Birthday Party!

Surprise!  I got to travel to the beautiful Big Cedar Lodge to photograph an elaborate surprise birthday party.  It was lots of fun, and quite a suprise, since it wasn’t really even the birthday girl’s birthday yet!

Thank you Jeff Houghton and The Mystery Hour for the opportunity!



The Mystery Hour

The talented comedians from The Mystery Hour gave an entertaining improv performance.

Birthday cake presented by the Mayor!

Of course there was cake!

Fireworks display

And fireworks!

From Babies to Seniors

Sept. 2013 – Jan. 2014 was full of firsts for me!  I was hired for my first home-birth photo session, Image

then had the joy of my first infant session.  Image

Soon after, I enjoyed my first Senior Photo session, Imageand placed my first Pro Lab order.  I chose to go through Black River Imaging, which I didn’t realize until now is located here, in Springfield, MO!

Thanks to my sister, my son and I attended my first Pro Soccer game, and got to see Sporting KC play from the first row!  What better place to snap photos like these:  ImageImage

And my hubby and kids built their first igloo (since we got soooo much snow this winter!)


With so many firsts at the end of last year, I’m looking forward to an exciting year ahead!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

What have I been up to, you’re wondering?

The past year has kept me pretty busy with my kids’ ever-increasing number of sports and activities and as PTA President of my daughter’s elementary school.  I did take time to take photos as often as I could, though.  As the PTA’s Yearbook advisor, I took numerous photos of activities and events throughout the past school year, which I won’t post here due to students’ privacy.  I also took photos for a local late-night talk show, The Mystery Hour, which is recorded once a month.  Many of those photos are posted on my Facebook page here.  I love watching and photographing The Mystery Hour.  It’s so much fun!

I did have several other fun jobs, too, like this Engagement session:


which led to a bridal shower Image

and eventually a wedding reception:Image

My youngest niece experienced her first Easter this year, and her family asked me to take a few photos.

I was also asked by this lovely family to capture a few family moments:

Family Photo

I’ve enjoyed taking sport photos this past year – both for my own kids, and for clients:_MG_8921 - Version 2



Dance Recital

And of course, birthday parties – which I love!

Mustache Birthday



So – you can see, even though I’ve neglected my blog – I haven’t been neglecting my photography!    It’s been a great year.  I’ve learned a lot, and hope to continue to improve my skills, and most importantly, to keep capturing those special moments in my family’s life – and in my clients lives.  It’s what I love to do!

My New Camera Bag! (I’m so excited!)


I’ve been wanting one of those “fancy, purse-style” camera bags for over a year now.  This past Christmas, I was given enough money from family members to finally buy one!  I spent months researching different styles and brands, reading reviews about quality vs. price, etc.  I finally decided to order a custom bag from Porteen Gear.  Then I had more choices to make!  At Porteen Gear, you get to choose all your own fabric and leather colors.  I chose a “purple flower” tapestry,  dark brown vintage leather, brown waxed canvas and wineberry cloth for the interior.  I LOVE how it turned out!

Shortly after placing my order, we went on vacation.  When I got home, there was a box waiting for me!  I was so excited, and had to open it right then – in the middle of the night.  The bag was wrapped nicely with a Porteen sticker on it. Image

My daughter was almost as excited as I was, and helped me inspect all the pockets and pouches, of which there are plenty.  There are three pouches on the front, a zipper pocket on the front, a velcroed section across the back of the interior, and two padded dividers in the interior.  Lots of room for everything I want to carry!Image

It’s big enough, but not too big.  Isn’t it pretty?  What a great treat to come home to!Image

So much prettier than the black and orange (yet still very functional) bag I used to carry.  The only down side is that my husband balks a little when I hand him my new bag to carry for me!  ImageAs a special bonus with my Porteen Gear bag, I received two thoughtful extras – a zippered pouch (which I filled with tissues, lip gloss and gum), and a leather card carrier. ImageMy battery charger and 50mm lens both fit nicely in the left section, Canon T2i w/ attached lens is in the center section, and the right section is available for another lens, flash, or I usually throw my wallet in there.  I have a USB cord and small zippered pouch in the back velcroed section, but an iPad also fits perfectly.  In the front zippered section, I have my extra memory cards, and there’s room for plenty more.  I use the 3 front pouches (from left – right) for my iPhone (in an Otterbox), business cards and a pen (not shown in this photo).   ImageI got to take the new bag for it’s first outing the next morning to my son’s baseball game.  🙂  I would highly recommend Porteen Gear if you’re in the market for a new camera bag.  They offer several sizes and styles.  There are pre-made bags for purchase at the Etsy store.  Or you can create a custom bag from the website. ImageI’m looking forward to taking this bag with me to many fun adventures and experiences.

Picture It photo contest

When I saw the theme for this month’s Epiphanie Camera Bags Picture It photo contest, I immediately thought of this photo. This is the first photo contest I’ve ever entered. It’d be great if I won! I’ve been wanting an Epiphanie camera bag since I first learned of them. I’m hoping to get one for my birthday this year.


This is the photo I entered the Epiphanie Camera Bags Picture It photo contest.