MIKE + JULIE storytellers

Moment chasers here to show you that your story, imperfections and all, is perfect.

We are a Kansas City based, husband + wife, photography team who love creating amazing storytelling images that capture your real life and real moments!

04/22/2024

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”

-Psalm 24:1

Happy Earth Day! Make sure you get outside and soak up the beauty God created for us!

04/16/2024

We heard it’s a tad windy today 😘

Photos from MIKE + JULIE storytellers's post 04/12/2024

Hello Class of 2025!

Are you excited and ready for your Senior Pictures?!?!
Want some easy tips to get you started?

Click https://bit.ly/4aVKVrf to check out our TOP 3 Tips!

Photos from MIKE + JULIE storytellers's post 04/03/2024

📣Shout out to the senior fellas!

We all know the senior girls tend to steal the limelight on senior pics, but the fellas deserve a chance to shine too!

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Have a senior in your life who needs to book their senior pictures? We’d love to tell you more about our approach. Take a look around and be sure to check the links in our bio. Then, hit us up with your questions!!

03/31/2024

You know what else He calms?

Your worries.
Your fears.
Your anxiety.

He equips.
He strengthens.
He breaks through with His light where there is too much darkness.

Thank you, Jesus, for wanting me in Heaven so desperately that you gave Yourself up, just so I could have a way to spend eternity with You. Thank you Jesus, for your beautiful work on the cross.

He is risen!

Photos from MIKE + JULIE storytellers's post 03/28/2024

The UNportrait Experience
🌟unposed, unscripted, real moments🌟

For all the folks who say their life is TOO BORING for this type of photography: May we present to you... a random Wednesday morning 😍

We say your life is incredible. This is what WE see when you invite us to capture your life, for real.

Once you realize we can do this for YOU too, you know where to reach us. Hit us up in the DMs to get started.

Photos from MIKE + JULIE storytellers's post 03/21/2024

What if you’re ready for pictures, but Mother Nature isn’t? We’ve had such a lovely string of gorgeous temperatures lately, but no full, lush greenery in KC yet.

What to do?

There are PLENTY of incredible places to get pictures when it’s not green yet. Just look at Bree’s session, which was technically still done during Winter. You’d never know by looking at these images!

If you love this Spring weather, but don’t want to wait for leaves on the trees, DM us to get started.

03/13/2024

https://www.mikejulie.com/blog/beautiful-stunning-kansas-city-dancer-photo-shoot-poses/
Confident.
Stunning.
Fierce.

Just a few of the descriptions we would give Emma's Dancer Portrait Session.

Chainné your way over to the blog and check out her session. For you non-dancers... that means click the link below!

https://www.mikejulie.com/blog/beautiful-stunning-kansas-city-dancer-photo-shoot-poses/

03/11/2024

4 Things to Know About Your Spring Photo Session

#1 WHY SPRING IS A GREAT TIME FOR FAMILY PICTURES
So many reasons! First, there’s something about Spring that has such amazing energy! It’s like the whole world is excited to crawl outta the cave of winter and that energy comes through in your images! Second, it’s a much easier time to get on a photographer’s calendar than in Fall. Plus, in the Fall, there’s this constant battle between temperatures and Fall color. (Just between us friends, we don’t think Fall color is all that important when it comes down to what makes your images great.) In the Spring, mornings are warmer and evenings are milder. And if you have to reschedule, you’re not looking at dreary November for your pics. The weather just gets better and better!

