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Admittedly, the months of January-March are a Midwest on-location photographer’s slow season. Fewer couples get married when wintry weather is a risk, and families aren’t jumping at the chance to get in front of the lens for an outdoor shoot when they can see their own breath and might not be able to feel their own noses after a few minutes.

And if I’m honest, *I* don’t love shooting when it gets below 34 degrees because cameras tend to act up, my numb fingers get clumsy, and my momentum is busted when I have to continually remind my clients to relax and try to not look cold. ha This is all combined with the fact that Kansas City has next to zero options for shooting indoors for those of us whose approach to photography doesn’t require a studio so as to foster more natural moments in between the posed traditional pics.

BUT… all of this is moot if a client has a home that not only has ample light but is furnished and decorated in a way that conveys the personalities of those living there. Because then we can shoot IN the home. And the family members can unzip their true selves in their own element… which makes my heart SO delighted.

So when the S family of four got on my docket for a shoot in late February, I was pumped. Elizabeth, the mom, ruefully told me that they hadn’t had any professional photos since William, the youngest (who is nearly 2!!) was born. So she told me to definitely hone in on him… which was NOT a problem because as his mom so perfectly put it, “he’s got curls to die for!”

Hanging out with this family was NONSTOP… fun. Sweetness. Cuteness. and let’s be honest: chaos. And that’s JUST the way I love it because it’s REAL. So please enjoy looking at these images from their at-home session… and meet the two little boys who won me over, within SECONDS of walking through the door. (and a special thank you goes to their nanny, AnnMarie, who was there to help corral the whippersnappers!!)

This is Maxwell & William.

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When I first got to the house, Maxwell’s nanny was there to help for a bit, and she had suggested that while I did my look around to scout out places to shoot, that Maxwell keep track of my ideas. And being 4, he can’t quite write, but he pretended to…and then he would go check off the places on his list (greeting card). I thought it was SO cute! Kansas City Family photographer This right here…something tells me THIS is a good snapshot of this chapter in their lives. 😉 Kansas City Family photographer Kansas City Family photographer Kansas City Family photographer Kansas City Family photographer i don’t think this fam pic below could get any more perfect in MY eyes. This toy room was a dream to shoot in. And this family….well…look at them! Kansas City Family photographer Kansas city family photosKansas city family photosPossibly one of my fave series EVER. Kansas city family photosKansas city family photosAnother favorite from the session. This is love, guys. LOVE. Sady fam collage 20Kansas city family photosKansas city family photosKansas city family photosKansas city family photosKansas city family photos

Thank you Elizabeth and Tim for inviting me into your home to hear the giggles, witness the endearing craziness and document the special family that you are.

 

xo

Darbi

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Kassie & Brice’s wedding breathed new life and energy into my very being. They inspired me to my core, but also exemplified my style and my dream client. I met them at my first bridal fair in January of 2015. And they originally booked me for a May date in 2016, but had to move the wedding to September and I was so glad that I was still available. Just being around them makes me smile. They connect with me, and they connect with one another, in such a genuine, warm and loving way.

And to top it all off, they enlisted a team of vendors that were out of this world. Nellie Sparkman with Events By Nellie is one of the coolest, most fun and creative Kansas City wedding planners I’ve ever worked with, and I cannot recommend her enough to anyone looking for someone to help hold the reins on the most special day of their love life!

With her expertise and creativity, Kassie & Brice were able to bring their vision to life. And one thing they did that I’ve never seen yet at a wedding of my own is nix the head table in a traditional sense and instead opted for a family table! They sat with their family members and let the bridal party sit with their dates/friends. It was SO awesome. They had a family-style meal too, which made the entire environment so warm and cozy, and guests were so excited to just dig in and help themselves. I would do my own wedding like that if I were getting married again!

and from then on, it was so much fun to see everyone unwind and witness their merriment unfold on the dance floor. Kassie & Brice are surely going to be surrounded by an amazing support system as they navigate the new terrain of marriage.

