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There's not enough time for me to unload all of my creativity and ramblings in blog form, but I doubt you have enough time to read them, anyway! So, I'll do my absolute best to only share what is most likely to benefit you and help you get to know me a little better.

While I'm still in the process of moving my blog posts from my old site, you can find a variety of client galleries, photography tips, personal stories, and more. 
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Hi, I'm Tammy!

Mom,artist, musician, dog-lover, adventurer

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unmedicated birth irwin hospital
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Amazing and fast natural birth at Irwin Hospital in Fort Riley, KS, captured by Tammy Karin of Little Leapling Photography.

Quick Birth at Irwin Community Hospital


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Toward the end of 2015, I realized that I wasn’t sharing pictures of my own kids, anymore. As a professional photographer, it was important to me that even those pictures represented my skill and passion, so unless it was an obvious cell phone picture, I needed to take the time to edit them. Here’s a […]


Children, Personal

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  The Sunflower fields at Britt’s Farm in Manhattan, KS were simply amazing this year. How perfectly Kansas! Pictures with this glorious Kansas state flower are in high demand each year when they bloom in August and September. If you miss out on these massive blooms, you can still get beautiful pictures with the many […]

Sunflower Mini Sessions!

Children, Family, Manhattan KS

in home newborn
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When my youngest was born in 2005, I took him to Kmart where Olan Mills had a tiny studio set up in the front of the store. The middle-aged photographer kept urging me to nurse my son so he would be “happy”. Not only was Nathan perfectly content, I was really struggling with nursing still […]

Manhattan, KS Newborn Photography

Clients, Lifestyle, Newborn

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Your photo session is just around the corner! Have you picked out your family’s outfits, yet? When deciding on your family outfits, the best approach is to have only one person in a pattern and then keep the rest of the outfits very simple, using colors from that more interesting selection. Avoid busy patterns, logos, […]

Family Outfit Tips for Photo Sessions

Clients, Family, Lifestyle

newborn hands
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I was pretty sure that this outdoor family newborn session with 6, 4, and 2.5 year old boys and their 2 week old baby brother was going to be…well…chaotic. I knew we’d get good pictures, but I also knew we’d be chasing these guys all over the place and I’d be demonstrating my full range […]

Outdoors Newborn Session | Manhattan, KS

Clients, Family, Lifestyle, Newborn

true love
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Enjoy this super sweet Junction City newborn photography session! One year to the day that this adorable couple started dating, they welcomed the most precious baby girl into their arms.And nobody realized it until Sophie’s grandma brought out the blanket that mama had made from their combined artistic talents. For a moment I was confused […]

Junction City Newborn Photography

Clients, Lifestyle, Newborn

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I’m ready to become your favorite family photographer! You COULD jump around and use a different photographer each year. Or you can enjoy the many benefits of sticking with the same photographer year after year. Five years ago this month, I took this picture. I had only been charging for photo sessions for a few […]

Your Favorite Family Photographer!

Clients, Family

favorite photographer
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“Is it okay if we bring this special princess dress for some pictures?” YES. Yes! Yes! Yes! I love to hear your fun family photo ideas! I have endless poses, games, funny noises, acrobatics, and fun ways to connect with the families I work with. But, I’m also super flexible and willing to try just […]

Fun Family Photo Ideas

Children, Family, Photography Tips

newborn nuggles
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Get ready for those ovaries to twitch and ache! Sweet William was absolutely perfect for his newborn session. Check out these newborn photo tips and enjoy highlights from this newborn gallery! The number one tip I can give you going into your newborn photography session is to RELAX. Your little one is going to pick […]

Newborn Photo Tips

Clients, Lifestyle, Newborn, Photography Tips