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on the other side of the camera – girls on the run for her life magazine

the may issue of her life magazine features five kansas city girls on the run coaches and their daughters and for this issue i had the chance to be on both sides of the camera. i photographed four amazing women and their daughters and then had the camera turned on me.

i can’t think of a better mother’s day gift than to be featured on the cover of a magazine with my two favorite girls.

this week i will wrap up my fourth season as a girls on the run coach and i’m more passionate about the program than ever before. an experience based running program for 3rd – 8th grade girls founded by molly barker in 1996, the mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. girls on the run is building strong young women from the inside out. a year ago, thanks to one of the girls on the run activities our team completed, we discovered that rilee was being bullied and it was devastating. i can honestly say that if it weren’t for this program we most likely wouldn’t have known it was happening. girls on the run gave us both the tools to handle this really tough situation and i’ll be forever grateful. to be able to help spread the word and share the girls on the run message with kansas city was such an honor. i loved meeting my fellow coaches and their daughters and learning what they love about the program.

coach sharon mcdonald and her darling daughter brooklyn

 coach april jeffries and her beautiful daughters kelsi and kayla

coach sara elmore and her adorable daughter sydney

 coach jill cavanaugh and her lovely daughters isabella and olivia

and me with my very own girls on the run, rilee and lucee

this saturday, my team of 30 girls and the amazing coaches at our school will join sharon, april, sara, jill and almost 70 other teams in the kansas city area as we celebrate the end of our spring season by running a 5K. after 10 weeks of sharing, learning and growing i love to see our girls cross the finish line and achieve a goal they’ve worked so hard for.

to read more about my incredible fellow coaches and their girls pick up a copy of the may issue of her life. click here for a list of locations where you can find the magazine.

for more information about girls on the run, including season and 5K registration, sponsorship or becoming a volunteer, visit the girls on the run of greater kansas city website.

i want to give an extra big thank you to the crew that made this shoot happen – lindsay aydelotte and chandra blackwell of her life magazine for telling the story so well, hair stylists carli cunningham and alli cox of double take salon and day spa, makeup artists melissa evans, drew proud and heidi bowles and my dear friend tracy routh for photographing me and my girls.

i’m usually not a fan of being on the other side of the camera, but doing so with all these strong, confident, encouraging girls was so much fun!

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the mankameyer family – kansas city family photographer

from erin and brian’s engagement session to their wedding to reese’s newborn session and now her two year session i’ve fallen in love with this adorable family.

reese has literally grown up in front of my camera. in fact, i’ve photographed her every six months since she was born. her mama, being an amazing interior designer, came up with the idea to do a series of super close up 14×14 square canvases. she created a gorgeous gallery wall in their living room and i love how it’s come together.

i love that my clients choose to decorate their home with my work. erin has a beautiful mix of art and family portraits in her home. she pulls it all together flawlessly and i can’t wait to add to the collection!

our summer schedule is filling up fast so email or call us today to schedule your next family portrait session!


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priceless connections

priceless words from a client who moved out of state, “after six years i just can’t imagine having anyone else photograph my kids.” i’m in dallas this weekend for her youngest daughter’s one year session. i loved walking in to her home and seeing it decorated with over six years of my work.

it’s been so fun to watch these kids grow up and to watch their family grow. we’ve formed such a special friendship and i’m honored that they’ve chosen to have me continue to document their family. it’s a good thing there’s an empty wall across from this one because we’ll be adding to it very soon!

whether you’ve moved away from kansas city or you’re taking a trip and want a portrait session in a different city, don’t hesitate to call me. travel sessions are so much fun!

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the 2014 senior spokesmodel search

it’s that time of year! we’ve begun our annual senior spokesmodel search. we’re looking for female kansas city area high school seniors who are confident, well-connected, have a unique sense of style and are willing to help promote our senior portrait business.

spokesmodels receive exclusive discounts, amazing perks for themselves and their friends and have the opportunity to save over $300 on the senior portraits.

what are you waiting for? visit our spokesmodel page for details and APPLY TODAY!

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tiny little one – kansas city newborn photographer

this sweet little girl is the tiniest newborn i’ve ever photographed and she was so good to me! i had the privilege of photographing her gorgeous mama and daddy’s engagement and maternity sessions and i loved seeing them in their new role as parents. they’re madly in love with their precious little girl and it just melts my heart!

the look of awe on daddy’s face says it all. she’s officially got him wrapped around her tiny little finger.

her tiny little thumb between her two fingers is just as sweet as can be.

this beautiful mama shares an amazing bond with her own mama and her grandma and i was so happy that we were able to get them to the studio to create a four generation portrait. i have a four generation portrait with rilee on my side of the family and chris’ and they’re such special photos to me.

are you expecting? our calendar fills up quickly so it’s best to reach out to us early on in your pregnancy so we can scheduled a maternity session and pencil in your newborn session as well.

know someone who’s expecting? a gift certificate for a newborn session is the perfect shower gift! email or call us at 913.787.2527 for details.

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