Updates + Apologies!

Hello everyone! Long time, no posts over here on our end. Katie and myself have been extremely busy with our full-time jobs plus our family lives, that we have swayed away from our photography business and everything else that comes with it, including new posts to Facebook, Instagram, and of course, our blog. We haven’t even updated our website to add new work! So I wanted to take the time today to send out a blog post about our upcoming wedding season, our goals for 2019/2020, and give you guys an update on what has been going on in the past two months!

Right after our last post (Feb. 12th), my hard drive crashed. I lost a good deal of older images; however, the majority of them were saved thanks to the cloud and the photos app on my Mac. During that time, I was forced to re-edit two sessions I had previously done and finished, which took a while. Katie was starting a new position at work, requiring her to work every other Saturday, giving us less time to photograph anything.

Towards the end of February and beginning of March, we focused all of our free time on prepping for the Kansas City Bridal Expo that took place March 23-24th. I had some family problems take place right at the beginning of March, and when I wasn’t at work, I was at home helping out. I barely had time to look at Facebook, let alone go out and take photos.

The wedding show in March was extremely stressful and costly, and Katie and I have decided it’s in our best interest to not do another one. We would like to stay the small business that we are currently, so we can devote more time to getting to know our wedding clients and making their wedding day absolutely perfect. While we loved meeting new brides-to-be, we both had panic attacks throughout the process and neither of us were happy about it.

After the wedding show, Katie and I got together and re-evaluated our business. We both decided that our photography business will stay a side business, as neither of us are looking to make this our full time job. We both currently have full time jobs that pay our bills, and our wedding business is just a little bonus to help out with vacations or home expenses. After working out our new goals, we both felt at ease going forward with K&L Photography.

Fast forward to this month. I’ve been traveling for work and Katie has been working every other Saturday, not to mention late nights and traveling back and forth to see her family near St. Louis. As I type this, I’m sitting in my friend’s apartment in Memphis, TN, where I am for work this week. Thankfully I have some free time, and I am able to travel around the area and get back to photographing the things that inspired me to start this venture in the first place: being in nature. Of course I love to photograph weddings, but being out and taking photos of flowers and landscapes is where I got my love of photography from.

So what does this mean for the future? Yes, we will still be photographing weddings. We have 3 this upcoming year, with our first being on June 1st. We also have a few family sessions and engagement sessions as well. We will be posting less often, maybe 1-2 blogs per month, and we will be focusing on all the aspects of what we photograph. We appreciate everyone’s continued support, and we apologize for being absent for so long. Our next blog post will be in two weeks, which gives Katie and I some time to edit our sessions and get them out there for you all to see!

Like Father, Like Son | Branson Boys

Good evening, friends!

Katie here, and tonight I’m sharing some images from the Branson men’s photo session. Adam and I work at for the same automotive group and he wanted to do a session with his son. We took these back in October as a Christmas present for Adam’s mom, so we didn’t want to share any of them before and ruin the surprise.

We met at Lake Jacomo and had a lot of fun! Clark is one of the funniest little boys and was so much fun to work with! There were lots of smiles, giggles and of course funny faces. I hope you enjoy a sneak peek into this session this evening!

<3 K

Look who's ONE!

Good evening, everyone!

Katie here, and tonight’s blog post is a little short (but definitely sweet). I’m sharing some images from my daughter, Ember’s, first birthday party! We had two separate parties, one in STL and one here in KC, and of course she was spoiled at both. They first party she was a little slow at eating the cake and she didn’t want to keep her headband on (second party was better), but before long she was tearing into it. It’s hard to believe that Ember is already one, and today she got her first tooth!!

I hope you enjoy these photos of our little one!

Future Mr. & Mrs. | Smart Engagement

Good evening, friends!

Katie here, and I’m so excited to be sharing some more images from Kyle and Chrystal’s engagement session from October! It was a cool afternoon at Capen Park in Columbia, Missouri but these two did great! We had to climb a little bit to get the views at the beginning, but we (thankfully) survived and the views were sooo worth it! AND they brought their pups, even better right?!

Kyle is my friend Paige’s brother in law, I photographed her maternity session a few years ago and actually photographed her wedding some years ago, so I’m very excited to be capturing Kyle and Chrystal’s special day next year!

I hope you enjoy tonight’s blog blog, stay tuned for their wedding day next year… I have a feeling it’s going to be fantastic!

<3 Katie

Smart Engagement | Sneak Peek!

Good evening, everyone!

Katie here, and I’m excited for tonight’s sneak peek! Meet Kyle and Chrystal- and their adorable pups! Kyle proposed about a year ago on trip to visit his brother, Eric and his wife Paige in Washington. Paige is one of my best friends from High School and I actually photographed their wedding years ago, so needless to say I’m super excited to be capturing Kyle and Chrystal’s special day!

Be sure to be on the lookout for the full blog post soon, and enjoy this sneak peek in the meantime!

<3 Katie

Why Two? | A little info

Good evening, everyone!

Katie here, and tonight we’re doing a something a little different. Liana and I thought a quick blog about the benefits of having two photographers for your wedding day would be a good idea.

Many regret not spending money on the photography section of their wedding, and a lot of people think cutting out a photographer can save money. I can’t tell you how many times I hear “I wish I would’ve spent the money and gotten a better photographer”. At the end of the day, when the cake is cut and the guests are gone, the only thing you’ll really have left are your photographs.

A lot of people question as to why they should have two photographers photographing the same thing, but we can tell you that there are several reasons why- here’s just a few!

  1. Walk down the aisle

    The moment you see your future Mr./Mrs. at the end of the aisle is always a favorite. Getting your reaction seeing your partner, your partner seeing you, AND your parents reactions is a must! Getting all of the reactions when there’s only one photographer isn’t likely. With two photographers, one of us is at each end of the aisle, ready to capture those perfect reactions.

  2. Moments across the room/Different perspectives

    There is so much that happens on your special day, and you’ll be so busy you won’t realize what’s going on on the other side of the room! It’s these little moments that can make the best memories- your grandma dancing, the little kids chasing each other across the dance floor, or even just catching that smile on the groom when he spots his bride across the floor. Two photographers means double the coverage, which means no moment is missed!

  3. Getting ready

    Having two photographers means one photographer is with the bride and bridesmaids, while the other is with the groom and groomsmen. Some of the funniest pictures come from these moments while everyone is laid back having a good time (and possibly a mimosa?).

  4. Backup if something’s missed

    While we all hope that nothing stops us from getting that perfect shot, sometimes things happen- such as a guest stepping in front of the photographer so we can’t capture that special moment. Two photographers means double the coverage to make sure no moment- big or small is missed.

These are just a few things that show why two photographers is so important! Luckily for you, the prices you receive when booking with K&L Photography always include 2 photographers! We hope this post gives you a peek into our jobs and know that we always work hard to capture your day!

<3 K

Williams Family | Family Photos

Good evening, everyone!

Katie here and I’m sorry about the late post- this week has been super crazy and both me and my daughter are battling some sickness around here! This week’s blog post is a little short and is of my family photos we took on vacation this year, as you can see there are a lot of us!

This year, we vacationed to Dauphin Island, Alabama. It’s a very small island, with not a whole lot to do- which is exactly the vacation we needed! As usual, we all stayed in one house... which is always an experience! If you’re looking for a low-key place to vacation too, I definitely recommend the island!

  I hope you all enjoy tonight’s images, and stay tuned for the coming weeks!

<3 K

 

Back 2 School | Mini Sessions

Good evening, everyone!

Katie here, and tonight I'm sharing some information on some Back to School mini sessions! For the images below, we went to Burr Oaks Conservation area- we love these trees! Sessions are for both the KC and STL areas also. Below is a sneak peek of Ayden's mini session, we had a fun time capturing these photos- including a lot of "Are we done yet?"... boys and their photos! haha! That last one I had him do a "serious face", and it's so adorable! 

At the end of the blog is pricing information, we hope to see you at these sessions! :)

-K

 

Sean & Cassie | Maternity

Good evening, everyone! 

Katie here, and tonight I'm sharing more images from Sean & Cassie's Maternity session you saw a couple weeks ago. Sean is actually my husband, Beau's, cousin and we were SO excited when we found out him and his wife, Cassie, were expecting! Now our little ones will grow up together and we'll be able to share a lot experiences together- especially since they're only 8 1/2 months apart!

For this session, we went to one of my favorite locations- Burr Oaks Woods Nature Center. It was late June, so the heat was in full swing. Even though it was hot, Cassie was a trooper and she definitely had that pregnancy glow!

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, this sweet little baby made his arrival in early July- and he is so loved! You can't help but love those sweet, chunky cheeks of his... he's already a heartbreaker!

I hope you enjoy seeing the rest of this adorable session!

<3 Katie

Corson Maternity | Sneak Peek!

Good evening, everyone!

Katie here, and tonight I'm sharing some images from the Corson Family Maternity session! This session happened a few weeks ago, and (spoiler alert!) little baby Gunner his arrival shortly after and is as cute as can be! Sean is actually my husband's cousin, and we were so excited when we found out Sean and Cassie were expecting. Now our kiddos will get to grow up together! We went out to one of my favorite places- Burr Oaks at sunset and captured some beautiful images.

I hope you enjoy this sneak peek, and be on the look out for the full blog post coming soon! 

-K