Highlights Photography by THT: Blog https://highlights-photography.com/blog en-us (C) Highlights Photography by THT highlightsphotography@aol.com (Highlights Photography by THT) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:54:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:54:00 GMT https://highlights-photography.com/img/s/v-12/u1052317735-o667895061-50.jpg Highlights Photography by THT: Blog https://highlights-photography.com/blog 120 80 Not Your Traditional Family Photos https://highlights-photography.com/blog/2015/10/not-your-traditional-family-photos Family photos don’t have to be the traditional photos that you remember taking with your parents and siblings when you were growing up.  You know the ones with either the fake spring or fall backgrounds, or maybe the dark blue or gray backgrounds that you took in the studio or at church for the directory.  Do you remember going to the hair dresser to get the perfect hairstyle?  Going shopping for matching or color coordinated outfits.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that type of family portrait, if that’s your style.  Those family photos are priceless… because they are of your family.  However, I encourage everyone to be creative and find something that fits their family personalities and to have fun.  Such is the case with Jamil, Jennifer and family.

Jamil and Jennifer dated in middle/high school for 2-3 years, then separated for 10 years. Now they are the modern day Brady Bunch.  Both Jamil and Jennifer had three (3) children each when they got together and have since had one (1) child together.  This family of nine (9) is unique, as the seven (7) children range from 2 years old to 12 years old, and a couple of children are similar in age.  Their family has such lively spirits and love to have fun together.

 We met at the park and started with some posed shots of the whole family on the stairs and along the railing. 

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Then… I pulled out the powder paint.  Every child was able to pick their favorite color, which made it personalized for them.  It didn’t take long before the first child to throw the first color sprinkle.  Before long, the siblings were chasing each other around; Dad was putting the powder on his hand and making his mark on each child’s white t-shirt, while Mom was armed with 2 colors so she could pay her kids back for all the irritating moments they’ve given her in the past.  Hahaha…  

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Have fun with family photos!

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Walking in Faith https://highlights-photography.com/blog/2015/7/walking-in-faith What are you passionate about?  

What inspires, motivates and excites you?  

What makes you feel really good?

For me, the answers would be...

I am very passionate about my family, all of who definitely inspire, motivate and excite me.  From my 14 year old athlete-scholar son who keeps me physically active, to my 79 year old father who taught me to be a self-sufficient woman who is able to fix almost any household item and keep a finely manicured yard (and a few other important people in between those two).  What makes me feel good inside is knowing I'm making a difference in someone's life - a positive impact.

With all that in mind, 2015 has been a year of walking in faith for me.  And after much prayer and listening for The Lord Jesus' voice, I have officially gone full-time with my photography business.  Yeah!!!!

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July 1st marked the beginning of a new adventure for me and Highlights Photography by THT. Although I have photographed weddings and events on the side of my full-time job for a couple of years, going full throttle is a big step.  There are a lot of professional photographers in the Kansas City Metro area, not to mention almost everyone has a smartphone with a nice mp-camera now-a-days and have perfected the selfie (smile). So, I wanted to be sure my skills were sharp enough to call myself a “professional photographer.”  Anyone that really knows me, can tell you that I am big on education, as I do have my Bachelors and Master’s degrees in education, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), so it is only fitting that I get the necessary education and training in photography. 

Also, I had to make sure I was fully prepared, mentally, financially, and most importantly, spiritually.

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It is this passage from Jerimiah and other scriptures that I stand on and that gives me the strength, courage, and faith I need to pursue my dreams as an entreprernuer.



More evidence that God is blessing me and my business while walking in faith, is the fact that I now have studio space, located at 11925 Blue Ridge Blvd in Grandview, in the Reality Now Electronics building.  It is still a work in progress, but I am currently doing photo shoots there.  Feel free to stop by and visit.

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Services offered include weddings and portraits photography, sports photography and special event photography coverage.

