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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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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The Estel's | Wolflin Family Photo Session

This fall has been adorable family after adorable family! The Estel’s (who dressed impeccably by the way) have two fun kiddos that made their session memorable. We had the most perfect fall evening to take photos in the Wolflin neighborhood of Amarillo. I love that we were able to get so many photos of their kids just being kids <3

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Jessica + Scott | Wedding at Cain's Cove on Lake Nasworthy

I love when I get to travel to someplace new to take photos! Jessica and Scott got married outside of San Angelo, Texas on Lake Nasworthy. They made it through their beautiful ceremony without a drop of rain and then during pictures, it started pouring. But these two remained happy and thankful that they were able to simply get married. They are so sweet to each other. I loved documenting them become not only husband and wife, but also a family. One of the sweetest moments came near the end of the ceremony when their parents, friends, and kids surrounded them in prayer.

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