a moody lovers session with josh + hannah at smithville lake

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a moody lovers session with josh + hannah at smithville lake

kicked off my mentorships earlier this year and they are off to a great start! i am so excited to teach other creatives and share my knowledge, tips, tricks and also allow them to watch my process.

for gage's one on one, we took josh and hannah out to smithville lake for a lovers session. these two were so fun to work with and were adventurous enough to brave the shift in weather - about halfway through the shoot, the wind picked up and the sky went dark which made for some beautiful moody, twilight shots. we also had them hop in the water at the end of the shoot. 

happy wedding month, you two!

meet lovers, josh + hannah

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ymca camp campbell wedding

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ymca camp campbell wedding

where do i begin?

katie and andrew are two of the kindest souls you'll meet. i was so lucky to document this day and i am happy to get this wedding out into the world.

it was moody, outdoorsy, imperfect, wes anderson inspired and about halfway through we found the most magical patch of trees with this heavenly golden light just highlighting this forest beautifully. we parked the car, katie put on her tennis shoes and we booked it. 

a huge thank you to my gal, sara for second shooting this with me.

introducing the winslow's - meet, katie and andrew.

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a rainy afternoon at home with the harman's in grant park

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a rainy afternoon at home with the harman's in grant park

back in january, i was invited into rebecca's beautiful 106 year old home to photograph her and her family.

i asked rebecca her favorite part about being a mother - 

"it's such a challenging question - i love seeing their personalities develop. my heart swells with happiness when i see them treat those in their life (and each other) with kindness and observing their special bond as brothers."

meet the harman's.

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brooklyn lovers, kevin + julia

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brooklyn lovers, kevin + julia

photographed these two loves in their new home of bedford-stuyvesant in brooklyn this past week. i am so happy to have documented this season in their lives.

julia is a talented designer (she made my blush jumpsuit that i wore while getting ready on my wedding day) check out her work here.

meet, kevin + julia.

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at home with the williams family

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at home with the williams family

spent a beautiful saturday morning with the williams family at their home in kansas city.

laura is about to welcome a little boy into the world so we documented this season for them. did i mention she has the cutest baby bump of all time? seriously! just wait.

meet kyle, laura and their little babe, eloise wilde with a special appearance from their new pup, king.

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a morning spent with the harrison family in their treehouse bedroom in roswell, georgia

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a morning spent with the harrison family in their treehouse bedroom in roswell, georgia

i've been excited to share this family session ever since i left their home. they have a beautiful space that they have created and i had the joy of documenting this season for them back in january.

as always, i asked what chelsea's favorite part about motherhood is -

"my favorite thing about motherhood is that it's shown me strength i didn't know i had. childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting are much harder than anything i've done before. and yet somehow, i keep making it through. i feel like after this, i could handle anything."

meet sam, chelsea and their little, luc river.

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a cozy morning with the wears family

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a cozy morning with the wears family

last month, i spent some time with this sweet family in their home. josh and monique are part of a small church community and they both sing and play in the worship band - beautifully i might add. while monique was making me coffee, i could hear josh singing in his office and asked if he'd play for me while i photographed. that's where this shoot begins. 

before sharing their world with you, i always ask mama's their favorite part of motherhood and what mantra they choose to live by - 

"my favorite part of motherhood is how it is constantly changing me. in dark days my kids bring light. when i fall terribly short of ideal, my kids are so forgiving.  their love has changed me just as much as my love forms and changes them. 

so i love that these boys in their curious, wild, needy, joyful, disobedient, dancing, and loving selves call me up and remind me of something greater that i'm living for. - motherhood is so much about giving, so you are constantly confronted with choosing selfishness or selflessness. even when you fail you will still be presented with the opportunity to change and be selfless as well. that is such a gift."