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Artesha and Louie ~ June 6, 2015 ~ Independence, MO https://highlights-photography.com/blog/2015/6/artesha-and-louie Artesha and Louie ~ June 6, 2015 ~ Independence, MO

     Back in September 2014, I received an inquiry from a sweet young lady who was planning a Spring 2015 wedding, whose fiancé is a football coach in one of the leagues we partner with.  Shortly after, I was notified by her that the wedding was postponed indefinitely due to the unfortunate health issues her mother encountered.  Saddened by the news, I felt compelled to add her mother and family to my prayer list and informed her of such.  Because of this, we kept in touch through the months and I was impressed by her dedication to her family. 

     I'm very happy to report that on June 6th, I was able to witness yet another example of her love and dedication, at her union to her mate of seven (7) years, Louie Fernandez.  Their intimate ceremony was performed at the Historic Truman Courthouse, in Independence, MO.  The couple exchanged vows in front of their two (2) children, parents (Yes! They were blessed with the presence of her mother. Thank you Jesus!!), siblings, and a close friend; all of whom also vowed to love them and support their union. 

     The couple kept things simple, yet eloquent with the bride’s gown from David’s Bridal and the groom’s tux from Men’s Warehouse.

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"Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it:  Love can't be bought, love can't be sold -- it's not to be found in the marketplace."

~Song of Soloman 8:7

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Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Fernandez!!

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The Promise Bridal Show https://highlights-photography.com/blog/2015/5/the-promise-bridal-show The Promise Bridal Show

Sunday, May 3rd of 2015


On Sunday, May 3rd, Highlights Photography by THT participated in it's FIRST Bridal Show!!!  A lot of creative energy, time, and finances went into getting prepared for this event.  First, we had to decide which photos would be used on the samples to be displayed.  Second, we had to order them all: canvas and regular prints, metals, business cards, Save the Date cards, and many more product samples. Then, we spent a significant about of time picking out the perfect frames for the prints.  Aside from all that, a decision needed to be made on the setup and decor for our booth.  Luckily, we had alternative plans, because there was a bit of a hitch at the day Bridal Show.  The Promise's new location was not complete and the Bridal Show had to be held outside.  Being the professionals we are, the participating vendors adjusted and went with the flow.  Despite the strong winds that kept knocking things over, we were able to present our services to about 75 brides and family members that attended.  Below are some of the vendors that were present.  Feel free to contact any of them to find out how they may be able to assist on your wedding day.

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Vendors (not all inclusive):

Adnaloy’s Weddings and Events | 816.588.8632

Be Seated | www.be-seated.com | 816.941.4122

Events of Elegance | http://www.eventsofelegancekc.com/| 913.568.5004

The Fiddly Fig | www.fiddlyfig.com | 816.456.0254

Glamorous Galas Event Planner | https://www.facebook.com/glamorousgalas

Highlights Photography by THT | http://Highlights-Photography.com | 816.885.4986

The Promise Event Space| http://thepromisekc.com

Vanilla Entertainment | http://www.vanillaentertainment.com/ | 816.456.0254


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Partridge in a Pear Tree https://highlights-photography.com/blog/2015/3/partridge-in-a-pear-tree Partridge in a Pear Tree (corny, I know)...

We had the pleasure of photographing one of the easiest families to photograph... The Partridge Family (hence, "Partridge in a pear tree" :-)).  The mother (yes, mother), Tisa, is ssssoooo photogenic, with her ageless beauty and gorgeous smile, and her sons follow in her footsteps.  The youngest son wasn't excited about the color choice for the shoot, but they looked great and stood out in the sun-setting backdrop.  See for yourself.

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Tisa says, you gotta take the Bull by its horns, and that's exactly what she does.

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Rosillo Family Photo Shoot https://highlights-photography.com/blog/2014/12/rosillo-family-photo-shoot Who would have thought that we would be able to do a photo shoot without coats in December?  65 degrees on December 14th in the Midwest - Kansas City, MO!  Wow!!!  How beautiful!  What better day to do a family photo shoot with 2 year old twins full of personality.  Meet Kane and Mia...

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At the beginning of the shoot, Kane was unhappy and didn't want to smile for any pictures and Mia was just unsure about it all (as you can tell  from the photos above).  We walked around while to let them explore and captured their expressions.  How adorable...

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We were soon able to capture some really cool family shots with Mom and Granny...

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And of course some more shots to show Kane and Mia's distinct personalities...

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Family Love!

