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i'm a wedding and portrait photographer in kansas city!

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.

Hey, I'm Tay!

A Parkville Coffee Engagement | Taylor, Lucca & Derek

It’s rare that I get to photograph kiddos with my engagement sessions, but last week I got to do just that. Lucca, Taylor, Derek & I headed to Parkville Coffee for their engagement session in the 94 degree heat and braved it all for beautiful photos.

I have never met such a ham in my life. Lucca is charismatic, hilarious and when I tried to get him to laugh by saying “pickles” (a common go-to) he didn’t budge. When I asked him what he prefered to say? I got a quick “hey girrrrlll” and it killed me. He was so aware of the camera but in a sweet way that showed his personality so well. It was clear how much these three love each other and what a great kid Lucca is in general.

I originally met Taylor last year when I was on a body positivity panel for The Pitch KC! That day was such a blur that it slipped my mind until she brought it up, but I can’t think of a better way for someone to find me, honestly. We talked about Taylor & Derek’s wedding plans a bit and Lucca went off to the land of toys we had to bribe him with when his attention started to wane. (Pro tip: Always get the photos with the kids done first, and kids pretty much 1-5 are going to be over it quick so if someone can come get them or come entertain them, it’s never a bad plan). It was nearing 100 degrees on this day and I couldn’t believe that much sweat even existed in my body.

Our session started at Parkville Coffee where Taylor and Lucca have been going for years and it was so nice getting to see them in a place that means so much to them. Places like these are my favorite to photograph because they hold a special place in their heart. It’s such a beautiful shop with a place upstairs that is amazing to hang out in. We then took a stroll around downtown Parkville and then headed to Parkville University where we could find a bit of shade. I’m so glad that we could meet up to take some photos that Lucca can look at when he’s older and his parents are married and know that he got to be there for an important day.

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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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