Posts from the ‘wedding’ 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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lynette + liam | married! – manhattan, ks wedding photographer

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a wedding I was not planning on being at. Lynette, one of my wife’s good friends, moved to England a few years ago with her children. While she was there, she met Liam, and they fell in love. They came back to Kansas to get married near Lynette’s family.

When I found out she was coming back, I told her I wanted to do some portraits of her and Liam, and the best time we could find was right after the ceremony. Since the ceremony was scheduled at 5, we arranged for me to arrive at 5:30.

I got there early and checked out the grounds of the courthouse, then went to find Lynette and Liam. When I got inside, I discovered that they hadn’t actually been married yet because the judge had some concerns. You see, Liam is deaf, so the judge wanted to make sure that adequate interpretation was available and get everything set. In the end, it was decided that Lynette would interpret for him, and that’s about the time I arrived. So, I was able to come in and capture the ceremony as well.

It was a very intimate ceremony, with just Lynette and Liam, his best friend and best man who flew in with them for the ceremony, and Lynette’s family.

Lynette’s daughters and sister served as her bridesmaids.

I absolutely adore this image. I didn’t even notice when I was there that as Lynette was hugging her oldest daughter, she was signing “I love you” to her. So sweet.

After the ceremony, we went outside to get a quick portrait of the wedding party before sending everyone else on to the reception. The light was coming through the trees so nicely, we had to stop and get a couple of the happy couple as well.

Once we sent everyone on, Lynette, Liam and I made our way around the courthouse, finding some fun locations to make portraits in. It was a very interesting experience working with Liam–it was so easy to see his love for Lynette, even though I couldn’t understand a word he said. We had a great time from the get go.

We managed to grab the very last few rays of sun streaming through the trees and made very good use of them.

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ashley + ben | married! – manhattan, ks wedding photographer

For most people I know, New Year’s Day means sleeping in, lazily watching the Rose Parade, and getting new year’s resolutions started. However, for Ashley and Ben, it meant an early rise and the start of their new life together.

We started out early, me and the ladies, hanging out at the Manhattan, Kansas, Holiday Inn’s Bridal Suite, getting everyone’s hair and makeup done. While waiting for her turn, Ashley wrote a note to accompany a gift for Ben.

And got a little present from him in return: the ticket from their first date. Yeah, he’s kind of sentimental like that. And Ashley loves it.

While Ashley was waiting for her turn, I grabbed a few frames of some of the important details:

Reception shoes:

Ashley’s turn!

One of Ashley’s precious flower girls, watching everyone swirl around her.

Ben had to get ready, too. Though, admittedly, it was a much simpler process.

There. Done. Back to Ashley.

Ashley, real quick, before you get your veil on…look over here.

Awesome. Thanks.

Personal aside: Since I began photographing weddings, I have become ever so much more appreciative of what my wife goes through when she dresses up. Love you, babe. Back to the show…after the jump. Continue reading…


my own – manhattan, ks child photographer

It’s not very often that I go to a wedding as a guest. Being in this business, the odds are just against me. So this past weekend, I found myself in a rather rare position: I was at a wedding, I didn’t have to work it, I had my camera, and my oldest daughter was the flower girl. That last one meant that she was all dressed up and at the wedding venue (the Holiday Inn in Manhattan, KS) early.

While we were waiting for the wedding photographer to finish doing the bride and groom portraits, I asked her if she wouldn’t mind me making a few portraits of her. Amazingly, she agreed! I was so happy that she was willing, because the Holiday Inn has some amazing light and great locations. I’ve shot some wedding receptions there before and have never been disappointed.

We spent all of 13 minutes, and I made less than 70 frames, but am so happy with the results. I don’t normally share personal images on here, but since these were not your run-of-the-mill family snapshots, I figured it was okay. So, if you’ll indulge me, my daughter:

My very favorite ones of her from this mini-session (plus my other two kiddos), after the break.

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lonnie + annie – fairbury ne wedding photographer

I have come to realize that I am one of the worst bloggers ever. Lately, every time I’ve finished a session, I’ve posted a bunch to my photography page on facebook and done nothing here on the blog. So, if you haven’t checked out my fan page, hop on over and become a fan. There’s a lot of new stuff over there. 😉

A couple weeks ago, I got the opportunity to drive up to Fairbury, NE and help out a good friend (and even better photographer), Chris Hsieh of La Brisa Photography, as he took on the monumental task of shooting a wedding with 13 bridesmaids and 13 groomsmen (!!!). I packed my gear and drove up, happy to face the crowd and watch Chris work his magic.

Lonnie and Annie were such a great couple to work with, so happy, full of so much love (as evidenced in part by how many people were in the wedding party), and thrilled to be marrying each other. I had a blast getting to know them and all their family and friends.

Chris asked me to show up at the church around lunchtime and assist mostly with the portraits and ceremony, so I got to focus mostly on capturing some of the amazing details and people that surrounded Lonnie and Annie that day.


Annie with her mom, helping her get ready.

Checking out the finished product in the mirror.

Here’s a better view for you.

More wedding gorgeousness after the jump.

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