Sunday, April 26, 2009

Katie + Ryan Wedding | April 17

Love is a powerful word. It can have various meanings and used in different connotations. When it comes to marriage, we often hear people use the word "love" in two different contexts (1) I love you (2) I am in love with you. Katie and Ryan indeed can say that they are “in love with each other”. Their wedding took place Friday, April 17 at the Lenexa Baptist Church and their reception was held at the Bacchanlia reception hall in Overland Park.

The reason I can say these things about both of them is because after I met them in my gallery and have taken their engagement photos late Fall in ’08, their love was written all over their faces, body language and chemistry. Katie, with her rich golden red hair, deep blue eyes and quiet spirit meshes with Ryan’s given nature. Their love for each other goes deeper than the surface.

I’m just so excited that I was their chosen photographer and allowed me to document their wedding day.

Congratulations, Katie and Ryan!























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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Avion Senior Session

Avion is a gorgeous young lady in the KC metro area with a natural beauty. She will be graduating this year and we went to one of KC's most eclectic areas - actually it's one of my favorite locations to photograph. Although she was accompanied by her mother, Avion is shy in nature.












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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Joyelle + Brian Wedding | April 11

Good things always come to good people. Joy and Brian’s April 11 wedding and reception proved that theory. Their wedding displayed perfection and elegance. The ceremony took place at the Peace Lutheran Church in South Kansas City and the reception was held at the luxurious The Sawyer Room – downtown KCMO. What I appreciated the most was Joy and Brian allowed enough time for us to travel to a offsite location (Kauffman Memorial Gardens) for additional formal photos.

Their colors were baby blue and chocolate. When you walked in The Sawyer Room, guest’s expectations were blown away. The tables and d├ęcor gave the guests something to talk about. Kudos to "First Things First Catering and Event Planning" (Dorothy Aldridge / Arlana Coleman) for putting their best foot forward on the decorations. A little birdie told me the Sawyer Room management had never seen the room decorated so well. I can’t close this entry without saying, OH MY GOODNESS, THE CAKE!” Words can’t explain how good it looked – it tasted good too.

Thank you Joy and Brian for the huge opportunity and Arlana for the referral.















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Friday, April 17, 2009

Common Wedding Photography Questions

Wedding season is in full swing for us now and I wanted to take this time to post some common questions that come up during our wedding consultations with brides/grooms. Most of these questions are listed on our FAQ's page via our website.

Although we receive several email inquiries from our website, The Knot.com and PWG.com; we thrive on meeting you in person. We take pride in our wedding consultations because we are confident that you will love our personality, enthusiasm and passion to photograph your wedding. In most cases, the wedding consultations are informal and allows you to view our beautiful wedding albums and trustworthy service.

Feel free to view these questions and we hope to meet you real soon!
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How soon before your wedding should you hire a photographer?

In most cases you should start looking for a photographer almost as soon as you book your reception hall. Keep in mind most of the better photographers are taken a year or more in advance.

What is the advantage of hiring a professional?

A professional takes photographs for a living. As a professional, you can be assured of receiving the highest quality in service and photographs. A professional photographer uses the best equipment and labs to assure your satisfaction.

Where do I start my search?

There are many sources to check out when looking. Watch for bridal shows or events in your local area. Regional bridal magazines feature the best in the business. But the best source is to ask a friend or relative about a recent wedding they have been to or photographer they have used.

What questions should I be asking?

After you have established that your date is available, be sure to ask these questions:

  1. How long they have been in business?

  2. Who will be photographing my wedding?

  3. What kind of packages and pricing are they offering?

  4. How soon after my wedding will my photos be ready?

  5. How much time will you be spending at my wedding?

  6. What style of photography do they use?

It's best to write a list of questions and concerns before you begin your search. Or, you can print this list out and bring it with you.

Are my wedding photos available online?

Many photographers have website that allow you to view your complete wedding online .These should be password protected and also allow friends and relatives to view and purchase photos from the site safely.

Do you feel comfortable with this photographer?

It is important that after speaking to the photographer that you feel confident in their ability to work with individuals and groups. A professional photographer can make the day go smoothly and help even in a crisis.

What about price?

Prices can start from $600 up into the thousands!! Everything depends on what services you require, and the finished products you will receive. If you want good photographs and albums, then be prepared to spend more. Album quality and picture quality are relevant. Research shows that good photographs runs between 10-15% or the wedding budget. Most couples underestimate the cost of a good photographer by as much as 40-50%. Also remember, the photographs are only a portion of the services you receive from a professional photographer.


Talk to you soon - we are on our way to photograph your wedding.


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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

All In The Family | Easter '09

It's been a long time since I've taken some really fun photos of the kids. Easter was a perfect time. Andrew will be 4-yrs old in May and Sydney will be 1-year old - can you believe that? Watching them entertain themselves can be cute but a headache all in one. Sydney is at that age where she loves to see her big brother and wants to follow him where ever he goes. Andrew in turn wants his own independence and gets aggravated when she pesters him. It's funny to watch but then it can get ugly. Needless to say, he is very protective over her.






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