I love taking time every January to look back at the year before, go back through the thousands of pictures the last 12 months have produced, re-live memories I may have forgotten about, think about all the clients that meant so much to me, all the amazing opportunities I had to capture memories here in Branson, Arkansas, Kansas City, South Beach, Peru…it was a year of LOTS of miles under car miles and airplane wings! Let’s take a trip back through 2019…
January was a month 60 degree weather, sunsets…and 1 snow storm. I got to shoot at the lake at sunset the 2nd week of January and didn’t freeze my butt off. We shot downtown with B-Town Threads for the launch of their spring line and were only slightly chilly in t-shirts. 96 Miles and I had a great time shooting inside Fritz’s Adventure, their love AND talent are two things I’m super envious of! Cat and I spent 15 minutes in the ONE snow storm of the winter and thought we were going to freeze to death. The Blackwood kids and I braved the cold AND the rain to shoot some promo pics for their grandparents to use as marketing material. Moral of the story, you never know what weather January in Branson will send you…so you work with it! January also always gets me excited about the rest of the year and gives me chance to try new techniques and ideas!
March was the month of weddings (from the photographer who doesn’t do weddings!) It also marked the start of Senior Season with my shoot with Grace that I LOVED! There’s never a bad night at the Branson Ferris Wheel (hollow foggy nights!), more shoots with B-Town Threads, a trip to Miami, Oklahoma with the Massengale family and opening shows on the Showboat Branson Belle! Hello, full swing of the 2019 season!
Alllllllll the spring sessions happen in April!! Princess sessions with Everlee, birthday sessions with the Edmonson family, B-Town shoots with Emily and Cat, Bark for Life with Diskey the Wonder Dog, Chiefs sessions with Melody and Billy, Dogwood Canyon during peak dogwood season and the spring musical Peter and the Star Catcher at Parkview High School!
May saw maternity sessions, proposals, engagements and Silver Dollar City back in full swing! Sweet Ryker made his entrance into the world just a week or two after we got to do his mama’s maternity session (so glad he waited!) Brandon proposed to Kelsie on the showboat (total surprise) and we got to do their engagement session that same week before he went back to South Africa. I got to sing along with 50s music at Hot Rods and High Heels and my favorite 90s Country tunes with Diamond Rio at Silver Dollar City Country Nights.
Sunset flights with Chopper Charter, family sessions in Kansas City AND Branson, Lady Gaga at Legends in Concert, Snow White and The Little Mermaid came out to play at the lake, yoga sessions in Arkansas and crepes at the Ferris Wheel. Summer is in full swing!!
Extended family sessions at golden hour, maternity sessions in a field behind a bank (hey, don’t judge locations until you’ve shot there!), family sessions and engagements at Table Rock Lake (they looked at me funny when I asked if they wanted to jump in the lake, but they were all for it!), Kansas City trips for family sessions with some of my long-time forever clients, and SUP yoga sessions at sunset. All the summer feels!
Dogwood Canyon sessions with families AND the animals (check out the buffalo and the long horns!!!), Mom and Me shoots at Expresso with two of my favorite models, SIX show and celebrating another year with Terry Wayne’s variety show. I got to meet Doug the Irish Terrier (who loves Expresso as much as I do!), and love and kisses under the lights at wedding receptions.
September was a month of never slowing down, barely breathing and soaking in every single moment. I made some of my biggest photography dreams come true getting to shoot at Wonders of Wildlife ( THE PENGUINS!). I got to celebrate with some of my favorite Branson families and help announce a little sister coming in 2020. I got to shoot at a Dierks Bently concert and capture the magic of the #1 Hits of the 60s Show as well as Pumpkin Nights at Silver Dollar City. I capped the month with a mission trip to Peru and got to capture pictures in places I never imagined!
October…the month for photographers that’s comparable to April for tax accountants. So much love, so many smiles, so many memories, so many sessions! Kansas City, Big Cedar, Branson…a wedding; newborns; seniors; All. The. Dogs.; families and hayrides. I love EVERYTHING about this season!
Remembering October wouldn’t be complete without remembering the epic proposal I got to help with at Gaston’s Resort. Faking a stolen plane, a proposal on the runway and a helicopter flight home…Michael pulled out all the stops…and I am SO excited for this couple to celebrate forever together!
Hello Christmas card season! I LOVE this time of year getting to capture magic for everyone’s Christmas cards!! I got to help celebrate engagements, newborns, Christmas shows, fall theater productions and of course one of my favorite trips of the whole year to It Factor Live. I got to offer lifestyle sessions to all the VIP mastermind attendees at the conference as well as update Brad and Casey’s portfolio as well!
I was so thankful this December to purposefully get to take some time and enjoy the Christmas season and all the magic that goes with it this year. Magical nights at Silver Dollar City and Christmas parties with some of my favorite medical staff. I also got to help welcome in the new K9 officer to the Branson PD. And my favorite way to celebrate the end of the decade and the beginning of a new decade, ringing in the New Year with my friends and the crew at the Clay Cooper Theater with the biggest balloon drop in town! Here’s to 2020!
