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10 Steps to a Stress-free Family Session | Central AR Photographer


Raise your hand if having family portraits done is the modern day form of torture for you. My hand is up! Yes, it is hard and stressful and over whelming. When clients show up, half the time they are angry with each other and need a nap. Next time will be better with the following steps.

  1. BOOK EARLY Schedule your sessions months in advance so you get the best selection of dates for your family. You have plenty of time to take off work if necessary, and you will want to do some shopping. Booking early also allows you time to set a savings plan into place to be able to focus on what you want from the portraits and not only what you can afford.
  2. PROFESSIONAL HAIR AND MAKEUP Mom you deserve this! Schedule yourself professional hair and makeup. Getting everyone ready means you get the time that’s left. You will love the way you look. Allow plenty time to get home and get your family ready.
  3. OUTFITS Find one person, usually a daughter or mom, a “wild card” outfit that has multiple colors. You then match the rest of the family around that outfit. We have a complete guide on clothing to help with this step. When I say outfit, that is head to toe including bows, shoes, jewelry, everything. Many times most of this can be found at home, don’t feel as though you have to buy all new. And do not order clothing within a week of the session. Make sure it will be in days before for ironing.
  4. REMIND DAD Not all dad’s are like this but many are. They need to be reminded weekly of this session, maybe daily the week of.
  5. DISCIPLINE This varies greatly by child age. Babies and toddlers are just that. You can’t predict so you have to go with it. Make every effort to get good food and naps for them. For pre-school to school age, talk to your children about how important this is to you. Make plans for how to celebrate after the session whether you are a reward parent or just a family activity at home after. Something to look forward to if they do well for you.
  6. PACK Two nights before, not one but two, pack. Every accessory, baby items, hair items, anything you might need. Pack it all. All clothing is laid out, ironed and ready. Don’t wait until the night before incase something pops up.
  7. EARLY Everyone begins the getting ready process early. If you take 1 hour to get ready, then get ready 3 hours early. Everyone should be ready to walk out the door an hour early. Last minute rushing creates the most stress. Then plan to arrive 15 minutes early. This should accommodate any traffic issues.
  8. ARIVAL Once here, take a few moments to think. Did you put on all accessories you planned, are the kids dressed correctly. Look everyone over and yourself.
  9. BEHAVIOR Remember I work with children, I’ve seen it all so don’t worry too much about what the kids do or say, relax. Unless they are destroying my studio haha!
  10. SMILE Now just follow direction, relax again and smile. I will talk to the children and get the emotion, you stay focused on the camera or whatever our focal point.

YOU DID IT! You will have accomplished something big and all thats left is to enjoy it for the rest of your life!

All, Connections, Heart and Soul

Want a Big-Ticket Vacation Annually?


Welcome to 2018, the month of resolutions, budgets, and plans. Do you ever wonder how your friend or coworker can have lavish family vacations year after year? Are you looking at finances and telling yourself there is no way? Hang on just a minute – there may be.

Print out your bank statements and start adding. Where is your money going? Not the big expenses but how about all those small purchases. The 5, 10 or 20 dollars here and there for unnecessary items. Ever go to the store and get a pile of “crap” only to hear “that will be $107.99”? Guess what – those little amounts add up. Go on, add up those fast food receipts, Starbucks, Sonic, pedicures, tanning….

Now lets study the big stuff. Seriously consider what you are paying for that is not a necessity. Boat, country club membership, high end vehicles, entertainment… Now I understand these things may be important but here is the a-ha moment – you are choosing to value X over Y, and the result may be that you can’t afford Y.  Everyone has priorities in which they choose to spend their “want” money.

So let us say you come to the realization you are throwing away a lot of money on little wants. Maybe you realize those 5, 10 and 20 dollar wants added up to $500 in one month. If the money is there you will spend it, so here is your solution. On pay day, $100-$200 gets transferred to the special vacation savings account. $500 is a good amount to save. If you get paid weekly, $100 a week almost gets you there. If you and your spouse get paid weekly, only $50 from each check. As for my family, if we don’t move that money, we spend that money. In the vacation account, we will not touch it.

What if you are the family spending X and wanting Y? You have to make choices. What do you want most. Those people you see vacationing have chosen to make vacations their X and perhaps they are sacrificing in other areas that make up their Y. Of coarse maybe they just have a huge green budget, but those are not the people we are talking about here.

Every family handles budgets differently, so apply these suggestions to the way you handle money. In my studio career, I hear so often we could never afford nice portraits. Yes you can, save up for whatever it is you want. You have to make what you want a priority; we can’t have our cake and eat it too.  Happy New Year and happy saving.

