“How Much Do You Love Me?” Amanda and Dustin’s Engagement Shoot!

Hey, everyone! Tatiana here to talk to you about a celebration of LOVE. First off, congratulations to Amanda and Dustin for winning our free engagement shoot!

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They chose the Love Locks Bridge for the shoot location. They picked it from our awesome list of the Top 10 Photoshoot Locations in KC. This was such a fun area to explore and I’m grateful they were willing to go on little adventures to get the perfect shots.

It was such a treat meeting them and seeing their love for each other shine through on camera. When I asked how they met, here’s what Amanda had to say:

“We both met each other on Tinder (what people nowadays consider a hook up site lol). Definitely not our case!”

They were both in search of their special someone and became head over heels!

This is one of Dustin’s signature signs of affection for Amanda: the forehead kiss!

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When the proposal happened, Amanda was so surprised, she thought the conversation was heading for the worst. AKA a breakup … not an engagement!

They were at the Plaza for their anniversary and it was bitter cold. Dustin casually asked Amanda “so, how much do you love me?”

She put her arms out wide and said “THIS MUCH!”

“Alright, and how much do you think I love you?” Dustin countered, with Amanda giving the same response as before.

Dustin disagreed and held his hand up, measuring a tiny amount, almost an inch. At this point, Amanda was really confused and thought he was trying to break up with her.

He then said (and I’m paraphrasing) “Sometimes you need to appreciate the small things, because they can turn into something much more.” That’s when he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring!

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And what a ring!!! Whoo-whee!

When I heard the touchingly romantic story, Dustin said jokingly: “Yeah, I had to bring her down a little bit to build up the moment.”

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There you have it, folks! TRUE LOVE! This tree stump is a new favorite hot spot — we got so many cute shots by it.

I wish them the best in their happy future together!

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May the playground teasing never die, and Amanda stay safe from the slide bandit.

P.S. Book us for your wedding! 😉

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Free Engagement Shoot WINNER(S)

On Monday, we started a free engagement shoot competition to help welcome our new photographer, Tatiana (she’s the one doing the shoot)! Over the last 48 hours, people voted for their favorite couple by “liking” the photo and also liking the Kansas City Photography Facebook page.

Typically, this is where I name the winner, but …

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Look closely and you will see the conundrum.

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They both had exactly 225 likes! This is unprecedented. I have never had a tie before! So, what to do? Both of these couples worked really hard to get those 225 likes, so I definitely didn’t want to do a “like-off” or some other “tie-breaking” competition.

The answer: They both win, therefore, they both get free engagement shoots! 

Congratulations to Amanda & Dustin, and Briana & Brian!

Before the tie, I also promised a prize for second place.

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So — Sydney & Zane get half-off an engagement session!

Have an amazing week, everyone, and congrats to our winners. Make sure to follow us on Facebook!

P.S.: Today is my birthday, so I am just handin’ out the gifts left and right. 😉

 

Free Engagement Shoot Giveaway!

To help welcome Tatiana onto the team — we’re giving away a FREE engagement photoshoot, and she will be your photographer! Details below this cute picture of her. <3

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HOW TO ENTER: Send a picture of you and your significant other to kcityphotography@gmail.com, OR you can message it to us on Facebook.

HOW IT WORKS: On Monday, March 6,  at 9 a.m., we will post all of the photos onto our Facebook page. To win, get your friends and family to like the photo we post of you AND the Kansas City Photography Facebook page. They must do both for the vote to count!

HOW TO WIN: The photo of the couple with the most “likes,” by Wednesday, March 8, at 8 a.m. wins! We will announce the winner at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8. Second place will get a prize as well!

We will accept entries throughout the contest. Do not be surprised if you log on and see more pics added to the folder! 

Please be available for the photoshoot within the next 2 weeks!

An Ode To The Regulars

We love our regulars. Those people who have booked shoot after shoot with us. The ones who write the rave reviews. Who tell everyone they know about us.

Above is the same little girl. We love watching your families grow. How big your kids have gotten from shoot to shoot. The newest additions.

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We love you, too! Today’s post is all about you — and it’s our thank you for being the best.

If there’s one thing to learn from this post, no matter what your profession is, it’s to treat your regulars right. Don’t do them wrong.

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Momo Bunny Cosplay is pictured above — another treasured regular!

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As our talents have grown and inflation has occurred, we have raised our prices over the years. But not for the regulars.

The people that came to us when we were just a baby business, first starting out. I have never, and will never, up the pricing I gave them on Day One.

Thank you for believing in us.

Top 10 Photoshoot Locations in KC

Hooray, you’ve booked the photoshoot! The next question: “Where do we go?”

We get asked this by photography clients a lot. So, here’s a list of our top 10, with an honorary mention — all with photos we personally took at these locations!

Here is our list for the St. Louis area (Kansas City Photography is in both locations)!

