Becky and Scott | Kansas City Wedding Photography St. John’s United Methodist Church and Hobbs Building

Becky and Scott | Kansas City Wedding Photography St. John’s United Methodist Church and Hobbs Building

  It was such a joy to be able to photograph Becky and Scott’s wedding for they’re such a down to earth couple surrounded by families and friends who cared and loved them so much.  Their wedding ceremony was held at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Kansas City, one of my favorite churches in Kansas City when it comes to “photographer rules”, that is the church was very accommodating for us to photograph and document real moments.   Wedding is an old tradition but as old as it is each wedding is still full of surprises.  The day started when Becky found a small tear in her wedding gown and there was a brief moment of puzzlement as how the hole happened, however the little accident didn’t faze Becky at all.   I also love it when the whole family got involved in the wedding preparation as can be seen by the excitement of Becky’s niece the flower girl when she finally got dressed and ready for the big show.  The little random subtle moments that seemingly fleeting had become such sweet treats to remember when they were photographed and documented in a split second.   Later in the evening the activities moved to the Hobbs building, one of the most unique and beautiful wedding venues in Kansas City,  for the reception .  Another surprise later in the evening when a glass of wine accidentally spilled onto Becky’s dress but amazingly she took it in stride.  And as the last unplanned surprise the night was concluded when Becky and Scott called a taxi cab to take them away in a drizzling freezing rain.   Becky and her mom...
Becky and Scott : Preview of the wedding in St. John’s United Methodist Church and Hobbs Building in Kansas City

Becky and Scott : Preview of the wedding in St. John’s United Methodist Church and Hobbs Building in Kansas City

Hello everybody, I’m back! I felt really blessed and humbled to be able to shoot wedding again after one circumstance sidelined me for a few months. So here I am now, and I’d like to show the preview of Becky and Scott’s wedding in Kansas City that I’ve been working on. It was such a joy to be able to photograph the real moments from Becky and Scott’s wedding for they’re such a down to earth couple surrounded by families and friends who care and love them so much. Becky and Scott’s wedding at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Kansas City was a joy to photograph. The documentary photos I’m showing this time were taken during the wedding reception at the Hobbs building in Kansas City which is one of the most unique and full of characters wedding venues in Kansas City. I’m excited to post more images once I completed them all. Cheers!...
Amy + David | Kansas City Wedding Preview

Amy + David | Kansas City Wedding Preview

  One thing that I love about shooting weddings is that many times I will never know what I’m going to see the next time I’m turning a corner.This wedding is definitely one of those. Amy and David live in Shanghai, China, and all the prior consultation and communication was done through David’s mom, so I never met them until the wedding rehearsal one day before the wedding. Amy and David already had their wedding celebration done in Shanghai, and now David’s side of the family wanted to celebrate their wedding in Kansas City. David’s mom told me that Amy and David would like to keep the bride-groom portrait to a minimum because they wanted me to focus on capturing the relationship in the families and friends. Awesome, that’s perfectly in-line with my view of what wedding photography should be all about. So there I was on their wedding day at David’s parents’ home when I spotted Amy and David having wine and chatting, just the two of them, in the kitchen before they headed to church. Of course I remembered about “very minimum bride-groom posed portrait” but I just had to shoot it because I knew if I didn’t do the portrait at that moment then there would be no more chance at all for the rest of the day. So I asked Amy and David to stand closer to each other and to continue with whatever they were doing. Two-minutes and forty-seconds later, I told them we were done with the portraits. They were amused and commented that in Shanghai, a portrait shoot would take a few...
Kelby + Alex | Kansas City Wedding Photography at Village Presbyterian Church and Backyard Reception

Kelby + Alex | Kansas City Wedding Photography at Village Presbyterian Church and Backyard Reception

It just didn’t happen too often that I photographed two sisters’ wedding within one year period. Just seven months before her wedding day Kelby was one of the bridesmaids in her older sister’s, Leigh, wedding. I was pleasantly surprised when I found that Kelby decided to hire me as her photographer not long after I photographed Leigh’s wedding. So there I was seven months later photographing the wedding of Kelby and Alex.  Their wedding day was truly a family affair since they had their wedding reception on the beautiful family farm in Lenexa, Kansas, and they did most of the decoration for the outdoor reception tent themselves. On to the images.   Kelby’s friend reaction when she saw her make up and hair do.   (The photo of the groom below was taken by my second shooter Danny Iskak) Kelby’s reading the letter from Alex. Kelby was covering her face so the incoming guests couldn’t see her before the ceremony while her bridesmaids were forming human barrier to block the guests’ view. Kelby’s trying to calm down the nerve before the ceremony. Before the ceremony Kelby and her dad took the time to practice their dance move for the father-daughter dance later in the evening. Kelby and her dad having private moment before the ceremony started. In the midst of the chaos of the wedding day Kelby and Alex managed to find a private moment after the ceremony. Never a dull moment in the party bus. I love the contrasting shapes and color of the bride and the catering lady in the image below. Alex and Kelby listening to the toast. Kelby’s dad surprised everyone when...
Noah | A preview of senior portrait session in Kansas City at Shawnee Mission Park

Noah | A preview of senior portrait session in Kansas City at Shawnee Mission Park

My highly guarded secret for a successful senior portrait session consists of the following:  a high school senior, a pick-up truck with its perfect imperfections, a black dog with lots of energy, and good light. Luckily, Noah brought all those elements with him to the portrait shoot.  We had so much fun trying different things with the time constraint that Noah had that afternoon because he had to drive back home before dark and he didn’t want to get a ticket for driving with a broken head light. Now that the secret is out of the bag,  I have to go to my basement to brew a new secret ingredient for the next senior portrait shoot....