Sophia Marie – 9 Months | Wichita Documentary Photography

Nine months?! Where has the time gone? I have been on such an amazing photographic journey with this little angel and her momma and daddy! Three more months and we will be celebrating Sophie’s 1st birthday! Things change so quickly in that first year and I am so happy that Matt and Jenny chose me to help document it!

This was such a fun shoot, Sophie loved my camera and it was so cute capturing her play and giggle for the majority of the session. Of course I also love that I captured some real life moments where she was not so happy, but I am convinced that this girl really doesn’t cry! Matt and Jenny could not love this girl any more than they do and it is so evident in these photos, but who could blame them? Such a little model baby!

I hope you enjoy Matt, Jenny and Sophie’s storytelling session! Make sure you scroll to the bottom to see their video…

 

 

February Adventures | Wichita Documentary Photography

So the month has come to an end and I realized that it has been a while since I posted here. I wanted to share some of our recent adventures with you. These are also all great ideas for Lifestyle sessions if you are drawing a blank while thinking of how to document your family with me. I hope you enjoy them!

A Day in the Life

We spent the morning documenting just being us while at my mom’s last week. Sometimes children can be so much more at ease when they are in THEIR spaces and the images come out beautifully!

 

Baking Fun

The other day we experimented with baking some gluten/dairy free muffins, the littles had the BEST time baking and I fell in love with all of the details that can be caught in this activity. I’m sure you will agree…

New Puppy

My sister recently got a new puppy and she is just the sweetest! The littles and I went to meet her last week and I just had to document the cuteness overload! Check out the images from our day:

Library Time for the Win!

I am a bit ashamed to say that we have never been to our local library. We go to Andover Central Park quite frequently and every time I go I think “oh yeah, we really need to go to our library sometime,” but have you ever tried convincing a two and four year old that they should forego a park for the library?! Well, we decided to go this week and it may now be my new favorite place for photos. The light is beautiful and the leading lines that you get from book shelves is quite amazing! I’m sure you will agree that these photos are pretty adorable!

 

In Home Studio

Fearful of Lifestyle shoots because you are afraid that you might not get the portrait style photos that you desire for your walls? Think again, I LOVE chasing light in other homes to find the perfect way to create studio style portraits. This is one of those things that makes photography fun for me, no matter where I go I am challenged with finding the light that works best for my subjects and my clients homes. These photos were created in my living room because the cutest nine year old ever wanted to be a model! Check out my little models below…

Messes and Bubbles | Wichita Documentary Photography

Next week we celebrate Valentine’s Day and I was anxious to get out the paint and make a ridiculous mess all for the sake of photography…please don’t think for a second that I am the kind of mom that allows her kids to make messes and is completely stress free about it! I have always envied those moms and as much as I try, these kind of things make me an anxious ball of stress! I spend the majority of the time holding back what I wanted to say, but can assure you that “don’t leave this kitchen”, “stay on the plastic”, “don’t touch ANYTHING” left my mouth on more than one occasion. I hope that the memories that they have are much more of how much fun it was to get messy and then get clean again!

I hope you enjoy our messy “fun” and “clean” fun too!!

Some days you just have to dance…. | Wichita Documentary Photography

My husband got me an Amazon Echo for Christmas and I realized how much I missed just listening to music! It seems that since we have been in this house we have been lacking any kind of stereo on our main floor…I’m not sure how it even happened…but most of these things can be answered with a single word: “KIDS”. Since becoming a mother I seem to have lost a little bit of “me”, I am so caught up in being “mommy” that I have a bad habit of not taking care of myself! I promise I am trying a lot harder, and one of those ways is by listening to more music. It seems that the love of music is in our blood because watching my kiddos enjoy it has been so great as well!

All of this leads to Thursday afternoon, sitting in the living room with the littles and listening to music. They were standing in front of the living room window, awaiting their big brothers arrival, and how could I resist taking that first image! And then “Havana” started blaring over that Echo and you could tell Liam just felt that song to the very depths of his being, he could not help but move along with the music! I shot a quick photo (the second one below) of the two of them dancing and was mesmerized by the light and how it highlighted them so beautifully that the photographer in me was up in no time moving furniture and giving them a proper dance floor!

Sometimes capturing moments feels like magic…I hope you do enjoy the magic that was created on a Thursday afternoon in the middle of a living room with the help of 3 adorable boys and a potty training angel…

Here’s to one AMAZING year!! | Wichita Documentary Photography

2017 has passed and I have just finished my final family projects for the year. I set out to make a video with both photos and video and then realized that there were just so many I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to make just one, so two it is!

I have always been passionate about capturing memories through photos, but I was never good at doing anything with them! With this being my first year in business I decided that was the first thing that I would change. I have printed many of my favorite photos and will continue to do so, but I also wanted to document our life each year in a big family album. I am planning on printing our first family album with these memories but now they will be stored forever in video and as well as print!

I have to tell you that going through ALL of my photos of this past year was really eye opening. This year was definitely a year of growth, artistically speaking, and I can look through these images and see it so vividly. But going through these also made me realize that a photo does not have to be technically perfect to be great and a lot of these are photos that I took with my phone, something that I have not done much of since becoming a professional photographer. This was a good lesson for me, sometimes a moment deserves to be captured and it is ok if it is not perfect!

So with all of that being said, I have some new goals this year:

  1. Capture more, more of the everyday things that I will long for one day!
  2. Turn my phone horizontal while taking video! HAHA! Goodness, the perfectionist in me was REALLY struggling with this while making the second video!
  3. Take more video, it is really a shame that it took becoming a professional photographer to really understand the value in this and I am going to be more mindful of it moving forward!
  4. Reach more people that need their everyday lives documented so that I can give the gift of memories that will live forever through my art.

