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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! :)


Shawnee Mission Senior Photos: Ian September 28, 2009

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One of the best parts about my job is getting to meet really awesome people. I had such a great time hanging out with and getting to know Ian during our senior session — what an awesome senior! He is on the yearbook staff at his high school, which was one of my favorite things during my high school years. It’s fun to hear about what seniors are doing and what types of activities they’re involved in. Ian’s high school year book is nationally acclaimed — how sweet is that?! 

We visited the park, his high school, and his home for the session, which gave us a great variety of backgrounds and styles in places that mean something to Ian! Here are some of my favorites from his session.

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Ian had a genius idea for the session — he wore layers of clothes, so all he had to do for a new look was take off one layer, and then the next… So simple! I guess that probably only works for the guys. Anyway, other guys — take a hint from Ian. :)

I took a break from shooting for the past few weeks to work on a BIG project (coming soon), so it was fun to get back into the swing of things tonight — and I realized that while I was “away” fall came!! I love the fall colors and light, so I’m really looking forward to this season of shooting. Ian’s autumn-themed shots:

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I love patterns, and the cool backgrounds we can get with just a simple brick wall. These next few were at Ian’s high school.

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And, finally, we wrapped up the session at Ian’s home, where they have recently added a beautiful deck onto the back! Ian spends a lot of time out there in the evenings, so it was the perfect way to end our session.

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Ian, thanks for a fun session! I hope your senior year is wonderful… good luck with all of the yearbook deadlines and the hard work you’ll put in to the book this year! :)


Kansas City Senior Photos: Jessica April 23, 2009


It’s been a while since I’ve done a senior portrait session… since last fall, actually. I forgot just how much I love doing individual portraits — and Jessica… well, what can I say? She was awesome! :) Beautiful smile, the best eyes, fantastic hair… yes, this senior session was e-a-s-y!

Jessica is getting ready to graduate and plans to head off to K-State in the fall (smart girl!). We met at a park in Kansas City to capture some photos of her pre-graduation. I absolutely love how they turned out.




I love how the purple in her shirt matches the purple buds on the trees!



Umm… hello, beautiful girl! :)


The soft, warm, romantic light here is just perfect.



These next few are just too cute for words. Jessica is too cute for words. :)





Gorgeous. These are so classy and girly and everything else that I love so much. :)



Jessica, you did such an awesome job. Congratulations on your graduation and have a great time at K-State! Say hello to the Call Hall ice cream counter for me. :)


Senior Photos on a Kansas Farm: Rachel November 30, 2008


A true Kansas farm girl. Capturing senior photos of a true Kansas farm girl on her own Kansas farm was easy. With a capital “E” — especially because the location was perfect for unique and personal senior photos, and she’s not only beautiful, but a great little model. Oh, and she’s my cousin. :)

Rachel’s senior photos were awesome. I always love when I can leave a session with images that I’ve never captured before — it’s something I strive for with each shoot, and this one made it so easy to capture images that were unlike any other…

Enter Rachel’s two-time Grand Champion goat:


And you just can’t do senior photos on a farm without the one and only John Deere tractor.



There’s nothing quite like a white two-story farm house with a wrap-around porch. The photos with Rachel in front of the house will be really fun to have when she’s older, I think.


Senior photos are a great time for close-up head shots. I love close-ups, especially on gorgeous seniors!


Isn’t she just lovely? What a beautiful smile!



I would love a backdrop like this in Kansas City… this is the old milk barn on their property:


And a spot like this… you just can’t find it in the city. I LOVE these images in the middle of their pasture, on a hill just past the pond (it was COLD out there!).



Rachel, you did such a great job!! I know you’ll love your images.

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Senior Session: Mason November 24, 2008


Mason drove all the way from Dodge City to Kansas City (almost 6 hours!) for his senior photo session! I was really excited when his sister contacted me about scheduling a session — if there’s one thing I love to do, it’s to give people creative and unique photos that are unlike everyone else’s. :) Mason wanted something different than “the usual.” I think we succeeded. :)


We headed to the Crossroads District of Kansas City, which is an awesome location that always provides new backgrounds. Walking in any direction will give great backgrounds, and unique colors, textures and patterns. I love it!

And how about this guy? :)




Mason, don’t be surprised if American Eagle calls you for their next ad… forget baseball — hello, modeling career. :)






I have to say that Mason is probably the easiest guy I’ve ever photographed — he didn’t need much direction at all. According to his two sisters who came along for the fun, it’s driven by the fact that he’s used to doing silly poses for them growing up… :) Well, it definitely came in handy! Mason was a pro.


This one reminds me of weathered wood you’d find on a coast. I love it!



And now, my absolute favorite of the session… check out those eyes!


Mason, you did so great! Thanks for driving all the way here for a session with ericamay photography, and for exploring downtown Kansas City with me! And a big thanks goes out to your sisters for carrying the wardrobe all over! :)

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Senior Session: Abby October 7, 2008

If I had to pick out one photo to sum up Abby’s senior session, it would be this one:

So cute! I love the motion blur on her feet!

Abby drove all the way from Wellington, Kansas, for her senior session in Kansas City. We started at a tennis court, ended up at Loose Park, and finished our session on the Plaza. It was really fun to incorporate Abby’s love for tennis and softball into her photos.

Besides the fun sports-themed shots, we tried to capture Abby’s fun-loving, spirited personality in the photographs. She brought along fun outfits that are uniquely “her” and accessorized with other personal touches.

It was awesome photographing Abby’s incredible deep brown eyes (love those!) and her amazing smile.

Abby, have an awesome senior year! Thanks for coming so far to let me capture your senior photos! The entire album will be available here — sign in with your e-mail address to receive notification when they’re all online!


Senior Session: Sarah September 17, 2008

Incredible. Simply awesome. Beautiful. Truly amazing.

Sarah’s senior session was great — she made my job sooo easy by being just super cute. I love when we can capture several different styles in a senior session, because no high school senior has only one side to his or her personality! Sarah is no different, and we were really able to get such a variety of photos. Check these out:

We took Sarah’s photos on the old downtown square in Liberty, Missouri. The storefronts with their different styles made for some great backdrops. These next two are some of my favorite senior shots ever:

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I love this first shot…so dreamy! :) And the next black and white — ahh, I just love it. Sarah is too lovely.

And a little wide-angle action to get a block’s worth of storefronts in the background…

Then we headed to this sweet archway (also pictured above). I bet you can’t guess where this is…

And our last stop, as the light was fading quickly, was at the train tracks! I love how her classic outfit looks with the ruggedness of the train and tracks. Very cool.

Sarah is my dad’s cousin’s daughter…and I always get the cousin terminology mixed up, but according to this handy “Cousin Tree” — that’s makes us second cousins. :)

Sarah, thanks for letting me capture your senior photos! I had such a great time…and we have so many fun and unique shots, prepare yourself for a huge album of options! :)