In Category: ‘Events’

At the last minute, I was asked to shoot a surprise 60th Disco-themed birthday party. Yeah, they had me at Disco.  I was really hoping that it was going to be as fun as it sounded. Let me tell you, these guests DID NOT disappoint! There were so many cool and fun 70′s outfits at this party, I was surprised that people still had these types of clothes. One girl was wearing a floor-length, long-sleeved flowery bridesmaid dress. Sure, it looked great at this party. But I thought to myself, “Who holds onto this stuff?!” Well, someone with more closet space than me, that’s for sure. Not only that, there were funny references to the 70′s such as cocaine-laced nostrils, massive chest hair, and a fake ball-fro you could get lost in. Even the DJs dressed up for the occasion. It was great fun! Anyhow, here are a few of my favorites from the party.

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Happy Birthday Jim! -kw

Remember my friends, Peas and Carrots? Welp. They finally did it. It’s done. They went ahead and got married.

I second-shot this wedding under the wonderfully sweet and friendly Renee with Studio Elle Photography. She generously let me do my thing and we worked together swimmingly. (Go ahead and check out her work. Seriously. She’s as sweet as she is talented.)

I really enjoy shooting documentary-style, and second-shooting weddings is the PERFECT opportunity to do just that. You see, Renee (or any other main photographer) gets all the must-have photos while I fetch the Gatorade and the groom’s Dad whom is shmoozing with the guests somewhere outside. (Yeah, I’m talking about you, Frank.) Yet when all are present and the main photographer is ready to go, she can do her thing comfortably and then I can creep along the sidelines and grab candid photos of things that happen during the day. Things that go unnoticed by most people. But for the stunner in the white dress and the dude by her side, they are the shots that trigger wonderful memories of that beautiful day. The big, huge day when rings and last names are shared.

Here are some of my favorites of that day…

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Shoutout to Justine Collier with The Hair Specialists in Hudson. She and her crew did an amazing job with the bridal party’s hair and make-up!

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Biggest heartfelt congratulations to the lovely Jaime and the wonderful Matt as they begin sharing bills and peeing with the door open. Uh, I mean marriage. Begin an everlasting and loving marriage. icon smile Peas And Carrots Get Hitched

-KW

 

 

One of my favorite things about being a photographer is that I get invited to some pretty important milestones in other people’s lives. Like a child’s first communion. And it really is a win-win for me and the client because Jen, who hired me to photograph her son’s first communion, doesn’t have to worry about getting photos of the day. She can just sit back and enjoy the ceremony and dinner, without the additional worry of sufficiently documenting it. These are some of the photos I took that day at the beautiful Blessed Sacrament Church in Warren, Ohio. Man, I hope to do more work in that church. It was so bright and airy in there, which is not typical of churches, as you probably know.

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I love this one. The teacher was having the kids ‘practice’ holding their hands correctly in order to receive their first communion. Think he’s got it…

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Here, the priest is splashing holy water on the congregation. I had to duck and weave to avoid the water. Holy or otherwise, my camera is not a fan of water. No, sir.

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What do you do when you’ve had a long day and you’ve pretty much had enough? You cuddle with your Mama, that’s what.

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Congrats, Eddie! I hope you feel as loved as I know you are. -kw

Well, after 3 years of taking a break from shooting weddings, I am… well, I guess I’m back… Hey, I had a kid in that time, so it wasn’t all pedicures and reality television!

Danielle the bride and I go way back. We played softball together back in Niles, Ohio when we were all boy-haircuts and  knee socks. So when I heard the news of Danielle and Jason’s engagement, I was sooooo thrilled for them! I met him a couple years ago and thought they were perfect for each other. Danielle is sort of the smart, loud-mouthed, I-do-things-my-way, witty one in the group. Which matches perfectly with Jason, since he’s all intelligent humor and laid back go-with-the-flow.  Both of them have gone through immeasurable loss and came out stronger and wiser on the other side. Like I said: Perfect for each other. Danielle insisted that I shoot their wedding, and I am really glad she did. I loved every minute of being there in Kansas City.  Dust off the ‘ol wedding attire and let’s do this!

First up: Rehearsal Dinner. Lots of laughs, hugs, and sweet sentiment. Not to mention heartfelt gratitude and meaningful gifts. Danielle can work the crowd like a true master of ceremonies! Her son is the same way. Both comfortable as the center of attention, cracking jokes and full of love to give and get. It really was such a beautiful segway into the wedding day.

