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Hannah Class of 2015 | Kansas City Lifestyle Photographer

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I don't normally photograph seniors, but I make exceptions at times. :) Hannah's sister, Chrissy, is flying me out to New Jersey this summer to photograph her wedding and I've photographed their family  in the past... so I was thrilled to document Hannah's graduation from high school! 

It poured for hours that afternoon, and we almost canceled and rescheduled... 

But then the rain stopped for a few glorious minutes and we took our chances!! 

Unfortunately, the rain started again only moments later... so we hid under some nearby shelters to wait it out and got some BEAUTIFUL shots while we waited. :)

Once the rain stopped, the sun moved in and I just LOVE these back-lit photos of Hannah!! Girl, you are so gorgeous. :)

Chrissy came along for moral support, and when we were done I made them jump in puddles. 

Because PUDDLES. :)

Love these two!!

Hannah, thanks so much for letting me document your senior photos!! It was so much fun hanging out with you (in the pouring rain!). I hope you have a lovely summer, and I'm so excited to see what God's gonna do in your future. :)

Mother's Day Breakfast | Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

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Breakfast in bed - one of the BEST Mother's Day gift a mom could ask for.

When my friend Allison asked me to photograph her family enjoying a relaxing meal on their bed I was SO excited!! By the time we figured out our schedules, breakfast in bed turned out to be dinner in bed... but you'd never know from the photos!! Besides, breakfast is best served ALL DAY LONG. :)

Daddy made the pancakes, and the twins got settled into their pajamas.

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It was so cute to see the kids gobble up their food!!

Abe has the cheekiest grin... such a cute giggle!! 

Madeline was far too occupied with her appetite to notice anything out of the ordinary with the whole "eating on the bed" ordeal.... :)

But then tummy's were full and snuggling ensued! 

Allison, you are so loved. :)

I loved getting to see them hang out in their home as a family... you better believe that couch time will be a HUGE favorite in my house when we have kids! :)

Yay!! Favorite!! :)

Allison, happy Mother's Day and thank you SO much for letting me photograph your sweet family - what a fun evening we had together! Love you guys! :)

Anniversary Photos

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So... I spend a lot of time behind the camera. So much time, in fact, that I forget what it's like to be in front - alongside my wonderful husband. I knew I wanted anniversary photos of the two of us... but I had been putting it off for a while. A friend of mine recommended Aaron Phelps and I really liked how he captures people being REAL. So we set up a time and made it happen!

Of course... I spent hours agonizing over the perfect outfits, accessories, makeup, location, AND ALL THE THINGS. It was a such a great reminder of what my clients go through when we're booking our session! I'm so thankful for these priceless photos of me and my love... and I can't wait to continue our tradition of anniversary photos! 

Enjoy a few of my favorites... :)

Aaron took us to Unity Village for our photos. I couldn't believe I'd never heard of it before - it's a MASSIVE campus! 

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Behind every model face is a LOT of bloopers. :)

Love these so much!! 


Photo Credit: Aaron Phelps

Josh and Lauren's Wedding | Kansas City Wedding Photographer

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The day had arrived. Their relationship had waited 10 years for this moment, and Josh and Lauren were SO thrilled to begin their new life together surrounded by as many friends and family as they could pack into their beloved church! 

From the very beginning, they knew their wedding would be a huge celebration. A day to remember the God who had brought them together, and a day to rejoice with the family and friends that had supported them along the way. 

Josh and Lauren are the perfect mix of sentimental, fun, and classy, and I loved the beautiful details they incorporated into their wedding! 


Lauren was so blessed to be surrounded by some of her closest girlfriends - girls that had supported and encouraged her throughout her life. 

She made a STUNNING bride!! :)

No joke: I almost cried during their first look!


Josh's reaction was SO priceless, and Lauren just giggled with delight! 

It was a lovely April day, and the morning sun was just glorious to work with!

I just love this photo!! 

Josh is such a classy guy!!


Lauren, we told you this a million times, but your dress was PERFECT for you!! 

Their bridal party was so fun and laid back! 

And they fearlessly followed me into the woods (mud!) without a complaint! :)

Lauren has such special relationships with her family and she had so many precious moments with them before the wedding. 

And Josh cried again when he saw his bride approaching him. 

Their vows were beautifully written and did an amazing job capturing their love and commitment for each other! 


Both Josh and Lauren wanted to have a huge celebration following their wedding ceremony, and it was one of the most unique (and fun!) receptions I'd ever been a part of! 

Even Grandma made it out onto the dance floor! :)


So sweet!

Josh and Lauren, THANK YOU so much for allowing us to be a part of your wedding day!! There was never a dull moment, and we loved capturing your beautiful love for each other. Praying that God blesses your marriage above and beyond what you could ever dream - we love you guys!! :)

Chrissy & Erik | Kansas City Engagement Photographer

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She was in a bad mood and decided to set up a dating profile as a joke - even though she knew she wasn't interested. At first it was all completely sarcastic (it's her most fluent language), but when he messaged her, Chrissy knew he was different than all the rest.

Erik ended up joining the same Christian dating site and decided to expand his search to include more than his current location. Chrissy immediately caught his attention, and it wasn't long before the two were sending pages upon pages back and forth daily - even though they lived hours apart. When they met in person for the first time, Chrissy was won over by the way Erik could make her laugh like no one else... and it didn't take long for Erik to be completely smitten with her gorgeous smile and playful personality! 

Once you know... you just know, so why wait? Chrissy and Erik decided they'd waited long enough to spend forever together and I can't wait to photograph their wedding in July!! YAY!! 

Since Erik was visiting for a brief weekend, we decided to make a last minute engagement session happen... and I'm SO glad we did!

We woke up at the crack of dawn to get in their sunrise session....

And it was so cold that I made them cuddle a whole bunch! :)

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Chrissy's style is the perfect blend of classic and country, and I loved the outfits she put together for the two of them - the morning of our shoot, no less! (Yay procrastinators, Chrissy!) 


Such a sweet moment!


Even though they were quite frigid, these two made it seem as though they were professional models!!  


Chrissy, you have SUCH an amazing laugh! :)

Long distance relationships can be so difficult at times (Sunil and I remember that well!) - but I am so so thankful that they'll soon be together for the rest of their lives! 

Erik and Chrissy, THANK YOU so much for allowing Sunil and I to spend a few precious hours with you! I am so so excited to photograph your wedding in New Jersey and I can't wait to see what your adventure holds! We love you guys! :)