Michelle & Nathan wedding

Michelle & Nathan… I’m still in process of submitting some of these to buzzfeed. I really don’t need to say much more than that about this wedding. 😉

Ok, maybe a little more…

These two are CRAZY, in the best possible way (Michelle, I still have yet to see anyone that agile in a wedding dress). And of course, crazy for eachother. Thanks for inviting me to document a truly fun day.

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Emily & Grant engagement

   Hey guys.

It’s been 4 days since this shoot, and I admit I’m STILL scratching chigger bites (if you don’t know what a chigger is, stay in the city, folks).

But it was worth it, so very worth it, to get these pictures of this lovely couple in a spot hidden away on the outskirts of town.

We began with some shots of these two with their beloved doggies… whose names are Romeo & Grandma.

‘Grandma’ was the brainchild of Grant- a brilliant idea inspired by the thought of how funny it would be to be able to say things like, ‘I need to take Grandma for a walk,’ or ‘grandma’s going to the bathroom in the yard again’ or ‘grandma kept me awake in bed last night.’

Humor always wins.

Enjoy the photos!

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Biaka & Lora’s big day (part 1)

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Sometimes, I take So many flippin’ pictures on a big wedding day, that I need 2 blog posts for it. In this case, there will be one for the day, one for the night… because yes, the dancing was THAT CRAZY. (here’s a quick example):

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This was the rare pleasure of being able to shoot a wedding for a friend; I’ve known Biaka for a good long while now, remember when he started dating some girl, and then BOOM, suddenly it wasn’t just some girl… it was love and awesomeness and there was no question to anyone that Lora was the absolute perfect match for this guy.

Seriously. cats and all.

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This couple is the kind of couple that honestly work to change the world. I think great things will happen through these two…

Here’s PART 1 of pictures; the fancy dancy stuff comes next time. 🙂

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Let it be known that Biaka & Lora’s wedding was something of an international event. The sweet couple skipped the wedding presents and instead asked that folks fund travel expenses for family that lived overseas. In addition, Lora works closely with international students at Missouri Southern State University… so the guest list was a beautifully diverse group of people from all over the globe.

The maps were a great & very personal touch…

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Biaka is a graphic designer as well as a fantastic illustrator… check out this little caricature of the couple…

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we joke around a lot about the whole ‘what do I do with my hands’ syndrome. I wrote a brief list of tips on how to handle this scenario, on 9art’s facebook page.

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(here’s a flashback from engagement pics)

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a quick brag on my buddy Dakota, who made the wooden ring pictured here. Dakota specializes in all sorts of handcrafted goodies, from cutting boards to pipes to rings. Check out his etsy page to see more of his stuff.

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Biaka & Lora

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Biaka has been a friend of mine for a good long while. And for a long while of that good long while, he was, well, my bachelor friend…

but NO MORE! Biaka found Lora, his perfect counterpart, a very lovely lady I am SO excited he is engaged to.

Biaka is a designer for Rapha House, while Lora is the Coordinator of International Admissions at Missouri Southern. Together, they’ve got some big plans to change the world… all while cuddling with their cats and watching lots of star wars.

Love these two.

Now, because Biaka is a good friend, that means I get to have some fun with him. Hence, lots of awkward pictures that I’d usually delete… 😉

We started the shoot at 6:30am. One of these two handled it a little better than the other. Take your guesses.

 

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But then he woke up. Still, he wasn’t sure what to do with his hands at that point…

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Ok, ok. Here’s the REAL pictures…

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*ahem*. For serious. Seriously.
 

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Lora really knows how to get Biaka laughing. Love it.

 

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band shot. You know. Every couple should have one, just in case they decide to form a band later.

 

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Around back of Biaka’s workplace AND current apartment is the table at Rocco’s pizza where Biaka & Lora exchanged their first fateful romantic encounter. They’d already been friends for a long time, but, you know, not the I-could-marry-you kinda friends. Biaka had been thinking on things for awhile and nearly lost his chance.

