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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!

Motorcycle Engagement at Antioch Park – Stacie & Jon

Stacie and Jon introduced me to Peanut Butter Whiskey, so I’m not being dramatic when I say I would die for them.

These two are downtown OP dwellers so we made plans to head out to their space for photos. They are self-professed cuddle bugs and that made them the absolute easiest to photograph. After we walked down around town, we headed out with their motorcycle out to Antioch Park to finish off their engagement session. I think it was the closest I’ve ever been to a motorcycle. Then, in between all this? We stopped for Peanut Butter Whiskey shots. Holy. Freaking. Shit. It was delicious. I’m not a big sweets gal. I’m also not a big peanut butter gal. (Although if you get me a fun shaped Reese’s I’m down to clown). The whiskey was probably one of the best things I’ve ever tasted, though. My birthday is in 2 weeks. I wouldn’t mind a bottle.

Back to these two. They are probably my favorite couple to have ever filled out a questionnaire for me. It was honest, hilarious, and reminded me that the best thing you can do is just have fun with your partner. They’re getting married in Topeka next December and once we found out we were color palette trends, I was convinced it was meant to be. Granted, hers is entirely more appropriate than my middle of August wedding, but that’s okay. Stacie is taking a page right out of the “Your day, your way” handbook. Her dress will be burgundy, she’s getting married at her venue because of all the Christmas decor, and it will be beautiful.

Before you look through these photos, I’ll leave you with my favorite line from their questionnaire.

Do you have nicknames for each other?
Our nicknames change daily, though Stacie has taken an affinity to calling Jon, Jonalyn.

You should have seen his face when I mentioned it.

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Interested in more Kansas/Missouri Park sessions?

Jerome + Wes at Loose Park
Sheroquai + Jon at Black Hoof Park
Jordan + Henry at Winterset Park

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  1. Dad (Rick Kready)

    November 8th, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    What a wonderful story, and beautiful photos!

- 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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