And that’s the year in a VERY short and abbreviated way! Every year I ask myself…could the upcoming year be as full of as many adventures, opportunities and excitement? And every year…the answer has been yes. I can’t wait to celebrate 2020, capture events, memories and all the excitement this year has in store!
The princess sessions strike again! This chickadee may be tired of me before the summer if over…on the other hand…she has enough facial expressions to last for at LEAST the rest of the princess season!
E’s mom and I have such a great time putting these shoots together. Steph has the most amazing creative mind to put together the costumes for both kids, and we all have a great time at sessions laughing and chasing the never-to-be-still princess!
Snow White was next on our Princess list. Add in a few trees, a mirror and an apple that really took the brunt of the evening…and it was like walking into a fairy tale. We just needed the 7 Dwarfs!
After Snow White decided she was done…it was on to the the water and a mermaid tail!
My favorite part of these sessions is getting to capture the pure genuineness of an almost-two-year-old princess. She doesn’t know ‘who’ she’s supposed to ‘be’ in a princess dress, and yet, she seems to portray the character in her own special, individual way!
This couple is SO much fun! This is the 2nd year I’ve gotten to shoot with them, and I’m so happy because this time they’re locals after relocating to Springfield from KC!! Getting to shoot with them is always fun, full of laughs and just like hanging out with old friends! We have a great time, even though we cheer for opposite football teams… #steelersnation vs #chiefskingdom
This engagement shoot was nothing short of butterflies. It was easy on my part (that’s a compliment from a photographer standpoint, I promise!). I said hey in the parkinglot, took them to a rock, then a field, then a stone wall, then a quick costume change in the parking lot then the lake at sunset. The rest, I just stood back and watched. So excited for these two and their double wedding (one in South Africa and one in Branson) this summer!
Best surprise proposal. Ever. I had an engagement photoshoot set up for Kelsie and Brandon for the few days that he was in town (from South Africa, hello!), when Kelsie called me and said “Um, we’re going to need to cancel this shoot. He didn’t propose, so no engagement shoot.” My heart broke because I was SO excited about this shoot! About 3 minutes later, I got a facebook message from Brandon saying “DON’T GIVE AWAY OUR SESSION SLOT! I HAVE THE RING AND I’M SURPRISING HER TOMORROW AT THE SHOWBOAT!” I may have invited myself to the surprise proposal by just telling him “Oh good, I’ll make sure and be there!” I wouldn’t have missed this for anything!
Stay tuned for the AMAZING engagement session that followed…just as previously scheduled!
You can’t celebrate 90s country music without singing along to every Diamond Rio song! Meet In The Middle, How Your Love Makes Me Feel, What A Beautiful Mess, In God We Still Trust, Norma Jean Riley…the list goes on!
One of my favorite things about Diamond Rio concerts is that they sing EVERY hit! It’s a 90 minute whirlwind of every single one of your favorite songs, non-stop music! You won’t leave a concert without hearing that ONE song you came to hear!
Marty Roe, Gene Johnson, Jimmy Olander, Dana Williams, Brian Prout and Dan Truman have been singing together for over 30 years, they have 22 Top 10 Singles, have sold more than 10-million albums, are Grammy award winning and are 6-time Vocal Group of the year! These guys are SO talented and SO much fun in concert!
Silver Dollar City always has an AMAZING concert line up and I love seeing Jack and Sherry Herschend enjoying them from the front row!
Didn’t we all want to be a princess growing up? The dress. The shoes. The prince charming. I wasn’t a princess growing up, but as a photographer…sometimes I get to help make little girls dreams come true!
When big brother volunteers to be Prince Charming for the evening…you don’t tell him no!
Sometimes, the right shoe can make any problem better. Don’t you agree, girls?!
But even a princess has to do laundry on laundry day…
We all know the story of Peter Pan and Wendy and Never Never Land. I learned this spring, thanks to the theater department at Parkview High School that there is a story BEFORE that story! A story about a sailor girl named Molly who rescues a nameless orphan, travels the sea fighting against the pirate Black Stache, saves a chest of star dust…and encounters countless adventures!
The students at Parkview Theater did an astounding job on this production and I was proud to capture their talents and hard work!
What a perfect morning at Bark For Life! All the dogs, all the dog kisses and all the support for a good cause! So thankful for an invite from a friend over social media to come support all these dogs and dog owners in the search for a cure!
I loved making new friends, getting to watch all the dogs play, catch frisbees and even do a little dress-up!!
The best part, getting the opportunity to pair up with Shepherd Of The Hills Humane Society to show off one of their dogs looking for their forever home! You guys, Larry is the sweetest, lovable little guy! He’s a ton of fun, so good tempered and full of energy! He’ll be perfect for someone’s family to love forever!
The next Bark For Life is scheduled for spring 2020, keep an eye out for details! Bring your 4-legged friend, or come ready to take a new bff home with you!! For more pictures of the 4-legged cuteness, check out the gallery on my website!