18 Years Later.

18 years ago today I said “I do”. In celebration of the joy, love and strength that has been restored within me, and the love you’ve shown me through this amazing journey of marriage, I dedicate this to you, the Lord new exactly what kind of partner I needed. This 18 year old dress might not fit as well, it might be stained and torn a bit… nonetheless… it’s a celebration of a moment that changed my life forever for the better.
To my husband(Bill Barnes): You are an amazing blessing that I’ve been given, without you so much of my life would have never been restored… The Lord has blessed us. Thank you for being my support and partner in this life. I’ve enjoyed aging with you, growing in love, relationship and wisdom… you always make me feel loved and beautiful.
I love you always…
Sincerely, Your Bride
Photo credits to our amazingly talented daughter Abby Barnes.

Darius Senior 2017

What an amazing session. I loved the old feel of these photos and the way it seems as if he stepped out of a time warp. The emotion and mood of this session was so unique. I love trying new looks and new vantage points. Darius I hope your senior year is filled with blessings and good luck beyond! You will do great things!

Stacked Up Snowflakes!

I realize I am WAY behind on posting, but this actually was such a strange random day to get snow. It was last month and it randomly snowed these HUGE flakes and then 30 minutes later they were gone. So pretty. Excited I was able to capture them and the sunshine just barely grazing them. I’ve never seen stacks like this before. Enjoy

Blessings!

Boss Family – Kansas Photographer – Family Photographer

When I was contacted to photograph the Boss family I had no idea the surprise that was in store for me. I knew Kimmi’s sisters were from out of state and it was so very special to the family to have everyone together. Kimmi and I met about 4 years ago when I moved to the area. We were introduced through essential oils and I have gotten to know her through the oily connection. When I showed up on location to introduce myself, in walked Kimmi’s sister, a college acquaintance who I hadn’t seen in over 20 years! Ironically we took one of my first college photography classes together. How small is this world?! What a blessing to see her and all her family so many years later.

It was an absolutely beautiful day in late December. Two itty-bitty babies and children of all ages and so many girls! And don’t forget the kitty! Oh my goodness I should thank that cat for all the smiles he/she created! It really was a fun time. I am honored and blessed to capture your smiles. You have a beautiful family.

Thank you and blessings to you all.

A Very Merry Christmas to You! – Nature Photographer – Kansas Photographer – Family Photographer

A quick post this Christmas day to share just a few blessings from above on this wonderful day. God speaks in Nature ❤

This was the first Christmas I can recall in my 41 years in Kansas that thunderstorm watches were in effect and the temps were in the 50s. Though the wind blew and the rain came, at the end of the day, God shone through.

These photos were taken about 30 minutes before sunset. I had been inside all day, enjoying time with my family, opening gifts, playing ping pong, my hubby cooked an air fry turkey(you have to try it! AMAZING!) and just chillin’ with the fam…. I felt the need to get with nature late in the afternoon and took off in my pj’s, yes, I was in my pj’s ALL DAY… LOL. That’s just how we roll on a relaxing day at home on Christmas…. I digress…

Within 15 minutes of leaving the house the skies changed, drastically. It was absolutely breathtaking. What a blessing, truly a gift from God. If you notice the barn photo, the shadow casting on the barn is a cross, it lined up perfect, it was from a telephone pole from behind me, something that usually annoys me in my nature photos, not this time, definitely felt it was meant to be seen and left.

img_4339-2img_4372

Anyway, enjoy and be blessed by God’s beauty. ❤

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy your family and friends.

Blessings…

The Barnes Family (Yep I took our own family photo 🙂 Tripod and remote clicker! ❤ )

img_4110-2

Colorado! – Nature Photographer – Kansas Photographer

This fall our family decided to head for the mountains. The 7+ hour drive from central Kansas can be a bit boring going though western Kansas and Eastern Colorado… can we say F L A T? lol. This was our families first trip to Colorado together. My husband and our youngest had never been. We absolutely loved it and the trip was definitely worth it! The adventure hikes at Twin Lakes and up to Beaver Lake, the smell of spruce, the crystal clear waters of the Eagle River and the fresh mountain air are something I will soon not forget. Even though we were visiting at the weird in between seasons, where the leaves had almost all fallen and the snow had not done much of anything yet, it was still absolutely breath taking.

These are a few of the images I took on the trip to capture Colorado. Most of our time was spent around, Beaver Creek, Avon, Vail, Twin Lakes and Glenwood Springs.

I can’t wait to go back!! Enjoy!

Cows? – Nature Photographer – Kansas Photographer

Of the many subjects I have photographed, cows are a relatively new subject. Not that I didn’t grow up on a farm feed them and water them or that I’ve lived in Kansas my whole life and see them everyday, but to photograph them, I just haven’t. A few weekends ago my husband and I went out to the Flint hills as my in-laws have land out there and we like to go hunting and explore the beauty of the land. After our morning hunt we decided to head out and visit grandpa and grandma’s cows. As they followed us, in hopes for us to throw them some apples or pears, they were like little ducks behind their momma as we road around in the jeep. These are just a few of my favorite photos of the herd checking us out as we explored in their roaming field.  Such a beautiful morning and so thankful we decided to explore the land. Enjoy! MOOOO

 

L&M Wedding – Kansas Photographer – Sunny Side Pumpkin Patch

A beautiful Kansas summer afternoon with sunflowers, burlap, barns and boots. Morgan and Lody are probably the most laid back couple I’ve ever met. No stress, just go with the flow and what a beautiful day it was. Morgan and Lody had their closest friends and family join them in an outdoor celebration at Sunny Side Pumpkin Patch in Assaria, KS. With hay bails for seats and wooden hearts to sign for the guest book, the details were just perfect for this young hardworking Kansas couple who we can now call Mr. & Mrs. Black.  Congratulations to both of you. I wish you many many years of happiness. Thank you for letting me be a small part of your blessed day. Blessings.

Style Session – Kansas Flint Hills – Kansas Photographers

I will be partial to this post as this is my daughter. Adventurer at heart and laughter is a must, she is brilliant and she is beautiful.  We frequently travel to the Flint Hills as we have family within 5 miles of this spot. I’ve never taken photos up here other than nature photography, but this weekend, we made it happen. As we were down at the family farm visiting grandpa and grandma, I told Abby to throw in a dress and we’d just see what happens and if we can make time for it. I’m so glad we did. One of my biggest challenges as a photographer has been transitioning from nature photography to people photography and how do I blend them well. How do I make the land look beautiful and the person look beautiful. It’s a balance as one cannot overtake the other. She’s just beautiful and this place, well you can see. Blessings.