All, Seniors

KMP Seniors Named Youth Citizen of the Year | Morrilton, AR Photographer

We want to congratulate two of our 2018 high school seniors for being awarded Conway County Youth Citizen of the Year.  Shelby Reynolds, who is not only one of our spokesmodels but also one on my assistants, is From Wonderview High School. Congrats Shelby! From Morrilton High School, Nathan Bowers was chosen as Youth Citizen of the Year, and we congratulate him for his hard work. Both of these students are talented athletes, and they excel in academics.

Shelby and Nathan will be recognized at the 90th Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet tomorrow night at Sacred Heart School. Tickets are still available if you want to attend.

All, Pitter Patter

Official Pre-school Year | Morrilton, AR Photography

With the new school year, I realize Loralai has started her “official” pre-school year. She didn’t change classes, she has been in there since her 4th birthday in February, but this feels more real with all her age classmates moving up with her. I know what comes next, Kindergarten which morphs a “baby” into to kid. Its a bittersweet milestone. But until then I’ll enjoy my little girl and her sassy little self. We decided to go Shirley Temple style for the photoshoot marking the occasion.

All, Newborn, Pitter Patter, Tiny Tots

Santa’s bringing his sleigh | Morrilton, AR photography

As of today, our past Santa clients have snatched up all but 9 of our 2017 Santa sessions. Here is your chance to get in on this year’s limited edition sleigh scene. Every year the children question Santa about where his sleigh is, so this year they not only get to see it but step inside.  To see more images from past sessions go to OUR WEBSITE

Our sessions are October 21st and November 4th, only afternoon 1-3 is left. These sessions are 15 minutes, $50 fee with collections starting at $150. Our Santa is amazing, clients come year after year as part of their family tradition. Join us, you will be glad you did!

Click the link to secure your session BOOK NOW

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Rebecca + Josh | Morrilton, AR photography

They are married!!!!! My little brother, Joshua Beck married is long time sweetheart Rebecca Gottsponer today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

I was 11 years old when Josh was born so I literally watched him grow from a newborn, and here he is grown and married. I couldn’t be prouder of the sweet and talented young lady he chose to bring into our family. Rebecca is the God Mother of my daughter, my kids adore her, and we are blessed to extend our family once more to an incredible person.

It goes without saying Becca looked stunning, and the wedding was beautiful. As this post goes live – we are celebrating!!

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Celebrating 2017 Seniors

Some graduations have passed, some are this week, and some are yet to come; so this week I want to celebrate all my 2017 high school seniors who have invited me to be a part of their senior year.

You were all born the year I graduated high school, which just seems crazy! What’s more crazy is my oldest niece is one of you, a senior graduating college when such a short time ago I remember a toddler who annoyed us with 5000 questions. I feel for all you moms who’s hearts are breaking over your grown baby, but you know your pride for them will win out as you watch them accomplish all their dreams.

I’m so thankful to have the pleasure of getting to know you, and I wish you the best of luck! Congratulations!

All, Seniors

Prom 2017 | Central Arkansas photographer

MHS-0064For the last several weeks, we have been celebrating prom with our senior spokesmodels. WOW – at the beautiful dresses and girls. The guys in their sharp tuxes have been so cooperative and fun.

Prom has become a HUGE deal for high school students everywhere, so I thought just for fun, we’d find out where prom came from.

MHS-0107“The why of prom’s origin story is simple to answer. Prom, short for promenade, “the formal, introductory parading of guests at a party,” began in the mid- to late 1800s at colleges and universities in the Northeast to promote social etiquette and manners in each year’s graduating class.” Who knew right? I went on the red “Early citations of prom link it to the annual Ivy League tradition of “‘presentation week,’ during which formal dress and dancing accompanied a promenade concert.” After the turn of the century, prom events expanded to high schools, as well, for much the same reason they were started on the university level.”

I also found this article from Teen Vogue interesting – How five countries celebrate prom

These spokesmodels below have all booked their official senior portrait session for early summer. If you have a 2018 senior, the time to book is now, beat that summer heat. BOOK NOW

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Graduation – what to wear Morrilton, AR photographer

As we lead up to graduation, what should you wear under your grad gown? I attempted to look back to see what I wore, but I was only photographed in my cap and gown.  Probably a good thing. 

I found this great artical that offers some good tips on clothing and shoes for your big day. My favorite “try not to go too sexy, you don’t need grandma seeing everything that you’re workin’ with!” Ha! Isn’t that the truth? What to wear for graduation