The James Family Portraits

I had a great session with the extended James family earlier this Spring in Kansas City. They showed up looking great- it can’t be easy to coordinate 12 different outfits, but they managed to do it perfectly! My favorite part was the cooler they brought in tow (all around that huge park) which may or may not have had adult beverages inside. Hey, whatever it takes to loosen up for the lens, right?!

Daughter Nikki and her sisters planned this photo shoot as a gift for their mother Jeanette’s birthday- and what great memories we captured for her and the whole gang!

Jeanette James with her husband and four beautiful daughters.
Mr. & Mrs. James
All the girls!

I have to thank the family for making it a breeze to photograph a dozen people at once. Everyone was very cooperative, smiling, and happy, and nobody complained (too much) about the long walk we had to take to get to this beautiful blossoming tree!

And here’s the whole group!

The whole extended James family.

Nikki contacted me again a few weeks after the group shoot and I was happy to photograph her daughter Allison for her one year portraits. She’s pretty adorable!




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Welcome to Melissa McGhee Photography!

Hey, there! Thanks for checking me out. I’m a photographer in Lee’s Summit, MO, part of greater Kansas City (Go Royals!), and I specialize in two separate areas: architectural and interior photography (I’ve photographed hundreds of hotels, resorts and other businesses over the last 8+ years all over the U.S. and internationally); and I also run a portrait business. 

More recently, I’ve slowed down on the travel work to spend more time around the people I love- my family, my friends and the love of my life, Cory- and have finally realized my dream of having a dog for the first time in my adult life. Arlo has destroyed SO MANY of my shoes, but he’s got my heart for sure, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Cory, assisting me on a resort shoot in Grand Cayman
Arlo at 8 months (currently 9 months old)

Now that I’m not jetting off to a different destination every week or two and have more time for new clients in KC, I’m growing my portrait business.

With this blog, I hope to offer several different things to keep it interesting and informative. Here’s what you can expect to see from me:

  • I’ll share my recent work, obviously!
  • Giveaways, contests and special offers! Everyone loves FREE stuff and DISCOUNTS, right?
  • Helpful tips for prepping for a photo shoot (I’ll break it down for each type of shoot: engagement, wedding, maternity, newborn, children, family, seniors, seasonal, etc.)
    1. Inspiration
    2. Outfit/accessory ideas
    3. How to take the stress out of photo day
    4. Much more!
  • What to expect from ME during a shoot- how I work and make it fun for you
  • Guides for awesome photo displays in your home
  • News on upcoming specialized mini-sessions and other photo promotions

If you’ve gotten this far in my blog, I’d like to thank you with a giveaway! Just sign up for my email newsletter and you’ll get a free download of this image to brighten up any space! I’m ready for summer vacation, are you? Sized 8×10 to easily print and throw in a frame. I took this photo last year during a resort shoot in Aruba. It was so pretty- I can’t wait to go back on a vacation sometime to relax on the beach and enjoy the awesome snorkeling in the waters around the island.


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Melissa McGhee