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The fall rush. 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.

    This time, 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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            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.
            Painting:
            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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                This is the third newborn I have photographed for this GORGEOUS mama. This one gave me lots of sleepy time and hilarious expressions. I adore his hair!

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                    Meet Quinn. She was so sweet and adorable. I can’t wait her to come back for her baby plan sessions!

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                        Baby Photography Kansas City
                        Colton

                        Oh my GOODness! He could not have been any cuter for his “sitter” six-month session!  SO mellow and smiley. I met mom, dad and Colton at the studio. This baby was super relaxed and his red hair and gorgeous, blue eyes are so unique. After a few sets and outfits in the studio, we went outside to play for a little bit with mom and dad.

                        Mom and dad, you need to bring in baby to document the six-month milestone. As soon as they can sit up unassisted, make that call! For several reasons, I prefer the bulk of the six-month session to be in the studio. Parents are welcome to go outdoors with me after a couple of sets and we can get baby/family shots, giving you the best of both worlds for your session.

                        1.There are fewer distractions in the studio-

                        When you are outside and a car is driving by, they are very intent on following that car with their eyes. Especially boys, it begins early, this infatuation with vehicles. Outdoors there are many textures that your baby is not as familiar with. As a result, the baby will be exploring those and not glancing at the camera as frequently. Rather than competing with grass and concrete, I will have more of their attention in studio.

                        2. Better expressions-

                        Because baby is much more comfortable being in a smaller space with mom and dad close by while sitting on their own than out in the “big world”. Also, the studio is the perfect temperature.

                        3. The lighting is perfection-

                        Consequently, there is nothing like a studio session for maximizing clarity in a portrait. Studio lighting highlights huge eyes and facial features in a way the sun just doesn’t always do outside.

                        4. Mom can help style the session, this is so much fun-

                        Most of all, moms have a blast coordinating sessions at this age by selecting backdrops from our “Style Your Session” website we give you access to after you schedule your appointment. A lot of times, mom will already have outfits selected. Almost always, this site will give you inspiration when you go shopping for your sitter-session! Take a peak at Nordstrom’s baby clothes. They are some of my favorites to photograph!

                         

                        Thank you so much for bringing him, I hope to see you all again soon!

                         

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                          • MiaJuly 23, 2016 - 5:02 am

                            Those eyes!! These are so gorgeous!! Awesome work!ReplyCancel

                          • RebeccaJuly 23, 2016 - 4:28 am

                            Gorgeous images! Those blue eyes!!!ReplyCancel

                          • CeilighJuly 23, 2016 - 4:27 am

                            Wow – look at that hair! He’s adorable, I love the closeup in the plaid shirt. He’s going to be a lady killer. 😉ReplyCancel

                          • Ashley HernandezJuly 23, 2016 - 4:19 am

                            Cutest baby in Kansas City!! LOVE the images!ReplyCancel

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                          Nicholas

                          Meet Nicholas. I love the name. I call my Nick “Nickle Pickle”. Only not around his friends, because that would be uncool. 🙂 What a gorgeous family, I adore the colors we used. Mom’s blouse has a really nice texture to it and is so delicate in the images with baby.

                          I generally prefer neutral tones and a natural aesthetic for portraits, especially the series with mom, dad, and baby. This way, they are more timeless and they will integrate well with your decor.

                          I specialize in newborn and baby photography. Each image is hand-edited to create a true work of art. My retail studio caters to Kansas City’s most discerning clients who are looking for superior quality. The style is soft, vintage, and emotional. I strive to create unique custom portraits that feature the emotions of this special time with baby and family. Remember, your little one will never be this cuddly, tiny and perfectly brand new again!

                          Welcoming a newborn baby is the most special time in a family’s life. A professional photo session with Captures in Time Photography is a wonderful way to preserve all of these memories for an entire lifetime. Your sweet newborn will be captured with soft blankets, cozy wraps, and knits. The studio offers a lovely selection of vintage newborn photography props, and my 8 years of experience will ensure that you will have a relaxed session. Your portraits can later be preserved as fine art prints, gallery wraps, and albums to be treasured for years to come. We strive to provide the best in Kansas City newborn photography.

