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Something a Little Different

Things have been rather quiet around here lately, partially due to the incredibly cold weather we’ve been having and partially due to some transitions that my family has been going through. In January, my “day job” that I have had for the last 12 years ended and I moved into a new position at my church in Lee’s Summit. It has been a blessing in so many ways, but has caused a lot of schedule changing and new routines to work out for my family. Because of that, photography has been on the back burner a bit while we sort all the other stuff out.

My new position at the church is also bringing some new opportunities for my photography. I’m meeting a lot of new people, making new connections, and have several people that are interested in photo sessions (when the weather warms up, hopefully). On top of that, I was hired to photograph a Sunday morning at the church. I haven’t done a lot of event photography, so it was a fun experience. I kind of felt like I was running a marathon for 4 hours, but it was truly a lot of fun and I got to meet even more people in my church that I don’t normally see.

Some of my favorite photos from the morning are of the Praise Band. They are a seriously talented group and I am always impressed each and every week with the ability they posses. The members rotate so it is always a little different from week to week. My husband plays bass guitar for the band, but this was an off week for him and I was a little sad I didn’t get to photograph him on stage. Hopefully I’ll get my chance one day.

Here are a few selected photos that I took last Sunday. I only wish I could share with you the beautiful sounds that come from that stage!
The Summit Church Praise Band


The James Family

I was so excited when Deena contacted me about photographing her family! I’ve known Deena and Eddie for several years and have met most of the extended family at one time or another, but I couldn’t wait to get a chance to photograph them all together. We tried to move through the groupings as quickly as possible as it was very cold the day we all got together at English Landing Park. There was a little bit of snow left on the ground and quite a bit of ice. The kids had a few slips, but fortunately no one got hurt! It was warming up nicely just about the time we finished up.

I’ve had a bit of a delay in finishing the final gallery of images, so here’s a much bigger preview than I usually offer. Thank you Deena and the rest of the family for being patient with me!


Announcing Holiday Mini Sessions

Alice dropped the stack of mail on the table beside her keys and kicked her shoes off, ready to end an excruciatingly long work day. As she turned to head into the kitchen, she caught a glimpse of the delicately written script sticking out on one of the envelopes tucked between the bills.

“What could that be?” she asked herself. She never received hand-written letters anymore, just a quick email or Facebook message here and there from her friends.

She picked up the smooth envelope, and while hurrying to open it, noticed the return address was from Chicago, where her sister now lived. They hadn’t spoken in a while. Life just always seemed to be too busy.

She pulled out a beautiful, custom press-printed card from the envelope. “Happy Holidays!” the card touted, but all she saw were the smiling, giggling faces of her niece and nephew. She could almost hear their laughter. She remembered the smell of their baby shampoo and the tickle fights they had so often before the family moved away. Oh, how she missed them! She couldn’t help but smile back at their beautiful photo.

She tucked the card under her favorite magnet on the fridge and continued to look at their little faces as she prepared her dinner, reminding herself to give her sister a call and tell the little munchkins good-night tonight.


Imagine the feeling of knowing that a simple holiday card could bring so much joy to a loved one this holiday season. A simple gesture, forgotten by so many during the rush of our busy lives, is so appreciated by those who are on the receiving end. A beautiful family photo, in an easily frame-able 5×7 size, is much more likely to be saved than a generic card purchased at the drug store down the street. Chances are, it will still be hanging on the fridge next Christmas!

I want to help you send the perfect holiday greeting to your loved ones this year. That is why I am offering, with limited availability, Holiday Mini Sessions for only $125. This includes a 30 minute session for your family, 50 press-printed 5×7 premium holiday cards, plus 20% off additional prints and products. Mini Sessions will be held on November 3rd at Mapleview Park in Grandview, and November 10th at Lowenstein Park in Lee’s Summit, so book quickly to ensure you get the time slot and location that work best for you (rain dates Nov. 16th & 17th).

Dee Perrin Photography Holiday Mini Sessions