Honorary Mention: Loose Park 

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Yes, it’s gorgeous. But, it’s only honorary and not on the 10 countdown list because of how incredibly busy this place can get. It can be hard to get a shot without people in the background (and editing people out takes time). Plus, photographers everywhere.

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It’s not a hidden gem — and if you get caught shooting professionally in this area, and you haven’t paid their photographer’s fee, you get fined.

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10. Bass Pro Waterfall Park

Wait. Do a shoot at Bass Pro? Hear me out.

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This particular location has an outside park that includes waterfalls. Waterfalls, people! 

9. Parkville

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Yes, I just used an entire city as a photoshoot location. It has a population of around 5,500, and a whole lotta character. It boasts an adorable downtown area — not to mention this bridge!

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If you walk over the bridge, there’s a nice, open area with grass — and a  nice view of the Missouri River. There is a path you can follow along it, so you aren’t getting your shoes all muddy!

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There is also the “Hogwarts Castle,” which is actually Park University.

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8. National WWI Museum and Memorial

It’s a nice, open area with a killer view of the Kansas City skyline. Plus, you can explore some history while you’re there.

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But they will yell at you if you sit on the ledge like we did. We actually had no idea there were huge speakers for them to yell at you … until it was happening to us.

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Leaning is OK, though.

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And standing in front of it is all chill, too!

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7. Swope Park

This park has lion statues. And 1,805-acres. What’s not to love?

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Also, it’s Kansas City’s largest park. Glorious.

6. West Bottoms / Graffiti Walls

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It can be tricky to find, but when you go explore downtown KC, especially on the side roads by Restaurant Depot on 12th Street, you’ll find it. Colorful graffiti. Perfect for the urban setting. The senior pictures. The fun, funky group.

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Plus, the grafitti is ever-changing, so you’ll never get the same shot twice! It’s always so bright and colorful, and sometimes you can find fun little messages, like “feminine” above. On the flip side of that, you also have to watch out for not so nice words, too.

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5. Burr Oak Woods

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For the person who wants nature shots. This is also the perfect location for those fall photos — colored leaves and trees everywhere! Plus, they have great trails you can utilize after the shoot!

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4. Bingham-Waggoner Estate

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I usually suggest this one for my repeat clients. With these clients, we’ve usually already hit up the No. 1 spot (no peeking until you get there), and probably a couple others on this list.

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It’s a great change of pace. Plus, it has great scenery, a bridge, and a gorgeous estate that serves as a wonderful backdrop.

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This location is also dog-friendly! Their only requirement is that your pup has to be on a leash, and that you clean up any poo that may happen!

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3. Lake Jacomo

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The best place for water shots! On the way, they have several stop-offs with gorgeous water views. If you know where to go, there is also a great miniature waterfall area.

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If you drive further in the park, you’ll hit the yacht area — there’s a trail you can take back with gorgeous trees and tall grass.

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If you walk far enough, there’s a break in the trees and you can see the water in the background.

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There’s also the option of walking out onto the docks!

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2. Love Locks Bridge

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This hidden gem is a wonderful tribute to the love locks bridge in Paris. I love going here and seeing all of the different locks, looking at the dates, and the sweet engravings.

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If you walk past the bridge, there is beautiful tall grass, and even train tracks!

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1. Unity Village

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I can’t define my love enough for this place. A lot of people have never heard of it, and hearing them gasp at the sight hundreds of roses the first time they step foot onto the property is something I never get tired of hearing.

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Every breed of rose you thought you’d heard of, plus many more you probably can’t even pronounce (I know I can’t!).

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And let’s not forget those fountains! There are several throughout the property — including a huge one the size of a swimming pool in the middle.

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And this is just the front. If you explore the grounds even farther, you will find the old stone buildings. This place is teeming with possibilities!

And as if it couldn’t get any better — this location is also dog friendly! It’s the same rules as Bingham: Leash required, clean up poo!

Don’t forget — our list of Top 10 photography locations in St. Louis is also available!

Please Note:Christine, Dawn, and Tatiana with Kansas City Photography took all of these photos! No stealsies!

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A Surprise Proposal

I got the call on a blustery cold day a week ago. I answered the phone in my usual fashion:

“This is Christine!”

“Uh, hi!” I heard on the other end.

Then, he got right into it.

“I’m planning on proposing to my girlfriend, and I want a photographer to be there to capture the moment. But, I don’t want her to know you’re there for us until after I am down on one knee.”

He found the perfect place with a skyline of downtown Kansas City at Kaw Park.

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Tyler’s girlfriend, Taelor, was blindfolded — and when she took off that blindfold, there he was, waiting on one knee on the marshy grass by the river.

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A kiss, a “yes!,” and a photoshoot. That’s how it’s done! Congrats, Tyler & Taelor!

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P.S.: He did good on the ring, too!

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