Shibori Workshop

Indigo & Shibori Natural Dye Workshop | Alyx Jacobs

I met Alyx through a friend of mine, who owns MADI [psst. Alyx hand dyed the fabric for this collection] & when she announced that she was hosting a Shibori Dye Workshop I was SO. EXCITED. She had a group of us to her house, showed us what the Shibori Dye Technique is & how to create different patterns on our fabric. It was so much fun getting to play around & I honestly could have stayed there all day just messing around with the fabric & seeing how the dye works with the fabric.
Anyways - here are some photos of our time together!

Dwane, Joelle + Rai

Documentary Family Photos | Downtown Kansas City

Dwane & Joelle asked me to take some family photos of them in Kansas City before they move to Florida this year. Their sweet baby girl Rai was 3 months when we took these photos & I’m convinced that is the most fun age. We got coffee, walked around & ended our night in an open parking lot, with all the city buildings surrounding us. It almost made me think we weren’t in Kansas City.

Mika + Enok - Wildbird Sling

Mika & I have been friends on the internet for a few years, and we finally really spent time together just before Christmas, as I took family photos for her! So now that we’re real life friends - it was only appropriate we hung out AGAIN to take more photos.

Wildbird is a sling company for mumma’s to strap their sweet babes to themselves & make life a little bit easier. Mika partnered with them & needed a few photos - so where else would you go in the dead middle of winter? Johns Greenhouse. Yes. That’s where we went. & the warm atmosphere & green plants gave us life for one sweet beautiful hour.

Ok - enjoy sweet, toothless Enok & his beautiful mother, Mika.

Downtown Kansas City Senior Portraits

Lifestyle Senior Photos - Downtown KC

Lifestyle Urban Senior Photos - Ali Happer Photo

I remember the first time someone showed me their senior photos. I was in college in Australia, and my American roommate handed me a pocket sized photo of her holding her guitar. I had never heard of someone getting senior photos done before & I had so many questions.
Well now, almost 10 years later & living in the USA, I have a bit of a better understanding of them. Except you won’t see me taking anyone’s photos, posed with their hobby accessory of choice, or perched up against their car. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just not what I do!
So when Alivia said she wanted urban senior photos - I knew we would be in for a good time. I loved walking around town with her & the light was so good to me. I kept asking her how often she takes photos with her friends, but she said she doesn’t. ha!🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️
Needless to say, she made my job very easy & we had such a great time.

Ben + Lexi | Kansas Countryside Outdoor Wedding

Documenting a Small Town Autumn Wedding


This wedding was so sweet & special as it was held on the Lexi’s Dads property in the beautiful rolling hills of Kansas. I cried multiple times during their absolutely magical ceremony, filled with love & the absolute best sunset. They made their wedding vows as the sun dipped behind the hills & I was overwhelmed.
The best part of getting to witness so many weddings over the years, is seeing how individual each one is to the couple. This whole day was slow & sweet & filled with so much laughter as they were surrounded by such rich friendships. I loved seeing Ben & Lexi be so attentive to each other & how they just couldn’t stop smiling. It was an absolute JOY to be a part of this day with them!

Venue: Just The Place
Wedding Coordinator: Decemeber Brammer at Soiree Event Designs
Wedding Dress: Watters
Florist: Flowers & Things
Caterer: Taco Republic
Cake: Dillons
Stationary: Minted
DJ: DJ Clyde

The Bauer Event Space - Emotional Urban Wedding

Bobby + Audris | Crossroads Kansas City Wedding


Bobby & Audris had one of my all time favorite weddings. I know that’s a big statement. & I don’t mean to say that I don’t absolutely love all my other weddings, theirs was just slow & sweet & emotional. Everything I love & value. I admire how special their love is & how intentional they were to soak up every little moment with each other. Right before we went out for the first-look, I asked Audris if she was ready to go see her almost-husband & she just looked at me & asked for a hug. Those moments. They are what make this big eventful wedding day special. Beyond that, their portraits are fun, relaxed & all taken while we walked around the Crossroads. We had lots of time & it shows. We got to enjoy every minute, not rush through it.

At the end of the day, my favorite moment was right after their ceremony, just the two of them together in the back hallway. I wanted to bottle that memory up forever. Its the feeling that I hope ALL couples get to feel after they’ve just committed their lives to each other!
Ok that’s all I’ll ramble about. Here are the vendors & of course - the photos.

