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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!

Wonder Wonder KC | The Schlesselman’s 2nd Anniversary

Wonder Wonder is an art installation in Oak Park Mall that is totally worth visiting. As the Schlesselman’s unofficial official anniversary photographer, we headed out to get some not your average anniversary photos.

Last year, Lauren, Cole, and I headed out to the Nelson Atkins Museum and photographed their first official wedding anniversary with some balloons, a gold dress and a helluva lot of love. Missed it? No worries, click here to view it! This year, Lauren found this adorable Lily Pulitzer jumpsuit and was on the hunt to find the right place for it to fit in. Wonder Wonder KC seemed to be exactly the right place for it.

We almost decided on a nice fair, but with the distance and with knowing that last year no cotton candy was ever found at the fair… we opted to find this place in Oak Park Mall. Last year/earlier this year pop-up selfie booths were all the rage in KC. Stuff appeared here, in Lawrence, and everywhere and unfortunately I didn’t get to visit a single one. So when Lauren found Wonder Wonder, I was all in. Unlike the others, it’s a permanent shop and if you’re not in Kansas City? No worries. Boulder has one too! The installations change consistently so you’ll always find something new!

Lauren even purchased a cute cotton candy machine but after waiting 2 hours in the heat for our shenanigans it’s pretty sad. (It still got its own shout out below if you see it) It was, as always, a freaking pleasure to get to hang out with these two as sometimes it’s difficult to make time with other people in the industry. Remember to check out her work at Lauren Nicole Imagery! She’s a fabulous photographer and her husband is a wonderful DJ for Complete!


- 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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