Topeka, KS Photography
…the thing that likely drives you nuts about your children right now (like the child that stubbornly chooses their own outfits with their own sense of “style”) will be cherished and wistfully remembered when seen in beautiful portraits years later.
…the experience of a family portrait session should be relaxed, refreshing, natural and leave you with a renewed sense of appreciation for those closest to you in life.
…that in the short-term portraits are for the adults purchasing and displaying them, but ultimately they are for the children to have a lasting legacy of who they were, how they loved and how they were loved.
…portraits are art that should live on walls and in well-worn albums, not on disks or hard-drives.
…in the importance of capturing the uniqueness of each person.
…in indulgences like Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, mental health days, a fine piece of jewelry and great shoes.
…the images captured and displayed will last much longer and provide more joy than those short-lived indulgences.
I want to create portraits that make people say “that’s so them!” I want to capture the personality, hearts, quirks, emotions and connections of the people in the portraits.
I want to create portraits that cause friends and families of the children in the portraits to look back years later and be flooded with memories of the children at that time in their life. What were they like? What drove you nuts about them? What was unique to them? What did they love and care about? What made your heart melt?
And most of all I want to create portraits that the children in them can look back on when they are grown and have a sense of who they are at their core. Their true selves. I want the children in the portraits to look upon them as adults and remember how they loved and how they were loved, what they offer the world that is unique to only them and to always hold on to these things.
I take lifestyle shots. The shots that aren’t the posed, smile-at-the-camera-shots. The ones that are the “everyday, this is how my kid is in this stage of life, these are the looks I see on their faces and want to remember forever” shots!
I’m pretty sure that how my kids looks in their school picture is cute and all (well, sometimes it is), but that’s not them. That’s not the sweet moments that I experience that I want to hang onto with pictures instead of my not-so-perfect memory. I decided to stop complaining about my son’s smirk in pictures (I’ve been guilty of trying to prod him into “smiling nice” instead of just letting him be his 8 year old self!)…that’s his smirk…that’s his personality and that’s exactly how I want him to look in pictures…like him. And I want to take pictures of other peoples’ kids like that, too!