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Lupe and Mario ~ August 30, 2014 ~ Las Trella, Kansas City, KS https://highlights-photography.com/blog/2014/11/lupe-and-mario-kansas-city-ks Excitement filled the air at the union Gaudelupe Ramirez and Mario Torres on 
Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Kansas City, KS.  

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That particular weekend was an eventful one for them.  That Friday was the groom's birthday.  Their baby girl was baptized on Saturday morning. They capped it all off with their wedding Saturday afternoon.  They were truly celebrating a lot as a family.  And yes, they did so in classic Latino-style.  Fun was had by all, from the youngest to the oldest person there.


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Here's to the happy couple!

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Mr. & Mrs. Mario Torres

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Sneak Peek: Billee & Michael Potts ~ September 26, 2014 ~ Hilton Airport Hotel, Kansas City, MO https://highlights-photography.com/blog/2014/11/billee-michael On September 26, 2014, we had the pleasure of witnessing the union of my sister-friend,
Billee T. Runnels and Jerry Michael Potts, Jr.  

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Their wedding was especially unique as it was also the uniting of 2 families - her 3 teen children and his twin college-age children.  Their children participated in a sand ceremony, where each one was represented by a different color, and  they blended all of them together, representing their new family.

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Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Michael Potts, Jr.

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The reception was full of special family moments.

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Venue:  Hilton Airport Hotel, Kansas City, MO

Flowers/Decorations:  Mrs. Lee Ingram

Wedding Cake:  D’Maries Cupcakery

Hairstylist of the Bride:  LaKisha Hassan

Hairstylist of the Bridal Party:  Pretty Rickiey’s (Mrs. Rickiey Dunn)

Make-up:  Ms. Marnica McMillion

Music:  DeeJ Smooth

Photographers:  Highlights Photography by THT


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Tiffany & Darryl - Tampa, FL https://highlights-photography.com/blog/2014/8/tiffany-darryl We were honored and ever so ecstatic to capture the union of Tiffany and Darryl in Brandon, FL (suburb of Tampa) on August 2nd, just one day after Darryl’s parents celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.  

Mr. & Mrs. Darryl K. Hardin (just married) and Mr. & Mrs. Rufus Hardin, Jr. (55 years and counting)

The wedding and reception took place at Rivers of Life Church. The attention to detail by MyEventVenue was impeccable…from every handmade bow, to the embellished bouquets and boutonnieres, to each unique centerpiece.  Much care and love went into the catering by Vonnie Rentz and the cake made by a friend of the bride, Becky Bouchard.

It's all in the details

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Introducing... Mr. & Mrs. Darryl K. HardinWe did it!

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Venue:  Rivers of Life Church, Brandon, FL

Event Design:  MyEventVenue

Floral Design: MyEventVenue Designs by JANJAN

Catering:  Vonnie Rentz

Wedding Cake:  Becky Bouchard

Photography:  Highlights Photography by THT

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Sneak Peak! Tamela & Marland's Wedding ~ July 19, 2014 ~ Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, KCMO https://highlights-photography.com/blog/2014/8/sneak-peak-tamela-marlands-wedding Mr. & Mrs. Marland HughesFeel the Love!

We were very excited to share and capture Tammy and Marland's wedding ~ a couple that has only known each other a short time but knew from the start that they were meant to be together.  The wedding and reception held at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, was beautifully decorated by Exquisite Boutique and Elegant Designs, flowers by Ashley Alexis Weddings & More specially designed delicious cake by Melissa Brown, Just Because Bakery,  The planning and coordination by Ty Smith, Beautifully Planned Eventsbrought it all together! The love was in the air for all to experience!

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Here comes the bride...

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Celebrate!Celebrate together and with our children!


Always and Forever!

Venue:  Four Points by Sheraton Hotel

Event Design:  Exquisite Boutique and Elegant Designs,

Floral Design: Ashley Alexis Weddings

Wedding Cake: Melissa Brown, Just Because Bakery,  

Event Planner:  Ty Smith, Beautifully Planned Events

Videographer:  Richard Kearney

DJ: DJ Steve w/ Auspicious Occasion

Bride’s Makeup:  April

Bride’s Hair:  Andy

Photography:  Highlights Photography by THT

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