aaron | senior

  in january, i had a photoshoot unlike any i have ever participated in! i was meeting a friend of mine and her son, who was a senior, for a “quick session.” since i have four boys of my own, i know these quick boy sessions very well. 🙂

i met her and her son, aaron, on a cloudy morning at a dusty loading dock behind a building.  she told me she just wanted a few photos and not to go overboard.  (i do tend to go overboard.)  aaron was in agreement that he didn’t want to spend too much time making these photos.  i kept my focus and chatted up aaron – one of my favorite parts of photo sessions is learning about the person i am photographing.  aaron told me that he graduated early, and he was leaving for bootcamp the following week.

as a mom of boys, and the daughter of a retired air force captain, i am always a tinge sad when i hear the somebody is deploying.  aaron, though, was super excited, and so was his mom.  he had been in rotc during high school, and he knew exactly what he wanted to do in the air force.  his mom was so proud and told me how she was happy he was going to get to see the world.  i had never saw it that way.  aaron went on to tell me that he was going to train in SERE, and that he will eventually train others how to survive in tricky situations.  i was so impressed by him!

we finished up at our grungy urban set, and i asked aaron and his mom if they wanted to try any other locations, or if they felt like we got “it.”  aaron jumps in and tells me about this cave nearby that would ma
ke for cool shots – did this mean he wanted to keep the photo shoot going??  when a senior boy has fun at a photo session, i feel like i have succeeded.

so we agree to hike over to this cave, and i must say i was a bit apprehensive because i am not in my best shape 😉 , and i tend to injure myself just walking normally.  i was also wearing Sanuks, which i can guarantee are not rated for hiking through mud. aaron suggests i put target sacks over my shoes to keep me from sinking in the mud and ruining the shoes.  i felt completely stupid, but i did what he said.  and guess what?? it worked!!  he told me to walk on the leaves instead of the mud so i wouldn’t slip, and that worked too! i have to admit, i was impressed.

we found the cave, and it was absolutely worth it! we got some killer shots, and i learned so much cool stuff.  i was just so impressed with aaron, and i am positive he is going to do great things.  it makes me so proud that young men like him are protecting our America.

thank you Aaron!

this is aaron’s favorite bible verse, and it seemed so appropriate with this image

kansas city location guide

i am always trying to choose the perfect location for our photo sessions.  i want to make sure the location fits the personality of the person, and also that it matches the vision the family has in mind for their images.  i am hoping this little location guide will help us all make sure we are in the perfect spot!

CROSSROADS ART DISTRICT

i love love love the crossroads district! it has a little bit of everything.  there is graffiti…brick walls…garage doors…vines and leaves….alleys …and TONS of color!

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RAILROAD PARK

railroad park is a great park in blue springs.  it is exactly what you think of when you think of a park – lots of green, trees, a lake, and (bonus!) a gazebo.

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DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY

now that we are growing a cool downtown area, it is fun to head down there for some adventures in photography.

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UNITY VILLAGE – the promenade

unity village is one of our cities prettiest locations.  it has the coolest doors and textured walls, as well as fountains and gorgeous flower beds.

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UNITY VILLAGE – THE WOODS

my favorite secret spot is the back woods at unity. i love going back here! normally there aren’t any other people back there, and there are un-mowed fields and quite possibly the coolest bathroom structure i have ever seen.

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THE WEST BOTTOMS

this is THE spot for graffiti.  i am in total awe of how awesome some of the graffiti is down there.  the colors are super bright, so it makes for super happy photos.  there is also a lot of grunge down there – plenty of old doors and ramps and metal stairs.  definitely plan to come home dirty, but it is such a fun experience!

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KAUFFMAN STADIUM

so many of us are royals fans again, and what better place than to show of that love than kauffman stadium?

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LAKE JACOMO

if you wanting a raw, outdoorsy style of photo, this is the place.  there are so many little spots at lake jacomo that i haven’t even begun to discover them all.  the lake is huge, and there are tons of trees and coves, and a lot of sailboats!

