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Melissa and Brent’s amazing fall wedding

 

If you want to know where your heart is, look to where your mind goes when it wanders.  Say hello to beautiful wife, Melissa and her husband, Brent. The Kansas City couple who, I know, think about each other all the time. It was our pleasure to document these guys as the wedding party zig-zagged from the grounds of Liberty Memorial to Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic church, ending with an over the top dance party reception at the VOX THEATRE.

 

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Shannon - Un-effffing-believable!!! You are such an amazing artist and photographer. Oh, yah, and husband too! I love to see the care and compassion you put into your work, Chris. This is one lucky couple. Seeing these photos makes me want to get married all over again. But in the end…I’m really the luckiest because I have YOU.November 21, 2011 – 5:05 pm

Jennifer Giorgis - Hey Chris…first and foremost these are fabulous pictures!!! As a fellow photographer there are rarely too many pictures for me in a blog post. Amazing and beautiful. I love how I really felt that you told the story of the day from beginning to end. Well done my friend!!!November 21, 2011 – 7:18 pm

Carrie Dallhoff - Chris –

YOU ROCK. These are amazing. Totally inspiring for me with my first few weddings coming up next year. They were super lucky to have you capture their day. Awesome job.

-Carrie-November 22, 2011 – 1:20 am

chris - Thank you guys for your happy words.November 22, 2011 – 3:37 am

Kim Allen - Wow! These are really fantastic! You are so talented both behind the lens and with your post processing. I’m sure brides will be clamoring to have you capture their big day! Good work, really good work.November 28, 2011 – 2:21 am

chris - Kim, it is great hearing from you. Thank you for your enthusiasm! As you know, it takes some work to bring images to life. I appreciate your eye on detail.November 28, 2011 – 3:29 am

Melissa Donaldson - Words can’t even describe how thrilled we are with our wedding pictures! We knew from the moment we met Chris that he would capture our day perfectly! Thanks for all your hardwork to you and your great team! Rave reviews from everyone I share them with!November 28, 2011 – 10:06 pm

chris - Melissa and Brent, I am so pleased that you are happy with all your shots. It was a gorgeous wedding to shoot. You both did great being in front of the camera for 12 hours straight. Thank you for choosing me.November 29, 2011 – 12:39 am

Storyteller, Joyce Slater, whoops it up at Hallmark Cards’ Kaleidoscope.

A picture is worth a thousand words unless you are storyteller Joyce Stater. Her action packed presentation painted  imaginative worlds for a few lucky groups of kids visiting Hallmark Cards’ Kaleidoscope.  Joyce is a true teller of tales, as irresistible as pooh bear is to honey. Her animated, whiz-of-words, made my job of capturing interesting images simply effortless.

 

 Children visiting Hallmark Cards’ Kaleidoscope soak up the fun of Joyce Slater and her tale of tales.

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Creating a cardboard boat

I woke up early, with a tired heaviness.  The sun, ignoring the night, pulled itself up from the eastern edge of the Kansas horizon filtering her rays through our grubby living room window. I wandered to the kitchen and peeked out through the single pane glass window of our 1949 weathered wooden door. Why?  Well, to admire the new car cargo rack I installed on our black Mazda hatchback the night before. But, that was not all I saw that morning.

I shouted out to my 3 1/2 year old son to come and look out the window at the crazy looking thing docked in the driveway behind our car.”Kestan, do you see it?”  “Yes, dad, I see it. It’s a sail boat!”  “Ya,” I said. “It looks like it needs a little fixing up to be sea worthy. Let’s make it beautiful and sail somewhere fun together.”  Off KK went, skipping back to his art room to gather his crayons and I rounded up other ship making supplies for the fabrication of the sail.

We both got dressed in our jean and T-shirt yacht clothes and zipped through the open kitchen door. He and I  F L E W off the second step of the side porch landing on the driveway only inches from the asphalt ship yard construction site. Kestan and I wasted no time cutting cardboard sails, scribbling colors, stapling oddball scraps of stuff together and duct taping duct taping duct taping.  Then, as fast as the art making started, it ended with my little skipper announcing, “All done!”  “What,  Are you serious, we are done?” I said. He grabbed my hand and pulled me back a good 12 feet from the boat so he and I could admire the phenomenal hacked together masterpiece.

I asked Kestan what we should name the cardboard masterpiece?  Without hesitation, he said, “Crayon window!”  Then, he climbed into his magnificent boat and stood motionless. He starred out towards our backyard as if  he was internally preparing for his grand sailing voyage on the biggest unexplored ocean journey of all time. It was one of those, time standing still moments, where I imagined him as a daring sea worthy skipper, traveling by water, like Max from the children’s book; Where the Wild Things Are. By the end of the day, my tiredness was washed away by the energy I got from playing with my imaginative son. Thanks Kestan for being in my life.

Ship ahoy!

 

 

 

Behind the scenes making of our little ship project.

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mary kinney - Unbelievably creative and fun. Those awesome experiences are truly memory makers for tomorrow!November 4, 2011 – 9:39 pm

shannon - your video and photography skills are amazing. YOU are amazing, too. xoNovember 4, 2011 – 9:41 pm

chris - Thank you Shan and Nana for you fancy words.November 4, 2011 – 10:38 pm