Traveling is one of my favorite things! Even if is is just a few hours east to Evergreen Plant Co. in Greenville, IL. I had a BLAST capturing this engagement session for Hayle and Ben in a new place. One of my recommendations to couples that want to do an engagement session in the winter is to find a unique indoor location. I have done winters sessions at breweries, coffee shops, in-home, and at other plant shops!

I really enjoyed getting to know the couple during our session! Ben and Hayle both went to Greenville University, and knew of each other, but didn’t start talking until Hayle reached out to Ben via Facebook. Things started slowly as they got to know each other, but once they did, they knew it was a forever kind of thing. They love to go out for dinner and drinks as a date night and really like to try out new places around the STL area.

When I asked Hayle what they are most looking forward to as a married couple she said retirement, traveling, having children, and grandchildren! She said she ask’s Ben weekly if they can retire. It was her idea that we meet at Evergreen Plant Co. for their engagement session, and I am forever grateful!

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Evergreen Plant Co. Engagement Session | Kansas City Engagement Photographer

Liberty Memorial is a popular location for a variety of sessions: proposal, engagement, senior, family, and even branding or headshots. This Liberty Memorial proposal was nothing short of dreamy! The perfect time of the year, at the perfect time of day, created the perfect moment for this couple. I feel so blessed that I was able to capture it!

One of my favorite parts of the session was the moments the couple spent together right before he popped the question! I could tell it was so special and intentional. Being able to capture moments like that make me fall in love with my job more and more.

After he popped the question we had a good time walking around the property and capturing moments of the newly engaged couple! My favorite spots at Liberty Memorial change depending on the time of year and time of day. We were able to have some privacy in each of my favorite spots during this session!

Of course, we had to get some photographs with the iconic Liberty Memorial Tower as the sun set. We also had time to capture some moments in front of Union Station before heading up to a rooftop where we took some skyline photographs.

Proposals are so much fun to capture because it is the first big step toward forever with your favorite person. Being able to look back at these cherished moments is so important!

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Liberty Memorial Proposal | Kansas City Photographer

The Fall colors showed up for this stunning golden hour senior session at Shawnee Mission Park in Kansas City, Missouri. The colors were ALMOST as vibrant as Jeanine’s fun and boisterous personality. She has the kind of smile that could light up any room! I had so much fun capturing her fun personality and interests in this senior session.

One of the pieces of advice I always give to my seniors is to include anything from your high school experience that is important to them. It could be a letterman’s jackets, class ring, sports uniform, etc. Jeanine brought some “props” with her to help commemorate her time spent cheerleading while in high school. Having these items helped personalize her session and will provide beautiful photos for her to look at when thinking back on her time in high school and in cheerleading.

She also coordinated her outfits to perfectly match the beautiful Fall colors! Her white dress was the perfect contrast to the colors of the leaves. Her second outfit included a maroon shirt that matched the rustic surroundings! Coordinating your outfits with your surrounds can help really make your photographs turn out beautifully.

I will go to Shawnee Mission Park for senior sessions again and again, it never disappoints! Jeanine’s session was no exception.

Shawnee Mission Park Senior Session | Kansas City Senior Photographer

I had the pleasure of photographing an beautiful senior, Sydney, at Shawnee Mission Park. She wanted a beautiful backdrop to help capture her personality as she closed out this exciting time in her life and began a new one. My time spent with her and her mother for this senior session was nothing short of delightful!

We met up just as the afternoon sun was going down and cast a beautiful golden light on our surroundings. Shawnee Mission Park served as the perfect backdrop, offering multiple settings that perfectly complemented the Sydney’s personality and style. Whether we were at the lake, standing among the trees, or taking a walk through the park, each scene provided a canvas for creating timeless memories that she can cherish for years to come.

