The Smiths / / Amadeus Ranch / / Wedding / / Seneca, Missouri

There is nothing better than a Spring wedding! Especially after a long winter off season and its 70 degrees outside. We talked about the weather quite often at this wedding:) Getting married in the spring, you just never know what you're going to get. As Southwest Missouri spring weddings go, this one was an absolute dream. No one had to wear a coat in March, and rain wasn't even a thought, and those are some BIG WINS! 

Miranda and Kaleb are a pretty special couple and their wedding was just perfect. Honestly it wouldn't have mattered a bit if the weather was bad! This couple was so happy and in love and absolutely radiant, that I don't think there was anything putting a damper on their day. It's always such a treat to get to meet such wonderful people and document their perfect wedding day in a way that they can hopefully relive again and again.

We have shot at Amadeus Ranch quite a few times now and it just never disappoints. Beautiful natural light coming in on both ends of the venue provides some awesome opportunity for indoor photo spots, and the venue overlooks a gorgeous valley with picturesque sunsets! Not to mention, this might be the best venue around for quickly converting an outdoor wedding to indoor if the weather does take a turn for the worse. 

Below are just a few of our favorites from Miranda and Kaleb's wedding day! Enjoy:)

Venue: Amadeus Ranch

 

 

Flea Market Find Vintage Cameras

One of my favorite things to do is shop the local flea markets for sweet vintage collectables. There are lots of cool things I'm always looking for, but one of the main ones is vintage cameras. Some are just for decoration and some go straight into my lineup for general use.  I haven't been collecting long, so my collection is still pretty small. I thought it would be cool to share some of my flea market finds with y'all so I took to the book shelves of the study in my home for a photoshoot of inanimate objects. Hope you enjoy! 

CANON AE-1 - $150

This is my most recently acquired treasure. I've been on the hunt for one of these beauties for a little while now. Haven't had much of chance to put it to good use, but definitely looking forward to having some fun with this one. The Canon AE-1 is a 35 mm SLR, first introduced in 1976 and remained in production until 1984, which when you think about it is a really long time for a single model to be produced. I feel like that says a lot about the quality and popularity of this classic camera. This camera was the first SLR to come equipped with a microprocessor and during it's years in production, sold over a million units. 

SUPER 8 MOVIE CAMERA

Every serious collector has to have one of these gems in their collection. The iconic Super 8 Movie Camera was first manufactured by Kodak in 1965 and remains one of the most popular shelf sitters in a ll the land. The one I found still had its original Sears Instruction Manual and fancy leather carrying case. It's popularity and production continued into the 1970's when more modern versions of video cameras started to come along. 

POLAROID SX-70 - $125

This camera might be my absolute favorite. It is an incredible feat of engineering, being fully collapsible which makes for easy transport and most people don't even know what they're looking at when it is collapsed form. It then transforms into a camera that dispenses it's prints in real-time:) Polaroid phased out it's film production in late 2005 rendering many of their products virtually useless. That is until The Impossible Project came along and reinvigorated Polaroids cult following with new film for it's products. This camera was in production from 1972 - 1980. 

BELL & HOWELL 16 MM MAGAZINE CAMERA - $35.00

This camera is a mid-century shelf sitter (non-working) first released in the 1950's. It  has an all metal body with a leatherette wrapping. This would have been used for shooting video and did not take batteries, but uses a windup spring motor mechanism instead. 

POLAROID A80 Land Camera - $60

This camera was a gift from my mom so it is extra special and adds value for sure! It is still a fairly new member of the collection and a ton of information isn't readily available online so I can only assume they only made 1 and it is the holy grail of cameras, worth over 2 million dollars. Full disclosure, I'm operating on zero factual knowledge. Just a hunch:)

YASHICA A - $55

The Yashica A Medium Format Camera was first introduced in 1959. Shutter speed and aperture are controlled with fancy dials and levers on the sides of the camera. This is about as simple as cameras get. Simple is good:)

Yashica A Medium Format Camera

KODAK BROWNIE STARLET CAMERA - $20

The 'Brownie' was a simple plastic point and shoot camera first introduced by Kodak in 1956. This is the smallest camera in my collection. It is just a cute little 127 format camera. These usually aren't too expensive, so if you run across one, grab it! 

