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How do I love Mariah… let me count the ways?!?  I first met this wonderful lady when she was just 14 years old, at her older sister’s wedding EIGHT years ago.  I was there capturing all of the magic on the family farm & little Mariah was a bright ray of sunshine.  I think everyone that knows her would agree that she is one of the loveliest people you will ever meet.  Kind, generous of spirit & a LOT of fun to be with.  She & her partner in life, Eli Samek, have know each other since they were kids and started their life long relationship as best friends.  A perfect start for a perfect pair.

I think I may have cried a little when Mariah called me & said she was getting married… “But you are just a baby!? How can this BE??!’   Of course, Mariah kindly reminded me that it had been 8 years since her sister got married & that she was now graduating from college.  She had know Eli for a long time & she assured me I would fall in love with him instantly.  And I did. I was so happy that this lovely girl had met someone equally as wonderful.

What a weekend it was!  Mariah planned a similar wedding to her sisters: it was held on the family property with lots of fun vintage pieces sprinkled throughout the space.  The tables were each unique, displaying something different & fun throughout the reception tent.  They said ‘I Do’ beneath the very same tree the Sarah & Scotty did many year before.  And the same tree that they swung from the tire swing when they were little girls.  Their father, Gary, officiated the ceremony & it was moving to see him get a little choked up as he married off his baby girl.

After a wedding like this one, I vow I’ll always shoot weddings in some capacity.  I felt at home with this wonderful family & throughout the day I shared hugs & laughs with familiar faces.  I still enjoy the magic & capturing the beginning of something amazing. What I provide becomes an important piece of history to the families that trust me… and no one shoots a wedding quite like I do… crawling around & hiding where I can… memorizing everyone’s names & familiarizing myself with the family… yeah, I’m just a little crazy!!  And that’s how I do it… a little crazy goes a long way!






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I’ve learned a few important things being a mother to a 3 year old.  The moments fly.  Yet the world is full of magic.  Magic that as an adult, I started to forget.  I try to see the world through my child’s eyes.. what is magic to her?  What do I want her to remember when she looks back through the photographs of her youth??

I hope to provide her a look back at the small wonders of childhood… the day we ran through the sprinklers, sharing a sucker, to that night we ran around catching lightening bugs.  Ahhh- the joys of carefree days.  I’d love to capture your adventure.  Take advantage of our our best summer deal yet!!

Receive all of your high resolution files with our Signature Playshoot- a $1500 value for only $500.  These fun, playtime sessions take place at your family home (or other significant location for your family).

Here’s the deal:

  1. Call the studio or sign up online by August 1st
  2. Use this form on the Blog to request your session
  3. Schedule your session between now & September 1st

I’ve you’ve been waiting to schedule your family session- NOW is the time.  Let’s make some memories!



At the last moment, Adrienne asked me to accompany her to a wedding taking place in Lawrence the last weekend of May.  Since I graduated from KU a second generation jawhawk- I am very familiar with Lawrence & love a reason to spend the day there.   As with most of her weddings, Adrienne was excited for months leading up to the big day.  But this one was just a little different… Adrienne met Allie and John at the very beginning of their courtship through her clients (now friends), the fabulous Gates/Calderon clan.  Before she actually met the pair, she’d heard was how kind and beautiful Allie was while John was known to her as a witty but charming multi-media artist.  Leading up to their engagement session, Adrienne was a little nervous about photographing another artist. But very quickly she realized John is a pretty hilarious guy, and Allie was truly just as sweet and kind as everyone had claimed.  Their session was fun and they made it easy to create beautiful images. Fabulously fun couples in love make for great time AND amazing images!

Now we all knew that Allie she was attempting  to pull off this amazing wedding at a new venue without a planner- which is NOT for the faint of heart!  However Allie’s planning put some wedding planners to shame. If we could, we’d share her spreadsheet that laid out every vendor, their contact information and a schedule of the wedding weekend. It was functional and beautiful! Not only did Allie plan the whole thing, but she was at the Cider Gallery first thing in the morning to execute most of it herself! She planned her own perfect day, and it was just that- perfection.


