Amanda Joy Photography

Birthday shoot! | Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer

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Because birthdays are awesome and should be heavily celebrated, people who surprise their friends with birthday shoots are the best kinds of people!


These two beautiful ladies have been through a TON together in just a few short years...

But even after a heap of moves, relationships, jobs, and even a wedding, they have a blast together. :)

I had a blast wandering around downtown with them... 

And they had TONS of crazy and hilarious ideas! :)

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Happy (belated) birthday, Jess! Thanks so much for letting me photograph you guys!! :)

The Rodriguez Family | Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

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Sometimes my family sessions are long and drawn out and we get to take hours to create beautiful imagery. But other times and most often, they're short and sweet.

My sister and her husband wanted to sneak in a quick session while I was in Minnesota a few weeks ago... but I don't think either one of us expected it to be SO brief! 


We awoke that morning to a bitter rain and bone-chilling COLD. 

But Mel bundled up her adorable children (and her adorable husband) and we set off for our cold and rainy photoshoot. 


15 minutes later I was in back in my warm car. Talk about a QUICK shoot! :)

I think the results are fabulous! 

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The clouds and rain made the fall colors deep and rich...

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And the little moments and connections were so sweet! 


Thanks for our quick shoot, Mel and Jose! Thanks for letting me photograph your cabbage patch kids! ;)

The Gibson Family | Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

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It was too easy. 

I told her sweet mom the moment we started photographing... her adorable one-year-old was just too easy to shoot!! 

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Katie had found such a unique hideaway behind a church in Lee's Summit, and the evening light beautified it even more!

This little lady couldn't help but squeal and giggle with happiness... 

She is SO loved!


These are my favorite moments: hidden away from the world, just enjoying their time together as a family. 


Just LOOK at her heart-melting smile!! 

Thanks so much for letting me capture a little slice of your beautiful family, Katie! 

And happy birthday to your precious little girl! :)


The Jackson Family | Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer

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As a family photographer, my goal and privilege is to capture families as they are - all expectations of perfection aside! Something pretty special happens when I get to partner with a family that embraces that perspective. As for the Jackson family, I've been working alongside of them for years now! It's so fun to see their family grow and evolve together - mom and dad still cuddle and the kids are still hilarious goof-balls. Check out our latest adventure downtown Minneapolis! :)


These guys were so eager to be crazy!! 


Love all their crazy faces in this one! :)


Thanks so much for allowing me to photograph your family yet again, Jacksons! Praying that God continues to grow you together. :)

The Sutkowski Family | Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

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It was a last minute decision, but one I'm so glad we made. Stacey emailed me and asked if I still had openings available for my weekend in MN just days before I drove up - and sure enough I did! We met downtown Minneapolis on a blustery Saturday morning and although the temperatures were frigid, their sweet family melted my heart. You'll soon see why! :)  


This little guy - the beloved middle child - is the happiest camper I've ever met. 

Happy to smile for me, happy to tickle mommy... 

And even happy to snuggle with his sister. 

This little pumpkin actually turned 6 years old the day we did photos! 

Don't let her adorable face kid you - she's a deep thinker and a strong little lady deep down inside. :) 

Justin and Stacey are simply delightful. Even after 3 children and so many years of marriage, the way they giggle together is so adorable! :)

All that was left was to document the sweetness... 

Not to mention the tender moments! Baby Lucas is a very loved little man. 

Since mom is a photographer herself, she's hardly ever in family photos that are taken. She really wanted to be able to look back on our session and enjoy the documented moments that contained not only her sweet family, but also her smiling face alongside them. 

And I'm so thrilled that we got to do just that! :) 

Stacey and Justin, thank you so much for allowing me to photograph your beautiful family! It was so so wonderful to meet you all and an amazing privilege to document your love for each other. Praying that God blesses your family! :)