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Not too cool for school
Photographing older kids gets tougher and tougher sometimes. They can sit still but have no idea how to have their picture taken. They feel awkward and weird. Making a video with these kids was perfect. It let their personalities shine through. It is the perfect compliment to the images on your wall and the album that comes with our Cherish Collection.
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Life: The Cherished Family Collection
“We didn’t realize we were making memories we just knew we were having fun together.” – Author Unknown
We love family…. capturing you has been amazing, but we felt something was really lacking… we wanted more… We even prayed and asked what that meant for our business.
More?? What are you talking about?? I’ll tell ya! (Thanks for asking!)
What we’ve been trying to capture, smiles and a great pose, was wonderful, but not enough. We believe each of us was uniquely made by a Creator who uniquely created your family. His work is stunning, and his work is you! Our goal is to find that piece of our Masterful Creator in your eyes, in your smile, in your tears. You are amazing… your family is amazing, and we want you to experience something you won’t forget. We don’t expect perfection and we aren’t looking for a specific type of family… we are truly interested in your family. We want movement, joy, laughter, love, and even tears.
The Cherished Family is a collection of stills AND video for you to enjoy for a life time. Together we will create a session that is all about you, and ask that you give us the creative freedom to show you how beautiful you are.
These sessions are an ” all inclusive photography experience” meaning you get a canvas grouping, a video, small files, and a beautiful album…. better then a Disney Cruise IMHO.
Here is an example what the Cherished Family Session looks like.
The video: Watch it! We want to capture real life, love and emotion.
The Canvas: The reason we take pictures is for you to enjoy them! This is a beautiful large grouping that makes a statement! It also causes you to spontaneously smile and cry when you enter the room you choose to display it in.
The Album: We decided we couldn’t leave out this product… it had to be included in this collection. This is a beautiful heirloom item that will be treasured. In this digital day and age, albums and printed pictures have almost become a thing of the past. With hard drive crashes and media constantly changing, we feel strongly that it is a mistake to not print these images. They are to be enjoyed and cherished by you, by your kids, and your kids’ kids!
The QR code: The what?? This is the QR code …
QR codes aren’t a new thing, and they are pretty neat. You can download a free QR code reader LIKE THIS ONE on your smart phone. We give you a sticker sheet of these pretty little bar codes.
What happens next is pretty awesome. We suggest you stick one on the bottom of your canvas, in the front of your album and on your forehead (ok, only if you want to!) … really anywhere at home and at work, stick them! With your QR app you can scan with your phone, iPad or other device, and immediately watch your family video on your screen laughing and playing together. It will bring your images to LIFE! This is what we are all about. Life.
That’s our product, and your treasure. We are soooo pumped to work with you making memories and keeping them!
To get your Cherished Family Collection scheduled contact us! Click HERE. We have an introductory price for families that book before January 1.
Thank you for trusting us with your memories. We are truly honored and blessed to capture them for you.
Peace to you,
Amy & Kim
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
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You never have to wonder how Pierson feels…. he will tell you, or let you know quickly. He’s been this way since day one. I love him for it and appreciate his honestly. (Most of the time.)
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Fall 2014 Family Session
That time is among us…. family fall pictures! Sign up today for a Wild Child photo session. We have a limited number of sessions available. If you are interested click our booking link below and complete the form and pay. We will contact you about the time of your session that evening.
Saturday, October 4th and 25th
Fall Family Sessions
Session Cost $150.00
Your session includes one 11×14 print and one small file (of your choice) for Christmas cards.
**These aren’t custom family sessions (1 hour at any location), they are 20 minute sessions at one beautiful location to be determined.
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Green dots and summer hats
It doesn’t get any more “long summer night” than this. Ahhh. Why can’t we have nights like this every night? Summer seemed to last forever yet fly by. I love this lazy long evenings with the most beautiful light you can imagine.
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I don’t know how many of your have boys but I am always surprised by mine. One moment he is shy and then dancing around in his underwear. One moment he is all about sports and the next he just wants to be alone reading. When he came home last year and told me he auditioned for a solo in the music performance I about fainted..what? I never imagined he would want to.
I decided on a spur of the moment that we were going to take pictures. I didn’t want to over think what we were going to do or give him a chance to back out! haha. I told him to go and put some clothes on and meet me outside. He came out dressed so grown up… and brought a book. I truly want images that are memories of their younger selves. No frills, no expectations of grandness even an artistic edge… just him age 8. That is all I wanted. He is all boy.
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Roaring River 2014
My family loves taking the little trip to Roaring River State Park in Missouri. It is a beautiful state park nestled in the Ozark mountians complete with a fish hatchery and lots and lots of trout to catch. Every day they release trout from the hatchery and hundreds of people line the river to catch their limit (4 rainbow trout). We always have an awesome spot claimed right below our cabins that my husband insists is the best location on the river. I like to wonder up and down the bank to fish, and he stands on the same stinkin rock… guess who has better luck catching them? (hint: not me) This year we took the trip with my in-laws and Bryson’s brothers family too. Charlotte turned 8 while we were there, and we had a blast fishing, hiking, exploring, taking a little trip to Eureka Springs (just 30 min away), relaxing, and of course eating trout. Get-aways are important. Neither Bryson or my phone worked there, and I am so grateful. The constant “ding” of e-mails, texts, Facebook messages, and voice-mails, didn’t exist. Un-plugging was amazing. I plan on doing it a LOT more. I took my phone hiking to use the camera, but that was about it!
