Webster House Wedding

Webster House Wedding

I love the Webster House and have been a wedding photographer there for over a decade. So it was a joy to return on Saturday for Alex and Chris’ Kansas City wedding.  This venue was perfect for this couple. It was a night of love, amazing food, humor, and the perfect combo of dancing and socializing. The Webster House excels at all of those. Especially the food. Those risotto balls. To die for. Just ask Chris, the groom, who was dying to get his hands on some all day. All in all it was a wonderful wedding and we wish the best of the luck to Chris and Alex. Enjoy some of my favorites. Teaser Tuesday is... read more
Historic Morton Barns Wedding Photography, Nebraska City

Historic Morton Barns Wedding Photography, Nebraska City

I need to brag a little in this post. Not for personal gain but because of how humbled I was this past weekend while photographing Mollie and Patrick’s Historic Morton Barns wedding in Nebraska City, Nebraska. I knew when Mollie hired me that she had seen some of my work years ago and knew she wanted me as her photographer. What I didn’t know, until her mom told me, was that she found a note from when Mollie was 10 years old that simply read “Tyler Wirken”. I was blown away when I heard that. It was the first time in my 15 year career as a wedding photographer that something like that has happened. Mollie remembered my name from over a decade ago and hired me for her Historic Morton Barns wedding based on a photo she has seen of mine. Now, I always work my hardest for every client I photograph but for some reason after hearing that story on Sunday it felt like the heat was on. The good news is I had a wonderful couple, an amazing venue and fantastic light helping me out all day so in the end I feel very good about rising to Mollie’s expectations. The likes of which I have never seen.Thanks for remembering me Mollie! Here are a few of my favorites as a bit of teaser for Mollie and Patrick as they enjoy their honeymoon. Ceremony and reception: Historic Morton Barns, Arbor Day farm, Nebraska City, Nebraska Wedding Coordinator: Lindsay Martian – Lovestruck Events     The face you make when you accidentally blow out the candle you... read more
Bali, Indonesia travel photography

Bali, Indonesia travel photography

I rarely shoot for myself. It is something I am trying to do more. So when I was in Bali, Indonesia recently to teach at the Fearless Photographers class I figured it was time to do some Bali, Indonesia travel photography. I am glad I did. I was even inspired by a student at the workshop to get up at dawn and shoot. Something I hardly ever do. It was nice to think in a new way and make pictures based on light, color, composition and waiting for a moment to happen. It was my first time to Asia and my first time making travel photographs in this beautiful country. Even though I was there to teach photography I ended up learning myself. I learned how much I really enjoy making photos. I learned how important it is to take time and exercise another part of my photographic brain and make something for myself. I learned how amazing Asia and Bali, Indonesia is. I am so thankful for this opportunity from my friend Huy Nguyen and Fearless Photographers to not only teach a wonderful group of photographers from Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, United States, Vietnam, India, and Malaysia but to be able to witness and experience this wonderful part of the country.... read more
Kansas City wedding photojournalism

Kansas City wedding photojournalism

For me Kansas City wedding photojournalism is all about story and moments. Over and over again that is what I am drawn to as a photographer. You give me a wedding in Kansas City with story and loaded with moments and I am a happy camper. Katie and Adam’s wedding ceremony at Redemptorist Church and wedding reception at The Carriage Club in Kansas City was such an event. Katie chose her reception venue as it is where she spent many a day as a child and is blocks from the house she grew up in and the church she wanted to get married in was the same church her 92 year-old grandmother got married in. That was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the many stories throughout this very colorful wedding. When I say colorful I mean both in Katie and Adam’s excitement as well as their reception. Studio Dan Meiners provided the amazing color via decor at the Carriage Club and Katie and Adam provided the expressions. I loved watching these two all day and how happy they were. It was hard to pick for this teaser post as Katie’s expressions were endless. The entire day was perfect including the wonderful weather which was no fluke. Katie and Adam partook in an old Irish wedding tradition where you bury a bottle of bourbon on the day where the weather is perfect and what you want for your wedding day. The weather in Kansas City has been record breaking in terms of heat this summer. Crazy as it sounds the hot weather broke just in time... read more
Kansas City Loose Mansion Wedding Photography

