Kansas City Wedding Photographer…Spring Wedding At the Elms Resort…Megan and Scott

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They did it!  I’m still coming down from the high of this amazing day.  As I mentioned in a previous post, after meeting Megan, we became fast friends.  I love being around her because she’s so upbeat and happy all the time.  Megan makes you feel so good to be around.  Being with her on one of her happiest days was amazing.

We knew earlier in the week that the weather wasn’t going to cooperate with our plans for lots of outdoor photos and an outdoor ceremony but Megan and Scott never let that get them down.  They toughed out some short periods of time outside in the cold and embraced the indoor opportunities the gorgeous Elms Hotel had to offer.  Even though it was 40 degrees outside, spring was all around us with the amazing floral arrangements provided by Beco Flowers.  Nicole from Simple Elegance was their coordinator.  I’ve worked with Simple Elegance for more than 10 years but this was my first opportunity to work with Nichole and she was amazing.  So sweet and kind and she kept the day running perfectly.  It almost broke my heart to see the beautiful cake (by Vickie DuPaul) and it smelled as delicious as it was beautiful.

 

Mother’s Day Mini Session!

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I’ve been going through family photos a lot lately.  Our kids love to look through our family photos and videos and frequently ask to watch the videos and view the photos from when they were little but the more I go through them, the more I regret one big thing; I should have been in more photos.  I know there’s the every present problem that I’m usually the one behind the camera but I also sadly have the problem that so many moms have – I don’t feel confident enough to get in FRONT of the lens.  When I was in the photos, I usually wasn’t a big fan of how I looked.  Sometimes I was just being too critical of myself and sometimes it just wasn’t my most “photo ready” moment!  You see, I always hope that I look like this in photos with my kiddos:

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(Photo by my amazing friend and sometimes second shooter, Alexis Close.)

Sadly, I usually find myself looking more like this:

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OK, obviously the first photo is a professional shot, nicely lit, beautifully composed image and the second is a selfie that seems to be shooting straight up my nose.  My arm is obviously not long enough to get us all in the frame in a nice way 🙂  I think we all have too many of these “family photos” and not enough of the first kind.

This time of year is when my husband starts asking me what I want for Mother’s Day and every year I answer with the same thing : “really don’t worry about it” or  “I don’t NEED anything” or “I don’t know………”  Poor David gets hit twice in this area because my birthday always falls within days of Mother’s Day and this poor guy gets no help from me!  As parents it’s our instinct to put everyone else first but I figured out this year what I would really like to have: portraits with each of my babies.  I want something that both they and I can keep forever and be proud to hang on my wall.  I want them to look at those photos with me years down the road and remember how much I love them and love being their mom.  After chatting with a few of my friends I found out how popular that idea was so I thought Mother’s Day would be the perfect time to offer “Mommy and Me” Mini sessions!  This May 12 and May 19 I’ll be offering 30 min. sessions to capture you and your babies .  Each session will yield photos of you with all of your children together as well as you with each of your children individually.  If you’re a Daddy who wants to get in on the action, no worries we love all parents around here – it’ll be a “Daddy and Me” session for you!  If you’re a Daddy looking for the perfect gift for the Mommy in your life ( your children’s mother or even your own mother) let me know!  I’m happy to make you a gift certificate for you to gift this session to her.

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Kansas City Wedding Photographer Loose Park Engagement Session Megan and Scott

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It’s wedding week for this gorgeous couple!!!  I’m so excited for this weekend – when Megan and I first met a year ago (how did it go by that fast!!??) we hit it off immediately and every time we’re together we’re chatting so much that time slips away. I should have known we’d get along great – she was referred by one of my favorite former brides; Alyssa.  Check back early next week for their preview pics!!

Kansas City Maternity Photographer: Hannah- Waiting For Baby

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It’s almost time!  Anyone who watches our website or social media will instantly recognize Hannah.  I’ve been honored to photograph many of Hannah’s big moments in her adult life – from her senior photos many years ago to engagement and wedding photos and now Hannah and Tyler are just about to welcome a new tiny one.

Keep an eye on the blog – tonight’s session made me nostalgic for all of the sessions Hannah and I have worked on together so I’ll probably be pulling a few images from each of her sessions to post very soon!

Happy Anniversary, Charlie and Hadley!

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It’s almost been a year since this amazing day so I wanted to feature Charlie and Hadley here on the blog today.  In the months since the wedding, I have had the chance to work again with Hadley and each time I see her (and of course Charlie too) I just love her more.  Hadley is as sweet as can be and their love for one another is so obvious.

Their ceremony and reception were both hosted at the Kemper Museum and they made their ceremony especially personal by asking a close friend and former co-worker to officiate for them.

I hope you’re celebrating this weekend, I’ll be thinking of you!

Kansas City Wedding Photography Setareh and Michael’s Classic Wedding

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What’s better than your team advancing to the final four?  Getting married…. how about your team advancing to the Final Four on your wedding day and Big Jay stops by the reception to celebrate with you!

Setareh and Michael were married at Beth Torah with their reception at the Overland Park Marriott. Setareh’s amazing gown from Mia’s Bridal was absolutely the centerpiece of this amazing day – she looked exactly like a princess.  Her gorgeous bouquet by Branches and Twigs complimented her gown and coordinated perfectly with the bridemaid’s dresses.  Michael couldn’t take his eyes off her all day and who could blame him – she was a vision! It was a joy for Mallory and I to spend the day with these two and their families.

 

Art Deco Inspired Kansas City Wedding Maddi and Danny

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What I love about Kansas City is that it has such a unique history and The Little Theater  Inside Municipal Auditorium is so amazingly “Kansas City”.  I’m in love with the art deco design and marble floors and if you keep your eyes peeled you can even find period photos showing parties and concerts hosted there back in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.

Maddi’s gown and Danny’s class black tux perfectly complemented the style of the venue – a touch of vintage but perfectly modern.  The day was made beautiful by Once Upon A Table (coordinator) DJ ConnectionMaple Lane Designs (florals), Sugar Beats Bake Shop (cakes), and Brancatos Catering.

Alexis and I had an amazing time spending the day with these to fabulous families – we’re excited to see them again when Maddi’s sister gets married in September!

 

Throwback Thursday Ashley and Rudy

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This week’s “Throwback Thursday” is from Ashley and Rudy’s spring wedding just a few years ago.  I think we can all agree that Ashely was absolutely STUNNING and I’m still in love with the pre-ceremony photos we shot at her parent’s home that day.  Their property is absolutely gorgeous and because it had rained that morning, there was glow in the environment that gave a fairytale feel to their images.  It was magical!

Kansas City Engagement Photographer Loran and Dustin

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I rounded out my weekend of engagement sessions with Loran and Dustin.  By the start of our session, the wind had kicked up and the clouds had rolled in but they toughed out the chilly wind for some gorgeous Downtown Kansas City skyline photos!  They’ll be celebrating their wedding at one of Kansas City’s most gorgeous outdoor locations but it’s more of a rustic aesthetic so getting some downtown shots for their engagement session is a nice juxtaposition.