One of our favorite moments from the day happened at the beginning of the ceremony while Allie was being escorted down the isle by her father.  As they walked in, Allie’s gorgeous embroidered and beaded veil caught on the hardwood floor!!  Allie’s reaction, captured in some of the images below, seemed to like a signal for her to mentally transition from wedding planner to bride. It was like we could see it happening – she smiled her beautiful smile, her shoulders relaxed… Joy spread across her face. Allie’s future mother-in-law, Kathleen, picked up her veil and carried it down the remainder of the aisle. A genuine, unplanned happy accident.  When Allie laughed, you could hear a sigh of relief from the crowd- everyone relaxed & laughter erupted.

The whole day was just so sophisticated and warm and lovely. From the white twinkle lights donning a huge tree in the courtyard where everyone gathered for cocktails, to the charming photos of Allie and John’s pup that graced every reception table, everything was so thoughtful. John’s artwork hung throughout the Gallery. Friends and family laughed and danced and toasted the happy couple. Allie and John’s day couldn’t have been better. We were honored to be there to capture it in images. Thank you for including us in your day, Mr. and Mrs. Sebelius!









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Wow! What a weekend. Thus far, this wedding season is serving to remind me all of the reasons why I continue to work weddings. Every year I accept fewer weddings, I wonder how long my body can handle what I put myself through on a 12 hour wedding day!? At every wedding, I push myself to the limits- crawling around like my knees don’t hurt- carrying two cameras all day- squeezing myself into a limo with floor room only, taking up the space of a small child.  Apparently the ‘gift’ of small stature was given to me so I could achieve such things.  I never realized it was a blessing until I began stuffing myself into tight spaces to get ‘THE shot’.  I’ve been shooting weddings since I turned 22 & as I approach my mid-30′s I’m finding that my body is starting to betray me after a 12 hour day of ‘wedding sport photography’!!

But after a wedding like this one, I vow I’ll never quit. I still enjoy the magic & capturing the beginning of something amazing. What I provide becomes an important piece of history to the families that trust me… and no one shoots a wedding quite like I do… crawling around like a ninja… memorizing everyone’s names & familiarizing myself with the family… yeah, I’m just a little crazy!!

I’ve never seen a happier groom. He was ready 2 hours ahead of schedule and had all of his groomsmen ready as well. This NEVER happens especially with a group this rambunctious. This was a testament to their loyalty to groom, who they lovingly refer to as ‘Big Drink’. Kaleb was ready to marry his bride and all of his friends & family were ready to support him. He was pacing the floor as we got Amanda into her gown. I head up to meet my bride & her girlfriends when I am surprised by a gift FOR ME?! When I first met my couple, I was wearing a terrible excuse for a pair of boots… a pair made of imitation leather & they hurt my feet. Apparently that’s when Kaleb decided that they were getting me a REAL pair of cowboy boots.. a slick pair of Ariats. The kind of boots you wear for the rest of your life. I was so touched that I may have cried a little bit. I am still beyond words at this kind gesture of generosity. The tears came at the realization that this couple treasure’s me just as much as I treasure them. And I am honored to be a part of their future journey.

But the pressure was on!!! I had to EARN these boots :)




Wedding Vendors

  • Adrienne - I LOVE grandma’s!!!

  • Ashlee - You want to know what else was so cute, I overheard someone asking her if she was wearing a new dress. She replied “It sure is! I only have one grandson and it’s a special day!” :)

  • Adrienne - And a lot of those great detail shots were caught by Ashlee!!

  • Adrienne - Jenn- that lovely lady is Kalebs 95 year old grandmother. She was fabulous! As a matter of fact… Everyone was!!

  • Jennifer - Looks like it was a blast! I’d say you earned those boots for sure, but what a thoughtful and generous gesture. And can I say I’d just love to hug the beautiful lady in the navy blue dress???

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Every few months the digital markets change & it’s impossible to know what to expect if you’ve used different photographers in the past.  I find it is usually necessary for me to explain the differences between RAW capture & the finished product.  My approach to digital media is based on the foundation of principles I was taught at the Savannah College of Art & Design.

There were stages to processing & maintaining your negatives.  If you don’t have a system down, it can be difficult to recognize your best work.

