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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!

Clinton Lake Engagement Session – Emily & Lindsey

Kansas rain led to Kansas flooding which sadly stopped this Clinton Lake engagement session from ending in the water.

Emily and Lindsey live, love, and will marry in Iowa this August. Their wedding is actually just two short weeks from my own! They wanted their engagement photos taken somewhere that was different than what they could get where they live. So they came down to visit and we headed out to Clinton Lake for their engagement photos  in Lawrence, KS.

Clinton Lake is part of Clinton State Park, a state park in Kansas.  To be safe and courteous, we purchased two permits which were very reasonable and headed out. Normally, it has a beautiful wide beach, but with all the flooding lately, the water was too high to traverse in. Instead, we found other beautiful spots to stop for photos and it was incredible.

Emily and Lindsey have been together for several years and Emily actually found me through Whitney & Casey whose wedding I photographed last year. Emily and Whitney met through basketball, which is the coolest thing to me.  They are both the absolute sweetest and have found wonderful women to marry and I’m absolutely over the moon for them.

We walked around the lake and at one point, I played Emily & Lindsey’s first dance song. I captured them swaying to the beat. It was completely moving and beautiful. From our photo adventures we headed to Cielito Lindo, my favorite mexican restaurant. We talked about how great their families were when they came out. We talked about how we both plan to honor our loved ones that can’t be there with us.

It’s always nice to be able to take my clients out for dinner or lunch after a session. More so when I have my fiance with me and we can treat it just as a casual double date. I get to learn so much about my clients and their families. It makes wedding days go smooth too! I know who to talk to in case of an emergency, who they rely on, and who is super important and needs a million photos.

Two women practicing their first dance Clinton Lake Two women laughing on steps in Clinton Lake one woman kissing her partner's forehead at clinton lake two women standing on rocks at clinton lake two women holding hands under a tree in clinton lake two women walking and holding hands at clinton lake one woman whispering in her partners ear at clinton lake Two women kissing on a hay bale in Clinton Lake

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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 theyโ€™ve ever seen! ๐Ÿ˜Š if youโ€™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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