Sometimes in the course of a year getting to know a couple, I get glimpses of the qualities in them that will possibly be the richest qualities in their marriage. I remember the first time I met with Tori, she told me that Chris was a big outdoorsman, and loved hunting so much that he really wanted camo vests or neckties for the wedding. She just kind of laughed, but was totally willing to concede and let him have his voice in the wedding. Instead of camo neckties, they ended up deciding on camo coozies, but to me, I loved her willingness to do something that she wouldn’t have preferred for the man she loved. And I can see the equal adoration from Chris, the way he was quietly emotional throughout the day, when he read her card, when he saw her walk down the aisle- the elation on his face after the ceremony. These are the little things that I get the chance to see as I watch a couple.
Brittan and I connected easily the first time we met. Really, who wouldn’t like this girl? She is a positive, kind, lovely person to be around. I specifically like the way she bursts out into this beautiful laughter that becomes contagious. Reed and I weren’t able to meet until the engagement session, but he was so great to drive hours down to KC after work, and then hours back that same night. That was impressive. I loved seeing the dynamic between these two during the session- how they make each other laugh, and how they are when they’re close. Enjoy!
I have one vital piece of advice when planning your wedding: Let the right one in.
Your wedding day is a microcosm of everything you love built just for you, about you, and by you (with help from friends and family). It is so important when selecting your wedding vendors to let the right ones into that world. Those that match your vision closest will enhance your day. This is specially true for your wedding imagery. Your wedding film and photography will be looked back on for generations. Memories will be lost and created based on it.
Years ago Kaitlin contacted me to be an intern, when at the time we were not looking for one. We have been friends ever since. We have had so many conversations about weddings I cannot count. Conversations about photography and video, approach and design, about what a wedding should encompass and how I see them.
After a long and winding courtship, they arrived at their wedding day full of energy and excitement. Shooting Kaitlin and Sam’s wedding was a dream for me. We had that trust. They knew exactly how I worked when they hired me and gave me their trust that opened the door to the day. Their family and friends followed their lead. From the crazy dance floor to the flow of tears, they let me in to capture it all. But it was not enough to just give me access. They also trusted me to give those moments back to them in a way that was a perfect hybrid of my own artistic sensibilities and an honest telling of the day. A film about how … Read the rest
Lauren, Dave and I are all proud grads of Shawnee Mission South High School. I hadn’t seen them for years, but I was so excited when they came to me for their wedding photography. These two didn’t date in high school, but ended up working together years later and falling in love. Now if I could only convince Lauren to wear her cheerleading outfit, and Dave his letter jacket at some point in the wedding. I don’t know why they aren’t doing that. It has been so fun hanging out with you guys!