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The Design Conversation

Designing Your Family Portrait … The Design Conversation Let’s talk about the back burner. This is where good intentions get placed. We all do it even though we mean well and THIS TIME it’s going to happen. But, no, somehow life gets in the way and we can’t commit and it gets put on the…

What to wear for family pictures

Wardrobe Selection for Your Family Portraits If there’s one thing that everyone has anxiety about, it’s what to wear for family pictures! It even strikes fear in my heart and I’ve been doing this for over twenty years! So, I’m going to share a couple of quick tips that will make it easier for you…

The Amazing History of Strauss Peyton

For history buffs in Kansas City, there’s a lovely secret just down the road sitting in boxes in a jail cell in Independence.  Did you know that Strauss Peyton is the oldest photography studio in the United States that has been in continuous business since they opened?  And because we are over 100 years old,…

Framing your Strauss Peyton Art

The final touch on your beautiful Strauss Peyton portrait should be beautiful framing.  Ladies, it’s like making sure you are wearing beautiful elegant shoes and jewelry with a stunning gown…of course you want it to match in style and finish so you shine! Recently, Jonathan and Kaela visited Chicago and were able to set aside…

Strauss Peyton, the next 40 years

  Perhaps you’ve noticed a slight change to our Strauss Peyton website?  Yes, things have been changing a little bit here at Strauss Peyton.  In fact, you could call it a changing of the guard of sorts.  For the past 40 years, Mark Braswell has been the head boss, the face of Strauss Peyton, the…

Sharing and Learning in New York City

This past week, Jonathan and I attended the annual meeting of the Society of XXV in New York City.   This group has 25 of the greatest photographers worldwide that demonstrate excellence in their field of portrait work, as well as leadership in the industry.  At this meeting, we had the pleasure of the company…

Five ways to Rock a Headshot quickly

Does your blood run a little cold when you hear the ominous words at work of “We need your headshot”?  And what if you don’t have enough time to make an appointment for a headshot (we prefer the term business portrait though!) with a professional photographer so you can get something really fabulous?  Don’t worry,…

Learning in Vegas…no really, there was learning!

Happy Love Day! At the beginning of February, Jonathan and I made our way out to Vegas to join our coaching group for a three-day onslaught of new ideas, new concepts and reconnecting with other wonderful professional photographers all over the United States.   It was terrific to see familiar faces again and we managed to meet…