Busy, Busy Boy | Columbia MO Child Photographer

Pop quiz: how do you get an 18-month old to sit still?

Trick question. They don’t sit still!

Ever!

As any mother will tell you, once those babies start walking, they speed through the “toddling” stage to the “running as fast as they can” stage pretty quickly. And as any photographer will tell you, it’s the trickiest age to photograph.

But I absolutely love those toddlers! They keep me on my toes.

This little guy was as busy as they come. Mom and dad were prepared and brought a little scoot tricycle for him (so smart!), as well as a bear (which he had no interest in, whatsoever…good try though, mom).

And so I followed around Mr. Busypants at this local park in Columbia Missouri, photographing as best I could. I even tricked him into smiling at me for some shots.

Tricky, tricky gal, I am. =)

Here are some of my favorites:

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He did have a few grouchy moments…not gonna lie. But man, that’s a dang cute grouchy face.

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Lovely Little Lovebirds | Engagement Photos Columbia Missouri

Wedding season is fast approaching, which means engagement sessions are in full force around here! These two lovebirds are getting married this month, which officially kicks off my 2014 wedding season.

And I couldn’t have picked a sweeter couple for the first wedding of this spring’s wedding season. From the moment I met Sarah and Glyn at their consult meeting, their love for each other was totally apparent. The random and frequent shoulder squeezes, the periodic glance-stealing, the loving kissing-of-the-forehead gestures…there is no doubt this couple is in love!

We headed out to Nifong Park in Columbia Missouri for their engagement session, which turned out to be perfect for them. The light was incredible that afternoon—even the sun thought this couple was adorable!

Here are some of my favorites from their session.

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You are gorgeous, Sarah!

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Her ring is beautiful! And I totally missed that it’s shaped like the Tardis box from Dr. Who. Yes, I live under a rock sometimes…I’m behind on the Netflix queue, what can I say.

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This next one is one of newest favorite silhouette images. It’s lovely in black and white as well.

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The next two were just for fun. Sarah and Glyn have a collection of very neat swords and knives, which they brought to incorporate into the session. So we brainstormed some things and one of the ideas I came up with was the American Gothic photo, but instead of the pitchfork, they would use their massive sword. We giggled when we finally achieved the look, and I love that they were game for my silly idea!

By the way, I know that weapon is not, in fact, an ordinary sword. It has a really cool name. But I totally cannot remember it off the top of my head right now. Feel free to correct me in the comments!

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And, finally, a more tame photo of the two of them with the weapon. Pretty sure you don’t want to cross them. They have big knives.

And I really, really hope they use one to cut the wedding cake!

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Colorful Playground Cuties | Columbia Missouri Family Photographer

Have I ever mentioned how much I love doing photos at playgrounds? All those colors! Fantastic shapes! And the kids cannot help but smile when they’re playing. It is just fun for everyone.

This adorable family chose to do their family photos at a park in Columbia Missouri and I couldn’t have been happier! This was the last series in their Oh Baby! package—baby girl just turned one.

I can’t believe how quickly time flies and we’re already wrapping up that first year. It has been wonderful to see her (and her adorable brother!) grow up right before my eyes, and I’ve loved getting to know this beautiful family over the last year.

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This next photo cracked me up big time when I saw it as I was editing. I may have to blow this up big and put it in my office—it was THAT funny. Big man did not have any interest in photos that day.
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Luckily, I tricked him into smiling for me on the swings…

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I got a camera kicked in my nose for this next one, but it was worth it. Totally worth it.

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Happy birthday, sweet girl! It was wonderful capturing your first year! I can’t wait to see you grow up into a sweet little lady!

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Chillin’ at the Library | Columbia Missouri Family Photographer

Oh, how I loved this family session! It’s always a little tricky to take family photos the first part of the year because, let’s face it…the weather here in Missouri just isn’t the greatest in winter.