KODAK INSTAMATIC 104 - $20

This camera is one of Kodak's greatest success stories for the 126 film cartridge. Kodak alone sold 60 million of it's instamatic models. Most of those sales came in the 1960's and 70's

Jaycee+Blake / / Wedding / / Miami, Oklahoma

Jaycee and Blake's Wedding was on New Year's Eve at the First Christian Church in Oklahoma. I couldn't think of a more perfect way to ring in the new year than with a beautiful wedding with a sweet couple like Jaycee and Blake. It was so good to see how many people came to see these two tie the knot on the last day of the year. 

Blake is a United States Marine stationed in California, so finding some time off for a wedding didn't come easy. Soon he will begin his deployment away from his beautiful bride so these two are enjoying every second together, so happy and in love, as you can undoubtedly see from their wedding album:) 

Blake saw his Bride for the first time as the church doors opened, and she began to come down the aisle with her father. 

Here are just a few of my favorites from Jaycee and Blake's Wedding Day :) Enjoy!

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Paige+Aaron / / Wedding / / Rustic Oaks / / Miami, Oklahoma

Paige and Aaron got married this fall at Rustic Oaks in Miami, Oklahoma. This was our first time experiencing Rustic Oaks and it quickly became an instant favorite for us! It doesn't take long upon arrival to see the time, effort, and attention to detail that goes into making this the perfect spot for a beautiful wedding. Perfectly groomed walkways, fences, bridges, and overhangs all centered around the big barn where the happy couple would say ''I do" in the evening. 

I was so happy to be back with this couple after their engagement session in the spring. Paige and Aaron's day was filled with close friends and family who came in to make their wedding day special and one to remember.  This day was perfect and I'm so happy we were there to capture it all for them in photographs. Here are just a few of our favorites from Paige + Aaron's Wedding. Enjoy :)

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Preston / / Senior / / Baxter Springs, Kansas

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Preston is one of our seniors from Baxter Springs this year. We took his Senior Pictures at Schermerhorn Park in Galena and downtown Miami, Oklahoma and ended at the historic Coleman Theatre. 

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The Andersons / / Family Photos

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Here are just a few of my favorites from The Andersons' Family Photo Session. Enjoy:)

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Sam / / Senior / / Neodesha, Kansas

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Sam Curt is a Senior from Neodesha, Kansas. His Senior Shoot was photographed at the Neodesha Industrial Park, a field and pine forest just outside of town. 

Philip / / Senior / / Neodesha, Kansas

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Philip was one of our November seniors this year. We shot his senior pictures at sunrise in Neodesha, Kansas at the tennis courts and a nearby field and a little pine forest. Here are just a few of our favorites from Philip's Senior Portrait Album...Enjoy!

Michelle+Bryan [Wedding] Bullskin Creek / / Neosho, Missouri

Michelle & Bryan got married at Bullskin Creek in Neosho, Missouri. I was there to document their beautiful wedding day as their wedding photographer :) The happy couple was our first November wedding of 2016. The unseasonably warm weather had us exploring the nearby countryside for picturesque fall backdrops, and we found them!  

Here are just a few of our favorites from Michelle and Bryan's Wedding Day...Enjoy! 

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Amber+Justin [Wedding] at Bullskin Creek / / Neosho, Missouri

Amber and Justin got married this October at Bullskin Creek in Neosho, Missouri. These two reside in California, but Amber is from the area so they decided to tie the knot close to where she grew up. They even managed to have their family dog make the trip, which made the occasion just that much more special! Justin is a Marine and was able to get some time away to marry the woman of his dreams! What better way to spend some time off huh? We snuck these two off into the woods for their first look, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house when Justin saw his bride for the first time. It was such a beautiful moment for the soon to be newlyweds. 

We pulled double duty for this wedding, doing photography and videography (video coming soon). 

The ceremony took place at sunset in a beautiful setting overlooking a gorgeous pond as the bride and groom were surrounded by family and friends. Just after the couple sealed their vows with a kiss, a drone flew overhead to capture the moment forever as the bride and groom snapped a picture with their wedding party and guests. We took just a few more portraits with the bride and groom at sunset and then they were off to dance the night away with their wedding guests. Here are just a few of our favorites from Amber and Justin's wedding day. 

