Forest & Canyon Engagement Session at Starved Rock State Park

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You guys, I'm living for this engagement session! Trent and I got to travel outside of the Louisville area for this session and it was really nice & inspiring creative-wise to have a change of scenery. It was our first time to Starved Rock State Park and it didn’t disappoint. There were loads of waterfalls and canyons in the short hike that we took. It was slightly busy & touristy, but it was the first pretty day in two weeks without rain. Starved Rock really is the perfect spot for photos!

Cristina and Dan have known each other for awhile now (Cristina said she didn’t give Dan the time of day when they first met, but obviously that changed :)) and are actually getting married next year at Starved Rock! The hike gave us some time to get to know each other and scout for when we take their wedding portraits. They both are laid-back and wanted the more natural shots. I think one thing I’m learning with photography is that the laid-back natural stuff is more and more what we want to do, and so I should approach sessions more laid back. Obviously if a couple wants more direction we can give them that and we still do direct, but if you want to capture someone in their laid-back and relaxed state, you have to be relaxed yourself. When I’m relaxed is when I feel like we get the photos that are most valuable to the couple anyways. Sometimes it’s hard not to have really high expectations on yourself when you show up for a shoot, especially a wedding, but it’s so much better to set those expectations aside, show up fully present and be real yourself.

These are things I’m learning so thanks for reading this if ya did . . . but either way enjoy the pics!! Dan and Cristina are the best.

xoxo

Kendra

Louisville Wedding at the Jeffersonian

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Sarah and YY’s wedding day was one of the best. We were lucky to be able to hangout with them the whole weekend, since we photographed their Nigerian Wedding as well. Click on the link to check out that blog! Both weddings were truly beautiful, there was a lot of laughter and it was pretty hot outside. I love an outdoor wedding, but we were secretly glad their ceremony & reception was indoors at the Jeffersonian. (:

From the beginning to the end, their day held celebration and joy, even some tears after the ceremony. Honestly I think that part of the day was my favorite. Though I love one-on-one time with the couple taking their portraits and though the lighting post-ceremony wasn’t ideal, the way their families held each other and welcomed each other as one big family was beautiful.

Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do!

Kendra

photo: Trent & Kendra Photography

video: Half Brothers Media

coordinator: Lauren Danai

makeup: Dolled Up Airbrush

hair: Hailey with the Good Hair

caterer: Kingsley

florist: Flourish Decor

DJ: Nerdboi

cake: Heitzman

officiant: Justice Montgomerey

wedding dress: Mon Cheri

suit: Bonobos from Nordstrom

bridesmaid dresses: The New Blak

A Nigerian Wedding Ceremony

What an honor Trent and I had to be able to photograph Sarah and YY’s Nigerian wedding. In honor of both their cultures and families, they decided to have two weddings — an American one and a Nigerian one. It was wonderful to see both families come together as one to celebrate these two incredible people. We enjoyed the color, diversity, laughter and dancing (a lot of dancing) that their weddings held.

I’ll probably be blogging their American wedding as well, but for now I’m so excited to share these photos with you. There was so much culture and different traditions in the Nigerian ceremony that we were delighted to see. There was lots of dancing to celebrate. YY asked for Sarah’s family’s blessing and he and his groomsmen had different “tests” to pass, from pushups to seeing how fast he could sprint across the room! The family showered Sarah with money as a symbol of their life together being abundant. There was lots of prayer and hugging and welcoming. It was truly beautiful to be a part of this experience.

Enjoy all the photos! (: