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emily | kansas city senior portraits

busy season is in full effect! so much new work…so little time to share. let’s kick off this week’s massive blogging spree with emily, a beautiful senior portrait client who’s sister i photographed a couple of years ago. i loved working with emily. as you can see, she’s a gorgeous girl with impeccable style but emily is one of those seniors who i just know is destined for great things. she’s smart, she’s independent and she’s driven.

emily and her older sister alex are a dynamic duo. they’re the founders of photos4good, a no-cost professional photography service for non-profit organizations. combining two of their passions, community service and photography, alex and emily work together photographing the activities of local charity and fundraising events. they edit the photos and provide them to the non-profits for use at no cost. they’ve worked with ronald mcdonald house charitieswin for kcjewish family services of greater kansas citythe children’s placesafe home and more.

like i said – smart, independent and driven. emily, i can’t wait to see what your future holds. for you, i am certain the sky is the limit.

hair and makeup by the fabulous gina ciaccio-holmberg

it’s not too late for the class of 2014 – we’re still booking senior portrait sessions. call 913.787.2527 or email us for details!

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zuzu’s petals for her life magazine

i love fashion. i love photography. and when i get to blend the two together i’m a happy girl. styling and shooting the zuzu’s petals trendsetter for the october issue of her life magazine was so fun! they’ve got great denim, i loved their jewelry and accessories selection and even bought of of the outfits we put together for the shoot. (shocking, i know…right?)

zuzu’s petals is located at 11780 west 135th street in overland park, ks. stop by the store and be sure to check out their facebook page.
model: stacy lynn of exposure, inc.
hair: chris testerman of salon spice
makeup: drew proud
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the simons – dallas family photographer

celeste and i grew up together. and by grew up i don’t mean we’ve known each other since we were kids, but rather, we met in our 20s. we were young, single girls living in the big D and loving life. we’ve seen each other through boyfriends, breakups, engagements, weddings, pregnancies and now motherhood. that’s what i mean when i say we grew up together. after nearly 6 years in dallas i moved back home to kansas city but we’ve remained friends and i’ve loved seeing her fall into the role of wife and mom. she’s been blessed with a husband who adores her and two beautiful, healthy children. on a recent visit to dallas i had the honor of capturing family portraits for her and as you can see, we had a blast!

love you and your precious family, cecil!



i’ll be back in dallas november 2-3 and have time to squeeze in a session or two. call or email me for details.

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happy habitat by karrie kaneda

i have to say i’m really proud to be from kansas city. so many amazing things are happening here and some of them seemingly in my own back yard. karrie kaneda, a fellow roeland park resident, is the designer behind happy habitat, a line of eco-friendly pillows, throws and baby blankets. karrie was recently in the running for the martha stewart american made contest so we put together an amazing lifestyle shoot to showcase her products.

karrie designs each pattern herself and the products are as luxurious as they are beautiful. her daughter phoebe was the perfect model for our moroccan themed tea party.

phoebe and her brother reese loved spending time in the tee pee we constructed with bamboo sticks and some of our favorite happy habitat throws.

most of my readers know gina. she’s the incredible makeup artist/hair stylist behind so many of my senior portrait sessions but what they don’t know is that gina is just a good in front of the camera as she is behind it. i’ve wanted gina in front of my camera ever since i met her and i was thrilled that she agreed to model for us. she and her darling kids were all fans of the tee pee as well. if given the time, i’m pretty sure i could have curled up with a good book and spent the entire afternoon there myself.

oh, frankie. those darling red curls. they just kill me. perfect with the red and pink heart pillow and throw.

nevermind the 12 people running around behind the scenes while gina and her handsome hubby jared enjoyed the moroccan picnic we created for them.

and while we had the whole kaneda clan together we decided to grab a few family portraits as well. i just love how much fun they all have together!

this will most definitely go down in history as one of my favorite shoots of all-time. karrie and i collaborated for months leading up to this shoot and our wheels are already turning for the next one.

you can shop the entire eco-friendly, made in america happy habitat line here. and you can also keep up with karrie on facebook, pinterest and instagram.

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the o’sullivan girls – fall mini sessions

so many clients are getting a jump on their fall family portraits. i always love having these sweet girls in the studio. they remind me a lot of my girls. they’re both just so full of life! check out our favorites from their recent mini session.

haven’t had family portraits done this year? not to worry. we still have a couple of days open for mini sessions. check out the details below.

WHEN: 10/26/13 and 11/9/13

WHERE: hocus focus studio – the studio is filled with beautiful furniture and backdrops and if the weather permits, we can venture out to one of the many amazing outdoor areas around the studio

HOW DOES IT WORK: 30 minute sessions (immediate family only) and a personalized ordering appointment to be scheduled within 1 week of your session

INVESTMENT: $100 session fee plus minimum print order of $300 (discounts offered on order over $450)

WHAT CAN I ORDER: order anything from the hocus focus product line including prints, fine art canvas, albums, holiday cards and more

i can’t wait to capture your family this fall so email or call us at 913.787.2527 to book your appointment.

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