Lee's Summit, MO (PressExposure) October 29, 2013 -- Freeland Photography of Lee's Summit Missouri was recently nominated for the annual 25 Under 25 award sponsored by Thinking Bigger Business Media. The nomination was in recognition of their outstanding management and sales results. According to owner Mike Freeland, sales have increased at a rate of 17% a year for the past five years. To qualify for this award a for-profit business must employ fewer than 25 full-time employees, operate for three or more years and be located in the Greater Kansas City area. Qualified nominees provide additional supporting materials that are reviewed by a panel of third-party judges from the business community. The judges select 25 finalists from about 1,000 nominees based on financial stability, ability to overcome challenges, community involvement, defining characteristics/qualities, and company vision.
The 25 finalists will be announced in mid-December. Events scheduled from January through March 2014 will honor these finalists. Honorees are also invited as guests on the "Smart Companies" radio show. A pre-gala dinner is held for them in mid-February. These events culminate in an awards dinner & gala held in late February or early March.
Freeland Photography began in Independence Missouri in 1997. During 2011 they were selected by KC Magazine as one of the area's top 5 photographers. In 2013 The Knot Wedding Network selected Freeland Photography for induction to the Network's Hall of Fame at the annual Wedding MBA convention. Freeland's work has also been published in the KC Star, KC Magazine, Jewish Life, Ea Bride, KC Weddings and Spaces Magazine. Essence Magazine recently featured a wedding photographed by Freeland photography on their website and the feature was viewed over 700,000 times in the first 48 hours of being published. The top Kansas City businesses that use Freeland images for their print and web advertising include: The Stanley Event Space, Hilton President, Intercontinental Hotel, The Hawthorne House, Longview Mansion, Terrace on Grand, The Gallery, The Baltimore Club, Powell Gardens, as well as the Midland and Uptown Theaters.
The Studio has worked in nearly every venue in Greater Kansas City. Freeland provides ideas and suggestions by showing copies of prior work done at a client's locale. Mike Freeland expects his studio to photograph 85 weddings and 250 studio shoots in 2013 and over a hundred weddings in 2014. Their commercial client list includes over 50 of the largest businesses in the area. The studio also provides magazine quality portrait sessions, photography classes and photo booth rentals. Freeland is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Association of Bridal Consultants.