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.Read More
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.
I always love when clients become my friends... but sometimes it's the opposite and friends become my clients, which is special in it's own way! Kristy and Jake are some of my older sister's best friends from college, so we've gotten to know each other over the years. When Kristy told me there was no question that they wanted me to photograph their wedding, I could have cried with joy. The extra great thing about photographing people you already know is that there is an unparalleled comfort level that you just can't create out of nowhere! Since comfort results in joy and laughter like in these images, I'm a huge fan :) At one point I told Kristy about the time I swing danced with Jake years ago and he told me it was like dancing with a board HAH!!! Don't worry, he was just giving me a hard time, but he was right..... dancing is not my forte!
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!
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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.....Read More
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 ;)Read More
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 :)Read More
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!Read More
A Spring family photo session at Loose Park in Kansas City, Missouri. Kate just so happens to be my hair dresser so it was extra special to get to capture this season of life for her family of three!Read More
A chilly Spring engagement + family photo session at Union Station in Kansas City. Ryan and Jamie are getting married this June and I will have the pleasure of capturing it for them! Ryan has two wonderful kids (featured here) and it was so fun to add them in to their engagement session... how special!Read More
A Spring teen photo session in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Tanyard Creek Nature Trails is always a beautiful spot for images, especially this time of year!Read More
A classy Spring brunch wedding at The Simpson House venue in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri. White walls, chandeliers and wedding cake donuts... yes please. These two ladies are some of the most amazing people I know... so thankful I had the opportunity to play a small part in their story!Read More
A chilly, Spring wedding at my very own church in Olathe, Kansas! Eric & Amber tied the knot while surrounded by their closest friends and family members and then flew off to Thailand for their honeymoon!Read More
A charming Downtown Kansas City/Power & Light District engagement session with a stop over at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts! Brian and Bla will tie the knot at Town Square Paola this October!Read More
I had never photographed a double couple's session like this, but since the two couples are such good friends and I was only in OKC for a very short weekend trip, it worked out perfectly! Nicolas and Jennie were so kind as to let me help them plan what they wore and dang... they pulled off such an elegant look! Guys are typically hesitant to wear something besides jeans, but this is proof that even comfortable colored pants with a button up shirt can really make an impact on the overall images. Not to mention how dapper... dare I say FLY Nicolas looked in his gray suit!! Combined with Jennie's little black dress, it was the perfect pair for ending our session with a bang on the rooftop at sunset.Read More
It's been 5 years since I shot Blake and Mandy's beautiful Oklahoma City wedding, and 5.5 since I shot their engagement photos. We've all come a long way since then, but I'm so thankful that we are still close friends! I had the wonderful opportunity to make a quick weekend trip to OKC to see some old college friends last week and can't believe we got to make this anniversary session happen while I was there! You won't want to miss this one... especially the downtown rooftop shots - they are my favorites!Read More
I learned two things yesterday at this maternity photo session in Downtown Kansas City. 1) Brittany looks better pregnant with twins than I do without being pregnant at all. 2) When it comes to photo locations, you never know unless you ask!Read More
Greg proposed to Kari under the mistletoe at Union Station KC's New Year's Eve party... you can't get much more romantic than that!! At the very moment that was happening, I was photographing a beautiful wedding in Paola, KS, but little did I know that these two would soon contact me and we would get to shoot their engagement session right there in Union Station to celebrate as it is now such a special place for them!Read More
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Let's talk about STYLE, shall we?! Risa and Aaron kindly let me help them select their outfits in order to create elegant images that complemented the dazzling aesthetic of the city lights and I'm so in love with the results :) Here's to encouraging more of my clients to do their sessions in the city and use the excuse to dress up!!
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After finding my work online, Austin called me last week to see if I could take some last-minute photos for him and his fiance for use in announcing their engagement to their friends! They got engaged in Kansas City on Wednesday, we did their session on Saturday and I made sure to return their edited images on Sunday so they didn't have to wait any longer to share the big news!Read More
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