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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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Winterset park Engagement Session – Jordan & Henry

When Jordan reached out and in her first message mentioned her future husband’s “dad stache” I knew we were in for a good time. When we planned her engagement session, she wanted something more nature than city. I knew just the place, and we headed out to one of my favorite creeks in Kansas City to get some great photos.

These two are getting married this September at The Beck. The Beck is one of my favorite Kansas City wedding venues that is an indoor reception and ceremony area. They even have a completely adorable garage door- that opens for a reprieve from the heat and it creates a really cool affect for photos. With such a unqiue and wonderful wedding venue, Jordan & Henry needed engagement photos to match. Therefore, when she told me they wanted outdoor photos, we headed to one of my favorite parks in KC. Winterset Park is perfect for engagement photos as it has several walking trails with beautiful spots for photos along the way.

Henry is a firefighter (like, one of those cool stereotypical ones that can also cook really freaking well) and Jordan leaves a bad ass double life as a real estate agent and 1st grade teacher. Together they make a hilarious and adorable couple who were delightfully easy to photograph. A lot of couples get a little nervous before their sessions. These two were no difference and we actually hiked with a bottle of whiskey in tow. BUT, the minute I told these two to turn their eyes on each other and pretend like I don’t exist.. They were immediately melty, ooey-gooey, and very obviously in love. It was absolute magic to watch.

These two met at a Christmas party and Jordan described him as “… the guy in a VERY small old lady sweater” and honestly that coupled with his mustache really just makes me happy. Their first I love you was said in line at a beer festival where she pretended she didn’t hear him so he’d say it again, and when we were done taking their engagement photos, we all took a shot of whiskey. Honestly, I couldn’t think of my more ideal couple if I tried. I’m so excited, honored, and all other exciting adjectives you could ever come up with to be their wedding photographer. Heck, we even had twin minds after the session and ended up at the same Longboards.

So take a minute and fall in love with these two as well. Specifically the brave lady who approached the couple whose home this gorgeous weeping willow belonged to. Hopefully we really did help the husband’s desire to keep it growing in their yard because it is well worth it. Cheers!

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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!

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