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    I fell in love with photography when I was teaching in China. My eyes were opened to a world of beautiful faces and incredible art as I roamed the streets and markets of Shanghai. I took pictures of every new and exciting detail and scene to help me remember my time there when I returned home.

    Photography is the memory of our lives. Photographs never change, even when the people in them do. My family lost my brother-in-law at a young age shortly after I returned from China. All we have left of him are the memories through our pictures. I wish we had more pictures of all of us together to show my kids the love and laughs we shared. Losing him motivated me to be a better memory creator for my family, and it fuels my passion for creating beautiful, timeless images that capture smiles and spirit.

    My goal as a photographer is to make this easy for you. I'm a mom of 5. I get that things need to be simplified in life. Let me give you pictures you'll love and an experience you'll enjoy. Now is the right time to schedule your session! Contact me--let's do this for you!

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Christmas Family Mini-Session Give Away

Can you believe Christmas is only 3 months away? Enough said.

On Saturday, November 7th I’m hosting my first mini-sessions. And I’d love to give one to a deserving family. Here’s the twist: if you sign up and win, you can’t use it for yourself. In the spirit of Christmas, you have to give it away! So enter below with your name and tell me who you’d love to bless with this special give-away! The winner will be announced on Monday, October 19.

September 23, 2009 - 5:27 pm

Lauren Creek - I would love to give it to my cousin Krista, who just had a new baby!

September 23, 2009 - 7:02 pm

Laura King - what if I would give it to someone who might read this? lol

September 23, 2009 - 7:07 pm

lanipalmer - well, Laura, in that case, if you win, you may tell me privately in an email so it could be a surprise. (you’re so thoughtful!) 🙂

September 23, 2009 - 10:04 pm

Becky Popejoy - I’d give it to Ginger so she, Scott, and Kaleb could have a beautiful family picture to display at the wedding.

September 24, 2009 - 1:10 am

Brenna Maserang - What an awesome idea! I know the perfect family who would enjoy this gift….I can’t say who…. 🙂

September 24, 2009 - 4:12 pm

Erica - Ha. You’re so cleaver, Lani! 🙂 Sign me up!! I know several deserving families!! The family I’m thinking of now has 4 kids and are out of a job. SAD, SAD situation! a free photo session for Christmas pictures of their family would be GREAT! 🙂 Add my name to that drawing!! 🙂

September 25, 2009 - 1:22 am

melanie werner - i would love to give this to my mom. all she has asked for christmas over the last 5 years is a professional picture of her kids. the last one that she has was taken around 15 years ago. each year when it comes christmas time we think of this but money has never allowed us to afford to do it. this would be the perfect christmas gift.i know that she would cherish it forever.

October 2, 2009 - 5:49 pm

Crystal Fox - I also think this is a fantastic idea! You are so giving Lani. If I won, I would also give this to my mom. She has always wanted a family picture of us, but over the years we never had the money and now my sister has moved out & she feels that she’s losing me too, even though she is not. 🙂 (Thats a mom for you i guess!) I know she would really enjoy this for christmas!

Mini-Session Interest

This fall I’d like to try something a little different to help my clients get great family pictures for those Christmas cards and save a little money in the meantime. On Saturday, November 7th I will be hosting mini-sessions at Bee Tree Park in Oakville, MO. For $100 you can have a half-hour session with a high-resolution CD of at least 5 images for you to print on your own. Normally one high-resolution image costs $50, so do the math…this is a big savings! Being able to stay in one place while families come to me to get their pictures taken in one day will save me money and time, so I would be thrilled to pass on those savings to you! But it’s only going to work if I get at least four families to commit, so sign up today and please tell your friends!

Here are the times I’ll be scheduling for Saturday, November 7. Spots are first come, first served.

(lunch break)

I’m so excited to be able to offer this to my clients this year! So as an added bonus, if you sign up this year, I will give you a $25 credit towards a mini-session next year! I can’t wait to hear from you!

October 20, 2009 - 12:16 am

…and the winner is… « lmtphotography - […] Still looking for a family picture for those Christmas cards? (By the way, Christmas is only NINE weeks away!) There are still spaces available for the mini-sessions on November 7! Call me if you’d like a spot! Click here for more information about the mini-sessions. […]

N Family Preview

It was so great to get back into the picture business after a nearly 2 month break for our big move.  I met Mom and Dad N through small groups at our church last spring, and it was such a pleasure to work with their whole family. The weather was awesome, the shade was cooperating, and the boys were smiling. Who could ask for anything more? Oh! And it was my first session using the new flash that I just got for my birthday in August. FUN! 🙂 Enjoy these previews!


Oh it feels SOOOO good to be in our own house! The TV and internet are finally hooked up, so I can announce the winners!

Becky Turner and Crystal Fox

Congratulations, guys! I can’t wait to meet with you to set up your sessions! It will be such a shorter driver for me too! 🙂

If you didn’t win this time, you can either blame my son (since he picked the winners) or you can stay tuned for my next give away!

Have a great week!! 🙂

Give Away!

I had so much fun with my first give away that I’m ready to do it again! So this time, in honor of FINALLY having my own house again and for my 2nd give away event, I’m giving away 2 $25 gift certificates to lmtphotography. To enter this random drawing, just leave your name in a comment below on this post. I’ll be announcing the winners on August 24–the first day we’ll have internet access at our new house.

Why is this such a momentous event? It was over a year ago that my husband and I decided to boldly follow God’s calling to leave our church (my husband is a youth pastor) and brand new house that we had only been in for 10 months. So we packed up, headed south, and stayed with my parents until we could sell our house and buy another one. One month after we put our house on the market, the housing market crashed along with our hopes for a quick sell and a quick stay at my parents’ house. We are so blessed that our house sold at the end of April this year. We are even further blessed to have found a new home in a great neighborhood less than 3 miles away from our new church. And let me just tell you how excited we are to finally be able to sleep in our own bed again!… 🙂

August 7, 2009 - 11:37 pm

Tina Clasquin - Lani, your pictures are amazing! I didn’t know you were so gifted! Thanks for making me a Facebook friend or I may never have known!!

August 9, 2009 - 2:16 am

Anna - I would love this gift certificate! Am I still allowed to enter; even though I’m sorta, kinda, not-really, but somewhat family?

August 9, 2009 - 1:28 pm

lanipalmer - absolutely, Anna! 🙂 and any sister-in-law of my sister is family to me. 🙂

August 9, 2009 - 8:22 pm

Becky Turner - Hey Lani, I’d love to have this gift certificate to utilize toward you taking pictures of my family for Lia’s first birthday. It would be so fun to see you, and I really enjoy looking at your work. So hopefully we’ll get to do that for Lia’s birthday pics! 🙂

August 10, 2009 - 1:27 pm

Elaine Barthel - Ok I will try Again! Looking to do Family photos for Christmas!
Good luck on the move! Sorry we can’t help but in the middle of transitioning to a new job!

August 10, 2009 - 2:43 pm

Kathy Hicks - I will try again, with all that’s happening with Corey, I’d love to get a family photo before he’s married! Your pics are the best I’ve seen! God has truly blessed you with this amazing talent!

August 10, 2009 - 7:35 pm

Crystal Fox - Congrats, again, on the new house! You guys deserve this so much! I love all of your work and even the other work you do with creating items! You are so blessed in the creativity area! 🙂

August 14, 2009 - 8:41 pm

Erica - I’m signing up, too. 🙂 We had a great time when you did our last session. Would LOVE another. You’re personality is perfect for a photographer. You are fun, bubbly (spelling?) and comfortable and that makes the kids comfortable, too. 🙂 Thanks!!