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Mike and I (you’ll see a LOT more of Mike in a few months when I unveil his epic studio recording documentary project) have been trying since February to get together for a documentary session with his family. We finally got it in just a few weeks before Cole heads to Baylor. We made (so, so yummy) pizza, played some Farkel, laughed a lot, and generally had a great time. If my kids end up like these three are when they hit their teen years, I’ll definitely call it a success.

Clark Family

I might have more photos of the Clark kids than I do of my own kids. OK, not really…but I have had the honor of photographing all three of these awesome kids since they were each born. We spent some time playing at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center and shot some film while we were there.


What started as a way to get some Christmas photos of my kids on a cold day has turned in to something really exciting. I showed my FACES project to a couple friends, and they FLIPPED OUT: they had to have one of their own kids. I spend a few minutes with each person in your family. We talk, joke, and I capture those unique expressions that make you, YOU. You get a beautiful, BIG canvas print of several faces of your loved ones. These sessions are also GREAT for headshots, social media profiles, etc. So contact us today to […]

Lesniewski Family

So Phillip says to me, “I’d like to use my 1978 Suburban for our family photo session.” Yes, please. Each one of these people are as beautiful inside as they are outside. Such a joy to spend time with them!

Cheryl Eve Acosta – Kansas City Artist

Cheryl Eve Acosta is an incredibly talented sculptural jewelry designer in Kansas City. She just happens to be my former studio-mate. Her work is amazing, and after spending some time documenting her process, I have even more respect for the work that goes into each creation! You can check out more about Cheryl at her web site.

Skylab Letterpress – Kansas City Commercial Documentary Photography

I recently spent some time with my friend Bob and his crew at Skylab Letterpress. Bob has done some work for me in the past. I have never met someone with an eye for and commitment to quality quite like Bob. Every single job that leaves his shop is basically perfect. His many happy and long-time clients will all attest to this fact. A while back, I had this thought about the fact that companies are groups of individual people, and they should represent themselves as such. Aren’t you WAY more interested in a product when you’ve shook the hand […]

Nigro Family – Pumpkin Carving In Lawrence, Kansas

So what do you do on your family documentary session day when it falls a couple days before Halloween? You carve, pumpkins, of course! **(Wait a minute! There are color photos in this post! I thought you were mister-black-and-white-only!) The temperamental artist reserves the right to change his mind from time to time.

D is 3!

For D’s third birthday, his family took him to Baldwin City for a ride on the Thomas train. Lucky little dude!

Baby Finley!

I’ve been really fortunate lately…Lots of newborn sessions. This one was particularly special, since it is my NIECE! Finley joined her big brother (and her three boy cousins). We’re all so so excited to finally meet her. She’s super sweet, of course. So happy for my brother and sis-in-law. It’s totally weird and awesome for our extended family to have its first baby GIRL!  

L’s Newborn Session

Whoa. I have some catching-up to do on the blog. Let’s start with something from last week. I LOVE photographing newborns during their first week, since they change so much after those first few days. Check out the tiny cuteness!