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Baby Olin’s Newborn Photos

Sometimes you meet people and right away really like them. That’s how it was with Lauren and Ryan, when we met them a few years ago when we had the privilege of photographing and filming their wedding day. It’s really fun for us to be Facebook friends with our couples, so we see exciting news like when they’re expecting. I was really thrilled to see an email from Lauren asking about newborn photography. There’s nothing better than getting to document a family’s life as they grow and change.

Lauren and Ryan did an amazing job preparing for baby Olin, and making his nursery one of the cutest baby boy nurseries I have ever seen (dog themed, which is appropriate since their first “baby” was Homer, their dog). Ryan built some awesome industrial-feeling shelves, and also installed accent panels (the stylish kind) on the wall in the nursery behind the crib. I loved all of their special personalized touches! And obviously, I loved baby Olin, who was an angel during our session and the sweetest little almost-two-week-old. :)

   
   
   

Photography Basics Class!

We’ve just announced our next class date for our photography basics class! This is a GREAT last-minute Valentine’s Day gift (we won’t tell!) or perfect for those of you who got a new camera for Christmas and want to know how to use it! Did you know having a “good camera” isn’t enough to take great photos?! :) You have to know how to use it, and you’ll learn all of the basics of manual camera controls to photograph everyday situations in this class. I teach it simply and easily, and you’ll leave with a new understanding of things you probably hadn’t even heard of before you came.

This class already has a waiting list, so spots are going to fill up fast. We keep our class sizes REALLY small so we can all get one-on-one attention with each of our cameras! To register, just send an email to erica@anecdotallyyours.com.

Madison and Aaron: Kansas City Union Station Wedding Film

We love Kansas City. If you’ve met us for any length of time, especially over a dinner or something, it’s bound to come up. We’re passionate about our city, love living here, and care about the social, economic, and cultural health of the city. When we first met Madison and Aaron, it was apparent that they also love Kansas City. We were excited on their wedding day to figure out how to make the city a character in their film. They had picked great locations to get ready and have their wedding day festivities, which made it easy to highlight an awesome city.

Not only that, but we were able to highlight so many other things about who they are. The toasts given at their reception were perfect, telling stories and really bringing their personalities to life. They are so close with their families, and that was easy to tell.

Madison was radiant and SO happy all day, and Aaron has this extremely likeable, friendly personality. You’ll want to be their friends when you watch this film. They also know how to throw a GREAT party. Union Station was the perfect backdrop for an elegant, classic Kansas City reception complete with our favorite wedding day entertainment, Lost Wax. The day was coordinated by Hannah Klamann, who is a delight. Their photographer was Jessica Roark, always fun to work alongside (and her photos from their wedding were amazing).

Enjoy the film!

Madison & Aaron: Kansas City Union Station Wedding Film from Anecdotally Yours (Jeff Short) on Vimeo.

Baby Blaire is here!

This family is just super adorable — now with THREE precious daughters. I’ve enjoyed watching the girls grow up a little over time as I’ve taken their family photos, and hearing about the things happening while I get my hair done by their mom (she’s awesome — and notice how cute their hair is!). :) Little Blaire is the newest addition to the family, and she is obviously well-loved and swooned over! Rightly so, check out this sweet face:

   

   

   

   

Dan and Kara’s San Francisco Wedding

One of the biggest joys we have in our business is getting to meet amazing people from all over — people we would have maybe never met otherwise, and who invite us into one of the most special days in their story and allow us to capture it. We’re so thankful. We’re thankful for their trust in us, and also that we have the amazing opportunity to really get to know people quickly. Who they are, who their families are, what’s important to them, what makes them unique.

Dan and Kara invited us to their story via a video chat. I’m especially awkward via video chat, but they overlooked that, thankfully. :) We were thrilled to get to photograph and film their wedding weekend in San Francisco. Where do I begin describing it? It was about everything they care about: faith, family, commitment, community. And fun things like Dynamo Donuts, food trucks, It’s Its, Instagram prints, and a packed dance floor.

Their rehearsal dinner, which we shot the night before, was at the church where they met: Redemption San Francisco (also the location of their wedding ceremony). Their day-of coordinator was Lisa with And Something Blue. Kara got ready at Dan’s mom’s light-filled home near the coast before they had a first look and portrait time at Land’s End. The sun was shining brightly and it couldn’t have been more beautiful. Before the ceremony, guests arrived to a donut party! I’m not kidding when I say Dynamo Donuts are the best I’ve tasted (and I’ve tasted a lot of donuts…). A very close friend and pastor, Dave, married them in a really heartfelt and personal ceremony.

After the ceremony, everyone headed to a really fun and relaxed reception at the Log Cabin at the Presidio. We passed by the Golden Gate bridge, which was closed that weekend for construction — one of the only times you’d find zero cars on the bridge. Dan and Kara were in a TV news segment about the closing of the bridge a few days prior. According to the news, the bridge closing almost “ruined” their honeymoon plans. :) The reception had food trucks, a cocktail and espresso drink trailer, It’s Its (a San Francisco ice cream treat), an awesome DJ named Wayne who kept the dance floor packed, and just lots of fun and conversation.

Congratulations, Dan and Kara. Thank you for trusting us with the story of your day.