You are FUN! You are Fabulous! We should tell the story of your fun, fabulous self and your fun, fabulous friends. How much fun would it be to plan out a unique and special photography shoot with your best friends?? I mean, come on, you guys know how to laugh, have fun and look good. Let's document this time in your life before driver's licenses, boyfriends and all that other high school drama. Thrive Teens and the popular Thrive Seniors have been photographing fun and fabulous girls in the Kansas City area for almost a decade. Let's plan something special for you and your friends.

You can gather up to 5 of your friends together for your portrait session or you can come with just your bestie or hey, just yourself!  We can create a session that fits perfect for you.  If you decide to have a portrait shoot with your friends, we'll talk about ideas for locations and clothing.   There are so many ways we can make your Fun and Fabulous Session unique for you!   Contact me below to get started on this fun time!


hi there! 
i'm heidi.

I have been a professional photographer for 10 years, specializing in high school senior pictures. You should definitely check out my senior site to see my work and what lies ahead for you one day soon. I really love photography... like, a lot....but not more than I love my Jesus, my hubby of 27 years, my 3 kids and my son-in-law and my super cute golden doodle, Buddy. I love to laugh and have a good time, especially when I am photographing my clients.  

I have always had a real heart for pre-teens and teenagers and spent 7 years as a youth pastor back in the day. It is always my goal, wish and prayer that a photo session with me will leave you feeling amazing about yourself. I strive to make the experience one that you will never forget. I have been focused for the last ten years on high school seniors, and I still am, but I began to realize that I wanted to be able to capture that middle school time of life - that time that's full of friends and fun. I have some big ideas for Thrive Teens. I'm just getting started, so this will grow, but I'm so excited to start snapping away!

Ashley is my kick-butt make up artist!  This boss babe has been a highly sought after professional make up artist in the Kansas City area for twelve years and she knows how to make Thrive Seniors' girls look amazing!  She has her own make up and skin care line and will know exactly how to bring out your absolute best!

MEET my team


Number One...Jesus!  Nothing else even comes close.  He is everything.   Then without a doubt, my family.  Man, did I get blessed with my college sweetheart and three amazing children. Now, I have a son in law to add to those blessings.  I CANNOT live without spicy food! I might be popping the Nexium, but mama's gotta have her salsa. Finally, Buddy! Everyone's favorite Goldendoodle.  You can meet him too!!


back to about me

teens & tweens


teen session options


Up to 6 total in the group
Personalized 1 - 1.5 hour session

Each girl can pick 5 digital files with a rights release for printing & sharing

50% off print or product orders

(The total of this package is split between each girl.)



Personalized 1 hour session

10 digital files with a rights release for printing & sharing

50% off print or product orders


Over at Thrive Seniors, our senior girls get the full-on pampering treatment with professional make up and hair styling.  While this is not included in our teen sessions, we can definitely add it on to your shoot!  Ashley Nelson Studios would love to take your group and teach your all about skin care and make up application and then provide just the right amount for your photo shoot.  Just ask!

"You captured the girls' outward beauty as well as their inward beauty."

if at first you don't succeed, fix your ponytail & try again!