And have I ever mentioned that I have the best clients? I think I gauge that on a few qualities… do they prioritize photography? are they fun and sweet and just GOOD PEOPLE? Do they inspire me? and do I secretly wish I were friends with them? ha Well, let’s just say…. Kassie & Brice fit that mold to the T. THANK YOU for finding me at the bridal fair. I’m prepping for the next one in a few days and I can only hope I find another couple just like you. XOXOXOXKassie Brice wedding 1Kassie Brice wedding 2Kassie Brice wedding 3Kassie Brice wedding 4Kassie Brice wedding 5Kassie Brice wedding 6Kassie Brice wedding 7Kassie Brice wedding 8Kassie Brice wedding 9Kassie Brice wedding 10Kassie Brice wedding 11Kassie Brice wedding 12Kassie Brice wedding 13Kassie Brice wedding 14Kassie Brice wedding 15Kassie Brice wedding 16Kassie Brice wedding 17Kassie Brice wedding 18Kassie Brice wedding 19Kassie Brice wedding 20Kassie Brice wedding 21Kassie Brice wedding 22Kassie Brice wedding 23Kassie Brice wedding 24Kassie Brice wedding 25Kassie Brice wedding 26Kassie Brice wedding 27Kassie Brice wedding 28Kassie Brice wedding 29Kassie Brice wedding 30Kassie Brice wedding 31Kassie Brice wedding 32Kassie Brice wedding 41Kassie Brice wedding 33Kassie Brice wedding 34Kassie Brice wedding 35Kassie Brice wedding 36Kassie Brice wedding 37Kassie Brice wedding 38Kassie Brice wedding 39Kassie Brice wedding 40

 

THE VENDOR LINEUP:

Planner:::Nellie Sparkman w/ Events By Nellie

Venue:::::: The Guild KC

Florist::::::: Poppy & Clover Floral Design

Dress:::::::: Savvy Bridal Boutique

DJ::::::::::::: AMAC Entertainment

Stylist:::::::: Roots & Branches Salon (Sarah Purviance)

Officiant::::: Timmy Gibson

Caterer:::::: Scrape the Plate Catering

Baker:::::::: It’s a Sweet Treat Day Bakery

Kansas city Photographer:::: Darbi G. Hebrank/Darbi G. Photography

 

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NOTE: I’m way behind with blogging (but I’ve stayed up to date with facebook teasers. So I hope you are following me there as you’ll get first scoop if you are! This wedding was from mid May! 🙂

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Oh, goodness. Let’s be honest… every wedding photographer has mixed feelings when the busy season kicks off again. Nervousness. Excited. A bit dreading it, but mostly looking forward to get back to it.  But sad to leave behind my son and husband…fearing the exhaustion, the day-after hangover from a non-stop day of sweating, bending in weird positions and carrying heavy equipment. Yet I’m pumped to be creative. And how it all ends up depends greatly on the couple…the wedding itself…and those who worked together to make the day special.

This year, I got to kick it off with Rachel & Gordan’s wedding…and I’m so THANKFUL that eVERYTHING about the wedding was amazing.  The wedding party, the family, the fact that R & G were positively magnetic in front of the camera. I was giddy all day long!!! Ali and I came away feeling more than satisfied that the commencement of our 2016 season together began with a wedding and a couple that will secure a spot in our list of favorite weddings.

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The team of vendors who made this day one of my fave weddings ever!

+CEREMONY/RECEPTION: Terrace On Grand (Emad & Maggie are two of the most accommodating, genuinely sweet and fun venue coordinators I’ve ever worked with)

+HAIR & MAKEUP: Alexia Wambua

+VIDEOGRAPHER: Surveyor Creative (Cameron Philgreen)–And let me just say… he was my favorite videographer I’ve EVER worked with! so professional, so fun…so helpful and so respectful. He’s got mad skills too…and I saw the video and will share it once the couple oks it… it is AWESOME!

+OFFICIANT: Brother of the bride- Jared Thompson

+FLORALS: the bridal party!!!

+BAKERY: Sister’s Baking Company

+DJ/BAND: DJ Connections

+KANSAS CITY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: Darbi G. Photography

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Every time I photograph this family, I have such a fun time…and now that Henry is getting older, I adore getting to know his spunky personality. Josh & Hayley, past bride/groom of mine, are wonderful parents who will be welcoming a baby girl this summer! I can’t wait to meet her… and if she’s as cute on the outside as she is on the in, it appears this will be one good-looking family!! Here are some of my faves from the session, featuring a bump and big brother, Henry! 
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