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September 27, 2019

Kauffman Center Engagement Session – Jamie + Mel

This Kauffman Center Engagement Session will make you cry, then smile, then wonder who the hell gave these gals the permission to be so cute.

Jamie & Mel reached out to me after finding me on the ‘gram. (Take that, algorithm!) They filled out their couple questionnaire so thoroughly and I can’t even tell you how happy that made my heart. Jamie is all things musical and whimsical while Mel is so analytical and I absolutely love it. The Kauffman Center made perfect sense for their engagement session.

Their session was full of laughter and love and by the end of it, it barely mattered that right before the session Jamie lost all of her cards. The original plan was to head to Up-Down. The whole world loves a good arcade, but when you have no personal IDand look like a precious teenager.. the world has other plans.

We started at Rockhill Grille where these two had their first date. They ordered their favorite cocktail, shared it, and then we headed off to the Kauffman Center. There, we executed a delightful dip-kiss. Finally, we headed to Up-Down only to remember the carding situation. Instead, we walked all around the crossroads. We even ended up in the spot they had their first kiss!

Unknowingly, we had basically taken a tour of the beginning of their relationship and I was honored to be a part of it. It’s rare and super exciting when you photograph a couple that’s so into each other that you barely have to pose. They naturally fall into each other and can’t help but nuzzle and cuddle. That was exactly Jamie and Mel. It was an honor to photograph their engagement session and I am so glad to have made some new friends along the way.

Here’s to hoping wedding planning goes smoothly and that our paths cross again soon!

L’chaim!

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jenny & zach

Choosing Tay to photograph our wedding was one of the easiest and best decisions we made. Both my husband and I are awkward and uncomfortable with being the center of attention and photographed, obviously a bad position to be in on your wedding day. However, Tay made something typically uncomfortable for us into something fun and easy! The photographs are beautiful and captured a lot of special moments as well as the energy of our dance floor at our reception!!

Tay is simply the best! Her work is STUNNING, and we're so lucky to have found her. We had a blast during our engagement shoot -- Tay instantly makes you feel so comfortable, as if you've known her for years. Our family and friends loved the photos as much as we did. It was important to us that we find an experienced photographer who knows how to photograph people of color and is LGBTQ-friendly. Tay absolutely fits the bill. We're so excited to work with her again at our wedding in April. Also, brides-and-grooms-to-be: Check out her blog for some amazing tips! It has become a touchstone guiding us through this crazy process.

wes & jerome

I’m so glad I trusted Tayanna with my wedding day! She not only exceeded my expectations for what I thought our wedding photos could look like, but she had a beautiful sneak peek for me that night! The sneak peek was enough to make me sob. Then the rest of the photos came only 9 days later! I could go on forever. If you need a photographer that’s fun, energetic and on her game sooooo hard, you need Tayanna Harris. She’s killer!!!

katy & tim