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!!

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!