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St Louis Trip

Travel, PersonalAmanda MohinaniComment

A few times a year, Sunil and I try to get away together. Nothing fancy or expensive, just quality time in a different part of the country. Or state. Or even city.

Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer

Sometimes that means packing up to drive 45 minutes north to a bed and breakfast…

Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer

And sometimes we head to a completely different city and become tourists for the weekend.

Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer

We make a budget, find a cheap Airbnb, try all the free adventures in the area, and spend as little time on our phones as possible.

Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer

Vacations don’t have to be expensive. Just memorable.

Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer
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Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer

On our trips, I’m always torn between really wanting to capture the amazing time we’re having, versus wanting to just observe and be present.

Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer

Sometimes that means picking between being the moment or preserving the moments for later.

Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer

I tried to do a little bit more preserving on this trip; especially since we have a daughter now.

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(I got them shirts that say “Brew Dad” and “Micro Brew” for Father’s Day. Cue all the heart eyes.)

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Making memories with family is the best. And it’s free.

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Don’t put it off until tomorrow.

Faces in Time

PortraitsAmanda Mohinani2 Comments

Sometimes a face will tell you a lot about a person.

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What they’re thinking. How they’re feeling.

Kansas City Family Photographer

Who they look like. Or even where they come from.

Kansas City Family Photographer

I find myself studying faces while shooting and editing the photos of my clients. It’s such a vulnerable form of art - a moment frozen in time that you can’t always predict. Which expressions were caught in that split second they maybe weren’t expecting? Would they be embarrassed? Satisfied? Surprised?

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And what about my own face? What does my face look like? Not just what I look like in the mirror, but what someone sees when they study it while we’re in conversation, or when my daughter catches a glimpse of my expression behind my peek-a-boo hands, or when my neighbor sees me wave at them behind the car window.

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I think, in some weird way, we’re somehow responsible for our faces just as much as we’re responsible for our words.