Therefore, Editing is approached in 3 Stages (see examples below): RAW Capture, Post Processed, Enhanced for Print &/or Artistically Rendered

RAW Capture: Initial capture of what was seen in camera, uncompressed, full data- saved to RAW drive (deleted only after all files are processed & backed up at full resolution)

Post Processed: RAW files are imported & color is adjusted, density is corrected, files are exported as compressed JPG’s- (saved as small print JPG’s AND full resolution JPG’s)

Enhanced for Print &/or Artistically Rendered: Individual images are enhanced with our signature approach to color, skin tones are evened out, wrinkles are smoothed, small distractions are removed, elements of the images are dodged or burned to artist satisfaction (files are saved as PSD editable files)

*For clients who want something truly unique, your images can be ordered as fine art prints, framed & mounted.  Based on the home & room where the image will live, Adrienne will reproduce your image(s) using the timeless look of Renaissance Art & her own signature artist renderings using PhotoShop.  Images are printed with the finest pigmented inks on archival velvet paper.

Digital Files are available in 3 formats: Share-Ready, Small Print, Full Resolution Proofs


RAW Capture: Initial capture of what was seen in camera, uncompressed, full data


Post Processed: RAW files are imported & color is adjusted, density is corrected, files are exported as compressed JPG’s

This is the finished image after being artistically enhanced.


Enhanced for Print &/or Artistically Rendered: Individual images are enhanced with our signature approach to color, skin tones are evened out, wrinkles are smoothed, small distractions are removed, elements of the images are dodged or burned to artist satisfaction


The night before Lindsey and Matt’s wedding, I spent over an hour rummaging through my pantry and hall closet, packing my Mary Poppins bag as my husband teased me for being over-prepared. I thought about the things that could go awry on a wedding day and tried to pack a solution for each – hungry bride or photographer? Protein bars. Injury? Neosporin and bandages. Wardrobe malfunction? Sewing kit swiped from a hotel. Lip gloss, cold sore medication, tissues, tweezers. My bag was stuffed to the gills, but I was prepared!

For us, Saturday began early on the family farm. Kindra and her team of event planners were busy finishing place settings while Karyn of Sidelines directed her team as they placed beautiful freesia, grape hyacinth, flowering dogwoods and sweet centerpieces of succulents and ferns throughout the reception area. As the daughter of a former floral designer, I was in AWE of the sheer amount and beauty of the flowers that filled the space. The wonderful fragrance filled the room & it was absolutely incredible. All of this was nestled into a stunning space that Vernon and All Seasons had spent endless hours over the last two weeks constructing. They built a cocktail tent and banquet reception hall from the ground up, in the middle of a field – one of the most breathtaking receptions I’ve ever seen, constructed out of thin air.



Did I mention that a beautiful, sunny 70-degree day can feel like Dante’s inferno when you’re in a great big open field wearing all black and schlepping around two cross-body bags full of camera equipment? HOWEVER, despite my husband making fun of me for being Mary-Poppins-meets-Boy-Scout (ever prepared!), it came in handy. As we were all in the shade taking group photos, our bride talked to the kids as they opened their gifts. Matt knelt down to join them and within seconds, a look of shock appeared on his face as he exclaimed, “I think I just ripped my pants.”

Yup – there it was… About a four-inch rip, right up the back side of his slacks. Mary Boy Scout to the rescue! We excused ourselves into the house where Matt sat on the ottoman in his boxers and I sat across from him on the sofa stitching up his pants. In about six minutes flat, the pants were good as new & the rip became just another silly story. Wardrobe malfunction averted- vindication, my dear husband! I must say that while I prepared my bag the night before, I never dreamed I’d actually be sewing pants on wedding day while the groom waited anxiously in his underwear!







The rest of the day flew by in a blur. I felt guilty for sitting in a back pew while Adrienne and Ashlee snuck around the ceremony, trying to catch every little moment. But it was blissful to sit there on that padded pew, as those 20 minutes were the only 20 minutes I sat all day. Adrienne and Ashlee are SUPER Ninja WOMEN!! Energizer bunnie,s in fact! After the ceremony, everyone headed back to the farm. Vernon’s beautiful tents, with their beautiful soft flow, were filled with flowers, cocktails, scrumptious-smells and the most inviting ambiance.

As the sun was setting, Matt and Lindsey stood on the patio facing west and waiting for the moment the sun dipped below the horizon. In a flash, Adrienne was there quietly capturing the moment as she moved around adjusting her angle – I could tell she wasn’t getting what she wanted. There was a three-foot fence separating her from just the right shot. Never one to miss a moment, she held her arms up and Matt and Neal, the father of the bride, scooped tiny Adrienne up by her arms and lifted her right up over the fence! Beautiful moment, captured. What a little spitfire, that Adrienne!

