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Kansas City Sunflower House Gala 2017

This year I was so honored to photograph the Sunflower House 35th Annual Valentine’s Gala. This year they choose an Alice in Wonderland Themed. I am sure even Lewis Carroll himself would have been proud of this well coordinated and fabulously decorated event. The gorgeous lighting, cleverly decoration dessert table, and fun photo booths made this event outstanding.

Sunflower House is a children’s advocacy and child abuse prevention center in the Wyandotte and Johnson County area.  Sunflower House provides a safe place for children to tell their stories that desperately need to be heard. They do anything from assist in therapy to aid in safely contacting law enforcement. These Gala’s help raise money for their non-profit group. Protecting our children is one of the most important things you can advocate for. Being a mother of 5, I can say that one of my biggest worries is what happens to them when they are away at school or a friends home. The number one place a child endures abuse is in a familiar place. Their own home, a family member’s home, church and school. Sunflower House provides these children a platform to have their voice be heard.wedding-photographers-kansas-cityview full post »


Kansas City Family Photographer

I am such a sucker for a toothless grin. It reminds me that every day children are one step closer to their adult lives, living their babyhood (and baby teeth!) behind them. Showing their personality is so important in my photographs, I want you to remember the day. I want you to remember the story of their 5,6,7th year of life. How they lost both front teeth and the tooth fairy forgot to visit (sometimes twice in this house, whoops!) Your story is so much more than just saying “Cheese!”

Anita Gorman Nature Center in Kansas City provided such an amazing background for this family photography session. It is such a fun place to take your kids on days when you just need them to run around and get out some energy.

If you would like a session in this park, or even your home, please contact me and let’s get to know each other! info@rachaelruffin.com

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Melissa K Klein - April 15, 2017 - 4:56 pm

These are fantastic! Seriously cute kiddos.

Shilan - April 17, 2017 - 6:09 pm

Beautiful pictures <3

Monica - April 20, 2017 - 6:46 pm

Great session and such cute kids!

Danielle - April 20, 2017 - 8:00 pm

What cute little kiddos. I can tell you had so much fun with this fall photo session.

Kim Kravitz - May 1, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Those kids are adorable! And the location is amazing too!


Brewery Emperial, Kansas City

One of my goals for 2017 is to get to know more small business owners in the Kansas City area. Once or twice a month I am going to feature some of Kansas City’s best small businesses. We have such an amazing community here and I would like to showcase our hometown pride. Don’t forget to shop small! If you have a business you would like to see on my blog, email me info@rachaelruffin.com.

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Brewery Emperial is tucked into the Crossroads District on 18th and Oak. A mix of industrial and rustic decor, it has a warm inviting feel. With the open kitchen and hearth, you can sit and watch your food be prepared. Owners Keith Thompson, Room 39’s Ted Habiger, Richard Kasyjanski & Julie Thompson have put their all into this small but amazing space. They have 6 beers; Milk Stout, Porter, Biscuit, Pilsner, Kolsch & IPA, along with a full bar. It should also be noted that they do have food, while I didn’t try any, the menu looked delicious!

bE is having their grand opening party tonight from 6:30-11pm. See more about the Brewery on their website or read about them in Pitch Weekly . Check out the event on Facebook for more details about the party tonight.


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Engagement Photography Kansas City Missouri

While we chatted over drinks, Janelle boasted about how proud she was of her relationship with Mike. She talked me about how in the beginning she, “did all the work” to get the relationship going. Janelle smiled as she told me about their life together, and Mike just sat quietly and took her in. Like I wasn’t there at all. Mike told me about how Westport district was so special to them, their date night spots….THEY ARE SO IN LOVE, GUYS!
Connecting like this with people is so important. I wanna know about your love stories. I wanna know why you love Kansas City. I wanna talk about your life together, what is important to you, what your dog’s name is!

Telling your story through photography is what I love to do. I love to watch you fall in love over and over with your spouse or soon to be spouse. I want you to have these memories and stories to show to your children and their children. That is what matters, photography freezes those moments forever.


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Miriam - February 1, 2017 - 8:22 am

That’s an awesome sunset and I agree! It’s always great when we learn about the couples story and the beginning of their relationship and not just photograph them! 🙂

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Kansas City Missouri Wedding

This Kansas City wedding was so much fun! Mike and I loved being their photographers. The bride and her mom handmade all of those bouquets and boutineers. They are made out of paper! They are so gorgeous and a great new twist on a traditional wedding item.chael-ruffin-photographyview full post »

KJ - January 30, 2017 - 1:56 am

What a great idea to make paper flowers, I may steal it. They look gorgeous!

Andrea Brandt - January 31, 2017 - 12:59 am

Beautiful wedding! I love the vibrant colors and fun send-off! I think that’s a Ford Grenada- that was my first car 🙂