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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A Maternity Shoot In The Woods!

Four acres, a belly bump, and a growing family! It’s baby number two for the Adams family! Genevieve is going to be a big sister!

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You may remember Jenn & James from the surprise gender reveal shoot. Her face was completely priceless when she pulled the confetti cannon and BLUE popped out! Everyone, including myself, was thinking it was a girl before this moment!

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Of course, we documented her first pregnancy, too! And the baby shower that involved plungers … but today we are here to talk about Genevieve’s soon-to-be little brother, Oliver!

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Jenn is all belly! I’m sure it also helps that she has been exercising throughout her entire pregnancy, just like with Genevieve! I can see her being a Body Pump instructor one day.

Of course, these parents are over the moon to welcome their little boy into the world this August!

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Genevieve was hamming it up! My husband was standing behind me and making silly faces and jumping around. She thought that was absolutely hilarious. Hey, whatever gets that cheeky grin!

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We also need to take a moment to talk about how ADORABLE Genevieve is. We were worried she wouldn’t want to touch Jenn’s stomach, but as we sat down for the shot, she wouldn’t move her hand! So precious!

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She’s going to be a great big sister!

Since these photos were done on my property, my two children were there. And being raised with a mom who is a photographer … they kept trying to jump into the pictures. Apparently it’s rubbed off on my husband, too.

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We are so excited to meet you, Oliver!

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Rolling Around at Briarcliff: Ashley and Skyelar’s 1-Year Engagement Shoot!

Hey there, bloggy world! Tatiana here again to take you on another photoshoot adventure!

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One year ago, our now retired photographer Dawn captured Ashley and Skyelar’s “Save the Date” photos which was the first photoshoot I ever attended as a photographer with Kansas City Photography!

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Ashley and Skyelar are KC Photo for-lifers! With me as her best friend and Maid of Honor, and Christine as her wedding photographer, we’ve pretty much planned the next three April’s worth of shoots for them!

For this shoot, Ashley chose The Village at Briarcliff, which is a location I’ve been dying to shoot at again! It has a sweet lake with iconic Kansas City fountains, a waterfall pathway, and a beautiful cityscape up the biggest hill EVER.

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Skyelar claims to hate photos but his big smile and even bigger personality suggest otherwise. 😉

Now, we thought Skyelar was the rascal of the day, but my chronological camera reel exposes Ashley as the first licker in question.

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Sorry, girl. Gotta call you out!

But seriously, if we’re keeping score, Skyelar definitely wins for most “charismatic” fiance of the year.

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Aw, how sweet! A kiss on the hold from her gallant prince.

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Oh wait, no. It’s just the Knight of Slobber. HE LOOKS SO PROUD!

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They both definitely have the signature husband/wife “I’m gonna do the thing/ Don’t do the thing” look down. Ashley already knew he was up to no good… again.

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Now, he probably thinks these antics will get him out of more photoshoots — but it only makes us want MORE! This reminds us of “Superstar.” Seen it? The tree scene? Go watch!

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Since their last shoot was more on the fancy dress side, they wanted to do a more casual look to showcase their nerdy side. Their wedding is Sci Fi/ Galaxy themed so the “Doctor Who/ Star Wars” combo suits them perfectly!

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Seeing them together always tugs on my heartstrings because I have never seen Ashley so alive and glowing as I see with her and Skyelar. Without getting into a whole mushy speech (gotta save it for the wedding!), I’m just so grateful that she has found a man who treats her like the princess she is!

Now, although Skyelar had us rolling with laughter the whole shoot, Ashley took the prize at the end for most memorable moment.

In order to get our cityscape shots of downtown KC, we had to hike up this huge hill with a sharp incline. As the shoot came to a close and we had to safely get down the hill, I just hear Ashley proclaim:

“F$%# it!”

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AND DOWN SHE GOES!

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LITERALLY ROLLING DOWN THE HILL!

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She is truly a Princess Bride!

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And Skyelar’s eyes say it all every time — he knows he’s the luckiest man in the world. <3

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You’ll see these two again next April on the big day! I CAN’T WAIT!

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Our Top 3 Tips For A Successful Newborn Photoshoot

Everyone loves babies! Seriously. Who doesn’t? But these newborn wiggle worms don’t make it easy to get cute, snuggly photos of them! Here are our top 3 tips for a successful newborn photoshoot!

1. Make sure the house is WARM.

We usually recommend turning the heat on and having the house set around 78. No matter the season! If the adults aren’t sweating a little, it isn’t warm enough! Keep in mind, these new little snuggle bugs get cold easily. And if they’re cold, they’re going to cry. It needs to be comfortable enough in the house that the baby can have no clothes on and feel warm.