On the tip of a mutual friend who urged expediency, Biaka swooped in like a love-falcon while Lora was on a date with [some other dude], and bought everyone’s pizza– in a no-messing-around, bold LETS DO THIS sort of move. The rest was history…

 

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Ended things off at Biaka’s apartment, where the main goal was to get his cat in the picture. Yep, he’s a cat picture kinda guy.

Had to play some video games while we were waiting on the cat to stop being terrified of me…

 

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You could see it sneaking into frame on that last shot…

 

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Girl. cat. floral print couch. posters. JOY.

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Congrats, guys. Can’t wait to shoot your wedding in just a couple of short months. 🙂

Kevin & Amy :: engaged!

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Meet Kevin & Amy. We got to have some great conversations- I share an affinity for great movie scores with Amy, and a love of creepy/awkward humor with Kevin (you’ll see later…). The two discovered that TOGETHER, they share a great affinity for parmesan cheese.

Together, they are also adorable, hilarious, and all around pretty swell people. Even at 6am when we started this shoot, to beat the sun…

 

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This one is just for Kevin… a little selective color throwback/artistic flower focus [this is NOT a serious photo, for those getting nervous about my new ‘style’]

 

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Kevin really wanted some shots of each of them individually…so here’s me doing that…. (thanks for snapping a behind the scenes, Kevin!)

….and here’s kevin doing the world’s creepiest photobomb. As Amy said on facebook later, ‘my smile mostly just looks terrified because I can FEEL him back there.’

 

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Alyssa + Garen :: Kansas city wedding

 

 

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Alyssa & Garen have been planning their wedding for over a year… I shot their engagement pictures in Columbia, MO in spring of 2013 and I have been stoked about shooting this wedding ever since.
#1:: they’re fun. A lot of fun.
#2:: they reach a supreme, magnificent level of self-professed nerdery that lends itself very well to outrageous photo opportunities. see examples below from last year…

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#3:: Building on fact #2, they had a TARDIS built JUST for their wedding. Take it in, Dr Who fans!
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#4:: They’re just the sweetest. After Alyssa saw the photo below, she commented that it was the most beautiful photo she’d ever seen. That’s one of the best compliments I’ll get this year, hands down. 🙂

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and #5… the wedding was in Kansas City, which was awesome. I love Joplin, but it’s wonderful to get to leave town and shoot in new surroundings every now and then.

Ok. that’s it for talking and stuff. Enjoy the pictures!
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Taking a moment to talk with their neighbor.
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GREEN!

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LIGHTSABER PHOTOBOMB!

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Found this perfect little nook hidden in the middle of the urban scenery that made it feel like we were someplace altogether different. Love the bent up fence. Feels kind of magical somehow.

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then it was time to get ready for the show…. and admire the carefully planned decor!

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the event was held at the Berg Event Space near downtown Kansas City. You can hardly tell its there from the outside, but once you get there it’s BEAUTIFUL.d

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Weddin’ time!

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Ok. So you know how we mentioned a tardis? Yes, that’s right, from Dr. Who? Yep. Alyssa & Garen had one constructed by none other than (plot twist) KEVIN… star of last year’s blog post, ‘kevin dances‘.

Kevin is not only a dancing champion, but he works at CIY here in Joplin doing set construction, so it makes sense that he’s so damn good at building stuff. The tardis he constructed was not only beautiful and painstakingly detailed, it was also fully collapsible so that it could be easily transported between cities. The man is a master… (that’s not him to below, just to clarify… it’s a dr who cutout…)

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sometimes, family pictures are fun… sometimes, they’re hard…

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MMMM.
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gelato for dessert!

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then, crazydancetime. My favorite are the shots at the very bottom… ‘let’s do the time warp again’ brought out everyone’s inner actor/dancer to the max.
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L.O.V.E.

