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Fall Mini Sessions | Columbia Missouri Family Photographer

October 22, 2017 - A few weeks back, several sweet families joined me for a fun night of Fall Mini Sessions. The weather was gorgeous, ever...
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Gretchen | Joplin High School Senior | Class of 2018

October 01, 2017 - I've known Chris for several years and when she asked me to take senior pictures of her beautiful daughter, I was more t...
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The Selders Family | Columbia MO Family and Childrens Photographer

July 23, 2017 - Where to start? I've known Andrew for almost four years when he was assigned as my mentor and I was his "intern". He has...
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Sara and Phil | Columbia Missouri Engagement Photographer

July 18, 2017 - These two were pure AWESOME to photograph. I've known Sara for several years and she is one of the sweetest (and funnies...
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The Edwards Family | Columbia Missouri Family Photographer

November 07, 2016 - When the stars align for a photo session, it turns out something like this session. Beautiful weather, a loving family a...
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The Williams Family | Nifong Park | Columbia Missouri Family Photographer

December 06, 2015 - Adorable outfits? Check. Two kids who had a blast and let their personalities show even from the first frame? Check. Ser...
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Julia | Rock Bridge High School Class of 2016 | Columbia Missouri Senior Session

October 11, 2015 - I find myself amazed with every senior I have the pleasure of photographing. Not only did Julia ROCK her session, but sh...
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Tiana | Class of 2015 Battle High School Senior Session | Columbia, MO

May 03, 2015 - Sweet Tiana is graduating this year and I can only imagine what amazing things are in store for her. She was absolutely...
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Easton | One Year Old | Columbia Missouri Children's Photographer

October 02, 2014 - My, oh my, have I had a blast watching this little guy grow during his first year. Easton had his first official session...
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The Klein Family | Overland Park Kansas Family Photographer

September 24, 2014 - Have I mentioned how much I adore lifestyle sessions? And how much joy it brings me to look over a session that is purel...
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The Jacelone Family | Kansas City Loose Park Couples Photographer

September 21, 2014 - I had a fabulous time with this couple during our session in Loose Park. It means so much to me to incorporate things th...
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The Hill Family | Kansas City Nelson Atkins Family Photographer

September 18, 2014 - I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the sweet Hill Family. We went out bright and early for our family session and it seemed li...
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The Messer Family | Joplin Family Photographer

September 11, 2014 - What a treat it was to meet this family. The days leading up to our session, Whitney and I shared several messages about...
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The Parker Family | Kansas City Family Photographer

August 24, 2014 - I first met this adorable family last Fall when we had our first family session together (you can find it here: here). N...
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The Stanley Family | Joplin Family Photographer

August 16, 2014 - What a treat it was to meet this sweet family. At the grand age of five, Tycen will soon be starting Kindergarten and pr...
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The Nguyen Family | Columbia MO Family Photographer

August 10, 2014 - Before you scroll these images, I apologize that I'm sharing SO many. It was hard to narrow down to the "few" that I've...
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The Weaver Family | Columbia MO Family Photographer

August 07, 2014 - I've known this family for many years now and Jason and I taught next door to each other years ago. Through the years, I...
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Grant | Class of 2015 | Columbia MO Senior Photographer

August 04, 2014 - I can't express how much I love photographing seniors. It's such an exciting time for these young adults and I'm honored...
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The Braune Family | Kansas City Kauffman Center Family Photographer

July 26, 2014 - Over ten years ago, I was fortunate enough to meet a girl named Cara. We went to the same high school and spent our afte...
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Easton | 9 Months | Columbia MO Children's Photographer

July 18, 2014 - What can I say? Easton is always dressed in the most adorable outfits and the day of his session was no exception. Bow t...
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Tucker | Columbia Missouri Children's Photographer

July 14, 2014 - What. a. sweet. guy. I was so excited when Jessica contacted me about doing a session centered around little Tucker. As...
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Blog Extra | Halfway Through My 365 | Columbia Missouri Family Photographer

July 03, 2014 - Well, people, I am officially halfway through my 365 project. If you've been keeping up with me on Instagram, you've bee...
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Cara and Zack | Columbia Missouri Family Photographer

