Thursday, June 28, 2012

Father and Son Exhibit Unveiled at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center


This is a long overdue posting. I even don't know where I want to begin.

Several weeks ago, I took on a special project that would benefit Greater Kansas City. The outcome of this project was bigger than what I expected. The Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, under the leadership of Jesse Barnes, asked me to participate in an exhibit honoring African American fathers here in Kansas City. This exhibit would require me to photograph 67 father and son families and the finished product would be unveiled to the general public. Father and sons from all walks of life - ranging in profession - were photograph. Some I knew and most I didn't. The photo sessions were spread across four days. It was very interesting to see the special but unique bond that fathers (young and old) have with their sons.  Personally it made me appreciate the significant role men play in cultivating the moral values of being a man.

I met a young lady visiting the exhibit and she said, "those are some powerful walls". I thought that was a strong observation to make knowing the significance and prominent father and son relationships displayed on all the walls.

The unveiling of the event took place on the eve of "Father's Day" - June 9 at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and over three hundred friends & family and community leaders came out to support this momentous occasion. Jesse surprised me because not only were the photos displayed but the exhibit also features yours truly, my photography company (Royal Photography, LLC) and my son, Andrew. All 67 / 20x30 portraits are hanging on the second floor of the BRWCHC until September 8, 2012. Each portrait is accompanied with a quotation from the father on what fatherhood means to him. Stop in and see who are some of the prominent father and son relationships. A few days after the unveiling, I accompanied Jesse on a live hour-long KCUR special public radio broadcast talking about the significance of this exhibit. This was the first time I had ever been on the radio - yes, I was nervous.

Jesse, THANK YOU, you out did yourself.  I was totally shocked, amazed and most of all honored to be a part of such an event.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!







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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Find Us in KC Weddings Latest Magazine


I am pleased to announce that the new 2012 Fall/Winter edition of the KC Weddings magazine is out on newsstands today. Guess what - if it isn't obvious - the new ad is featured on page 43 . The magazine has great ideas for gorgeous wedding gowns, bouquets, cakes and real-life featured weddings. Pick up your copy today and check out the new advertisement. 2012 weddings are still available and of course I am booking for 2013. ◦
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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Our First Family Royals Baseball Game at Kauffman Stadium


Royals vs. Cardinals....today was our first family outing attending a Royals baseball game at Kauffman Stadium. I think Andrew was more excited than the rest of us. Since we didn't have any Royals attire, Andrew wore his Red Sox ball cap and Chiefs t-shirt...don't laugh but he did his best to support his favorite teams. Lets just say that Royals gear will be purchased for the house. The Kauffman stadium is beautiful and was just about packed to capacity. We had a great view (section 431) and was a great mixture of Cardinals (Red) and Royals (blue). We couldn't go to the stadium without eating funnel cakes, cotton candy and nachos. Because lil miss Sydney was starting to cut up, we left after the 5th inning - the Cardinals were ahead 3 - 0.

Enjoy some of my favorite photos.

















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Thursday, June 21, 2012

New Full Page Advertisement in KC Weddings Magazine


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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Terri + Kendall May 26 Wedding | A Bride Prayed for Her Prince Charming


Every woman dreams about meeting their prince charming and every man talks about meeting that special one who stole their heart. If I may quote Terri during the ceremony, she prayed earnestly for a man who will love her, adore her, one who loves his mother and one who is good looking. Terri's prayers were answered. Shawn Spry, my second photographer, and I had a wonderful photographing this lavish wedding. As I photograph more weddings, the trend has been that men are taking an active part in planning the wedding - which is good! After our very first meeting, both told me to take all the time I needed and gave me free will to work what ever magic I wanted. All I could do was jump for joy.

Below are some of my favorite images from myself and Shawn; we hope that you like them as well. Congratulations Kendall and Terri - God bless!

VENDORS
Ceremony: Memorial Church International
Wedding Coordinators: Above and Beyond Weddings
Cake: Baked Expressions and Covenant Cakes
Photobooth: Shutterbooth
DJ: KC Pro Jocks
Flowers: The Monarch Flower Company
Reception: Overland Park Convention Center
















Photo by Shawn

Photo by Shawn

Photo by Shawn

Photo by Shawn

Photo by Shawn

Photo by Shawn

Photo by Shawn (love this)

Photo by Shawn

Photo by Shawn

Photo by Shawn

Photo by Shawn

Photo by Shawn














It's good to see a man cry and not afraid to show his emotions.



Tribute to his fraternity "Omega Psi Phi" after the first kiss.


















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