Photography & Testimonials
Penny Thieme Photography
I offer a full range of photography services including restoration work, custom prints, portrait, wedding, event, family and commercial photography as well as passport and business photos (same day as work load permits). I specialize in capturing the essence of my subject and story telling through my images. If I am not available for your needs please consider one of the other professionals in the VALA Gallery (Formerly Familiar Faces)
Within my studio I have photographers who specialize in lighting with a wide range of specialties from photographing work for artists' websites to location and portrait needs. We also offer advertising and commerial art design as well as websites for artists. I oversee every project personally and pride myself on providing professional services to my clients.
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I am acquainted with Penny in several capacities - artist, photographer, educator, organizer, all-around evangelist for the arts in our community - and she's brilliant in all of those roles. My specific endorsement here is for her photography, as she's done photo shoots for me as a singer-songwriter, for significant family events, and for art photography. Penny is the photographer you want to hire, because she's prepared, organized, flexible, intuitive, communicative, and productive! She's great at staging, and she can also capture the magical moment that can't be reproduced. She puts people at ease and facilitates their real personalities, so that her images are authentic as well as lovely. And, her follow-up is impeccable, making the editing and output processes a joy. Hire her for your next special event or photo need!
Kathryn Lorenzen, Fairway, KS
Penny is a very creative and fun loving individual. She took pictures at my daughter's wedding and family photos. We love the pictures! I also participated in local events hosted by Penny and they were well organized and enjoyable.
"We simply cannot thank you enough for everything you did for us! We knew the pictures would be wonderful but they exceed every expectation. Your loving heart is evident in your work. Our day would not have been the same without you present!
Mr. & Mrs. Garoutte (NKC)
"I cannot adequately express my gratitude to Penny Thieme for her amazing photography and her powerful painting, sculpture, and other, mixed-media, art, as well as her tireless work at the Vala Gallery. She photographed numerous events for me, including my wedding and my son's graduation, and took my professional headshots. She also has enabled me to be involved in the art community through offering me corporate sponsorship opportunities at the Vala Gallery as well as giving me a chance to participate in her artist receptions and other events. In addition to being a talented photographer with a breath-takingly keen eye, Penny is truly an inspired and inspiring artist, as well as a person with vision, passion, and dedication to the artists of Kansas City, from the very young to the venerably experienced. Without Penny Thieme and people like her, this world would be a dark and empty place."
-Corinne Corley, Kansas City, Missouri
The website looks wonderful thanks to your ability to organize by color, shape and design! I love it totally, as far as I'm concerned it's complete. Thanks again!
-www.sandraschaffer1.com/website and portrait client
"Penny was our wedding photographer and so much more! Penny took
our engagement pictures, coquette pictures as a present to my new
husband, rehearsal dinner pictures, and wedding pictures. She went so
above and beyond what we expected. Her passion for photography is
obvious; it is truly what she loves to do. Because she loves her job so
much, she truly puts her heart and soul into each and every project.
Although my husband and I are both fairly reserved, she made us both
feel very comfortable, which really reflected in our pictures. They turned
out amazing! She really captured the joy of the day, and many of the
little details I worked hard on. We will treasure these pictures forever! "
-Jessica Morrison/Mission, KS
"Penny's photos really captured me in performance like no one else ever has." Ken Gaines, Houston, TX/ promo and website banner images/www.mytexasmusic.com, www.kengaines.com
"Penny is truly an amazing photographer and artist, you'll have to experience working with her to fully appreciate the extent of her talent. You can go anywhere to get a photo taken, and that's exactly what you'd get, just a photo. If you want something special captured, a moment, a special event, a look . . . That's what you'll receive from Penny, something special. She has this creativity and vision like I've never seen before, her work always exceeds my expectations!"
-Debbie Christ/Overland Park KS
"I would recommend Penny to anyone who needs to capture something special in a picture. She has an intuition as well as the technical know how when it comes to her subjects. I have never seen myself in such a glorious light. I hope she will be willing to work with me again in the future when I need just the right photograph.–Stephanie Fine/Singer/Songwriter Dallas. TX (cd cover & promo shots)."
-Stephanie Fine/Dallas, TX
"For both the engagement pictures and on the day of the wedding, Penny was driven to get the best shots for us, but did it as quickly as possible. Her shots were clear, candid and really captured the spirit of our wedding. The photographs were excellent and our wedding album was beautifully done. Our wedding has come and gone but thanks to Penny, we have scores of pictures with which to reminisce."
-Kristin Greer/Kansas City, MO
"It gives me great pleasure to inform you of my experience with Penny Thieme-Custer and Familiar Faces Photography. Not only was Penny prompt in her scheduling, her turn around time on the photo’s were as promised, with no excuses or delays.
The quality of the photo’s and the creativity in which they were taken was exactly what I had been hoping for.
I can honestly say I have never been more pleased with any other photographs taken of myself and my family."
-Brandi Severson/Kansas City, MO
"I would first like to thank you for the wonderful job that you did on our wedding. Your kind heart and spirit went a long way when it came to help plan the wedding. As you know the pre-planning for a wedding can be stressful (especially when your husband is a half a world away). However God was with me when he pointed me in your direction. You were very professional and calm throughout the whole process, but yet you made me feel like family. This was my first time dealing with a professional photographer so I had no idea what to expect. Lucky for me you knew exactly what to do. Thank you...
The Big Day came and you were there to lend a helping hand and soothe my nerves. You and your assistant were very helpful and sincere. Since there were 10 in the wedding party and additional swordsmen having both of you there was a huge help. You captured moments between Johnathon and I that I had forgot happened. Through you and your pictures we will forever get to relive that day and our memories. Thank you so much for capturing the spirit of our wedding and the unique qualities of our friends and families. You succeeded on both counts and managed to exceed our expectations. I did not realize you had such acute intuition as well until I saw it clearly in our pictures. You are an incredibly talented professional. Your enthusiasm for your work and art truly shows in every image. Every person who was involved in the photographs taken that day, were extremely surprised to have so much fun and laugh while posing for wedding photographs.
Thank you for your imagination and masterful skill of photography to have created such special memories for us to share with everyone we love. We will continue to recommend your service to anyone who inquires and we will think of you in the future to capture more special events in our lives!"
-Johnathon & Desiree/Oak Harbor, WA
"Penny has taken pictures at almost every important event in our life. She has photographed our wedding, the birth of our daughter, graduation pictures, and every birthday party and special occasion. She is always able to capture the mood of the people and the overall feel of the function. She is delightful to work with and I highly recommend her for any picture or portrait need."
-Michael & Karen Baker/Shawne, KS
"This is to express my sincere appreciation for the GREAT photos you took at my wedding. The photos are amazing. They captured what they were trying to in a life like style meaning it was like you could jump into the photos. There were plenty of shots of different scenes so that I had plenty of pictures to choose from. What was important to me was also important to you. I liked that we discussed what shots I wanted ahead of time because you had some good ideas that I had not even thought about and they worked out great. I am so glad that you were apart of my special day and that you made me look and feel so special. Words can't express my appreciation. Many people can use a camera, but few people can make the pictures come to life and you are one of those people.
I would highly recommend your services to anyone else interested in getting great professional photographs."
-Becky Shaffar/St. Louis, MO