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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!

Loose Park Engagement – Wes + Jerome

Loose Park engagement sessions used to be so easy to come by. Somehow, recently, I realized I hadn’t been to my favorite park in quite some time. So when these two Kansas City transplants mentioned it for their engagement photos, I was ecstatic.

I’ve never met a couple who enjoys media as much as Wes and Jerome. They found me via my LGBTQ+ friendly vendor list after attending an LGBTQ+ wedding show I was supposed to attend. I, unfortunately, was unable to, and I am so glad they were still able to find me. They were able to find so many of their other vendors via the list as well.

These two will be married at Alamo Drafthouse next April. They will say their vows on the stage of an actual theater and I am dying for time to fast forward just to experience it. The theater experience comes from Wes’s love of film and it doesn’t even stop there. They’ve been to countless concerts this year, were engaged at the Red Rocks and are just super freaking cool.

When I asked how they met they were yet another OkCupid success story. *Insert Airhorn Noise* I feel like people should really lean into online dating. Yes, for serious relationships. I’m an introvert who can disguise herself in social situations and the internet is a great place to meet people!

I also will generally save some of their fun facts for their wedding, but for the first time I had a couple answer my favorite question. “What couple do you two remind yourselves of?” They gave me Brad & Jane from the TV show Happy Endings. They’re probably my favorite tv couple and I think that deserves to be shared with the world.

Finally, sink your teeth into these engagement photos and know that their only requirements were “A Christian Rap Album Cover” and a photo of their really cool marriage socks. Carry on.

Looking for more lgbtq+ engagements in Kansas City?!

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  1. Katherine

    November 7th, 2019 at 8:12 am

    My favorite couple in the history of love! You did a wonderful engagement shoot that really shows their affection for one another. I’m glad they found you too!
    ~Wesley’s mom 😌

- 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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