things– faith, family and friends (oh and a really sharp top hat).Martin gave a toast that had not a dry eye in the house.
So I’ve spent a lot of time trying to make business be my business and set aside personal for personal, and while I do think its good to have some sense of privacy I am beginning to realize that they are not one and the other, most of the time my business is completely and utterly personal and my personal life is pretty much my business. I don’t know why I thought they had to be so separate for so long, makes me think I’m not too bright. But really in what I do it is so personal, human interaction and friendship is integral to making my clients/friends comfortable. I think I feel bad writing on here all the time about my friends, but why? You hired me, I’m your friend.
Which brings me to these two. I’ve known Mike since we were wee babes, and some of the stories I don’t think either Mike or I would want to share here, incriminating. But we got right back to old days once he contacted me about shooting for the Northeast Johnson County Chamber. I’m not a very good marketer but I’ll tell you this organization is in it for the right reasons, and for small businesses. My experience with Chambers in the past is that they are catering to corporations and big business (probably rightly so) but it always felt like I didn’t have a lot in common with that. Mike, and all the people behind NEJC Chamber are warm and informational and don’t feel like we are at a roundtable of execs. It is more about relationships, exactly how I want to run my business (see above). And, like I’ve said before I’ve never been good about networking business to business or going out there and this feels good, because I’m making connections and learning about all kinds of different business which is in my mind better then working exclusively with photographers (even though I could get better at that).
So if you follow me on Facebook you may have seen some of these. Mike as you will see from the photographs is like a relative he always welcomed me (I mean every time) with a hug and you can see his family is the same. And now I’ve met his love Tom and their friends and they couldn’t be more fun or more genuine. They had a small party at Posh Party Event Space celebrating their surprise wedding which was earlier in the year on the beach-I had to just put some of the most candid fun photos up ever.
This month of Valentine’s Day and everyday: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE.
You know when you get a good feeling about something? You just know your dealing with a gem? That is how I felt the first time I talked to Taylor and he was planning to propose to Jessie. He had a plan and a surprise and wanted to make it memorable. Lights were laid at Liberty Memorial and a story was told for Jessi’s sister to drop her off, he had to make sure he had permission from the family before : ) It all went off without a hitch and Jess said yes and their forever after begins.
Congratulations, it was fun to witness, I can’t ever get enough of two people in love.