The weather dropped significantly this week in Kansas City and the morning of this session was dreary and rainy. Thanks to this flexible family, we were able to push it back a few hours to at least avoid the rain! The bridges at Antioch Park actually looked a little cinematic because of the water and we got lucky that the trees were still full of colorful trees despite it feeling more like winter each day :)
I was late to the game on Instagram when I first started using it, so for a long time it felt a little overwhelming to me. Thankfully, I’ve discovered several supporting apps that have helped me overcome the stress of the platform and create a system to posting that works for me.
I have to admit something ridiculous to you… I have live in Kansas City for 4 years now and had never done a session in the Country Club Plaza. Can you believe that?!? Tannia and AJ were so incredibly kind and we were almost loopy we were laughing so much toward the end!! I’m so thankful that my job affords these opportunities to meet such wonderful people and the situations to become fast friends. Congratulations to these two lovebirds! I’m also still amazed that I live within 15 minutes of both of these amazing locations!! There is SO much more to capture in the Plaza, who wants to do another session there?!?
I met Kayla and Cody for a short mini session this Fall and we immediately hit it off. It’s amazing when you can tell so quickly after meeting someone that they are just good people. An analyst and an engineer, they’re both too smart for me, but we had a blast trekking through the tall grass and searching for fall colors. It’s amazing what images can be created in just 15-20 minutes!!
I play in a volleyball league with Sara each week and I finally got to meet Jefferson at their engagement session!! They requested Loose Park since they live super close and have spent a lot of time running in the area so it’s special to them. Afterwards, we went downtown to the KC Power & Light District to capture some elegant, urban photos.
This amazing couple met through work. Trent is an emergency manager (he sets off the tornado sirens) and Jenni is a meteorologist (she is the one that issues the tornado warnings for him to set off the sirens!). They were friends/work colleagues for awhile but we quickly realized that wasn't enough!
What a beautiful, perfect wedding day these two had last weekend! I was so honored to play such a special role in their big day and it truly was a blast. Bla and Brian met at work and started to become interested in each other, but knew they couldn't do anything about it at that point. When Brian decided to leave the company, Bla stepped out of her comfort zone and asked him out (yeah girl!). It's so obvious that they care so much for each other and I can't believe I was blessed enough to get to capture this special day for them as they begin their journey into marriage!
Brent went to Seminary with my husband so it was extra special when they reached out to see if I could capture his and Annie’s wedding next year. They currently live 6 hours away from Kansas City so I was honored that they would make a weekend trip in for their engagement session! These two are so kind and fun-loving… they were giggling the whole time and it was so obvious how much they care for each other.
An elegant Kansas wedding on a 75 degree day at The Barn at Schwinn Produce Farm in Leavenworth. Literally everything went so perfectly at this wedding, I couldn’t believe it! Amazing vendors like Sara Enderle (wedding coordinator) from Vintage Rentals KC and Derek Hoffman from Levity Events (DJ) + the amazing style of this bride and her wonderful friends and family topped off the perfection of the day.
Right in the midst of a stormy summer weekend in Northwest Arkansas, the sun shone for the entire Meinzer wedding. Several months ago I had the opportunity to shoot Jake & Kristy's engagement session at this rustic barn venue near Bentonville and it was fun to see it again all set up for their wedding day!! These two newly weds met in college. They hit it off right away, but despite a wonderful friendship, didn't start dating until almost 10 years later. They both view being friends for so long before getting married as such a blessing. They got to know each other and each other's families well in a no-pressure environment before dating which took a lot of stress away and made wedding planning a (relative) breeze!
Whether it's a family session and you're struggling to coordinate everyone's outfits, an engagement session where you're trying to capture your best selves in the most special season of your lives so far, or individual portraits like a senior session, these tips will give you a good place to start in order to stop the overwhelm and help you make decisions with a vision in mind.
