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I hate to sound like a broken record but the best photographers are the ones you trust and you feel like you know. I have done a few of Sally’s family member’s weddings and each one is like hanging with friends. And through them I’ve gotten to know many many more who I have photographed through the years. I love the traditions this family has and they really do know how to put on a party. 9.15.2018  Sally + Kevin

Check out her sister’s wedding, cousins’ Elaine’s wedding and Beth’s family.  

Kara and Pat’s wedding is not on the current blog or else I would include it….but when Kara & Pat first had baby Betsy, it was only fitting that we went to her dad’s infamous bar, Breits, which is a lot like walking into Cheers.  We will certainly be stopping by there tomorrow–tradition. It’s the beauty of these traditions and stories that I hope the photos add another visual layer for them for the generations that come next. 

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I’m exploring what motivates me to be a better marketer/business owner and I can tell you admitting that I am not good at some of this is really therapeutic. For a very long time, I felt I needed to uphold a very corporate like facade of being professional and never showing weakness but I now feel like I’m a key person behind this train and it’s better to just let you know how I am real and human ; ). And if I can make a very small difference in someone starting out, or if this resonates with someone then that is all I need. I think creative people easily forget about the business side of things and this is me, trying to make up for some lost time.

When I first started out, my plan was do good photography and be nice. That was it–no real mission statement or schedule, no plan to have lots of followers or even audience. Naive of me but free and easy. It worked for some time. But as the market got more saturated and online presence got to be more and more important, I realized you have to be able to show your work. And somewhere along the lines in building that social media portfolio I have let fear creep in. This is not something I deal with alone I’m sure. And while fear is great when your about to jump out of plane, not so much in business.  I’m afraid I’ll say the wrong thing, I will make someone mad, be boring, I will leave someone out, I will not show the right images, or get something wrong about someone’s story (this is a big one), or even I get so big that I can’t handle it (I know this is a stretch but hey I’m being honest) it all interrelates. So like the indecision and the feeling like I have to be crazy creative every time I get on here what do I do? Nothing. This is where I need to change. I need to mature in business and realize that I am not for everyone. This is not a popularity contest and to do my best to be authentic to peoples stories, with the idea of doing good photography and being nice. #justpostit

So that was my 2 minute PSA to go along with Tia & Dan. These two are so photogenic and natural in front of the camera, these images were really hard to decide on, really hard. They are having a destination wedding later this year and wanted to get some images that showed the midwest. Can I say the midwest showed up in all of it’s glory, I mean—-. Congrats Tia & Dan, hope you enjoy these midwest Summer evening images for years and years and years.

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Better done then perfect-” Must be the slogan of the day, because I’ve heard that floating around lately and boy does it sum up my life right now. There are a few changes coming down the pike for SNAP photography and one of those is really trying to look at the brand and how effective my marketing is (I’ll just say it it sucks). I hope to elaborate a lot more over the next blog posts, but today is about decision making. When I think about what impedes me from putting myself out there (there are a lot of things so be ready) one of those things is properly editing and making the decisions that portray the people stories I’m shooting AND reflect my vision as an artist. I want to do justice to so many moments. Well, when you want to cover everything and yelling your voice gets lost. Being a little ADD and creative is a good thing until you are sitting in front of 150 images and you want to write a blog.

I’m not going to belabor the idea of trying to be perfect but I think sometimes what I say is not that important (even though I think about it all the time), it is really about the images and if I brought happiness to those I was shooting. And so that brings me to Kelli and Joe and our Spring evening engagement shoot in Kansas City. Liberty Memorial will never grow old and Kelli and Joe both like the idea of really showing Kansas City–which is right up my alley. Thanks Kelli and Joe it was so fun, I hope I captured your vision and I look forward to your fall wedding! some of these were shot on Fuji 400h

I simply can not get enough of people in love in our beautiful KC. Period.

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