Kansas City Wedding Photographer| James P Davis Hall Wedding | Carl and Christina

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So a thing happened this weekend….

Many of you know Carl because he’s been at YOUR wedding.  Carl worked with David and I for upwards of 10 years, assisting, shooting, helping wherever he could.  Carl was our right hand man.  More importantly Carl has been a dear friend to David and I since before we were married and was even the best man in our wedding and godfather to one of our children.

3 years ago Carl met Christina and it was just like magic, they were instantly inseparable.  David and I were honored to be asked to be part of their day (look closely, you’ll see a VERY handsome groomsman!).

Kansas City Wedding Photographer | Springtime Engagement Session | Kristen and Josh

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I’ve been dying to shoot some sunset photos now that spring is here and the sunsets are amazing and last night’s session with Kristen and Josh was the perfect opportunity.  We started the evening with some family photos with their amazingly adorable and hilarious daughter, Scarlet and ended the evening with just the three of us capturing their engagement session. I met Kristen and Josh last fall at Jessy and Davey’s wedding (their best friends) and they’ll be getting married in June.  It was nice to have the chance to laugh and get to know one another better before their big day!

Kansas City Wedding Photographer | Downtown Kansas City Engagement Photos | Angie and Scott

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It looks like spring in Kansas City… It almost feels like spring in Kansas City.  I can almost smell the spring blooms as I’m going through these images from Angie and Scott’s engagement session.  It was darker than we had anticipated that evening, which gave us a great opportunity for some night-time photos at our gorgeous downtown landmarks. I’m in love with the Liberty Memorial Silhouette- an image made possible by Angie and Scott’s willingness to hop a wall and climb a pretty steep hill – I think it was totally worth the effort!

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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