In my past life, before working with Adrienne, I spent a decade planning and facilitating multi-day corporate events. It’s a calculated dance of art and science when executing an event – right brain meets left brain. Trying to include as many thoughtful details as possible to create a positive, memorable experience. Lindsey and Matt chose the absolute best team around. Every single detail was some delightful combination of thoughtful and functional and beautiful and delicious and unexpected. From the cozy lounge area tucked away by the powder room, the eco-friendly bamboo chargers embossed with their names, the gorgeous pair of tables handmade by a cherished member of the family, the cookies Lindsey baked herself as favors for each guest, to the rugged-looking gentleman hand-rolling cigars by lamplight on the patio – it was magical and flawlessly executed.  The end of evening was made complete with fireworks that reflected brilliantly over the lake.

Congratulations, Lindsey and Matt. Thanks so much for making us part of your magical day. It was absolutely an honor to capture it for you.




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  • Ashlee - Karen – you couldn’t have said it any better. Such an amazing couple, amazing day and amazing professionals at this wedding! You did a great job helping both Adrienne and myself. I don’t know what we would have done without you and your sewing kit! Thank you!

    Adrienne – the photographs are fantastic! Great job as usual.


  • Adrienne - Karen! I love what you have written about this wedding. I didn’t know where to begin!? I love having you as part of our team. You are such a hard working & welcome addition to our team. This was a spectacular event & I am thrilled that you were there to sew Matt’s pants!!

  • Lisa Forbes - These pictures remind me of what a magical evening it was! I feel lucky to have been part of such a wonderful experience! Adrienne, your work is beautiful!


How happy are we that the weather seems to have finally turned a corner!? We’ve had such a blast over the last week or two, being outside, riding bikes, blowing bubbles, planting flowers, hunting Easter eggs…

As I sat across the table from my mom and my grandma at our Easter brunch last Sunday, it dawned on me that Mother’s Day is already right around the corner. HOW? With that panicked realization at the front of my brain, I spent some time in the wee hours last night scouring Pinterest for mom- and grandma-themed crafts for kiddos. I think we found a few to try over the next few weeks. I’ll share some of my finds this week on Facebook.

I don’t know about the women in your life, but the women in mine love pictures. My mom might be addicted to her iPhone, if for no other reason than to take and receive pictures of the grand kids and share those images with her friends. It’s adorable. And now that I’m working with Adrienne, my mom is beside herself about getting professional photos to hang at home. It’s not too late to place your order in time for Mother’s Day delivery. Give us a shout at the studio or shoot me an email at and we’d be happy to rush an order for the special moms in your life.




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Emmaline skips around the living room.

She is singing to herself, something random & made-up, probably to the turn of ‘Twinkle-twinkle little star’…    I could simply watch her for hours.  I smile at her gestures, completely honest… uninhibited, simple & innocent.  She is perfectly innocent & I can think of nothing but what I can do to protect her.  How can I teach her to survive this world?

This month Emmaline turned three… she is three, three, three.  I’m not entirely sure how its come so quickly?



I was warned about how terrible ‘the twos’ can be.., on the contrary, I’ve found her second year to be very enjoyable, full of funny sayings & beautiful laughter. She’s growing into her own little person.  Her insightful remarks often catch me off guard.  I didn’t expect her to connect concepts when she just recently learned to string together sentences.

I have also learned that being a mom doesn’t really happen overnight.  We are handed a newborn baby & we spend the rest of our lives developing our roles as parents.  This role evolves over time as we watch our children grow & they begin to test the limits of our control over them.  It’s an exhausting battle… much discipline wasn’t required for our two year old.  She has naturally been a very obedient child; but upon entering her third year I can see that the rules are, once again, changing & challenging me…


Slowly, I am learning what it really means to be a mother.

Funny how someone so small has changed me so much.  I think children make us all become better people.  We look to them to show us the magic we have long forgotten, reminding us that the world isn’t completely void of brightness.

Thank you Emmaline for coming into our lives during some of the darkest days & returning becoming my light. You make me enjoy everyday more.  I love you little bug, especially your sloppy wet kisses.






  • Debbie Sakmar - She’s a doll! Love just flows out when you have a little child loving you, doesn’t it? You were

  • Jennifer - Shine your way Emmaline! We love you!

