Posts from the ‘seniors’ category

Thank you, Kansas!

About 5 years ago, I convinced our daughter’s preschool mentor, a high school senior in a preschool education class, to let me make her senior portraits. It was the first time I attempted to create a portrait of someone who wasn’t directly related to me. That began my journey in this business, a journey that has allowed me to meet amazing people, go amazing places with them, and do amazing things. For those that don’t know, in the middle of July, I moved to California to join my wife and kids for the next stage of our lives: I’m returning to school to get my education doctorate degree (Ed.D.) in learning technologies from Pepperdine University. It’s an incredible program that I feel very blessed to be able to participate in, and I’m excited about the kinds of opportunities that are to come because of this.

To save my sanity, I will not be accepting any new clients until further notice. Working and going to school full-time, which are already secondary to my most important full-time jobs–husband and father–don’t leave me much time for a side business. So, until things get a little calmer around here, I will not be accepting any new clients. I have a few portrait sessions and a wedding left to photograph that I am looking forward to, and those that are waiting for their images will still receive them, but new client inquiries will be happily referred to others.

To all those that have trusted my vision and style to capture and create portraits for you to treasure, I thank you, sincerely. You have allowed me to nurture my creative side and have, quite literally, allowed my family to have food on our table and a roof over our heads. I owe you for that trust and will always be grateful for that. I hope someday to be able to repay it in some way, small or otherwise.

For your viewing pleasure, I’ve assembled one image from every session or wedding (as primary or secondary shooter) or home I have ever photographed as a professional (except one, because every single image was oriented vertically, and that just didn’t fit in the grid–sorry, Curtis). If you don’t see an image from your session, I am so sorry and blame my horrendous early organizational skills. They really were quite incredibly poor.

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fall portrait specials, going on now!

Hey everyone out there in Internetland! I just wanted to pop in and let you know that we’re running some portrait session specials over on our Facebook page.

What’s that? You didn’t know we had one? We do. It’s here. Come on over and join the fun! We post more images of more recent work over there, so check out what we’ve been up to!

Also, while you’re there, check out the daily portrait session special. Every day this week (9/12-9/17), we’ll be offering a different discount or incentive to a limited number of sessions that book that day. Check back every morning to see the new deal and get on it! Now is the time to plan your holiday portrait session in order to get images and cards back in time to send them out.

See you over on the Book!

(and, just because posts are prettier with pictures, here’s a couple from last fall)

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ingrid – wamego high senior

I had an incredible time recently working with Ingrid, a wonderful young woman attending Wamego High School. She’s not from around here, or anywhere near here, actually. You see, she’s here for a year from a small town in Norway whose name I can’t even pronounce. 🙂

Ingrid, her host mom, and I had a great time out in Manhattan at City Park, finding some great spots around the new pavilion they just finished, making use of what little autumn foliage was still left. After playing around there, we drove off to find a patch of tall grass out in the sun and then finished up at under the highway bridge by the river.

We had such an amazing time I had a really hard time narrowing down her selection! Here are just a few of the images from her session:

One of my favorites, out behind the pavilion, by the massive air conditioning and heating units they have out back:

Check her out, straight killing it!

Ingrid might have been a little nervous when we got started, but before long, she was working it like a freaking model!


I recently heard that some magazine somewhere did a study and concluded that the most beautiful people in the world lived in Norway. While I can’t vouch for the validity of the study, I can say that Ingrid represents her country well. She’s smart, happy, beautiful, and ready to face the world. Unfortunately, under the Norwegian school system, Ingrid will have one more year of school when she gets back, so Ingrid, enjoy being a senior twice!

All the best to you, Ingrid, and good luck in what schooling you have left!

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mayabeth – whs senior portraits

I just love working with high school seniors! They’re at a very special time in their lives, when the world is before them and all options are open. They’re hopeful and confident, yet still in the process of turning into the adults they will soon become. Most of all, they’re a lot of fun to shoot!

I had the pleasure of working with Mayabeth, a senior from Wamego High, and let me tell you, this young woman is busy! She runs cross country, plays basketball, volunteers at the elementary school, and to top it all off, was recently chosen to be the Homecoming Queen!

On a day that started out cold, cloudy, windy, and 48F (before wind chill), we went out to a local lake in the afternoon and found incredible blue skies and gorgeous temperatures.

Is it wrong to start a blog post with one of my very favorites from the session?



We really couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day in mid-October! So yeah, we had some fun. 🙂

Here are a few of my favorites from the session:





Man, I just love this next one!





After hanging around the lake for a while, we hopped back in our cars and went over to the campus at KSU to get a few more in a more urban setting.





As the light started to fade, we headed over to the old stadium there on campus to get make some images of Mayabeth in her cross country uniform and spikes.


She has been hitting the weights for a few years now and wanted to make sure we documented the progress. Check out those guns!


Good luck choosing a college, Mayabeth, and in all your future endeavors!



A few weeks back I had the pleasure of running out to Derek’s house to do some work for him and his family. They live in a beautifully isolated part of the country that is just close enough to town for convenience sake, and just far enough to be, well far away. They have some gorgeous land surrounding their house and we had a good time looking around to see what we could use.

I had a couple of objectives to take care of while I was there: first, one of their beloved canines is advancing in years and they wanted to make sure they had a family portrait with him before he moved on; second, Derek’s a Senior and rapidly approaching that time when he needs his Senior portraits done.

We took care of the family shots first, but you’ll have to wait a bit for those. =] For the time being, take a look at a couple of my favorites from Derek’s session.

Told you he lived out away from everyone!


Believe it or not, we had him up in a tree for this one!


Derek and his dad have been working on this old truck for a while, so it means something special to him. Can we use it in his portraits? Of course!


Thanks for letting me come hang with you and your family, Derek! And I must say a big “Thanks!” to Derek’s dad–he was an invaluable assistant during the session, holding a reflector (for the tree shot, among others) and being my Voice-Activated Lightstand (in the truck shot). You did awesome!