Eduardo + Rachel | Wedding at Panhandle Charm in Amarillo, Texas

Eduardo and Rachel’s wedding was full of genuine moments, well thought-out details, and some of the sweetest people that I’ve met. It was beautifully simple and elegant at the same time.

They started their day with an emotional first look. These two have been best friends and then a couple for a decade and I think they felt the weight of their relationship and their friendship in that moment when they first saw each other on their wedding day. Then, they prayed together - which is a wonderful way to start a wedding celebration.

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Kaden + Averye | Glamorous Industrial Wedding at Kitalou Gin in Lubbock, Texas

To say that I was excited about Kaden and Averye’s wedding would be an understatement. For one thing, the two of them are absolutely adorable. They are high school sweethearts and they knew they would one day get married. After several years, they committed their lives to one another in front of 400 of their closest family and friends. They are loved by a lot of people and it’s not surprising. 

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Mark + Madi | Fun and Playful Engagement Photos in Amarillo, Texas

Just know that if you decide to book your engagement/wedding photos with me, I’m definitely going to make you hug, kiss, and cuddle, and I might even make you dance in the street or run down the road holding hands with each other. Fair warning! Madi and Mark were one of my most FUN couples to date! I never had to prompt them to laugh at each other or giggle. It was so natural for them. Their smiles, their hugs are genuine and they come from a place of pure love for each other. They are best friends. They went along with all of my crazy plans and had a great time while doing it.

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The Forrest Family | Lighthearted Summertime Family Photos in Canyon

You know what I love about three year olds? We’re on their time, their schedule, and they honestly run the photo session - which makes my job easy! Little Kennedy here is so spirited and precocious. The best photos that we got (in my opinion) are the ones where her sunny personality shines through. I love the way she hugs her mom and laughs with her dad. I feel like those are the photos that mom and dad are going to look back on and remember what she was like during this time. It’s easy to forget how your babies were even a month ago. I think pictures can help jog those memories more than anything else.

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Ngun + Zing | Portrait Session in Traditional Burmese Dress

Coolest photo shoot ever? Yes.

To be honest, I didn’t know what I was going to take photos of before I showed up to this session. Par (not pictured) had booked the session last minute and didn’t quite explain to me what the purpose of it was! Haha! But sometimes surprises are absolutely wonderful. She explained to me that in the Burmese American community there is a conference every year in Indiana and within that conference there is a pageant for the young women. Her sister, Ngun, and their friend, Zing, are going to be in that pageant in July and they have to have pictures of themselves in their traditional Burmese clothing for it.

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Seth + Jayla | Traditional and Elegant Wedding at St. Mary's Cathedral in Amarillo

Seth and Jayla are really the loveliest, sweetest people and I feel lucky that they chose me to take their wedding photos. And not only are they sweet, but their family and friends are spectacular. They had some of the nicest bridesmaids and groomsmen that I’ve encountered in the many weddings that I’ve photographed. It’s no wonder they invited over 400 people to their wedding! They are loved by many.

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Ling + Dawt | Vibrant Amarillo, Texas Engagement Session

What a lovely pair these two make! They didn’t let the surprise thunderstorm we experienced when we got to Palo Duro Canyon crush their spirits. And honestly, bring me all the thunderstorms! They bring about the craziest but most beautiful, unique light that I can imagine. It makes photos so personal and so out-of-the-norm. While we waited out the rain for 45 minutes in our car, I didn’t feel lucky but once it subsided and we started shooting again I became downright giddy.

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BIG, exciting news for Kayla Smith Photography!

Over the past several years of working as a photographer, I have been truly blessed. Through hard work and God’s help, I have been able to grow a successful business in a saturated market.

I’m excited to announce that I will now be opening a photography studio!

I have had many clients express the need for 1) a place to take photos indoors when the weather is bad 2) something different from the usual on-location sessions and 3) types of sessions I had not been able to offer without a space of my own (professional headshots, newborns, etc).

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The Epp's | Cozy Family Pictures at Home

I was so glad to see the Epp family again and this time they have a new addition! Lincoln was born a few months ago and there’s no better place for family pictures at his age than at home. It’s where babies are most comfortable and mom and dad are most at ease. It’s just good :) The lovely natural light and adorable nursery doesn’t hurt either!

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