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Samantha [Joplin High Senior] at Red Oak

Samantha Dorsey is a senior at Joplin High School. We got to photograph her senior pictures last month at Red Oak in Carthage and some family property out near Sarcoxie. Red Oak was a place we photographed a lot in the early days, so it was nice to get back out there with Sam and see some of the new additions for her Senior Pictures. After Red Oak, we headed out to some of the Dorsey's family property! Complete with majestic forests, ponds, old barns, and the ruins of a windmill, this property had it all. We love getting to incorporate family property and history into a senior portrait album:) 

Here are a few of my favorites from Samantha's Senior 'Shoot! 

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Kim+Taylor [Wedding] Buhler, Kansas

Today I am thankful for sweet couples like these two! Kim & Taylor got married this October in Buhler, Kansas (near Hutchinson). This day was an absolute dream. The girls were just about finished getting ready when I arrived. I snapped a few pics in the bridal suite and shortly  after we headed out for the Bride & Groom's first look under the trees. The couple met with a long embrace and each fought back the tears as they saw each other for the first time. We explored the woods around their ceremony site for pictures of the happy couple and their bridal party. The wedding ceremony was absolutely gorgeous and took place at mid day outdoor under the trees. Guests lined the wooden benches as they waited to see Kim for the first time! Taylor again fought back the tears in seeing his stunning bride come down the aisle. As she met him, the two along with all their wedding guests opened the wedding with a beautiful hymn, recited their vows, and sealed it with a kiss! 

Here are just a few of my favorites from Kim and Taylor's Wedding Day! Enjoy...

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Rachel+Nathan [Mt. Magazine] Arkansas Wedding

Rachel & Nathan got married this October at Mt. Magazine in Arkansas. About 3 hours from our home base, the trip was long but so WORTH IT! The scenery was breathtaking and the day as a whole was just beautiful and we were so happy to be a part of it:) The love that these two share was evident throughout the day in hand written notes, the beautiful ceremony in the Arkansas mountains overlooking the treetops below, and the joining of three lives into a perfect little family! Here are just a few of our favorites from Rachel and Nathan's wedding day. 

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Jen+Brock [Engagement] Joplin, Missouri

I got to explore some of our pretty countryside south of Joplin with Jen & Brock for their engagement session. We took full advantage of the last bits of fall color on the trees, and then headed over to the Honey Badger Gym get back to this sweet couple's roots (they met doing Crossfit). Here are just a few of my favorites from Jen & Brock's Fall Engagement 'Shoot! 

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Madison+Clinton [Wedding Film] Estes Park, Colorado/Della Terra Mountain Chateau

Maddie & Clint invited me to capture their love and wedding day in a short film at their wedding in Estes Park, Colorado. The happy couple chose the Della Terra Mountain Chateau as their wedding venue. As October days go, this one was an absolute dream. Although the threat of rain was there on and off all day long, they could not have picked a better day to say their vows! The sun flirted with the clouds most of the day, which made for some tricky lighting situations, but hey if you can't make an awesome wedding video here, where can ya? :) With the mountains, aspen trees, surrounding wildlife, and amazing wedding venue as backdrops...lighting situations be damned. 

These love birds got engaged one year ago in Estes Park at the Stanley Hotel. They decided to make their return to this beautiful destination in the mountains to tie the knot. The Della Terra Mountain Chateau provides the most stunning location nestled in the mountains for a picturesque wedding! 

I hope what really shines through in this short film is the love that these two possess for each other. They are so playful and have fun with each other. They just have the "it" quality that makes relationships work and makes everyone else swoon! Even during the ceremony, they never take themselves too seriously. Their love is one to be truly admired! 

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Family Photos w/ Michelle, Dave, & Hannah [Downtown Joplin] Missouri

Michelle bought one of our gift certificates last year around the holidays, and cashed in on some family photos this fall! I met Michelle, Dave, & Hannah in downtown Joplin and we explored a few spots and got some incredible shots of this sweet family. Here are just a few of my favorites from their family photo shoot...Enjoy:)

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The Laytons [Family Photos]

Kelssey, Jake, and Beckam helped us explore our new land for their family photo shoot. Beckam is an absolute pro baby model at 6 months old. Just look at that smile and those baby blues! Here are a few of our favorites from their family session. 

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Alexis Dewey [Senior] Baxter Springs, Kansas

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