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A Book Cover for Michele | Photos Edge

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Something had happened, tears were streaming down my face and into the sink. As I looked into the mirror at my piercing green eyes (they get bright emerald-green when I am really upset), Michele walked into the ladies’ room of our church.  She was a kind woman, always put together, beautiful, and somehow reminded me of my mom when I was little. You know, the mom that picks you up when you’re crying, or drinks tea with you when you don’t actually want to talk.  I was the quiet, let’s not talk about my feelings, person.  My poor mom.

Anyway, Michele reminded me of those days, sitting in the formal living room with my mom.  She came into the bathroom and smiled at me, she didn’t ask what was wrong, and it didn’t matter, especially since I don’t remember why I was so upset to begin with.  I was probably misunderstood at the time, or needed a huge miracle to pay some bill or even pay rent. Whatever the case may be, she warmed my soul with a simple hug as she handed me another tissue.

I don’t like to be touched when I am sad because I totally lose it.  Standing in that bathroom I totally lost it for a solid 60 seconds.  Then I wiped my face. She complimented my outfit and told me everything would be ok. She didn’t say it to blow me off and it wasn’t filled with fluff, she meant it.  And she was right.  Everything ended up being ok. I am sure that I was in her prayers that day, and probably that night.  I don’t think that Michele remembers because I actually think she does this for women often.  She picks up their broken hearts with love and prayer and helps them find themselves.

Marco and I saw the Davenports in church every Sunday. They sat up front closely behind the pastors, and soon our family found themselves sitting near them. I feel like those were the best days, but they clearly weren’t, I was crying in a bathroom. At that time, almost 10 years ago, we had hope. Lots of hope!

Marco and I came from nothing, for real: we moved 5 times in one year, a natural disaster, a death, a big cancer scare, and to top it off an apartment blown up.  YES.. Blown up!  So, when I say we came from nothing… I mean it.  By the time we found our church we were finally able to breathe. And things did get much better. Somehow I miss those days of making new friends and feeling like there was nowhere to go but up, because that was all there really was. It was in those years that we started our photography business. I love how things start. That’s why weddings are so huge for me, it’s the start of a love story.

Ten years ago, God put a little family in my heart. Eventually Michele’s two beautiful daughters were getting married, and Marco and I had the privilege to photograph their stories. A few weeks ago I got a phone call from Michele asking if I could help her out with images for her new book.  I was elated and thrilled for her. Marco and I spent a few hours with Michele and her husband Marty. We shared stories, coffee, and took some amazing photographs. This will be Michele’s 4th book.  She speaks all over the world and is an award-winning writer. If you have the time, check out her Faith Builders Ministries, it’s incredible.

Thank you Michele for being light in this crazy world.

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Eloping in the mountains | Colorado Wedding

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Colorado Wedding | A Mountain Elopement

Ethereal Romantic Wedding in the Mountains

 

I had just pulled up to a small gas station in a remote country town driving home from North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It was beautiful and we chose to take the scenic route home through the mountains, when my phone rang. I was beyond thrilled I even had service. On the other end of a sketchy connection was Christie, with the words. “Don’t hate me but….”  My heart started pounding. Christie is a creative, and having worked with her on several photoshoots I knew that she had a random, yet brilliant idea. However, this usually meant that my job just got harder. I laughed and we lost the call.  Without fear I turned to Marco and said, “I bet she elopes”.  Marco laughed and thought that would be so cool.

A few minutes go by, we are still pumping gas, and as I hold my phone at just the right angle it gets signal.  I happily and loudly chat with Christie while she asks if they can turn their destination engagement into a wedding. She liked the idea of saying vows in the mountains with just a few friends and God. I was over the moon. This was perfect for the couple. Brad grew up in Colorado and loved his mountains. They are his home. It made sense to embrace the location with a wedding.

Driving to Colorado for a beautifully romantic intimate wedding was exciting! We arrived early and scouted locations for the ceremony, portraits, and a fun evening of drinks at a local pub. It was quite the tour with Brad as our guide.

The day of the wedding, we pulled up to the cabin and saw Christie sitting in a hammock, tears softly rolling down her cheeks as she wrote her vows.  The sun cut through the trees creating a perfect spotlight. I call this God light. It was the remarkable start of a stunning wedding.

