Authentic Family Photos | Real Kid Personalities | Kansas City
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OUR
STYLE

We want you to love the images we create for you. That starts with getting to know us and the types of images we seek to create. There is a perfect photographer out there for everyone. It would be so cool if you discovered we’re the ones for you! So, take a look around, read more about our approach, and just get to know us better.

Well, we won’t settle for your fake smile, that’s for sure. We love to see the authentic you. We live for those fleeting moments where your genuine laugh shows up, even if we have to work our tails off to get it. We need to capture those real connections between y’all! Of course, one really cool thing about working with us is that we REALLY want to work with you to create something noticeably different than what everyone else is getting. We’re not the photographers for you if you want overly-posed “stiff” pictures that look like everyone else’s. Hey-you’re NOT just anybody. You’re YOU. Let’s celebrate that!

Here’s the deal. Your family is growing and changing constantly. Your kiddos may do some crazy things that you *hope* no one ever captures on camera 🙂 BUT, they also have 3 dozen distinct facial expressions… their very own personality… and you love them so much that you just can’t contain it sometimes.

Of course, everyone loves having a beautiful portrait, and we’ll totally get a few. BUT! We’ll do it with our MIKE + JULIE signature stamped on it. We figure if you’re relaxed and having a good time, then it will show a whole lot more than a stuffy studio ’tilt your head just like this… no, this way… now say cheese!’ kinda portrait. We’ll make you smile because we’ll be laughing and playing with you.

We want you to have a TON of fun, and if you’re not, then you’re probably not at a session with MIKE + JULIE. Cuz that’s what we do, we have fun, loads and loads of it.

Our goal is for you to walk away with a brand new idea of what it's like to get your pictures taken.

We want nothing more than for you to have a great time, remembering how much you love this crazy bunch of people who you call family. Come spend an hour with us. We’ll play, relax, laugh, and connect. We won’t focus on that “perfectly posed” family picture, but rather create images that capture the REAL you.

OUR
STYLE

We want you to love the images we create for you. That starts with getting to know us and the types of images we seek to create. There is a perfect photographer out there for everyone. It would be so cool if you discovered we’re the ones for you! So, take a look around, read more about our approach, and just get to know us better.

Well, we won’t settle for your fake smile, that’s for sure. We love to see the authentic you. We live for those fleeting moments where your genuine laugh shows up, even if we have to work our tails off to get it. We need to capture those real connections between y’all! Of course, one really cool thing about working with us is that we REALLY want to work with you to create something noticeably different than what everyone else is getting. We’re not the photographers for you if you want overly-posed “stiff” pictures that look like everyone else’s. Hey-you’re NOT just anybody. You’re YOU. Let’s celebrate that!

Here’s the deal. Your family is growing and changing constantly. Your kiddos may do some crazy things that you *hope* no one ever captures on camera 🙂 BUT, they also have 3 dozen distinct facial expressions… their very own personality… and you love them so much that you just can’t contain it sometimes.

Of course, everyone loves having a beautiful portrait, and we’ll totally get a few. BUT! We’ll do it with our MIKE + JULIE signature stamped on it. We figure if you’re relaxed and having a good time, then it will show a whole lot more than a stuffy studio ’tilt your head just like this… no, this way… now say cheese!’ kinda portrait. We’ll make you smile because we’ll be laughing and playing with you.

We want you to have a TON of fun, and if you’re not, then you’re probably not at a session with MIKE + JULIE. Cuz that’s what we do, we have fun, loads and loads of it.

Our goal is for you to walk away with a brand new idea of what it's like to get your pictures taken.

We want nothing more than for you to have a great time, remembering how much you love this crazy bunch of people who you call family. Come spend an hour with us. We’ll play, relax, laugh, and connect. We won’t focus on that “perfectly posed” family picture, but rather create images that capture the REAL you. Wanna see more of these real moments we’re talking about? Check out our [blog]!

MY HEART IS MELTING! MIKE AND JULIE YOU TWO ARE AMAZINGLY GIFTED. HOW YOU CAN CAPTURE AND BRING OUT THE LOVE THROUGH A PHOTO IS INSPIRED! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO AND HAVE DONE FOR OUR FAMILY. YOU ARE IN A LEAGUE ALL YOUR OWN!

