Kansas City Sister Weekend

It's always special to have family in town, but a couple weekends ago it was extra special because we had so much SISTERS ONLY time!! And I obviously got the chance to take some updated head shots for them, which is always a fun adventure. You'd never know by how beautiful they look that we are smack dab in the middle of the hottest time of year!

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I love you so much Lindy and Shanae! Keep shining.

KC City Market & Opera House Coffee and Food Emporium

Blogging about more life-related things has been a goal of mine for a long time. I post photos of other people and their lives a lot, but I want you to be able to peek into mine and get to know me! Plus this gives me an excuse to take more photos that aren't weddings or portraits (never stop challenging yourself!).

It's the first weekend that my husband and I have been at home in what feels like forever. We love to travel, but I have found myself wishing that we had more time to experience things here in Kansas City. So, yesterday we did just that! It was such a blast to finally visit City Market, a massive farmers market downtown/historic KC.

We were surrounded by flowers and fruits and vegetables; everything was so colorful and full of life!!

When we moved here, we had no idea what to expect, but from the lively culture, the active lifestyles, and the good people, it has really blown us away. We truly fit in here and I couldn't be happier that we made the leap of faith and came. Now if we could just get rid of some of that traffic on 435 we'd be golden ;)

Events like this, especially ones that occur on a consistent basis, make you feel like you're a part of something larger than yourself. Being a part of this community and getting the chance to see so many people's hard work come together to create something was beautiful. Not to mention we got away with several bags of fruits and veggies, including giant mangos, spaghetti squash, cherries, peppers, sweet potatoes, and fresh garlic for $12! There were wonderful musicians (to whom I donated for a photo of course), families bonding, giant bubbles, and enough local support to go around. 

After our City Market wanderings, we walked across the street to Opera House Coffee and Food Emporium and fell in love! I have a feeling this will become one of our favorite spots once we are done with the Whole30 program we're doing (30 days of gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, sugar-free, artificial-free eating). Being an entrepreneur myself, I have such respect for those who think outside the box and create something different that makes their business stand out. The Opera House has found a way to maximize the hours of the day and cater to all the different needs people have during them. They have a coffee bar, a small bakery area, a breakfast/lunch/dinner grill AND a bar so that everyone can find something at any point. Not to mention the stage, on which I assume they incorporate live entertainment here and there (not pictured here because I only saw it last minute and forgot to snap a photo). I would give this place 5 stars from what I saw and recommend it to anyone looking for a unique atmosphere or some good coffee.

The epic rain selfie

If there's anything my husband knows about me, it's how giddy I get when I get a photo that I'm happy with.  Typically this happens when I'm doing something for myself, and not for a client....I call it "playing." I've been wanting to try shooting in the rain for awhile now, and when it started to pour the other night, instead of complaining about how I didn't have anyone to take photos of, I kindly begged my husband to stand out in the rain with me to take an epic selfie.  Little did I know how well it would actually turn out!! 

I put my Canon 600ex-rt speedlight on a stand behind Preston, covered in a big ziplock bag.  I set my Canon 6D camera on a tripod on my porch and we used it's wifi capabilities to take the photo with a phone. I wondered when this would come in handy! Not only can it be used like a remote shutter release, you can also see the photos after they've been taken so we didn't have to run back and forth to see if anything needed to be fixed.

The landscape photo (2nd to the end) was the very first photo I took and I Freaked out I was so excited! Big thanks to my sweet husband for putting up with me running around like a kid in a candy store and braving the cold rain to MAKE MY NIGHT!

I'm definitely inspired to start shooting more outside of paid sessions...it reminds me of just how passionate I am about photography!! 

What about you...do you make time to do the things you are passionate about?