Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Family Portrait Sessions at the Nelson

These are all from three sessions I had on Sunday at the Nelson Gallery - it was cold, it was windy, but my clients were brave and we got some nice portraits. I'll have your galleries ready soon; and we are adding new holiday card designs to our collection this week.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Waiting for Santa

Tanya wanted both studio and outdoor portraits for her family portrait session - and we managed to complete the studio portion this evening even though the pouring rain this week; and allergy issues last week have kept us from being able to do the outdoor portraits. I promised Tanya a sneak peak tonight - here's my favorite! I'll try to post more later, but I think this one is just the sweetest! It looks like they fell asleep waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. Awwww! Even the Nutcracker doll went night-night.

Tanya - here's hoping for beautiful weather next week!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Happy 10th birthday to my baby girl!

I can't believe that as of tomorrow morning, I will have been a mom for a decade. Ten years ago this evening, when I thought I might be in labor, I thought I knew what it meant to be a mother - after all, I had my own mom and grandmothers as wonderful role models. But really, looking back, I had no clue what I was getting into! But goodness, we were about to embark on the greatest adventure of our lives.

I am so incredibly proud of this beautiful creature I call my daughter - she's got so much going for her - smart, funny, kind, talented and beautiful. Sometimes when I look at her I wonder just how in the world did she come from Todd and me?

Paige is a dancer - so passionate and eager to learn and improve. But more so, Paige is a performer. She loves to entertain and be the center of attention - and we love every second of it.

I recently did a portrait session with her - she's admired the dancer sessions I've done recently and wanted one of her own. And we did some fashion-y portraits, too. (Of course, she's already asking for a new session even though I just did this one in August!). So here she is, my baby girl, who will turn 10 in a few short hours.

I love you, Dolly! (the picture immediately below was taking on her second birthday).

(If your monitor's resolution makes them look pixel-y, just click on them to see them better).

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Beauty of Dance - Kacico Dancers

I thought I'd post individual portraits of the beautiful dancers from Kacico Dance, who are patiently awaiting their galleries (sorry ladies - still catching up with other sessions... ) They are performing this weekend and next weekend at their studio in midtown. Please go support them - they are so worth it! That's Julie Delancey-Rudolph above, and immediately below.

And Katie Cowan:
Holly Noel Harmison:

Lindsey Stroot:

Lindsey Tate and Shandi Miller:

Lindsey Spilker Tate:

Shandi Miller:

And you will remember Allison Kaut from August:

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Special Family Session

On Saturday I had a really special family portrait session with my friend and frequent portrait client, Krystin Quilty-Sanford. Her husband, Steve, who has been serving in Kuwait was back for a brief visit, and the evening before he was to return, we met in Olathe for an outdoor portrait session with Krystin, Steve, their little boy, and their extended families. I am so honored to have been able to do this session for them. At first I didn't think I could work it into my schedule and was going to refer them to another photographer...but the thought of someone else doing the session upset me, so I found a way (and I'm so glad I did!).

Here's a few from their session. Krystin - you don't have long to wait - give me a few days.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Senior Portraits - Brett

I had the good fortune to get to photograph Brett again last week for his "real" senior session. He is one of my senior models so we had a session in the early spring in Westport. But for his real session, we stayed in nature - in a park and on a golf course. Brett is a senior at Mill Valley High School - friends of Brett can come to me for portraits and get a discount on their session. Ask his mom, Lisa, for details.

Thank you for choosing me, Lisa, to photograph your "baby" boy - I know how important this session was to you. Maybe we can get some with those forgotten golf clubs soon! (remember, that on some monitors these portraits may look fuzzy - so you can click on them to see them better).

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Beauty of Dance - Kacico Dance company

I have no business working on these portraits as I've got several sessions ahead of them... but I couldn't help myself - I allowed myself to edit a few group portraits and decided to post some tonight. I had an amazing opportunity today - I photographed the beautiful women of the Kacico Dance company - a contemporary dance company here in town. Each of these women are just amazing - strong, beautiful, passionate, graceful. I can't believe I get to do things like this. I loved it so much I am already thinking of a spring session outdoors.

(if the portrait looks unclear on your monitor, just click on it to see it better).

Kacico begins its fall performance series this week - you really need to go to one (or more) of their performances. I hope to go next weekend myself. Check out their schedule and ticket info on their web site: Kacico Dance

Ladies! I had so much fun with you all. Check back over the next few days to see some individual portraits.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Busy week!

I've had such a busy week - editing ballerina portraits, meeting with clients, newborn session, senior session (whose preview will follow in a few days), family session (whose preview I will post in a few days); today Nutcracker cast portraits for the Academy of the Arts dance studio; and tomorrow portraits for the Kacico Dance company.

I thought I'd post a portrait of my own daughter, who will be turning 10 soon - as Dew Drop from the Waltz of the Flowers.

Nutcracker families - your portraits will be online in a couple of weeks.

Friday, October 10, 2008

The rest of the Shawnee ballerinas

Here you go! What pretty things I get to photograph! Thank you all for bringing me your daughters - and a few sons - to photograph for this event. I have two sister sessions left to edit and get online - so if you were close to the end of the day on Sunday, please check back in a couple of days - I hope to have everyone's galleries online by the end of Sunday.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Maximum cuteness!

It was so special to meet this baby boy today. I had gotten to photograph his mommy and daddy several months ago for their engagement portraits, and I really like Elece and Shane so much. Max is lucky to have these two - so in love with their baby, proud and amazed at what their lives have become over the course of the last year.

Elece and Shane - I'm so happy for you! Your son is just so sweet and cuddly. It was a pleasure photographing him - and you - today. Enjoy the preview! Your gallery will be ready in about a week.