Kansas City Loose Mansion Wedding Photography

Today I am super excited to present my favorite images from Leah and Nevin’s Loose Mansion Wedding in Kansas City. Loose Mansion in Kansas City is one of my favorite wedding venues to work at. I have been a wedding photographer for the past 15 years and the folks at Loose Mansion have always been a joy to work with. I also love the history of the Mansion. It is always so cool to think that at one time Loose Mansion was the private home of Jacob Loose and his wife. The last time I was there I was eating dinner in what used to be their bedroom complete with a small safe that was to keep Mrs. Loose’s jewelry away from thieves. It is fun to be able to work in such a historical place. Lean and Nevin really embraced the history of Loose Mansion buy taking it one step further and having their wedding ceremony at Loose Park in Kansas City. Loose Park is a beautiful plot of land located in midtown Kansas City that was donated by Mrs. Loose in memory of her husband. So it was only fitting that Leah and Nevin had their ceremony at the park and their reception back at the Mansion. Most brides who plan an outdoor dread rain. Not Leah. In fact she seemed to wish for it. We were watching as the radar was showing a massive green and yellow storm come over Kansas City and Loose Park where the ceremony was to take place. At literally the 11th hour Leah decided to make the call and continue with... read more
Kansas City Wedding Photography

Kansas City Wedding Photography

Paige and Logan got married in Kansas City this weekend. Twice. Well they actually only had one Kansas City wedding ceremony but they celebrated their marriage over two days and it was quite epic. Two days of celebration that included one ceremony, two dresses, one tux, one groom’s suit with a pink tie, three locations, a limo bus, an arcade, and a party like no other. It all started Friday as the couple said their I do’s in an intimate wedding ceremony with just those closest to them at Loose Mansion in Kansas City and continued Saturday with a reception and crazy party at the Shadow Glen Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Olathe, Kansas. Paige and Logan wanted the best of both worlds for their wedding in Kansas City and they figured out how to do just that. They turned their celebration into a weekend packed full of everything they wanted. Two days of those closest to them, a trip to Up Down arcade in the Cross Roads District with their friends, and moments that will last a lifetime. Congrats Paige and Logan! Enjoy some of my favorite images as a teaser to hold you off till you get back from your honeymoon! Paige reads a note from Logan minutes before walking down the aisle for her Kansas City wedding ceremony at Loose Mansion. The happy couple enters their reception at Shadow Glen Gold Club. The crowd goes crazy during the newlywed game at the Kansas City wedding reception at Shadow Glen Golf Club.  Paige’s brother sang the father/daughter dance. After some time hanging out at Up/Down with their bridal... read more
Wedding at Pennway Place, Kansas City

Wedding at Pennway Place, Kansas City

On the way to her wedding ceremony, Maggie was telling her dad of her worst wedding nightmare. She said she woke up in a cold sweat, breathing heavy and hoping it was just that, a nightmare. Here it was her actual wedding day and so far everything was damn near perfect. She was on her way to her Kansas City wedding ceremony where she would marry Ben at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. The sun was shining the weather was perfect and she was ready, but as I sat in the back seat of that car as she was telling her story I wondered if she might still be a bit worried her nightmare would come true. We would have to see what the day brought and if her Kansas City wedding reception at Pennway Place  would go as planned. Being a wedding photographer in Kansas City for the past 14 years I have seen and heard of it all, so I was hoping for her sake all would go according to plan. Her nightmare, the one that startled her awake that night, was that everyone left the reception at around 9:00pm and her and Ben were the only ones left standing in the middle of the dance floor puzzled with what to do next. Thankfully, that could not have been any further from what actually happened on her wedding day. Thanks to the help of one of my favorite bands in Kansas City, Twice on Sunday. In fact the contrary actually on Saturday. Maggie and Ben decided to leave before the party was even over! That dance floor... read more
Uptown Theater Kansas City same sex wedding photos | Teaser Tuesday

