Sunflower Fields and Photography Mini Sessions

Kansas is known as the "Sunflower State" and for good reason. We seem to have quite a few fields over the state that bloom at various times in the Fall. 

Sunflower in bloom at Kansas State University, Manhattan Kansas. Captured by Renee McDaniel with Renee McDaniel Photography.
Sunflower at Kansas State University, Manhattan Kansas. Captured by Renee McDaniel with Renee McDaniel Photography.

The flowers are so very, very beautiful and bees and butterflies are all over them. If you get close enough, you can see bumble bees coated in yellow pollen.

Bee covered in pollen on sunflower at Kansas State University, Manhattan Kansas. Captured by Renee McDaniel with Renee McDaniel Photography.
Butterflies on sunflower at Kansas State University, Manhattan Kansas. Captured by Renee McDaniel with Renee McDaniel Photography.
Bumble bee on sunflower at Kansas State University, Manhattan Kansas. Captured by Renee McDaniel with Renee McDaniel Photography.

The last 2 years, I've offered Sunflower Mini Sessions the week or 2 the flowers are in bloom. I get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about the flowers blooming because the timing for the sessions has to be just right. Two weeks before they "usually" bloom, I start driving by the field every other day to check on their progress. Then the week leading into it, I drive by at least every day.

One evening before my sessions start, I usually take my daughter out in the field to wander around. If you've followed my work for any amount of time, you can tell that I love to capture the inquisitive nature of my daughter, especially when it comes to the outdoors. She's gotten to the point now that, well before the field blooms, any time we drive by she points to the empty field and tells me "That's where the sunflowers are, Mommy. I want to go see them when they grow."

Girl walking in sunflower field at Kansas State University, Manhattan Kansas. Captured by Renee McDaniel with Renee McDaniel Photography.
Girl reaching out for sunflower at Kansas State University, Manhattan Kansas. Captured by Renee McDaniel with Renee McDaniel Photography.
Girl reaching out for sunflower at Kansas State University, Manhattan Kansas. Captured by Renee McDaniel with Renee McDaniel Photography.
Girl holding sunflower at Kansas State University, Manhattan Kansas. Captured by Renee McDaniel with Renee McDaniel Photography.

And as much as I love capturing my daughter exploring these fields, I absolutely love capturing my clients there. If you've ever wondered what your images from one of my Sunflower Minis might look like, check some of my faves from last year below. 

Grandmother and grandchild in the sunflower field at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Captured by photographer, Renee McDaniel of Renee McDaniel Photography.
Child sitting in the sunflower field at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Captured by photographer, Renee McDaniel of Renee McDaniel Photography.
Grandma and granddaughter in the sunflower field at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Captured by photographer, Renee McDaniel of Renee McDaniel Photography.
Family with grandparents in the sunflower field at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Captured by photographer, Renee McDaniel of Renee McDaniel Photography.
Girl holding a sunflower in the field at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Captured by photographer, Renee McDaniel of Renee McDaniel Photography.
Baby sitting in the sunflower field at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Captured by photographer, Renee McDaniel of Renee McDaniel Photography.
Girl sitting in the sunflower field at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Captured by photographer, Renee McDaniel of Renee McDaniel Photography.

These sunflowers are somewhat iconic of our state and I feel they capture a family's time in Kansas perfectly. My Sunflower Minis are now booking! Click Start Your Story to message me for more details and snag your spot before they're all gone! 

Family playing in the sunflower field at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Captured by photographer, Renee McDaniel of Renee McDaniel Photography.

Till next time…

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