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the Priesters

    Meet the Priesters! Devon- a student now at Missouri State in Springfield- came to me with the coolest idea… to surprise her mom with a 9art family session for mothers’ day. These folks hadn’t had a family picture taken in about 13 years, so you could say they were about due. :)

    Taking ‘posed’ pictures with a group of adults is always awkward at first… lets’ not lie about it. But the fun is working through that, and getting to the spirit of that family… capturing the humor, candid moments, and the shots in which we even get to make fun of the traditional ‘posey’ portraiture that we all dread. And then, yes, there’s some pretty smiling ones. 





siblingly love. (don’t question my wordage).




this one cracked me up. ‘maybe your hand should be on dads’ shoulder.’ 

Um. Maybe dad isn’t so sure about that.



I believe an explanation of the next one is in order… it was a brilliantly hilarious idea to recreate the LAST family picture the Priesters had taken…

Did I mention that was 13 years ago?  The kids might have gotten a little bigger since then…


without cat. And then, also, WITH cat. 


8:30am is a pretty early time to start for a saturday.





He decided she needed HER hair fixed after she had helped everyone else adjust theirs throughout the shoot…



FALL SPECIALS (w/ a side of awesome sauce)

     It’s nearly fall. There’s something in the air. Something that makes people stop and say ‘oh crap, we need to get some family pictures done!’ That might not be your exact wording, but admit it, you’ve thought something like this. 

Or maybe… you’re a lovely lady whose wedding happens to be next year. You are either 

           a). about to get engaged                                                                                              

           b). ARE engaged (congrats!)

and it’s about that time to start planning things out for the big day in 2012. 

 Well I’ve got something for both categories! Listed out below are some fall goodies for those who have been thinking about booking 9art but have been waiting for that little incentive. If you have questions about anything or would like to jump on it and book, you can e-mail or call 417.622.1379. 


Note:: These specials only available to those who do not currently have a session booked with 9art. 



If you are a 2012 bride and you book by November 1st, 2011, you have access to some special pricing. 9art offers a range of packages to suit your budget and needs… there are also some newer offerings we’d like to let you know about. Here’s a couple of fun add-ons we are offering for a limited time only:


#1: 1/2 off 2nd shooter! We ordinarily offer a ‘2nd shooter’ as an add on for your day at a rate of $1000; until November 1st, we are slashing the price in half and offering it for $500. That’s essentially 2 photographers for the price of one… and Allyson Neely, our 2nd shooter, does a fantastic job…. we promise she is well worth it. :)

 what does a second shooter entail? E-mail me and I’ll be happy to elaborate. 

#2: free engagement session + 25 free wedding invitations (sweeeet 5 x 7 cards featuring clever design, the vital info for guests, & of course, your engagement pics). 


AND…. If you commit to packages 3 or 4, I’ll take $300 off the normal package price!

»»» Take a look at wedding packages & pricing HERE



I love families, and I want to cut you guys a deal too. So here’s a couple of fun offerings for families that book their session for a date that falls between October 15th & November 15th:


        #1:  $100 off any family package!

        #2:  new 6 x 6 ‘brag books’ only $65 (ordinarily $150) w/ purchase of 8 x 8 (book 

               or family package). These things make awesome gifts!

        #3:  book a mini portrait session for your kid(s) (20 minutes of camera time, in or 

               out of studio) and only pay $20 sitting fee! Perfect if you want just a couple 

               of great portraits of your kiddo, or maybe shots featuring their oh-so-cute 

               halloween costume!

»»» Take a look at family packages & pricing HERE

Joe + Kara :: July 2, 2011

      I truly love the uniqueness of each new wedding I shoot. Each wedding has its’ own pace, its’ own feel, its’ own look. The retro style of Joe & Kara’s day was so fresh and fun to capture on this quiet summer day.

The ceremony took place in the old church on the premises of an entire village of (authentic) vintage buildings, cars & props moved in by an area collector in Carthage, Missouri. The look of the town was perfectly matched by Kara’s own choices in decoration- bright 50s colors (subtle variations of red white and blue), pinwheels, and an awesome vintage-style wedding dress.

Joe and Kara are just great people too. So sweet. Enjoy the shots and keep an eye on the 9art facebook page for a larger preview in the next week or two!

Groom’s idea to do a ‘getting to the church on time’ shot… fun.


renea & nate :: maternity

     I first met Renea last year, when I worked what is, so far, the most random job of my photographic career. Taking pictures of apartment complexes for a local management company (for whom Renea worked)… over 90 properties total, in every small town imaginable within a 4 hour radius of Joplin, MO. Renea was the lighthouse-over-a-phone during that crazy month or so, guiding me to where I needed to be every time I ended up in some sketchy spot in nowhere, midwest and realized my mapquest directions were totally off. 

     Now that I’m back to normal work… you know, taking pictures of people, not places- Renea is herself in front of the camera along with her hubby Nate, in eager anticipation of their little baby girl. It’s getting close!

    Renea and nate are both, simply put, awesome people… maybe I’m biased because of our shared love for spongebob, but these people are just really sweet and funny. My kinda people. Can’t wait to photograph their new addition when she comes along in a few weeks, and to keep coming back to spend time with this family over the course of the baby’s 1st year plan and beyond.