Megan | Fit Over 40 | Kansas City Fitness Photographer

I remember the first time I spoke to Megan. It wasn’t ages ago or anything like that (maybe a few years now), but the interaction stuck with me. I initiated a conversation with her at the gym in an attempt to step outside my comfort zone and challenge myself to connect, even on a basic level, with people in my community. After a short time of admiring her super rad beast mode ways (we all do that while pretending not do to that at the gym, right?), I finally decided to break that little social barrier. I immediately discovered that task is a bit more challenging at the gym. Everyone is focused. Everyone is out of breath. Everyone has ear buds crammed into their heads, cranked up to 11. So the little barrier can be quite strong at the gym. But I like to think that I’m quite strong, too. That’s what too much time at the gym will make you believe. I think I started out by asking, “Can I just follow you around and try to do whatever it is you’re doing? Because… you. are. awesome.” I’m sure there were some high-level training details offered. And maybe I exchanged an admission that I don’t really know what I’m doing. However the conversation went, there was something in the dynamic that immediately changed how I perceived this person. I’ve heard it called a spark. I’ve heard it called a light. And I like those metaphors. Something intense and bright where there was once nothing. Something memorable. Something warm. That’s Megan.

She became a gym friend. That was it. And that was fine.

But in the last year or two, I’ve become outside-of-the-gym friends with Megan. Which is a pretty big deal. We’re like… real friends now. We talk about life – all the big and small things that make it hilarious and challenging and amazing. We are vulnerable and authentic with each other, because we want to know each other.

What I’ve learned while getting to know Megan is that she has a wildly unique brand of love. Her love is a straight-up, raw, awesome, unapologetic, passionate thing. She is the kind of person who loves loudly. And that’s my kind of person. In my eyes, that’s where her greatest strengths lie. Her physical strength — which is greatly admirable, no doubt — is only a surface feature of who this incredible person is. She trains hard. She focuses on health and wellness. She inspires others. Let there be no mistake: she is a badass. But, I admire her, first and foremost, for her genuine loving nature that surpasses expectations.

When my incredible friend mentioned doing a “Fit Over 40” photo session, I was ecstatic. I knew we would have an amazing time working together, and we most definitely did. I’m really proud of the finished products, and proud to call this awesome person my friend.

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Michelle’s Modeling Portfolio Session

Michelle and I spent an evening in the West Bottoms creating some fresh looks for her modeling portfolio. It was a cold and windy evening, but like all quality models, Michelle was a trooper throughout the session and didn’t let it bother her (or didn’t let it show, at least). As a result, we captured some solid, stylish images that highlight a variety of looks. I wish Michelle the best in her modeling career and can’t wait to work with her again!

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Carl’s Rainy Modeling Session | Kansas City Model Photographer

Carl is pursuing a career in fashion modeling. When he approached me to shoot, I knew his look would rock for a concept I’ve wanted to try for a while – using creative lighting (and a garden hose) to make some cool nighttime “rain” photos. I’d say he totally pulled it off!

His session left me wanting to focus more on creating unique and interesting setups like this for other session types: seniors, families, newlyweds, etc. So if you’re itching for some cool and different photos as well, let’s talk!
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There’s No Fun Like Snow Fun

This is my awesome and beautiful friend, Ashley. Although she does hate it when the power goes out in the middle of our slumber party (which prompted this random and chilly photo session), she doesn’t hate the snow. She’s just a badass and she needed to show off her tough lady expressions in a couple of the photos.

I have to provide that disclaimer because apparently when I posted some of these pictures on Facebook, it made people sad. Don’t be sad. Be glad.IMG_1595-2 IMG_1594 IMG_1592 IMG_1591

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