This year our fall colors were so bright and colorful! And let me tell you HaHa Tonka did not disappoint. If you have never been to HaHa Tonka you need to go, especially while the leaves are changing! There is a beautiful outlook point that has a great view that you can watch the sun set across the lake.
How adorable is the Wilson family?!?! I know Sarah is anxiously waiting to see these photos from their her session!
Some of you may have seen a story air on the local news in St. Louis about a photographer ghosting her clients. While I hate talking bad about another photographer, I believe that others need to know this story.
I didn’t meet Joe and Angelique until the day of their wedding. I didn’t know anything about their wedding or even their names until the night before when a photographer contacted me asking if I was available to photograph the Travers wedding in her place due to a “Family Emergency”. After making childcare arrangements for my little ones, I agreed that I would go in her place. I got up the next morning, got ready, took my little ones to my moms and started my drive to Washington MO. On my way to Washington I spoke with Abbigail (the photographer I was filling in for) via the phone. We went over everything from the timeline, to posing for family portraits to how she would pay me and how to get her the SD cards so she would be able to edit and deliver the images to the client.
Once I arrived, I messaged Abbigail to let her know that I was at the venue. I quickly got started photographing all the details, and the bride and bridesmaids getting ready. Just like I do with all of my weddings. The Travers wedding day was full of lots of love and many laughs. Joe and Angelique had so much support from all of their family and friends that came from all over to make their day so special. Throughout the day, Abbigail messaged me several time checking in. I responded back when I could as time allowed. At the end of the night she sent a message asking how everything went and I responded back letting her know I had just finished up and everything went great. That was the last message I received from Abbigail.
After a couple days and several failed attempts to reach Abbigail via Facebook messenger I decided to reach out via text. I did finally receive a response with an email and mailing address telling me to invoice her and where to send the SD cards. After sending the invoice several weeks went by and she never paid it.
While on Facebook I came across a post from a local photographer that was looking for a last minute photographer to photograph a wedding for a couple that had contacted her. As I read more, I found out that this couples photographer had went “missing” and was not responding to her emails, text, or phone calls. I began looking through the comments to find out who their photographer was and sure enough it was Abbigail, the same photographer that I filled in for at the Travers wedding. After talking to several other brides of Abbigails’ and other photographers I decided to try to reach out to the bride, Angelique. Now mind you I didn’t have a phone number, as Abbigail never gave me one. All I had was their first and last name. So I took to facebook and started searching. Thankfully I was able to find them.
I sent Angelique a message letting her know that Abbigail was not responding to me and what I had found in regards to the other couples. I soon learn that she had not heard from Abbigail since her wedding. Abbigail was ghosting her as well. I let Angelique know that I still had her images, and that if Abbigail does not follow through on her responsibility that I would edit and deliver the images to her myself. As no bride or couple should have to deal with this.
About 8 weeks after the wedding, I received an email from Abbigail stating that I had to sign a contract with her before she would pay me. Even though I had already completed the job and we had a verbal agreement. After reviewing the contract that she had wrote up and speaking with a lawyer I emailed her back explaining that a few things needed to be changed and added to protect myself and the couple. For instance, the wedding date listed on the contract was wrong. I never heard back from Abbigail. So we continued to wait, Abbigails’ wedding contract stated that she had 10 weeks from the day of the wedding to edit and deliver the couples images.
So of course the 10 weeks has come and gone and we still have not heard from Abbigail. The 10 week mark put me right in the middle of the fall rush. But as I promised the bride and groom. I would deliver their images in the event that Abbigail continued to ghost us both and not follow through on her end.
Sadly, Joe and Angelique are not the only couple affected by Abbigail’s carelessness and lack of professionalism. Abbigail has stolen over $20,000 that we know of in deposits, and wedding fees. And based on her Instagram account is having the time of her life.
Joe and Angelique, as promised, here are some of my favorite photos and memories from your beautiful day! Even though everything that has happened with Abbigail has been less than ideal. I am truly thankful that God placed me at your wedding to photograph and capture these moments for you.
Bailey and Dylan have know each other their whole life and grew up together in a small town. Dylan had a crush on Bailey in grade school, but Bailey would not give him the time of day until they were in High School and at their local fair. They started hanging out and spent a lot of time driving around. This is what you do when you are from a very small town with not many entertainment options.
Dylan left for college in Columbia MO and Bailey soon followed. Over the next couple of years, and a long distance relationship they quickly realized that they could not imagine life without each. They took one of the first steps in making it official by getting a very handsome goldendoodle puppy named Hudson. Who is extremely attached to his “momma”. (He would not let her out of his sight during our engagement session.) Then during Bailey college graduation pictures, Dylan asked Bailey to be his wife. Bailey thought Dylan was just joking around but quickly realized that he was being serious. These two are planning their June 2019 Wedding
For Bailey and Dylan engagement session we met up in Columbia MO at this beautiful park, with so many different backdrops for their session. We could not have asked for a nicer October evening for their session. We enjoyed lots of laughs together and were even able to include Hudson in some of the photos! A big shout out to Bailey’s awesome brother Dalton for being the dog wrangler and helping with holding the reflector.
Kat is just like me, a fellow photographer that is always the one behind the camera. Kat is a St. Louis Newborn and family Photographer and contacted me while she was planning her family vacation to Branson MO. Her number one request was a field and wild flowers! I think we nailed the location! I am so glad that I was able to capture these memories for Kat and her family.
In a quaint little coffee shop in Kansas City on a sunny, fall, breezy Saturday morning, I sat with Ashley and her mom and quietly listened and took notes while they told me of Ashley’s vision for her wedding. Sage, burgundy, navy, lace, Converse shoes, historical buildings including the Historical Hall of Waters, downtown, beautiful brick –Ashley and I both were drawn to the brick…
The wedding day was warm and sunny. A few clouds in the sky with a few sprinkles after the ceremony created the perfect overcast for pictures that followed.
This wedding brought lots of laughter and fun! I truly enjoyed the calm, fun-loving side of this couple and their wedding party. From the moment I stepped into the room to take pictures of the wedding party I knew my time at this wedding would be a great one!
Singing and dancing to a variety of pop music from the early 2000s to current, the bride and the bridesmaids laughed and told jokes as they sipped their “special punch” provided by mom, and donned their gowns and fixed their hair and makeup.
The groom and the groomsmen, on the other hand, were across the street at the local bar that had a micro-brewery in the back room. They each enjoyed a shot of homebrewed beer in the brewery room.
The fun continued after a sweet and simple ceremony. When it was time to enjoy the Taco Bar, the bride and groom put on bibs created especially for the occasion that read, “HalesYes, we are messy!”
The bride and groom wore matching Converse shoes as they danced the night away including a little dancing in the streets of downtown Excelsior Springs, MO.
Enjoy the photos below and seeing Ashley's vision come to life!
Wedding Planner | Melissa Pugh (816)868-2107
DJ | ASP Entertainment
Catering | Sheila Motta and Family
Cake | Mary Bruns
Florist | Joni Gillespi
Wedding Dress | Wedding Expression By Geri
Bridesmaids Dresses | Davids Bridal
Groom's Attire | Cabana's
Groomsmen Attire | JC Penny
Honeymoon | Dominican Republic