There it is, 2017 was a BIG year for us and one that I am certain we will remember forever, but I have no doubt that 2018 will be the best one yet! I hope you enjoy our 2017 Kantukule Family Stories!

 

A Christmas to remember… | Wichita Documentary Photography

 

Merry Christmas!! I hope that you had an amazing holiday with friends and family! We sure did and now I am exhausted! 🙂

I started the weekend with an awesome Christmas stomach bug that put me out of commission Friday night thru Saturday night which meant that everything that I waited until the last minute to do either did not happen at all or was left for the night of Christmas Eve. We spend Christmas Eve celebrating with my mom and step-dad every year and this year we spent the whole day celebrating. Thankfully I felt well and everyone had a blast! The kids spent the day playing with new toys and the adults spent the day chasing kids, napping and genuinely enjoying each other’s presence. This year Papa and Gigi surprised us with a party bus Christmas Light Tour and it was magical, unforgettable and I am certain that they will not be able to come up with something that surpasses it! We ended the night with a Ziegler tradition of watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; it doesn’t matter how stupid that movie is or how many times I have seen it, I still laugh all of the way through and especially enjoyed watching our kids all gathered around and giggling all of the way through it too!

After the movie we packed the kiddos into the car and headed home so we could be sure to tuck them in before Santa came….and I could start preparing the house for him! I had not yet wrapped one present and the house was a wreck so I spent the next 6 hours wrapping and cleaning and hoping that Santa would not skip our house because I was still awake! I crawled into bed at 4:30 am and felt like I had just fell asleep when the pitter patter of feet awoke me again and it was 7:45 am. I stumbled down the stairs with an excited bunch of kiddos to find that Santa had come; stockings were filled, presents were laid under the tree and there were even sooty boot prints on our welcome mat on the hearth!

This season is exhausting but so worth it to see the joy in those sweet faces! I hope you experience theirs and our joy through the images below!

 

Sophia Marie – 6 Months | Wichita Documentary Photography

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of capturing the Long family at home for their first Christmas as a family of three. We had so much fun and I think that little miss Sophie has just gotten cuter every time I see her! There really is nothing more magical than experiencing your first Christmas with your little one and I am so glad I got to capture these memories for them.

I hope you enjoy their Lifestyle session images below!

Turkey and Birthdays | Wichita Documentary Photography

Another Thanksgiving in the books and I have all of the pictures to prove that a good time was had by all. We overate, had an amazing amount of family time and are still all feeling a bit of a holiday hangover. The kids are slowly getting back into some sort of decent sleep schedule, the sugar is just about completely out of their system and our stomachs are beginning to shrink back to normal size!

There were multiple things to celebrate over our holidays as both my mom and step-dad turned 60! I have some lovely pictures of the two of them below and I am sure you will agree that they don’t look a day past 50!

I assure you that there were LOTS of adults around the day of as well, I guess I just didn’t get any pictures of them! Sorry family!! I hope you enjoy our Thanksgiving photo story!

Go to Everybody’s House | Wichita Documentary Photography

Our littlest man has been begging for weeks now to “go to everybody’s house and get candy”. At first I wasn’t understanding why he would ask such a thing and then when I finally got that he wanted to go trick-or-treating it shocked me that our four year old actually remember Halloween from last year! So we started a count down exactly 13 days ago, everyday when he would ask to “go to everybody’s house and get candy” I would say “Not today, we can go trick-or-treating in 13…12….11….10 (you get the gist) days”! And then this morning came and this little guy has a crummy cough and didn’t get enough sleep and it’s only 37 degrees outside and not getting warmer….but when I told him that we would indeed go to everybody’s house and get candy tonight, you wouldn’t know any of it! There is no one more excited about Halloween this year than our little man is and that is making Halloween a little less stressful/exhausting/thankless for this Mama! I wish I could just bottle up his excitement and keep it on reserve for those days that I really need it (but lets be honest it would be gone in about a week! Ha!).

This is a Halloween to remember, it is the first Halloween that I was able to take the time to make costumes for my kiddo’s, the first Halloween that Liam understood what Halloween really was, the first Halloween that I had to worry about my 11 year-old being too big to trick-or-treat (no worries, he will be going, too big or not!), the first Halloween that I am participating in Safe Halloween with the Andover Chamber of Commerce, in fact this is a big year of firsts and I am so happy for it! Check out our FIRST Halloween photo shoot with the littles below!

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P & M Pumpkin Ranch | Wichita Documentary Photography

I have lived in the Wichita area for all of my life and am SHOCKED that I am only just now discovering P & M Pumpkin Ranch! My sister, Nana, the cousins, the littles and I all ventured out the Sunday before last to experience this pumpkin patch in the tiny town of Moundridge. What a gem of a place in the middle of Kansas!! From the pig races to the bouncy pads to the corn maze to the numerous slides and much, much more; there is no lack of entertainment for kids of all ages! We left about 3 hours after we arrived after hours of playing, losing one child for a short time (thank you for the heart attack, Liam) and with extremely beautiful pumpkins in tow. We were all exhausted and SUPER cranky but it was SO worth it for the memories made and watching the joy on the kiddo’s faces.

My sister and I decided that it would have to be a yearly event from here on out. If you are in the Wichita area I am sure that you too will feel like the hour-ish drive is worth it for the beauty of this property along with the fun that will be had by all-children and adults alike! Take a look at the pictures from our day and try to tell me that you you’re not jealous! 🙂