Sure, we can always expect that one day where the temperature tops 50 degrees, but for planning purposes, it’s just not practical to schedule a family session outdoors in the first three months of the year.

So, when we were planning this family’s photo session, we discussed the “default” location idea of their home, but this family wanted something a bit different.

Enter the Columbia Missouri Public Library.

I’ve done senior photos at the library, and I’ve photographed a baby here, but I have been dreaming of photographing a full-fledged family session at the library for some time. When this momma said they were game, I was THRILLED!

The trick with shooting at the library is obviously the noise level and the lighting (no flash photography!). I take the responsibility to not disturb the other library patrons very seriously, so we take a much more “documentary” approach to the photos, rather than my normal “posed casual” approach.

At the library, it’s just not possible to always get the attention of the baby or put people in the right poses…and that’s okay. It’s fun to capture families doing what they do best!

These turned out to be some of my favorites this winter.

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Sister Love | Columbia Missouri Newborn Photos

I walked into this adorable family’s house and knew right away we were in for an amazing newborn photo session. And, interestingly enought, that hunch wasn’t due to their lovely house or amazing natural light that poured in through all the windows on the first floor.

Nope.

What tipped me off to the session awesomeness was their little, 3-year-old cutie pie who came up and greeted me right away. What a doll!

And I was right—she pretty much stole the show at her sister’s newborn session. She cooperated for not one, not two, but THREE setups with her and her new little sister, plus all of those family photos too. And she had smiles for miles!

As anyone with a three-year-old know, it’s pretty much unheard of to have THAT much cooperation. Even I was a bit shocked.

As much as I want to gush about the older one, the newborn was just as awesome. Such a sweet, sleepy little one. Loved her.

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Wordless Wednesday | Columbia Missouri Photographer

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Pretty, Pretty Princess | Columbia Missouri Newborn Photographer

Finally back to blogging! I’m really excited to be able to share samples of galleries again—it’s been a while! In order to turn galleries around faster and to be fair to everyone, I’ve been limiting my sharing to 1-2 photos of sessions on Facebook, and, well, lots of amazing images have gone unshared over the past year. So…I’m back to blogging and can’t wait to show off some more of my favorite images!

It’s always hard to figure out where to start after a blogging hiatus, but this newborn photo session in Columbia, Missouri, just stands out to me as one of my favorites. I’ve been anxious to share this precious little girl since I laid eyes on her! Isn’t she gorgeous?

Clearly, she has great genes too…mom and dad are as adorable (and as sweet) as can be!

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2014 Spring Mini Sessions

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2014 Spring Mini Session Dates

Sunday, March 9 | Downtown Columbia FULL

Saturday, March 15 | Downtown Columbia FULL

Friday, April 25 | Shelter Gardens FULL

Sunday, April 27 | Shelter Gardens FULL

Friday, May 9 | Shelter Gardens FULL

Saturday, May 17 | Nifong Park FULL

Saturday, May 24 | Nifong Park FULL

Summer mini sessions will be announced in early April

 

When was the last time you had professional photos taken?

Photos shouldn’t be a luxury saved only for special occasions! Mini Sessions are quick, affordable photo sessions perfect for:

  • Seasonal family photos
  • Couples celebrating their love
  • Child birthday photos and milestones
  • High school seniors looking for a quick, affordable session
  • Individuals needing an updated casual head shot

It’s quick and painless—and you might even have a little fun!

Your Mini Session includes:

The Details

Unless otherwise stated above, the mini sessions will be held at a park in Columbia, Missouri. Due to the unpredictability of Missouri’s growing and blooming season, I evaluate several locations close to the date of the mini session to determine the prettiest scene to capture your photos. I will confirm or announce photo shoot locations and meeting spots via email a week ahead of time.

