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Kansas City Engagement Session: Shalynn & Waylon, Shawnee Mission Park October 6, 2009

Shalynn and Waylon share a lot of things in common, but one big thing stands out: their love for adventure. From extreme sports (extreme for me, at least!), to traveling, to trying new things, these two know how to have fun. And best of all, they love to experience life together.

Waylon had the most creative proposal idea I’ve heard so far. He told Shalynn that they were going to take a trip to Denver, do some rafting, and experience Colorado. She was excited, and boarded a plane to Denver. Yet, when they got to Denver, they didn’t leave the airport. Instead, Waylon told her they were jumping on a plane bound for Los Angeles. So they did. Yet, when they got to Los Angeles, they didn’t leave the airport. Instead, Waylon told her they were actually going to Hawaii. And when they got to Hawaii… okay, okay… they stayed there. :) And Waylon asked Shalynn to be his wife. And she said yes. What a cool story, huh?

So where do you take a couple who loves the great outdoors and living adventurously in it? And where in the world do you find that in Kansas? :) We chose Shawnee Mission Park as the location, since the fall colors are beautiful there right now, there are all sorts of things to explore, and plenty of wildlife to see.

Here are some of my favorites from their session.

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Pretty, pretty Shalynn!

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I like this one — the light, the couple, the windy little path…

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The wildlife cooperated with us for a little bit… these geese flew overhead as we were trying to sneak up on a group of deer. Perfect!

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This deer cooperated for about 2.5 seconds. :) Even from a distance, I still like how this one came out!

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The sunset provided a beautiful light for the end of our session. I love the colors in the water and the trees here… and how cute Shalynn and Waylon are. :)

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We couldn’t take a boat out on the water (and I was too nervous to ask the fisherman if we could borrow his boat), so we just used some as props. :)

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And one last one… silhouette with the gorgeous sunset!

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Shalynn and Waylon — thanks so much for asking me to take your engagement photos! I hope your engagement is a fun adventure!


3 Responses to “Kansas City Engagement Session: Shalynn & Waylon, Shawnee Mission Park”

  1. Rebecca Says:

    Great pictures!

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE the shots you got of this couple at SM Park. My favs by far though are the one with the geese and the one with the deer. AWESOME job a turning an engagement shoot into a nature shoot… and doing BOTH quite well at the same time. What amazing engagement session images this couple now has because of your talent and patience. (Trust me… I know how un-cooperative the deer at SM Park can be!) Keep up the awesome work!

  3. Shalynn Duke Says:

    Thanks Erica for doing such a great job! :)
    We had such a good time!
    We love our pictures!!!

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