June 23, 2014 - This family. Where to begin:) I've known Cara from our collegiate years and, although I hadn't seen her in years, I alwa...
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The Dameron Family | Columbia Missouri Family Photographer

June 16, 2014 - If little Floyd looks familiar, it's because I have been photographing him throughout his first year of life. I've grown...
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Blog Extra | Rain Drops and My Cell Phone | Joplin Portrait Photographer

June 09, 2014 - One a rainy, overcast day, I love throwing on my pajama pants as soon as I walk in the door and cuddling with a puppy or...
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The Rosche Family | Kansas City West Bottoms Family Photographer

June 08, 2014 - Oh, this family was simply adorable! When Ashley contacted me for a family/ten-year anniversary session, I knew we'd hav...
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The Gustafson Family | Kansas City Plaza Maternity Photographer

June 04, 2014 - Have I said I love lifestyle sessions? Maybe just a few times before? There is something about lifestyle sessions that a...
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Floyd | 12 Months Old | Joplin Children's Photographer

May 31, 2014 - It's crazy to think this little guy is already ONE! It seems like yesterday that his mom and I were scheduling his newbo...
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In Case You Didn't Hear | Joplin Family Photographer

May 26, 2014 - Before anyone jumps to any conclusions, this is NOT (and I repeat, NOT) a pregnancy announcement. Instead, it's importan...
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Blog Extra | My Favorite Shots | Carthage Family Photographer

May 14, 2014 - Didn't I already share this family's blog post? Sure did, but I left a few of my favorites out since there were just too...
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The Powers Family | Carthage Family Photographer

May 12, 2014 - I'm not sure where to begin with the description of this family session. I met Megan when she became my teaching neighbo...
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Jeanne and David | Joplin Engagement Photographer

April 20, 2014 - I've known David, a.k.a. Dave, for over 5 years now as he is good friends with Lindsey (my boyfriend). Since he met Jean...
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Easton | 6 Months Old | Joplin Children's Photographer

April 19, 2014 - It always boggles my mind how much little ones grow in their first year. Little Easton is 6 months old and I love seeing...
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Floyd | 9 Months Old | Joplin Children's Photographer

March 09, 2014 - I absolutely adore seeing my First Year clients every few months as they celebrate milestones over their first year of l...
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Little Eloise | One Year Old | Kansas City Children's Photographer

January 25, 2014 - What a doll! Little Eloise has her first birthday coming up in just a few short weeks and I've been waiting patiently fo...
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Selfies 2.0 | Joplin Portrait Photographer

January 17, 2014 - Usually, I write a little about the session or family with a blog post. Since this was a selfie session, it felt a littl...
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2013 Year in Review | Joplin Children's Photographer

December 28, 2013 - What can I say? 2013 has been a fantastic year and I've had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful families. Whether...
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Julia | Personal Project: Full Sun | Joplin Photographer

December 26, 2013 - Now that the weather has cooled off too much for client sessions, I am taking a little time to work on some personal pro...
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Easton | 3 Months Old | Joplin Children's Photographer

December 19, 2013 - It's hard to believe this little guy is coming up on three months old! It feels like just yesterday we were doing his ne...
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The Clark Ladies | Kansas City Family Photographer

December 17, 2013 - Where do I begin? I went to college with Chelsea and we student taught in the same middle school. That year, we had lots...
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The Holloway Family | Kansas City Family Photographer

December 15, 2013 - Kelli and I chatted several weeks ago about a session and decided the last weekend of November would work best. Little R...
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The Spalding Family | Kansas City Family Photographer

December 08, 2013 - I was honored that Holli asked me to shoot their family session two years in a row and of course, I accepted. It's so gr...
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Floyd | 6 Months Old | Joplin Children's Photographer

November 24, 2013 - One of the best things about my First Year babies is watching them become more and more interactive with each session. F...
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The Tash Family | Joplin Family Photographer

November 23, 2013 - I met this family about a year ago when I photographed a family session at their beautiful home. At the time, little Cha...
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The Rydberg Family | Neosho Family Photographer

November 21, 2013 - This family was a pleasure to work with and I'm so glad I was able to capture the interactions between them and the genu...
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The O'Banion Family | Springfield Family Photographer

November 16, 2013 - You may remember this sweet family from a session we had this past summer. Not too much has changed. Little Stella still...
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The Mense Family | Joplin Family Photographer

November 14, 2013 - There's nothing more rewarding as a photographer to have families come to you a year later for updated family pictures....
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The Vance Family | Joplin Family Photographer

November 05, 2013 - What kind of introduction can I give this family. Hmm. Well, I've known Jason and Abigail for a little over two years no...
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Blog Extra | But Where Are the Rest of the Shots??