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2. Feed Baby 30 Min. Before The Shoot

A hungry baby is a crabby baby. And we want your little nugget of love to be happy and smiling during the photoshoot! Feeding your snuggle bug 30 minutes before the shoot ensure they won’t be hungry come closeup time! It also gives some time for any stomach rumblies or spit up to happen. Now, not that we still won’t get pooped on from time to time … but at least the babies are happy!

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3. Schedule Within The First Two Weeks

Babies grow — FAST!! We’ve found they really retain that new “baby” look within the first two weeks after birth. After that, they really start changing into their own little person very rapidly. The “baby” cheeks go away so quickly, it’s actually kind of heartbreaking! If you want true “newborn” photos, we need to take them when they actually are newly born!

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We hope these helpful tips will make your newborn photoshoot a success!

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Are you currently expecting, or have you already given birth to your bundle of joy? We’d love to help you capture these first couple weeks with a newborn session! Contact us to set a date and time (don’t forget — we are in both KC & St. Louis)!

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OH, BOY! A Surprise Gender Reveal!

Yesterday, I went over to Jenn and James’ house for a very important photoshoot — a gender reveal of their second baby! Big sister Genevieve is pretty stoked about it, let me tell ya:

 

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Jenn got the secret envelope that said the gender early last week. Somehow, she refrained from looking, and made sure to hide it so her husband wouldn’t peek (he told her he would if he found it).

We called in our friend Alyssa, who is the Queen of Props. She delivered! She brought chalkboards, letter boards, and the item that made the shoot: the confetti cannon!

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Jenn had been prepping her husband the entire week that he wasn’t allowed to make a weird face when it was a girl. Everyone was expecting them to have another girl, which is why we got these priceless faces when blue shot out of the cannon!

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I seriously don’t think I have ever seen Jenn make that face. She is notoriously bad with surprises, but the look of pure shock on her face is priceless! James thought we for sure accidentally fired the wrong cannon. He kept asking: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”

No mistakes here! It was all boy! We also tried to do another fun reveal photo that involved Genevieve dipping her hands in blue ink. You can see how well that went:

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It must have been really hard for Jenn to wait, too, because they had the envelope for nearly a week before I was able to make it over there for the shoot. I am proud of their patience! And, capturing this moment was definitely well worth the wait!

We all know Genevieve is going to be the best big sister!

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Jenn is due at the end of August! I am not allowed to reveal the name just yet, but it’s adorable. I can’t wait to take photos of Genevieve and her new baby brother!

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We’d love to capture your special moment, too! Message us to set up your gender reveal (and don’t forget we are in KC and St. Louis)!

UPDATE: Want to meet Genevieve’s baby brother, Oliver?! Click here!

A Surprise Pregnancy Reveal!

I was raised at the Lake of the Ozarks, so going back is always a treat for me. Last weekend, I went down for a very special reason — for a surprise pregnancy reveal photoshoot with the Shackelford family!

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They are beyond excited to welcome baby number 4 into their family! No word on the name or gender yet, though! 😉

Poor Ayden and Jordon are outnumbered, so I am personally #teamgirl over here!

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I loved Jordon’s chalkboard! “This is the last one we swear.” And I could tell Jordon and Ethan were beyond excited for their newest edition!

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We also snuck in some family photos after the reveal!

I saw the Shackelfords this summer at their family reunion — and Ayden already looks more mature!! Stop growing, kiddo! The first photo is from this summer. The second is one from this shoot last weekend!

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And it has only been a few months!! She’s rockin’ some fun blue hair right now, too! She is also entering a pageant this summer!

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Now, Cameron … I can usually only get a few smiles out of him before he decides he’s just done. So, we took the reveal photos first when we could get a good cheeser. Then, we moved onto our usual —

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We can add it to the gallery, though!

Holden, however, was all about those grins!

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He’s gotten a lot bigger since this summer, too! I have a feeling he’s gonna be a good smiler for me during our photoshoots!

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Congratulations, Shackelford family!

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Christine’s 7 Most Romantic Photoshoots of 2017!

2017 was full of amazing photoshoots! From anime conventions to a haunted winery — we had a lot of fun!

But I really wanted to “focus in” (get it? Hahaha) on some of my most romantic photoshoots from 2017. Because why not start off the new year with a little bit of love?

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This isn’t a favorites list, just some fond and romantic memories from 2017!

1. Bret & Hannah

I’ve known Bret since college, and was tickled when he filled me in on his secret proposal plan for his then-girlfriend, Hannah!

As far as romance goes — it’s hard to beat a surprise proposal!

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Bret’s grand plan was to drive Hannah out to the wineries for their anniversary, so she thought he was being sweet and celebrating that. She didn’t realize he was going to pull out a ring! Now, a tornado watch was also in effect on the day of the proposal, because Mother Nature does what she wants.

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Bret & I had a “secret spy mission” going so we could talk about the proposal in secret. You can read more about this fun shoot, here.

