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.

bittersweet-1bittersweet-2bittersweet-3bittersweet-4

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

bittersweet-5

bittersweet-6

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

bittersweet-7

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

bittersweet-8 bittersweet-9

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.

bittersweet-10 bittersweet-11

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

bittersweet-12

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

bittersweet-13

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

bittersweet-14 bittersweet-15

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

bittersweet-16 bittersweet-17

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

bittersweet-18 bittersweet-19

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

bittersweet-20bittersweet-21

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.

bittersweet-22 bittersweet-23

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

bittersweet-24

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

Travis + Chelsea | Wichita, KS

  • November 19, 2014

Travis+Chelsea-11.16.14-frontpic

Hey look, snow! And my good friends, Travis + Chelsea! Kansas got a wonderful surprise Sunday morning with some beautiful snow. I was so giddy that I knew I had to take some photos of it. I went out and took a few of the snow, but really wanted to take photos of people in the snow. I messaged my friends and they were all for snowy photos together. I drove over, we bundled up, and headed out.

Travis+Chelsea-11.16.14-02

These two are pretty darn adorable.Travis+Chelsea-11.16.14-03

I love the fall colors of the leaves mixed with the snow.Travis+Chelsea-11.16.14-04Travis+Chelsea-11.16.14-05

Senior | Allen Class of 2014

  • March 3, 2014

Senior-Allen-2.16.14-27

In High School I had the most awesome Band Teacher ever, Mr. Maxwell. So you can probably guess how excited I was when he wrote me asking to take his son’s senior photos! I couldn’t believe Allen was a senior already (has it really been 7 years since my senior year? eesh!). But Allen was a delight and we had a good time walking around downtown on a warm February day. He showed up in black attire and his awesome silver bow tie.

Senior-Allen-2.16.14-1Senior-Allen-2.16.14-2Senior-Allen-2.16.14-3Senior-Allen-2.16.14-4

Kate + Puppy Jaxx | Lifestyle

  • January 24, 2014

Wichita_Family_Kate+Jaxx-1Meet Kate. An adorable little girl who got a puppy for Christmas. Meet Jaxx. The adorable puppy who now embraces all Kate’s snuggles and kisses. Together they play, snuggle and play some more. We met on a warm January evening at College Hill Park. Kate’s mom and dad got to sit and chat on a bench while Kate, Jaxx and I spent the evening wrapped up in the warm sun taking fun photos!

Wichita_Family_Kate+Jaxx-2 Wichita_Family_Kate+Jaxx-3 Wichita_Family_Kate+Jaxx-4 Wichita_Family_Kate+Jaxx-5 Wichita_Family_Kate+Jaxx-6

Sarah + Tim | Wedding 12.8.13

  • January 2, 2014

DD_Sarah+Tim_Wedding_Blog-1Sarah + Tim are married!!!!! I am beyond excited to have another sister in the family (and one who gets my humor, ha!). Sarah, I love you and already see you as one of my best friends. You are beautiful, sincere, and weird…and weird is good in my eyes. :) Thank you for making my brother very happy. Tim, ahhhhh! You are married and to such a wonderful gal. I am very excited and happy for you. Thank you for always being an awesome brother and being weird with me too. Yay for weirdness and family!

Now on to the photos of your gorgeous winter wedding. The icy, cold winter day started at Eric Fisher for Sarah’s hair. No cold could keep this girl from feeling warm and excited inside!

DD_Sarah+Tim_Wedding_Blog-2

Then to Ulta’s for makeup!DD_Sarah+Tim_Wedding_Blog-3 DD_Sarah+Tim_Wedding_Blog-4A little spritz of perfume and off we go to Sarah’s parents house for a very special wedding. :) DD_Sarah+Tim_Wedding_Blog-5 DD_Sarah+Tim_Wedding_Blog-6

I just adore her holiday themed wedding…and this dress!!DD_Sarah+Tim_Wedding_Blog-7