Closing up “shop”

  • January 9, 2015

This is going to be a bittersweet post. The short version is that I am getting out of the photography business. Continue reading if you want to know why.

I have been doing my photography business for a while, but it has never been super successful financially, mostly because I’ve not been able to attract enough clients. I’ve tried a bunch of different things (lower prices, higher prices, advertising, etc.) and nothing really changed. I love taking photos and working with all the wonderful clients that I’ve had the chance to work with, but it’s just not working out business-wise. So it’s been a long time coming, I think, but today it’s official; I am no longer accepting new clients.

Current clients, rest assured we’re still going to make beautiful photos together. Nothing changes for you. Now I get to focus my energy on making your sessions the best they can possibly be and on new adventures, both personally and professionally.

I will always remember the good times I had while photographing all of my clients. I’ve made new friends and reconnected with old ones through photography. It’s been a fun ride with good memories, such as:

The time Andrea’s father built a bridge to a tiny island in his lake for his daughter to get married on to Jacob.

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Being a part of Carley’s lifelong wish of being married at her grandparents farm to the wonderful Spencer.

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All of the beautiful bouquets of my brides, especially Hannah’s (girl, that was an amazing bouquet).

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Even tho it was hot and bugs were flying up our noses, Amy + Matt were troopers and took sunset photos on their wedding day.

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Using my past soccer skills, to run backwards with all my equipment to get these amazing shots of Caitlin + David’s sparkler and rose petal send off.

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Photographing my childhood friend, Erica’s wedding to Brandon was magical.

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Sneaking away for a few minutes to get even more gorgeous photos with Katie + Kaleb.

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The cutest backyard wedding of childhood friend, Christina to John, bringing her back into my life.

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The glorious 80 degree January wedding of Alyssa + Colin was mighty fine.

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The elopement turned into a family session of Sarah + Mike. How wonderful to have your family there for such a special day!

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Meeting Rachel + Kevin and finding all the things we have in common still keep us friends. So happy I photographed your wedding!

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The vineyard wedding of Tirzah + Bob that got me my first newborn session. Your family is adorable and I am so happy I got to document not only your wedding, but your family as well.

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Laura + Brandon, you were my first wedding that wasn’t a family member (lol). Thank you for having me document your day.

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And many more!

To all the couples when I first started, thank you for believing in me and having patience as I was learning my new craft. I couldn’t have done it without you.

To all the seniors and families, I have many great memories of you all too! (didn’t want to have a crazy long post, so I’ll omit the photos)

To my family and friends for letting me practice on, I’ll still be taking photos of you for years to come. :)

And a HUGE thank you to Jackie Cooper. I remember that day we met for breakfast to see if you would take me on as an intern. I was so nervous, but hopeful that I could work and learn from you. And boy did I! Thank you for taking me on and teaching me all that I needed to know. You are an amazing photographer and I am so glad we worked together and are still friends. Thank you!

And lastly, Tanner, you have been through it all with me. From my beginners mistakes, to my triumphs, to this time now as you held me in your arms as I asked if this was the right thing for me to do. You have always been there and supported me and were my number one fan. Thank you. So very very much. Thank you.

I’m not gone forever from the internet world, you can follow my adventures on my personal blog lovelytomeetyou.com

Jessica | Wichita, KS

  • October 30, 2014

Jessica-10.21.14-blog-frontpicI met Jessica a long while ago. Back when we thought we were cool to wear our glasses over our faces and pretend to be cousin it…oh wait…we did that again at her session last week! ha! For as long as I can remember, Jessica has always put a smile on peoples faces and given them a good laugh. She is naturally funny and adorable head to toe. I was very excited when she asked me to take some “head shots” for her. You see, she was recently interviewed by Jedd Beaudoin of KMUW and they asked for her to send them her head shot. She then realized she didn’t have any and I swooped in to save the day. :) We did a mixture of crazy, funny, pretty, and all around Jessica! Enjoy!

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Nicole | Wichita, KS Senior

  • October 26, 2014

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Hello! Meet Nicole. Well, you’ve already met her and her family a few months back here, but she’s here again today gracing the blog. Nicole is a Senior at Rose Hill High (whoot whoot! I graduated from there too), where she plays the euphonium, rocks it in the school plays, and is all around adorable.

Our evening began with a very cloudy and windy Kansas kind of a day, but Nicole rocked it and we got some really cool photos. We started downtown before we ended up at the Great Plains Nature Center.

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Shorter Family | Wichita, KS

  • October 26, 2014

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Hey everyone! Today I am here with a wonderful family session. Four years ago I started my photography business and Katlyn was my very first senior session. You can take a look into the past right here (please excuse the mismatched widths of each photo, I was a newbie and still learning!). It’s crazy how four years has gone by, but I love that Katlyn wanted me to take her family photos this October. We started downtown with her parents, brothers and their adorable families before we went to Oak Park.

Thank you Katlyn for picking me to take your photos four years again and again today. You are amazing I am so happy we got to reconnect!

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Victoria + Tanner | Wichita, KS Engagement

  • October 25, 2014

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Meet Victoria and Tanner. They are adorable and they are awesome! I knew the moment I met them that I wanted to take their wedding photos. Let me tell you why…well first, Victoria and I were wearing the same shirt at our first meeting, I loved her style, her fiance’s name was Tanner (it’s a great name!), they both met in high school (just like my Tanner and me) and they are just all around awesome. Then at their engagement session we were wearing the same shoes! I know that may seem weird, but when I find a friend with the same great taste in clothes and shoes, I am hooked. :)

Enough about me loving on them and more about them! Like I said, they met in high school at a track meet (they both went to different high schools). Tanner noticed this cute girl on the other team and started talking to her. She was also interested and they continued talking throughout their high school years and into College. Victoria goes to WSU and this past May when she was at her friends graduation, Tanner came to visit. He had bought her concert tickets for her birthday (back in March) and before they headed to the concert, Tanner had Googled two locations to pop the question. The first was the Keeper of the Plains. He asked her if she wanted to go on a walk before the concert and she agreed. They walked for a bit before Victoria said she was hungry. So they went to Bradley Fair and after dinner he asked if she wanted to walk around the pond. Victoria was like, “Why so many walks? We have places to be!” They walked a bit further until Tanner got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. She said yes and they made it in time to the concert. :)

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