From tears, to romantic vows, and mountain top portraits this ethereal Colorado wedding is a beautiful depiction of true love.  Thank You Christie and Brad for inviting us to write your photographic novel.  Your story is breathtaking!

  • You can also view their wedding in EA Bride Magazine, they gave this wedding several pages, it is definitely worth the read.
  • The wonderful officiant and master of ceremonies : Ron Ruth
  • Wedding Photography is by Kansas City Wedding Photographers : Photos Edge

 

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Senior Portraits | Nadia | Kansas City Photographers

Creative Senior Portraits | Kansas City Senior Portrait Photographers

Kansas City Senior Portraits | Photos Edge

Nadia’s Creative Steampunk inspired Senior Portraits

The clothes and make-up were one of a kind and creative for Nadia, who will be studying fashion design next year. Creating her own style with attributes of steampunk, I knew her senior portraits had to be special, something that embraced her style and love for color, all the while documenting how beautiful and sweet Nadia really is. Please enjoy these creative senior portraits!

 Creative Senior Portraits | Kansas City Senior Portrait Photographers

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Beautiful Town Square Wedding in Paola KS

Wedding at Town Square in Paola Ks, Wedding Photographers, Kansas City Wedding Photographers, Photos Edge

Matthew and LeeAnn’s Beautiful Town Square Wedding

Wedding in the stunning town of Paola Ks by Photos Edge

 

He stood outside the door where she was getting ready, waiting patiently while trying to hold back tears.  He caught one small tear that glided over his cheek.  When I said, “She said, ‘I need my daddy, no really I need him.”  He smiled a little and pointed into where she was getting ready.  In a few minutes he would walk LeeAnn down the isle but not before giving her a lovely gift, a custom neckless.

They stepped out into the room at Town Square in Paola Ks, and with every step her groom waited with anticipation.  Matthew, who doesn’t cry, bit his lip as he held back tears.  LeeAnn was beautiful, but more than her being stunning, Matthew knew that this was the moment she would become his wife. With each passing event the two cherished their day.  From a fun release following the ceremony to having a blast creating portraits with their closest friends.

The reception was filled with dancing and games.  Instead of a dollar dance the couple decided to have a competition.  Here’s how it worked:  When you walked in the door there were 2 glass jars, one for the bride and one for the groom.  Whoever ended up with the most money at the end of the night won.  Winner and their bridal party members got to pie the other members in the face. Late in the evening a loving groom unloaded a bunch of money into the bride’s glass so that she would be taken care of.  The pieing was a blast and everyone had a great time.  The night ended with dancing and the lights went up in Town Square while a few couples were still swaying to the last bit of music.  That is what I call a great night!  Enjoy these Kansas Wedding Photographs!

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Kansas City Engagement Photography: Urban Movie Poster

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I meet people and they inspire me.  It could be from the way they look to the way they laugh.  Katherine had a smile that made me want to take her picture.  When I met her I wanted to be a part of their big day just because I knew that I would love photographing her.  She was beautiful to say the least and very much an excited bride.  This sweet stunning bride was going to marry a great guy, Adam, who I truly believe looks like he could kick some butt in an action movie.  They inspired me to photograph them like they were on an action movie poster.  The couple was more that just playing the part – they are the real deal, true love with honest romance.  Tomorrow this wonderful couple will be picking up their wedding disk, something I am very excited for.  But before I post their wedding, I wanted to share with everyone their cool Kansas City engagement session.

When I shared a sneak peek on Facebook, I immediately  got calls and emails about the session; “Where did you take those photos?”, “Is that in Kansas City?”, “Is he an actor?”, and “How did you come up with this?”, “Was that a commercial shoot?”…  The questions went on and on .  I even had photographers calling me asking me how I did this because their clients wanted a photo shoot just like it.  Another photographer told me that when their clients asked for this photo shoot, they laughed and were a little nervous because I was the photographer, they said that there was no way they could compete with what I did, it didn’t matter what their clients wanted.  It made my week to hear that.  Thanks to inspiration, an amazing couple, and loads of creativity.  Enjoy!

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