In the event of inclement weather, mini sessions will be rescheduled to another available date. It’s okay if it’s cloudy, chilly or hot, but I typically reschedule mini sessions if it’s raining or if the temperature is predicted to be under 35 degrees or over 95 degrees. Weather-related rescheduling evaluation is done within one day of the mini session date, or sometimes the day-of. There’s no need to worry about an extended forecast—this is Missouri. Most of the time, the weather changes anyway! =)

A retainer of 50% of the session fee is required at time of booking to hold your spot; balance is due at the session. The online booking system is the only way to book your mini session—email and phone bookings will not be accepted for this event.

Want something more?

Check out the full family session, which gives you the freedom to choose your location, the flexibility of longer session, and a variety of both posed and candid images.

 What are you waiting for?

Schedule your mini session today. Spots will fill fast!

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Holiday Mini Sessions | Columbia Missouri Photographer

Check your Christmas card photos off your list! Gather up the family and don your festive outfits for this indoor, studio-style photo shoot.

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 November 23 | 8:30am to 5:00pm

  • 10 minute photo session
  • Up to 5 immediate family members
  • 5 retouched, high-resolution digital files
  • Quality prints at cost (no markup)
  • Files delivered by Dec 8 for Christmas ordering/shipping lead time
  • All of this for $125

This will be no ordinary mini session! A darling background will be used that can accommodate the whole family (cream background with even more Christmas lights than shown in the sample photo above). There will be several assistants on hand (plus Rhiannon!) to help facilitate the photo shoot, entertain the kiddos, and make sure everything runs smoothly. We’ll even have some holiday treats for everyone after your shoot!

Schedule your mini session today:

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Come dressed in your cutest outfits—unfortunately, there will not be time for any clothing changes. Photo shoot location will be at an indoor, commercial location in southeast Columbia, Missouri, and will be shared upon session booking.

Book early to secure your preferred time using the link below. A retainer fee of 50% of the session is due within 10 days of booking to secure your spot. The online booking system is the only way to book your session—email and phone bookings will not be accepted for this event.

Don’t wait! These mini sessions WILL sell out and it’s the very last opportunity to get on my calendar this year!

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2013 Fall Mini Sessions | Columbia Missouri Photographer

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2013 FALL MINI SESSION DATES

Saturday, September 14 | Shelter Gardens FULL

Saturday, October 12 | Mizzou FULL

Saturday, October 26 | Fall leaves – location TBA FULL

Saturday, November 9 | Fall leaves or evergreens – location TBA FULL

Wow! Spots this year went fast! Please contact me to be added to the cancellation waiting list.

 

When was the last time you had professional photos taken?

Photos shouldn’t be a luxury saved only for special occasions! Mini Sessions are quick, affordable photo sessions perfect for:

  • Seasonal family photos
  • Couples celebrating their love
  • Child birthday photos and milestones
  • High school seniors looking for a quick, affordable session
  • Individuals needing an updated casual head shot

It’s quick and painless—and you might even have a little fun!

YOUR MINI SESSION INCLUDES:

THE DETAILS

Unless otherwise stated above, the mini sessions will be held at a park in Columbia, Missouri. Due to the unpredictability of Missouri’s growing and blooming season, I evaluate several locations close to the date of the mini session to determine the prettiest scene to capture your photos. I will confirm or announce photo shoot locations and meeting spots via email a week ahead of time.

In the event of inclement weather, mini sessions will be rescheduled to another available date. It’s okay if it’s cloudy, chilly or hot, but I typically reschedule mini sessions if it’s raining or if the temperature is predicted to be under 35 degrees or over 95 degrees. Weather-related rescheduling evaluation is done within one day of the mini session date, or sometimes the day-of. There’s no need to worry about an extended forecast—this is Missouri. Most of the time, the weather changes anyway! =)

A retainer of 50% of the session fee is required at time of booking to hold your spot; balance is due at the session. The online booking system is the only way to book your mini session—email and phone bookings will not be accepted for this event.

WANT SOMETHING MORE?

Check out the full family session, which gives you the freedom to choose your location, the flexibility of longer session, and a variety of both posed and candid images.

 WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Schedule your mini session today. Spots will fill fast!

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