Kelsey Kimberlin Photography » A Lawrence, Kansas photographer with a passion for weddings, dogs and chocolate.

Where do I even start with the Cantwell family?

Kelly is not just a mom, she’s a cool mom. She taught fitness skating, yes, like on roller skates, and is in a roller Derby league in Milwaukee. Chris is a history professor and just wrote a book! Emerson is the oldest and he has some hardcore modeling talent. He’s fun, smart and is a pretty good big brother to Elliot, who is the goof ball of the family. These boys kinda have my heart now. Brothers are the best!

The session was perfect! The boys were full of stories and loved educating me on dinosaurs. I kind of wanted to give up my photography career and become their full-time nanny. I genuinely miss them already since they’ve moved to Milwaukee.

What was an initially adorable idea in my head, ended in a literal bloody disaster. After having a completely flawless session, I came up with this great idea to have the boys run up behind their parents and tackle them. However, Elliot accidentally hit Emerson and knocked his tooth loose. Like, as in, he lost his tooth during the session.

Naturally I just kept taking photos of this, because duh. I’m not going to lie, I was super excited that I got to experience a real-life childhood memory!

Kelly and Chris, you and your boys are my favorite! I love you as individuals and I love you all together even more. I hope that someday I get to create a family just as great as yours. I know that we might have just met a few months ago but I have a feeling there’s a road trip to Milwaukee in my future!

XOXO,

Kelsey

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When you look at Ashley and Garrett, you know why they fit. The way they look at each other, the way they smile when the other one is talking, you just get it. I’ve learned a lot about Ashley as we’ve talked about their photos and I’ve gotten to see her super-mom skills balancing raising a daughter and planning a wedding.

I could tell that Ashley was a little apprehensive about her photos, but the moment she stood next her to fiancé Garret and daughter Issy, everything clicked and it was all smiles.

Garrett is just about the sweetest guy in the whole world and you can tell that everything he does is to take care of his girls. All three of them are just the sweetest and when you put them in front of a camera, it’s effortless to capture how perfect they all fit. It was hot when we went to the Lawrence Arboretum for their session. Really freaking hot. Did I mention it was hot? But miss Issy, the firecracker that she is, created beautiful moments and genuine laughs especially with her mom.

I can’t wait for your big day Ashley and Garrett! I love watching your love grow and the way you show Issy how much she means to you.

XOXO,
Kelsey

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Michelle and Brett are a super-fun, up-for-anything couple who totally bring out the cutest in each other. It was a hot night when we were taking their photos at the J.C. Nichols fountain and me, being the person I am, was like, let’s take photos in the fountain!

They had told me that they loved this fountain we wanted to incorporate it into their session. Michelle was a little hesitant but Brett convinced her to get in. People were definitely watching us in the fountain. We were slightly concerned we might get arrested, but were like, eh, worth it for good photos.

I LOVE that they were so willing to go with it and trust me! Michelle and Brett, you guys were amazing and I am so glad I got to know you. I can feel how amazing and unique your relationship is and I love that you two have so much fun together! Your future is going to be amazing and I am totally down to hang out (and photograph) you anytime!

XOXO,
Kelsey

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Oh, here it goes. I’m writing a blog post about my very best friend and I’m already crying. I’ve been running these words through my head for a few weeks now, not quite sure what words to put together to convey exactly how much this woman, and our friendship, have meant to me. This is so much more than a photo session to me, this is the story of my best friend and her dreams coming true.

For the past four years Melody has been my rock, my confidant, my biggest cheerleader and my constant support system. She’s given me unconditional love, had relentless belief in me, and spent hours upon hours just talking and laughing with me. She’s celebrated my successes, cried with me during my lowest times and always been there without hesitation.

Lucky doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about our friendship.

Over the past few years there have been plenty of lunch conversations about babies. How much we wanted them, how sick we were of waiting, how much we were over the wrong guys wasting our precious time to have the partner, baby and family we’ve dreamt of.

Now I see Melody’s dreams coming true. And for that I cannot thank Christopher enough.

Christopher, as her best friend I will always be protective of her, you know that. But I am so grateful for the man you are, and that you have built this beautiful life with her. I’m so proud that I get to be a part of it.

Baby Jack, you were wanted so long before you came into this world. You were talked about years ago and now your mom will get to hold you in her arms and kiss your little toes and thank God that you have finally arrived and that her dream came true. You are loved beyond belief and we haven’t even seen you yet.

I cannot wait for our adventures to begin, sweet boy.

Love, Your Godmother

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