November 03, 2013 - "But I know you took WAY more than 20 pictures. Where are the rest??" Let's face it. As a client, you want to make su...
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The Parker Family | Kansas City Family Photographer

October 27, 2013 - The stars aligned for everything about this session. From the weather being MUCH warmer than the day before to the outfi...
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Crosby | 12 Months Old | Joplin Children's Photographer

October 22, 2013 - Has it already been a whole YEAR?! I've been shooting Crosby from the time he was in his mother's belly and he is now a...
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Easton | Joplin Newborn Photographer

October 13, 2013 - As many other newborn photographers know, little ones tend to be particular with their newborn session preferences (temp...
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The Cope Family | Joplin Family Photographer

October 04, 2013 - I met the Cope family last year when I shot a family session for them. At the time, little Jack was a two year old and a...
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Erin and Chris | Kansas City Couples Photographer

September 27, 2013 - Erin and I met many, many years ago when she came to the same college I was attending and joined our beloved sorority. I...
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The Campbell Family | Oswego Family Photographer

September 20, 2013 - It's been 10 YEARS that Erin and I have been friends and very close to 10 years that we've been sorority sisters. It doe...
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Samantha and Dusty | Oswego Couples Photographer

September 13, 2013 - Before the sun had a chance to make its appearance, I was in my car and on my way to the cute little city of Oswego, Kan...
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Crystal and Zach | Joplin Maternity Photographer

August 29, 2013 - Many months ago, I met Crystal while she joined her best friend (Bobbie Jane) for her (Bobbi Jane's) wedding consultatio...
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Nic | Joplin Senior Photographer

August 23, 2013 - I absolutely loved hanging out with Nic and his mother for his senior session. Tina (mom) and I taught together and I re...
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Floyd | 3 Months Old | Joplin Children's Photographer

August 23, 2013 - Little Floyd is a part of my First Year babies and I have loved being there for his newborn and 3 month sessions so far.
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Areke and Lindsey | Joplin Couples Photographer

August 17, 2013 - You got it- this blog post is about me (Areke), Lindsey (my boyfriend of almost 5 years) and our selfies session. Anyone...
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Bobbi Jane and John | Oswego Wedding Photographer

August 03, 2013 - I met Bobbi Jane several months ago and from the start, I could tell she was a natural in front of the camera. I went ou...
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Roman | Joplin Birth Photographer

July 29, 2013 - The story:) Danielle and I met at work many months ago and we were able to keep each sane, even on the craziest of days.
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Crosby | 9 Months Old | Joplin Children's Photographer

July 18, 2013 - It's been a running joke with this little guy's parents that Crosby doesn't like me very much. I can safely say that wit...
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The Titus Family | Joplin Family Photographer

July 16, 2013 - William holds a special spot in my heart. He was the first little guy that I photographed when I started my photography...
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The Hoffman Family | Joplin Family Photographer

July 10, 2013 - I've had the pleasure of knowing the Hoffman Family for several years now as I had Caleb and Karin as students while I w...
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The Hicks Family | Joplin Family Photographer

July 06, 2013 - Individually, any one of these four is a hoot, but together, they are a sweet, God-admiring family with a great sense of...
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The Corcoran Family | Joplin Family Photographer

June 30, 2013 - Oh, how I love seeing this family:) I met Sarah and Michael a little over 3 months ago while Susie and Rosie were waitin...
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The O'Banion Family | Nixa Family Photographer

June 27, 2013 - From the moment I arrived, I could tell Stella had sass. She was such a sweet 2 year old and whenever she agreed with wh...
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Kyria | 12 Months Old | Carthage Children's Photographer

