Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Near!


January | A busy month for us

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy working on a project for the Kansas City Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and this year’s 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday celebration. During the month of January, the Kansas City chapter of SCLC will be holding several community events in preparation of Dr. King’s national holiday. Also, in mid-January, eleven local KC business persons will be honored for their stewardship, dedication in the workplace, and leadership qualities. Stay tuned to our BLOG for photo highlights in the month of January. We will be very, very busy.

Click to view the SCLC Dr. King National Holiday schedule of events

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Guess who's in the spotlight?

Looks who's featured on Kansas City's Perfect Wedding Guide Facebook page?


We were notified today that Kim and Shelton were featured on Perfect Wedding Guide's Facebook page. Kim and Shelton's wedding took place July 11 of this year. You have got to read their love story to appreciate rare diamonds in rough.

Click HERE to view the Facebook posting.

To see more of their photos on our BLOG, click HERE.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Deuce Turns 1-Year Old in Style

It's not that often that we get a chance to photograph celebrities in Kansas City but on November 21 is one for the books!

I received a call from Red Velvet Events asking if I would photograph a children's birthday party. How often does that happen? I was available and gladly accepted the opportunity. When I arrived at the party, I had no idea that I was photographing Derrick Johnson of the Kansas City Chiefs and Tamika Johnson's son's birthday party. My hat goes off to Red Velvet Events on keeping it a secret. The man of hour was Derrick Johnson Jr., aka, "Deuce". He turned 1-year old in style!!

Over 30 children, family and friends came from all across the country to celebrate Deuce's first birthday. Children had a large carnival theme jump house to play in, a popcorn machine, cotton candy, toys, live DJ, face painting, a big tent filled with games and lots, and lots of food. What more could a 1-year old ask for.

The very next day, Derrick had a awesome game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They beat the Steelers 27-24 in OT.

Thank you Cindy, Jennifer, Derrick and Tamika for the opportunity.

The Johnson Family

Mom and the birthday boy

Dad is so proud of his son
Oops...should I have done that?
The common look after digging into their first birthday cake.


Friday, December 4, 2009

2009 PTA Reflections Program

I was asked by a friend several weeks ago if I would act as a judge in a middle school arts competition. What an honor! I happily ablidged.

Each year, the Bernard Campbell Middle School PTA Reflections Program challenges students to create art inspired by a specific theme. Themes are selected from hundreds of ideas submitted by 7th and 8th grade Lee's Summit students to the PTA Reflections Program Theme Search. The theme selected for the 2009–2010 program was “Beauty is…” The competition took place at the Tony L. Stansberry Leadership Center.

Students participate in the Reflections Program by submitting entries to a local PTA or PTSA. Nationally, the program has six arts areas (dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts) and four grade divisions (primary, intermediate, middle/junior, and senior).

Some of the art pieces I reviewed were amazing and was blown away by the creative minds in the students. I can't remember if I was that creative or if I was just a book worm. Needless to say, I am very proud of our Lee's Summit School District, the parental/guardian leadership and the students themselves.

The 2009 Reflection judges and their categories were:

  • LITERATURE Carlton Logan, published poet
  • PHOTOGRAPHY Samuel Jordon II, Royal Photography LLC
  • MUSIC COMPOSITION Dan Roberts, Academy of Performing Arts
  • VISUAL ARTS Beverly Sims, Art teacher

While Shawn Edwards, Movie Critic for Fox 4 News and Sharon Brown of Monica’s School of Dance graciously agreed to participate as judges, there were no submissions this year in the arts areas of film production and dance choreography.

Best of luck to all the students who participated. Thank you again Shawnta for thinking of me.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Addition to the Jones Family

Meet the newest addition to the Jones family. Little Miss Dawsonne is cute as a new bud rose. Photographing babies always reminds me how powerful God is. Life is way too precious to take for granted and holding such a small wonder humbles me in knowing what responsibility we are given in raising children. Dawsonne's mother is a good friend of someone who I grew up with in church and I also found out that she is a dear friend of one of my personal friends. Talk about six degrees of separation.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Anne + Trey Engagement

Wanna hear something funny?

I felt like I was going on a blind date when we scheduled Anne and Trey's engagement session. Both are not residents of Kansas City (they used to be) and now live further East. We literally have communicated by email from the first inception. I met Anne's mother a couple of months back on behalf of Anne and Trey. Her mother told me that her daughter found me in one of the national magazines I advertise in and after viewing our work online, she was sold on us photographing their wedding. So when we met on The Plaza for their e-session, I had no idea on what they would look like. They had an advantage over me because they knew what I looked like from my website. Trey spotted me out and the conversation flowed as if we already knew each other. We even share a common background. Anne came shortly after and it was the same experience. Both are beautiful people and have strong characteristics.

Their wedding will take place here in Kansas City early-July 2010.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

DST Burning Sands Step Show

This past Saturday the alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority held their 14 annual Burning Sands Alumnae Step Show at the Scottish Rite Temple, mid-town Kansas City. Over 1,000 people gathered to see alumnae Greek organizations such as Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Phi Alpha and Omega Psi Phi stomp the yard as they did in their undergraduate years. This is DST Kansas City Alumnae chapter's annual fundraiser.

My personal favorites of the evening were the Delta's, Alpha's and Omega's.

To see highlights from last year's step show, CLICK HERE.