Blast From the Past!

"Anyone that has been around me these past couple of months know that pregnancy has not been easy for me. One reason is because of my declining self esteem due to the many changes occurring to my body as well as recently being diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Thank you Ariel for making me feel pretty again. You are amazing at what you do and are truly talented!" -Meghan

Meghan and I first met in college when my last name was still Dilworth and her last name was still Skanes. She was a dancer at our University and I was a cheerleader! We were both exceptionally short and frequently shared clothes. We had lots of good times together and our friendship was a natural one. Always easy to pick up where we left off. Fast forward 10 years and we are both married, I have 3 kids and her and her wonderful husband, Chad, are expecting their first. When I announced that my family and I were traveling to Kansas City, Missouri for Easter weekend to visit my sister, Meghan reached out to me about doing a maternity shoot for her! Of course I jumped at the opportunity. Not only would it give me a chance to catch up with a friend who I hadn't seen in nearly 5 years, it would also give me the opportunity to photograph one of my favorite things in the world.

Maternity photos and babies are some of my FAVORITE things to photograph. There is something profoundly beautiful about a family that is growing.  The expecting mothers carry with them a sense of wonder, hope, and a world of possibilities! I get excited for them personally because there is NO LOVE like the love that mother has for her child. Something that isn't even fully recognized until the child is here. This undeniable love that would move you to do ANYTHING for this tiny human. It truly is incredible to witness and to photograph. 

Thank you Meghan for trusting me and being extremely vulnerable during this time in your life. 

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Motherhood is something special!!!

As a mother, holding your sweet newborn and snuggling all day long, you think, "it cannot possibly can get any better than this." But then you get to begin every single day with your sweet little one staring straight up at you from their crib, grinning from ear to ear with their big toothless grin and its somehow even better than before. This is motherhood. This is the pattern of motherhood. 

Capture this pattern of motherhood before it's too late. Message me here to find out more information or book your Baby's 1st Year Photo Session! A customized package where I photograph your child at different milestones throughout their first year so you are sure to never miss a thing! 


Shifferd Family Session at Funk's Grove

The Shifferd family holds a special place in my heart. I used to be a nanny for this family while living in Joplin when I was just engaged almost 7 years ago. Macie (the oldest) was only 4 while Morgan had just turned 1, and Max wasn't even born yet! I love, love, love the kiddos so much! I can't believe they are getting so big (cue all the crying)! So when I heard they were going to be traveling through on their way up for a family vacation to Chicago, I of course had to do their pictures! Enjoy some of the sneak peeks of this family session held at Funks Grove! 


Maternity Session at State Park

Photo session locations are half the battle! When picking a shoot location it's time to think outside of the box! Brainstorm unique locations that have some sort of meaning to you, somewhere full of memories, or perhaps somewhere you only have access to. Maybe a beautiful private estate, a country club or resort. Maybe it's a family ranch, an upscale hotel or even a boat, airplane hanger or a rooftop view. The sky is literally the limit! Spend a few minutes thinking about it, checking around. You'll be surprised what you come up with!

When Heidi and Chris approached me about doing their maternity session at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Park, I said, "Absolutely!" The place is about an hour from here and is home to multiple lakes, rolling hills, and beautiful sunsets! After arriving I could quickly see why they wanted their photos there. Not only is this place meaningful to them, it is GORGEOUS! So gorgeous, that my family decided we want to go on a little mini vacation there this summer! If you've you never been there, you should go. But in the meantime, enjoy some of these sneak peeks from Heidi and Chris' maternity session! 


The Music Man

This is Zeke, short for Ezekiel, and he is 6 months old! Yay! When his mom contacted me to see if it would be okay to bring in her husbands drum set I said, "Heck yes!" I love when photo sessions are unique to that family. So although it took some effort fitting their entire drum set as well as the fender guitar into their car and then setting it all back up for photos, I'd say it was worth it! Check out the adorable sneak peeks from Zeke's 6 month session! 

*Note: All instruments and babies were handled with care in the making of these photos!* <3