I’ve found a photo home!

We are a military family, constantly on the move from one town to the next. We’re currently in the Leavenworth, KS area, for the third time, and we LOVE it here!

While I’ve photographed for the news in the recent past, and have been hosting photography clubs, I’m finally stepping up and ramping up my photography business full-time. I feel very, VERY fortunate to be able to do this through First City Photo and Frames in Leavenworth, Kansas. Debra Bates-Lamborn has owned the studio for over 20 years. It’s an honor to work at her studio, and to learn from her in the process, too.

Here’s a quick slide show of my new “home away from home,” a few quick scenes I shot at the studio yesterday (If it doesn’t load on your browser, CLICK HERE):

I’ll be spending a bit of time revamping my social media and…this website. Please excuse any glitches you may find on the site as I navigate the world of WordPress.

Debra is an amazing photographer! In my opinion she’s also quite the curator of Leavenworth, KS history, too! She owns glass negatives of photographs that were taken in Leavenworth during the late 1800’s. She also has many additional prints, books, newspapers, quite a bit of history, much of which can be seen at the studio. Seriously, this is one really neat studio!

While at the studio I’ve thought about the history of photography, the changes it’s gone through over the years. I’ve been thinking about how we all frequently snap, snap, snap away with our digital devices, share pics and…forget them. There is no replacement for well photographed and printed photos. NO. REPLACEMENT.

We aren’t just creating photographs, we’re preserving memories of our relationships and experiences. Good, quality photos + great printing and framing = well-preserved memories. There are so many digital images floating around our phones, cameras, computers, the big world-wide “interwebs,” I believe many of our special moments aren’t being preserved the way they should be. I’m still, and always will be, a strong believer in photos hanging up on walls, on a frame on desks at work, preserved in a well-printed album.

There’s a piece of photographic history which has been well-preserved, printed, and watching over my shoulder when I’m working at the storefront counter. This historic person is no other than…Abraham Lincoln! The image was photographed in the late 1880’s, captured on a glass negative, when Honest Abe gave his first political speech right here in Leavenworth, Kansas. This print was created from the original glass negative.

Print of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, as photographed in Leavenworth, KS when he gave his first political speech here in the late 1880s. This print was created from the original glass negative, and is now on display at First City Photo and Frame, Leavenworth, KS.

WOW! There’s no way this historic image could possibly be fully appreciated if the glass negative was hidden away somewhere in a file cabinet or on a shelf shelf. It might be preserved, but it’s much better appreciated printed and displayed for the whole world to see. Seriously,  if you’re ever in Leavenworth, KS, come on in the studio and meet this larger-than-life image of our former president! Personally, this is one of my favorite photos at the studio. Don’t tell my husband, but I’m now calling Honest Abe my “boyfriend at work.”

Ahhhh… Life on the frontier! I’m so glad to be living back here in Kansas! And even more thrilled to be working harder on my photography, building a good, strong business, too. 🙂


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Hi! I'm a portrait photographer in Leavenworth, KS. I photograph in the studio and on location: senior photos, family, maternity, newborn, head shots, passport photos, weddings and more. I also offer photography workshops, portrait parties in studio, and fun photo walks in local area. Fun!

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