We also did our best to take family pics by the pretty river… which involved me pressing the button on my camera set on the tripod and running for my life to take my spot next to Bryson in the picture while trying to not look like I had just sprinted 100 yards. (why do I think I NEED to use my “big lens 70-200 for these shots?? Oh, and why in the world haven’t I invested in a wireless remote?? I think I will jump on Amazon here in a bit… there are some other things in my cart that I probably need anyway.) The result wasn’t a perfect image but I don’t know a perfect family anyway. It is good enough, and with a little editing (or a lot!) I might be able to print it for my in-laws Christmas gift. Auggie has a great picture face right now… and by “great” I mean that he looks like Zoolander in almost every shot. Ahhhh, the memories. I love his “blue-steel” face as much as his everyday normal smile.
Charlotte, the newly turned 8 year old, stated it well on the way home in the not as clean as we came in van. “It’s so much more fun to drive to vacation, then the drive home.” It sure is, but sleeping in my king sized bed with my king sized husband is far more preferable to the double in our 1970′s cabin with the three year old kicking me most of the night… Ahhhh, home.
And a few formal pics.. The big family pic still needs some photoshopping, like I mentioned before. :)
See, Zoolander. Oh well right?
I also took some fun video clips, but haven’t made it into a little movie yet. I love the clips even more then the pictures!
This was a fun shot… Pierson stood proudly on this rock 2 years ago. I had him do the same pose… I hope that when he is 15 he doesn’t think I am weird for making him still do the “so big!” arms up in the air pose. He’s usually a good sport. Also, I took some pictures of Charlotte 2 years ago on Deer Leap trail just up from the hatchery. I wanted to take her pictures there again but she wasn’t feeling like it. Pierson was though! I love it because they are both 6 in these pics. It’s also interesting to see that my photography hasn’t really changed much in 2 years.
Charlotte age 6 two years ago. Isn’t she just the sweetest?
I have this one as a big canvas in my home. I think I need to make one of Pierson’s a canvas as well! Then Auggie of course in a few years.
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Learn to use your fancy camera!
We know you own one… well… or you want to! But do you know how to get that fancy camera off of the “Little green box” or “P” mode? If you have a fancy camera and are tiered of letting it make the decisions on your final exposure (ok, in simple terms, you don’t know why your kids look too dark and the background is so bright, or why your image is out of focus, or the basketball court didn’t look as orange in person as my photos do) WE CAN HELP YOU. You made a big purchase, and we can help you use it to the fullest of it’s ability.
So, are you ready to learn with Amy and Kim? And have fun?? Here are the details….
Private lessons with us (Kim and Amy) for 2 hours.
We will cover the exposure triangle (knowing all about aperture, shutter-speed, and ISO), semi-manual shooting modes, exposure compensation, ISO, White balance and what ever else we can pack in to two hours. We also take to the busy streets and do everything you just learned to get you used to using these settings and knowing your camera well enough to change them quickly. You can take this mentoring class alone for $160, with a friend for $240 (120 each), or with a couple friends for $300 ($100 each!!) We will be spending a lot of time learning your camera so we decided that it had to be less then three. We can work with your schedule as well and work out a time that is best for everyone.
***What this class is NOT. We are NOT training professional photographers. Photography is FUN, we want everyone to be able to take great pictures at home as an enjoyable hobby. This is also how we make our living, so if you have a photography business, or are starting a photography business we can’t help ya. It wouldn’t make sense.
****This is not an editing class. We don’t talk about Photoshop and Lightroom in this class. That would be another bazillion hours… and getting it right in the camera eliminates editing in Photoshop or other editing program for your hobby needs.
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She will Lead and I will follow
It amazes me how fast children’s babble turns into real language and even clever language. My youngest is funny and pretty cleaver… I mean really clever. As we were out walking today she said, ” I will lead you will walk behind me.”. As we set out to explore the forest she has no fear or hesitation. Just straight ahead ambition. All of my kids are so similar and different at the same time. I see the same mannerisms and sayings. At the same time where one is cautious the other is daring, where one is dramatic the other is laid back. My littlest is daring and tenacious. She has an opinion and wants to make sure you understand it! I love exploring with her. Our conversations are so funny as she explains the world as she sees it. I fear her teens years…. she might give me a run for my money. I hope one day she needs me to lead her again. Amy and I started The Wild Child so we could capture our kids’ lives and imaginations. I am so blessed to have so many images of and opportunities to see the world through their eyes.
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I get these awesome and sometimes strange fashion magazines in the mail. I have no idea why I get them, but I love flipping through their glossy pages just to observe the amazing and sometimes down right creepy/strange photography. After I’ve critiqued and pondered for a bit, I toss them, and move on. Today I received one in the mail and feeling inspired took Charlotte out for a shoot. Anyway, I didn’t go a crazy trying to be weird or different, but I wanted to treat it like a fashion/model shoot in the way I composed my images.
Charlotte is a natural in front of the camera. I honestly couldn’t have had a better muse in a daughter. She loves posing and doesn’t have to be told twice when I ask her to change directions or look a different way. We have a blast shooting together, and she doesn’t turn me down very often when I ask if she wants to go take pictures. These summer nights are just beautiful lately…. I can’t resist not shooting if we don’t have a session scheduled.
This dress is from Vindie Baby. It’s the Gabriella White Lace Dress found HERE. Vindie Baby has beautiful (Photo worthy!) clothing for little girls and babies. Charlotte has nearly outgrown them and that’s so sad because maybe she isn’t gong to be a “little girl”for long. I still refuse to shop at Justice though… for a little while longer at least. I like her looking her age… which is almost 8 years old. Not 16. Give me (and Charlotte) lace, tulle and pastel any day over neon and spandex and we are very content. Vindie Baby is refreshingly feminine and sweet. Just like my girl.
Blackberry (the mini horse) and Red (the Rooster) were happy to be photographed along with the girl in the pretty dress. We love our mini Kansas farmstead.