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.”