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In honor of my new blog & the commitment I am making to actually WRITE on it & SHARE useful information…

Yes.  I’m doing it.  I fixed the database.  I’m redesigning the blog & combo website.  It’s on like Donkey Kong.

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Something I’ve wanted to provide for my clients is a useful blog while supporting other businesses & individuals that do great work.  I’ve had the opportunity to work with A LOT of professionals over the last 12 years and I am always chatting up my brides, neighbors, friends (anyone that will listen!) about my favorite people.  I believe in them & love working with them!  I have seen them in action overcoming obstacles on wedding day, herding the masses, solving a last minute problem, yet always keeping a smile and maintaining their professional attitude.

Thus, bringing you SPOTLIGHT FEATURES every month. Businesses & People you need to know around Kansas City!

February is national engagement month.. yes, it has ACTUALLY has been declared.  So  I’ll be starting within the wedding industry, to provide some useful information to brides searching for answers!  Every month I will feature another business from wedding planning, floral design to musicians & artist’s who provide custom hand-made art and accessories for your wedding day!! Planning a wedding is a tremendous undertaking – there is SO much to know & understand.  It can be overwhelming for the beginner bride to know WHO to trust!   Since I’ve enjoyed working & growing as a photographer within the wedding industry for the last 12 years, I thought it was time to share some of what I’ve learned.

Stay tuned & Look forward to getting advice from some of the leading professionals in the wedding world!

 

 

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posted-by-AdrienneThe hottest week of the summer began on August 18th- the humidity index could rival the years I spent in Savannah, Georgia.  The persistent heat & humidity is one of the reasons I left the South!  Alas the summer here in the Midwest has been AMAZINGLY mild, beautiful, enjoyable.. but the day Emily & Lucas got married the heat index was well into the 100’s.  Sweltering is the appropriate word.

But that didn’t damper their spirits.  We enjoyed the accommodations of the Mission Hills Country Club.  As it turns out, the perfect place to spend a hot summer afternoon!  Despite any adversity faced on any given wedding day (from evil church ladies, the insane heat, pouring rain, and a lost officiant,… to name a few!), the moments captured are true to the day.  And in the end everything becomes perfect in it’s own special way.  Congratulations Mr. & Mrs Short- you didn’t let anything phase you!

Keep reading if you want to know what happened with the church lady- or feel free to skip & just look at the lovely pictures!

emily-gets-shortNow– about the church lady…  you may notice that my ceremony pictures seem ‘out of place’ & limited in comparison to my normal shots from a ceremony. The church lady had one the ushers pull me out of the sanctuary.  She was kicking me out!!  Yes, that’s right.  The church lady told me: ‘You can’t be in there.  The guests shouldn’t see you right now or at all!!’ But none of this had been discussed with the bride prior.  I was stunned, “What do I tell the bride?’

When I am allowed to do my job properly, I am in all the right places during the ceremony & guests barely notice me.  For me, the worst part is watching the emotion from afar & not being able to capture it the way I would normally.. the way I would CHOOSE TO TELL THE STORY.

Bravo Church lady.  You’ve done it again.

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  • Wedding Coordinator: Madi Sanders w/ Soiree Event Designs
  • Floral Design: Diana Stabenow of Maple Lane Designs
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  • Catering: Mission Hills Country Club
  • Reception Venue: Mission Hills Country Club
  • Band: Michael Beers Band
  • Ceremony Village Presbyterian Church (beware of church rules for photographer)
  • Photography Adrienne Maples PhotoStudios with Ashlee Brewer
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  • Rentals & Lighting: Landers Visions
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    Congratulations to the amazing couple! It was an honor celebrating this most special day with you.

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We have so many clients that we are happy to see every year!  I get to watch the kids grow & change.. become themselves.. it’s an amazing experience that I cherish more & more every day.  Watching my own child is teaching me things & opening my eyes to things I’d long forgotten I enjoyed.  Her enthusiasm for life inspires me..

  • Newborn In-Studio: $300 (online proofs, 5 digital files w/printing rights) 15 image printed 5×7 set

  • Newborn At Home: $550 (online proofs, disc of ALL images) 15 image printed 5×7 set

Want Adrienne to come to you? (At home sessions are ideal for fussy newbies or anxious mommies!!)

No problem.  In-home newborn sessions are available for $550* & include a disc of ALL of your images from the session, ready for printing.

*Only  available within close proximity to our studio.  Please inquire if traveling is required.

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How do I love Mariah… let me count the ways?!?  I first met this wonderful lady when she was just 14 years old, at her older sister’s wedding EIGHT years ago.  I was there capturing all of the magic on the family farm & little Mariah was a bright ray of sunshine.  I think everyone that knows her would agree that she is one of the loveliest people you will ever meet.  Kind, generous of spirit & a LOT of fun to be with.  She & her partner in life, Eli Samek, have know each other since they were kids and started their life long relationship as best friends.  A perfect start for a perfect pair.

