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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Aren + Leanna | Sunny Engagement Photos in Palo Duro Canyon

Oh how I love a good nose-crinkling laugh! And Aren and Leanna’s engagement photos in Palo Duro Canyon were chock full of ‘em. These cuties have been together for 7 years and they still smile and giggle as if they just started dating. Yet they are so comfortable together (and that’s a very good thing). Despite the heat, the bugs, and the wind (you know, everything the Texas Panhandle is known for) they never stopped smiling. It was so much fun to spend the day with them and I know their Lubbock wedding this fall is going to be just as awesome.

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Tony + Lizzie | Sunrise Wedding in Palo Duro Canyon

I love that Tony and Lizzie kept their wedding day simple, sweet, and all about the most important thing: getting married. I love photographing weddings and all of the lovely little details but sometimes I think my industry has done a disservice to brides and grooms. There’s so much pressure for perfection and for everything to be over the top. I like it when a couple chooses to do what THEY want to do...not what Pinterest and all of social media tell them to do. Whether that means a big wedding or a small elopement, those are the best days.

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Jayla | Romantic Bridal Photos in Amarillo, Texas

I’m such a sucker for walls of green ivy, rose gardens, Tudor houses, and sweet brides. Jayla’s bridal photos at this house in Amarillo, Texas had all of this wrapped up into one beautiful package. I kept telling Jayla that this place was a playground for me and I had to rein myself back from shooting for hours upon hours (because I definitely could). It came to me at a time when I felt like I was in a rut, creatively speaking, and both Jayla and this place refreshed my creative spirit and breathed new life into me.

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Zach + Cara | Engagement Photos in Palo Duro Canyon

Zach and Cara are from Idaho but Zach is stationed in New Mexico for the Air Force. Cara was coming to visit and little did she know, Zach was going to get down on one knee and ask her to marry him the second she stepped off the airplane! So their couple’s photos turned into engagement photos overnight. These two are hilarious and so sweet together. His first words before proposing to her were, “You’re going to hate me.” I think that’s the cutest proposal story - he couldn’t wait a second longer and had to propose to her right then and there in front of everyone at the airport. It’s like something out of a movie :)

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The Hall Family | Extended Family Photos in Palo Duro Canyon

Sometimes big family photography sessions can get me all jittery inside but the Hall family put me at ease! They came all the way from Utah for their eldest son Michael's graduation from medical school at Texas Tech and they figured it would be the perfect time to update their family photos since they have a few new members! A couple of new babies and a couple of new spouses joined their family in the past year :)

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