2.  Lindsey & Dan

Lindsey and Dan made the list because they are so in love, they booked two engagement shoots! Dan loves hockey, so the first shoot was done at an ice rink. Look closely at the scoreboard – that’s actually their wedding date!

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The second shoot was a more country setting, which was Lindsey’s dream! Plus, she had 7 outfits all planned out, with what shots she wanted in each outfit. She is the most prepared bride ever!

3. Genevieve, Theodore, Elena, & Jaxton!

And love leads to babies!!!

Let’s start with Jenn and James. They were so tickled to welcome their baby girl, Genevieve, into the world in 2017. She is their first, and very loved by all their friends and family!

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But 2017 also welcomed other baby cuties that Christine was tickled pink about! Three of Christine’s very best friends all had them within months of each other!!

Mr. TJ (Amanda & Jordan) and Miss Elena (Steve & Alyssa) need to be highlighted, too! Elena actually POOPED on me during her shoot.

Plus, Christine’s little nephew was born this year. His name is Jaxton! SO MANY CUTE SNUGGLES WERE HAD!!!

TJ also gave everyone quite a scare. Amanda went into labor early.

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He was in the NICU after birth, but he’s a tough lil’ guy!! Plus, his guard dog, Truman, is always at the ready! 😉

4. Emily & Stephen

Romance in the windy city! Emily is another one of my dear college friends. We worked together at the state Capitol and graduated from Mizzou together! I try to make it to Chicago at least once a year to visit — and after Stephen’s proposal … it was a must to make it out there ASAP!

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With the romantic backdrop of Chicago against the water, it was a breathtaking photoshoot to celebrate their love!

5. Katherine & Josh 

These two lovebirds just couldn’t stop kissing each other! I mean, of course it was their wedding day, but even during their engagement session, they kept sneaking little kisses! It was so adorable. A peck on the end of her nose, a kiss ever so gently on his cheek. It just made me squeak from the romance of it all!

Plus, Josh loves kissing Kathy’s hand!

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6. Oye Engagement

I really wanted to highlight this adorable engagement shoot because these two lovebirds are in a long distance relationship, but they still made it work!

Months ago, Oye asked Sayo hypothetically, “If I happened to ask you to marry me, what would be your answer?”

Sayo gets so many bonus point for her answer: “You have to ask to find out!”

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The happy couple is getting married back on the East coast in South New Jersey at Lucien’s Manor this October.

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7. Jeremy & Amanda

This was definitely one of the most romantic settings this year – a gorgeous wedding at a country club.

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Amanda & Jeremy had the entire property to themselves. It was spacious, and beautiful, both the land on the outside and the property on the inside! Bright grass, tall trees, a white picket fence surrounding the roadway, plus a deck to stand on.

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We hope you had some romantic moments in 2017, and many more in 2018! After all, love makes the world go ’round!

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A 19-Person Family Reunion In 5-Degree Weather!

At this chilly (and huge) 19-person family photoshoot, we had two high school seniors!

What an exciting time for the family! We made sure to get a lot of photos of seniors Morgan and Nick since two of the grandchildren won’t end up as seniors at the same time again!

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But, let’s back up to how we booked the shoot first!

An old high school friend and tennis teammate, Jessica, posted she was looking for a photographer in the St. Louis area. Here’s a shot of that glorious high school time in our lives —

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I am in the back right next to the coach. Jessica is in the middle row, the third from the left.

I reached out to her and she explained the ENTIRE family was getting together the very last weekend in December. And they were a fun bunch! Here’s proof:

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We booked the shoot over the phone when it was an unnaturally warm August day. I don’t know if we were hoping to have a warm winter like last year, but come the day of the shoot 4 months later … it was freezing. Single digits freezing. But, we were determined! Plus, it helps that everyone was such a good sport!

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I was told the last time the entire family got together to take pictures — Gino and Reese weren’t even born! Since Reese is so little, I could see that — but Gino is a big guy now!!

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Since it was so cold, and we had kiddos with us, we huddled together in the basement for warmth, and I took every family “unit” out one at a time. They were pretty tickled at the word “unit.” There’s just something about it that makes people giggle.

So, let’s break down our “units!” First, the two that started it all — Greg & Coleen! They’ve been married for nearly 50 years (47 to be exact)!

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They were tickled pink about the photoshoot, and we made sure to get lots of photos of them with all of their grandbabies, even though most of them aren’t “babies” anymore. I always tell my oldest daughter she will always be my “baby,” and I’m sure the same goes for the grandkids!

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Then, of course, Jessica and her unit — Tyler & Reese. Reese was a big fan of waving at the camera!

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Little Reese would start laughing and then make crying sounds. At one point I wasn’t sure if she was elated or devastated. Jessica told me it was a “fine line.” Haha!

