July 19, 2019

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.


kind words

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