Bella Vista, Arkansas Family Photos | The Gunters

This Colorado girl is having a hard time believing how easy it is to do photo sessions in December in the Midwest. It's the very end of November and I was comfortable outside for this session without a coat in Northwest Arkansas (where my in-laws live)! I love photographing many of the same families each year because it gives me a chance to catch up with them and help tell their long-term story, but there is also something so special about the first time I get to know them and share my passion with them like I did for this session!

It was my absolute pleasure to capture the Gunters on this gorgeous, 60 degree day at Tanyard Creek Nature Trails, one of my favorite spots to shoot in Northwest Arkansas. Have other location ideas for me? Let me know in the comments below! I'm always looking for new spots :)


Destination Family Photos | Estes Park, Colorado | Wilson Family

WOW. I never knew how much FUN a destination family photo session would be!! I am still amazed at how I ended up shooting this session in Estes Park, Colorado all the way from Kansas City and it will definitely be one I remember forever! I'm reminded of John "Hannibal" Smith in the movie A-Team when he says "I love it when a plan comes together" ;)

Moraine Park, Estes Park Colorado

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Jenny (flowery dress) is a co-worker of mine at Visit KC and one day she asked me if I knew of any photographers in the Estes Park, Colorado area because her extended family was going to be vacationing there in a few months. They wanted to get family photos done with the mountains in the background (you can probably see where this is going). I told her I would ask around, but when she told me the dates they would be there, I realized that, somehow, it was the EXACT same week that I was going to be in Denver for my younger brother's wedding!! I'm an adventurous person and absolutely can't resist an excuse to get some mountain time, ESPECIALLY if it involves getting to take pictures of such wonderful people!! So, after all the wedding craziness, my little sis and I drove the hour from Denver up to Loveland and stayed with some friends. I think we got in about 11:00pm and hit the road for Estes at 6:00am the next morning in order to meet the Wilsons by 8:00. Maybe I am crazy... but these photos turned out SO much better than they would have in the afternoon when the sun was bright enough to wash out the background scenery. I'm in love with the pastel colors (thanks to the cloudy morning and Adobe Lightroom). 

Location: Moraine Park | Estes Park, Colorado (navigate to Moraine Park Campground and split left just before the campground to get to this trailhead - Cub Lake trail)

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Loose Park, Kansas City Family Session | The Caputos

Meet the Caputo family! I work with Cherish and have had the pleasure of meeting her beautiful kiddos once before. They are so full of personality and, as you will see, I purposely included some of the silly photos because they're real and I'm all about that :) It was my pleasure to introduce them to one of the prettiest parks in Kansas City: Loose Park. From the 1.3 mile running/walking trail around the outside to the playground, picnic tables, bridges and pond, pavilions, rose garden and grill-out areas, this park has so much to offer. We did, however, make the mistake of shooting in the early evening of prom night. I've never seen it so busy, much less that full of teenagers walking around in dresses and tuxes! The girls loved looking at all the pretty dresses though and we were able to avoid most of them in the background so it still turned out alright. 

Cherish and Tony, thank you for letting me capture your sweet family and I can't wait for some of these photos to be on the walls of your new house!! 

Did you miss my fun video experiment from last time? See it here!

Cochran Family | Bentonville, AR

Somehow I always seem to book photo sessions at times when it ends up raining the whole day....but despite the weather we got some great family photos! The Cochran's outfits were the perfect pop of color on a gloomy, rainy day.  It was so wonderful to meet this family!