Sunday, July 29, 2007

Senior portraits should be fun!

Christina recently went to the photographer that her high school requires for the yearbook, but like many seniors, neither the experience -- nor the "stiff" results -- were what she had envisioned for her senior portrait experience. Senior portraits are a special milestone, and they should not only be fun, but yield portraits that show off the teen's personality.

I had a lot of fun photographing Christina this evening. I can't really imagine her taking "stiff" senior portraits but I will take her mom's word for it. Thanks, Christina, for trusting me with this very special event in your life! Your portraits will be online within a week.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


Tonight I witnessed a metamorphosis. A woman has became a mother; a couple has become a family.

The beauty of this:

Has transformed into the beauty of this:

Congratulations, Dana and Ryan -- may every day be an adventure.

(you may click on the photos to enlarge them)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sneak Peak

I plan to use this blog to give my clients a sneak peak at a portrait or two from their session before their gallery goes online.

Today's clients wanted classic black and white portraits of their family, and I don't think they will be disappointed. Here's a little sneak peak for the Pratts. Check back later for a couple more colorful portraits of the little ones.

And, one of each of the little ones:

Unplanned portrait

I have noticed that sometimes the most striking portraits are the ones that weren't posed. On Friday I was talking to a new mom while she was comforting her 5-week-old before our portrait session was to begin. We were casually talking when I noticed how beautiful and confident she looked as she held her baby and talked to me. So I picked up my camera and before she even noticed, took this shot. It's so natural, and the glow of her new role in life really shines through.

I had to show this one off, too -- I wonder what he's dreaming about?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Precious baby girls!

I had the honor of photographing two beautiful little girls last Friday. These identical twin six-month-olds were so good for their lengthy portrait session. I have wanted to photograph twin girls (I have a twin sister myself!), and I also had the opportunity to do more grandparent portraits, which I think are very special. My own grandparents are gone now, but I wish so much I had a portrait like this of me and my twin sister with our grandparents.

Thanks to this family for making the two-hour drive for me to create portraits
I hope they will cherish for years.

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Welcome to the Center Stage Photography blog, where we will write about our latest sessions, talk about our current specials, and update you on our upcoming portrait events. We hope you enjoy, and check back every few days!

Center Stage Photography of Shawnee, Kansas, specializes in custom portraits of children & families. We also provide performance and event photography and recital portraits.