Mike and Kirsten are married! – Joplin, MO Photography – The Roxy Event Center

Kirsten and Mike were married at Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage, Missouri, a few weeks ago. Their reception was held at the Roxy Event Center. Although we have stepped away from weddings, because of our history with Kirsten’s family, we agreed to photograph their wedding. It was a wonderful event filled with lots of laughter and love. Both sides of this union were joyful, friendly and relaxed Kirsten and Mike are blessed to have them.  The fabulously yummy food was provided by Crabby’s and Event planning and assorted other tasks were courtesy of Bridal Bliss. What a blessing it is for brides to be able to entrust those tasks to professionals.

 

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Children’s Miracle Network & Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep – Joplin, MO

We haven’t blogged in quite a while, wow. The busier we are, they less the blog is attended to. tonight I felt like I needed to share a few things that are you may not have heard before.

The NICU is near and dear to my heart.  When my oldest son, Ezekiel was born at almost full term he weighed in at only 4lb 13oz.  His low birth weight earned him the privilege of extra special NICU care.  Although only under their care for a week, the experience was traumatic to this first time mother. Since then, I have been in the NICU many, many times. So may times I can’t even count.  The NICU is a special place filled with special people. For several years I volunteered in the NICU.  Photographing babies once a week. In an immensely stressful time, I prayed that I was providing a ray of sunshine to NICU parents.  A NICU stay often feels like a really stressful dream.  Information coming at you, new mom hormones, recovery from birth and much more.  Documenting this journey is often the last thing on a parent’s mind (and hospitals are often dark, making photography difficult!).  You have more important things to consider.  Several years later I became aware of an organization named Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep provides photography services to families experiencing infant loss.  That was NOT something I though I was capable of. However, after multiple exposures to the organization and their work, I signed up to volunteer.  I believe that God used my time in the NICU to lead me & equip me to serve as a member of NILMDTS.  A while later I was joined in our area by Shyra Granthum.  Shyra came along just when I needed her.  I was worn out and she renewed my passion and dedication to the work. If you are interested in serving Southwest Missouri residents through NILMDTS, please let me know! We would certainly welcome you!

Now enters, Children’s Miracle Network. The Joplin area CMN has been supporting the work of NILMDTS in joplin for quite some time now.  CMN provides an album to each family for their prints. In my experience, our local CMN is the BEST!  I have seen the heart and dedication behind their work and I am blessed just observing their passion and sacrifice while serving southwest Missouri families. Because of my work in the hospital, I have been asked on several occasions to photograph NICU babies for CMN.  My absolute favorite shoot of the entire year is Santa’s yearly visit to the NICU.  It is magical.  Last week, I photographed this princess in the freeman NICU.  She is doing very well and is probably at home by now!  Check out the Angel Eye Camera System, provided by CMN, featured in the last image! “Angel eye” is a camera that allows the parents to check in on their baby when they are not able to be with them!  What a blessing!  The next time you are asked if you’d like to donate to CMN, say “yes”.  Funds donated here stay here. Our local CMN serves Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas & Northeast Oklahoma. SWMO, SEK, & NEO.

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Professional Head shots

First impressions are critical!! Let us help you leave a great lasting memory.

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Real Estate Photography – 302 Split Rail Drive, Joplin, MO

Photographs are one to the most important pieces to the puzzle of selling your home. Check out this home in the Webb City school district’s popular Heritage Acres subdivision.

“In 2006, 80% of home buyers searched the Internet when looking for a home. Fouears later, in 2010, the percentage of home buyers that searched the Internet when looking for a home jumped to 89%. Consumers are purchasing and becoming competent with more technology devices such as laptops, iPods, iPads, tablets and smart phones. These consumers are home buyers, and they want to shop online. Their trend is showing us that they recognize how useful technology is and therefore they are going to be better at noticing professional versus point-and-shoot photos.” Linked in discusses the value of professional real estate photography in THIS article.

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Family: What matters most!!!!!

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Growing, growing, growing. -Joplin, Missouri baby photographers-

This little lady sure is growing quickly. Smiling and happy!

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Headshot special!! February 2017

LIKE, SHARE and COMMENT on the HEADSHOT SPECIAL ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE (Artistic Expressions Photography and Design) and you could win a COMPLIMENTARY Head shot…(comment on this blog post also to be entered again) It is a great time to upgrade and update your professional HEAD SHOT…Call today for our Head Shot special this week—– WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 11, 2017…..Two for the price of one!! Bring a friend or associate and get two professional head shots for $150….includes file sized for print and web; Color and black and white…..417-623-3168….

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4 Months…where does the time go?????

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Real Estate Photography

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Another sweet baby turns one!!!!

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