Category Archives: Portraiture

The Albers Family

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Hello! Wow, I have not photographed a family (or anything really) in quite a long time. And truthfully, I haven’t had the time or energy to either, therefore I have kindly turned down and referred all inquires the past couple years. However, for whatever reason I felt the desire to say Yes to the Albers family. When Andie first contacted me I did exactly what I stated above and said I didn’t have time, yet I appreciate the contact. Yet, her reply to me was so authentic and kind that it made me stop and consider. In an essence I was reminded of my talent and abilities as a photographer and that I have not accessed this creative side of me in so long–which is really sad. Therefore, I made the time to document the Albers family, not just for them, but for me too. I need to feel creative and I need to feel like I “still have it in me,” because when something lays dormant it can be forgotten, which I never want to happen with my creative abilities as a photographer & artist.

So without further adieu, here are a few lovely images of the sweet Albers family. They were SO sweet and easy to be with. Although you cannot tell it rained almost the whole shoot, it did! Luckily the leaves and trees created  a safe haven for us to continue. They trusted me when I told them we could still create great images despite the rain, and they went for it! I’m glad we stuck it out. Sweet Alba, their daughter was such a peach. Both Jake and Andie were so tender with Alba and did whatever they needed to help her feel comfortable. It’s evident their family is rich in love, patience, and kindness. . . Thank you for trusting me and desiring me to document your family. With love,

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Sweet Riley Marie

Sweet Riley Marie

023Riley_HamiltonGreg and I are beyond fortunate to have such a wonderful community of friends. 3+ years ago we got married during the year of wedding jubilee–5 of our friends, including us, married in 2010. Now, the next best thing is happening and we are all having babies! Jason & Mindy got married a few months before us and now had their sweet little Riley Marie just a few months before our little guy comes. What a gift, right? To grow and mold with our friends through similar life stages. We are lucky to go through this together–dating, engagement, marriage, pregnancy & now little babies! I love it.

Here are a few images of the newest little lady to the Hamilton family–Riley Marie. She is beyond beautiful and so sweet. She’s a little one, which makes her that much more endearing. Cheers to going through life at the pace of each other.
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Blair & Brad

BLAIR & BRAD, ENGAGED

Blair & Brad have such a sweet story. I say this regarding most couples, but their vulnerabilities and the deepest parts of their story is not for me to flaunt on my blog, but the theme of redemption and awe is certainly worth mentioning. I have been so blessed to know Blair through a few other dear friends of mine. I was sad for Blair when I began to know her more during a deeply painful time in her life.  Although my history with Blair is still fresh, I can confidently say how strong and how brave this woman is. Blair exudes selflessness. All interactions with her and the stories of her friendship with others is marked by generosity and loyalty. Two of our mutual dear friends often describe her as one who is committed. In more playful descriptions, Blair is also one who is beautifully and creatively fashionable. : ) She knows what’s up when it comes to art, fashion, and design.
Although I do not know Brad as well, he must be someone quite special to have snagged Blair. The first night I met Brad was the night Blair brought him over to meet one of her best friends parents–in other words, Brad was under some pressure being introduced to Blair’s second set of parents.  I remember thinking, “Oh man, this is a big night for them.”  It was obvious Brad was smitten by Blair.  The way he looked at her was the way every woman desires to be gazed upon.  I remember he commented on how cute Blairs laugh is–did I mention how smitten he was with her?? It was very clear. . . which was adorable.

So, here we are amongst a journey of healing and redemption Brad and Blair are getting married. : ) I know their wedding will be simply powerful and their marriage will astounding.

Thank for for including me in this process. I feel SO honored to have been able to photograph a snipit of who you are together.Thank you Westside Storey for allowing me to photograph in your AMAZING shop!

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The Spears Family

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Good grief, how is one supposed to feel when the person they work for asks them to photograph their family? i.e. How was I to feel when Becca, who I work for, asked me to photograph her family? A little anxious, a little intimidated, but also really excited. Becca is so dear to me. For many reasons I believe her and her family are a delight to the world. Many people know her as an incredibly gifted photographer, & although she IS, I want the first thing I say about her is how amazing her soul is. I can truly say, I have continued to second shoot with Becca over the years solely because of how much I love being around her. I have been on the receiving end of vast encouragement and generosity as I know others have too. She writes the greatest, most encouraging letters (You really do, B). Even in challenging or life-stretching moments during work Becca handles my tender little heart so well. My oh my has she been gracious with me. At the root of it all her heart is for people, and most importantly her family. She lives life with gusto and wants her memories to be filled with adventure and passion. These things are what make her such an incredible artist. She goes after life, moments, and people’s hearts with such enthusiasm. She doesn’t take herself too seriously–in fact, she’s kind of a dork. And she’s just down right good to me. I admire Becca a whole lot, not just because of her mad crazy artful documentary photography talent, but because of her heart.

Becca asked if I’d photograph her family during the early weeks with their dear and wonderfully new addition, Fiona Day. Fiona is simply precious. She has the sweetest little face and most beautiful eyes. When I look through these images I am pleased with the subtleties. The Spears did nothing “fancy” while I was there–simply just went about there day as usual. One thing I tried to focus on was the tenderness between parent and child. I would hope when Charlotte & Fiona are older they have images that depict the love their parents have for them. Mark is such a great dad. He is so playful and silly with his girls–it warms my heart to see. Becca breads adventure into the lives of her daughters. Every time I’ve been over their Becca is making a fairytale land in the back yard, having a dance party, or creating some other adventure with Charlotte. Mark & Becca, together, entertain the imagination of their children, which is such a gift. Their girls will have a plethora of lovely memories in their childhood history.