  • Cheryl aka Mimi - Very sweet. She is a joy & we love watching her grow into her own little person.
    Your role as a mom has made you a better person. I look forward to the yrs of blogs ahead!
    (Esp the ones when she turns into a teen!)


It’s 1:09 am and Ashlee & I have just parted ways after a great day at the Circle S Ranch in Lawrence. It was our first wedding there; however I was first introduced to the place after my husband brought me there for a birthday getaway. I’ve always thought this place was the perfect place to get married & I was excited about shooting Colby & Hayden’s wedding on the ranch.

For a photographer who enjoys artistic portraits as well as documenting people, this was the perfect day! A laid-back couple joined by friends & family near and far, cows mooing in the distance as the rain clouds parted to reveal the most beautiful of skies. This is truly one of the many reasons I love it here in Kansas, after the rain you get a day like no other.

Some images are worth the journey to get there. Although I saw doubt creep across Colby’s face as we drove through the pasture after her ceremony. She swatted bugs out of her face & pulled at the sheet that covered her gown. The turbulent drive ended a top a hill, looking out across the rolling hills of the ranch as we were greeted by families of long horns. Colby trusted me enough to take her across fields & through the pasture on a questionable day!








Every couple is part of our comment contest! Share & link this page with your friends and encourage them to comment. For every comment we’ll give $1 to the bride & groom to put towards Fine Art Prints for their home!

View all of the images online in another week:

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Details of the Day:


  • Mary - I can’t wait to see more pictures! Colby and Hayden were the most fun couple and Colby was just wonderful and picking everything out, starting with Hayden :) Congrats!!!

  • Katy - Beautiful pictures! Such a fun wedding!

  • Blair Sells - Gorgeous bride and fantastic photos!! Looks like a stunning day all around :)

  • Jennifer - Great photos as always. Beautiful bride!



We have so many clients that we are happy to see every year!  I get to watch the kids grow & change.. become themselves.. it’s an amazing experience that I cherish more & more every day.  Watching my own child is teaching me things & opening my eyes to things I’d long forgotten I enjoyed.  Her enthusiasm for life inspires me..

So I am offering a wonderful opportunity for anyone expecting a baby.

Newborn In-Studio: $250 (online proofs, 5 digital files w/printing rights)

Newborn At Home: $425 (online proofs, disc of ALL images)

Our newborn sessions include online proofing & your top 5 favorite digital files (available for downloads for 24 hour turn-around).  Add a 4×6 proof set w/ disc of 25 images for just $100!

Want Adrienne to come to you?

No problem.  In-home newborn sessions are available for $425* & include a disc of ALL of your images from the session, ready for printing. (These sessions are ideal for fussy newbies or anxious mommies!!)

*Only  available within close proximity to our studio.  Please inquire if traveling is required.

How to sign up?

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  • We will also send information on how to prepare for your shoot (don’t worry, we are VERY laid-back)
  • Text us when the baby arrives so we can officially get you into the calendar!

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I’ve been archiving files & remembering all of the amazing moments from the last year.  I began pulling images for competition & ran across moments I had forgotten, a few I’d overlooked.  But after going back through, I found some great moments that never hit the blog.

So snuggle up as the polar vortex brings cold air throughout the Midwest & enjoy a few of my favorite wedding moments from last year!































Other Wedding Venues & Vendors Featured in this Post:

  • Indian Hills Country Club
  • Simple Elegance Wedding Coordination
  • Craig Sole Designs
  • Sidelines Custom Floral
  • The President Hotel
  • Union Station
  • Dan Meiners Event Space
  • The Sheraton, Country Club Plaza
  • Pech Limousine

All of these wedding moments were captured in & around Kansas and Missouri.  This Overland Park photography studio is available for travel throughout Kansas & Missouri: Lawrence, Topeka, Weston, Lee Summit, Overland Park, Kansas City, Springfield, Branson, .  Inquire about out of state travel. Creative wedding photography, capturing artistic, beautiful moments on your wedding day.



Baby Collections

Multiple sessions with the studio always provide our clients with more!   We love seeing our repeat clients & we want to see you more often!! Therefore we offer several options for Baby Collections to fit every client & budget.  Repeat clients are offered discounts on multiple sessions & studio products as well as print ready discs with every session.  Read more & sign up for our Preferred Client program here.

We offer plans convenient plans that include 2, 4 or 6 sessions over a period of 18-24 months.