A few pieces of advice I offer to all my senior session clients or anyone preparing for their own senior sessions:

  1. Plan Ahead: Take the time to coordinate outfits, and discuss any specific ideas or preferences you may have with your photographer. Preparation is key to ensuring a smooth and enjoyable session.
  2. Be Yourself: Your senior portraits should reflect who you are at this moment in time! Don’t be afraid to express yourself and showcase your unique personality through your clothing, props, and poses.
  3. Embrace the Moment: Senior year is a time of excitement and anticipation! Your session is an opportunity to celebrate this milestone in your life. Relax, have fun, and allow yourself to be fully present in the moment.
  4. Trust Your Photographer: Your photographer is there to guide you every step of the way. From posing to lighting to capturing the perfect shot. Trust in their expertise and vision, and you’ll be amazed at the results.

Senior Session at Shawnee Mission Park | Kansas City Senior Photographer

Choosing between mini v. full sessions can be tricky, but don’t worry—I’ve got you covered.

As a photographer, I understand that selecting the right session for your needs can be a challenging decision. Whether you’re planning a family portrait session, a couples’ session, or an individual portrait session, it’s essential to understand the differences between mini and full photography sessions to make an informed choice.

Mini sessions are quick and budget-friendly, perfect for capturing those spontaneous moments without breaking the bank. They are short and sweet, lasting around 15 minutes to an hour. Great for busy schedules! They’re often themed, so you can capture those holiday vibes or celebrate milestones with flair.

Full sessions are like the director’s cut, offering more time and creative freedom for personalized shots. They’re the whole shebang, lasting anywhere from 1 to 4 hours. With full sessions, you can mix it up—multiple outfits, different locations, you name it! They’re perfect for those who want a customized and immersive photography experience. Full sessions require more time and resources, but the personalized attention is worth it. They offer flexibility for both you and the photographer to get creative.

Most importantly, when deciding between mini v. full sessions, find a photographer who understands your needs and has the style you are looking for!

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Mini v. Full Sessions – Finding The Perfect Fit | Kansas City Photographer

Last Fall I had the opportunity to travel outside of Kansas City to Effingham, Illinois to capture a good friend’s rehearsal dinner! It was a beautiful afternoon when everyone met at Firefly Grill to rehears for the wedding the following day. Firefly Grill offered a picturesque landscape that photographed wonderfully. I was able to capture some dreamy and romantic moments between Claire and Kyle before the rehearsal began.

As friends and family gathered at the grill I was able to capture couples, family, and friend groups that had made the trip into town for the wedding! The rehearsal dinner is often overlooked when it comes to professional photography. But it is a wonderful opportunity to capture documentary style moments!

They ran through the ceremony as the sun was setting on the lake. Then everyone met at Village Wine and Spirits for the rehearsal dinner!

Village Wine and Spirits is located in a beautiful historic building. The exposed brick walls are complimented by the original crown moldings and gorgeous wooden floors. The tables were decorated with simple and elegant flower arrangements of white roses and baby’s breath. The addition of polaroid photos of Claire and Kyle on each table were a nice personal touch!

Everyone enjoyed dinner and then memories of the bride and groom were shared by family and friends through speeches and toasts. At the end of the evening I was able to sneak away with Claire and Kyle. We captured some fun flash photography moments around the building! I love when my couples are up for some experimenting.

It was a lovely Fall afternoon and evening, spent with incredible friends and family! I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to capture this special moment. Cheers to the happy couple!

Rehearsal Dinner | Kansas City Wedding Photographer

The Riffels had a stunning, quaint, and classic wedding in Downtown KC at the very beginning of the year! The bride was a vision in her stunning long-sleeved white dress, which was complimented by her beautiful bouquet of flowers. Her choice of fun brown silky shoes added a playful twist to her ensemble, perfectly complementing her personality.

The ceremony at Holy Trinity Chapel was nothing short of romantic. In the heart of downtown Kansas City the Riffels exchanged their vows surrounded by their closest friends and family.

Following the ceremony, we embarked on a adventure around downtown and at Union Station, capturing intimate moments and candid laughter. The bride’s bouquet was an arrangement of white flowers with vibrant brown and green leaves that perfectly complimented her dress.

As the sun set on their special day, we made our way to Lifted Spirits Distillery for an evening celebrations. The distillery is rustic and chic, with wooden walls and twinkly lights hanging from the ceiling. Surrounded by loved ones, they celebrated the beginning of their forever.

