Purple Fun

October 22, 2013

This was the first time Izzy, Abby & Gabe dressed in purple for their family portraits. Purple was chosen just because it was a fun and different color, but it just also happens to be the color of their favorite college team. Yes, that’s right, they are Wildcat fans!

Of course, they know that I am a KU graduate and very much a Jayhawk fan. That just meant we had lots of fun making up sayings to get everyone laughing and giggling! Comments about purple boogers and stinky Jayhawks…it was all for fun and definitely brought out our silly sides!

Unless one of the kiddos grows up and decides to go to KU, I’m pretty sure we’re always going to be on opposite sides of that rivalry!

Don’t Blink

October 23, 2012

I have had the honor of photographing Izzy, Abby and Gabe every fall since they were each born. The years just seem to fly by and before I know it, it’s family photo time again!

Every time I blink, they change. They went from just Izzy, to Izzy and Abby, to the addition of a baby boy, to toddlers, to little kids, to now school aged kids that I can actually have back and forth conversations with!

It seems crazy to think that now seven (almost eight) year old Izzy was a nine month old the first time we did a fall session. Now she’s lost nine teeth, has a stylish short bob haircut, and talks about doing crossword puzzles! Abby has outgrown her older sister, added cute glasses, has lost seven teeth and never stops talking! Gabe has grown into a handsome young man. He loves to laugh and joke around, and some how survives having two older sisters!

Their red and grey outfits reminded me of a session we did a few years ago where they all wore red and black. I thought it would be lots of fun to compare them now to back then, so I had to do the same walking away, look at me pose!

Super Heroes

September 25, 2012

I think I’m going to have to start watching some of the Avengers movies. All my little boy clients are obsessed with super heroes. Captain America definitely seems to be a favorite, but Iron Man isn’t far behind.

For Gabe’s fifth birthday, he had a Super Hero birthday party. All his friends came dressed in Super Hero outfits, Iron Man stopped in, and they defeated villains with silly string. It sounded like an awesome party.

I asked Gabe lots of super hero questions…so I now have Gabe’s version of the facts! He, of course, was dressed as Captain America. Captain America’s best friend is The Hulk. Girl super heroes – well there’s Super Girl (she has the same powers as Superman) and Iron Girl (she has the same powers as Iron Man).

Gabe’s super power…charming the camera!

Love Times Three

November 7, 2011

Get these three siblings together and be prepared for a flurry of activity, non stop talking and a bit of craziness! The good thing is that the craziness comes from the honesty, true love of each other and a love for being together.

Even having them stand next to each other means chaos, but not because they’re pushing or shoving each other, but because they are literally smothering each other in hugs and kisses. At times, I really didn’t think they could get any closer.

A Lesson in Lightning McQueen

September 12, 2011

The first thing Gabe tells me is that, for his birthday, he’s going to have a huge cake with cars all over it! I ask him what kind of cars and he excitedly tells me “Lightning McQueen”.

All I have to do is ask him if he’s seen the new Cars movie, and he dives in. Telling me about Mack and Mater and the bad guys and the good guys. He tells me how Mack carries Lightning and how Mater likes to go tractor tipping. The entire time he’s talking, he’s just as giddy as can be!

I think I found his sweet spot…a little Lightning McQueen action and we were good to go! He even ended his session with a red Lightning McQueen jolly rancher.

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


Pink, Pink & More Pink for Princess Abby

Playing Games

October 26, 2010

When it comes to photographing kids, I find the thing that works the best for me is playing games with them. Mostly word games, but sometimes action games work as well.

With Izzy, Abby and Gabe, we started out by saying funny things, like “Brandi has stinky feet” or “Brandi has purple boogers”. They were cracking up at the ridiculous things I was making them say.

When we were standing and holding hands, they did what every kid wants to do…swing their arms! This is adorable…until hands ends up in front of your face, or you accidentally hurt your brother or you all fall over because you were swinging so hard. My secret weapon? We played the one, two, three, go and then a few seconds later, freeze!

It helps that I’ve been photographing these three kiddos since they were newborns and they know my antics very well…but they haven’t tired of them yet!!


September 14, 2010

That is the word Mommy used to describe Gabe at the beginning of his session, when she was trying to get him dressed and he insisted on untying his shoes himself. Of course, Mommy had double knotted his shoe laces, so waiting for Gabe to try and untie them was definitely a trial in patience.

Then it was my turn to experience Gabe’s stubbornness! Everything started off smooth as silk. He was standing tall, hands in pockets, looking like a model while flashing me adorable expressions. Then I asked him to sit on the floor and that’s when the block went up. If it wasn’t his idea, then he wasn’t interested. We shook it off and plowed ahead, letting Gabe run the show. As long as he thought it was his idea, he was game!

Another Windy Day

November 11, 2009

I feel like all of my blog posts for sessions in October have said the exact same thing. The weather was icky and the wind was blowing us away! Unfortunately, I guess that’s just the way it is sometimes…sometimes you’re lucky with the weather and sometimes you just have to work with what you have!

We were able to sort of tuck ourselves away in between the trees where the wind wasn’t too crazy. Of course, that didn’t mean that the kids weren’t too crazy!

Izzy, Abby and Gabe spent most of October passing around the sickies. So even though Gabe wasn’t feeling 100%, we just had to go for it. The chance of us catching all three of them healthy, and a beautiful fall day all at the same time, was slim to none!

Despite Gabe being a bit restless, and needing some loving every so often, the three of them hung in there for as long as their energetic little selves would allow!

It Took Some Time

September 22, 2009

It took a little bit of warm up time, including a sucker, some snack sticks, water, lots of shenanigans on my part, but eventually Gabe got into his session. We played the “where is Gabe?” and “where is Brandi?” game. We climbed, we jumped, we bounced, we ran! It didn’t matter what we did, as long as we were constantly on the move! There’s no sitting down for two year old Gabe!

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