October 31, 2011

A couple of weekends ago, Three Dog Bakery hosted a Growl-o-Ween event. All four legged cuties were invited to the plaza for a costume contest, and trick or treating at participating Plaza merchants.

Being a Saturday in October, my work schedule was fully booked, but Pete, with the assistance of my sister, Lori, dressed up our cuties and headed out.

It was a beautiful day, and the kiddos had a blast meeting new friends, showing off their pirate wear and cashing in on the treats! Unfortunately, we didn’t have any contest winners, but they’re always winners in my book!


October 31, 2011

Hand Over Yer Loot! Wishing You a Happy Halloween!

Pebbles, Bruiser, Joey, Brandi & Pete

A Little Wedding Fun!

October 30, 2011

I’ll start this post off by saying, no, I still don’t photograph weddings. Although, I love spending time with brides and grooms, the whole wedding day is not for me.

Melissa really wanted me to photograph her and her new hubby, Jeff, for their wedding. The solution we came up with was a fun, relaxing, in-studio and outdoor session on a Saturday night a few weeks after their wedding.

The evening started off with the dressing of the bride…that’s always a fun and entertaining process! Could they make wedding stuff with a few less hooks and buttons?!? Not to mention, Melissa’s four inch high heels that I buckled her into! While, I photographed Melissa, Jeff worked on getting himself into a snazzy, dazzy tuxedo. Then the bride and groom got to do some snuggling, whispering, kissing and just being lovey dovey!

It was a relaxed and fun time…no time constraints, no ceremony or reception worries to deal with…just bride and groom fun!

I got to pick on them both. I nicknamed Melissa Miss Fidgety Fidgeter. She would not stop messing with her veil, or her flowers, or her dress, or even her new husband! Whereas, Jeff was the more stoic, calm one of the two. I was forced to resort to talking about embarrassing things to get awesome smiles out of him!

It was definitely my kind of wedding session!

Similar But Unique

October 28, 2011

This brother and sister pair have always been full of energy, and at four and seven years old, not much has changed! The major changes are in their growing personalities.

Sophia has always been the performer, the star of the show. Now that she’s actually doing some acting and singing in performances, her dramatic and sassy ways have waned a little. Not to say that she doesn’t still work the sassy face or the pouty face when need be, or make the uber scrunchy nose smile on command, but one on one, we had a nice conversation and a relaxed session together.

Dominic still has his boy energy, but he also has a super sweet, affectionate side. While one second he can be jumping, rolling and dancing, the next second he has stopped all moving to give you a quick kiss or a sweet smile. Then, the next second, he’s using typical boy words like stinky and poopy, followed by an affectionate look with his big, blue eyes. If he doesn’t have the girls following him around, I will be shocked!

Why Oh Why…

October 27, 2011

Do kids think words like poopy and booger are so funny?!? It happens with almost every kid I photograph. There’s a point in time, where words like this, are just the funniest thing they have ever heard, and they say them over and over.

Elise and Evan are definitely in this stage. Elise a little more so than Evan, but if you say it, you’ll definitely get a response from Evan. Elise, on the other hand, was answering every question with the word poopy included.

She is by far not the only kiddo to do this. Just last week, I had a little boy doing the same thing. It really is a universal thing, and I do not know what brings it on or where it comes from…but it certainly works for getting awesome smiles!


October 26, 2011

Lauren and Lucy are a fun pair of sisters to work with! They definitely have the typical love/hate sister relationship. They’re about four years apart in age, so they are going through different stages of life right now, but there are definitely things that pull them back together.

Lucy adores her big sister Lauren. The problem is the way she shows it, by wanting to be with her all the time, by loving on her…sometimes a little too fiercely, and by mimicking and shadowing her.

Lauren does a pretty good job at being patient with little sis, and loving her right back. Although, sometimes you can see the frustration come across her face. But then, little sis will squeeze her in a tight hug, or stick her tongue out, and the next thing you know, Lauren’s sticking her tongue right back out, and they’ve both fallen into a giggle fest!

No matter the argument or frustration, it always comes back to that sisterly love!

Missing Steed

October 25, 2011

The only thing missing from this fun barn, hay, cowboy boots and denim session was a trusty steed! Although, with Miss Posing Faith and Mister Wild Man Xander, I’m glad I didn’t have to worry about controlling a crazy steed as well!

All in all, we couldn’t have asked for a more entertaining session! Awesome outfits, with some great boots! Perfect temperatures, crisp but warm. A small breeze with a few big gusts that we were able to wait out. A slightly overcast sunset, that kept me on my toes. A bunch on knock knock jokes that made no sense, whatsoever! Uncomfortable hay bales that poked and itched. AND a brother and sister that, despite their age difference and their personality differences, really do care about each other!

That’s Not Going to Stop Me

October 24, 2011

I had heard stories from Mommy about Anna’s ability to get into anything and everything. We were able to keep Anna corralled and didn’t have to chase her all over the studio, but that didn’t stop her from being devious.

She fell in love with my bench. The problem is that what she fell in love with was climbing it and standing on it…not such a safe idea! We’d tell her no and she’d slowly step back down off the bench, but seconds later she’d be climbing back up on it.

My favorite part was when she started shaking her head in a “no” movement. Before she’d even stand up on the bench, she’d start shaking her head like she knew she wasn’t supposed to do it, but guess what? She was going to do it anyway!

She even succeeded at tipping the bench over once. Mommy was there to catch her, but it startled Miss Anna a little. After a hug, and some loving, Anna was ready to do it again…climb the bench!

The Entertainment

October 20, 2011

There are many reasons why I love photographing kids, but one of my greatest enjoyments of the session has to be the entertainment value. If you just sit back and let a kid be a kid, they will do and say some of the most unique things! You can ask questions to guide them into an area of conversation, but then you just have to sit back and listen. There are certain topics that will get them uber animated, and there are other topics that they could care less about. It’s all about what’s important to them in the moment.

Mommy and I had many laughs during Eli & Ardyn’s session. Whether it was listening to Ardyn describe what her teacher looks like, from the human skin to the curly hair, or hearing Eli describe everything as being the color orange. (They were headed to the pumpkin patch that afternoon, and orange, happy pumpkins were on his mind!)

Together, Eli & Ardyn will feed off of each other, elevating their silliness to great heights, but alone they’re just as entertaining. At times, they definitely enjoy having their own spot light!

Step Up is Quickly Approaching

October 19, 2011

There are less than two weeks before the annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk on October 29th! We are over half way to our fundraising goal, but could still use your help!

All the donations we receive will stay in the Kansas City area, and benefit the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City! This is an awesome local organization whose mission is to provide support and resources for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. DSG also seeks to provide the entire community with information and education to broaden awareness and foster positive attitudes regarding people with Down syndrome.

Use this link to donate to the Photography by Brandi team! Every penny counts!

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