Lake Viking Engagement Photos {Mark+Laura}

Mark and Laura are perfect for each other and dear friends of ours. I am so excited for these two and their new adventures in Minnesota. I love that Laura is always up for anything and Mark is so laid back. It was only fitting to do their engagement session at the lake and the sunset was perfect.  Everyone is always nervous for their engagement session but I think we had plenty of fun and put all nerves aside. They even decided to take the plunge in more that one way, by jumping into the lake at the end of the session. Love it!I can’t wait to be a part of your big day in Minnesota next year!

Classic Kansas City Engagement Session {Scott+Kris}

I love it when I met a couple that can be so in love and sweet, but have this amazing goofy side to them. It was so great getting to know Scott and Kris for their engagement session at Loose Park and the Kansas City plaza. We laughed so much and I mean how cute are these two together?  Thank goodness for a break in this heat so we could enjoy our evening and not melt.

 

Engagement Session {Shane+Sheena}

Shot by: Nancy Sikes

Loose Park Engagement Session {Ben + Heather}

I got the opportunity to shoot Ben and Heather’s engagement session since my associate photographer is out on maternity leave. How sweet is this couple? I loved getting to know more about them and learn about Ben’s job in the navy and their adventures of where they have lived and plan on living. It was a perfect summer night, so enjoy these two!

Andy + Rachael Engagement Session {Shot by Associate: Nancy}

Andy+Rachael

Shot by associate photographer: Nancy

Kansas City I’m So In Love {Luke + Jackie} Engagement Session

Luke and Jackie are down to earth, laid back and easy going which made this engagement session super chill. We hung out downtown taking pictures and capturing the love that these two have for each other.  I think Luke even said that this was the most fun thing he has ever done! Ha, I kid, I kid.  Going for a completely different look we ended the session at a barn in the middle of the city. Enjoy 🙂

Dante + Kelsey Engagement Session {Kansas City Photographer}

Dante and Kelsey are just perfect for each other. I saw a sweet side, I saw a silly side and I saw their connection. Dante was so sweet to Kelsey and she is one lucky lady. Well they both are!  I can’t wait to capture your wedding, enjoy 🙂

 

Engagement Session Outfit Ideas – Spring Engagement Session

Picking out outfits for your engagement session can be stressful. You want to make sure whatever you’re picking looks flattering on you and you feel comfortable. Color choices are confusing, but we are here to help. I teamed up with Shop Scoobie.  Sarah is the local owner and she is in love with fashion. It’s a genuine passion for her and she helped me pull together some super cute outfits ideas for your spring engagement session.  You can find all these looks at Trendz in Leawood or Garment District in downtown Kansas City.

 

Engagement Session Prep

Engagement sessions can be exciting, but also overwhelming.  Where to do the pictures, what to wear, how is the weather going to be?  The engagement sessions is a time for us to hang out, get to know each other and get more comfortable in front of the camera. Very important that we do this so we don’t go into your wedding blind. I suggest doing your engagement session in a different season than your wedding.  Mix it up.

Engagement Session PrepLOCATION

I like to choose locations based on the look you are going for but I am open to suggestions. Usually couples will choose  2-3 locations that are somewhat close to each other.

Engagement Session with Puppy

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

I don’t like to put a time limit on engagement sessions. However the typical shoot will last 45 minutes to two hours. It just depends on where we go, how you are feeling and if your up for adventure!

Engagement Session Tips

OUTFIT CHANGES

You can change your outfit as many times as you would like. Most people will have 2-3 outfits. A dressy outfit is nice along with casual. If dressy is not your thing, two casual outfits are fine too! Sometimes couples even incorporate jersey’s with sports teams they like or college memorabilia.

WHAT TO WEAR

I recommend color. Bright, fun accessories. Layering pieces. Stripes, polka dots, colors that are not going to blend in with your background. Bring a couple outfit changes. Check pinterest for ideas. Make it your style. Make it fun. Use common sense, if you are shooting at a park, don’t wear green because you might blend in with the trees.

have a drink before you come

{ trust me, it helps. }

Posing ideas for engagement session

Recently engaged? Where to start with wedding planning.

Are you recently engaged and ready to jump into the wedding planning process? Where to start? This article is going to hold some great tips from a photographer’s prospective on how to jump in feet first.

Ask your friends for referrals

My business and personal life is built on referrals. Instead of going to Google, I would rather ask my network. You can spend hours and days reading reviews and sometimes in an online presence you can get a false sense of how a business is run.  It’s great to hear from real people who have actually used a vendor’s services.

Think about budgets

Before you even start looking at venues or dresses or envisioning your perfect day you have to figure out who is contributing and how much. You don’t want to get all these things in your head to let yourself down when you can’t afford them.  Decide how much you and your partner are willing to put in and if either sets of parents are contributing.

Find a venue and set a date

Venues book up fast.  If you have your heart set on a certain place, book it first! Some venues will book up a year or more in advance.  Once you have your venue and date booked you can move onto other details and vendors.

Book vendors that can only take on one wedding a day

Photographer. Videographer. Wedding planner.  Like a great venue, these people book up fast.  Most of the clients I meet with have booked their venue and their second stop is me. I only book one wedding per day, and my associate only books one wedding per day, but I also block off dates throughout the year that I won’t book because of family events; therefore limiting my open dates. Same goes for most videographers and wedding planners, unless they have a larger staff.

Hire a wedding planner

Before you even start researching hours and hours, consider hiring a wedding planner.  They can meet with you, get the general idea of the look and feel you are trying to achieve at your wedding and find vendors that would fit your style. This is so helpful because the great wedding planners have contacts with vendors in the industry to narrow things down for you.  On your wedding day you do not want to worry about a thing. There are so many little details and logistical details that a wedding planner can take care of to ensure your day runs smoothly. Personally I love working with good planners because they make my job easier as well.