I think I may have cried a little when Mariah called me & said she was getting married… “But you are just a baby!? How can this BE??!’   Of course, Mariah kindly reminded me that it had been 8 years since her sister got married & that she was now graduating from college.  She had know Eli for a long time & she assured me I would fall in love with him instantly.  And I did. I was so happy that this lovely girl had met someone equally as wonderful.

What a weekend it was!  Mariah planned a similar wedding to her sisters: it was held on the family property with lots of fun vintage pieces sprinkled throughout the space.  The tables were each unique, displaying something different & fun throughout the reception tent.  They said ‘I Do’ beneath the very same tree the Sarah & Scotty did many year before.  And the same tree that they swung from the tire swing when they were little girls.  Their father, Gary, officiated the ceremony & it was moving to see him get a little choked up as he married off his baby girl.

After a wedding like this one, I vow I’ll always shoot weddings in some capacity.  I felt at home with this wonderful family & throughout the day I shared hugs & laughs with familiar faces.  I still enjoy the magic & capturing the beginning of something amazing. What I provide becomes an important piece of history to the families that trust me… and no one shoots a wedding quite like I do… crawling around & hiding where I can… memorizing everyone’s names & familiarizing myself with the family… yeah, I’m just a little crazy!!  And that’s how I do it… a little crazy goes a long way!

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At the last moment, Adrienne asked me to accompany her to a wedding taking place in Lawrence the last weekend of May.  Since I graduated from KU a second generation jawhawk- I am very familiar with Lawrence & love a reason to spend the day there.   As with most of her weddings, Adrienne was excited for months leading up to the big day.  But this one was just a little different… Adrienne met Allie and John at the very beginning of their courtship through her clients (now friends), the fabulous Gates/Calderon clan.  Before she actually met the pair, she’d heard was how kind and beautiful Allie was while John was known to her as a witty but charming multi-media artist.  Leading up to their engagement session, Adrienne was a little nervous about photographing another artist. But very quickly she realized John is a pretty hilarious guy, and Allie was truly just as sweet and kind as everyone had claimed.  Their session was fun and they made it easy to create beautiful images. Fabulously fun couples in love make for great time AND amazing images!

Now we all knew that Allie she was attempting  to pull off this amazing wedding at a new venue without a planner- which is NOT for the faint of heart!  However Allie’s planning put some wedding planners to shame. If we could, we’d share her spreadsheet that laid out every vendor, their contact information and a schedule of the wedding weekend. It was functional and beautiful! Not only did Allie plan the whole thing, but she was at the Cider Gallery first thing in the morning to execute most of it herself! She planned her own perfect day, and it was just that- perfection.

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One of our favorite moments from the day happened at the beginning of the ceremony while Allie was being escorted down the isle by her father.  As they walked in, Allie’s gorgeous embroidered and beaded veil caught on the hardwood floor!!  Allie’s reaction, captured in some of the images below, seemed to like a signal for her to mentally transition from wedding planner to bride. It was like we could see it happening – she smiled her beautiful smile, her shoulders relaxed… Joy spread across her face. Allie’s future mother-in-law, Kathleen, picked up her veil and carried it down the remainder of the aisle. A genuine, unplanned happy accident.  When Allie laughed, you could hear a sigh of relief from the crowd- everyone relaxed & laughter erupted.

The whole day was just so sophisticated and warm and lovely. From the white twinkle lights donning a huge tree in the courtyard where everyone gathered for cocktails, to the charming photos of Allie and John’s pup that graced every reception table, everything was so thoughtful. John’s artwork hung throughout the Gallery. Friends and family laughed and danced and toasted the happy couple. Allie and John’s day couldn’t have been better. We were honored to be there to capture it in images. Thank you for including us in your day, Mr. and Mrs. Sebelius!allie-john-lawrence-wedding-bridal-party

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Wow! What a weekend. Thus far, this wedding season is serving to remind me all of the reasons why I continue to work weddings. Every year I accept fewer weddings, I wonder how long my body can handle what I put myself through on a 12 hour wedding day!? At every wedding, I push myself to the limits- crawling around like my knees don’t hurt- carrying two cameras all day- squeezing myself into a limo with floor room only, taking up the space of a small child.  Apparently the ‘gift’ of small stature was given to me so I could achieve such things.  I never realized it was a blessing until I began stuffing myself into tight spaces to get ‘THE shot’.  I’ve been shooting weddings since I turned 22 & as I approach my mid-30’s I’m finding that my body is starting to betray me after a 12 hour day of ‘wedding sport photography’!!