-Josey

sweet loving moment getting family pictures photo

session

fee

{$150 plus tax}

1-hour session (KC metro)

40-50 edited proofs to order from

in-studio ordering session

good for single families, extended families, kiddos, and couples

additional

details

Signed contract and session fee payment must be received to reserve a spot on our calendar. Minimum product purchase of $200 required. Sessions book 2-4 weeks out, depending on the season. Session fees are non-refundable, but transferable up to 6 months. Sales tax will be added to all session fees and product purchases. Collections start at $600. Prices subject to change without notice.

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How long have you guys been around?

We’ve been shooting kiddos and family portraits since 2007. We began the crazy adventure of shooting weddings in 2009. In 2018, we stepped away from the name ‘JSi Photography’ to ‘MIKE + JULIE |  storytellers’.

What is a session with MIKE + JULIE like?

We’ll spend about an hour together at the Kansas City metro location of your choice. First and foremost, we’ll choose a location that has great lighting and interesting environments. We’ll spend our time together laughing, playing a few games, having a stress-free FUN time. We WILL ask you to smile for the camera, but we’ll do it with style and hopefully a bit of entertainment (which is code for Mike will make odd sounds and jump over Julie’s head-true story). We do a mix of posing and interacting shots. Don’t expect it to be a ‘smiling at the camera the whole time’ type of session. We firmly believe it’s important to capture not only what you all look like at this moment in time, but how you feel about each other.

Can I get studio portraits?

Well, you can, just not with us… 😉 Even though you’re invited to the M+J Studio for your personal ordering appointment, it’s really only a super-cool meeting space and not suited for shooting in. Studio work is great and all, don’t get us wrong. We just like the freedom of a real environment more. It’s actually an important element in what makes our style look the way it does.

How do I book/reserve a session?

Your session date is reserved once your portrait contract is signed and your session fee is paid.

Do you offer digitals?

Yep, we sure do. You can purchase one individual file, a bundle, or the whole kit and caboodle! But, that digital file sure won’t look as nice on your walls as a big, beautiful canvas though 😉 

When is the best time for my session?

Our favorite time of day to shoot is during the evening a few hours before sunset. It’s hands-down the most flattering light of the day!

What if I have to reschedule?

Payment of your session fee reserves that day and time so that no one else gets it. So, when you can’t make it, no one else gets that spot either. But we totally understand that life happens. You get one complimentary reschedule for any reason. After that, if you still need to reschedule there is a $75 rescheduling fee.

What if the weather is bad on the day of my session?

Since we live in the land of weather being persnickety, it’s a very good time to talk about our inclement weather procedure. If the forecast calls for rain/strong winds/snow, we will contact you the night before your session and see if it’s possible to make a call at that time. Often though, it’s a matter of waiting until those last few hours before to really know. If that’s the case, we will call you 3 hours prior to let you know our thoughts. If we postpone, no worries! We’ll compare calendars and come up with a date that works for both of us.

I have no idea where to have my session, help!

Breath! It’s okay! If you don’t have any specific inspiration for your location we are loaded with ideas. We got you.

Can you help me with what to wear?

Of course, we can! We have an inspiration page filled with examples from real M+J sessions, beautiful color scheme suggestions, and helpful hints sprinkled throughout. But, our biggest concern is that you choose clothing that you feel GREAT in. When you feel good, it shows.

What if I am late to my session?

Tsk tsk tsk… nah, we’re just kidding-it’s not a problem! We try not to book sessions back to back in case things happen, but often it’s a matter of running out of light. No light=no pictures. It’s just that simple. For that reason, if you are more than 20 minutes late we will automatically reschedule.

What if my kiddos don’t behave at the session?

DON’T worry if your kiddos don’t want to smile. As much as you want your kiddo to be a perfect angel during the session, let yourself off the hook if it doesn’t happen. This is where we work our MIKE + JULIE magic 😉 It takes some kiddos a little longer to warm up to new people than others. We are pretty good at detecting that and turning things around. We never want you to push them, or force them to smile. It’s just not how we roll. Part of choosing a session with MIKE + JULIE means trusting our process. For us, that process looks more like getting in there and just playing with your kiddos. It’s MORE about the experience than it is about the perfect pose.

What happens after the session?

Once your session is over, the agonizing wait begins! Then, you’ll come in for your very own personal ordering appointment at the M+J Studio. This is the time when you’ll see your images for the first time, get acquainted with all of our yummy products and place your order. AND…. we’ll help you every step of the way to prepare for your ordering appointment, no worries.

How much pizza will Mike eat after the session?

Well, the man bleeds pizza sauce so it’s a given that the level of pizza consumption is going to be pretty high. (You know us so well!)

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