Venue: The Bauer Event Space
Wedding Dress: Truvelle from Bride KC
Jewelry: Meierotto
Bridal Shoes: Kenneth Cole
Hair: Flock Salon
Makeup: Melise Porter
Florist: Daylight Mind Design
Caterer: Cascones
Cake: HyVee
DJ: Complete Weddings - KEVIN!!

Thank you - as always - to my beautiful couples who trust me to document all their memories from their wedding day. It’s the best ever. xo

MADI apparel | Blush Spring/Summer Collection

I had the best time shooting with MADI Apparel early this year, for their Spring/Summer Collection! MADI stands for ‘Make A Difference Intimates’ & is a company that makes intimates with a buy-one-give-one model. For every pair purchased, a pair is given to a local woman who is an abuse survivor, in a shelter or victim of rape. Beyond that, MADI has a non-profit side, created to train & employ those survivors to then sew the garments themselves. It’s such an amazing company & I love getting to be a part of their story!
SO! This collection is extra special, the items are hand dyed using avocados! Alyx is a local designer who dyed all the fabric for the garments [read her journey with the dye here!] & they are such a beautiful shade of blush. I’ll let you see the items for yourself!
ps. they have other color options & some are pictured here!
Models : Addy & Dieynaba
Video : Michael Saldivar - video here
Location : 21c Hotel

Emily + Rosemary

In Home Lifestyle Family Photos - Nashville TN


I feel like all I do is post photos from shoots with all my friends, but I can’t help it. I’m thankful I have friends that support me & allow me to get in their face with my camera!
I’ve been friends with Emily since we were kids. We grew up together & both moved away for school & then both ended up marrying Americans & now here we are. We spent a few days with Mason, Emily & Rosemary in Nashville & we basically hibernated in their house & I wasn’t mad about it one bit. It was such a joy to take photos of Em & Rosie around their house one morning. These are the moments I’ll never forget.

ps. Mason & Emily are not only amazing people & friends, but they both own businesses that are AWESOME. Emily has her own clothing line, EMLEE & Mason runs a MidCentury Shop, The Atomic Shop. Check them out!

The Callisters

Kansas City Baby Announcement & Gender Reveal Photos


When my amazing friend Brooke told me her vision for her pregnancy announcement & gave me her moodboard I was so so so into it. I LOVE working with other creative people who want to create something awesome together! So we made a plan & took some photos in her mom internship shirt on a Sunday afternoon. Oh & here’s her final product!
A few weeks later they had a gender reveal at Crossroads Hotel where we all found out they’re having a… well I’ll let you find out at the bottom!!!

Shawn + Jes Anderson

Lifestyle Couple Portraits | Knoxville TN


I never really know where to start when I post photos of friends who I’ve known for years & love dearly. So I’ll say I remember the first day I met Jes when we were in college in Australia & I remember her dating Shawn [a fellow Canadian!!!]. I remember going with Nate to take some wedding portraits of them in Sydney after they returned from their honeymoon. I remember all the trips we’ve each taken to visit each other, us in KC & them in LA. & then this year spending Thanksgiving with them & our other dear friends in Knoxville. Intentional friendship over many years, many miles & many late nights.
Meet the Anderson’s.

2018 Fall Families Recap

Lifestyle Family Photographer | Kansas City MO

I shot a handful of mini sessions this year & a lot of them ended up being families, which I am NOT MAD ABOUT. I loved all the squishy babes & giggles that filled the time. It’s an absolute honor to get to be a part of their story - documenting their life & allowing them to hold onto these memories for years to come. So here’s a handful of photos from a few of the sessions!

Meet the Tunbergs!

Meet the Saunders!

Meet the Corbins!

Meet the Meiers!

Meet the Brooks!

& last but not least - meet the Ling’s!
ps. we took these photos after sundown, but I still loved how they turned out! I also could not deal with how Josiah looks like a little teenager, I love it!!!

Meet the Jensen's

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Toronto Lifestyle Family Photographer - The Jensens

I’ve known Maddie since we were in elementary school & we’ve been friends ever since. I have loved seeing her become a wife & now a mother! She is absolutely one of those people that was made to be a mom & she does it with such grace! I loved getting to take these photos while I was in Canada this fall, before the snow came! It was the perfect autumn day at the apple orchard!