Capturing the love and joy shared on this day was an absolute joy and privilege. This winter wedding was a celebration of love, laughter, and new beginnings, and I feel incredibly grateful to have been a part of it.

Here’s to the Riffels – may your love continue to grow with each passing year. Cheers to a lifetime of happiness and cherished memories!

Downtown KC Wedding | Kansas City Wedding Photographer

Creating a well-equipped getting ready space for the wedding party can greatly enhance the experience and help ensure everyone looks and feels their best on the big day. Here’s a list of items that would be beneficial to have:

Essential

  1. Full-length mirrors: Essential for checking attire from head to toe and ensuring everyone looks their best. Your photographer will likely use this for photographs, too!
  2. Steaming or ironing station: To remove any wrinkles or creases from clothing.
  3. Skincare products: Moisturizers, primers, and other skincare essentials to prep the skin before makeup application. Don’t forget the deodorant!
  4. First aid kit: Band-aids, pain relievers, and any other essentials for minor emergencies.
  5. Snacks and drinks: Keep everyone energized and hydrated with a selection of snacks and beverages. Maybe some champagne for a toast!
  6. Chairs and seating area: Comfortable seating for the wedding party to relax between getting ready tasks.
  7. Emergency kit: Including items like stain remover, sewing kit, safety pins, and fashion tape for any wardrobe malfunctions.
  8. Phone chargers: Keep everyone’s devices charged so they can capture and share special moments throughout the day.
  9. Bluetooth speaker: Set the mood with some background music while getting ready. You can have the wedding party create a ‘getting ready’ playlist beforehand!
  10. Wedding day timeline: Display a schedule of events so everyone knows when they need to be ready. This is helpful and keeps everyone on task!
  11. Personal touches: Consider adding some personal touches or decorations to the space to make it feel special and memorable for everyone involved. Also think about any props you might want in your getting ready photographs.

Optional

These items will come in handy if you and/or your wedding party are opting to do your own hair and makeup! If you have a hair and makeup artists coming, it may be a good idea to have some of these items anyway, as backups.

  1. Hair styling tools: Hair dryers, straighteners, curling irons, and brushes for styling hair.
  2. Makeup station: Equipped with good lighting, mirrors, makeup brushes, and a variety of makeup products suitable for different skin tones and preferences.
  3. Hair accessories: Hair ties, bobby pins, clips, and any other accessories needed for hairstyles.

By providing these essential items, you can create a comfortable and organized getting ready space. One that will help ensure a smooth and enjoyable wedding day for the entire wedding party!




What To Have In Your Getting Ready Space | Kansas City Wedding Photographer

Located in the artsy district of The Crossroads in Kansas City, UNION was built in 1929 as a film
processing center. Fast-forward 90 years and now UNION is home to a unique 24-hour event space.

Creating the Space

Remodeling of the building began in 2018, and in 2019 UNION hosted its first wedding. Some of
the key features of the event space include the natural, exposed brick walls, wood flooring, and
restrooms and bars located on all three levels. UNION also utilizes market lights to create a romantic
atmosphere for a romantic celebration. Getting ready rooms are also available for both sides of the
party; access starts at the beginning of the rental period, and each room is furnished with all the
essentials for a memorable morning-of experience.

Venue Features

Additional perks of the space include the use and availability of all three levels to host the
ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. The space can comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests but
are open to more depending on the layout and flow of the event. This is to ensure that clients are less
stressed about traveling back and forth from different day-of locations. UNION also has vendor flexibility
and BYOB beverage services to ensure everyone has a great time. The space is fitted with gorgeous
wooden farm tables, auxiliary tables, and metal bistro chairs that are available with a reservation.

Bringing the Building Back to Life

The team at UNION spent significant time and resources to bring back the vibrant and raw
materials to combine modern with industrial and rustic for a truly stunning event. The combination of
those elements forms an ambiance that needs very little, if any, décor. The event space does come with
additional décor options for clients, including ceremony backdrops, pipes and drapes, greenery
installations, market light walls, and more.

