Families are Cool!

Meet the McNeil Family! They are anything but boring.  They are also kind, caring, generous, down to earth, incredible cooks, funny and a wee bit crazy…but in a very good way! ;)  It’s always fun to spend time with them and always fun to photograph them.  Their beautiful faces and fun personalities make my job easy and enjoyeable. 

I met Ann over 2 years ago, and she’s been coloring my hair ever since (and she’s awesome at it).  She currently owns 2 salons in Overland Park:  Envogue Salon, and Tribeaolgy Salon…both of which are great and staffed with experienced stylists.  Be sure to check to them out.  If you go into Tribeology Salon be sure to take a look at my work on display there.

This first shot was posed completely by them.  I don’t think the composition of their poses could have turned out more perfectly. 

Of coarse we got some “normal” portraits too.

Nick was the official sunglass holder.

I should also add that Nick can cook up some amazing and delicious food!!

I look at this picture and can’t help but think it should be titled:  “She says jump and they say how high!” ;)

If you haven’t noticed yet…this one is definitly full of spunk and personality.

She’s completely gorgeous, isn’t she?!

Had to capture the teens in their element…texting!

Never a serious moment with these two.

I also want to take some time in this post to share with Ann and her family how very sorry I am to hear of the passing of her father John Rauber.  My heart aches for you and your family.  Your father was a wonderful man and I am grateful I had the chance to get to know him.

I had the oppurtunity to photograph John and Judy for their 50th Wedding Anniversary so I got spend a little more time with them and am so glad I did.  They’re such a great couple!

Here is a little more info about John:

John Wayne Rauber passed on to Eternity on Thursday, June 3 due to an accidental death. 


John was born on January 12, 1940 in Jackson County, Kansas City, Missouri to the parents of Violet and Edgar Rauber. John had an active and happy childhood and participated in many sports and other activities.  John graduated from East High School in Kansas City, Missouri in 1958.  While at East High School, John lettered in Basketball.  John enjoyed playing basketball until he was almost 40 years old after which he refereed a number of years. 


John met Judith Ann Stotts in 1959 and was immediately smitten.  Judy and John were married soon after on November 6,1959.  They lived for the first few years in the Liberty, Missouri area and then moved to Johnson County, Kansas for a number of years.  They then moved to a rural area of Spring Hill, Kansas.  Before John’s retirement in 1999 Judy and John lived for 15 years in the Overland Park area. 


In 1999, Judy and John retired and moved to Holiday Island, Arkansas (near Eureka Springs, AR).  They loved the area and John played many rounds of golf on the Holiday Island Course.  John enjoyed tremendously his retirement and all of the benefits of not holding a regular job.  He did however work on many contracting jobs at Holiday Island and in the local vicinity. John was an extremely hard worker and literally “died with this boots on”. 


John loved being a friend to all he met and very much enjoyed meeting people and helping them in anyway that he could.  John knew no strangers and was a friend to all and known by most as Big John the tease.  John loved to have fun with people but was always loving and kind.


Judy and John were very active in their church from the time that they were married.  Their marriage was sealed in the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1964.  They have held many callings and positions in the church over the last 50 years.  John served as a Basketball Coach to the Youth for many years and was a great example to the boys that he worked with in the Youth program.   Over the past 4 years Judy and John worked as volunteers in the St. Louis, MO Temple.  They made many great friends there and enjoyed the work tremendously.  They have had a tremendous commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have been dedicated followers of His example.


John was preceded in death by his mother and father; brother Douglas Rauber and his sister Shirley Ann Rauber.  John is survived by oldest brother Alan Rauber and his dedicated and loving wife of 50 years, Judy, his son Stephen Rauber of Parker, KS and his daughters Leslie Jennings of Paola, KS and Ann McNeil of Prairie Village, KS. Grandchildren, Jake, Blake and Allie Jennings; Rachael, Keli, Meagan, Stephanie, Emily and Isaac Rauber;  Ryan, Karly and Tessa McNeil and great-grand children Aubrey and Jonathan.


Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 8 from 6-8 p.m. at Mount Moriah South, 10507 Holmes Road, KCMO.  There will be another viewing prior to Funeral Services on Wednesday, June 9 from 9-10:30 a.m. with the Funeral Service to follow at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 28750 North Hospital Drive, Paola, KS  66071. 


You will be dearly missed John!  Thank you for the Legacy you left to those you loved and associated with.  My prayers and condolences go out to your dear family.

One Comment

  1. Kiana said . . .

    These are fabulous! I love your family sessions – the personalities really shine through. You did a great job, as always. :)

    Posted June 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

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