     So Valentine’s day is a cheesy holiday.  By itself, it really doesn’t mean as much as everyone hypes it up to mean. Here’s how my wife and I feel about it, as based on our text conversation last night:

           wife: ok DID or ARE you planning on getting me a card? Cuz you don’t have to and I haven’t.

          me: I was going to. But no, I haven’t yet.’

          me: I won’t.

          wife: DON’T. 🙂

Yes, we’ll still celebrating the day. But without pressure… 🙂

That being said… while the day itself may be somewhat a commercial holiday, it’s still fun and it IS a good reminder to turn around and look back at real love in our lives. My wife and I try to spread that love out over the year, and of course I’m sure you do too with those you care about.

(And shoot, it sure couldn’t hurt to still buy some chocolates for someone today).

I’d like to look back at love in our clients’ lives over the last year.

Here’s how 9art and its’ clients captured love in 2013…

We saw some folks get married…

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we celebrated those professions of love with others.

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we let those who were hurting know how much our hearts broke for them. We reached out to encourage…

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we celebrated new life.

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We celebrated new love.

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We celebrated anniversaries and love more matured.

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We celebrated laughter and the joy of just being goofballs together.

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We mourned the loss of love, but also remembered how great it was and looked forward to the hope of seeing loved ones again.

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we FOUGHT for love…maybe a little too literally, sometimes…

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.and yes, sometimes, loved in spite of the fighting…

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we watched life and love grow.

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we were superheroes to those we loved, and we loved those who were heroes to US.

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Overall, 2013 was damn full of love. Let’s  shoot for even more this year.

LOVE you all…

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Meryl & Anthony (get MARRIED)

It is my privilege, during 9art’s ‘wedding week’, to present a very special wedding for one of the sweetest couples I’ve had the pleasure of working with.

Meryl & Anthony have a long history of long distance relationshipping  (don’t question my vocabulary), thousands of miles traveling, and a million other hurdles that could do nothing to stop a beautiful love.

I know the passion can’t be stopped when they BOTH cry during the vows. 🙂

Add some super cute flower girls, an amazing backyard ceremony, and an overflow of family support (many family members flew across the ocean to be there), and it was a day to be remembered. And this time, I’m just going to let the photos speak for themselves.

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Wedding week, day 2:: finally, the BRIDES get a special!

 

Some of you will notice we’ve run some pre-fall specials here in the past few weeks. The soon-to-be brides got left out, and this is the perfect time to rectify that… not to mention, we’ve recently COMPLETELY RE-DONE our wedding packages!

We’re excited about these new, simpler, packages… all of which come with one of our awesome, modern, lay-flat wedding books, and a high res disk.

PLUS, all sessions now come with a complimentary engagement session… (sitting fee paid, in other words)… pretty awesome.

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So, to pile on top of that, we’d like to offer a sweet new deal, just for engaged folks looking to book a 9art wedding:

 

$200 off, ANY 9art wedding package- good for those who contact us THIS WEEK only.

That’s it! If you give me a call, send me an e-mail, or contact our 9art facebook page with your wedding date by the end of this week, we’ll check the availability and set up a wedding consultation. As long as you contact us this week and schedule that consultation (even if the meeting itself and official booking happen next week), we’ll honor the special.

Here’s our new packages for you to take a peek at… and stay tuned to the blog for plenty more wedding images the rest of this week!

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Jenna and Kris

With a recent vacation and all the craziness I’ve had getting a studio space fixed up (I haven’t mentioned that on here yet, have I?), I haven’t had as much time lately as I’d like for actual photo shoots- pretty ironic I suppose. Last night’s engagement session got my creative juices flowing again though, as I was inspired by this very easygoing couple as my subjects and I had the absolute perfect time of day to work with, lighting wise.

Lighting was really my focus here even more than usual- I did some playing around for an extra ‘dramatic’ feel with a sparing use of light. I was pretty happy with the results. Ok, super happy, actually. But if you don’t like it, you can sure tell me.

Jenna and Kris, our lovely couple, become a couple in April and plan to marry in October. I told them they beat my wife and I’s meet-to-marry timeline (we met in April and married in December 6 years ago). That’s pretty impressive, seeing how fast we moved. But when you’re in love, might was well get things rolling, eh? 🙂