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LIGGETT PARK

i kind of made up the name “liggett park” because it really isn’t exactly park.  it’s more of a parking lot with some cool surroundings.  that said, i LOVE this little bit of beauty.  it’s a great location for boys (little boys, senior boys, and especially daddy boys)  because it is small enough that they know it will be a quick session, but it has a lot of nooks for tons of variety.

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LOOSE PARK

loose park is kansas city’s version of central park…wowzas.  it’s always gorgeous.  it’s full of trees, a lake, a rose garden, fields, bridges….sigh, it’s just all around lovely.

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LOWENSTEIN PARK

this is a small park in lee’s summit with a very cool bridge and several cool paths.  it also has a couple cool arbor/archway structures and a small pond with waterfall.

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simply|moore STUDIO “PARK”

i wish it was as big as a park, but the yard at my studio is quite nice for photos.  it works best for small families and kids or seniors.  i have some huge boulders, a wildflower garden (in the summer), a koi pond with waterfall, and trees.  it’s perfect when you want outdoor images, but want to keep it simple.

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the markley kids | children |

in September, I had back to school mini sessions, and these kiddos came by and took advantage of the offer.  I was so happy they did! these three are always laughing, and I was laughing right along with them.  last time I saw the little guy in the group, he was a bit shy with me, but this time, he was in full performance mode.  I loved every second of it!  his two sisters never stop smiling – I could have hung out with them all afternoon.  maybe that is because they remind me  of my little sister and I when we were little girls.  🙂  I hope you enjoy a few of their images here!

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tyson |newborn|

02cthe arrival of this little guy might official throw me into “old” status.  baby Tyson has made me a great auntie.  I remember my great aunts having wrinkles – good lord, do I have wrinkles??

but back to Tyson.  isn’t he gorgeous?  and how about that mama of his?  she is so in love.  and his daddy was fantastic.  he spent most of the session bouncing and shushing ty to keep him relaxed.  the poor baby had a tummy ache and just wasn’t so excited for his super-model debut.

it was a great photo session, and once we got Ty to sleep, he was totally into his photo shoot.  heehee

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addison |senior|

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the first time I photographed Addison was when she was turning 13, and look at her now! she has always been beautiful, but now she is just gorgeous!  we had a great time wandering around the west bottoms scouting fun places to photograph.  we were smart enough to choose the hottest day of the year (it was 98 as we were shooting), so we were super grateful for the tall buildings casting shadows.

the west bottoms is so intriguing to me.  I like to think about it 100 years ago when it was booming with people and activity.  I love thinking about locations as they would have been decades ago.  I am noticing that people are coming back to the west bottoms, and that is super exciting to me.

so here is addison rocking her photo shoot in the west bottoms!04

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making photographs

welcome to the newly revamped simply|moore blog!  I have tried blogging several times, and I just never follow through.  the thing is – I love writing!  so, this time, I am all in! I want this blog to be a place where I share my photography and my life.  you may learn more about me than you care to.  😉

I have always been making photos.  I love that phrase – making photographs.  it sounds so beautiful.  making portraits really is a beautiful thing – as long as I don’t have to be on the other side of the camera.

that’s sounds terrible, I know.  I am trying to be better.  I really am.  I realize that there are very few photos of me and my mom when I was a little girl.  there are tons of me and my sister, but few of us with our mom.  the two I have found are true treasures to me, and I wish there were more.  I want to be able to give my boys enough photos of us together so they never have that feeling.

for the past year, I have tried extra hard to make sure I am in photos with my boys, and my husband.  I will never be as thin as I would like, or as stylish as I hope, but my boys aren’t looking for that.  when I was little, my mom was the most beautiful person on earth.  I like to think my boys feel that way about me, no matter how I feel about myself.  of course, in all honesty, I absolutely photoshop every single photo of myself that I print or upload – a little “help” in the fitness and style departments never hurt anybody.  heehee

so here in my “hello” message, I am also encouraging all you beautiful women out there to not forget to make photographs of yourself.  you are beautiful, and you deserve to feel that way!  any photoshop after the portrait is made can be our little secret.

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