Have a Breeze

October 23, 2013

The weather in Kansas City is always so unpredictable! Who would have guessed that, in early October, the temperature would have been 85 degrees?!? Of course, this particular evening a cold front was blowing in…and boy was it blowing in. Easily 20 mph winds were bringing in temperatures in the 40s & 50s.

Luckily, we were able to find ourselves a little cove amongst the trees. It wasn’t completely wind free, but at least no one, including little Miss Allie, blew away. Instead, we had uber cheesy smiles, serious stares and giggles that filled the air.

It was definitely the perfect way to spend a warm, fall evening in October!

Through the Gloom

May 22, 2013

Another icky spring day was made bright by three little smiling, happy faces! Luckily, we had not planned on doing an outdoor session, because there was no way the gloomy, rainy, cold day would have made that possible. Inside, the heater was running and the lights were burning, but the true glow came from the happy smiles, silly faces and giggles that came from these three!

With siblings, the favorite part of the session tends to be the individual part, because that’s when they get to have the spotlight all to themselves. Most siblings tolerate the together photos, but just because they have to. These three can’t get enough of each other! They love snuggling with each other! Abby and Matthew, the older two, love to dote on little Allie…they can’t get enough of her. While she has her moments of “leave me alone”, she’s surprisingly very patient and puts up with quite a bit!

I’m sure there are moments where they wrestle, argue and bicker like all siblings, but in front of my camera it’s lots of loving, snuggling and happy times! My wish for them is that they will keep that strong bond throughout the years!

Something’s Missing

February 8, 2013

It’s the perfect excuse for a session…the loss of two front teeth just weeks apart!

The missing teeth stage is one of my favorites! Every kiddo looks different. It’s a little flashback to what they looked like as a baby when they were all gums. Not to mention, I know what comes next…the gigantic adult teeth that seem so odd in those tiny mouths!

Abby and I had lots of fun during her session…working the big smiles so we could perfectly capture the gigantic hole that was part of her smile!

I know the next time I see her, I’m going to be greeted with a big adult teeth grin…I can’t wait!

Three Very Busy Bodies

October 24, 2012

Take three kiddos with different personalities, add in the fact that all three will smile and cooperate when given different parameters and different topics to smile about and what do you get…a bit of chaos!!

Allie started off the session with stranger anxiety, but slowly warmed up with a game of peek-a-boo. However, to keep Allie’s attention, and to keep her happy, we needed to keep up the game of peek-a-boo, or break into a badly tuned version of patty cake!

Matthew started off the session stiff and unrealistic. It takes goofiness and “don’t you smile” to get awesome expressions and relaxed body positions out of him. Of course, then he becomes too relaxed and is plopped out on the floor and spinning his body from right to left.

Abby started off the session with a closed mouth, stiff smile and slouchy posture. For Abby it takes having a back and forth conversation and asking her questions to get the true Abby smiles.

So now, imagine all three of these happening at the same time, and yes, you can only begin to imagine the chaos…but somehow we always manage to make it work!

Loving Siblings

June 7, 2012

Being big sister and big brother has its ups and downs. It’s fun when your little sister wants to cuddle with you. It’s amazing when your little sister just stares adoringly at you, impressed by anything you do.

But, it’s challenging when little sister doesn’t feel well and all you want to do is comfort her, but really all she wants is to be left alone.

Abby and Matthew had to experience this challenge at their most recent session. Little Allie Bug was not feeling well, and she really just wanted to be left alone. But, when Allie was sad and crying, it took everything in Abby and Matthew not to reach out and rub her head or her back.

Through some creative moves, we were able to get all three of them in a photo. However, it was definitely not what big siblings Abby and Matthew were hoping for. They really wanted a photo of them loving on, cuddling and, more than likely, squishing Allie…maybe next time!

Chickens

January 30, 2012

It’s funny the things that come up during portrait sessions. During Abby’s session, I asked her what she likes to eat and she said, “Chicken”. For some reason, chickens became very funny and entertaining. We talked about what color chickens are, what they say, how many legs they have and many other chicken facts…it didn’t matter what it was, if it was about chickens it brought out the giggles in Abby.

Of course, as much as I tried, I couldn’t convince Abby that chickens were blue or purple or that they said MOO. She’s too smart for me!

Smothering With Love

November 4, 2011

If it was up to big sister and big brother, they would be holding, helping, touching, kissing…basically smothering little sister Allison with their love, every minute of every day! They are definitely in love with their little peanut sister!

Oh, Baby!

May 16, 2011

A third little baby, a baby girl, is going to be arriving soon, and Abby & Matthew could not be more excited! I was told that they were going to help change diapers and hold her when she cries, and really help Mommy out. I imagine there will also be quite a bit of loving and smothering going on!

Abby & Matthew have never ending energy. Adding a third to the mix is definitely going to be keeping Mommy on her toes! Not to mention, future family portrait sessions will be very entertaining!

A Bed Head Success!

April 17, 2011

Our Bed Head Kids event turned out to be a perfect Sunday! The temperatures were nice and, even though there was a period of grey skies and some crazy wind, everyone made it into the studio safe, sound and dry!

We had a variety of participants…including a rock star, a soccer player, a monkey, a princess, and a even a fireman, just to name a few. Everyone was dressed in their best, with the necessary accessories, and even a little hair color dye!

It was fun to let them all be loose and goofy! I got roared at 100 times. I danced like a monkey. But best of all, I had fun! There were tons of laughs, smiles and fun kid poses!

I hope these images put smiles on your faces!

Super Soccer Star Grace

Madison the Rock Star (or Justin Bieber Fan!)

Silly Monkey Boy Dominic

Tough & Sassy Gal Sophia

Garrett the Jokester!

Izzy the Angel of the Rainbow

The Strong & Silent Fireman, Gabe

ROARRRR! It’s Matthew the Friendly Dragon!

Princess Abby is Ready for Her Wedding Day

For Reagan it’s All About the Accessories

Spidi-Tanner-Man!

Pink, Pink & More Pink for Princess Abby

Cheese Doodles?!?

October 27, 2010

While doing family photos with Abby and Matthew, Abby busts out with “Cheese Doodles!” Which, of course, Matthew immediately jumps on and, before I know it, everyone is cheesing it up with big Cheese Doodles smiles!

I tried to get Abby to say Cheeseburger or Cheese Puffs or Cheetos, but she was stuck on Cheese Doodles! It almost came out in a sing songy voice…very cute and funny!

Thank goodness we were able to leave the cheese of the cheese doodles behind!

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Brandi