Bree and Jason

I had a really fun shoot last week with Bree and Jason, who have now been married 2 years and wanted some cool shots of them as a couple. They were very spontaneous and inspired me to be the same… and I appreciated their help in finding the perfect locations!

And of course, as yet another shameless plug, Jason is the very talented graphic designer responsible for 9art’s new logo. You can see the logo in use on some of the newly redesigned pages on the main site…. http://www.9artphoto.com… and look at Jason’s work at eightytwodesign.com

Like these and want to see more? Hop on over to facebook, search for ‘9art photography’, and take a look at their album under 9art’s business page. And while you’re at it (if you’re not already) become a fan! I know, I’m giving you too many things to do…

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Baby Oliver

Don’t get me wrong. I love working with adults. But sometimes I wonder if photographing kids isn’t my favorite… this is photography as authentic as it can get. Babies don’t know how to fake a smile, they don’t feel awkward in front of the camera, and they don’t have a ‘bad side’. (and as someone who hates being on the other side of the lens, I understand how adults think when you put them in front of a camera).

Oliver was the perfect example of sweet, honest emotion, and while I had to move fast to catch an expression, that expression would prove to be so much more rewarding to capture once the shutter clicked. Plus the fact that when a 24 year old or 47 year old cries, it’s real ugly… but here, it doesn’t matter if they’re laughing or crying, it’s all good!

I present baby Oliver; 2 & 1/2 months old and full of life. Have fun watching him get older…. his parents (Veronica and Brian Prosise) enrolled him in my soon-to-be-released ‘baby’s 1st year’ package, so he’ll be back on the blog in a couple of months!! Feel free to ask if you have any questions about the package.

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Tessa

Tessa, a resident of Nevada, Missouri, wanted her senior pictures to be completely unique. This wasn’t hard… I couldn’t imagine taking the same ol’ posed pictures with her as the subject! Her sense of humor shined through as the shoot went on and we had a blast along the way!!

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Rapha House

Heard of Rapha House? If not, it’s time you did! This nonprofit organization is dedicated to running a safehome for girls who have been victims of human trafficking and sexual slavery, raising awareness for the very real problem of human trafficking, and offering hope and a brighter future for the girls who have suffered from it.

Rapha’s home base is here in downtown Joplin, located between Trios and the Vinery on main street. I was asked by my good friend Abby DeWelt (one of the ladies who works for Rapha and a former Starbucks co-worker of mine!) if I’d be interested in doing some photos for the organization and girls that run it, and I was very glad to do so. These ladies are doing so much to make a change and I felt honored to play a small part with what I do. Here’s a few shots from the session we had, taking advantage of the very cool space the group works out of and the natural brick walls within the building. If you’d like to find out more about Rapha, you can visit their site at http://www.freedomforgirls.com, become a fan on facebook, or drop by and take a tour during the day at their downtown location.

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Kyle Lewis and family

Kyle contacted me a few weeks back saying he and his family were searching for a photographer and was happy to hear that I wasn’t just about poses. Once we did get together, I let the kids be kids and ran through two memory cards in no time, documenting the fun and energy this group shared! Thanks so much to all in the family for choosing me and for throwing in so many ideas of their own during the shoot!

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