Maternity photos can be so typical and cliche. If you go to pinterest right now and type in "Maternity Photos" you're going to get the same awkward poses. I hate these unnaturally photos, so when I get clients needing maternity photos I want them to feel fresh and different. My good friend Ashley is due for her baby soon. She is the kind of woman most girls would want to be when pregnant; Fit, glowy, and stylish. This shoot was so fun because she specifically wanted something different. Here is a sneak peek of our day.
I love going back to the West Coast. It's such a nice change from the KC atmosphere. Don't get me wrong, I love the vibe here in Kansas City but a little change feels good. I needed to photo some fresh faces and thats exactly what I did. My dear friend Casey needed some family portraits of her and her son and when she asked me I couldn't say yes faster! It was so fun dancing around in the fall leaves with her little boy Landen. I ended up giving her 75 photos to choose from because they were having so much fun and you could tell by the looks of it! Scroll down to see our day!
I haven't been up to date with my blogging, and I'm sorry! Forgive me for I have been lazy!
This past halloween was probably my most favorite yet! It was spent with great friends, my handsome dude, and great vibes by the Harrison Street DIY skate spot.
I love every event that the DIY dudes put on. They're absolutely killing it over there!
Check out some pic's I snapped from the party and have a good laugh at some of the creative costumes people had on!
This past fourth of July was the best I've probably ever had. It was celebrated with a new skatepark in Kansas City, new friends, lots of Budweiser, and an absurd amount of fireworks. Though this was probably one of the more dangerous holidays I've ever participated in, (aka: a shit ton of skateboarders throwing lit fireworks at everyone. I left with a few burns thanks to the dude who put a pack of black cats by the fire I was sitting by. Not cool, bruh.) it was a blast to be around such a good crowd. We celebrated 'Merica like it was our goddamn job and there were no regrets.
Check out some of the photos from the night!
Finally! Summer 2015 has made its debut.
We can now indulge in short shorts, crop tops, messy beach hair, and baseball hats.
I have a love hate relationship with summer. For me, I love being warm. I love sitting outside and and soaking in sun, and I love wearing vintage muscle T's and baseball hats. My Scandinavian skin is almost sun kissed and I'm truly excited about it. BUT there is always a downside...
After going on a sweaty shoot with my homie Morgan last night I came home with 22 bug bites just on my shoulders. Last night I thought I was going to sleep with paranoia while feeling the sensation of crawling all over my body, instead I was awoken by a tick laying on my chest.
This is what summers in Kansas City are like. DON'T be jealous. Still love my city doe, no hard feelings KC.
You all know my home girl Bethany by now. She has graced her presence on the blog a few times. Last week we were texting about photo ideas and we just started freaking out at the idea of three simple things: Sparklers, Skateboards, and Snapbacks. I think all of our texts back and forth were in all caps we were so excited.
We both are such tomboys. I love vintage levi's and men's button ups and Bethany loves converse and making oversized t shirts into dresses. We're always on the move being as active as we are, we don't have time for bull shit. So we embrace our messy hair, dewy skin, rugged sneakers, and boxy T's.
Hey guys! How was your Monday? Is that a terrible question? Probably.
So I have some questions for all of you. Have you ever stopped and wondered where the clothes you purchase come from? Have you purchased something so cheap that after one use it falls apart? It's no secret that most of the products we purchase are made in a factory and being produced by under paid employers. These men and women are put under inadequate working conditions and are working long shifts with barley enough income to support their families. I truly believe that if we all started researching where our clothes came from and started to practice ethical shopping habits that we can change the fashion industry. Plus! who doesn't want to support local designers and wear one of a kind pieces?!
*Bring in new company Covey by Monica Rojas and Sarah Hicks
Note from Monica and Sarah
We are two independent women who are passionate about being responsible influencers in the
fashion community. Our goal is to change the fashion industry one consumer at a time by
making “Slow Fashion” more accessible. That’s why we’re creating “Covey”, a curated, online
boutique dedicated to promoting responsible fashion. Covey will be a platform for independent
designers who represent our brand's essence: design, craftsmanship, sustainability.
What is “Slow Fashion”?
You may have heard of the “Slow Food” movement, promoted as an alternative to “Fast Food”.
It strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and encourages farming of plants, seeds
and livestock characteristic of the local ecosystem. In that same way, “Slow Fashion” is the
alternative to “Fast Fashion”. The term “Fast Fashion” is used to describe fashion retailers who
move trends quickly from the catwalk to the sales floor. It has also become associated with
disposable fashion because it has delivered designer product to a mass market at relatively low
The Slow Fashion Movement has arisen in opposition to Fast Fashion, blaming it for pollution
(both in the production of clothes and in the decay of synthetic fabrics), shoddy workmanship,
and contributing to poor working conditions in developing countries. This movement is a unified
representation of all the "sustainable", "eco", "green", and "ethical" fashion movements. It
encourages education about the garment industry's connection and impact on the environment
and depleting resources, slowing of the supply chain to reduce the number of trends and
seasons, to encourage quality production, and return greater value to garments, removing the
image of disposability of fashion.
Some examples of slow fashion practices include:
● Opposing and boycotting mass produced fashion (AKA Fast Fashion).