                          Mom is welcome to bring things for her session, but it certainly is not necessary. Often, she will bring a blanket that grandma made or a hat she just couldn’t resist from Etsy.
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                              Henry

                              Catching up on some blogging around here! I have enjoyed all of my new clients lately and catching up with some of my long time customers.  This was a new family to the studio and such a lovely couple! What a gorgeous lavender sweater with a light grey drop for a nice and airy parent/baby image series.

                              Henry came to see me in March, with all of his eleven pounds of cuteness. That’s right, eleven pounds and some ounces. Can you believe his adorable, squishy pink cheeks? All the while, he was a complete angel. Such a good sleeper. Mom chose rustic and grey drops and neutral knits, which is a favorite style for newborn boys in the studio.

                              This shot of his feet is an all time favorite of mine! They remind me of my ten year old’s feet when he was a newborn. We have always called his feet”tiny loaves of baked bread”. Even though you will never forget the little details of your baby’s newborn features, it helps to have wonderful shots of the details to look back on when their feet are no longer small and their shoe size is all of a sudden – your size!

                              This is happening at my house right now. Shoes are all of a sudden something boys have an opinion about and we have pretty much tried every brand and decided all the men in the house prefer Pumas. Let me tell you, they last forever. Nicholas has had one pair for a year and the toe has never come apart.

                              I am excited to have added a new feature to my website. Book Me For Photographers allows clients to look at my calendar, look at their schedule and book online without too much back and forth hassle. A little more tech savvy and convenient. You can find the calendar at the top, right side of my site or at Book Me.

                              Hat by Adorable Sunday.

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                                  Meet Mr. Brooks

                                  Every time a new little baby comes in my front doors, it makes me so happy to be a newborn photographer! First of all, what a cutie. Little Brooks was wide-eyed at the beginning of his session. He didn’t want to miss any of the action! While he slowly slumbered off, I could pose his little cuteness. Breaking out my 100mm macro for those adorable lips was something I knew I had to do when I saw him, giddy to capture a macro of that adorable little “milk bubble”. Consequently, that milk bubble is the little bubble that newborns get on their top lip from eating nonstop. I thought that was so cute on my own little ones. This family was adorable. And, the cream colors on mom and dad with this bone drop are so pretty.

                                  When you come to the studio, we have a new “background book”. Visualizing what a drop will look like is hard for parents sometimes and this really helps. Referencing these when we are talking about colors and patterns for your baby’s sets is beneficial to getting the look we are after. Next, a digital website is in the works for pre-planning before your newborn session at the studio.

                                  Finally, remember you do not need to bring anything at all to your newborn session with us. Everything we need is in the studio. No need to try to style everything yourself. Great care is taken in choosing props and knits that photograph well and with my style of shooting. Because even some yarns look too rough or large next to baby skin and we don’t want that!

                                  Most of all, thank you so much for bringing him in! What a great session!

                                  Blue hat by Spun Candy.
                                  Grey/Yellow hat by Adorable Sunday.

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                                    • Shirley CookFebruary 24, 2016 - 10:38 am

                                      Beautiful family!Baby is darling! Photos are gorgeous,thumb up to the photographer!ReplyCancel

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                                    Meet Beckham. Isn’t his name the cutest? A light sleeper, this tiny little prince needed some lulling, but I worked with him until he dozed off. Sometimes, a newborn will just try to fight it and needs to be fed (a few times). First, I concentrate on getting baby comfortable and sleepy at the beginning of a newborn session. Next, when a baby is asleep, this is when things get to moving faster and the session begins to flow. Hurry up and wait.. and then some magic happens! Do not stress during your session, as baby will pick up on this. The more relaxed the parents are, the better the session will be, there is a correlation!

                                    Grays and blues were the main colors in the works for this session. Wall arrangements go together easily this way. Think about where you are going to put your portraits. Which room? Do you see a wall print about the crib in the nursery? Does your fireplace need a focal point above the mantle? Imagine your vision. Everything melds well when there is a color scheme and that can often come from where you are going to be placing your prints in your home.

                                    New families in the studio make my heart happy. Seeing the adoration and newness, it is such a joy to be around. Mom and dad are so sweet and I am very grateful they chose the studio for their newborn’s first portraits (as always). Beckham was captured in my Blue Springs, MO photography studio. It lies just next to Lee’s Summit, MO and about 30 minutes from downtown.

