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Engagement Photos at Clinton Lake: Sarah and Brett October 27, 2009

I seriously have the best clients. I get to meet the nicest, smartest, cutest people. :) Sarah and Brett are an awesome couple — and I’m so excited that I get to capture their love through photographs. Sarah and Brett wanted to do their engagement session at Clinton Lake in Lawrence, Kansas, where they spent a lot of time during their college years. I love shooting at places that mean something to a couple and where they share memories together. It was also the perfect fall location with gorgeous soft fall colors.

I knew that Sarah would want to see a sneak peek right away (she’s been waiting for her debut on the blog!). Here are just a few of my favorites. :)

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I love it when my couples trust me… even if it means climbing into some tall grass where unknown creatures might be lurking. :) I love this one! 

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Seriously, aren’t they super cute together? :)

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Sarah really loves photos with streaming, glowing light through trees. There was rain all around us, and we got sprinkled on for a while, but the sun popped out for about 30 seconds and I grabbed a few glowing light photos just for this bride-to-be. :)

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I must admit, I’m glad the sky was a little ominous the day of our shoot, because it created really cool colors on the water and the sky looks heavy. I think it has such a romantic feel.

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I love how comfortable Sarah and Brett are together (and in front of my camera).

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We took a few fun photos of Sarah’s engagement ring, too (which is GORGEOUS!).

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I thought this sign and the foliage growing around it were super cool. 

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Sarah and Brett, I am so excited that you’ve asked me to capture this time in your relationship. I can’t wait for your wedding next year — it’s going to be awesome! :)


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!


Kansas City Engagement Session: Jamie and Rodrick September 3, 2009

I met up with Jamie and Rodrick at the park on the most beautiful day in early September. The light was perfect, soft, and just before sunset. Add in two really cute people who are really in love (after 8 years together!) and it’s the best way to spend an evening. I’m going to keep the talking short and just show you their cuteness. :)

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They brought their puppy Brutus, a Boston Terrier for part of the shoot!

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I loved Jamie’s dress — the pink color was so cute in the rose gardens.

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 See what I mean? These two are so easy to photograph… I love couples in love!

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Individual head shots of the two of them… they look good together and by themselves. :)

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Fountain shots!

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Jamie wanted photos that showed off the gorgeous ring Rodrick picked out!

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And a few more… because I couldn’t decide on my favorites!

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Jamie and Rodrick, congratulations on your engagement! I hope the wedding planning goes so well! Enjoy this time together, and thanks so much for asking me to take your engagement photos!


Overland Park Engagement Photos: Robin and Chris September 2, 2009

I have the best clients. Seriously. I have the sweetest, smartest, prettiest clients in the whole world. :) I am so blessed to do what I do. If I don’t say that enough on here, shame on me. :) I love that my job means hanging out with some of the best people and getting to be  the person who captures memories for them. 

Robin and Chris are two people who I met and instantly liked. You just can’t help it. They’re great people, and their engagement session was really fun! They just bought a house, and wanted to take their photos in their new neighborhood area and in their backyard. I’m always up for personal touches and things that really have meaning for a couple, so of course I thought that was a great idea. :)

Here are a few of my favorites from their session.

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I love when girls wear dresses for their engagement photos. :)

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Robin and Chris were naturals in front of the camera — so photogenic and comfortable! If I didn’t know that they’re very busy people, I would think that they had been practicing… :)

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After we visited the neighborhood pond, we went back to their house for relaxed photos in the backyard with their dog, Nellie. Chris has had Nellie for about 5 years, and she’s the sweetest dog. While they were changing into their second outfit, I had Nellie warm up for her portion of the photo shoot. She’s a golden retriever/hound mix… isn’t she beautiful?

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Then it was out to the backyard!

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I love this one. I think every couple should have a photo like this that lets them just feel the joy of being together. :)

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And this one makes me feel all cozy! :)

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I saved my favorites for last. These might be some of my all-time favorite engagement photos. Chris mentioned that they like to spend a lot of time relaxing in their hammock in the backyard, and that they’d love to have some casual photos like that. Um, yes! Count me in! :)

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Robin and Chris, thanks for an awesome engagement session. Give Nellie a hug for me, and let me know if you try that chicken kabob recipe. :) I am so excited for your wedding next May! Congratulations!


Kansas City Engagement Session: Michael and Sara at Union Station and Crown Center July 7, 2009

Nine years ago. Okay, almost nine years ago. It was then that Michael and Sara started their love story. And today, nine years later, I have the extreme privilege of capturing their engagement and upcoming wedding this fall.

I met Michael through HOBY, which by now I’m sure you’ve all heard of if you’ve been reading this blog for very long. Michael joined our volunteer team and brought along his infectious smile and willing attitude. Everybody loves Michael. They have to. He’s just that kind of guy.

But nobody loves Michael the way Sara does. It was awesome to see the two of them interact together during their photo shoot. They have history. The kind of history that makes two people completely comfortable around one another, and the kind that allows them to be silly and have fun and share little moments together, even in front of my camera lens. 

I am so excited to share these photos with you, from our engagement session tonight in the Union Station/Crown Center area of downtown Kansas City.

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Seriously… these two are cute! :)

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I love the patterns that Union Station’s architecture creates:

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I love summertime engagement sessions! The light is always so warm and beautiful.

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Okay, I couldn’t resist posting this one — they’re so cute it’s killing me… :)

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I asked Sara to take off her shoes for this one, so she’s be shorter. I wasn’t planning on doing a full-length shot… but I like it too much! :)

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I love the steps that lead up to Liberty Memorial across the street.

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As we were walking to the fountains at Union Station, I noticed these awesome patterns reflected onto the wall by one of the taller buildings downtown — they look like huge flowers to me. Of course, we stopped for a few photos. I love this!

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The fountains are super fun. It’s a great place for kids to play in the summer, and a neat stop for engagement photos. :)

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And the picnic tables are really cute with their bright colors. I also love the expression on Sara’s face in this one:

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Michael and Sara, Jeff and I are so excited to photograph your wedding in October. You have no idea! :)