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Alex and Nicola

Couples, PortraitsAmanda Mohinani1 Comment

I don’t usually blog this many photos in one post.

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But some stories can’t be told in just a few photos.

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Lifestyle Kansas City Photographer

You see, these two are kindred spirits.

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Lifestyle Kansas City Photographer

Silly and sweet.

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Lifestyle Kansas City Photographer

Strong and safe.

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Lifestyle Kansas City Photographer
Lifestyle Kansas City Photographer

Since they legitimately are the most adventurous people I know….

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Lifestyle Kansas City Photographer

We took a risk and shot at an abandoned theater (with enough color and pizazz to brighten anyone’s day).

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Lifestyle Kansas City Photographer

We explored an old field with an uprooted tree.

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Lifestyle Kansas City Photographer

And they snuggled and kissed as though a random watching woman and I weren’t even there.

Lifestyle Kansas City Photographer
Lifestyle Kansas City Photographer

Slowly, they breathed in the memories of their life together.

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Lifestyle Kansas City Photographer

The rich life they’ve worked hard to create.

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And hand in hand, they breathed out the dreams and plans they have for the future.

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The future they take on side by side.

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Alex and Nic, words can’t even. Thanks for letting me into your life and loving fiercely alongside me. You both mean the world to me and I can’t wait to see where God takes you. *group hug* :)

The Murray Family | Lawrence Lifestyle Family Photographer

Family, Couples, Children, PortraitsAmanda MohinaniComment

At the beginning of each of my photo sessions, I always make it a point to set my camera down, get on my knees and meet the little humans I'll be working with. I introduce myself on their level and usually ask for a high five.

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

(Sometimes I get one, sometimes all I get is a stare that says, "MOM! Who is this crazy lady?")

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

Like most of us introverts, little humans aren't always sure if they should trust the strange large adults who loom over them with cameras shoved in their faces. I mean, from their point of view, doesn't that sound intrusive?? 

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

So I start things off without my camera by noticing and pointing out something special about them. Their shoes, their dimples, their amazing hair, or beautiful eyes.

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

And just like I want their parents to feel like they can trust me, I want these tiny humans to feel that way too. 

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

Because at the end of the day, I'm not just looking for the perfect photograph with everything arranged JUST right. 

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

Kids have more than formal smiles. They have curious looks, eyes of wonder, and gazes of love and laughter. (And sometimes AMAZING stubborn, pouty, disgusted faces!)

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

It's my job to discover each of those faces and display those pieces of their personality for the world to see. 

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

But it all starts by showing each little one that they matter. Their smile doesn't have to be perfect, their dress doesn't have to be just right, and their hair will never stay the way we want it to. But who they ARE is glorious. Unique. And so precious. 

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Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

Cause isn't that how adults want to be treated too? 

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

Katie and Luke, you are such troopers! I was worried our photo shoot wouldn't happen with all the rain, the rescheduling, and the crazy weather! Thanks for allowing me to gain the trust of your two beautiful little women and for genuinely and wholeheartedly being yourself in front of my camera. Let's do it again sometime! ;)