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Then we have Jon, Julie, Genevieve, Grace, Gabrielle & Gino! I love how all of their children have “G” names, that’s so precious — just like them!

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I kept telling everyone to pretend it wasn’t freezing! I think it worked pretty well.

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Next, we have the family of one of our seniors! Meet Jen, Dan, Nick & Katie! Nick made sure to bring a shirt change so we could snap a couple more of him for some senior pics!

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And our last unit to introduce you to is Jeff, Amy, Morgan & Drew! At one point, poor Drew didn’t think he had a good smile, but that wasn’t true!! Hopefully he can see these photos and see what a good smiler he is! Great job, Drew!

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The entire family was so sweet. Every time we’d go inside to warm up, several of them would offer me coffee. My favorite was when Greg said he’d top it off with a little Bailey’s. Ha!

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Thanks for an amazing time, Ribaudo clan!

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Top 3 Reasons To Take Family Photos Every Year

We have our regular clients who make sure they get family photos every year. We are also big advocates of this ourselves — here are our top 3 reasons why it’s such an amazing idea!

  1. SO much changes is such little time.

Especially if you have kiddos! In just one year, kids can change so much. But you don’t have to take our word for it – let’s just show you! These pictures were taken only one year apart!

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Every year they get a little taller. Those chubby baby cheeks suddenly go away. Your little babies are growing up before your eyes! These photos were all taken only one year apart!

And it’s not just kiddos who change. We adults look different every time, too! Maybe it’s a different hair color. Maybe you look more mature this year.

Plus, having photos with your family is so important!

2. Everyone deserves to be in the photo.

You probably have that family member who is always taking the photos. This means they’re hardly ever actually in the photos. My mom is like this — she takes photos, so I hardly have any of her!

Setting up a time for family photos means everyone important gets to be in the pictures!

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3. Update your walls!

Seriously. I want you to take a look around you right now. How long have those photos you have hanging up been on the walls? Keep them fresh! Updating your picture frames can make the entire room feel different, even if all you did was swap out that 1985 college portrait with one from 2018. 🙂

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O-M-G: A Surprise Proposal at Unity Village!

Hey, everyone! Tatiana here to share with you how I, a professional photographer, was accepted into the ancient order of NINJA!

Uhhh … or, how I totally snuck up on Katie and surprised her with an engagement photo shoot!

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More on that in a moment!

Tony Fisher contacted us Sept. 19th after he found us — wait for it — THROUGH OUR BLOG! We’re pretty happy about that, since we put so much work into these.

He wanted to surprise his beloved of almost four years, Katie, when he popped the big question! We suggested Unity Village as the meeting area, and he had to fib a bit to get her to go with him without any questions or suspicion. You could say Tony was Ninja #2.

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He told her they needed to go to a dinner with friends, but it was a pretty fancy place — great cover and excuse to dress up!

We had emailed Tony and we agreed to meet at the big tower at Unity Village. I was “taking” photos of the flowers … this is when I spotted them! #sosneaky

It was abnormally more crowded than usual, so the rose garden wouldn’t do for the big finale! Ninja 1 and Ninja 2 (Tony and I) thankfully linked minds. He didn’t seem to know quite where he wanted to go, so instead of following them like I had been, I veered off course and started moving away from them. I then started taking photos straight ahead — signaling that was the perfect spot where he should get on one knee! He understood and walked right in front of the camera — and bam! She couldn’t even stop smiling enough for that smooch!

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When I stopped and pointed my camera in front of the fountains, Tony brilliantly followed my lead — directing Katie in my line of site. Here is the exact moment when she realized what’s about to happen — so magical!

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I’M NOT CRYING; YOU’RE CRYING!

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I don’t even think Katie noticed me getting closer and closer to them until I said, “Congratulations!” I then felt it appropriate to say “I’m not being creepy, I promise! I’m supposed to be here!” and that’s when Tony explained his master plan to his now fiancée.

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“Well, now that you cried all your makeup off — would you like to do a photo shoot!?”

She said yes to me, too. 😉

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She was so overwhelmed by her gorgeous ring that instead of breathing, she just kept exhaling “OH MY GOD!!!” every second. It was so wonderful I told her that would be the headline for the blog.

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“Oh my gawd, I’m going to wear this for the rest of my life!”

“Oh my God, I can’t believe you pulled this off!”

“OMG, I can’t stop looking at it!”

Tony, make sure your bride-to-be looks up from her hand long enough to cross the street!

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Aw, look at that cheese face! I think in this very moment, on October 9th, 2017 at approximately 6:30 pm — Katie was THE happiest woman in the world. I’m so overjoyed that I was able to capture this incredibly special moment for these two. Plus, they are huge “Game of Thrones” fans like myself … so they are great people in my book!

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We wish you many more happy memories to come at Kansas City Photography — and hope you keep us in mind for a wedding photographer (we travel, tee hee).

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