by west elm photography
As I get ready for the 2021 model team I can't help but be reminded on how amazing my current 2020 team is and how super fast time passes us by.
Every year I select my team shortly into their second semester as Juniors, some are still just 16 years old (awww) and then before you know it it's a year later and they are ready to graduate and move on to adulthood. I remember the feeling of almost being done with that last semester, it's truly a remarkable and independent feeling to know that you are weeks away from completing high school and being on your own. I'm happy for them and love that they are excited.
These kiddos turned young adults truly bring me so much fulfillment each year, they bring me sooo much laughter, they definitely help keep me young and I love seeing and hearing from them. I'm not sure they realize how much I miss them when they go but that's ok, I'm just a short paragraph in their high school chapter...a paragraph that I hope is in bold ink and underlined (lol) and a paragraph that they never forget about because I will NEVER EVER forget about them. 👑
I'm proud of you my 2020 team and love every single one of you. Thank you for all that you are. ❤️
Pictures are from Junior to Senior year.
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After 10 years of photography, I set out and purchased my own building right off the historical Harrisonville square and made it into my beloved West Elm Photography studio! Huge thank you to my husband Tom for helping with the down payment too even though he dreaded doing it and still does. lol
I bought this building in February of 2019 with the help of Lindsay Keller of Crown Realty, who was amazing the entire step of the way!!
Funny thing is, several past clients have actually posed right in front of this building because I have always been drawn to the front windows, I always loved the retro feel of it! (see pics) Never did I think I would own this building someday!
I found this building to be the perfect size, it had a large backroom that I can use for in-house photography, it also has a shower in case I applied too much bug spray after a session (lol) and has a kitchen for entertaining guests. It's literally perfect! The hardwood floors were already in place, all I needed to do was tear down cabinets, landscape, paint, A LOT of painting (thanks to Mike Philipsheck, he's literally the best) and minor touch ups here and there.
My wonderful and amazing step-dad installed a see-thru mirror for my makeup area and it's truly the best thing ever! I almost forgot about the vault, it's a huge room off the lobby and I couldn't decide what to do with and what better than to make that a dressing room, my son Tred's idea (smart kiddo)! I adore my building and it's location and find that I am pretty hidden off the main road, therefore not a lot of people ever see me but that's more my personality anyways, I like attention but don't like attention. Does that make sense? lol
Anyways, enjoy the before and after images and tell me what you think!
I mean, as you can tell, I'm super proud. :)
Thanks for reading,
P.S. Next time you stop by, ask me about my buddy Jug, he not only watches over the place for me when I'm not around but he listens to my ramblings on a daily basis. My buddy, Jug. ;)