Alicia and Kelly embody a delightful medley of relational dynamics. They are often simultaneously fun loving and philosophical, playful yet passionate. Their story began – somewhat unassumingly – when they met at Starbucks where Kelly was serving up coffee and Alicia came to work and study. Their love blossomed over countless conversations and years of friendship, unfolding into a romance with a lifelong vision.
I admire Alicia and Kelly for their bravery and flexibility. It was pouring relentlessly the day of their engagement portraits. Rescheduling wasn’t an option, so we took a breath and dove right in! I so appreciate these two for trusting me not only to capture their unique connection with each other but also to navigate through the challenging lighting and weather conditions we faced. I’m so glad we weathered the storm and came out with these gems. I sincerely hope Alicia and Kelly find in these portraits a genuine reflection of how they feel for each other.
Our first stop was the historic Kansas City Public Library. Alicia and Kelly share a love for literature and Alicia works for a publishing company, so the library was a perfect fit.
Union Station had so much in store for us! Shooting under the awning (but not completely protected from the rain) was one of my favorite parts of the session. Here’s where their playful (and passionate!) sides started to show and the photo fun really started. 🙂
In the car between locations, I got to experience Kelly’s enthusiasm for Muppets songs and Disney soundtracks. When he was dancing with Alicia up in the balcony at Union Station, I felt like I was capturing a moment straight from one of these classic tales.
This walking bridge is special to me because it’s one of the first places where I was shooting when I realized I wanted to pursue portrait photography. I love all the leading lines, splashes of light and endless possibilities. Alicia and Kelly rocked this bridge!
Ah, Starbucks. We ended the session where it all began. There’s nothing better than a hot cup of coffee and a whole lot of love to get you through a rainy day.