Nic’s senior portrait session included a set at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City. After a few posed shots, he played his violin with dreams of his future in mind… I’m sure of it.
I had the honor of preserving precious moments in one afternoon of these budding adoptive parents, Keely and Luke. Their journey has just begun and it’s filled with great love, trials, tests, light, laughter, trials and tears.
“2016 has been our hardest year, one of constant trials and challenges that we did not see coming. Our “perfect life” was rattled to its core and for 365 days, we’ve been trying to find our way back to this new normal. After multiple appointments, we were told in March that we would never have our own children as planned. We searched our souls and were led to adoption. Our journey from that moment was fast and furious. In May, after only being listed for 9 days, we were chosen by a birthmom to adopt her baby and the baby had already been born. We drove 10 hours and spent a month in the NICU with our sweet baby girl, Triss, who is now 7 months old. When Triss was only six weeks old, we were chosen by another birthmom, due in November. Only a couple of days before Thanksgiving, we welcomed our new baby girl, Burke, in to our family. Life with two babies under 7 months is not easy but we are grateful every single day. These photos by Leilani are our badge of triumph saying “we made it”, “we survived”, and a reminder that we’ve completely fallen and have rebuilt our life, exactly as it was supposed to be. These babies are our greatest reminder that the darkest days will always be worth it. Thank you, Leilani.” -Keely
I took my first journey to Mexico and fell completely in love with a little island close to Cancun called Isla Mujeres. I walked about 2 blocks while waiting for our lunch to be served and this is what I found…
The colors and textures were spellbinding.
This one reached deep inside.
I had to move in close.
Texture and color. Texture and color. Repeat.
The colors here resemble the colors of the Caribbean and the story of the people who live here.
I wonder how this place appeared just after it was built…and what is behind the door now?
Plants that never have to go inside.
I was hoping for a portrait to share in my 366 portrait project and it happened. I said hello to these beautiful little people and showed them my camera. Mom said yes.
I really wanted a portrait of this lovely woman. She was shy, warm and friendly but declined a portrait. I snuck one in as she walked away. Is that bad? I love it so.
It was time to put away the camera and join Andy, Laura and Tom for lunch at La Lomita. The beer was served in terra cotta glasses and we feasted on enchiladas, black beans, chili rellenos and chips. Best meal of the trip. Cheers!!
And now it’s time to visit Alison’s blog to see her 10 on 10 treasures.
The joy of nature and children and laughter and leaves and wind and living in the present moment and…that is all I need.
And that is enough.
Click here for the next 10 on 10 story in pictures by the talented Jennifer.
Welcome to a blog roll I share with a few other photographers I met on Flickr over the last five years. We continue to inspire one another and utilize this project to sharpen our storytelling skills. Each month, we post 10 images on the 10th day that were taken as a series in one day that tell a story. Follow the blog roll by clicking on the hyperlinks at the beginning or ending of each blog.
This month, join me on the playground of Raintree Montessori school. I have the pleasure of working in a 3-6 year old classroom from 7am – 9am each day of the school week. The little people melt my heart, challenge me and teach me important life lessons. It’s the perfect part-time job to go along with my career as a photographer. I’ve recently been named the official Raintree photographer, so capturing the magical moments is on my radar.
After preparing the room, greeting the children and beginning our jobs and work between 7:30 and 8:30, we line up for recess. I bring the camera along now and then to catch quick candid moments as I keep my eye on them…
Click here to move on to Staci’s treasures.
Join me for a walk around downtown in my hometown of Lawrence, Kansas. At the end of the walk, click on the link to connect with a loop of more 10 on 10 picture stories created by talented photographers across the country.
Signs of life.
Saxophone man flavors the hot evening with smooth tunes.
Passerby, friends, flowers, fortune telling.
Coffee and conversations. A smoke between the middle and ring finger.
Art created from the inside, enjoyed from the outside.
Surfing on break?
Last light, last shot.
Our Kansas town is a jewel, don’t you think?
Click here to check out Kim’s 10 on 10 treasures.