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About Us

Kansas City's Most Creative Photography Studio

Step into our world, let us capture yours.

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Our Studio

Come find out why there is a difference in using a professional studio for your portrait needs.


We have been serving the greater Kansas City area since 2015. Our studio is located conveniently off 8th Street in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, and central to everything this great city has to offer. During your shoot, you can relax in more than 3800 sqft of climate-controlled loft studio space, giving you room to explore your own personal creativity.

Our 16' x 13′ white cyclorama wall can provide the very best setting for active photo sessions, such as dance photography, large family gatherings, or team photos. South-facing natural-light windows, exposed brick and loft look can add the perfect drama for any creative mind. Of course, some of the best images can’t be captured indoors. We are always excited to shoot around town, whether here in Kansas City, Lawrence, or Topeka.

Our Equipment

We only shoot with the best equipment so you always look your best!



We are a registered member of the Sony Alpha Pro program and use only industry-leading equipment such as Sony mirrorless camera gear and ultra-sharp Sony G-Master lenses, industry-leading Broncolor and Profoto lighting equipment for high-speed imaging, and Larsen light modifiers for natural, soft light. The luxury of an in-studio Epson p800 large-format printer allows us to deliver gallery-sized images, often in the same day.

We partner the award-winning, Kansas City-based H&H Color Labs for print order fulfillment which allows us to provide the largest product selection with very short turnaround.

A little about the owner...



Meet Ken Schmidt, Photographer



I’m a husband, dad, son, photographer, Jayhawk, dreamer and sometimes realist, often most of these things at once.

I have always had a passion for photography and Oread Studios is the culmination of this journey. I love capturing not just an image, but a unique place and time.

Whether I am photographing your session, or one of the other photographers with Oread Studios, you can always be assured that YOUR goals, interests and personality are our driving force. We believe in customer service and will always work to make sure you are 100% satisfied at the end of your session.