                                    ***Melissa is a published studio photographer in Kansas City, Missouri, specializing in newborn portraiture. Book your newborn and family session today by using our booking calendar software here.
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                                      kansas city newborn photographer Mia

                                      Well, I have not blogged since March last year, so I have quite a bit to catch up on. Let’s start with Mia. This recent favorite session of mine was also featured on Inspiremebaby.com, a site tailored to newborn and baby photographers.

                                      Ahhh! So precious! All of that hair! I love the lavender and bright colors with her. She was pure perfection for her session, I so enjoyed working with her and her sweet parents. Love this new “poppy” drop from Lemon Drop Backdrops. It is so bright and happy. My dining room is filled with prints of poppies, so I am partial to poppies. Frequently requested by parents, it is a new favorite in my extensive backdrop collection.

                                      Below, you get a general idea of how a newborn session flows. Beginning with a parent series is our starting place. Once in a while, parents opt out of this series, but not often. Babies are only this small for a short time and I promise, mom will feel beautiful when she sees the gallery. Something I am pretty proud of is a “new mom bag of tricks” that is part camera/part Photoshop. Do not worry about a thing.

                                      Color-coordination is something that is important to a session result, so we will talk about what you will be wearing beforehand. Planning colors will result in everything marrying well together.

                                      Black is always a favorite of mine for the parent series. Studio temperature is pretty nice and warm, 82 degrees, so we get those mom and dad shots out of the way while everyone is still fresh. Next, we move on to some “beanbag” shots on fabrics. Then, we move on to a prop and backdrop series. Mia’s mom requested a “wintery” feel but no red and green, so we went with whites and silver with a vintage doll sleigh that I found antiquing.

                                      Be sure to read the FAQ page before your newborn session!

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                                        Many of you already know about my aunt, but I just wanted to explain why I slowed things down business wise last year and my hiatus the last couple of months.

                                        For the past 9 months or so, I slowed my business down (purposefully), just taking enough business to cover overhead some months. My Aunt Kathryn, who was 81, needed some help. Kate and my Uncle had never had any children of their own. Her doctor had told her she had arthritis in her leg and started her on physical therapy. Unfortunately, it turned out to be stage IV Lymphoma and had shattered her femur. What a shock, thinking you have arthritis and no wonder the physical therapy made things worse.

                                        Kate needed a new femur, knee, chemotherapy and radiation. Uncle Loring has a bit of Alzheimer’s and without Kate there, needed some assistance as well as he no longer drives. Help was clearly needed. While there are quite literally, a million cousins that I have who are very capable, not many live nearby. Proximity wise, I am closest and do not work 9-5, so I suspect that had a lot to do with her asking me to be her POA and helper. Certainly, my organizational skills or ability to stay calm in difficult situations were not a factor. 🙂 After starting this journey with her, it became clear that I would have to make some adjustments. Consequently, when things get very hectic, you cannot do everything and do it well. Sometimes you just need to take time and simplify.

                                        Many, many trips were made to get her treatment on a stretcher that my father softly padded with lawn chair pillows. He is so creative. 🙂 Mind you, she had a femur that was broken in half and in pieces. Chemo involved laying in a stretcher for 5-6 hours because it hurt too much to be moved. She was a stoic lady, not often complaining. Always managing to make those around her laugh during hard and uncomfortable times. Drivers of the stretcher van said she was their favorite client. Laughing while suspended in the air on a lift to get her into a wheelchair and joking about how she hated heights. True inspiration and class act.

                                        After 6 months of exhausting treatment and major surgery, she decided to place herself in hospice. Her oncologist told me he was going to miss seeing her because she felt like a grandmother to him and like family after just a few months. Kate passed on January 22, 2016, as unexpectedly as someone on hospice can. She sounded and looked great a few days before that day. I truly feel blessed to have been a part of her journey and really get to know her, having learned innumerable life lessons. Being more clued in to making my contribution and having a deeper appreciation for this life and my loved ones is the gift she gave me. I no longer sweat the small stuff quite as much, as she would say.
                                        Marketing, blogging and SEO have been neglected this last year, those things that keep the momentum going in a small business. I will be happily shooting full time again in March. I appreciate the patience of my clients during this time period. An effort was made to accommodate past clients having a second baby and baby planners, but I know I did take longer at getting things back. Your patience was appreciated. Thank you to my talented newborn photographer friends in Kansas City for taking referrals and helping in a couple of emergency situations (you know who you are).  I want to thank my dad for being there for Kate, Loring, and for me. He took on a lot in the last year as well, taking good care of Loring and alternating radiation appointments. Always there without fail. Troubleshooter and soundboard. Thank you, Chris for being supportive of me taking care of things and me.