But after a wedding like this one, I vow I’ll never quit. I still enjoy the magic & capturing the beginning of something amazing. What I provide becomes an important piece of history to the families that trust me… and no one shoots a wedding quite like I do… crawling around like a ninja… memorizing everyone’s names & familiarizing myself with the family… yeah, I’m just a little crazy!!

amanda-wedding-hawthorne-house-wedding-detailsI’ve never seen a happier groom. He was ready 2 hours ahead of schedule and had all of his groomsmen ready as well. This NEVER happens especially with a group this rambunctious. This was a testament to their loyalty to groom, who they lovingly refer to as ‘Big Drink’. Kaleb was ready to marry his bride and all of his friends & family were ready to support him. He was pacing the floor as we got Amanda into her gown. I head up to meet my bride & her girlfriends when I am surprised by a gift FOR ME?! When I first met my couple, I was wearing a terrible excuse for a pair of boots… a pair made of imitation leather & they hurt my feet. Apparently that’s when Kaleb decided that they were getting me a REAL pair of cowboy boots.. a slick pair of Ariats. The kind of boots you wear for the rest of your life. I was so touched that I may have cried a little bit. I am still beyond words at this kind gesture of generosity. The tears came at the realization that this couple treasure’s me just as much as I treasure them. And I am honored to be a part of their future journey.

But the pressure was on!!! I had to EARN these boots 🙂

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  • Ashlee

    You want to know what else was so cute, I overheard someone asking her if she was wearing a new dress. She replied “It sure is! I only have one grandson and it’s a special day!” 🙂

  • And a lot of those great detail shots were caught by Ashlee!!

  • Jenn- that lovely lady is Kalebs 95 year old grandmother. She was fabulous! As a matter of fact… Everyone was!!

  • Jennifer

    Looks like it was a blast! I’d say you earned those boots for sure, but what a thoughtful and generous gesture. And can I say I’d just love to hug the beautiful lady in the navy blue dress???

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Every few months the digital markets change & it’s impossible to know what to expect if you’ve used different photographers in the past.  I find it is usually necessary for me to explain the differences between RAW capture & the finished product.  My approach to digital media is based on the foundation of principles I was taught at the Savannah College of Art & Design.

There were stages to processing & maintaining your negatives.  If you don’t have a system down, it can be difficult to recognize your best work.

Therefore, Editing is approached in 3 Stages (see examples below): RAW Capture, Post Processed, Enhanced for Print &/or Artistically Rendered

RAW Capture: Initial capture of what was seen in camera, uncompressed, full data- saved to RAW drive (deleted only after all files are processed & backed up at full resolution)

Post Processed: RAW files are imported & color is adjusted, density is corrected, files are exported as compressed JPG’s- (saved as small print JPG’s AND full resolution JPG’s)

Enhanced for Print &/or Artistically Rendered: Individual images are enhanced with our signature approach to color, skin tones are evened out, wrinkles are smoothed, small distractions are removed, elements of the images are dodged or burned to artist satisfaction (files are saved as PSD editable files)

*For clients who want something truly unique, your images can be ordered as fine art prints, framed & mounted.  Based on the home & room where the image will live, Adrienne will reproduce your image(s) using the timeless look of Renaissance Art & her own signature artist renderings using PhotoShop.  Images are printed with the finest pigmented inks on archival velvet paper.

Digital Files are available in 3 formats: Share-Ready, Small Print, Full Resolution Proofs

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RAW Capture: Initial capture of what was seen in camera, uncompressed, full data

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Post Processed: RAW files are imported & color is adjusted, density is corrected, files are exported as compressed JPG’s

This is the finished image after being artistically enhanced.

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Enhanced for Print &/or Artistically Rendered: Individual images are enhanced with our signature approach to color, skin tones are evened out, wrinkles are smoothed, small distractions are removed, elements of the images are dodged or burned to artist satisfaction

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The night before Lindsey and Matt’s wedding, I spent over an hour rummaging through my pantry and hall closet, packing my Mary Poppins bag as my husband teased me for being over-prepared. I thought about the things that could go awry on a wedding day and tried to pack a solution for each – hungry bride or photographer? Protein bars. Injury? Neosporin and bandages. Wardrobe malfunction? Sewing kit swiped from a hotel. Lip gloss, cold sore medication, tissues, tweezers. My bag was stuffed to the gills, but I was prepared!

For us, Saturday began early on the family farm. Kindra and her team of event planners were busy finishing place settings while Karyn of Sidelines directed her team as they placed beautiful freesia, grape hyacinth, flowering dogwoods and sweet centerpieces of succulents and ferns throughout the reception area. As the daughter of a former floral designer, I was in AWE of the sheer amount and beauty of the flowers that filled the space. The wonderful fragrance filled the room & it was absolutely incredible. All of this was nestled into a stunning space that Vernon and All Seasons had spent endless hours over the last two weeks constructing. They built a cocktail tent and banquet reception hall from the ground up, in the middle of a field – one of the most breathtaking receptions I’ve ever seen, constructed out of thin air.