Uptown Theater Kansas City same sex wedding photos | Teaser Tuesday

Epic is the only word to describe Michael and Stephen’s wedding on Saturday at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City. These two threw the party of parties to celebrate their love with those closest to them. Sarah Quinlivan, with Quintessential Event Planning, along with Michael and Stephen pulled off the incredible event that comprised of performances by MoonDrop Circus  that included fire spinners, aerial acrobatics, and performers on stilts. Epic till the end. Enjoy some of my favorite images from the day. Photo by: David Tsai | Wirken... read more
Wedding at Counter Point in Kansas City | Teaser Tuesday

Wedding at Counter Point in Kansas City | Teaser Tuesday

Wedding season began for me last Saturday with a special event that took place at Counter Point in the Crossroads in Kansas City, Missouri. I have known and photographed Rachael and her family for years so to be asked to document her wedding to Cade was an honor and the perfect start to my year. Here are the highlights: The ceremony literally lasted 5 minutes There were no toasts, garter or bouquet tosses, no cake cutting, just hours of dancing and partying complete with a rice crispy treat tower They LOVE, I mean LOVE their dog Dora. Even when they were cleaning up poop, pee, and vomit at the end of the night in their wedding clothes. Here are some of my favorite images: Cade feeling a little nervous before the ceremony.Sweet moment during the ring exchange. Waiting for a taxi in downtown Kansas... read more
New Orleans Audubon Aquarium of the Americas family photography

New Orleans Audubon Aquarium of the Americas family photography

Hello world! It has been a while since I blogged a Normal Day documentary family session. Here are a few teasers of a Normal Day session with one of my photography mentor students Cyd and her family in New Orleans. I spent the afternoon with them as they visited the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, Louisiana. I loved it and was honored they flew me down to document them. For more info on our family sessions and how we approach them visit our site- http://www.wirkenphoto.com/families/ Enjoy!... read more
Best Kansas City Wedding photos 2016 | Celebrating love in 2016

Best Kansas City Wedding photos 2016 | Celebrating love in 2016

Happy 2017 from Wirken Photography! We hope your year is starting out wonderful. Ours has been a bit crazy hence this best of Kansas City wedding photos of 2016 post coming so late. But as they say better late than never. Tyler had a blast last year working with such wonderful clients. We know all photographers say they love their clients but it truly is what makes the difference for us at Wirken Photography. The trust that is given to us from our clients is paramount to making us one of the luckiest wedding photographers in Kansas City. There is simply no way Tyler could do what he does without that trust. Not only do our clients trust him to be present during sometimes intimate moments but more importantly they trust the decisions he is making on a wedding day allowing him to make the best photos possible. That relationship is crucial and we cannot thank our wonderful couples enough for allowing us to stretch our creativity and really take some risks that more often than not turn into huge rewards. With that we have painstakingly gone through all of our weddings from 2016 and are thrilled to present the rewards of all of that trust. 2016that started on Valentines day and ended on New Years Eve and included cities like Kansas City, Charlotte, Topeka, Edgerton, Kansas, Lees Summit, Brooklyn, New York, and Columbia, Missouri. Thank you from us at Wirken and here’s to 2017!                           ... read more
Fort Worth Texas engagement photography

Fort Worth Texas engagement photography

Something fun and new to the blog today! I don’t normally share many of my engagement sessions but this one was special and was begging to be shared. I had been on the road for 11 days this past January teaching at the Foundation Workshop but found some time to meet one of my couples in Fort Worth, Texas for a fun engagement session. I love how adventurous my couples are and Mollie and Patrick were no exception. We first met at a park where we did a few of your normal engagement images then as we were deciding where to go next I threw out the suggestion of the Fort Worth Stock Show Carnival that was happening only about 5 minutes away. They loved the idea. Here are a few of my favorites from the session. Enjoy! I often like to produce images that are of the couple but not of the couple. This one falls into that category. Takes a minute to find them but once you do it all comes together.   Sharing a red velvet funnel cake to round out the shoot.... read more