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!

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 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

It’s All About the Teeth

March 1, 2011

I’ve been photographing Izzy since she was a newborn. Getting to know her over these last six years has just been a blast. She has a really warm and sweet personality, but she’s got a bit of a crazy side as well!

She always starts off her sessions a little reserved and quiet, but give her some time to warm up, spend some time talking with her and before you know it…she’s cracking jokes, jumping and spinning in the air…and pretty much laughing right along with me!

This year, her session was all about her two missing front teeth, and that adorable smile! In some of her smiles, you can see that she’s actually lost five teeth in total! Two have already been replaced by adult teeth and she has one good gap on the bottom! It seems like those new top teeth are already pushing through…I imagine next time I photograph Izzy she’s going to have a mouth full of adult teeth!

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!!

What Do You Think?

July 6, 2010

Are they related?

Wild Woman?

February 2, 2010

Izzy is a pretty shy and reserved little lady. Her five year session started out like all her other sessions – she was calm, reserved and quiet. I start asking question after question to get her to relax and open up to me. Though I do have to say, some of her answers this year were very interesting!

Her favorite animal is the snake! Eww! She’s already a mathematician genius! She can add, she can tell me what number comes after another, she can count in Spanish…very impressive! Her favorite princess is Sleeping Beauty. AND she’s a burper!

As the session progressed, she slowly opened up and relaxed more and more. By the end, she was a wild and crazy woman. Moving this way and that way, laughing at me and hiding from me – making me laugh and smile right back at her!

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!

Princess Izzy

February 12, 2009

It always takes a little extra work to make Izzy feel comfortable and to break out of her shell. Once she has, it’s totally worth it, hearing her adorable giggle and seeing her big cheesy grin! At one point, she really got going with her twirls, making her big skirt swoosh around her. But she’s very cautious about completely letting go, and she’ll quickly reign herself back in. Sometimes, she almost seems older and wiser than her four years! But when that carefree kid pops out, it is priceless!

I got to hear all about her fourth birthday party. She had a Princess party, complete with an appearance by Cinderella! Not to mention, the pink princess castle cake!

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