September 30, 2007

Our Client Appreciation Picnic was a huge success! Thanks to all of you who were able to make it! If you missed it, hopefully you can catch the next one!

It was a gorgeous day! Maybe a bit windy, but our nice big tent from Country Club Tents, helped keep us and our food safe from blowing away.

Wonderful hamburgers and hot dogs, provided by Back Yard Burgers, were enjoyed by all!

Devin, the magician, and "balloon animal guy" was a huge hit! I definitely saw him "steal" a couple of watches, without being caught. Luckily, I think he returned them all!

For the kids, the best part of the day had to be the Wacky Banana’s LOCO-Motion Train Engine! Complete with an obstacle course, bouncy moonwalk floor and an awesome slide!

Of course, don’t forget the sweets! They were a big hit amongst everyone! The Rice Krispy Treats were made by my great friend Chris. Pete and I made the cookies and popcorn. Of course, there were the suckers…always a huge hit! I know many moms were loving their sugar-high kiddos!

All the kids, including our two – Joey and Pebbles – were decked out in their "I’m a Photography by Brandi Kid!" shirts! And of course, the matching "b" logo tattoos! Thanks to Classic Awards for the great shirts. Too cute!

I know Pete and I had a blast, and we were thrilled with the way everything turned out! Thanks again to everyone who helped make yesterday a huge success!

By the end of the day, I think everyone was worn out! :-)

It Took a Frog!

September 29, 2007

There is no slowing Kaden down! He has tons of energy – up, down, round and round, left, right – there’s just no stopping him. Well that is until daddy went outside and caught a frog! A little frog, but still a frog. Kaden was stunned, and so excited to see the frog!

When all else fails, call in the frog!

Baby Boy!

September 28, 2007

With two older sisters, baby Gabriel is a nice change! Mom has no idea what to do, she’s so used to putting on bows and bracelets and lots of fun girly stuff. Gabe’s wardrobe is really going to challenge her. Dad has already put his foot down. Gabe will be wearing nothing pink! I think dad’s definitely excited that he’s going to get to do manly stuff with his little guy!

Gabe does look a lot like his sisters, but he didn’t get their fiery red hair! It will be fun to see how he changes into a little man!

Buddy Walk Success!

September 27, 2007

The Buddy Walk was a great success! Saturday was a beautiful day, sunny and warm – perfect conditions for a few great sunburns. The attendees were numerous, but with a little bit of luck, I was able to track down my two favorite attendees – Nadia and Isaac! By the time it was time to actually walk, Nadia was a bit tuckered out – it’s a good thing daddy has strong shoulders!

Thanks to everyone who donated!!

The Kansas City Buddy Walk welcomed over 5000 participants, 180 teams and 400 volunteers last year. Over $300,000 was raised to support the DSG’s mission of providing quality programs, services and information to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and those professionals who serve them.

photographs courtesy of Pete


September 26, 2007

Elise looked at mommy, daddy and me like we were crazy! We were smiling, laughing, singing, clapping and just plain being goofy! Nothing phased her…she just kept looking at us like had lost our minds. Every once in a while she’d give us a smile, just to show us that she was in control! It didn’t matter how many crazy faces she made at us, every one of them were adorable!

Dragged By Mom!

September 25, 2007

Photography of my Senior guys is always a fun challenge. They have typically been drug in to see me by their moms! Having their photographs taken is not the top idea on their list of fun things to do! But they have loving moms who care very much about remembering this special time! The challenge always occurs once they’ve arrived for their session. They have to have fun!

Jacob was no different. He was here because that’s what his mother wanted! I don’t know if he’d admit it, but with a little bit of luck and craziness on my part, I would say we had a lot of fun! I even got some great laughs and smiles out of him!

Yes, he is laughing behind those arms!

Lots of Love…

September 24, 2007

…for great-grandma!

In Protest!

September 19, 2007

Charlize does NOT like to change clothes! She definitely lets you know this, with a bit of loud screaming and a little crying mixed in. However, it was her one year session, and we had lots of ideas, which included a few wardrobe changes. She protested throughout each change, but with the support of family, she still performed for the camera!

The Many Expressions of Two!

September 18, 2007

Miss Ellen just turned the great age of 2! There is no slowing down with a two year old. She wanted to run, she wanted to dance, she wanted to jump, she was all over the place! Wouldn’t it be nice if we could bottle that energy!

She also LOVES to talk! She repeats everything you say, and says fun things like, "I hold you." There was never a dull moment during her session!

The Buddy Walk!

September 17, 2007

Just a reminder – the Buddy Walk is this Saturday – September 22nd from 10 AM-2 PM at Arrowhead Stadium. Come out and help us support Down syndrome!

As many of you know, over the last couple of years, I have been using my photographic talent and love of children, to benefit the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City. I have been blessed to have the opportunities to work with many local families. In doing so, we have created many beautiful works of art that are helping to create support and awareness. Our goal is to showcase the beauty of Down syndrome.

In 2004, I photographed Isaac’s newborn session. Over the years, Isaac has become a very familiar face around the studio. Many clients have begun to recognize him and frequently ask about him. This has been a great opportunity to heighten the awareness of Down syndrome.

In 2006, my very close college friend gave birth to Nadia. I felt very lucky to have an insight and experience into Nadia’s world.

Though I haven’t begun to experience the journey of a parent of a child with Down syndrome, I want to support them in any way I can! Please join me, by supporting me or joining me at the 2007 Kansas City Buddy Walk on Saturday, September 22nd.

The Buddy Walk was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. All funds raised at the Buddy Walk stay in the Kansas City area, and benefit the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City.

The walk is a one mile walk around Kauffman and Arrowhead Stadiums. Kansas City is proud to host one of the largest Buddy Walks in the nation! The festivities go from 10 AM-2 PM with the Buddy Walk at 12:30 PM on Saturday, September 22nd.

Click here to join Nadia’s team (Nadia’s Peeps) or to donate. THANKS!!

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