Wow, sessions like this make me fall in love all over again with being a Kansas City family photographer!  I have been sitting on this photography session and trying to narrow down the images.  See, this whole session started out as a mini-session to generate some family photographs for Christmas cards. Well, Winter happened and we ended up rescheduling in Spring.  And if this family was not so darn cute and playful I might have been able to stick to our plan of just a few images.

But what I learned about myself is that even if I stick to the shorter timeframe of a mini-session, my heart is so strongly tied to the lifestyle and candid images that result when kids are allowed to play, climb trees, run and pick flowers.  Their gallery will have “bloopers” and non-portraits.  They will have a range of expressions. They will have some portraits as well as images of them all playing Ring Around the Rosie.

When we started, mom told me that she was not worried about if the kids smiled or not.  She wanted photos of them being them. Oh, how I love this!  Their little girl, Eavan, did not smile much.  Or look at the camera much.  But she did pick flowers…and lots of them.  Her playing (all the while holding her flowers), climbing fences, sucking on honeysuckle, and running show childhood at it’s best.

the blending lifestyle and portrait photography

Lian is so handsome!  He got to pick some locations for his portraits, and this fence was one of them.  This one below is a favorite of mine. His other favorite spot was in his climbing tree.  He also took on the big brother role and tried to get his sister involved.  Look at him squeeze her! 

My goodness, Matt & Brie!  Your family!!  How darling you all are. This barn has been in Brie’s family for a long time, so the location and surrounding land is very special to them all.  My hope is that they will be able to cherish the images of their family playing in a place that holds their hearts for years to come.

These images look out over where their family home is, so that location is just as special as the barn.

Jocelyn and Nick are both military. Nick has been in the Army as route clearance and in the Air Force as IT. Jocelyn has been in the Air Force loading bombs on F-16’s and as Air Force Intelligence. Now they both work full time at our Air National Guard Base in Iowa.  So, I was curious about their love story.  Here is my favorite, as Jocelyn tells it:

While deployed to Afghanistan I heard a rather obnoxious laugh and something told me to look at this person. I noticed he just looked so happy. It made me want to be happy too. When I got back to the states I was working at Lowe’s and heard the same laugh. It was Nick. I had never met him before that day because he had been deployed the whole time I worked there. Ever since he came into my life I have been as happy as the man with the obnoxious laugh.

Enjoy looking through the highlight of their Kansas City Engagement Photos:

KC Engagement engagement photographs in a Kansas City park

Now, one of their favorite things to do together is ride motorcycles.  So, we incorporated them into our session.  I think they turned out great.  The last one was especially magical with the light coming down through the trees.
Kansas City engagement photos with a motorcyle Kansas City engagement photos with a motorcyle and the sun coming through the trees

Jocelyn & Nick, I am so looking forward to your wedding in January of 2018!


Hilary and Kyle’s wedding is just right around the corner and I know how excited they are getting!    Ready for their KC engagement photos?  Well, then it’s perfect timing to introduce their blog feature.  They both love books, so we took advantage of the cute Rainy Day Bookstore in Fairway Kansas to start our session.  It was Memorial Day Weekend and we had the shopping center to ourselves, which makes being in front of the camera a bit easier.  Now they are pros!

Kansas City Engagement photos in front of bookstore

We also went to the courtyard where Hilary works.  It was gorgeous!  And has some personal meaning infused into these images.  Oh, and the light could not have been any more perfect coming through those trees.
KC engagement Photography in green space

Loose Park:

And how to end up a great session?  Loose Park is a great answer.  The roses in the rose garden are gorgeous as usual and gave us on more variation on our photo session.  I adore the next set of images because Hilary and Kyle were having so much fun together and starting to flirt and tease each other.  I’m a sucker for photographs that show off the real laughter and nose crinkles!Kansas City Engagement Session at Loose Park Kansas City Engagement Photos at Loose Park with gorgeous sun in back

Go ahead….tell them how great they look!




Oh Kelsey & Anthony, how I adore you!  Your wedding was an inspiration to all couples because of the deep appreciation, pureness of heart, and radiating joy that you show each other and everyone around you.  Also, Eighteen Ninety Event Space wedding photography is a dream because the venue and staff are so amazing.  It is set up perfectly for couples tying the knot, wanting to celebrate, and have beautiful photos without leaving the venue. Both the bridal suite and groom’s preparation areas are full of character, beautiful light, and gorgeous decor. The outdoor ceremony, cocktail space, & indoor reception is perfect for a great party.  Then you add on the magnificent floral & designs of KP Event Design and all the time and planning (& other stellar vendors) Kelsey & Antony put into their wedding day…and oh my!  You will see.
photos of rings, dress hanging from chandileer, shoes, and flowers

