Breaking Free at 23! Lindsey’s Journey

To say Lindsey had a rough year would be an understatement.

To begin her year, one of her closest friends, who was only 20 years old, was murdered. Her killer still hasn’t gone to trial.

Later that same year, she lost her uncle to an unexpected cancer.

The year before, she lost another close friend, who was only 19 years old, to cancer.

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Lindsey came to me and said she wanted a “breaking free” theme for her 23rd birthday. She wanted to make 23 her best year yet, cherishing those she lost, but also becoming stronger because of the trials she has faced already at such a young age.

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To honor those that have left her behind, she is going to put her best foot forward and “break free at 23.”

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I first met Lindsey in 2013 when we moved to Blue Springs. She lived in the house across the street from me, then only being in high school. Flashback to her senior photo session:

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I watched her grow from a teen who was completely obsessed with soccer, into a woman who joined the military to help protect those she loved.

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Now in her life, she’s working at the University of Kansas Health System, and also studying to earn her EMT license.

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She’s lost so many lives in her young life, now she’s working toward being able to save them.

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Can’t wait to keep watching you, Lindsey. You’re going to do great things. In the words of her late friend, Mary: “It’s going to be alright.”

Lindsey knows her friends and family would want her to keep smiling, and keep moving forward.

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Break free, Lindsey!

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The Pouring Rain Didn’t Stop This Engagement Session!

Gina reached out to me a few days before the session, telling me it was going to rain. I told her I didn’t mind it if she didn’t … and she didn’t … so we had a gorgeous session in the pouring rain!

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Check this off the bucket list, I have always wanted to do a rain session. Plus, with Gina and Rob being such good sports, we even did a little dancing in the rain!

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Gina and Rob met online and talked for a month before deciding to meet up in person. Gina told me they loved that it was so easy to talk and hangout with each other, even after only meeting once!

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Fast forward — and here we are! That first date turned into a second, a second into a third … and the rest was history!

Rob proposed at their home. He told me he was really nervous, and had convinced himself Gina would say no. She didn’t. 😉

Gina said the at-home proposal made it special, and then they were able to go pick out a ring together. Aww!

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I asked each person to tell me their favorite things about one another.

Gina: “My favorite thing about him is that he is very easy to love. He is always so nice and always does little things to help me out or make me feel loved.”

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Rob: “My favorite thing about Gina is her smile because it lights up the entire room.”

Aren’t these two just the sweetest?!

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Gina said the fact Rob, a man who hates getting pictures, wanted to do the outside kiss in the rain shot made her swoon! And, boy, was it worth it!

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It was cold. It was wet. But, you know what? Gina and Rob are troopers – and their beautiful engagement photos are all thanks to that! Dance in the rain, my friends! It’s always worth it.

Can’t wait for the wedding!

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A Surprise Rooftop Proposal In Kansas City!

We just LOVE surprise proposals. They are so romantic, and seeing the look of genuine shock and excitement as a significant other gets down on a knee … priceless! 

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Daniel reached out to us about two weeks ago. He had planned on doing a surprise proposal to (then) girlfriend (now fiancée), Julia. They’ve been together since August 2018 after they met on Coffee Meets Bagel.

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Julia told us she’d been going through her calendar guessing which day Daniel would propose, but she had not guessed it would be Sunday!

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Daniel met us at Rooftop Park (also sometimes called Green Roof Park), which is in downtown Kansas City. It’s a park that’s, you guessed it, on a rooftop!

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Daniel said he knew he wouldn’t have much left to hide once he got Julia up there with him, so he dropped down to a knee almost immediately! No worries, though, our photographer, Dawn, had her trigger finger on point!

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Julia said she thought he was going to propose the last five times they went out, so by our session Sunday she convinced herself it wasn’t happening! Ohhh, but it did! And she was more than happy to say “YES!”

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Right after the surprise proposal, we launched right into a miniature engagement session.  These two lovebirds are so incredibly sweet, and we are honored to have been there to capture this  moment!

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Hope to see you at the wedding! 😉

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This Puppy Even Pees Majestically – A Session With A Bernese Mountain Puppy!

Before meeting Julie, I had never seen a Bernese Mountain Dog. It’s like my heart shattered into a thousand tiny pieces the moment I saw him and he galloped into my lap like an oversized tiny horse.

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He is SO adorable, and this is coming from someone who is more of a cat person! How can this be? I am swooning over Martin!! But, how could I not? Even my little photo session helper, Luna, is completely smitten:

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Even the way he pees is cute. Have you ever seen anyone tinkle so majestically?! Look at that over-the-shoulder action:

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Male Bernese Mountain Dogs, like Martin (his full name is Martin FD Morrlynn), typically grow up to weigh upwards of 100 pounds! So, we need to enjoy his tiny little self while we can!

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When he’s a big boy, his markings will remain the same —— except on his nose. He will lose that little bit of pink and his nose will be all black.