as for the mantra - 

"well i have a quote that i have repeated over and over to myself over the years.  it reminds me that living for yourself keeps you narrow minded and without -

do not resent your place in the story. do not imagine yourself elsewhere. do not close your eyes and picture a world without thorns, without shadows, without hawks. change this world. use your body like a tool meant to be used up, discarded, and replaced, our comfort is not the goal in this life. "

motherhood can be very uncomfortable at times, days can be hard but it helps me to remember even on hard days my life is forming other human lives.  sacrifice is powerful.  sometimes mom’s resent when they are unable to to what they want,  but Galatians says to “use your freedom to serve one another in love; “  i have freedom to serve in love and this changes me and them.  that is pretty wonderful.

photographing this family was a complete honor for me - not only is mo a natural beauty, she is full of love, light and wisdom. you'll see this come out in the photos.

meet the wears family - josh, monique, jayden + siah .

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welcome to the world, river

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welcome to the world, river

flew to atlanta last weekend to photograph some beautiful families. one being my dear friend, morgan who i met a few years ago at the very first yeah field trip. og's. she just met her son a few days before. 

i was welcomed into her and andrew's home in marietta to photograph a sweet morning with them and their boy, river. 

always love documenting these first moments as a new family.

meet andrew, morgan and their adorable babe, river beatton.

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bride kc ss look book / la villa

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bride kc ss look book / la villa

i've been working with my gal, laura of bride kc for a couple of years now and every time we finish a look book or styled shoot, i think "this is my favorite." she's amazing at what she does and together, i feel as though we represent the same bride - the non-traditional, effortless, minimal, ethereal, feminine, edgy bride. 

for this look book, we photographed in the new wedding venue, la villa which was an absolute dream and perfect for this shoot.  

also, summerhouse was a part of our team again (they collaborated with us on the very first look book) and created an amazing video, check it out below.

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so excited for this ss look book launch, enjoy .

here is the video that the talented guys over at summerhouse put together for this project - 

bridal boutique / @bride.kc

hair & makeup / @hairparlourjamie with @hairmaid

models / @sierrawillliams, @ashleyhanson07 & @jadyndanee

film / @summerhouse.us

florals / @victoriangardens

location / @lavillakc

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a visual diary ft. molly kat gay

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a visual diary ft. molly kat gay

it was a goal of mine in the new year to pursue personal projects, collaborate more and challenge myself creatively.

this shoot is a great start for me.

i've been meaning to work with my gals at shop dear society, a modern & vintage shop here in kansas city. molly, a kansas city native turned australian model was in town for the holiday and we knew she would be the perfect muse model for our visual diary. 

a visual diary consisting of -

monochromatic elements, beautifully painted florals, dewy makeup, power suits, dainty vintage pieces, a rattan chair and a touch of modern. 

a huge thank you to our amazing all-women team especially my friend, chanel for planning and executing this dream shoot with me.

styling / @chanelkatarina

model / @mollykatgay

florals / @mille_floreskc

chair / @novamadeandfound_

wardrobe & location /  @shopdearsociety + @mariacasteel

hair & makeup / @hairparlourjamie with @hairmaid

we got a little weird, a little sensual, a little bare and loved every minute of it.

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bride kc look-book / late 2017

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bride kc look-book / late 2017

back in august, laura and i teamed up with some amazing vendors to create a moody look book for her bridal shop, bride kc. every time we work together, we create magic and this is no exception - so excited to finally share with you.

coordinator: laura ross of bride kc
dress boutique: bride kc 
dress designers: sarah seven, made with love, laudae, truvelle, rue de seine + leanne marshall
florals: victorian gardens
venue: unruh furniture
hair: cherilyn farris 
makeup: gabi bailey
video: gold hairpin films

lastly, a huge thank you to our beautiful models, kinzi + emma .

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a nashville family session - the thomas family

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a nashville family session - the thomas family

while in nashville, i was lucky enough to photograph quite a few families -  first up, the thomas clan. 

since their home is in the early stages of getting built, we were lucky enough to shoot in the beautiful, wendell home located in east nash - it is minimal, warm and had the best light fixtures! it was the perfect space to document this season for the thomas family.

meet ryan, elizabeth, ollie + cedar . 

to book this beautiful home for stay or a possible shoot, click here or visit their instagram - @thewendellhome.

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