                                        Special thanks to the KU Cancer Center, for their kind and exceptional care.

                                        Lymphoma is an awful disease and is silent. Not one time during these last 9 months did Kate look ill to me. She was not particularly tired when she was diagnosed. Pay attention to things in your body that don’t seem right: sudden night sweats, fatigue, and pains. Get second opinions for a diagnosis that doesn’t seem right to you. Speak up.

                                        Miss you and love you, Auntie.

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                                            Two are even better than one! Fun times two. Oh my goodness, these two little men. Sweet and obviously gorgeous babies. Never has a set of twins been in the studio who were full term! They hung in there almost to the very end for mama.

                                            Dad and mom have one that looks more like each of them. With very different skin tones, the little guy on the right has a pinkish hue to his skin like his gorgeous mom and it will be interesting to see if he will be a redhead.

                                            During the session, plenty of extra time is always allowed for twins, even though it might not be needed. Do not want anyone to feel rushed (including myself). Babies slept soundly through most of their session. Father was a trooper helping clean up the little messes that came along. A couple so calm and serene with their babies, you would never guess they were first-time parents. I think babies really pick up on the energy that we are carrying, so that was great! Anyone that has had a newborn session with one baby knows that it can be a challenge and they rose to the occasion.

                                            During the session, we had in-depth conversations about coding and web design. These little guys will most certainly be technical.

                                            Dad was geeked out when I brought out my Yoda and R2D2 Star Wars hats, jumping around with excitement. I am not joking. I was thrilled to be able to use the hats together. Lastly, thank you so much for bringing in your adorable little guys. I hope to see them again, it was lovely to meet you all.

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                                                Miles could not have been any cuter. So much dark hair and the prettiest skin tone. Mom had this vision of using cookies and milk for a Christmas image, she wanted to do a Holiday card and birth announcement in one. This session got us all in the Christmas spirit. I love getting to think outside the box with mom’s ideas to incorporate before sessions.

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                                                Baby Cradle: Handmade by my grandpa 🙂

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                                                    Little Barrett.. what a cutie! This balloon backdrop has been such a favorite with clients lately. We shot his session mostly with teals and browns. Had to throw a little Royals hat on, we are sure proud of our Royals in Kansas City right now!

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                                                        Kansas City Golf Newborn
                                                        Kansas City Newborn Photographer

                                                        Dad kind of likes golf. Just a little bit. This was mom and dad’s vision and I was up for the challenge. I had to think through the logistics of surrounding baby in something cold and hard to the touch. The studio was pretty darned warm for this one! We worked hard turning golf balls so that the logo would show on them as much as possible!

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                                                            Sweet Newborn With Big Brother
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                                                            Look at the big, brown eyes on this big brother. He was so proud of his new little buddy. Mom wanted some open-eyed shots of baby (always my favorite).

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                                                                I was so excited when Gisela called and asked me to photograph Elle’s first birthday party. It was so much fun to document the celebration of this sweet little one’s first birthday with their family and friends. I just adore this family, they are the sweetest.

                                                                Location: Grand Street Cafe Ballroom
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                                                                Take a look back at Elle on the waynewborn session and six month photography session.

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                                                                  • MeganMarch 21, 2015 - 1:01 pm

                                                                    Such a pretty first birthday party!! Looks like they had fun 🙂ReplyCancel

                                                                  I have been spending a little time scouring antique stores for vintage props and fabrics to use in sets. Sadly, many of my favorite stores in Grain Valley and Oak Grove have closed. Let me know if you find a good one, so I can add it to my list.

                                                                  Meet sweet, little, anxiously awaited Olivia! She has such tiny and delicate features. Tiny, perfect, and adorable in every single way.

                                                                   

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