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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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    KC River Market Family Photography

    It was great to see this family again, plus their newer addition! Mom told me they were doing something “not so casual”.  Loved the contrast of the KC River Market farmer’s market with their dressy clothes! No matter how many times I shoot there, I always find a new spot. Lots of laughs at this session, family photography should be fun!




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      It’s that time of year again!  Two locations this year!

      Fall Mini Sessions
      with Captures in Time Photography –  Melissa Pfannenstiel – Kansas City Family Photographer

      Burr Oaks -October 19th
      River Market –  October 26th
      email info@capturesintime.com for details

      Refer a friend for minis and earn two extra files for you and your friend! Sign up online and then follow the link for the special session fee to hold your slot! There are still some full session weekend openings as well with special family pricing for those who need a full gallery to choose from.


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