Leah + Tristan | Elegant Wedding at St. Hyacinth in Amarillo

Man. This wedding.

This wedding gives me a lot of feelings, to say the least. I love how Leah put her wedding dress on in the living room of her childhood home. After which she pinned her dad’s boutonniere on and spent precious moments with her mom - those last few moments of her being their little girl, before they would give her away to Tristan. And after Tristan got ready he penned a letter to Leah, right before seeing her walk down the aisle.

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Olivia | Downtown Amarillo Senior Session

Gahhh….Olivia has such a pretty smile and we were blessed with the prettiest day for her senior photo session in Downtown Amarillo and then Wolflin. That’s what we call a win-win.

This girl is graduating high school early because she knows what she wants to do with her life! I don’t think I had that figured out until several years after high school. She wants to be a labor and delivery nurse and I applaud her because I think that would be one of the most difficult but rewarding jobs.

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The Weber Family | Fall Family Photos in Amarillo

The Weber’s family session happened two days after our first snow fall of the year here in Amarillo, Texas. Shooting in snow is not something I get to do very often but I think I love it. I love how bright and white it is. Little Tyler was such a trooper during this session because despite the sun shining, it was freezing cold. But he spent most of the session giggling at his parents and running around in the snow.

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Amber + Stetson | Classic Wedding at The Venue in Amarillo, Texas

I have been wanting to shoot a wedding at The Venue in Amarillo since it opened last year and I finally had my opportunity with Amber and Stetson’s wedding this fall! This wedding was chock full of greenery, orchids, crisps whites, a dinosaur (see photos below), and happy tears - seriously, there were bets going to see how many times Amber would cry happily. I think it ended up somewhere around 21 times.

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Micah + Keeston | Palo Duro Canyon Couple Photos

Micah and Keeston are definitely the type of clients that I could be friends with <3 They are relatively new to Amarillo, Texas but they have made it their home along with their two pups, who they brought along to the canyon. I LOVE it when people bring their dogs to photo sessions, by the way, because it relieves camera jitters and adds some freshness! Dogs do what they want to do and they often make their owners laugh which = photography gold.

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Hannah + Ty | Colorful, Free-Spirited Wedding in Palo Duro Canyon

Ty and Hannah’s wedding was one for the books.

It was totally, 100%, completely different from any other wedding that I have photographed and that is a beautiful thing! It was refreshing, real, and so much fun.

Hannah and Ty came from Houston to get married in Palo Duro Canyon simply because they love it. They had tons of bridesmaids and groomsmen and family members come up to support them because they are very clearly loved and cherished by many. And I can see why. Both Hannah and Ty have something about themselves that attracts people to them like a magnet. They light up the room when they walk in and I noticed that right from the start.

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The Latimer's | Family + Newborn Photos in Wolflin

The whole time I was shooting this sweet family session I had to keep telling myself, “Kayla, you literally just had a baby. You can’t have baby fever!”

But really, it did remind me of the few short months ago when Neve was only 2 months old and she could fall asleep anywhere (not the case anymore). Baby Samuel fell asleep during their family photos when his dad was holding him and it was the sweetest thing ever. Also, I’m dying over his adorable little chunky sweater.

*Currently reminding myself that I can’t have another baby!* Not yet anyway…

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The Wisdom Family | Fall Family Photos in the Wolflin Neighborhood

Anytime a client tells me that they are a photographer too, I get instantly nervous. It makes me nervous because if I were getting my pictures taken, I would be SO picky. I pity the photographer who has to take my photos. But Kendra put me at ease and her boys were such a breeze to photograph. And I just can’t get enough of the fall colors. Take note people - if you want fall colors in Amarillo, the second half of October and the first part of November is the time to take pictures!

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Laura + Carlos | Destination Wedding in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

This wedding. Wow.

That’s all.

Just kidding.

I started my friendship/client relationship with Laura and Carlos one year ago when I took their engagement pictures in Washington, D.C. where they lived at the time. Laura knew about me because my husband Mason and her were high school friends. The first thing I noticed about Laura and Carlos was that they are so polite to each other - and that’s rare. They treat each other with the courteousness that most of us do strangers but not people we are really close to. I think their kindness to each other is so awesome.

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The Wing's | Palo Duro Canyon Family Session

This was my second time taking pictures of the Wing’s (the first time was 3 years ago I think!). Their kids are practically all grown up now…just kidding…but this time around did feel much easier than the first time because I didn’t have to say anyone’s name to get them to look at the camera. My favorite picture from the entire session happened when I needed the kids to loosen up and laugh a little. Their dad Dustin was standing behind me so I told him to do something funny and lo and behold - he did the floss dance for about a millisecond. It was enough for the kids to explode in laughter - I’ll see if you can guess which photo that was.

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Jasmine + Chase | Three Falls Cove Wedding

I could shoot wedding after wedding at Three Falls Cove because it’s one of the few venues in our corner of Texas that has TREES! It’s almost like I’m in another world when I’m there. This wedding was special because Jasmine, the bride, works at the venue. I met her briefly when I shot a wedding there two years ago.

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