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Did I mention that a beautiful, sunny 70-degree day can feel like Dante’s inferno when you’re in a great big open field wearing all black and schlepping around two cross-body bags full of camera equipment? HOWEVER, despite my husband making fun of me for being Mary-Poppins-meets-Boy-Scout (ever prepared!), it came in handy. As we were all in the shade taking group photos, our bride talked to the kids as they opened their gifts. Matt knelt down to join them and within seconds, a look of shock appeared on his face as he exclaimed, “I think I just ripped my pants.”

Yup – there it was… About a four-inch rip, right up the back side of his slacks. Mary Boy Scout to the rescue! We excused ourselves into the house where Matt sat on the ottoman in his boxers and I sat across from him on the sofa stitching up his pants. In about six minutes flat, the pants were good as new & the rip became just another silly story. Wardrobe malfunction averted- vindication, my dear husband! I must say that while I prepared my bag the night before, I never dreamed I’d actually be sewing pants on wedding day while the groom waited anxiously in his underwear!

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The rest of the day flew by in a blur. I felt guilty for sitting in a back pew while Adrienne and Ashlee snuck around the ceremony, trying to catch every little moment. But it was blissful to sit there on that padded pew, as those 20 minutes were the only 20 minutes I sat all day. Adrienne and Ashlee are SUPER Ninja WOMEN!! Energizer bunnie,s in fact! After the ceremony, everyone headed back to the farm. Vernon’s beautiful tents, with their beautiful soft flow, were filled with flowers, cocktails, scrumptious-smells and the most inviting ambiance.

As the sun was setting, Matt and Lindsey stood on the patio facing west and waiting for the moment the sun dipped below the horizon. In a flash, Adrienne was there quietly capturing the moment as she moved around adjusting her angle – I could tell she wasn’t getting what she wanted. There was a three-foot fence separating her from just the right shot. Never one to miss a moment, she held her arms up and Matt and Neal, the father of the bride, scooped tiny Adrienne up by her arms and lifted her right up over the fence! Beautiful moment, captured. What a little spitfire, that Adrienne!

In my past life, before working with Adrienne, I spent a decade planning and facilitating multi-day corporate events. It’s a calculated dance of art and science when executing an event – right brain meets left brain. Trying to include as many thoughtful details as possible to create a positive, memorable experience. Lindsey and Matt chose the absolute best team around. Every single detail was some delightful combination of thoughtful and functional and beautiful and delicious and unexpected. From the cozy lounge area tucked away by the powder room, the eco-friendly bamboo chargers embossed with their names, the gorgeous pair of tables handmade by a cherished member of the family, the cookies Lindsey baked herself as favors for each guest, to the rugged-looking gentleman hand-rolling cigars by lamplight on the patio – it was magical and flawlessly executed.  The end of evening was made complete with fireworks that reflected brilliantly over the lake.

Congratulations, Lindsey and Matt. Thanks so much for making us part of your magical day. It was absolutely an honor to capture it for you.

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  • Ashlee

    Karen – you couldn’t have said it any better. Such an amazing couple, amazing day and amazing professionals at this wedding! You did a great job helping both Adrienne and myself. I don’t know what we would have done without you and your sewing kit! Thank you!

    Adrienne – the photographs are fantastic! Great job as usual.

    ADB

  • Karen! I love what you have written about this wedding. I didn’t know where to begin!? I love having you as part of our team. You are such a hard working & welcome addition to our team. This was a spectacular event & I am thrilled that you were there to sew Matt’s pants!!

  • Lisa Forbes

    These pictures remind me of what a magical evening it was! I feel lucky to have been part of such a wonderful experience! Adrienne, your work is beautiful!

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How happy are we that the weather seems to have finally turned a corner!? We’ve had such a blast over the last week or two, being outside, riding bikes, blowing bubbles, planting flowers, hunting Easter eggs…

As I sat across the table from my mom and my grandma at our Easter brunch last Sunday, it dawned on me that Mother’s Day is already right around the corner. HOW? With that panicked realization at the front of my brain, I spent some time in the wee hours last night scouring Pinterest for mom- and grandma-themed crafts for kiddos. I think we found a few to try over the next few weeks. I’ll share some of my finds this week on Facebook.

I don’t know about the women in your life, but the women in mine love pictures. My mom might be addicted to her iPhone, if for no other reason than to take and receive pictures of the grand kids and share those images with her friends. It’s adorable. And now that I’m working with Adrienne, my mom is beside herself about getting professional photos to hang at home. It’s not too late to place your order in time for Mother’s Day delivery. Give us a shout at the studio or shoot me an email at karen@amaples.com and we’d be happy to rush an order for the special moms in your life.

 

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