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Kansas City Holiday Mini Sessions

STILL TAKING CUSTOM MINI SESSIONS. Booking now till the first week in December.


It’s hard to believe it is that time of year again. It is getting cooler, the leaves are starting to change, sweaters and boots are pulled out of storage. Football games, pumpkin spice lattes, family gatherings are all on our agendas.

It is a busy time of year, so let me make your holiday photographs easy! This year I am offering 3 Kansas City mini sessions for you to take some quick and fun family pictures for your Christmas cards! Can’t make the dates listed? No problem! I have custom mini sessions available for Kansas City too! These sessions can be anywhere you would like. My favorite type of custom sessions are when you are in your home, capturing your favorite holiday traditions from baking cookies to decorating for the holidays.

Please email or call to book your session info@rachaelruffin.com 816-301-4722

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I only have a few spots left for each session. October is almost 100% booked!

I keep normal business hours, so calls and emails will be responded 8am-5pm during the week.

$275, 30 minutes of session time & 10 digital files of your choosing.
October 28th and October 29th
10 sessions each day are being made available for the following locations;
Oct. 28 Missouri River (location given upon booking)
Oct. 29 Anita B. Gorman Discovery/Nature Center
Nov. 4th Parkville Downtown and surrounding areas.

Custom Sessions $375, 40 minutes of session time, 12 digital files
Location of your choosing & date (upon availability). LIMITED amount of these.

This year, we are doing in person ordering sessions in studio. At your session, we will schedule a time within 72 hours to look at your images, choose your favorites and design your holiday card. This will make turn around time so much faster this year!

All ordered product and Christmas cards will be delivered by the last week in November (upon quick approval and payments). All added on product will be 15% off at the time of booking. Please inquire for pricing.
Refer a friend and got $50 off your mini session!


Click  “more” to see some gorgeous families from last years holiday sessions.


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Kristie Huebl - October 7, 2017 - 6:03 pm

I was wondering if you have anymore openings for Nov 4 in Parkville. Thanks!
Kristie Huebl


Kansas City Senior Photographer

I love that Kari had so many great Kansas City iconic locations for her high school Senior photographs. She graduated a few weeks ago but I still wanted to share our last (and my favorite) session together. We did a three season Senior portrait session. Summer, Fall and Spring. Seniors are always such fun to work with and it is a joy to see their enthusiasm  about graduation and their futures.

Kansas City Senior Photography

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Eva - June 20, 2017 - 10:27 pm

What a fun senior session! Love all the variety of locations!

Mandie - June 21, 2017 - 6:03 pm

I love the idea of doing a three part session- that’s brilliant!

Natalie - June 22, 2017 - 12:41 am


Erin - June 22, 2017 - 3:12 am

I love the ones by the evergreens!

Shelbi moore - June 22, 2017 - 11:19 am

She is beautiful! I love that you transition from bright and airy to a more moody look with the evergreens! Gorgeous work!

April Bennett - June 23, 2017 - 3:24 pm

These are beautiful! Wonderful use of background and light, and I love your color!

Melissa Klein - June 30, 2017 - 5:30 am

What a beautiful girl! Love the natural posing – these are all fantastic!


Parenting while disabled

What’s wrong with you? 


I am apart of a percentage in a text book. It is a percent that doesn’t discrimination between age or color of skin. The only qualifications are a female in labor who chooses to receive  an epidural to relief pain during child birth.

It is easy to spout of the medical jargon  to avoid having to talk about the emotional side of being injured during childbirth. The shock, confusion and betrayal you feel entrusting your baby and yourself in the hands of something that almost killed you.

I have an incomplete spinal injury at L5/S1 with Cauda Equina Syndrome.  In short, I have damaged nerves that at first left me paralyzed, but with PT and many medications I regained my strength. My pain at first was off the charts. I worried about my family, my clients, what would we all do?

While I lie in a hospital bed holding a screaming newborn unable to move my right leg, I thought that this would be forever. We had no idea when or if I would recover and what our life would look like. We just moved into our dream home that had 3 floors, how would I ever get past the first floor?

I withdrew into myself as I developed postpartum depression, PTSD and anxiety. Taking fistfuls of pills every day just to be able to walk around my home. Anger consumed me, I felt robbed of the rest of my life. I couldn’t be the mother to my baby that I wanted to be. And that is the worst pain of all.

In time I decided that my story won’t end this way. You are so much stronger than you think and mind over matter truly is real. I wanted to continue to chase my dreams and leave my children with a legacy they could be proud of. We continue on with our wedding business and documentary family photography. I refuse to let someones neglect take away what I have let. You always still have a choice to be happy.

Motherhood has left me with many scars and stretch marks. They are the result of having my children, so I embrace them. Each new surgery is another step toward recovery as an intractable pain patient. I embrace my scars. The have brought me much pain but are the result of pleasures many times over. Thank you, Mike for taking these images of myself and our baby.

You can’t see the view if you don’t climb the mountain.


If you or someone you know has suffered from a difficult birth, please visit Improving Birth. They have many tools available for filing complaints to healing.

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Eva Nothnagel - June 12, 2017 - 7:49 pm

Hoping you are continuing to heal mentally and physically! Childbirth and pregnancy are not always the happy, perfect situations that everyone wants to believe they are. Thank you for sharing your story.

Karyn Lee - June 12, 2017 - 10:59 pm

I am so sorry that you have had to go through this, and glad to hear you are recovering. I don’t have an injury and I didn’t get injured during childbirth, but I do have a disability, and parenting through a disability is such a challenge. Parenting is hard enough on it’s own – let alone when life hand you something like this. I admire your strength.

Lisa - June 15, 2017 - 3:18 am

so sorry to hear…but your words are encouraging and I am sure that you will come through this with a testimony that will help others. Very cute pic of you and your baby :0)