I recently had the incredible honor of being mentored by Kaley from Kansas in her home of Kansas City. During the mentorship, I was able to take maternity photos in Kansas City for the model and Kaley’s client, Thu. It was such a beautiful experience! I loved getting to push my creative bounds and get a vision for the future of my work. My sister gifted me this mentorship, and we made a road trip out to stay a few days around the mentorship.
We met at a downtown Kansas City Studio for styled maternity photos
Kaley’s gorgeous studio was the setting for our first set. Thu stunned in an Innika Choo dress to begin. The floral installation by The Cottage Rose made such a lovely touch for photos. Thu’s look was done by Kelli Jo Hair, a friend and stylist that Kaley recommended. We also added a hat for some shots. Kaley was amazing as she walked me through her shooting and light posing process for Thu. The light kept changed quickly, so it was a challenge to photograph and keep things consistent. But, I’m always up for a challenge and loved every bit!
Thu changed into a soft white dressing gown, and we were able to highlight her sweet baby belly for photos as the light poured into the space. It was so beautiful to witness an approach to maternity photos that felt so different. I felt like we were making art.
Thu then changed into a pair of Levis and Kaley put together a bunch of flowers for her to hold. We photographed Thu against a white wall, and the shots in the denim were some of my favorite.
We made our way to Swope Park to finish Thu’s session
Kaley had scouted a park, Swope Park, for some wide space natural shots. Thu wore a simple white shift dress, and walked gently through the tall grass as the sun set. Having some cloud cover near the beginning of our outdoor time was really soft and lovely. But just as our session was wrapping up, the sun came out and we were able to get some stunning shots of the sunset behind Thu.
My heart is so full from these maternity photos in Kansas City
This session breathed so much fresh life into my heart and work. I left Kansas City feeling so free and hopeful for the future of my work. I’m already planning more sessions to reflect the direction I’d like to take my work in. I’m so excited for those!
It was such an honor to be mentored by a photographer I admire so much. I’m truly grateful for this entire experience! A giant shout of love to my sister, Hannah, for making this mentorship a reality for me. She is the kind of human to cheer others on in their dreams and I’m so grateful for her.