June 25, 2013 - I have been fortunate enough to photograph this little angel from even before she made her big debut a little over a yea...
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The Williams Family | Kansas City Family Photographer

June 22, 2013 - I've known Chelsea for 7 years now (crazy how time flies!) and through the years, we've shared many good laughs. Chelsea...
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Floyd | Joplin Newborn Photographer

June 13, 2013 - This little guy is loved by his adorable family. Big brother Peter was such a great help and I can only imagine all of t...
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Bobbi Jane and John | Oswego Engagement Photographer

June 12, 2013 - These two were so much fun and I loved getting to see their personalities shine through in their engagement session. I m...
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Zay and His Family | Kansas City Family Photographer

May 08, 2013 - This session is one of my most favorite to date. Zay is 17 years old and is fighting Histoplasmosis, Hodgkins Lymphoma a...
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Jared | Joplin Senior Photographer

April 30, 2013 - Jared is a natural model, for sure. Such a nice young man on his way to Mizzou in the fall. Best wishes for the last few...
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Mr Will | Joplin Children's Photographer

March 28, 2013 - I could follow around a 3 year old for days on end. I may be exhausted from their nonstop energy, but goodness, they are...
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Kyria | 9 Months Old | Carthage Children's Photographer

March 25, 2013 - I can't believe this little darling is already 9 months old. It seems like just yesterday when I was photographing her (...
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Miss Ella | Joplin Children's Photographer

March 08, 2013 - 3 year olds are among my favorites to photograph. So much personality and sass. Miss Ella is the youngest of three girls...
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Corcoran Twins | Joplin Newborn Photographer

February 17, 2013 - Susie and Rosie. Two beautiful names that describe these little cuties oh so well:) A few days after meeting these two b...
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Corcoran Twins | First Look | Joplin Newborn Photographer

February 13, 2013 - These two lovely ladies were absolutely gorgeous! I met Mom, Dad and older sister MaKenna at the hospital days after the...
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Cobb Twins | Neosho Newborn Photographer

February 08, 2013 - Meet Eliza and LaZelle. Just over a week old and little princesses. These two were such great sleepers and I almost died...
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Njoroge Kids | Joplin Children's Photographer

February 03, 2013 - What can I say? These kids are absolutely beautiful and I love watching them grow. Plus, little Malachi gave me a GOOD l...
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Josie and Amos | Joplin Children's Photographer

January 31, 2013 - Two cousins with adorable personalities. Love. Whether it was showing me where his belly button was or how he could mane...
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Crosby | 3 Months | Joplin Children's Photographer

January 31, 2013 - 3 months old and still as squishy as he was when I first met him. Such a heartbreaker. I joke Crosby's parents that we'l...
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A Selfie | Joplin Photographer

January 01, 2013 - I did it. I stepped out in front of my camera. I must say, it was pretty hard to get these in focus, but it was one my l...
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Liam | Joplin Newborn Photographer

December 30, 2012 - This little guy was such a great sleeper and I can tell he's already stolen the hearts of his parents and grandparents....
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Kyria | 6 Months Old | Carthage Children's Photograher

December 15, 2012 - Always a pleasure to see my little pal, Kyria. I've been taking pictures of her since she was in her mother's womb and s...
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Silas | Joplin Newborn Photographer

November 13, 2012 - Silas was such as sweetheart and was oh so squishy. I've known Silas' family for over a year now and I know he was loved...
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Chase | Joplin Senior Photographer

November 08, 2012 - It was such a pleasure meeting Chase and his mother for Chase's senior session. From the beginning, I could tell Chase w...
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Brian and Rachel | Joplin Engagement Photographer

October 21, 2012 - Brian and I started teaching together back in 2007. Both of us were math teachers, although I don't claim to be nearly a...
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Crosby | First Look | Joplin Newborn Photographer

October 20, 2012 - Crosby was an absolute doll and I am so happy for his parents. Looking through these images, I must say, I felt a lump i...
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Rylee and Kayla | Joplin Senior Photographer

September 25, 2012 - These two friends have the world ahead of them and I know they'll each do great things. I met these two when I student t...
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