When anyone asks, I say, “no, I don’t photograph weddings, I can’t handle the pressure.” But when my point guard from the sixth-grade team I coached asked me to photograph her wedding, I couldn’t refuse. It was going to be a simple ceremony and they wanted documentary shots, so I looked for moments and expressions. And brought my daughter for backup. Congratulations Liz and Patrick, and thank you for letting me share your special day.
I love to photograph people. In my photo business, I shoot family photos, senior portraits, baby and maternity photos ~ capturing moments that I feel privileged to document. But photographing my friends — the pressure is on! I’m confidant shooting candids, but portraits make me nervous. When it all comes together on a perfect fall afternoon with a beautiful family, nothing could be sweeter. I love capturing photo moments!
It felt like old times as I loaded up my cameras and followed the Operation Breakthrough kids onto the field at Arrowhead Stadium where they met up with their buddy Travis Kelce. The kids were treated to pregame meet n greet with Kelce and several of his teammates who shook hands and gave away gloves they had signed. Then we went to Kelce’s suite and watched the game. Sweet! My photos appeared on the blog for Kelce’s foundation, which supports Operation Breakthrough, an inner-city daycare.
Nothing like a new adventure to get the adrenaline flowing! So many people have asked about getting ceramic photo tiles from me that I’m going into business with my tiles. I will be setting up shop at First Fridays in the Crossroads, downtown Kansas City. And as soon as I get all the shelves I need, I will be going to area Arts & Crafts festivals. My ceramic photo tiles are a fun and different way to display a photo ~ mine or yours. Best of all, I’ll come take photos of your pet in their environment and make a tile from our photo shoot! Send me a note for prices. I look forward to tiling photos for you.
Started the morning by writing my list of gratitudes. As I thought about the positivity shared with me by friends who met me for coffee, lunch or dinner (Kebra, Teri, Stacy, Steve and Jerome, Tamra and Christie, to name a few) it struck me that many of my positive connections these days revolve around food. Food is an ice breaker. It helps you start a conversation that may be difficult. By sharing food, it opens our hearts to sharing other things: problems, joys, dreams. And sharing and talking about these things is helpful and healing.
So to everyone who has shared food and drink with me lately, I am grateful for your positivity, encouragement and strength. And, to everyone else? I have a few lunch dates open this week if you want to give me a call!