Rebecca & Blake Engagement

Rebecca and Blake are both from Michigan. Rebecca is from Big Rapids and Blake from Lake Odessa. Rebecca was managing a store in the mall where she worked with Blake’s sister Liz. Rebecca and Liz became very close friends and as we all do with good friends, Rebecca shared her “bad date” stories with Liz.

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Rebecca & Blake

One day Liz informed Rebecca that she and her mom had been talking about her, and they decided that Rebecca should date Liz’s brother, a brother Rebecca wasn’t aware Liz even had!

Liz started telling Rebecca about Blake’s values and that he is a teacher at a school for at risk youth.  Rebecca comes from a family of teachers and she originally started going to school to become a teacher herself. Liz told her Blake has a strong faith and hadn’t really dated a lot, but he had started talking about buying a house and settling down. Both of them were driven in their careers and she felt the two of them would really get along, not to mention if things really worked out it would keep these two good friends in each other’s life forever.

Then came the rub….Blake lives in Kansas!

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Rebecca & Blake

So the plan was set in motion, even though Blake wasn’t fond of being set up on blind dates. When Blake came home for Christmas break 2010, he was to meet Rebecca at a bar in the mall where Rebecca and Liz worked. Even though Liz “crashed” their first date because she wanted to see her brother, things seem to have worked out pretty good! They spent the next two weeks of Blake’s Christmas break together as much as they possibly could.

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Rebecca & Blake

For the next 6 months they dated long distance, traveling to see each other as often as they could. Rebecca knew Blake wouldn’t be moving to Michigan to get a teaching job due to the economy and very high unemployment rate there, so she applied for a management position with Maurice’s in Dodge City, and got the job! She moved in June 2011. They both knew it was a big leap of faith, but they also knew they just wanted to be together and start a family.

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Rebecca & Blake

Blake still hadn’t “popped the question” and leading into Christmas 2011, Rebecca started throwing out hints and getting excited (her words were “very impatient). When it was time for them to open presents Christmas day, it came down to the last gift, which was her RING!. (Rebecca had about given up hope that Blake would propose at Christmas since he hadn’t already) Rebecca kept asking him if he was joking. (I think she said YES!)

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The gorgeous ring

These two both are grounded strongly in their faith. Rebecca says she loves Blake’s ability to help her not take life quite so seriously, because of his fun, positive attitude about life.

Rebecca and Blake, we had so much fun working with the two of you! We feel honored and blessed that you chose us to help capture the memories of your day. We are counting the days!

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Can't wait for the special day!!!

It’s 2013 Senior Rep time!!!

Attention 2013 High School Seniors! It’s Senior Rep time! Do you have a positive attitude and can work it in front of the camera? Expressions Photography is looking for someone just like you!

We are looking for outgoing 2013 seniors to represent Expressions Photography at your school.  This is a good opportunity to get a great deal on your senior portraits, and have some fun doing it! We need guys and girls and are looking for at least one from each local High School. (Dodge City, Cimarron, Spearville, Bucklin, Minneola, Jetmore, Ingalls and Montezuma.)

If you are interested in being a part of this opportunity, call Andrea at 620-253-2806, contact us through our Facebook page, or email us at phil_andrea@cox.net for details. Spots are limited and the deadline to sign up is June 15, 2012, so don’t wait! We look forward to hearing from you!

Tracy and Ross – Engagement

We have the coolest clients! Tracy and Ross are so nice and easy going. When it came time for their engagement session, Tracy had all the spots picked out around the property of family and some friends around Ford, Ks. And even though the wind wasn’t cooperating, these two rocked it out.

Southwest Kansas Wedding Photographer

Southwest Kansas Wedding Photographer

Sometimes you hear the story of how a couple meets and think, that’s just more than chance! Tracy & Ross’ story isn’t complicated, but sometimes it’s the simplest stories that feel the warmest.

