I was contacted about a month ago by Ryan who ran across my website while researching photographers in Kansas City...and I'm so glad he did! He explained to me that he was going to propose to his girlfriend Lauren but he wanted her to think that he was taking her to a photography class as a birthday present. I agreed that I would act as a photography teacher (I was awful, ask Lauren, ha) but really I would be there to capture the beautiful moment Ryan had planned. I had suggested Kauffman Gardens and told him I would get there early to scope the area out and find the perfect spot for him to propose...I was so nervous I showed up 45 minutes early just to make sure I had the perfect spot. I mean, this was a big deal and I was going to make sure everything was perfect!
So here we go, it's 4:30 and I see Ryan and Lauren make their way into the Gardens and Lauren has her awesome camera in tow, oh yes and by now I forgot all the stuff I was going to "teach" her on cameras, I had actually practiced and now I'm looking at her and completely spaced everything. Is it possible I was more nervous than Ryan? nah but close! I just wanted to make sure I did everything I was supposed to do, this was the big day and I was not going to let Ryan down.
Now let's get started on these pictures...
Here is my "student" eager to learn all there is about cameras...hahahaha
bless her heart, I'm literally clueless...I told her I always take pictures of my students. oh geez
After her picture I then said "why don't I get a picture of you both and then I'll tell you about how I got the lighting on the image"...still not a teacher...keep in mind, it's a picture of them pre-engaged! awwww
Ryan knew from our conversations that after I snapped a picture of the two of them, this was his time.
Ok, here's the moment...tears are now forming...seriously, I did cry a little, it was just so sweet!!!
Beautiful couple and now ENGAGED!!! So happy I was chosen to capture this moment that will forever be with them. Thank you Ryan, your a doll and I hope you do have twins someday (wild, crazy ones. ha) and Lauren, your personality and use of a cuss word at the best moment were awesome. Much love to you both as you open this next chapter in your life. xoxo ~Robin
P.S. I do weddings too...just sayin'
I recently got to hang out with a dear friend of mine this past weekend. I have not seen Melody in oh, 10 years!! She looked the same only better, not that this is a stretch, but I've never seen her so radiant. Here are some of the images from our amazing day together.
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Just a little behind these days with my blog posts but things are slowing down a bit so now I can write. This is a family session I did weeks ago at the grand Union Station in Kansas City, MO and FINALLY I get to sit down and publish it. yay!
This was a session that I walked away knowing I had some awesome pics, I love that feeling. I got home and learned I had entirely too many good shots..so needless to say, when a session package states they will only receive so many images, well, this time I exceeded the minimum by A LOT.
Family + lots o' pics = over joyed!
Below are some of my faves
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Love it when I get that call to again photograph this amazing family! This time it was only the little spice that I got to have a session with this and oh my goodness she is still just as beautiful as the first time I took her picture, look at this cute thang!!
When this little cuteness become a model, she'll remember me right?
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Jordan and Doug and the honor of photographing their very cute family. Jordan is one busy mom with 6 children to care for but yet, she is just as gorgeous and sweet as ever and makes motherhood look like a breeze...what an inspiration, makes me feel silly for even mentioning how drained I am with my twins. ha
I hope you enjoy the pictures and these are just a handful of soooooo many more, I wanted to hurry and get some posted before the family leaves for Disney World this week. What Fun!!
I've added some favorite candid's as well as the great formal family shots too. enjoy!
Recently met the beautiful Leslie and her oh so handsome son, Armando. What a fun session we had in the River Market, Kansas City. His outfit was perfect for the setting and his pictures turned out great due to him being just the cutest thing ever!! Enjoy some of my favorite shots from the day.
I love how these pictures turned out, you can really see the emotion in all of them. We have baby Lucas who is 2 weeks old and then precious 6 year old Haleigh. I'm also using my new lens, my Nikon 50mm 1.4 and oh my! the picture quality paired with my D800 is amaze-balls! I have 4 more shoots in the next 2 weeks and I'm uber excited!
I recently had the privilege of photographing this amazing and fun family! Mind you, it was soooo cold outside but everyone put on their happy face and we ended up having a really good time. Here are some of the shots from the day...
Since it has been a snowy mess the entire month of March, I am now able to edit some pictures of my own family, yay! I have so many pictures that have been on hold waiting for days like today. As I type this I have one little guy sitting on my lap, so as you can see I don't have much free time anymore for keeping up with my editing or my blog that is...but of course, I wouldn't have it any other way.
Enjoy some of my boys' pics, aren't they the cutest?