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I fell in love with creating a space for people to be themselves several years ago. Since then I have photographed so many people who care about each other deeply and I love sharing their stories with anyone who will listen.

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Westside North Engagement Session – Jenny + Zach

 

Jenny & Zach set their first date at Westside Local in Kansas City before they realized it was a busy hot spot. Instead they started their first date at the corner of 17th & summit and now it’s “their spot”.

In true Kansas City weather fashion, it snowed here Saturday. After rescheduling due to weather twice, we decided we’d had enough. So we packed up our bags and headed to Westside North for engagement photos. We figured if we had endured this long of a misguided winter, we could brave the cold for an hour or so for engagement photos. These two were troopers and through the shivers we just made sure they cuddled a ton. They started by getting a few drinks where their first date should have been, and then we headed out and found some cute spots in the neighborhood.

Westside North has a ton of local shops, including a french breakfast place that Zach swears has delicious crepes, and a local vegetarian restaurant that I almost visited during Restaurant Week once. (Yeah, that’s notable)

Jenny found me while we worked in the same IT space last year for a few months. Word got around the office that I photograph weddings, and Jenny who was already exhausted by wedding planning (can I get an Amen?) asked for some examples of my work and we were booked up just a couple weeks later. Like most people, these two were so nervous before photos! However, you can plainly see it was a misguided fear. If you have chemistry, photos are easy breezy and these two have chemistry. Zach fought tirelessly with the wind against Jenny’s bangs & they were down to try anything. I’m so glad they trusted me as Jenny wasn’t too sold on engagement sessions before, but it really helps put you in the right headspace for your wedding photos!

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- ellen & Dru Johnston

I can't recommend Tayanna highly enough. Not only were our pictures beautiful, but also she was an incredibly wonderful person to work with. She responds to emails quickly, and was flexible and organized. On our wedding day, it was awesome to have her around: she was fun and positive, and made bridal party pics and family pics actually fun and enjoyable. She's the best.

"She's the best."

- BEBE & ryan Thompson

I am absolutely blessed to have chosen Tay for my elopement, both as a photographer and an ordained minister. It was an intimate ceremony and something so special that I will never forget. The ceremony and photos took place in the very cold snow, because I love snow! Tay was a champ making sure I got the best possible images that would bring back memories of this day forever! I have already had many people tell me that they were some of the best wedding photos they’ve ever seen! 😊 if you’re planning on eloping or need photos for your big wedding, Tay is your girl!

"Tay is your girl!"

jordan & eric dalbey

Tayanna is amazing! Her pictures are beautiful, she listens to exactly what you are looking for, helps you come up with a timeline for your big day and makes you feel comfortable having your picture taken. She was recommended to me by 2 friends whose wedding pictures I loved and after meeting with her I knew she was the one to capture our wedding day. Now I'm recommending her to you! Hire her. You'll be so happy you did!

"Hire her."

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