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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!


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)


Kansas City Family Lifestyle Session

In making a house a home. There is a stark difference between a place to lie your head and the place you watch your children grow up. You bring them home, babies take their first steps here, hurt fingers are kissed, bottles are made, kid art is hung proudly on the wall, the front yard is a place to chase butterflies and pick flowers for Mama.

There is chaos in choosing, moving, settling in. The Ballard family did just that when they chose a historic Kansas City neighborhood to start writing the story of the rest of their lives. Our homes leave a legacy, they hold memories that span lifetime, long after the sound of toddler foot steps up and down the hallways has ceased, after the last lunch is packed, after the first of the last milestones have been reached.

A full house at 6 beloved children and two adults, working side by side from the home. One homeschooling, the other working the job that puts the food on the table after a long day. 6 kids in 7 years, spending family time at City Market or playing a simple board game- just being together is what they love.

Katie on their documentary family photographs: “The photos are gorgeous. Truly beautiful treasures for my family. These are exactly what I wanted – a glimpse into our everyday (only a shinier version, of course.).  I can’t wait to use them in our home! Working with you was a breeze as well- you made all of us feel at ease and truly shared my vision for candid, joyful photos with my babies. Thank you so much!!!  …….though I know we are the ones who really got a true gift.”

Our memories live on in our photographs. I am always so humbled when I am invited into to a family home to document their story and devotion to love in the form of a family photograph.

“I might take a train, I might take a plane, but if I have to walk Im gonna get here just the same. I’m going to Kansas City. Kansas City here I come.”
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Karyn Lee - June 12, 2017 - 11:00 pm

I just love these images! This family is obviously very connected. So sweet!


Why are engagement sessions important?

Met Maddie and Joel. We first met over coffee and Mildred’s on a cold and rainy day several months ago. When they spoke of their wedding plans, they excitedly talked about ideas for their big day. When I asked about an engagement session, neither one seemed to think it was that important,  “We don’t need Save the Dates.”

While Save the Dates can be an important step in your wedding planning, they aren’t the only reason for an engagement session before your wedding day. The thing about this that no one really thinks about is, we do not do this everyday. Weddings are weird, with odd traditions and a day that can be so packed with stress, some wonder why they didn’t elope when they had the chance. To have a stranger there capturing these moments on your day can be awkward. Now, you picked your photographer carefully, of course. You wanted to make sure someone professionally and talented will be with you. What we fail to realize is, we don’t have someone following us around every day taking pictures of our hair and makeup process or getting dressed.

When you have an engagement session you aren’t only getting beautiful images out of the deal. Both the couple and the photographer are getting more acquainted. We learn your strengths, your likes and dislikes, your best side and things that you naturally do as a couple. A photographer is hanging out with you for an afternoon and you get the perks of having photographs at the end of the day. We are building our relationship with you and gaining your trust.

Maddie and Joel insisted that they were a laid back couple that didn’t care about lots of images. I asked them to trust me on the process but I gave them the option to turn it down as well. Complementary means just that. Take it or leave it. After the session they were glad they opted for it. Maddie said it got them even more excited for their wedding day and got to know me a little better. I want to tell your story by taking your portraits. There are so many moments leading up to the wedding day that make your day special. Having photographs along the process can take you back to those days that seemed to just fly by. Many couples have told me, “I wish we had professional photographs from before we had our children/got older that weren’t just from our wedding day.”

Take that leap of faith and let your photographer get to know you just a little bit better. Your wedding photographs will show your true selves just a little bit better.



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Katie Jane - May 23, 2017 - 3:05 am

These are beautiful – the colors just pop!

Kim Miller - May 23, 2017 - 4:10 pm

Such a beautiful location and couple! I love your thoughts on the importance of an engagement session as well, so important to capture those life moments!

Jenny - May 23, 2017 - 4:14 pm

I adore these! What a good looking couple! I love the ones of them laughing.

Beth - May 23, 2017 - 5:01 pm

These are wonderful. Great advice too, I’m sure they are so thankful to have these now!

jessica - May 27, 2017 - 3:29 pm

These are beautiful, they’re going to love these forever

Melissa Klein - May 31, 2017 - 3:22 pm

What a great looking couple! These are all fantastic – congrats to them!