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As a photographer, you know it’s fall when every weekend consists of a Saturday wedding and Sunday engagement shoot. Good thing I love what I do and this weekend was no exception. I had such a great time at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Sunday for Erin and J.D.’s engagement session. The Nelson is super special to them and only a couple blocks from their house, so it seemed like the perfect location to go for their session.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Engagement Session

Erin and J.D. are fellow cat parents and the original plan was to get a few portraits with their cat, Neil Catrick Harris, before heading to the Nelson. Unfortunately, Neil had other plans and refused to join the fun. We still were able to have a great session at the Nelson, despite not getting my fix of kitty pets beforehand.

One part of their relationship that really stood out to me is J.D. is also wearing an engagement ring. Erin told me it’s not fair that he doesn’t get a ring as well. I love seeing couples break the trends and do things a little different.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Engagement Session

I loved having the chance to hang out with Erin and J.D. These two are so perfect together and had no problem just having a great time in front of the camera. I tend to pose quite a bit during sessions, but there was one moment I remember clearly not posing. Erin and J.D. were twirling around and just having a great time together. Erin turned to me and asked what I wanted them to do. I said “just keep doing what you’re doing.” As much as I like making sure your hair isn’t in your face or your arms aren’t awkwardly hanging, I love capturing the moments in between the poses just as much.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Engagement Session

Thanks for spending your Sunday with me Erin and J.D. Your wedding in April will be amazing!!!

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Hear from the couple –

How did he propose?

J.D. took Erin to the Festival of Lights at Powell Gardens, and after an agonizing (for him) two hours of walking around trying, unsuccessfully, to find a moment apart from the crowd, he finally found a good spot and popped the question.

Question for the bride: what do you love most about him?

I love his humor and his intellect and his face, but the thing I love the very most is his thoughtfulness. He pays attention to comments I make here or there, he does little things to make my life easier, and he always makes sure that I feel special and loved.

Question for the groom: what do you love most about him?

I love that when she smiles it takes away all of my stress and anxiety. And that she thinks of ways to take care of me and love me that make me love myself more.

What’s your favorite part about wedding planning?

Everything (Erin), the spreadsheets (J.D.)

What are you looking forward to most about your big day?

Being around all of our family and friends to celebrate.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Engagement Session

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A little bit about me: 

  1. I describe my style as real and vibrant. I focus on bright colors and incredible sunsets. I will force you to break away from your reception during sunset for pictures. You won’t regret it!
  2. I’m a huge animal lover. I own three cats and volunteer whenever I can at an animal shelter. If you ask if you can bring a pet to your engagement session, you will become my new best friend.
  3. I’m a newlywed, so I understand the wedding planning struggle!

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