New Orleans Audubon Aquarium of the Americas family photography

New Orleans Audubon Aquarium of the Americas family photography

Hello world! It has been a while since I blogged a Normal Day documentary family session. Here are a few teasers of a Normal Day session with one of my photography mentor students Cyd and her family in New Orleans. I spent the afternoon with them as they visited the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, Louisiana. I loved it and was honored they flew me down to document them. For more info on our family sessions and how we approach them visit our site- http://www.wirkenphoto.com/families/ Enjoy!...
Kansas City family photography | The Collum family Normal Day Session

Kansas City family photography | The Collum family Normal Day Session

There is nothing normal about our Normal Day Sessions and that is what I love most about them. Family photos for years have been the thing that most families dread. Parents trying to force their kids to be a certain way. Kids doing everything they can to not be that way. It is usually a bit of a nightmare. Then the photos all seem to look the same. No matter how hard you try as a photographer they all seem to be the same. This, in the end, is why I love our Normal Day Sessions. NOTHING is ever the same from session to session. Being able to witness a family as they are in their natural environment is what being a family photographer in Kansas City is all about for me. The Collum family agreed and asked me to spend an afternoon with them as they hung out at home on a perfect fall evening. It was simple. No special clothes to buy. No need to make the house perfect. All they had to do was they normally do and it was perfect. They built puzzles, dug in the backyard for treasure, picked tomatoes, ate spaghetti, and of course has a dance party. I was there to document it without any interference. That is how you make the perfect Kansas City family “portrait” in our opinion. Enjoy a few of my favorite images. This is literally the first photo I made that day. Siblings.  When your dad is a musician you get the best dance parties complete with rotating lights. Mom and daughter snuggles after a...
Kansas City Birth Photographer | Teaser Tuesday Welcoming Ellie

Kansas City Birth Photographer | Teaser Tuesday Welcoming Ellie

I had my phone by my bed just in case. Sure as the world it rang at 7:00am on a Sunday. Amy was on the line. “Change of plans. I am heading into an emergency C-section within the hour. Can you make it?” I jumped out of bed cleaned myself up and grabbed my gear. On the way John, Amy’s husband, texted me to go straight to the OR. I pushed the gas a little harder. I had plenty of time. No worries almost there. The last thing I ever expected was to be stuck at a light 2 minutes from the hospital by a marathon and a man on a cane painfully making his way across the street. I couldn’t believe it. What luck. Luckily a space between runners opened up and with the man with the cane just passed my bumper the cop waved me through. I made it with 5 minutes to spare before John and I were rushed into the OR to witness baby Ellie’s intro to the world. Today’s Kansas City Birth story had a happy ending. I made it. Baby was healthy and mom and dad have a family. Being trusted to witness and photograph a birth is the utmost for me. It is even more meaningful when I have been their wedding photographer. Being able to be a Kansas City birth photographer for so many of my couples is astounding to me. The fact that they trust me with their most precious of life events is incredible. I have known Amy since I was a kid. We lived on the same block....
Kansas City Family Photography | Teaser Tuesday

Kansas City Family Photography | Teaser Tuesday

I love being busy photographing family life in Kansas City. I especially love it when it is for people close to me. Kenny and Sarah live right around the corner from us so not only was this the first shoot I have walked to it was a joy to witness their family life for an afternoon. Sarah is pregnant and expecting their second child any day now so they wanted me to document them and their son Colton before they become a family of four. So we recently got together so I could spend an afternoon with them for a Normal day session at their home. Over all the years of me being a family photographer in Kansas City I have learned what I like best is to simply document a family rather than posing them. Approaching Kansas City family photography in this way allows for moments to happen that nobody could ever think of. The results are often humorous and certainly always surprising. Kenny, Sarah, and Colton did not disappoint. Enjoy a few of my favorite images from my afternoon with my neighbors. Fire safety starts early. 🙂 Dinner time involves doing whatever you can to get a three year-old to eat including celebrating when it happens.As I said goodbye I couldn’t resist shooting one more frame while they were in the doorway. Kinda felt like a maternity...
Kansas City Birth Photography

Kansas City Birth Photography

Today’s Teaser Tuesday is a special one. There is nothing more rewarding than being trusted to document the first day of a person’s life. I get the honor of being trusted with one of the best days of people’s lives being a Kansas City wedding photographer but it is rare to be trusted with documenting both a wedding and a birth for the same client. Fortunately it has happened often for me as I love doing birth photography in Kansas City. I especially love when my past wedding clients ask me to make photos that what many have said are more important than their wedding photos. Kate and Michael had an amazing wedding in Kansas City and have an equally amazing family so it was a wonderful homecoming of sorts when I walked into the room that day their son was to be born. The beautiful and equally nerve racking thing about births is that they are 100% unpredictable and anything can happen. Some birth shoots I have been on take 0nly but a few hours and things go exactly as planned and some you just need to ride it out and see what happens. This shoot was one that we had to ride it out and see what happened. I find that to be one of the best things about being a birth photographer. I like the uncertainty of it all. Good thing as Kate and Mike’s little one was determined to take us on a crazy long ride before he made his entrance. It is never easy as a mom to hear the news that the birth...
Kansas City family photography | A little impromptu Mother’s day celebration in the rain

Kansas City family photography | A little impromptu Mother’s day celebration in the rain

It’s the little things in life. The moments between the moments that matter. It is what I live for as well as what I look for when I am photographing people. I love spontaneity and I am super thankful I happened to have my real cameras at home this past Mother’s day. We had just returned from breakfast with Pam for mother’s day and I was on the phone with my dad. It was pouring rain and I heard laughter coming from the front yard. I ran out to see my wife and our two boys having a ball soaking wet. I love these photos so much. There is nothing more that I want than to have happy kids enjoying life and learning how to be free which seems to be getting harder and harder these days. To Pam, thanks for being such a wonderful mom who shows our boys what life is all about....