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Martin’s mama, Julie, got him from Hilltop Bernese Mountain Dogs. He is a big fan of sticks, creeks, and attempting to adjust to those oversized paws of his.

Thank you, Julie, for letting us capture Martin while he’s still tiny!

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Top 4 Wedding Trends of 2019

As wedding photographers, we see a lot of things at wedding. Cool things. Strange things. Awesome things. However, the topic of this post today is … trends. The things we saw or heard of during our 2018 weddings that we think are going to pop in 2019!

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4. Gold Wedding Gowns

We’ve been seeing pops of color in wedding gowns for several years now. Whether it’s the belt that goes around the waist, or the dress itself having a pop of color near the train …

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This year we think the entire gown color will change itself! Bring on those gold dresses, baby!

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3. Dangling Bouquets

The bouquet and rings are some of my personal favorite photos to capture. We’ve seen big bouquets, small bouquets, faux flower bouquets … and dangling bouquets! We think this trend will continue, and those bouquets will continue to cascade over!

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2. Autumn Colored Weddings Year-Round

We’ve seen quite the trend on dark, elegant colors. Maroons. Oranges. Magenta. We think this trend will continue, because who doesn’t love Fall? These darker colors bring a certain elegance to the day!

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1. Sequins

We think sequins are going to be everywhere. Sequin photo booth backdrops (which was at a wedding I attended last weekend, even!), sequin bridesmaids dresses …

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And maybe even some sequins on the wedding gown itself!

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Maternity Shoot at Burr Oaks!

Sunday, we explored Burr Oaks Woods with the Carter clan!

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Anthony and Katie already have a beautiful daughter, Charleigh, and now they are expecting daughter #2!

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Even though she won’t be the center of attention anymore, Charleigh is super excited to be a big sister!

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Katie and Anthony are going to have a busy holiday season for the rest of their lives. Charleigh’s birthday is December 16th and baby-to-be is set to come Dec. 6th!

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December is definitely the time for celebration!

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Kiddo #2 doesn’t have a name yet, but mom and dad are hoping to know as soon as they meet their baby girl. They had a name picked out for their eldest, but when they met her they knew she was a Charleigh!

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Thank you so much for sharing this special moment with us, and we can’t wait to meet the newest addition to the Carter family. <3

Poop Jokes In The Woods! A Funny Fall Family Session

I met up with Stacy, Trevor, Logan, and Cloe Saturday at what is quickly becoming one of my favorite photo locations, Shaw Nature Reserve!

Stacy saw her friend Angie’s photos and just had to book a session with us! We are so glad she did!

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Usually during a session, I will have the kiddos say things like “cheese!” or a character from their favorite show, like “Chase!”

Logan, however, was cracking himself up by shouting all things related to poop instead!

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I heard things like “cheese ball poop!” and “poop crackers!” But, hey, it got him to smile, so there are no complaints here!

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Cloe is our little forest nymph. She saw a tree that Trevor mentioned he bet she could climb … so she did!

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Speaking of trees — at the very end of the photo session, Trevor spotted a hawk up in one! It was just sitting there watching us intently.

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As we walked back to our vehicles, we saw it dive bomb into the pond to attempt to catch some fish! It was a really cool experience!

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Shaw Nature Reserve is 2,400 acres of amazingness. It has trails, bridges, ponds — you name it! I am going to have to update our top St. Louis locations list!

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When I first met Stacy, she told me something that I never hear. She said Trevor was just as excited about family photos as she was!

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This is unique, because usually it takes a bit of convincing to get Mr. Man on board, but then they always see why it was worth it afterward. This time, there was no battle! We were a “GO!” from our very first meeting!! Thanks, Trevor, for seeing the importance in family photos! You’re the man!

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It was so wonderful to meet this family! Here’s to many more family sessions! I love watching as the kiddos grow up!

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“Oh, She’s In The Chiggers!” Sudduth Family Photos!

I met with the Sudduth family this Saturday at a NEW location (at least for me!) We met in Gray Summit at Shaw Nature Reserve.

For this very first shot, I had to step pretty far back off the path into approximately 1,000,000 sticker bushes. There was a photography class going on behind us, and I guess people were staring over at me, because the instrucor went: “Oh! She’s in the chiggers!”

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Early Saturday morning, Andrae, Grant, Walker, Angie, and Joey introduced me to this jewel, which very much reminds me of Burr Oak Woods in Kansas City!

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Angie told me this was her family’s first time getting photos outside of a studio (think, like, JC Penney photo studio). I was completely flattered, honored, privileged … you name it … to introduce her into this whole new world of on-location photography. So, whatcha think, Angie?

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Andrae, who was named after Angie’s maiden name, was our 12-year-old helper. Angie is actually in a BOOT right now due to a stress fracture. Andrae was a gem helping us carry, not letting me forget to leave my lenses lying around, and helping me explore this new setting!

