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Kansas City Engagement Session: Jay and Andrea, Indian Hills Golf Course May 19, 2009


I never thought in Mrs. Smith’s 5th grade class that someday I’d be taking engagement photos for Jay and his beautiful bride-to-be. I never thought I’d have the chance to capture such a fun time in an old friend’s life… but that’s what I love about this awesome world of photography. It connects people. And it connects me to people that I’ve known from all stages of life.

I’ve known Jay since 1st grade. But for some reason, when I think of Jay, I picture that 5th grade classroom. Maybe it’s because that was a year that I was obsessed with taking photos at school. I don’t know how many photos of Jay and our classmates I probably have from that one year. Of course, we all look really cool. :) Anyway, Jay and I went to school together for a long, long time — and ended up at K-State at the same time, too. But it’s been a few years since I’ve even seen him, and it was such a joy to see him and Andrea together and capture a little bit of the love they share.

I’m going to start off with a series of three photos that I just love… 




They are so beautiful individually — but even more beautiful together. :) It just doesn’t get any better than a beautiful couple in beautiful golden light…




Seriously, Andrea knew how to “work it” for the camera… okay, and so did Jay…


Another series. In case you haven’t figured it out already, I tend to do a series of shots with most situations — capturing separate frames of individual instants of time that freeze a laugh, a sigh, a sweet moment.


The gorgeous ring!


We took Jay and Andrea’s engagement photos at Indian Hills Golf Course in Prairie Village, a suburb of Kansas City. It was basically empty when we were out there (they’re closed on Mondays), and it was a gorgeous location for our session. 


I love the next two. They were telling me about their engagement story — and how Andrea couldn’t believe that everyone knew it was coming (except for her)!



A few in black and white:



After the more casual portion of our session, we took time for a wardrobe change to have a more dressy feel. I love when brides-to-be opt for a cute sundress or skirt in their engagement photos. It’s very fun and flirty and is perfect for spring/summertime sessions! See how cute Andrea is? I know Jay agrees. :)



I couldn’t help myself. One more cute one to leave you with… :)


Jay and Andrea, congratulations to you two!! :) I hope you have a wonderful wedding in October! Thanks so much for asking me to do your engagement photos!

If you’re a family member or friend of the couple, click here to sign their online guestbook and view all of their engagement photos once they’re published!


6 Responses to “Kansas City Engagement Session: Jay and Andrea, Indian Hills Golf Course”

  1. kasie Says:

    these are great!
    and so was fifth grade…ha ha :)

  2. Sarah Says:

    These are some of my favorites, for sure. Your work is incredible! And what a cute couple :)

  3. Cara Says:

    These are wonderful! You take such awesome shots Erica! I know I still remember people back in elementary school and high school!

  4. Chris Says:

    #11 is my favorite! they both have such beautiful eyes! great great stuff!

  5. bre Says:

    I love these shots too! Great job Erica! They look so comfortable in the pictures. I really like the shots of him kissing her forehead…those are adorable!

  6. […] had the most gorgeous group of bridesmaids. Two of them you might recognize — Andrea and Laura. Seriously, how is it possible that all of her friends are this lovely? […]

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