At the time of this session we were only two weeks away from Kelley's due date. I could feel the excitement and anticipation radiating from these two. The sweet smiles and giggles they shared together during their session were heart-stirring. It's like I wasn't even there and it was just the two of them enjoying the time they have before they meet their baby boy. It's how I wish all my photo shoots would go. Forget the photographer is there and be completely in the moment with each other! Ahh! [insert a hundred heart-eyed emojis]
Sophia was the winner of my Senior Week giveaway from earlier this year and I was so excited to get to work with her again!
Sophia also won the free fashion styling session with Vanessa Ball (IG: @momontheball) as part of her giveaway. The romper she chose for her photos was adorable....and had pockets! Any dress or romper is always made better by pockets. Am I right? Sophia will be graduating from Blue Springs High School and has plans to study nursing at college in the fall. Just in the short time I met with her I could tell she was passionate about her dreams and her future.
When Jessa reached out to me a couple weeks ago about an anniversary session for her and Drew I was thrilled. Anniversary sessions are very near and dear to my heart. Every year my husband and I hire a photographer to have our own anniversary photos taken. I'll admit at first we did it because of my passion for photography, but in the last two years I realized something else. It was good for our marriage! It was probably about half-way through our anniversary session last year that I realized I had started to feel just like a newly engaged couple again! We were giggling, and flirting, and laughing, and just staring into each others eyes. I know, it sounds cheesy! But it was an hour of our time where we stopped worry about all the "stuff" we had to do. All the chores that needed to be done or all the errands we had to run. We even started to forget that the photographer was there! Our relationship evolves and changes a little bit each year and I love that we are able document it with photos. One of our favorite things to do is to create an anniversary session that reflects our personalities and our interests, something or someplace that was meaningful to us that year. We've planned our photo sessions around a camping theme, in an apple orchard, with our puppy, the location we had wedding photos taken, etc. That's part of what makes it so fun!
My hope is that Drew and Jessa will find this to be true for them as well in the coming years. Turn it into part of your anniversary celebration. Plan a date night (or day) around it! Reward your hard work modeling for the camera with a fancy dinner afterward!
Are you considering having anniversary photos taken like Drew & Jessa? Contact me here or let's grab some coffee or ice cream together and dream up an anniversary session for you and your spouse!
A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to join a group of other photographers in the area for an Aspiring Photographers Workshop. This workshop was focused on a sunrise engagement session in the Westbottoms in Kansas City, Missouri. I've attended a few of these workshops and always look forward to the next one. I use this time to practice new techniques and learn from other very talented photographers.
Here are a few of my favorite photos I was able to capture during our sunrise engagement session downtown.