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Teaser Tuesday | Kansas City wedding photography of Katie and Justin

27th January

Teaser Tuesday is still hanging around thanks to my crazy busy fall and winter season! Today we have three images from Katie and Justin’s wedding in Kansas City. This was such a fun wedding to work on especially during our fast “portrait” time after the ceremony. I say “portrait” as elected to use our time and take a drive over to Shawnee Mission park where Katie and Justin got engaged and make an image of them releasing a lantern as homage to their time together teaching in Thailand. It was an incredible event one they will remember forever.

Enjoy some of my favorite images from the day!

Sometimes you gotta make the best of what you have. The church was laid out in such a way there were no good angles on the ceremony. I was lucky to find a space through the podium that I could frame their faces. In the end I am glad I was not able to do what I normally do at a ceremony as I would not have found this angle otherwise. Love this photo.


In the backroom right after the ceremony.


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Catt & Cameron | Kansas City Wedding at the Guild

23rd January



When a couple decides to book with us and they say to me “You can do whatever the F&%k you want while you shoot my wedding”, I know that I am going to LOVE working with this couple. Although at times I really doubted that they meant just that, but true to their word Catt and Cam were the most laid back people and they trusted me fully to get them good images.  It does not hurt that they are a wonderful couple, have amazing friends and family and know how to throw a good party.  Great wedding located at  The Unity Plaza  and the reception at The Guild made for some awesomely composed moments with good light! My 3 favorite things! The images:


Usually at a wedding the guys are a bit more rowdy than the girls. Here Catt and her gals were a force to be reckoned with. The wedding day was a bit hotter than expected and they found ways to cool down down.


Mother of the groom watching as her boy gets married.




Catt’s Mom walking her down the aisle.005_kansas_city_wedding_photography_top_wedding_photographer_the_guild_event_space_tatoo_bride_blue_dress_unity_temple_ceremony_wirken_photography

Catt’s Dad passed away before he could witness her getting married, but they still left an open seat for him.

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Some drinks and fun at Antons Tap Room before heading to the reception.014_kansas_city_wedding_photography_top_wedding_photographer_the_guild_event_space_tatoo_bride_blue_dress_unity_temple_ceremony_wirken_photography 015_kansas_city_wedding_photography_top_wedding_photographer_the_guild_event_space_tatoo_bride_blue_dress_unity_temple_ceremony_wirken_photography 016_kansas_city_wedding_photography_top_wedding_photographer_the_guild_event_space_tatoo_bride_blue_dress_unity_temple_ceremony_wirken_photography 017_kansas_city_wedding_photography_top_wedding_photographer_the_guild_event_space_tatoo_bride_blue_dress_unity_temple_ceremony_wirken_photography 018_kansas_city_wedding_photography_top_wedding_photographer_the_guild_event_space_tatoo_bride_blue_dress_unity_temple_ceremony_wirken_photography

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Starting out the reception with a Fireball shot is a good mood setter. The whole … Read the rest

Teaser Tuesday | Puerto Vallarta Mexico wedding photography of Amy and John

20th January

What a crazy wedding Amy and John had. It was crazy in many ways. Crazy how many people I ended up knowing there, I actually grew up down the street from Amy as a child. Crazy that I almost suffered heavy bodily damage on the side of a cliff getting an image, and crazy how friends of mine that are amazing wedding photographers flew down from New York to shoot with me. This is one wedding I won’t soon forget. Thanks Amy and John for making it possible!

Here are a few of my favorite images from the trip. The wedding took place at the Iberostar Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico.


Amy getting her hair done by her friend while sneaking in lunch in the Presidential suite.

TW2_9011 I don’t normally post portraits as part of Teaser Tuesday but I had to post this one. I feel it is always important when shooting destination weddings to work hard to capture the beauty of the location. I was thrilled to discover this area while on a walk the day of the wedding on the beach. I knew we had to go there for the portrait time following the ceremony. I also knew it was risky as I had no idea what the tide would do and it was a 10 minute walk so time was of the essence. We pushed hard and it was worth it. Not only did I have to break into the backyard of this abandoned house but … Read the rest

Teaser Tuesday | Three photographs from Blair and Jesse’s Kansas City wedding

6th January

Teaser Tuesday is back! I hope all of you had a great holiday. I know I did but now it is back to our normally scheduled program as I am a bit behind on blogging.

Today I give you three photos from Blair and Jesse’s wedding I documented two days after Christmas in Kansas City at the Gallery Event Space.

I inherited this wedding from our associate David and had a fantastic time dancing the night away. Their reception was incredible thanks to the crazy talented band the Stolen Winnebagos. The floor was packed from the first song to the last. It was an awesome night.

Here are some of my favorites from the day.

Love this image of Blair and her dad leaving the President Hotel on their way to the ceremony.


Blair shares a fast prayer with her bridesmaids minutes before walking down the aisle.


Blair and Jesse helping the Stolen Winnebagos out during the last song of the night.

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The preview of portrait session in the Union Station in Kansas City

29th December

Who would have thought that the Union Station would bustle with visitors at at 8:30 on Sunday morning?   The unexpected early Sunday morning crowd did not faze Andrew, Becky and their son, Ben, and the rest of the Shelby’s family (i.e. the party of ten) as we still had a great time making photos while dodging hundreds of visitors that morning.

The photo below started out to be about Becky and Andrew but Ben got a bit jealous with dad so he jumped into the scene.


This is Ben.  I photographed him when he was only a tiny little  boy a couple years ago.



I love this photo of Becky’s sister Alison and her fiance Steve. I don’t think they expected to do lovey dovey pose so they started giggling when they tried to act lovey dovey.



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