Posts from the ‘engagement’ category

Thank you, Kansas!

About 5 years ago, I convinced our daughter’s preschool mentor, a high school senior in a preschool education class, to let me make her senior portraits. It was the first time I attempted to create a portrait of someone who wasn’t directly related to me. That began my journey in this business, a journey that has allowed me to meet amazing people, go amazing places with them, and do amazing things. For those that don’t know, in the middle of July, I moved to California to join my wife and kids for the next stage of our lives: I’m returning to school to get my education doctorate degree (Ed.D.) in learning technologies from Pepperdine University. It’s an incredible program that I feel very blessed to be able to participate in, and I’m excited about the kinds of opportunities that are to come because of this.

To save my sanity, I will not be accepting any new clients until further notice. Working and going to school full-time, which are already secondary to my most important full-time jobs–husband and father–don’t leave me much time for a side business. So, until things get a little calmer around here, I will not be accepting any new clients. I have a few portrait sessions and a wedding left to photograph that I am looking forward to, and those that are waiting for their images will still receive them, but new client inquiries will be happily referred to others.

To all those that have trusted my vision and style to capture and create portraits for you to treasure, I thank you, sincerely. You have allowed me to nurture my creative side and have, quite literally, allowed my family to have food on our table and a roof over our heads. I owe you for that trust and will always be grateful for that. I hope someday to be able to repay it in some way, small or otherwise.

For your viewing pleasure, I’ve assembled one image from every session or wedding (as primary or secondary shooter) or home I have ever photographed as a professional (except one, because every single image was oriented vertically, and that just didn’t fit in the grid–sorry, Curtis). If you don’t see an image from your session, I am so sorry and blame my horrendous early organizational skills. They really were quite incredibly poor.

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fall portrait specials, going on now!

Hey everyone out there in Internetland! I just wanted to pop in and let you know that we’re running some portrait session specials over on our Facebook page.

What’s that? You didn’t know we had one? We do. It’s here. Come on over and join the fun! We post more images of more recent work over there, so check out what we’ve been up to!

Also, while you’re there, check out the daily portrait session special. Every day this week (9/12-9/17), we’ll be offering a different discount or incentive to a limited number of sessions that book that day. Check back every morning to see the new deal and get on it! Now is the time to plan your holiday portrait session in order to get images and cards back in time to send them out.

See you over on the Book!

(and, just because posts are prettier with pictures, here’s a couple from last fall)

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kelli and jay – manhattan photographer

I love my job. I get to meet all kinds of incredible people that let me into their lives for a time. There are so many different kinds of beautiful relationships that I get to share, so much love and passion that I get to witness, and so many people in love that I get to work with to create portraits for them to treasure.

Recently, I got to meet Kelli and Jay. They got married a couple of years ago, but at the time, didn’t get any engagement pictures taken. Luckily for me, they came to me to help them create some portraits of the two of them together along with their little girl.

We got together at Anneberg Park in Manhattan, KS, during spring break on a slightly chilly and fairly breezy afternoon. First, we started with Jay in uniform.

kelli and jay

jay in uniform

Kelli had brought along something that she wanted to use in her portraits, which is such a great idea! Who knows a couple better than themselves?

kelli and jay with american flag

After getting a few of them together in uniform, they changed and we set off to a few different parts of the park. They also got their little girl out of the car for a couple of pictures. No worries–their little girl was fine waiting in the car. 😉

Everyone, meet Ada.

kelli, jay, and ada

kelli and jay walking ada

ada playing frisbee

kelli and jay with ada

While Jay took Ada back to the car, Kelli and I took advantage of the time to create a few quick portraits of her.

kelli in color

kelli in black and white

kelli in color 2

When Jay returned, we got back to making magic happen. =]

jay holding kelli

kelli and jay

kelli and jay, opposite views

My absolute favorite of the session. Maybe of the year so far.

kelli and jay warm laughing together

I’ve always thought the playhouses in the playground would make for a good session location–so much color!

kelli and jay in the green doorway

kelli and the green house

Finally, Kelli and Jay had gotten a matching set of necklaces to wear while Jay is away, and they wanted to incorporate them somehow in the shoot. Ok…done!

kelli and jay and their necklaces

Jay, thank you for your service. We wish you all the best over there and a safe return! Godspeed!

jay without the hat


jess + mike

It seems like forever ago, but I guess it was only back in November when Jess and Mike came down to Manhattan from where they’re living in Lincoln so we could make their engagement portraits.

