Over the last 9 months these two have become quite comfortable in front of my camera, along with their sweet dog, Bandit. I first met them last winter at their snowy engagement session in Nebraska. They were originally planing to come to Kansas City for part two, but my availability coincided with closing on their brand new home! I jumped at the opportunity to head up to Omaha for the day to capture them in their new place in all it’s sparse, modern glory. Also, can we talk about kitchen goals?!
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I’ve been obsessed with Hodge Park for awhile now. Historic towns are kind of my thing and there are so many in the area. So naturally, I was pretty stoked when Laura & Bryan were into the idea of having their engagement photos shot here. I suggested this location because it lends a hand to their wedding venue; Paradise Park in Oregon, MO. I’m a big fan of engagement shoots and wedding days playing off each other, whether that be by location, activity, or through some other key factor. I think it’s important to create a consistent look throughout both albums without getting too similar.
Below are a few of my favorites from this very rare nice day when it was both sunny and not sweltering outside!
Abegail and Joe were really looking for an urban spring engagement, but timing and scheduling made that difficult to work out. So I came up with something a little different to make sure we could get all of the flowers in these photos even though it was still winter.
I’d only met with these two once prior, when their wedding plans were only first starting. I knew from their reaction to my work that they thought we’d be a great fit, but since their plans were so new I hadn’t yet gotten a good sense of who they really were stylistically. This shoot answered a lot of those questions, and oh my gosh they were definitely an ideal fit for me. Super easy in front of the camera, requiring very little direction, and they even brought their ukueles along.
This was an utterly magical shoot, and definitely woke me up from my winter hibernation. I am so excited for more flowers and warmth and spring and love.
I had just been bragging to a client the other day that I felt so lucky this year because I had yet to shoot in freezing cold weather. All of my weddings and lifestyle shoots had been indoors, and I’d be fortunate enough to have had nice weather for all of my couples shoots. So naturally the engagement I traveled 3+ hours to photograph was absolutely freezing.
You all should applaud Lindsay and Greg’s dedication to getting these photos because O.M.G it was cold one, and they were the ones lacking coats. They were so much fun to work with though; very easy to photograph and up for whatever weird instruction I through out. I’m elated to shoot their wedding later this year, especially after getting to finally meet them in person after several months of planning. They also choose an insanely beautiful location. St Louis peeps will recognize this as the very well known Forest Park, but I’d never heard of it prior to scheduling this shoot. I was super excited about it, particularly The Jewel Box which just might be the most interesting conservatory I’ve ever seen. Still crying we couldn’t go inside though….
When Matthew and Joey sat down with me a few weeks ago they mentioned that they had created spreadsheets comparing photographers. I love clients like this because while it does add a bit of pressure, I know that clients who prioritize their photos prioritize their photographers opinions. Every client I’ve ever had that made spreadsheets (yes, I’ve seen that more than once), had looked at hundreds of portfolios, or considered photography to be the most important aspect of their day, has always allowed me the freedom to create as I see fit.
Looking to find something both minimal and natural for their engagement session, I directed these two to Shawnee Mission Park. Although I try my hardest to get away from constant park repetition in my portfolio, I wanted to shoot this couple in very basic locations; a wooden bridge, a lakeside view, a field. I wanted the landscape to take on a less prioritized role, and become secondary tools of composition that I could form around them, as one does to define space in a drawing.
I think my favorite thing about these two, was something they wrote in a questionnaire I sent them after they booked. They wrote that they wanted me “[to capture] more of the little moments and less of the easy moments.” I always view engagement sessions as a form of experimentation and introduction. So while I approached this in a more formal manner, I’m excited that they value my eye enough to let me take on the roles of both artist and documentarian for their wedding day. It’s also nice to know I beat out everyone else on that spreadsheet. I’m just sayin’.