I had never shot at Heritage Park in Olathe Kansas before, but soon after sunrise turned out to be a gorgeous time there! Taylor and Whitney's son Brooks literally didn't fuss the whole time and we were able to catch a few smiles - I was amazed!! Happy Birthday, Brooks :D
Thank you thank you thank you to any of you who have booked a photo session with me in the last few years! It’s largely thanks to you that my husband and I can finally say that we are DEBT FREE! We have tried to make payments that were a little more than what felt comfortable EVERY chance we felt like we could since we got married over 4 years ago and we’ve been hoping and praying for this moment. We could not be more grateful that it’s finally here!
A sweet engagement session in the West Bottoms and Downtown Kansas City. My husband and I will be traveling to California this December to capture Kevin & Dayna’s wedding! Since they’re moving back to Cali next month, it was fun to make these images in KC since they met and fell in love here :)
This gorgeous backyard wedding in Golden, Colorado was an absolute dream :) I knew Madi and Cameron in college, but it's a beautiful thing when friendships come back around years later! It is so obvious that they are perfect for each other, and I'll think you'll see in the images that there was SO much joy from both sides of the family when it came time for them to tie the knot.
Meet my sweet friend, Emily! We played volleyball together during high school in Colorado and have had the great pleasure of reconnecting as adults, particularly because of our shared love for photography. She lives in Denver now and specializes in wedding & lifestyle photography. In fact, if you've seen the lifestyle session of my husband and I in Buena Vista, CO (the one with my pink floral dress), Emily is the one who took those for us!
Brian and Kay got engaged on the top of a mountain in Yosemite National Park at sunrise and she was eating a muffin when he popped the question. For those two reasons alone, I knew we would be fast friends :D
Ryan & Jamie celebrated their union on a hot, June day in North Kansas City. The Courtyard at Briarcliff where the got ready was the perfect spot for their first look and bridal party photos in order to escape the 97 degree heat just outside the doors. Trezo Mare Restaurant's patio space was the backdrop for their ceremony and reception and thankfully some shade was provided by the building next door.
This Northwest Arkansas engagement session was one for the books! While I'm based out of Kansas City, the Bentonville area is just a short drive away and since I have family to stay with while I'm there, I always love an excuse to spend some time in the area.
We decided shoot their engagement session at the venue where they'll be getting married this August so I could have a chance to see it.. plus it's just beautiful, so why the heck not?!? Thanks to the Holland Barn for letting us take over their space on this cool, summer evening!
My husband and I went to London and Paris a couple weeks ago to celebrate our 4th anniversary, and I just happen to have some friends who live there currently! I knew Lauren in college, but she was a couple years older so our paths didn't cross much. A couple years after graduating, we started following each other on social media because she is a portrait photographer as well. We've touched base every now and then to talk about business and the photography industry, so when I found out she was living in London, we immediately set up a photo swap session! I mean come one... the stars just aligned too perfectly, we couldn't pass up the opportunity! Thankfully our husbands were good sports and put up with our inability to do a "short" photo session, even though that might have been what we promised them.....
A sunny, Missouri wedding at the Weston Red Barn Farm with pastel colors, succulents, and the goofiest of wedding parties. For their wedding day, Holly and Chris envisioned a celebration! Having food, friends, family and dancing is the best combination... and especially since it was for the purpose of them uniting together! Holly wanted it to be special for the two of them and to feel every moment, the grass under her toes (because yes, she got married barefoot because she is awesome like that), watching Chris' facial expressions, laughing and smiling through their first dance because that's what he does to her, dancing with her best friend, and stuffing her face with cupcakes. In retrospect, I'd say her hopes and dreams for the day definitely came true ;)
After a long journey with miscarriage, Brittany gave birth to a son. And then a year and a half later gave birth again… this time to these precious TWINS! Once you’re done taking in all the cuteness, scroll to the bottom of this post to see all the sessions I’ve done for this family to help tell their story over the years :)
Dear, impeccably friends and a gorgeous day at Loose Park made for the perfect anniversary session. Chris and Kara let me convince them to wait for the flowers to bloom and it was 100% worth it! Kansas City is too perfect for words in the Spring… now if we could just make it last longer!