Specializing in The Senior Experience. Serving Southwest Missouri. A look at the photography, business and my life as a creative.

mckimmey

A full-time creative living in SW Missouri specializing in the senior portrait experience.

Props in a Branding Session

Props in a Branding Session
1. Props can be used to bring in your brand colors. Cushions or pillows on a couch or different color files, notebooks or pens are just some examples of how you can incorporate pops of color. If you’re incorporating any electronics such as your phone or laptop, you could get a cover that matches your […]

What is Personal Branding?

What is Personal Branding?
Personal branding photography is a relatively new aspect of visual branding, with savvy business owners jumping on board to take their branding to the next level. A personal branding photography session differs from a typical headshot/portrait session in several ways. With headshots, the focus is simply you, usually shot from the waist up. Headshots are […]

Introducing Project Beauty 360

Introducing Project Beauty 360
“Beauty begins the moment you decided to be yourself.” -Coco Chanel Project Beauty 360 is a movement started by  senior photographer Thomas Nguyen to change the dialogue on real beauty. The concept is simple, no make up, simple wardrobe and location with the images being showcased in black and white. This message resonated with me because I know […]

Almost a Burnout

Almost a Burnout
It was almost a burnout. After 9 years of pursuing photography, I was finding myself at a crossroads. I was out of balance.  Each day feeling more confused about my goals, concentrating on little things rather than the big picture and feeling completely uninspired.  Because I saw the signs, I got some business advice for […]

Top 50 Established Photographer 2018

Top 50 Established Photographer 2018
The year ended with a wonderful surprise, I was selected as one of the Top 50 Established Photographers of the year by an organization I hold in very high esteem, The Twelfth Year. This was my first time entering The 12th Year’s competition because this is the first year they offered a division for established […]

The Traveling Dress 2018

The Traveling Dress 2018
In 2018 a photography group I was involved in proposed a traveling dress project; one dress-twelve different photographers and styles.  We each signed up for a week and the dress criss-crossed the country from May through November. It arrived in my mailbox November 3rd. Knowing it was coming during a time of year when Missouri’s weather […]

Change is inevitable, evolution is optional…

Change is inevitable, evolution is optional…
It is no secret I am an advocate for continuing education. No matter what industry you identify with as a profession, you must continue to learn in order to grow. Each year I set aside time and funds to continue my professional education as a photographer and business person. This summer I  headed north to […]

I believe in the power of photography…

I believe in the power of photography…
Yep. I said it. I put the words from my head and heart on paper and created a manifesto. I declared my purpose and….. it was scary.  It is not easy to put myself out there. I have always struggled to find the right words. But after many, many  drafts….. I let it go. It […]

Chansey is Beauty Revived

Chansey is Beauty Revived
Last summer I took a chance and submitted an application to take part in the Beauty Revived movement. What a fabulous journey it has been! From acceptance to the print magazine hitting my hands, I have loved this process. Beauty Revived is a movement that celebrates women and children with real beauty. Photographers donate sessions […]

Lexi- Senior LHS Class of 2018

Lexi- Senior LHS Class of 2018
Lexi kicked off our senior season perfectly! It was a beautiful night and she had chosen great locations! We started with hair and make up by April with 417 Beauty Co. Lexi said, “I love April and she does very good picking out colors and other things for your outfits.” This old store gave us the […]