● Choosing artisan products to support smaller businesses, fair trade and locally made
● Buying secondhand or vintage clothing and donating unwanted garments.
● Choosing clothing made with sustainable, ethically made or recycled fabrics.
● Choosing quality garments that will last longer, transcend trends (a "classic" style), and be
● Doing it yourself making, mending, customizing, altering, and up cycling your own clothing.
● Slowing the rate of fashion consumption: buying fewer clothes less often.
Monica and Sarah need our help to kick start this company! Check out their website and seriously consider donating to help support this cause! Click the button below to check out more from Monica and Sarah.
I was so flattered when I was asked to photograph the West 18th Fashion Show here in Kansas City.
This is a show solely based around local designers and it was awesome to see what this talented bunch put together for the runway. It was beautifully organized by a great team and I'm sure anybody who attended would be quick to say the show rocked!
Everyone was dressed in their spunkiest outfit and their sassiest demeanor as they mingled about the KC crowd. It was a good night for all of us and we left proud of our Kansas CIty pride.
Here are some photos from the event incase you weren't able to attend or if you need a reminder of how awesome of a night it was!
More to come shortly! I have so much to show you all from this night!
but for now xoxo
I found an incredible black corduroy overall dress the other day at a yard sale. It was 2 dollars and I couldn't believe someone was actually giving it away. I immediately bought that and a new VCR since my last one ate Tuck Everlasting and crashed on me. For 7 dollars I was able to watch disney classics again and look cute doing so. Amazing.
Yesterday I went out with my two good friends Allie and Jackson. Allie wants to get more into photography so I gave her my camera and she took my blog pictures. She has an incredible eye and I'm excited for the work she makes in the future! Keep it up, chick!
First things first, I am no model. The moment I step behind the camera I freeze. This shoot was a lot of "What do I do with my face?" "Do my hands look okay?" "Wait, what do I do with my body?" It was hilarious and thankfully there were a few shots where I wasn't doing something weird.
Corduroy dress: Yard sale/ White tee: Target
Cuts and bruises courtesy of rock climbing and trying to skateboard.
Yesterday I met up with my friend Leah at our favorite coffee shop Alchemy. We discussed our latest muses, new detox, and summer adventures. It's nice to find people in this world as spontaneous and as impulsive as I am. Most people look at me like I'm crazy when I'm just ready to go and down to do whatever. I am very much a thinker and a planner, don't get me wrong, but I can't resist the urge to just go and see what happens.
After a while our friend Chelsey met up with us. We all packed in my car and planned to drive around to take photos. Then this happened...
Me: "Man, today is the perfect day to just get in a oversized sweater, get some burgers, and grill out at Clinton Lake."
Leah: "Wait... like... wait... why can't we do that now?"
Chelsey: "Oh I love spontaneous decisions."
Leah: "Wait! Emma! pull over! There's a yard sale!"
**Emma Pulls over immediately**
We all get out of the car and rummage around the things this cute young couple are giving a way. Then 7 dollars and a VCR and corduroy dress later we make our way to the market.
Me: "Guys.. we need charcoal"
Leah: "What? Why?"
Me: "Ugh, I need to call my dad I have no idea what I'm doing"
**Unlocks phone to be interrupted by older man over hearing our frustration**
Guy over hearing us at the market: "What are you guys trying to make?"
We explain our plan to the older gentleman and he lets us off with fresh ground beef and an idea of what to do.
Chelsey: "You guys... we need boys to help us start a fire."
**All of us texting**
After 10 minutes of harassing boys to come with us we had our friends Andrew, Marcus, and Baruch join our crew.
We leave the market and head to our houses to put on our new yard sale finds and a big sweater. I grabbed Willow and headed out the door.
We rocked out to Taylor Swift and sang to the cars next to us as we made our way to the lake.
We played frisbee, ate burgers, made s'mores with reese's cups, and drank cheap champagne. It was so lovely and I wish I could repeat this at least once a week.
Here our some pictures of our day!
I finally got a new camera yesterday! It was like seeing a baby being born when I pulled it out of the box. I teared up, cuddled it, and named it. If you're wondering what name I picked, it's Willow and it's a girl. Why? because I'm a weirdo and I name most things after T.V. show characters and video games (anyone remember Buffy the Vampire Slayer?!). Okay, before you peace out of here because your freaked out let me get to the point.
My girl Bethany and I decided to go to the Topeka, KS carnival yesterday...because, why not? But we detoured on the way and stopped on some walking trails. I almost slipped in my vintage nine west shoes down a muddy hill and Bethany saved my life. We also had Bad Blood on repeat to get us in our girl power mood. It was so awesome, we laughed way too much.
When we got to the carnival we walked in with our big cameras, stylish pride, and accepted the fact that we were getting checked out by 18 year old boys. It wasn't all bad though, we got to ride the ferris wheel twice.. FOR FREE! We got made fun of by the two lovely gentlemen running the ride, but you gotta do what you gotta do for the sake of the photo.
Bethany is naturally one stylish babe. She may not think so, but she is. Check out the outfit she wore on our "date" below.
Enjoy your weekend, guys!
The Bold Americana
Emma Johnson is a photographer, videographer, and pizza lover in Lawrence, Kansas.