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Portraits

What makes up a portrait.  Well for one, there needs to be someone in the photo.  You.  You make a portrait so special.  Without you, it would just be a photo of a background, a place outdoors, or the grass or rocks around.  You give a portrait life, you make it important.  You make a portrait an heirloom.  Something your family will treasure for generations.  You give the portrait a meaning to exist.  Without you, there is no purpose of a portrait.

What do I specialize in.  Portraits of you.  417-894-0230

Family

Spring break has come and gone.  On it’s way out, it left a little reminder that things are not always for sure.  One week ago today the kids were outside in their swim trunks playing in the sprinkler.  Today they were bundled up in their coats with a fresh layer of snow on the ground.  While they head back to school I sit here thinking about my family.  They are so dear to me and I wanted to share some reasons why:

1.     They bring the best out in me.  Kids especially need help in just about every area imaginable.  They need love, guidance, discipline, patience and a general being there for them.  It allows me to really dig deep within to find out what kind of person I am.

2.     They are so forgiving.  I’m not a perfect person.  I’m far from it.  I get upset, I do things wrong, and sometimes say the wrong things at the wrong times.  But notwithstanding, they still love me and give me hugs at night.

3.     Their smiles and laughs melt me inside.  To hear them upstairs, or in the other room playing and laughing together just makes you happy inside.  When your family is happy, you are happy.

4.     They teach me.  I am being taught every day by my family.  From things I’ve forgotten about school, to being nice to others.  Not a day goes by without a lesson in life.

5.     They are individuals.  No matter what I try to teach or share with my kids, they are their own person.   They are not me, they are not their mother.  They are themselves 100% through and through.  I would never change that for anything.  They are each unique in their own way and they all have their strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes just like me.  It definitely makes for some awesome times.

So, if you are thinking about the reasons you love your family like I am now.  Be sure to let them know how much you love and care for them.  Give them hugs, do something special for them.  Don’t let a day go by without expressing to them your feelings toward them.

A couple of Photos for the Weekend

Just had to share some photos.  It’s almost summer time, outdoors are beautiful, it’s time for some family or engagement photos outside! 

Happy March :)

Aren’t you excited that we are finally into the month of March?  I am!  I can’t wait for winter to go away and warmer weather to grace our presence!  Warmer weather means one thing for me…outdoor photo shoots!  I’ve got some great locations lined up this year, so if you are in need of family photos, children photos or want to update your headshots for your portfolio just hit me up!  Also, I’m still looking for 2011 Senior Models, so if you will be a senior for the year 2011 from Kickapoo, Glendale, Hillcrest, Central, Parkview, Willard, Ash Grove, Buffalo, Strafford, Branson, Republic, Nixa or Ozark just check out this link HERE for more information on our Senior Model Program!

With that information our of the way, say hello to Courtney.  Once the weather warms up a bit you’ll be seeing some more photos of her.  Until then, Happy March 1st!

Website

I hope you’ve enjoyed the work you’ve seen over the past several years!  There are many reasons why I love photography and I hope there are many reasons you keep coming back here to see new and updated images.  One of the things that I’ve failed you in the past few years is actually keeping my “non-blog” website updated with current images.  For that I apologize.  I don’t know what got into me, but today, with a little inspiration and motivation from a good friend, I’ve updated all the galleries with New and Current Work!!!

Go take a look, see what you think. Maybe you know some of those individuals, maybe you don’t, either way, roam around the site and see what you find new.  The site is still under construction but fully functional at the same time!  I have an amazing web & graphic designer at Modtype.  Be sure to stop by his site as well to see the great things he’s designed over the years.

As many of you know, and if some of you don’t I also have a fan page HERE.  Feel free to become a fan and see more work there.  As I spend more time on Facebook, I try to update photos there with different things then the photos that are posted here.  So if you see something here, chances are there are some more on Facebook that you haven’t seen.

Also, something worth noting.  We are currently looking for High School Senior Models for our New Model Program for the class of 2011.  We can still capture your 2010 senior photos, but models are limited to the class of 2011 and a select few from the class of 2012.  If you are interested in applying see our Page HERE.

Another page I would like you to look at if you have the time is that of our testimonial page.  HERE.  We love our clients and we love to hear what they have to say.  You as visitors or clients are always welcome to leave feedback on the site, on the photography or just a comment to let us know you’re having a good day!

Have a Great Weekend

Don’t you love it when …

I love to see our children play.  To know that they are happy.  I love the little moments when they just randomly come up to you and tell you they love you.  Or like this photo, we are visiting grandma’s house and they decide they want to race you in the car.  (They of course won!)

Don’t forget the precious little moments we have with the ones we love.

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Remember that all through the month of December any new person that becomes a fan of my work HERE.  I’ll donate a can of food to our local food bank

One week closer to Winter

I want to ask you a question today.  When was the last time you had your family portraits taken?  I don’t mean the last time you were together and aunt Millie* took her point and shoot and told you to smile.  I mean the last time that you met with someone who was concerned about what your family heirloom would look like?  I mean getting together with a professional and having them capture images that you could display proudly throughout your home for years to come. I mean having a work of art of your family hanging in your home.

If you have to think about it, it’s been too long.  If it was when your youngest son turned 2, and he’s now 25, it’s been too long.  More then likely, it’s been too long.

I wanted to share this with anyone who takes the time to read this, that your family portraits are what you will have to show your posterity.  With these troubled times there is no certainty as to what tomorrow will bring, so it’s important we can have these memories of our families with us.

Beautiful Colorado

I found these cute kids while visiting Garden of the Gods outside of Colorado Springs this summer.  They were just so adorable that I had to take their picture!  Actually, while visiting some family and friends this summer I had the opportunity to photograph some of their families.  These guys were so much fun and so full of energy, they would hardly sit still for one photo!  So you have to be able to move quick to keep up with them, and I think I did a pretty good job!

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I was gone for a while

But now I’m back.  It seems life likes to act as it’s own natural roller coaster at times.  I’m sure yours is no different, and now with school fast approaching our time will be more valuable and stretched as  thin as ever.

So let me share a small family photo with you while the weekend is just a short time away.  Summer is in full force outside but it really is time to start planning your family session.  A lot of people wait until fall to do so and I’m in 100% accord with that idea. Summer can be great, but some ideas would include a lake or water location or an indoor session.  Just some thoughts to think about as you enjoy the weather outside.

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