Southwest Kansas Wedding Photographer

Southwest Kansas Wedding Photographer

This story starts with each of them attending Kansas State University, where they met. While getting to know each other, they discovered they were both from the Dodge City area.

Southwest Kansas Wedding Photographer

Southwest Kansas Wedding Photographer

Later on, they learned their families already knew each other! It is always incredible how two people can have close ties like that, but they never cross paths until they move into a completely different environment. Fate? We think, YES!

Southwest Kansas Wedding Photographer

Southwest Kansas Wedding Photographer

They have both begun their careers in Dodge City, and plan to live here together. A couple of things you will find them doing a lot of are fishing and cooking…and lots of it!

Southwest Kansas Wedding Photographer

Southwest Kansas Wedding Photographer

Tracy & Ross, you two are awesome! We hope you enjoy your engagements pictures and we feel so blessed to join you on your special day to capture all the amazing memories that will happen that day.

Southwest Kansas Wedding Photographer

Southwest Kansas Wedding Photographer

Say Hi to Tai (aka. Yoda)

Please welcome Tai to the blog!

Tai came to us before he was even born. We first worked with Tai while he was still all warm and comfy in his mommy’s tummy. He is now a part of our “Grow With Me” plan and this is his 6 month session.

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Dodge City Kansas Maternity Photographer

For this session we tried to start off in the studio, but he just wasn’t havin’ the lights and being enclosed in the dimly lit room. The decision was made to move it outside! It was a warm sunny early spring day afterall, and he LOVED it!

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

We just LOVE this outfit! Tai makes the CUTEST.YODA.EVER! The hat was made by his aunt and the shirt by Tai’s mama. You just can’t help wanting to squeeze those cheeks.

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

And the hair! They don’t make a gel strong enough to keep that hair down. And why would you want to?!? Besides being insanely cute, this hair is Tai’s trademark.

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

Thank you Tatiana and Tuan for sharing this little man with us, we just adore him!

Cimarron, Kansas Engagement

Janelyn and Jared grew up in the same school system in Cimarron, KS. Even though they attended the same rural Kansas school system since Janelyn started Kindergarten, their first distinct memory of being around each other was when Janelyn was in the eighth grade (Jared was a Freshman). The local hang out in Cimarron was Clarks Pharmacy, which is also a really cool old school ice cream/soda shop. Janelyn was there with some of her girlfriends and as they left they ran into Jared and a couple of his friends. Well what do guys instinctively do as soon as they see a group of pretty girls? You got it! Show off! Jared pulled off a back-flip into a large pile of snow, that turned out to actually be a pile of ice and rocks! OUCH!

Cimarron Kansas Wedding Photographer

Cimarron Kansas Wedding Photographer

Apparently the pain and embarrassment eventually paid off, because he got Janelyn’s attention. They got to know each other over the next couple of years through hanging out with mutual friends, as well as attending school classes together. In her sophomore year (Jared’s junior year) Jared asked Janelyn to the Winter Formal dance. By this time it had become “blatantly obvious” (Janelyn’s words) and it wasn’t long after the dance, Jared asked her to be his girlfriend!

Cimarron Kansas Wedding Photographer

Cimarron Kansas Wedding Photographer

Janelyn and Jared love the farm and farming! It was this love that set the scene for Jared’s proposal. Jared had been putting up alfalfa and he asked her to come with him to pull the rakes in front of the baler for him that night. They left for the field and started getting the equipment situated for a night of baling. Soon, Jared asked Janelyn to go back to the tractor and get a phone number he left on the seat. Without any suspicion, she headed to retrieve the number. However, when she arrived at the tractor, she was greeted with an open ring box with what she describes as the most beautiful ring gleaming up at me from the driver’s seat”. She picked up the box and climbed down as Jared took her hands in his and hit one knee. He asked Janelyn to marry him in the hay-field just as the sun was setting. That was June 8, 2011.

