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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Alyssa, a fun and energetic Senior at Shawnee Mission East High School. For Alyssa’s session we headed down to Bloch Cancer Survivors’ Park just off of the Plaza in Kansas City. It is a beautiful location with some unique features that we tried to take advantage of. We lucked out and had beautiful weather as well, a nice cool evening instead of the sweltering heat we were getting just a few days before. I loved Alyssa’s clothing choices, especially her awesome cowboy boots! One of these days I’m going to get a pair for myself.

And now I’ll quit babbling and get on with the photos (because I know that’s what you’re here for).

2014 senior at Survivors' Park on the Plaza in Kansas City

Want to book your own Senior Portrait Session? Contact me at d@deeperrinphotography.com or 816-343-4934 today!

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I’m finally getting around to sharing this fun West Bottoms family portrait session!

When I first met the Fischers, they were a family of four. Over the years I watched as they grew to five, and finally to a family of six. They are one of the most loving and caring families I know. It was an absolute pleasure to finally get them in front of my camera. Their kiddos are absolutely beautiful and mom and dad aren’t so shabby either! There are some good genes in that family!

We decided to meet down in the West Bottoms for a bit of an urban feel for their session. Kansas City has a lot of options for urban shoots, but I had a few spots in mind that I thought would be just perfect for this energetic family. As we walked around we also let the kids pick a couple of their favorite places out as well. I’m a big fan of the bright green garage doors and all the different shades of brick that can be found down in that area.

I had so much fun with the Fischers! I hope to have the opportunity to photograph them again as their little ones grow!

kansas city west bottoms family portrait session
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One of the things that I like to mention to my Senior clients during our initial consultation is makeup. I think it is important to make sure that your makeup is done in a way that looks natural and not too faddish. I know you can rock that bright blue eye shadow, but 15 years from now when you look back at those senior photos, you’re going to be wondering what in the heck you were thinking!

Now anybody that knows me, knows that I’m not much of a girly girl. I don’t wear makeup on a day to day basis, mainly because I just don’t want to take the time to mess with it, but also because I have allergies that make my eyes itch and I end up rubbing it all off anyway. However, when I know I’m going to have a photo taken of myself (or on the rare occasion I get a date night with my hubby) I do put a little eye makeup on to help bring out my naturally squinty eyes.

Today, as I was browsing around the internet I came across a website, written by Cara, with some great makeup tips that I thought might be helpful to share here. The first post is a list of most popular beauty blunders. These are some really great tips, especially the eyeliner one. It really does make a dramatic difference.

Next, Cara has a fantastic post on photo makeup and a few changes that really make a big difference in photographs. If you aren’t planning to use a professional makeup artist before your photo session, I would definitely take a look at these tips.

Want to see more? Cara also has a great list of her most popular posts. I really love some of her simple tips. Maybe she’ll even convince me to wear makeup a little more often!

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