We don't have the room here to tell you about the other 3 things to know about your spring photo session, so click over to our blog to read the rest. After that, be sure to get on our books to we can photograph your fabulous faces!!

https://www.mikejulie.com/blog/4-things-to-know-about-your-spring-photo-session/

03/06/2024

Senior parents this post is for you! Some of our most asked questions in the late winter/early springtime are from senior parents who are worried it’s too late for pictures for their upcoming May graduates. Ok first, it’s never too late (well, not never... but you're still good)

❗️Yes, we have great locations for you. This is a great time of year for urban photos. Why? The city photographs beautifully year-round.
❗️Your images are ready for viewing and ordering in less than a week. And because we work with top-notch vendors in our region, nearly all of our products arrive quickly.
❗️You’re not too late on grad cards. BUT. The time is going to fly by faster than you think. That’s why we want to take the lead, designing and ordering your cards for you. All you have to do is mail them out (or, have your senior do it ?).

Just know, our BIGGEST priority is to take care of you every step of the way.

If you would like us to take care of you for your last-minute senior pictures, just click here to get more info! https://www.mikejulie.com/contact-us-m/

Photos from MIKE + JULIE storytellers's post 03/05/2024

Who’s in desperate need for a fresh headshot for work, LinkedIn, or even to woo that special someone on that dating site?

Did you know we do headshots too?

No… not those stuffy ones in a photo studio with a backdrop and artificial lights. Our headshots, my friend, are done in a way that brings a professional yet approachable feel to these necessary evils. Outdoors and on location, our style can provide you with a range of feels from 100% laid back and casual to a more formal presentation… all while ensuring your personally shines through. You can even wear your pajama bottoms if you want.

Oh, and we can even work with you on a full personal branding shoot!

📣Ready for more info regarding our options for headshots?
Swing on over to https://www.mikejulie.com/sessions/overland-park-kansas-city-headshots/ to learn about our options!

Photos from MIKE + JULIE storytellers's post 02/20/2024

🎓 CLASS OF 2024 🎓

Who still needs senior pics?

We’ve got some insanely GREAT weather coming up and time slots available after school on weekdays.

Next step: click the booking info link in our bio.

Photos from MIKE + JULIE storytellers's post 02/15/2024

Sometimes at sessions, we collect rocks.

I mean come on Mike and Julie, this is cute and all, but… can’t we just get on with the photoshoot? 😬

That depends. How well would you like the session to go?

Story time.

This sweet little dude was feeling shy, not ready to smile for anyone, and just wasn’t into it. And that’s ok. Maybe he’s naturally more introverted than others. Perhaps he didn’t sleep well, or didn’t feel his best that day.

For whatever reason, he needed to focus on something that was not us. Remember, play is how kiddos process their world, so when they are feeling unsure, play can be what relaxes them.

So, heck yeah, we collected rocks.

AND JUST LOOK AT THAT HAPPY SMILE WE GOT (see the last slide)!!!

❤️ Honoring kiddos’ moods and feelings is a huge part of what makes our sessions fun and not a chore. We love making people happy and would be thrilled at the chance to do the same for your family.

📸 If your family is on the hunt for your next family photographer, we would be honored if you’d consider us. Check out our page some more and if you like what you see, click link in our bio to get booking info.

Photos from MIKE + JULIE storytellers's post 02/08/2024

Have you ever considered whether family portraits inside your home are right for your family? Here are our top tips on what we look for when heading in our clients’ homes.

1. LIGHT - The #1 thing we’re looking for is good natural lighting. A space can be the most beautiful ever, but without God’s light shining in, it ain’t happening. Often there will be one or two rooms in your home that have that what we’re looking for.

2. MEANINGFUL MOMENTS - There are SO MANY moments to capture in your home that we’d never be able to grab anywhere else.

3. FUN - Y’all know that fun is one of our top requirements at our family sessions. Where do you guys tend to spend your play time? That space will probably make for a great backdrop to your shenanigans.

4. THE BEST PART THOUGH - Great moments can happen anywhere. You just need a photographer who will hunt for those extra moments. That’s what we love to do.

Hit us up in our DMs if you want more information on scheduling your family’s portraits soon.



Photos from MIKE + JULIE storytellers's post 02/01/2024

Planning an epic party for the big game this year?

