Kevin | Blue Springs High School Senior

There are so many details that contribute to a successful portrait session, and only a handful of them are within my control. I have my cameras, lenses, and lighting gear. I have tons of location suggestions. I know the best times of day to shoot at the location my clients want. I have backup locations to battle the “what if” issues at all times. Being a bit of a control freak and a perfectionist, I’ve got those details covered front to back. But there are a few details that are at least somewhat out of my hands. I can’t regulate the weather (which is a shame because here in Kansas City, we have wind, rain, humidity, excessive heat, hail storms, tornadoes, ice storms, and blizzards). And I can’t determine how comfortable my subjects are in front of a camera. Sure, I can help with posing, and tell a joke or two to help people relax, but what most photographers won’t admit is that our interpersonal skills and arsenal of poses can only do so much, or it can take half the session to get someone to relax. I absolutely love it when I can tell I’ve taken someone from apprehensive to confident during our photo session. To see a natural smile or a sincere laugh come from someone who initially had a hard time showing me those things is incredibly rewarding.

But, I won’t lie, it’s awesome when I don’t have to do a darn thing to help someone look and feel completely comfortable in front of the camera. Kevin is most definitely one of those people. He has style, charisma, a great personality, and a wonderful smile.

For Kevin’s session, we explored the West Bottoms, which is a perfect spot for great colors, textures, and variety of backgrounds within easy walking distance of each other. Paired with Kevin’s classic clothing style and perfectly photogenic ways, we ended up with an absolutely perfect photo session.

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Sierra | Blue Springs High School, Class of 2015

I first met Sierra toward the end of last year when she came to my studio for photos in her track and cross country gear. She is a natural model, so I had a great time working with her. I think we captured some nice, dramatic photos of her in the studio. Here’s one of my favorites:

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After working with her in the studio, I knew her spring session would be awesome. I knew she’d make it easy on me because she’s easy-going, cooperative, and very photogenic. But my high expectations were completely surpassed. Seirra rocked her outdoor session from start to finish. Maybe it’s because we were already comfortable working together. Maybe it’s because we weren’t confined to the studio space. Maybe it’s because Sierra is absolutely gorgeous and glowing with personality, and I had more opportunities to capture her more of who she is this time around. Whatever it may have been, I’m thrilled with the outcome.

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Blue Springs High School Athletes

A couple cool cats came to my studio recently to allow me to play with some interesting and dramatic lighting. Although studio photography has not always been a passion of mine (I will always have a love for interesting environments and the freedom of the outdoors), I’ve been enjoying the challenges of creating new looks and different moods with a variety of light modifiers that can’t often be used outdoors (as they require help from a few extra set of hands). My next step will be trying to find a couple helpers to assist me with taking interesting lighting scenarios outdoors. Look out, 2015! We’re going on a ride! And it’s going to be fun!

Many thanks to Sierra and Breyton for hanging out with me while we took some fun photos! I can’t wait to create more images like this for local high school athletes in the future.

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