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Senior Photos in Kansas City: Emily October 26, 2009

Emily came all the way from Claflin, Kansas, for her senior session! I love getting to meet seniors from all over — or in this case, re-meet! Emily was a student who attended the Kansas HOBY Leadership seminar that Jeff and I volunteer with, and I was so excited when she contacted me to take her senior photos! 

Emily is very involved in her school and has big plans for college. Emily is super sweet, really comfortable in front of the camera, and had some adorable outfits for her shoot! Here are a few of my favorites from our session!

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We met at Kauffman Memorial Garden for her session (and finished up just before it started raining!).

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This cute dress is from Kieu’s in Lawrence (and there’s also a location in Manhattan now!).

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Another super cute dress on this super cute girl. :)

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Emily is a cheerleader at her school, too.

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And she’s on the women’s tennis team — she’s been playing since elementary school!

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Emily, I hope you have an awesome senior year! Good luck with the college decisions, and enjoy every minute of your last year of high school! Thanks so much for driving all the way to Kansas City for your senior photos! :)


Senior Photos at Kansas City’s Union Station: John August 15, 2009

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I have the extreme privilege of meeting some of the best and brightest high schoolers — through senior photography and my volunteer involvement with HOBY, I get to know the people who are students now, and who will be leaders in our nation in the future. And it makes me excited. Because let me tell you, for those of you who don’t already know, we have some of the best young talent right here in the midwest.

John is one of those people. When I met him — just before his session — I knew right away that he was going to impress me. He was polite, engaging, smart, and I had a great time taking his senior photos. John is in the middle of his college search right now, with plans to go to law school in the future. Last year, he qualified for Nationals with Debate, and I could tell why. He was well-spoken and thoughtful, and a senior who has obviously developed his skills as an effective communicator.

Anyway, John is the kind of young leader that makes me excited for our country’s future. But, as I told him during the session, if he decides law school isn’t for him, he could always have a career in modeling. :)

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We took John’s photos in front of (and inside of ) Union Station in downtown Kansas City. It was perfect for the style of his senior photos.

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One of my favorites:

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Inside Union Station, we did photos of John in what he spends most Saturdays wearing — a suit and tie at debate tournaments!

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And then, John put on his glasses, which he wears during tournaments. I love the next three.

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And I’ll leave you with what I’m calling the “Undercover Superhero Shot” — this reminds me of Superman’s alter ego Clark Kent. :)

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John, have a great senior year, and I know you have a very bright future ahead of you!


Kansas City Senior Photos: Kyle August 13, 2009

I was the kid in elementary school (who I am kidding… in HIGH SCHOOL, too) who begged my mom to pleeeease take me to the store as soon as the school supplies came out so I could get the good stuff before it was all gone. I was the girl who revised her teacher’s school supply list and added just a few extra college-ruled (psh, don’t give me any of that wide-ruled stuff!) notebooks, and a teal and purple Trapper-Keeper just for fun. Who’s with me?! :) I was devastated the year they told us we weren’t allowed to have those. 

Anyway, I loved school. So every August, I would get very excited to label my things (with my initials… “EMM” back then), pack my bag a million times, and decide which Mickey Mouse stretch pant outfit I would debut on the first day of school. You know you wish you were my friend back then… :)

Now, when August rolls around, I get that nervous-excited feeling again when I see the aisles lined with school supplies in all of those bright primary colors. But, alas, I’m a grown up now. And the best part is, I now get to photograph students who are entering their SENIOR YEAR of high school. What a fun time. So August has a new excitement now — meeting and capturing photos of soon-to-be high school graduates, eager to start their last year of high school. It’s so much fun to be  a part of that.

Where is this going, you ask? :) Well, I’m excited to share with you our first senior in the Class of 2010! Kyle kicked off our senior photos for the year, and he did an awesome job.

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Kyle might very well have been the easiest guy EVER to photograph. He told me at the beginning that he’s not really into having his photo taken… but I’m not buying it. :) 

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What a great smile!

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We took the first part of Kyle’s photos at Antioch Park. It’s a neat location for diverse backgrounds.

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After the park, we headed to his high school for more photos!

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Kyle is a soccer player, so we were even able to access the field for photos in his soccer uniform. I think one of the best things a senior can do during their photos is incorporate things that make them who they are!

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I love this one! What a handsome guy (watch out, K-State!).

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Kyle, thanks so much for having me take your senior photos. I hope your senior year is awesome, and that you enjoy your time at K-State next fall — it’s a great place to be! :)