The Beguiling Beachner Bunch!

Every now and again, I’m asked not only to take family photos, but to document something that goes deeper than just…

‘hey. look at our family.’

Amy is a client and friend of mine who lives ubSpringfield, MO. She and the rest of her siblings recently discovered that her parents would be unexpectedly selling the house/property they grew up in. Now, that’s not a bad thing- her parents are ready to start a new adventure in life, and how great is that? So few people take that opportunity later in life.

But, of course, it’s still a little sad. And a big enough deal that the kids & their families decided to all come together at the home one last time- pouring in from Oregon, California, and Kansas City, among other places.

What a better time to take family photos? When they are paying tribute- to childhood, to family, to being united in one location, full of memories.

The home itself & the property it sits on couldn’t be more beautiful- in the middle of kansas, you’re used to cornfields and lots of flat flat FLAT land. But unexpectedly, as you approach the property, you find hills and forest and a wonderful little lake, with the home nestled in above it, overlooking nature in all its’ glory.

Thanks so much to Amy and to her family for trusting me to do this session during a once-in-a-lifetime gathering.

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how do you get kids to smile naturally for a picture? KITTENZZZZ. alwayzzz.

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In a tribute to childhood in the country (something I’m very familiar with myself), we included the BB guns in the shoot. Each kiddo had their own.

In hindsight, I should have assumed that out of 5 kids aiming a gun at my face/lens, one of em probably forgot the safety. What can I say. it’s a dangerous job…

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I enjoy the subtle things going on between the first and second picture shown below…call it the astounding-temporary-transformation of a real family into a photo family.

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