Parker Turns Two! | Topeka Kansas Family Photographer

Last night after I got back from this session with the Murphy family, I took a second to count up how many times I had photographed them. From their engagement all the way to this session celebrating their son’s second year of life and (spoiler alert) Tracy’s second pregnancy, I’ve photographed them seven whole times! That realization was equal parts remarkable and wonderful, and it ultimately filled me with a sense of gratitude.

Meanwhile, seeing their son Parker just weeks before his second birthday was such a treat! Over the year he learned to talk so much more, and it was an absolute joy interacting with him throughout the session. Even though we shot in early January, everyone did an amazing job of looking warmer than they probably felt and spending all their extra seconds playing and having fun.

Pause with me for a moment to appreciate the beautifully growing Murphy family and send them so much love!

 
 

Katie & Heber | Clarion Inn Wedding Garden City Kansas

With the incredibly cold string of below freezing days in Kansas, Katie and Heber's wedding was anything but that. Their day brought so much warmth through love, laughter, and some pretty killer dance moves.

Knowing each other since grade school and not dating until college, Katie and Heber have a seasoned love that feels shiny and new. They look at each other with deeply familiar expressions, yet they still have the power to cripple the other with just eough tickle.  They laughed and cried throughout the whole day, fully experiencing every moment as it happened.

From watching these two love one another and love everyone that came to their wedding, I'm confident they will positively make an impact on whoever comes into their lives. 

To end the year on the Eve of New Year's Eve with Katie & Heber was the *best* way to end the year. They showed me the importance of smiling, not taking things too seriously, but also treating big things (like marriage!) with reverance. 

See the wedding day of these lovely newlyweds here!

Katie Jo & Chris | Flint Hills Kansas Engagement

Not every session is filled with quite as much adventure and personality as Katie Jo and Chris's engagement session. Maybe it was holding the session on their ranching property, maybe it was meeting a friendly cat name Cookies, climbing fences, watching Chris get thrown off a horse named Kat, getting followed by a minor stampede of cows, and getting nearly blown away by the chilly December Kansas winds on the Flint Hills, but goodness those two hours with them were definitely memorable!

They took everything that happened at the session with so much ease. Perhaps I'm just not accustomed to ranch life, but I couldn't get over how well these two just rolled along with whatever came their way. Chris legitimately got thrown off a horse (I was too scared he was going to die to take pictures. I know... I'm the worst!), and he bounced up smiling... albeit covered in hay! Katie Jo joined in with huge smiles and laughter. It's a quality well suited for many an adventure in life, especially the adventure that is marriage, which these two plan to enter into this coming summer.

Engagement sessions are my all time favorite way to get to know a couple, and Katie Jo and Chris's session certainly made that happen! On their session I learned that they are resilient (as made clear above), they laugh deeply, and they love with a tender sincerity. I see them growing in strength together and becoming a strong union in the months to come leading up to and after their wedding. While most likely no one will be getting thrown off a horse at their session, I do believe that getting married will be enough of an adventure to handle for quite some time!