While the bride and bridal party prepared for the big day with hair by the amazing White Carpet Bride and makeup by the talented family friend, Vicki Cohoon & Lisa Rooney.
Bride getting makeup done in preparation of her wedding day

See what I mean about a gorgeous bridal suite?  I love the image of Kelsey looking out at her ceremony site as it was getting set up.  The girls had matching robes and fun drinks so we made sure to photograph them all together before the bridesmaid dresses came out.  bride in robe with garter and bridesmaids toasting in robes

And the guys.  What a fun group.  Kelsey’s father really gave Anthony a hard time throughout the day about needing more goats.  If you haven’t heard the story, you should ask them about it.  But this “hard time” was met equally with a twinkle in his eye and eventually big hugs (and Anthony snuck in big smooches too).  Also a funny story. I love Anthony’s big laughs (not hard with his crew) and the image of his brothers helping him put on his jacket.guys getting ready at 1890 event space

Mom watches as Kelsey and her maid of honor puts on her wedding dress.  What a beautiful bride!

1890 Event Space bride putting on wedding dress with mom watching

My second photographer joked with Anthony that she was going to have me photoshop tears onto his cheeks while he was reading the card from Kelsey.  But who needs tears with expressions like this?  Then his mom helped with the pinning of the boutonnieres.  Throughout the day and evening, there were so many special moments between family members.  This is just the start. groom reading letter from bride, pinning of boutonniere with mom

A sneak peek for dad!  Check out that expression and mom looking on in the background when he sees Kelsey’s dress for the first time.  Pretty sure he was blown away. 

First look!  Check out the expression on Anthony’s face!  Followed by some magical portraits right after that capture the love and excitement they have on their wedding day. Couple's first look

Kelsey and Anthony were so excited to see their reception space all set up with the flowers, linens, and decor. Check out those place settings!
Wedding reception details at 1890 Event Space

Bridal party portraits & family formals:

Anthony and his flower girl had so much fun together.  So did the guys. 

I was lucky enough to have photographed Anthony’s brother’s wedding in the fall of 2015, so it was really fun to see these siblings together again.

Right before the ceremony, we took a little breather for some bridal portraits.  Her anticipation is there, but so is the excitement.

Guest are arriving and the bridal party is doing their job just right. 

Videographer: Beau Vaughn

Tux: Men’s Warehouse

Their pastor, Andy Frazier, did a great job with their ceremony.  It was personal and inspiring.

The emotion right after the ceremony is so much fun!

Cocktail hour!

Check out that cake!  Take the Cake by Kay.

Photobooth and DJ & master of grand entrances: Ray with  Icon Entertainment  got the party started with a totally unique photo booth and super fun grand entrance. The newlyweds followed it up with their first dance.

After an amazing sit-down dinner catered by Brancato’s (the best wedding food I’ve had EVER!) we snuck out for 15 minutes for some golden hour portraits.  You just can’t beat that dreamy light and newlywed glow!

Look at that sun coming down on them! wedding day portraits of bride and groom

The cake cutting and toasts had no shortage of laughter (and some fear when Anthony’s brothers spoke).

Father/daughter dance and mother/son dance.  This was a first for me.  Anthony’s song for his mother had his words/voice overlaid ontop of the song telling his mom everything he loves about her.  So special.
father daughter dance, mother son dance, and group shot at reception

And the party is on!Eighteen Ninety Event Space Reception

Boquet toss and garter throw: dance party

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Kelsey & Anthony, congratulations on your most amazing wedding day!  I wish you all the blessings and happiness possible in your marriage.  It was an honor to capture your amazing day.


Kansas City Engagement Session featuring Lauren & Ben

Oh, my goodness!  I am so very excited about this Kansas City engagement photography session!  Not only is the River Market a perfect backdrop for these fun and colorful images, but the couple could not be any more lovely.  We started off their photo session with a coffee because it is something they both LOVE. If you follow my engagement photography at all, you know that I try to incorporate the couple’s personality into each session by photographing the way they interact as well as bringing in little things they love.   For this Kansas City engagement photography session, we focused on bright colors, romantic, playful, and tender moments in an urban setting with a city view….and coffee.  Kansas City Engagement photos taken in the rivermarket

I just love the bright silk flags that were present in the Rivermarket on the day of our shoot!  They worked perfectly as a backdrop for the sweet nuzzles.

And then Lauren’s laugh!  Look at her great big gorgeous smile and the way she looks at him.  I also adore how easy it was for Ben to be sweet to Lauren, which really shows off how great they are together.  Kansas City Engagement Photographer

I would say that Ben did a great job on that ring!

We stuck around for some evening photographs with the bridge in the background.  And Ben was hungry, so he gets extra points for being a trooper!
Kansas City engagement photography in the Rivermarket

Followed by the cityscape as a background.  photos taken at night with Kansas City and twinkly lights in the background

I can’t even begin to tell you all how excited I am for their wedding in July!