We got you. DM us for photo coverage info ❤️💛

In the meantime... head on over to the blog to see this family's watch party. https://bit.ly/49iIgH7

Photos from MIKE + JULIE storytellers's post 01/25/2024

Want as many looks as possible for your senior pics?

We do too!! When you choose our Deluxe Senior Session, you get as many looks as possible.

We’ll be spending 4 glorious hours together, so we recommend a MINIMUM of 5 outfits (we believe 9 is our record) and 4-6 locations (we’ve been known to hit more, though).

More than anything though, we want to capture as many parts of who you are as possible. For Sarah, she mentioned her love of books and of course, dance.

Class of 2025: Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about your senior pictures. Have questions for us?? DM anytime 🤩

Photos from MIKE + JULIE storytellers's post 01/18/2024

Temps in above freezing, wha???? Feels like cause for celebration. We’re missing our outdoor dance sessions right about now and can’t wait for Spring when we can get back at it.

Photos from MIKE + JULIE storytellers's post 01/11/2024

🤩 Ideas for your next UNportrait Experience 🤩

Our hope is that you realize just how valuable real-life storytelling images are. Hit us up with your questions about this style of photography 📥

Photos from MIKE + JULIE storytellers's post 01/04/2024

Sharing a bit about our approach to newborn sessions. Seeking all mamas-to-be who are interested in more connection and less props, more personality and less staged. 

Be sure to DM us about your own newborn session if you have any questions for us!

Photos from MIKE + JULIE storytellers's post 12/25/2023

MERRY CHRISTMAS

May the hope and light that Jesus promises be yours ❤️

12/06/2023

If you haven’t had a session with MIKE + JULIE | storytellers there’s no way you’re having as much fun as we are.

It’s been the most glorious Fall portrait season with our M+J peeps 💜 We truly have the best people!

😛 😛

11/30/2023

It's about to get cold out again... so here's an adorable photo of some sibling love to warm you up.

If the picture doesn't warm you up they take a page out of their book and snuggle to stay warm!

11/23/2023

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

We pray everyone enjoys their time with family and friends today.
Be sure to eat enough pumpkin pie so you're as happy as this little lady is!
{if you don't like pumpkin pie feel free to unfollow} ;-)

11/21/2023

Sunrise over the West ridge of our favorite treehouse. It’s the most peaceful place around these parts 🤍

10/18/2023

Don’t these two sweet little faces just make your day? What a happy pair they are 🥰

10/10/2023

The best family photo is the one where your happiness jumps out of the photo, where the viewer can feel your happiness.

10/02/2023

🔥CLAIRE 🔥

This girl’s strength and precision were incredible to photograph 😍

One of the best parts of my job is to see where I could get just a little bit more out of your technique and Claire was the BEST at taking feedback and rocking it out.

Who wants to see more from Claire’s session?!

09/25/2023

🍂🍁Hey y’all! Happy Fall! 🍁🍂

This post is going to be our place to keep fall booking info up to date. Here’s the scoop:

🔸Session Availability: Sessions are available Tuesday through Saturday. FRIDAYS ARE ALL BOOKED IN OCTOBER. We shoot when the light is the most flattering, so that means mornings and evenings. Evenings are going to be more comfortable for temperatures and also for less dew on the grass in natural locations.

🔸DST: Don’t forget about Daylight Savings Time ending on November 5th. What does that mean for pictures? Well, remember that info above? It means evening light hits earlier and makes weekend spots even more valuable.

🔸Popular/In Demand Locations: We are HUGE fans of creating a stress-LESS experience for you, and that means we love heading to popular locations Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday so that we can have free reign over all the best spots at popular locations. If you want a recipe for stress, here it is: popular locations on the weekends. If you can, try to prioritize your experience for a weeknight. You will 💯 be glad you did. If you have to choose a weekend, ask us about locations with more privacy and less crowds, that’s definitely our jam!

🔸www.mikejulie.com/BOOKING-INFO

So, will we be seeing you this October??

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