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Clint and Jenelle | Lifestyle anniversary photographer

CouplesAmanda Mohinani4 Comments

Recently, I've been able to photograph a ton more anniversary sessions for couples that just want to document their love! I LOVE that this is becoming more common! So often couples will focus on celebrating their relationship before they're married with engagement sessions, but I love it when they remember to take the time to stop and rejoice in the years that they've made it through! Marriage, although it's a wonderful thing, isn't always easy and I love capturing the maturity and experience in couples that have made it through some difficult first years. 

Clint and Jenelle are one such couple in our small group that really really wanted to celebrate their 5th year anniversary by taking an evening to get their adorable faces in front of my camera! Well, I think it was mostly Jenelle's idea... but Clint warmed up after a little bit too! :)

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Sunil went to college with both Clint and Jenelle, and we were THRILLED when God brought them to Kansas City. We pounced on them right away and are so excited that they now live less than a mile from us! Yay for close friends! 

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Jenelle is such a little rascal. Ok, maybe a BIG rascal! :) She loves to tease and have a good time, and brings such life to any conversation! 

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Clint may seem quiet and reserved at first, but he is such an easy person to sit down and have a conversation with. And he's an expert listener! ;)

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More than anything, they love to explore new places and try new things together! They're always up for an adventure when they can be together. 

Jenelle grew up in the country in Ohio and she was so excited to do their photo shoot out in the field! It looked gorgeous at sunset! 

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LOVE this one! :)

I think I have a million and a half outtakes from our session! In this photo, Clint was being all sweet and putting her ring back on her finger after I had photographed some close ups of it. He made some sort of goofy comment (you can tell by the smug look on his face) and Jenelle gave me the perfect "oh brother!" look. Anyone who knows them knows that this happens ALL the time. I just love how it sums up their relationship!! :) 

Clint and Jenelle, you know we love you guys! Thanks so much for being brave and allowing me to photograph you - finally! :) Can't wait for what God will do in the next 5 years of your marriage! Love you! 

Abigail and Luis | Lifestyle Photographer

Portrait, CouplesAmanda MohinaniComment

Abigail and Luis contacted me several months ago to do photos of the two of them! They're not engaged (we'll stop any rumors right now!), but every couple needs some sweet photos of the two of them, right?? 

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So we picked the hottest night in August and wandered around the Plaza together! Ok, so we didn't pick the hottest night on purpose... but it was BRUTAL. (It was so bad that we did a forehead wipe before each photo.) 

Through it all, these guys were such troopers! How can two people be SO sweet in such hot weather?? :)

Abigail and Luis have such calm, content and steady composures... they were literally up for any idea I had! 

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They've been dating for many years, and were friends at church long before that. You can just tell that these two really know each other - there's such a depth to their relationship! 

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And I just love how he makes her giggle... :)

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Abigail, you are STUNNING! 

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Abigail and Luis, thanks so much for letting me hang out with you for an evening!! I had so much fun!! :)

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Rian and Travis | The Vow Exchange Wedding

Weddings, Love, CouplesAmanda MohinaniComment

A small, simple ceremony with the people they loved - that's what they wanted. Rian and Travis contacted me about doing their wedding at The Vow Exchange and I could not help but be SO excited! Small intimate weddings are my favorite, and theirs was so sweet! 

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Rian wanted to make sure everything was documented... but what she really wanted was photos of her and and her man (and plenty of them!). 

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They were so excited to do their first look and completely melted into each others arms. (Figuratively and literally... it was HOT!)

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Oh Rian!! You were the most stunning bride... 

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Although I'd met Rian before that day, it was a privilege to meet Travis for the first time. He is charming, gentle, relaxed and perfectly compliments Rian's spunky personality. :)

This woman is fiercely devoted and beautifully determined. I just love that smile... 

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The ceremony was quick and unrehearsed...

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But Travis still cried as his bride walked toward him. 

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LOVED their venue!!

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YAY!

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After the ceremony, we were able to capture a few more details - including a few photos of her beautiful bouquet and lovely shoes. That's SUCH a pretty green!

Small bridal parties are the best! This was such a fun crew... :)

And of course we got more bride and groom photos afterwards!!

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These two are so clearly, deeply, and beautifully in love... it was such a joy to be with them! 

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From his watch to his shoes to his warm eyes... Travis is such a dapper guy. 

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And Rian... oh Rian! You are so lovely in so many ways. :)

After photos we all headed to Thomas Restaurant to enjoy and relax with family and friends for the rest of the evening. 

I'll end with this photo because it beautifully captures their bliss. Finally married!!

Travis and Rian, THANK YOU so so much for allowing me to photograph your beautiful day! It was so wonderfully refreshing to be there and document your love... I hope you're enjoying your wonderful honeymoon! Blessings to you both! :)

We bought a house!

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For the past few months, Sunil and I have been looking to buy a house! Originally, purchasing a home wasn't in our plan for this year (in fact, it was many years away), but God opened some huge doors and ended up shoving us through them. Almost literally. :) We've been renting since we were married; first a one bedroom apartment, and then a tiny (but brand-new!) little duplex. We decorated it, loved it, and made it our home... but through several circumstances it became apparent that we needed to find a different place. We love having people over and have always dreamed of having enough space to actually throw a party! As you can see, there was only so much space in our living room (and no dining room!). 

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Well, over 30 homes and 30 days later we found the perfect little house in the cutest little neighborhood! We were so so thankful that the entire buying process went smoothly with only a few grey hairs..... and now we're proud home-owners of this beauty! I feel like such an adult! :)

My favorite part of the entire house may be the front porch - no joke. I've ALWAYS wanted to sit on my front porch with my man and watch the world go by. 

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Our glorious living room, complete with recessed lighting, a huge picture window, wood-burning fireplace and beautiful hardwood floors. 

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A dining room we can actually put a table in! AND FRIENDS! 

View from the dining room.... 

The view from by the fireplace. 

Our kitchen isn't huge... 

But we have plenty of room on the opposite shelf for storage! 

Our basement is finished, with a bathroom (not pictured) and a tiled room that could double as another bedroom or workspace. 

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We've managed to make our tiny garage fit all of our camping gear, tools, my car, and Sunil's motorcycle! 

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Upstairs are three spacious bedrooms. This is our guest bedroom!

And another view... We can have lots of people come stay with us now! :) 

We'll use this room for my office. 

And maybe put Sunil's computer in here too. :)

And this is the master bedroom. And our gloriously regular sized closet! Since we've always had to share a tiny closet together... this is beautiful in so many ways. :)

YAY for being home-owners!! :)

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The Twins | Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer

Children, PortraitAmanda Mohinani1 Comment

I have this sweet friend who has beautiful twins... And sometimes when we hang out I take my camera (of course!). Allison doesn't get many photos of her with her babies (even though she's a photographer too!) so I was delighted to spend a few minutes making a fool out of myself behind the camera. :) I just love these homey, intimate, and playful images!! 

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So sweet! Allison, you are pretty much the most photogenic mom ever... :)

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LOVE! 

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Being a mom isn't always laughs, smiles or happy times. Yet even in it's hardest times motherhood is beautiful. 

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Thanks for inviting me to hang out, Allison! I LOVED getting to photograph you and your beautiful babies! :)