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Grant, whose birthday is in just a month (to the day!), was also very excited to tell me all about Shaw Nature Reserve. He also told me I was a “nice lady.” Thanks, Grant!

Also, Angie told me this is one of his original faces:

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But we got this 6-year-old to cheese for us, too!

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Now, Mr. Walker, our 2.5-year-old, was surprisingly good at giving little grins. We didn’t get any huge belly laughs, but we got some smiles when we asked him to say “Chase!” instead of “Cheese!” He’s a big “Pat Patrol” fan.

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We also had to make time for photos of just Angie and Joey. These two lovebirds are still in love, three (and 13 years) kids later!

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Thanks for booking with Kansas City Photography, we can’t wait to keep capturing these memories for you — outside of a studio! 😉

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Apple & Lemonade Stand Sessions! Pumpkins Are Next!

Last Sunday, the St. Louis branch of Kansas City Photography set up its lemonade / apple stand for some adorable mini sessions!

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Christine has two signs. One says “Love & Lemonade,” and the other says “Appes & Ale.” She’s getting a third sign that says “Pumpkins & Potions” to use in October! The talented Crafted by Danyelle helps her make the different signs for her stand.

First up, Miss Elena! Her mom, Alyssa, fell in love with the stand when Christine got it this summer, and had to have the lemonade sign!

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Then, we moved onto the Apples & Ale minis because ’tis the season! Our own little Harry Potter fan, Jaxton, was all about those apples, let me tell ya!

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Next up, some of my very favorite people — the Nelson clan! Lochlan and Aislyn were rocking the apple stand! And Aislyn was all about eating those apples, too! Maybe the reason the stand was such a hit is because kids love apples?!

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We also snuck in some family photos!

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We will be using the stand for “Pumpkins & Potions” mini sessions next! Stay tuned to our Facebook page for the latest!

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“Get The Suture Kit!” Bret & Hannah’s Cliffside Wedding

Yes, there was a suture kit. And an IV bag. And 7 medical professionals in the wedding party alone! But we’ll get to that in a moment.

We had the great pleasure of capturing Bret & Hannah’s beautiful cliffside wedding this Saturday! I could sit here and try to explain its beauty, but a picture is worth a thousand words, right?

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Tatiana and I both made the trip out to Sunset Bluffs in Washington, Missouri, and was it ever worth it! We couldn’t have paid to capture shots in such a beautiful venue.

The cliff itself is reserved for the bride, groom, and photographers. It was like our own little slice of Heaven away from the hubbub of the cocktail hour after the ceremony.

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It was a beautiful 66-degrees … ALL day! It was perfectly overcast, like God was smiling down on these two lovebirds and telling them: “This is your day! And it is a beautiful one!”

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Compare this weekend to last weekend — where it reached 105 degrees! What a stark difference, and just in time for their vows! I’ll take 66 over 105 any ol’ day!

The wind was also cooperating, blowing just right and fluffing Hannah’s veil for shots like this:

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And we can’t forget our main man, Elijah! Not only was he “ring security,” but he played an integral part in the wedding! He was a big helper, and super excited to help out his dad and new mom!

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His cheeser is so adorable! He was such a sport through all of the photos!

Now, let’s get to that medical staff we mentioned earlier. Of Hannah’s “Bride Tribe,” as she called it, there were two EMTs, one paramedic, one radiology tech, and an RN. When a bridesmaid was having trouble with her dress zipper, all of these medical field people started whipping out all the bells and whistles to fix it. A suture kit, and IV needle, you name it!

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They were going to fix that darn dress before show time!

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And all of these medical professionals I’ve mentioned so far were just on Hannah’s side! This doesn’t include Bret’s groomsmen, or all of their friends not in the wedding party. Like, all of these firefighters Bret works with, for example —

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Even the bride and groom! Hannah is a paramedic, and Bret is a paramedic firefighter. If anyone had any health issues that night … they were in good hands!

Although, if it was at the end of the night, maybe in very good tipsy hands … but, hey!

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We are so honored to have been there to capture special moments for Bret & Hannah. Things like the joy written across her mom’s face when she saw her daughter:

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Or the look on Bret’s face when he finally saw Hannah for the first time:

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Or the finishing touches on Hannah’s dress:

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Plus, their unique ideas! Hannah had a “Man of Honor,” in her wedding party. It was her very (not gay) best friend, Max! I only included his sexual orientation because during his speech at the reception, he pointed out that Hannah used to introduce him to people as her “gay best friend.” Seeing as his beautiful girlfriend, Amanda, was in the wedding party, he pointed out only the “best friend” part was true.

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There are so many more photos I’d love to put into this blog, but I would be up all night editing. I can’t get enough of the beautiful location, the gorgeous bride and groom, and their adorable little Elijah!

Thank you for letting us be there for your special day!

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