We love creating books for our clients that provide you a unique look back at your family memories.  These designer storybooks are available in a variety of printing & binding solutions beginning at $250.


The PlayShoot:

Adrienne will travel to the family home & capture your family in an artistic & timeless way. Before your session begins, Adrienne will help review clothing options, scout your home for the best scenes & tailor your ideas to fit the shoot. Throughout your session, you & your family will be encouraged to interact naturally together.  Nothing is posed or forced; therefore the end result is a collection of images that beautifully  capture who you are TODAY.   Don’t let another year pass you by without capturing these timeless moments with your children!

Find out your Investment cost & current studio offers HERE.



Our Signature PlayShoots $500

* Personal Online Proofing page; we host all of your sessions on ONE page!
*  A print ready disc with ALL images
* The Seasonal Studio offer (ranging from enhanced files, Heirloom prints & custom artwork!)



Preferred Client Loyalty Program

Starting in January 2014, we’ve instituted a new policy to insure our repeat clients stay happy!  We appreciate your loyalty & want to thank you.

Benefits of Preferred Status

  • Preferred Clients will receive their images from every session in a share ready format for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & any other online purpose.
  • Full resolution print discs are available for purchase without a minimum print fee.
  • Depending on the type of session, preferred clients receive 1-5 enhanced digital files from each session (ready for printing).
  • All previous wedding clients will receive a BONUS session when booking a baby collection with the studio!
  • Preferred Clients receive special discounts on fine art & canvas print orders. (Depending on the offers from our lab, this can add up to 50% off!)
  • 10% off all books & albums (if ordered within 45 days of your session)
  • Birth Photography services are only available to preferred clients.
  • ** Excludes proof prints ordered online.


How do I Qualify?

If you’ve hired the studio in the past, you already quality for our preferred loyalty program!  You can apply by agreeing to the studio terms below.  Once you are approved, you will receive all of the loyalty discounts on your next session or print order.

In this digital age, we understand that everyone wants to plug their images into any computer to share with friends and family worldwide.  As a preferred client, you will have access to all of the images taken by our studio.  We ask in return that you tag us, share our name & help promote

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The holidays have come & gone.  Once again we’ve welcomed in a New Year & all of the promises a fresh year will bring.

Our darling Emmaline will be THREE this March.  It is quite difficult to believe that three years have flown by so quickly… that I now have a child full of spirit, silly expressions, hugs & kisses & a conversational vocabulary.  Among many reasons (and the fact that she is very likely an only child), she has been allowed to sleep in the ‘big bed‘ for the last few months. She slept in a co-sleeper by my side from birth until she was big enough to move into her crib.  While others judge & address their own concerns about co-sleeping, I don’t regret a moment of it.  Co-sleeping has been a mutually rewarding arrangement that has deepened our bond.   Although It should be mentioned that this will be a hard habit for me to break as well…

For months, we’ve been preparing for her ‘big girl’ transition. We’ve been working on potty training to go with the make over of her BIG girl bedroom. She is getting her own ‘big bed’ (that’s what she’s always called our bed).  We’ve talked about becoming a big girl & what this means for months- she delights in the progress I am making in her room. I want it to be somewhere she wants to hang out & have time to herself… & theoretically.. go to sleep!!


At night I am woken by several Emmaline methods: a random slap in the face, kick in the stomach/face/thigh- always somewhere soft, a soft voice demanding ‘mommy, milk…pease‘, or the occasional sobbing nightmare.  It is time to kick her out of our bed…  Still, despite it all, the snuggles at night & the sweet sing-song manner in which she declares: ‘love you mommy.. you my best friend.. I’m your baby.‘ will make the move across the hall a sad one.


She’s growing so fast, I can’t seem to catch my breath. I want to bottle up every kiss, every sweet word, all of her brightness & cheer. It’s beyond precious… It’s beyond any measure of value. And before knowing her, I could never understand this feeling of dedication & blind love.

It’s late, 12:56 am & Em has school in the morning.

Tomorrow the day will begin with a kiss on my face & a delightful chirp of my child alarm clock: ‘wake up mommy! It’s time to wake up’.

And my day begins, bright & beautiful: in a place I could not imagine just three short years ago.  Thank you Emmaline, for ‘waking’ me up & bringing such delight & brightness into our lives.