I’ll be honest–I was nervous as the date drew closer. Here in Kansas, outdoor photo sessions in early November don’t typically have the benefit of a pleasant climate. However, as Saturday afternoon arrived, so did an incredibly nice warm front. In short, it was a gorgeous day to hang out with two gorgeous people in love.

Jess and Mike had no particular ties to Manhattan–Jess is from Wamego–so they trusted me to choose a location for our shoot. That kind of trust is one of the best things to give a photographer. =]

We went to a building in Southern Manhattan that I had been eying for a while. The grass was green, and yet the leaves were yellow and falling around the lawn. But, I imagine you didn’t come here for a description of the landscaping, right? Ok…here are the images.

Jess (it’s her birthday tomorrow, the 26th–leave her some happy birthday love!):


There’s a huge tree in front of this building that had dropped a ton of leaves on the ground. As soon as I saw them, I knew I wanted to get a particular shot. But, to get the shot, I’d need to be up off the ground. High.

It’s a good thing I climbed a lot of trees as a kid. 😉

Here’s the shot.

Oh, and this one too.

They were having a good time down there, so I decided to get down there with them.

Well…not with them. Just on the ground. At the same time.

You know what I mean.

Like this:

Okay…I’ll just be quiet now.

And my personal favorite of the afternoon:

Jess and Mike, I had a blast shooting with you, and I just can’t wait until June for your wedding here in Wamego!


mindy + nathan: engaged!

To those that know Mindy and Nathan, this will not come as much of a surprise, given that they just tied the knot about a week ago in a beautiful hill-top ceremony at her parents’ farm. However, not too long before the wedding, we got together for a little engagement session, knowing that there was little time between the session and the actual wedding (there was only family at the wedding–a total of 18 people).

And, incidentally, for anyone else in a similar situation, where there is not that much time for an engagement session before the wedding, when you might be tempted to just skip it and focus on the nearing nuptials, I’d recommend going ahead with the session anyways. It gives you a chance to get to know your photographer in a much more relaxed environment, to see how he or she works, and develop an amount of trust and confidence that will come back to serve you on your actual wedding day. You’ll be more relaxed with your photographer, and that will only make you look better in your wedding portraits. Trust me on this one. 😉

So, we met on campus at Kansas State University in Manhattan and made good use of the great variety of locations available in such a small area. I’m going to try not to talk too much now because there are a bunch of images to share, so get ready for a long post!

Mindy and Nathan met in grade school. Sounds like the beginning of a great love story, doesn’t it? Really, it is.



It was so cool to see how much fun they have together. They’re unafraid of letting it show around other people, too.


Oh yeah…the dumpster thing? Their idea.

The real Nathan.


The black and white Nathan.




As we were moving from one location to another in the old stadium there on campus, a sweet, elderly couple that was walking the track passed us and commented on how nice the weather was. They then suggested we shoot right there on the track.





After the stadium, we moved over to the new parking garage and had some fun there. Don’t worry…we looked both ways before laying down in the street.



The real fun started when we went to the top of the parking garage. It’s not finished yet, so there were a few locations that probably won’t be available in a few months when they do finish it.






And my very absolute favorite of the night, the very last image we made:


Mindy and Nathan, you guys rock! I’m so excited to have been able to create these images of your love before your wedding, and can’t wait to show you the images from your wedding! It’s coming soon…stay tuned!

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