I can't look through this gallery without grinning from ear to ear. To know Kayla is to love her. Southern belle with a heart of gold. Not only has she been a client since my early photography days, she has become a dear friend. I'm so happy she found the love of her life - and I absolutely can't wait until their destination wedding this coming fall -- beach celebration!!!!!

Laughing, hugging, strolling, dancing, all under the late afternoon sun. I'm all for a stoic and composed capture, I mean if Mom or Dad or Great Aunt Betty wants it, they must be appeased. However, the truth of the matter is that most of the time that's not what really represents any of the couples I meet! When a couple's photos are shared, printed & displayed -- those who know them should look and immediately connect the couple they know with feeling and emotion in the images.

Kayla & Zach are SO much fun! She's quite witty, and he's got the dad jokes down, already. I adore how evident their joy & laughter shines through -- it was hands down the most important thing for me to capture with them.

Blog Engagement Session Kansas City Photography Couple Hugging at treeline with sun setting behind
Blog Engagement Session Kansas City Photography Couple Laughing at treeline sunset
Blog Engagement Session Kansas City Photography Couple Strolling through woods with sunset
Blog Engagement Session Kansas City Photography Guy snuck up behind his fiance and surprised her
Blog Engagement Session Kansas City Photography Couple Laughing with Guy behind holding her after surprising her
Blog Engagement Session Kansas City Photography Couple in deep dip kissing with sunset behind through treeline

This story is special, because Zack is not only gaining a wife, but a daughter as well. It didn't feel right for us not to have Kayla's daughter, Olivia, present for a portion of this session.

Blog Engagement Family Kansas City Photography Daughter in front of mom looking over at engagement ring
Blog Engagement Family Kansas City Photography Couple kissing while daughter looks up from below
Blog Engagement Family Kansas City Photography Man holding his fiance's daughter
Blog Engagement Family Kansas City Photography Mom & Fiance smiling close together with mom's daughter piggybacking

Thankfully Zach's sister met up with us to make sure Olivia was taken care of when it wasn't her time to shine. Which gave me the opportunity to safely sneak away into the fields and snag some quiet moments with these two lovebirds. Any time I can get a couple aside, even for 5 minutes, you can bet I'll take advantage. More intimate in nature, this brief interlude allowed them to really focus on their passion and love for one another, all distractions aside.

Engagement Photographer Blog Kansas City Woman sitting on man's lap kissing him angle from above
Engagement Photography Kansas City Blog Couple sitting on blanket in grassy field with sun setting behind
Engagement Photographer Kansas City Blog Woman Cupping Mans Jaw in her hands sitting down sunset behind
Engagement Photography Kansas City Blog Up close of woman holding mans face gently
Engagement Photography Kansas City Blog Angle from above of woman in mans lap kissing his cheek
Engagement Photography Kansas City Blog Woman snuggling man and smile
Engagement Photographer Kansas City Blog Man and woman sitting on ground embracing
Engagement Photography Kansas City Blog Man and woman gazing in each others eyes sunset behind them smiling

And because laughter is the best, and these two know how to have fun, they were nothing but good sports when this third wheel (Zach's sister & one of Kayla's best friends!) happened to sneak into a moment between the two of them. Now this is how you end a shoot -- a beautiful sunset, new family in the making, and a whole lot of love.

Blog Engagement Family Kansas City Photography Couple embracing sunset sister in law surprise popped up in between

I'm so stoked to close out 2019 on this blog post, and I look forward to all the new memories that will be created and captured in 2020! I would love the chance to capture your love, your children, your family, whatever memories matter to you!

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