  • Debbie Sakmar - Brings back so many feelings from your baby-and child hood. Love you so much, & now our sweet Emmaline too! Mom

  • Jennifer - Precious pics, precious girlie, precious Mommy, and precious words

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Here are Joanna & Eric a classic American love story.  These two met as kids, played together, knew the family… attended different colleges, forgot about one another then one day, through the wonders of the internet, (& Facebook) they found one another again.  Eric spotted her profile picture & remembered the girl he once knew.   The perfect match & a day full of true love, emotion, fun energy… it was electric and a perfect end to our 2013 wedding season!


It was a gorgeously deceptive sunny day, it looked warm until you stepped outside- the cold wind gusts took my breath away.  Winter was blowing into Kansas City but Joanna & Eric didn’t mind.  They were too excited to notice, caught in each others gaze- they gave me opportunities I seldom get when it’s this cold.   Just before the reception, I pulled them out into the cold night air, threw my lights on them & happily snapped away.   As much as I love documenting a story & searching for little moments, I also love creative beautiful artistic portraits that will stand the test of time.  It reminds me that even though my body aches for days after a good wedding, I still love what I do… and every family I am lucky enough to capture.  Thank you Joanna & Eric for reminding me to love every day & cherish every moment!






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Details of the Day:

 This session is the perfect example of why engagement sessions can be fun!!  I meet so many couples that DREAD having their photos taken (uhum,.. the guys especially!).  But afterwards, they breathe a sigh of relief understanding that it can actually be fun.  You’re in love, you enjoy one another.. it’s the honeymoon period at its finest!!  Take advantage, get some fun, amazing photos of who you are together!!

Here are some fun shots I got with megan & sam last year :)  I just wanted to repost this one… it’s engagement season! Take advantage of the gorgeous colors & have FUN with your engagement photos. View full post »



Get out with the kiddos this Saturday & support your local downtown Overland Park!

We’ll be celebrating the Fall with live music, lots of local businesses handing out treats, decorate your own pumpkin & much more.

Give the kids another chance to wear that costume out of the house!  The Market opens at 10AM.


Downtown Overland Park


Bring your little ghouls and goblins to Downtown OP on Saturday, Oct. 26.  There will be live music at the clock tower, 10 a.m. – noon. Bring the kiddos to the market as we will have CartWheel decorating pumpkins purchased from the market and making spooky Halloween masks.

TRICK-or-TREATING will take place between 2 and 4 p.m. with participating businesses. The Halloween Fun Band will perform on the patio!

Over 30 downtown businesses will be handing out candy and free trick-or-treat bags!

Start at the clock tower patio for a list of participating businesses and to pick up a special trick-or-treat bag! Look for “trick-or-treat here” posters in participating business windows, as well.

Adrienne Maples PhotoStudios will be set-up near the clock tower on the patio.  Stop by & say ‘Hello’!

Hooray!! Our family shoot with the fabulous Adrienne Maples is booked!! Now what……..

If you are anything like me, there is a level of uncertainty, maybe even a little anxiety leading up to your session. Adrienne is my boss and my friend, yet I still put a lot of pressure on myself that we won’t get that one perfect shot. You know, the one where everyone is genuinely happy. The one take between the little moments of chaos. View full post »

  • Rob James - We should change this to … “stop being nervous about posting!” Speaking of which, I need to work on mine!

  • Adrienne - I know, right?? She’s a natural!

  • Rob James - Awesome post, Blair! You don’t look the least bit nervous!

  • Ashlee - Beautifully written, Blair!

  • Adrienne - Thank you all!! Blair is a blessing!!

  • Jennifer - Entertaining and well worded post! I couldn’t have expressed Adrienne’s style any better. Your children are precious and so are the pictures of your family!

  • Jessica Skinner - LOVE this post Blair!!!!! You are totally right and the pictures are precious!!!!

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Precious little Savannah was born in March almost a year to the date of my own sweet daughter. And I have been blessed with capturing this family since the birth of their first child, Jameson.  Of course he has now grown into an adorable little boy who is falling quite nicely into the role of a protective big brother.  (Here are a few images from their snow shoot .)


I wanted to share some fun images from our celebratory shoot for little Saavy’s first birthday.   She enjoyed playing with her pearls & tearing apart her cupcake.  She was less interested in eating it & more interested in exploring the texture of the icing.  She is a happy little thing, giggling & entertaining herself throughout our entire afternoon together.  I am eager to discover who she will become over the next year… they change so quickly & she’s just beginning to explore her independence.