Planning and Coordination

The in-house planning services at UNION range from Day-of Coordination to Full-Service
Planning. Though there is an additional cost, the investment is worthwhile since clients receive such a
knowledgeable planning team. UNION also provides a robust list of potential vendors from their Vendor List, but they are more than happy to work with new vendors and add to their fantastic list of talented vendors.

A Quote from Jessica

When asked what their favorite part of working in the wedding industry is, the Venue Manager
at UNION, Jessica, replied:

“Honestly, we just love LOVE! Personally, my favorite part of working in this wedding industry is the constant movement of the job itself. There are never two identical weddings, so I love to take a couple’s visions, budgets, and personal touches and help them create their vision in our space. It’s fun to run a venue like UNION, because it’s truly a different timeline, flow, vendor team, and style with every celebration here. It tests my creativity as a Venue Manager and Planner and gives us our couples the chance to incorporate everything they have been dreaming of together!”

Capturing Special Moments

I’ve had the pleasure of capturing multiple weddings at UNION and love the space! I hope to work with them again in the future.

UNION Venue Spotlight | Kansas City Wedding Photographer

As we ring in the new year I think it is important to note some 2024 wedding trends for the year ahead. If you, or someone you know, is planning a wedding take a look at some of the upcoming wedding trends below!

Restaurant Receptions

Big and small receptions are starting to move from a venue space into restaurants! This option isn’t right for everyone, but if you are looking for an easy, laid-back, all-inclusive “reception” option it would be something to look into. There are a lot of restaurants that have the space to accommodate large parties. You can work with the restaurant to come up with a menu, and ask if you can put out some decorations in the area you will be sitting. Some restaurants even have the space for a small dance floor!

Private Ceremonies

Are you a little anti-social? For some people the idea of saying intimate vows in front of a group of your family and friends makes their skin crawl. But they still want to have that special moment with their significant other. This is where private ceremonies come into play. Whether it is just you and your SO exchanging vows, or a small ceremony with only the wedding party and immediate family with a larger reception to follow, private ceremonies are growing in popularity. 

Bows

Decorations have always played a large role in weddings. One specific kind of decoration that is trending is the use of bows! Bows on dresses, bows in hair, bows tied around candles and glassware; you name it. Bows can be a timeless, classic, and elegant addition to any wedding day!

Wedding Crests/Logos

Gone are the days of wedding hashtags. One of my favorite 2024 wedding trends is the creation of a wedding logo! Being able to brand things like favors for your bridal shower, matching shirts for the bachelorette, whiskey glasses for the bachelor trip, and napkins for the reception help pull everything together. How fun is it to work with your spouse to come up with something special that you can continue to use as a symbol of your marriage in the future?! 

Champagne Towers

People always say that trends come back around – this is one that is back with a vengeance! Champagne towers are a fun and very picturesque way to add a little spunk to your wedding reception. Just make sure it will be built well and you are okay with wasting a little champagne before you add it to your reception list. 

Friends/Family Officiants

For some people it is hard to decide who will officiate their wedding. Maybe they aren’t religious, or don’t have a great relationship with anyone within their religion. Maybe they do, but they want someone who has known them their whole life to officiate their wedding. Over the past few years it has become easier to become an officiant online, making the trend of family and friends officiating weddings to soar. 

Late Night Snacks 

Picture this: it’s 11pm and you’ve been dancing your butt off for the past 3 hours. You’re 4 drinks in and you haven’t eaten anything since dinner was served at 6pm; you are starving. The next thing you know, the DJ announces that late night snacks are being set out for the guests to enjoy. How awesome is that?! It can be meat and cheese platters, sliders, or even taco bell. Just a little something to hold your guests over so they can dance the night away!

Candid Family Photographs

As trends start to transition wedding photography from portrait style to documentation style, we will start to see more candids, especially with family members. Couples want authentic memories with their loved ones captured, as well as the portraits. Some couples are even planning a family champagne toast right after the wedding ceremony to help get those authentic candid photographs!

None of these trends 2024 wedding trends are absolute. There are many more that continue to rise and will inevitably fall. But I thought these were popular enough to point out to brides who were in the planning process! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. (:

2024 Wedding Trends | Kansas City Wedding Photographer