The following images are, what I think, small moments of joy squeezed between the ordinary and hectic parts of life. I would encourage anyone viewing to find the subtle joy in every image, to not just swiftly scroll through as a mass consumer. Thanks & Enjoy.

Charlotte insisted we go see the “golden light!”Making a yummy soup, of course.The freedom and gift of being a child tied with the foundation of a father who will catch you.

Sara B & The Berry Patch

Sara B. is one of the most lovely, kind, caring, genuine, adventurous, & deeply thoughtful people I know. She truly encompasses these qualities to a high degree. Sara is one of my friends who I know is always up for a playful adventure. We both feel, for a lack of better words, alive when we are interacting with the earth and being amongst the landscape of creation. And more specifically we love quaint farms in the country where we can pick our own food and hang out with their animals, kind of like the cows at Shatto farm. : ) Our most recent farm adventure was to The Berry Patch. Although it was blazing hot, being on a berry farm at dusk picking blueberries was so very wonderful. I love love love participating in primitive acts that make me appreciate and understand the labor involved with my consumption–this is why taking the time to cook from scratch is so beautiful and important to me (and no no no, I do not always cook from scratch. I wish though.). The time it takes to grow, harvest, then prepare food for your table is such an important process to understand and appreciate. I love a slow & simple way of living. Lately I’ve been daydreaming (now, keep in mind that I am currently in grad school & have lots of deadlines and oodles of reading) about retiring in British Columbia. Ahhh, wouldn’t that be nice?! For now, I’ll take breaks from the hectic pace of life & go to berry patches with my dear friends. I love it. . . Now, go take a break why don’t you. Go and enjoy the landscape and all the intricate details waiting for you.

OK. Now, I have a sense in me that Sara may be a little bit embarrassed that I’m posting some of these pictures of her. But, I can’t help it!! People, the lighting was perfect, and Sara is so lovely! I couldn’t help myself.

Look how intricate and detailed that one leaf is. There is so much that surrounds us we we pass by and ignore.
Sara prepping herself to stare into the lens of my camera.Umm, hello. Stunningly confident.It never fails. When I spontaneously take photos of my friends they always say “Ok, now it’s your turn! Let me take pictures of you.” I humor them for a moment, then get back to photographing them.The fruit of our labor.

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The Jablonski Family

It’s so fun to walk with friends through various life-stages. I’ve been friends with Julie before there was ever a thought of little Asher and even before she became a Jablonski. It’s funny how normal it is to wear new life changes. All of a sudden there is new life, a new little person, we have to look after & it’s SO much fun! Being around little Asher is a reminder of how beautiful and what a privilege it is to grow your own family. Scott & Julie are such wonderful parents. They probably wouldn’t say it but they are fit for it. The story of how Asher came to be was a bit hard and quite exhausting for Scott & Julie, but now there is peace and restful hearts when we think of and hold him. If you want to know more of Asher’s story you can visit an old blog-post HERE. For now you can enjoy the Jablonski family as they are now–a loving and sweet little family of 3.

A classic Julie expression.

Henry Bouldering

I love working with families on multiple occasions–it means they like me. : ) Henry is Katie Falk Hirleman’s little brother. Greg and I photographed Katie & Joey’s wedding last summer. Henry is great. I was so excited to hear that he loves to boulder because that meant I got to photograph him doing it, which was so FUN! If you’ve never heard of bouldering before it’s kind of like rock climbing, although rope is not necessary & you don’t need oodles of rock height in order to get some great climbing in.

The funny thing about this is that we didn’t come up with this idea until the day before I photographed Henry. We were trying to figure out where to go then Henry’s mom said “Well, Henry mentioned this place where he likes to boulder.” Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. “We are doing that,” I said. I’m so glad she brought this up, otherwise I wouldn’t have known how to accurately document Henry.  I think it’s easy to think of portraits in terms of what “backdrops” & “locations” look best. Don’t get me wrong straight forward portraits can certainly be powerful and they have their place ( I’d be a hypocrite if I said I didn’t like them sometimes), but LOOK! these show WHO Henry is and what he loves to do. These photos give a glimpse into Henry’s life & that’s what I’m out to accomplish.

So, let’s think outside the box, shall we. Let’s make images that show who you are. Enjoy Henry bouldering.

The Bizmarks

My husband, Gregory, plays in a band called The Bizmarks. Although the members are currently spread across the country pursuing exciting ventures in their lives, the band still delights in song-writing and playing shows whenever they get the chance. They recently recorded their most recent tunes with Mike Crawford at The Impossible Box right here in KC. Their new EP just became available on iTunes and bandcamp. Check it out HERE. My personal song favorites are Pure Gold & Girls.

Their name originated from the band’s nostalgic memories at John’s Space Age Donut Shop. And yes, a bizmark is a scrumptious jelly-filled donut. We thought it would be fun & appropriate to take their album photos at the one & only John’s Space Age Donut Shop. Greg wanted all medium-format film photos, so I only used the Hasselblad for these. I took the photos & Greg did the album art. . . The third image cracks me up.