Cimarron Kansas Wedding Photographer

Cimarron Kansas Wedding Photographer

Along with being a farmer, Jared also runs a feed yard with his Dad and Brother. When all that isn’t keeping him busy, he hauls hay to local people for Janelyn’s Dad. Janelyn is currently a Nursing Student at Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, KS. Once she graduates DCCC she plans to continue her education at Fort Hays State to achieve her bachelor’s. Ultimately she plans to get her Masters of Science in Nursing.

Cimarron Kansas Wedding Photographer

Cimarron Kansas Wedding Photographer

Jared and Janelyn love the farm and plan to spend their lives together right there. They have big plans for expansion and improvement, and Janelyn plans to continue with her nursing career as well.

These are two hard-working and driven people who have their entire life ahead of them. There is no doubt they will achieve all their plans and dreams. Just look at how they look at each other! This union is out of their hands. It was planned by a power too big to resist.

Cimarron Kansas Wedding Photographer

Cimarron Kansas Wedding Photographer

On July 21st, at the Church of the Nazarene in Cimarron, KS, these two will exchange vows and be husband and wife! We will be there to capture all the special moments and we can’t wait!

Janelyn and Jared…you two are AWESOME! Thank you for letting us be a part of your lives!

Bucklin Kansas Engagement

We are excited to present Bradley and Misty, our very first couple on the blog!

Bradley and Misty first met 9 years ago during a family get-together in Bucklin for one of her cousins, who was leaving for Iraq. Their first date didn’t happen until 5 years later! Well, obviously they really enjoyed each other’s company. After dating for a few years they decided they just couldn’t live without each other and decided to start making plans for a wedding.

Bucklin Kansas Wedding Photographer

Bucklin Kansas Wedding Photographer

They spent time shopping for the perfect ring. It was ordered and arrived while Misty was away in Lawrence, KS. Bradley just couldn’t wait for her to get back, so he took a picture of it and texted it to her with the message, “Will you marry me?” I think she said yes! (or we wouldn’t be involved yet, right?)

Bucklin Kansas Wedding Photographer

Bucklin Kansas Wedding Photographer

BTW…we understand they have the beginning of their own video store starting up. They are real movie lovers and I am told they own over 500 of them!

Bucklin Kansas Wedding Photographer

Bucklin Kansas Wedding Photographer

On October 13, 2012, Misty and Bradley will be pronounced husband and wife! Guess who gets to be there photographing the entire amazing day!?! WE DO!

Bucklin Kansas Wedding Photographer

Bucklin Kansas Wedding Photographer

Congratulations you two! We are so excited for you and we love working with you!

Two Cuties!

We are definitely still trying to get used to fitting a blog into our schedule! How often are we supposed to update these things anyway? My guess is more often than every two weeks?!? Well we are through the winter months and heading face first into spring, so we should have plenty to share with you in the next several months!

This addition brings you 2 little cuties!

First, meet Ryker! Ryker is 3 months old, but this isn’t his first rodeo. He was brought to us as a newborn and he has grown so much over the last few months! He is a part of our “Grow With Me plan”, so we will get to document his progress as he grows into a toddler!

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

This little cowboy had a hard day of ropin’ and ridin’ so he just needed to rest.

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

He didn’t even have the energy to kick his boots off.

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

Next, meet Brielle! This little beauty is 3 months old as well and came to us for newborn pictures, She is also a part of our “Grow With Me” program. Unlike Ryker, this little sweetheart wanted to take it all in! She worked those pretty little eyes for the camera.

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

However, after some exhausting modeling work, she finally gave in to the Sandman and we got some precious images of her dreaming about snuggling with mommy and daddy.

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

Dodge City Kansas Baby Photographer

Thank you SO much to the Williams and Tuxhorn families for sharing Ryker (Williams) and Brielle (Tuxhorn) with us, and trusting us with their first year of portraits! We are so blessed to have this honor!

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