Amanda Joy Photography

Visit with Mark and Lu

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With my dad's health declining, my visits to Minnesota have increased over the summer to spend time with him. While it's convenient at times to be a photographer, it has been unbelievably helpful to capture these times together as a family so we can remember them for years to come. 

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About a month ago (I'm so behind with these photos!), my Uncle Mark and Aunt Lu made the trip from Maryland to spend time with my parents in Minnesota. I was thrilled to get a flight up there the same week, because I've met my Aunt and Uncle only about 5-6 times in my life and I'm always looking for more excuses to hang out with my family! 

Mark is my dad's older brother and although they've spent the majority of their adult lives living in separate states, the similarities in mannerisms, speech, and thought processes between the two of them are mesmerizing! 

At this point in early September, dad was in good enough health to be able to spend hours reconnecting with Mark and Lu. There were so many laughs shared and tears shed together.  

My family is no small party (23 total with another one on the way!), so when we gather together to visit we sort of take over the house. Mom has never complained though, and the kids don't seem to mind... :) 

Always thinking like a photographer, I convinced Mark and Lu to allow me to take five minutes before one of our adventures and capture their love for each other. 

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After pastoring a church for over 20 years, and spending their lives caring for people, they're entering into a new season of retirement together as a couple. 

I was so thankful to be able not only catch up with them, but to see my dad and his brother catch up on many years of life. Family is such a beautiful gift. 

If you want to stay up to date with my dad's seven-year journey with cancer, you can visit his CaringBridge by clicking here. We're so thankful for all of your thoughts and prayers! 

Molly and Rustam | Lifestyle Family Photographer

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Molly contacted me several weeks ago about setting up a time to do photos of her and Rustam and her lovely baby bump. She's due soon with a precious little baby girl, and she's looking absolutely fabulous! 

Carrying a baby is exhausting and difficult work, but Molly looked so serene and gentle in the soft evening light!!

They were so sweet and gentle with each other.... 

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I really didn't have to tell them to slow down and enjoy their time with each other - it seemed as though every time I turned around they were having another tender moment. 

Molly and Rustam, I'm so glad that we were able to make your photo session work!! Thanks for being up for my crazy ideas and for being such lovely people to work with. Congrats on your little girl! 

Leslie and Mike | Kansas City Lifestyle Engagement Photographer

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Their story began years ago - before they even reached junior high. After being friends for years, Leslie remembers telling her friends, "I'm going to marry that man." Unfortunately, God had other plans, and Mike and Leslie both went their separate ways. 

Leslie tried to move on many times, but still always felt like Mike really was the one meant for her. Thirty-five years later, through some pretty crazy circumstances, God opened up every door for them to be reunited, and this time it was for good. Once again, Leslie has the man she always knew was the one for her. 

Leslie and Mike were officially married in May - after being engaged for just a short time. They decided to have a courthouse ceremony so that they could begin their new life together (only thirty-five years in the making) as soon as possible!  

They've decided to hold a special wedding celebration with their family in October,  and I'm thrilled to be able to be a part of their amazing journey. 

Even though they're already officially married, we went ahead and did the traditional "engagement" photos - and it was so fun!! Leslie and Mike are so sweet with each other and obviously enjoying married life! 

When I asked them what their favorite part about being married was, they both replied with the same answer: always being together. 

And now they never have to say goodbye again. 

Leslie and Mike, I am SO thrilled for where God has brought you two as a couple!! It's been so fun to get to know you and hear your story, and I can't wait to celebrate with you in October! Enjoy your married life as a new family. Much love!! 

The Bailey Family 2016 | Lifestyle Family Photographer

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Every year I make a trip to Minnesota and photograph my siblings and their families. It's a tradition we've upheld since 2008, and every year it gets a little bit more challenging to top the year before! 

My sister Becky and I have been doing photo shoots the longest, and we even have nicknames for some of the previous years; The Perfect Year, The Bitterly Cold Year, The Year At The Parking Garage, and so many more! 

This year is already named as The Mosquito Year. 

Since moving away from Minnesota, I've enjoyed minimal exposure to the infamous deadly mosquitos that terrorize my home-state. Kansas has it's fair share of bugs, but swarms upon swarms of blood-sucking-insects is not one. 

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This year starting out great: I found a fabulous new location about two minutes from my parents house (right next to a dump!) that contained beautiful sand, trees, and a Caterpillar Wheel Loader to boot! (And they were wearing yellow! How convenient is that?)

But we had been out of the truck less than 10 seconds before we were viciously attacked by the clouds of blood thirsty insects. (Ok, so it wasn't that gruesome... but BOY were they bad!)

In our best efforts to keep the kids from becoming peppered with bites, we made them take bug breaks in between photos, and decided that brisk walking was the default pose for the evening. 

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These two handled the mosquitos like champs (like the responsible adults they are), and you can barely tell they are itching to return to the peaceful indoors! :) 

This one, however, was not so fortunate. His blood is especially tasty and his bites swell up... so I offered my jacket to keep him hidden. Poor miserable, adorable soul. 

Bug breaks outtakes! :)

Since it was impossible to expect the children to keep still, being silly became a necessity. 

Thankfully with all the walking, the jumping, the bug breaks, and the silliness... we managed to find some really lovely photos. :) 

Yay! Becky, we made it another year! Happy 8 year anniversary of our photoshoots, and congratulations on beating those darn mosquitos!! :) Love you!!  

Jessica and Charlie | Lifestyle Engagement Photography

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College was where it all started. Charlie was one of the first friends she made that first week of school, and Jessica loved the warm, friendly hugs he always gave her when they ran into each other in the hallways. Charlie couldn't help but notice this seemingly quiet, shy beautiful lady... but quickly realized that Jessica would open up only when she felt safe. Charlie rose to the challenge because he saw what a treasure she is, and the rest is history!!

Jessica and Charlie are such a unique couple to me, because I met them separately a looooong time ago! 

Jessica and I were in Awana together way back in junior high, and Charlie and I met through a Bible study in a neighboring town when I was in high school! I never imagined that these two would meet each other and fall in love, but I'm SO thrilled for them because they're such awesome people! 

We decided to do photos at the college where they met, but when the evening of our scheduled shoot arrived, the rain wouldn't let up. Luckily, I was in the area for more than 24 hours... so we were able to schedule a shoot a few mornings later! They were such troopers to get up early and do a sunrise session with me! 

They might have taken little naps when they thought I wasn't looking... :) 

Jessica gave Charlie free reign when it came to her engagement ring, and I LOVE the ring he picked out for her! It's such a beautiful diamond and setting... gosh, who doesn't love a diamond ring?? 

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Crown College has acres and acres of land, and I was so happy that we could explore even a part of it! 

Both of them are such outdoorsy people, that they didn't mind hiking into the woods to appease my creativity.... Just check out those beautiful trees!

Jess and Charlie, I'm so excited for your wedding in October and for the day when you finally get to commit to each other for the rest of your lives!! Marriage is so so fun and I'm so happy that you found each other! Love you guys. :)