Amanda Joy Photography

Samaratunga Twins | Lifestyle Kansas City Photographer

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I don't often photograph seniors...

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In fact, I usually refer them to other amazing senior photographers in the area...

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ut when you've been photographing a family for a long time, you make exceptions. :) 

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I photographed Brooke and Melinda's older brother, Nath, in 2013... and apparently his little sister twins have been excited about their turn ever since! 

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Nath, Brooke, and Melinda's parents are from Sri Lanka, which is just a hop, skip, and a jump from India! (Where my awesome father-in-law is from!) 

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We had a lovely and rich conversation about culture, tradition, multi-cultural marriages, and traveling. 

Both these girls are already world travelers - having been back to Sri Lanka many times with their family. So jealous! 

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And of course, in beautiful Asian fashion... 

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They even invited me over for dinner. :) 

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Brooke and Melinda, I was so bummed when we couldn't do dinner together with your family! Next time Sunil and I are up, we'd love to hang out with you. :) Thank you so much for allowing me to photograph your beautiful faces and I can't wait for all the exciting things that are in your bright futures! 

The Sutkowski Family | Lifestyle Urban Family Photographer

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I say it every year. Photographing another photographer's family TERRIFIES me. 

I get really nervous before each family session that I shoot, but even more so if I know that another professional is watching me. (What if my battery dies and I don't have a backup? What if I drop my camera and look like an idiot? What if I forget how to work it?? What if I fall in a puddle or a giant spider comes and eats me?) The struggle is real, guys. 

Then we start shooting and I remember the truth... 

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They are real people too. 

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And all people need photos of themselves with their lovely family.

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Whether it's glamorous and put together... 

Or mostly just silly and a little bit on the crazy side! 

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Which is why sometimes the outtakes are my favorite photos from the session!! (Like this one! I couldn't stop giggling!!)

So at the end of the day, what really matters is that you have each other....

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And photos to show it. :) 

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Stacey and Justin, we did it again!! I'm so proud of how we get better each year, even though we don't think we ever can! So excited for you guys as you welcome this new little baby boy into your family - I can't wait to see it next year. :) Much love! XO