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On the morning of the wedding, the girls spent hours getting their hair fixed and make-up applied. I’m pretty sure the guys woke up about 30 minutes before they were suppose to be at the wedding venue. Guess it’s not all bad, though. Getting pampered is quite lovely, no?

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Then. The dress. My God, the DRESS! Hearing Danielle talk about buying a dress only weeks before the wedding, I honestly expected some small, white cocktail dress. A pretty dress, to be sure. But nothing this gorgeous. Wow. Just. Wow!

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Sure, it took a few girls to help tie her into the thing. But it was worth it!

Then it was on to Livestrong Sporting Park. Danielle and Jason are the first couple to be married at the brand new stadium. What a labyrinth that thing is! Vast and spacious, and very, very tastefully designed, too. It was the perfect setting for these two huge soccer fans.

The couple opted to have a ‘First Look’ wherein they see each other for the first time that day, not at the ceremony, but rather beforehand at a predetermined location. A date of ‘check out how hot I look in this get-up’, if you will. As you can tell, they were both very pleased and excited about seeing each other all dressed and and ready to be married. Jason could barely keep his eyes off of Danielle.

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The ceremony was succinct and sweet. Lots of love between these two, as you can see. I also thought it was very sweet for the minister to include Danielle’s son, Nathan into the vows. Talk about an awesome kid. No shortage of love for that boy.

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Right after the ceremony, we headed out to the field to capture a quick shot with the scoreboard, proudly displaying their names.

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Then the party began! Drinking + dancing = FUN! A special visit from Calvin the Comet was a big hit with the kids, too.

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The vendors used for this celebration are as follows. Trust me, they are all WONDERFUL! From the make-up to the DJ, everybody did a fabulous job and was super helpful with whatever the couple or I needed. (Thanks for being great, all!)

Hair: Meggie Hilboldt and Abby Eckirt with Par Exsalonce

Make-up: Kate Webb and Staci Broski with 7th Row

DJ: Danny Haas with Premier Midwest DJ & Entertainment Services

Florist: Sarah Fischer with Joyce’s Flowers

Event Coordinator with Livestrong Sporting Park: Alissa Cunningham at Livestrong Sporting Park

Click HERE to watch the video showcasing a beautiful song and favorite shots from this wedding!

Interested in having me shoot your wedding? Awesome! Contact me for details. (I live in Cleveland, Ohio so travel outside of the Cleveland area includes additional travel fees.)

Are you in the Kansas City area and would prefer a local photographer? Check out my friend, the fabulous Shayara with Shayara Mauck Photography. She will totally rock your wedding!

If you are curious about Danielle’s Blog, I highly recommend checking it out. It’s thoughtful, heart-warming, smart, and funny!

Special thanks to Danielle and Jason for allowing me to capture your wedding day. I had a great time! Big hugs and best wishes to you both!

-Kristen

This is only the second birth that I have had the pleasure of witnessing (besides my own 2 C-sections) and man, it just never gets old. In fact, I’m willing to bet it’s awesome EVERY SINGLE TIME! I just find it so incredible even though scientifically, it’s business as usual. Baby Faith’s loving Daddy in the photos below is my cousin. It took a little convincing to get his wife to agree to let me photograph their baby’s birth, and I’m really glad she finally agreed. I’m holding out hope that someday she will look back on these photos and be so thankful that she has them. Sadly, I only have a few snapshots of my babies getting yanked from my innards, and now that they are 5 and 2 years old, I SOOO wish I had hired a photographer to document their births. You just can’t ever get that day back. That sweet but exhausting day you meet one of the most important people in your life.

On the day before Faith was born, I received the email update that not much progress was happening yet with the progression of the labor. After all, the due date was still a few weeks away. That night trying to get caught up on some editing, I chugged some sweet caffeine and stayed up until 2am, taking full advantage of a quiet house. An hour and a half later, I get the call from my cousin that they were at the hospital and the baby is a ‘comin! Whew. Some people don’t need much sleep to function like a normal human being. I’m NOT one of those people. Nevertheless, I couldn’t have been more excited to be heading to the hospital to call ‘Witness!’ to this miracle. Here are the pics of adorable baby Faith and her happy but exhausted parents.

 

 

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Then at 7:16am, out she came. Welcome to the world, little Pumpkin!

 

 

 

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Thanks again to my cousin and his wife for letting me be a part of their incredible and life-changing day! Congrats to you both! Big kisses to Faith!