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The fall rush. What a great time for family photography in Kansas City. It is so great to see families that I haven’t seen in a while. I get such a kick out of watching your kids grow up. This is my 9th year in business and 6th year in a retail/commercial studio. It is soo hard to believe that all those years have flown by!

We have had the most amazing fall in Kansas City. There were a few photoshoots where I had to go down to our storage room and dig some shorts out of air compression bags. After a cold few days, I jumped the gun and switched out my summer/winter clothing. In KC, we traded this gorgeous weather for oak mites, something we never knew existed before this year. I am really over the oak mites. As a result of being bitten for 5 consecutive weekends, I did discover that the really dislike peppermint oil mixed with tea tree oil. The concoction doesn’t smell great, but it seems to do the job. I could seriously go on and on about them and the torture that they caused my pom/pug this fall.

I first photographed this family, I believe it was about 8 years ago at the English Landing. It was so sad when it flooded. This spring, I am planning on doing some spring family sessions up that way. It would be really fun to shoot families in their hometowns and do some new location scouting in 2017. We shot this session in Burr Oaks, in Blue Springs. It’s really colorful in the fall and we lucked out that the trees still held their leaves. Mom really coordinated everyone so expertly! I love how she has a blue chambray under her sweater and her scarf pulls in the magenta tones. The red hair on this little girl is amazing. I immediately made a mental note to save her hair color to show my stylist!

Thanks for booking me this fall, guys! Really enjoyed all of the giggles!


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    • vickyDecember 17, 2016 - 8:11 am

      Beautiful family and gallery!ReplyCancel

    • LindsayDecember 17, 2016 - 8:07 am

      These are absolutely gorgeous! Love the colors mom chose – you’ve captured some perfect, classic portraits that they’ll treasure forever!ReplyCancel

    It was not too long ago that this cute little guy was in the Kansas City studio for his Christmas newborn photography session. He was so adorable with his milk and cookies and mom created the sweetest Christmas card/birth announcements from his session.

    I like to think of our Kansas City family photography Mission Hills sessions like your typical family outing. Really, they are. We choose a beautiful spot. Maybe in your own neighborhood. You spend time together, you laugh, just as if you had planned on spending some weekend time together outdoors. When the session is finished, go for a walk, enjoy a nearby restaurant, show the kids a part of the city they have never session before. When the kids are older, they will always associate that family portrait with the great afternoon you spent together. It will make it even more meaningful. I really believe in building memories for our children. It’s something we can do that will stay with them.

    I love the grey and navy tones mom chose for this shoot. She shopped at Madewell for outfits.

    For this session, I went out to their neck of the woods to a spot I absolutely adore in Mission Hills, KS. So great to see them again!

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        Happy fall! This post is a bit all over the place. You are forewarned. When I was doing some search engine optimization with my site, I noticed I seem to be way down in rank for this keyword: “best kansas city newborn photos.” You have to mention keywords on your site and text to rank well. This is one of those phrases that is hard to use in context without it looking completely arrogant. I suppose I will integrate that into this post in a tongue and cheek way. If you are looking for a newborn photographer, see my blog post on how to find the best Kansas City newborn photographer for you!

        Consequently, I am very behind in blogging but don’t think that I haven’t been shooting. For me, I like to catch up with blogging for the year in the winter when it is cold and a bit slower! The air is crisp and I am in the midst of the busy Kansas City family fall photography month. It would be so nice if our October lasted so much longer!

        A bit of studio news, Captures in Time has a new website that I am loving. ProPhoto 6 has a new backend and some awesome sites you can start with. Super-easy to customize.

        Funny story…I was editing this session and my husband came up to my computer and said, “Is that Hosmer?” I think I would have mentioned if he booked a newborn session. You can see the resemblance in the eyes! Salvador Perez has a new baby, according to Instagram, btw.

        During his newborn session, Conner was such a cooperative little guy! Almost all the while, he was not fussy in the slightest and just a dream to work with. His mama was just gorgeous, too.

        Now, I always talk about how black on black is my favorite color palette for the parent and newborn series in the session. Because it provides contrast with the skin tones when shot correctly the skin will just glow. New moms always have a glow anyway. Well, I just loved working these new parents, such a fun shoot! I hope you guys are enjoying your new home with your sweet little man!

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            kitchen island makeover

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            Adding a DIY &  Decor section to the blog just to spice things up a little! This fall, I am really into DIY, chalk painting, and Farmhouse decor! Farmhouse decor is my new obsession, so you’ll see some of that soon! There have been quite a few people who have asked how I did my kitchen island makeover, so I will share here.

            In 2012, we had updated the kitchen with new granite and backsplash. The kitchen island suddenly screamed “builder grade”. So, I got the itch to do some work on it. It just looked so tiny and boring under that big slab of granite and needed some bulk. This was super easy to do, my husband did cut the baseboards for me but I was able to complete the rest on my own. Pinterest did not show any tutorials using cabinet doors, but did see quite a few really good tutorials out there to get me started.

            Prep– Wash island with dish soap and water. For older cabinets, you really want to scrub them with something a bit scratchy to get the gunk off. The goal is for the paint to adhere well. Wash, then allow to the cabinets to dry. Lightly sand and rinse with water.

            Mounting the cabinets– Measure out spacing and height for the cabinet. Use Sharpie to mark their place. Use a level to make sure the doors are straight and screw the doors in place. I ran a line of extra-strength wood glue along the top of the cabinet and the top of each corbel, but I don’t know that this was necessary. I used three screws on the top, sides and bottom. Fill holes with wood filler. Joint compound the seams.

            Mounting the corbels– depending on the style you get, you might not have room on the edges to use screws, so do think about that when selecting. You can mount them from inside the island as well if you can reach that area from inside.

            Mounting the faux feet – I used 1/2 inch thick ornate blocks, put wood in the center and “created’ my own blocks the right size to fit at my corners in the front. I just felt like it needed a little something.

            After filling the seams, holes, sand and wipe down entire island. Allow to dry.
            I primed all of the new wood pieces with one coat. The Rustoleum kit gives you a primer. However, it is really meant to go over wood that already has poly or paint on it. Next, I used the Rustoleum primer over the parts with bare wood. Allow to dry several hours. Two coats of the Rustolem paint were used. Follow the instructions on the kit with the glaze and top coat. In the end, I was not wild about the glaze, so I didn’t use much of it at all.
            Four years later, the Rustoleum paint has held up very well! I am getting ready to update the kitchen and go white cabinets. I am thinking gray for the island this time for a little update as the green is getting a tad old and I am transitioning to cooler tones.
            These are not great pictures, I just snapped some quick ones to send my mom before and after!



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