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ryley | kansas city senior portraits

i’ve been photographing ryley since she was 10 years old and i always knew that when the time came she would be one of my senior spokesmodels.

for hair, makeup and wardrobe styling we worked with the amazing gina ciaccio-holmberg.

after a few studio shots we headed out to some of my favorite urban locations. 

ryley has impeccable taste – she always has. this black and white striped shirt and show-stopping necklace was one of my favorite looks she brought.

i loved this session so much i used one of the images below in my october 2013 her life magazine ad! grab a copy on stands or view this issue online

ryley, i’ve watched you grow into an amazing young lady and i can’t wait to see where life takes you. enjoy the rest of your senior year!

lots of love,

friends of ryley can save $200 on their own senior portrait session. call us at 913.787.2527 or email us for details. our fall calendar is almost full so don’t delay!

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photography internship available

we are currently searching for 1-2 high school junior/senior interns for the 2013-2014 school year.

have you always wondered how we capture the photos that we do? do you have a heart for all things photography?  are you the type who prefers hands-on, real life, practical experience?  then this internship is for you!

this position is for someone wanting to learn the full range of running a creative business with responsibilities varying from the administrative to the creative and from basic day-to-day operations to photography and design technical skills.

below is a list of duties, responsibilities and opportunities to learn in a fun, creative environment.

PHOTO SHOOTS : interns attend photo shoots (portrait and editorial, including Her Life Magazine fashion and cover shoots), assist with equipment and are often able to shoot along side me. this is an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of photography including location scouting, lighting, composition, interacting and connecting with your subjects and more.

STUDIO WORKDAY : interns are required to attend one studio workday each month where they will learn about the business side of photography, including marketing, blogging, social media, client communication, file storage, data backup, and other special projects.

POST-PROCESSING/PHOTOSHOP TRAINING : interns are able to join me for hands-on post-processing and Photoshop training. I share the tools and techniques that I have learned over the last 10 years in the industry.

PORTFOLIO REVIEW/PERSONAL PROJECTS : i also offer a portfolio review/critique of the intern’s current body of work, assist them in setting photography related goals and implementing personal photography projects to push the limits of their creativity, expand their skills and develop their own personal style.

our interns have flexible hours. we simply work around your school and extracurricular activity schedule. we ask that you attend at least two photo shoots and one studio work day each month. post processing/Photoshop training and personal projects are optional and can be done as your schedule allows.

in addition to knowledge and experience they gain from the internship our high school interns also receive a complimentary senior portrait session and a $500 print credit. who wouldn’t love that?

interested? email your resume, cover letter and letter of reference to jobs[at]hocusfocusphoto[dot]com.

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fall is here – who’s ready for mini sessions?

it’s fall and you know what that means – time for family portraits and holiday shopping! we’ve opened up a day of mini session to help you out with both. are you always struggling with what to give those hard to buy for loved ones? family portraits make an excellent, unforgettable gift. check out the details of our fall mini sessions below!

WHEN: 10/26/13

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

HOW DO I BOOK: email or call us at 913.787.2527

and what good is a post about mini sessions with a little preview of a mini session? meet the gromowsky family. they came to see me this summer and we had a blast with their mini session, capturing an incredible variety of family portraits.

i just love this shot of the three sisters! 

we can’t wait to see you and your family this fall! mini sessions go fast so don’t wait to book yours.

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caty – kansas city senior portraits

i have so many senior sessions to blog. this is one from last fall that i realized i never posted and it’s definitely a favorite of mine. if there was a poster child for what to wear for senior portraits, it would be caty. her wardrobe was amazing! she brought such a great mix of classic, trendy, casual and dressy and her choices were full of color and texture, which always photographs so well. if i could raid caty’s closet i totally would.

caty has flawless skin so makeup artist and hair stylist melissa evans used warm tones to create a perfect sun-kissed glow that was fresh and youthful.

after we left the studio we hit lots of great locations to create a variety of looks for caty. i loved this outfit – the mix of color, pattern and texture were perfect with these incredible green doors. one of my strengths as a photographer is posing but because caty is such a natural in front of the camera she really didn’t need much direction. i could have shot her all day!

there really isn’t a color caty can’t pull of. and those shoes! i’m such a sucker for shoes.

this series was one of our favorites – mine, caty’s and her mom’s. this girl’s got perfect hair and with those gorgeous beachy waves melissa created the wind was really working in our favor. 

while i’m usually a fan of color for senior portraits, i was really drawn to black and white for a lot of caty’s images.

after a few urban settings we headed to a park at sunset for some beautiful backlight during the golden hour and if you know me, you can just image the squeals as i shot these next few series.

another of my favorite outfits caty brought…the black and whites in this last series totally remind me of a guess jeans ad.

i absolutely loved working with caty and her mom and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.

if you’re a 2014 senior and haven’t booked your senior portraits yet email or call us at 913.787.2527 to find out how you can save up to $200 on your own session! our fall schedule fills up fast so be sure to contact us today!

Kristi - July 23, 2014 - 7:43 am

Gorgeous pictures!! What kind of lens do you use?

heather morrow - September 30, 2014 - 3:21 pm

I use a Nikon 85mm lens.

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sara cramer for her life magazine

by now you may have seen the september issue of her life magazine featuring the stunning sara cramer on the cover.

sara is the designer and creator of the amazing jewelry you see her wearing on the cover. i’ve peeped a lot of jewelry in my day and i’ve never seen anything even close to what sara creates. this is a shoot i was really excited about. one of the things i love most about shooting for her life magazine is that i get to connect with so many incredible kansas city women. sara is a powerful and inspiring female entrepreneurs. it’s so nice to meet other females who are following their passion and making a living doing what they love.

we started off at sara’s crossroads live/work studio where brenda watts of double take salon did hair and melissa evans did makeup. while sara was being prepped for the shoot i couldn’t help but gawk at the beautiful collection of jewelry that fills her studio. it’s more than just jewelry – it’s art. art that pulls you in with it’s beautiful patterns, each created by hand. the piece that sara wore for the cover took over a week to produce, each bead put in place by hand. i just couldn’t get over it.

what else couldn’t i get over? the killer hardwood floors in sara’s studio. i was so taken by them that i knew they had to be part of the shoot.

after we got these shots in we strolled around the crossroads where sara felt right at home.

this necklace is one of my favorite pieces.

and is sara not an total zooey deschanel look-alike?

a very special thank you to donna’s dress shop for providing wardrobe for this shoot. sara and i had a blast visiting with donna and the staff as we styled this shoot. if you haven’t been to donna’s (1410 west 39th street, kansas city, mo) it’s an absolute kansas city must! i even bought a few things while we were there.

you can find sara’s jewelry on etsy or catch her at one of the renegade craft fairs that take place in austin, brooklyn, los angeles, san francisco, chicago and london.


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