Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Whitney & Josh | Kansas City, MO Wedding | b & Chris

Whitney and Josh are incredible. Super fun, awesome and they completely trusted us. After their wonderful Attraction Session, they knew that they did not have anything to worry about on their wedding day (photographically speaking). Their wedding party was ridiculously phenomenal and they made our day sooooo enjoyable. I am going to let Whitney share her experience through her review of La Brisa:
Hubby and I were lucky enough to have La Brisa Photography photograph our October 29, 2011 wedding. We met Chris and B at our engagement session and they greeted us with hugs and smiles making us instantly more comfortable and relaxed.

I emailed/texted/called Chris several times before our wedding and he always replied in a very timely manner and it was one of the best working relationships I've ever had!

Chris and B started with us at 8am the morning of the wedding and stayed until the very end of the reception at 11pm. They were both very professional yet very friendly the whole day. A few things that we really appreciated the day of the wedding was that they were very knowledgeable about how we had scheduled the day and were great about keeping everyone on schedule. I also never saw them during our ceremony which we really appreciated. They took fabulous photos of our ceremony but they were never in our faces, disturbing views of our family members, or disrupting the ceremony. Several guests commented that if you weren't at the wedding, you feel as though you were there with the detailed photos taken throughout the entire day. I really appreciated all the small details they captured...our rings, programs, favors, cake, food, centerpieces, hugs, facial expressions, etc.

La Brisa is very reasonably priced for the quality of photos they take. We received DVDs of all our wedding photos about a month after our wedding which is extremely fast!

Overall, we have a wonderful relationship with Chris and B of La Brisa Photography and hope to work with them again in the future! We would recommend La Brisa to everyone in search of a photographer for any chapter in life!

Thank you again so much for the opportunity to photograph your incredible day! You can view more images from their wedding on the La Brisa Facebook page by clicking HERE. And you can view all the images from their wedding through their online gallery by going to www.labrisaphotography.com and clicking on “Clients” and “Weddings”.

Dress Designer - Oleg Cassini from David's Bridal
Tuxedo – Designer Unknown from the Men's Wearhouse
Bridesmaid Dress Designer – Designer Unknown from Target =)
Ceremony Venue - Holy Family Catholic Church - Kansas City, MO
Reception Venue - Berg Event Space – Kansas City, MO
Cake Designer - HyVee Bakery
Hair Stylist - Ashley Winders with Beauty Brands – Kansas City, MO
Make Up Artist - Mackenzie Landreth with Beauty Brands – Kansas City, MO
Shoe Designer - Blake Scott
DJ - Bill Wano - Kansas City, MO
Caterer - HyVee Catering
Flowers - HyVee Floral
Programs – DIY by the Whitney & Josh =) haha! with a little help from Caitlin!! =)
Invitations – DIY by the Whitney & Josh =) ok, mostly just Josh! Haha

In one of the most incredible random happenings at a wedding, one of Whitney’s gorgeous bridesmaids was tripped and nearly fell and I absolutely LOVE Whitney’s reaction post fall!

I love how natural and candid this is.

Whitney and Josh asked their guests to submit their own wedding images and they were printed and hung around the venue.

Photo Bombed! I was waiting for this perfect image of Whitney and Josh dancing and right before I clicked the shutter, my awesome friend Caitlin, aka Whitney’s wedding coordinator, aka pure awesomesauce, jumps in to make this image a billion times better than it was ever going to be.

And Whitney and Josh with La Brisa! =)

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Countdown Begins!

Our very own b will be leaving the beloved city of Manhattan, KS for greener pastures in Georgia (check out the announcement HERE) and she has a limited number of openings to schedule your session! Why not take advantage of this GORGEOUS and unexpected weather and book a portrait session with b before she leaves? As an added thank you for her time in Manhattan, we are including an 8”x12” print of your favorite image from your session with b!

Here are her openings for her last portrait sessions EVER in/near Manhattan, KS:
January 31st – Morning
February 2nd – Morning
February 3rd – 3:30pm-5:30pm
February 5th – 3:30pm-5:30pm
February 6th-8th – Morning/3:30pm-5:30pm
February 12th - Morning/3:30pm-5:30pm
February 13th-15th - Morning/3:30pm-5:30pm
February 18th – 3:30pm-5:30pm
February 19th - Morning/3:30pm-5:30pm

If you are interested in booking a session or have any questions, fill out the Contact Form at the bottom of this post OR go to www.labrisaphotography.com and fill out the Contact Us form.

Check out some of b's recent work!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

52 WoA: Week 26 - Texture

I like editing with a big banana smoothie with added peanut butter and mumford and sons. Smooth, frothy and soul cleansing. I’m gonna miss manhattan.

Shutter speed: 1/60th
Aperture: f/2.4
ISO: 80
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

Yesterday was my birthday and it was glorious. After numerous surprises and presents, my wife had one more surprise up her sleeve when she came home from work with an amazing Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Cake from Marble Slab. If you do not like ice cream cake, I do not know if we can ever hang out. Seriously. Here is my first slice of my delicious birthday cake. Full Disclaimer: the idea to photograph the ice cream cake for this project was completely from my beautiful wife.

Shutter speed: 1/50th
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 6400
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 4 Beta

As a photographer, sometime you need to work on things outside of your normal purview and this project is going to help us (and you) challenge, grow and creatively develop your photography as a whole. Weekly for the next year, we will be sharing our images with you here!

For those of you interested in participating, PLEASE join us! The more the merrier! You definitely do not need to be a professional photographer, this is something you can easily do with your point and shoot, cell phone, ipad2, etc. You can comment with a link to your image here on our blog or on our La Brisa fan page or you can tag La Brisa Photography in your image on your own FB page or use the hashtag #52WoA on twitter that way we can share your efforts with everyone else! If you are interested in joining our La Brisa Aspiring Photographer Workshop group on FB, please request to join as we will also be sharing our images there too.

Next Thursday, February 2nd, Week 27: “Hands” will be due. The image must be created between today and February 2nd. Good luck!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Here is the full list of 52 Weeks of Awesomeness!
Week 1               Free for All
Week 2               Introduce yourself
Week 3               Show us your home
Week 4               Your Name
Week 5               Sports (anything related, teams, players, equipment, etc,)
Week 6               Guilty Pleasures
Week 7               ONE object shot at 5 different angels/distances
Week 8               One for the road (signs, streets, traffic, etc.)
Week 9               Objects that tell something about you
Week 10             Things that make your life easier
Week 11             Your favorite color
Week 12             Household item
Week 13             Foods
Week 14             Flashed (an image created using artificial light)
Week 15             Sun (sunlight, sunset, sunrise, etc)
Week 16             Emotion
Week 17             Lines
Week 18             What you do outside the world of photography
Week 19             Weather
Week 20             Emotional attachment (heirloom/special gift, etc.)
Week 21             Pets
Week 22             Things you couldn't live without
Week 23             Habits
Week 24             Fire (candle, fireplace, etc.)
Week 25            Hats
Week 26             Textures
Week 27             Hands
Week 28             Shoes
Week 29             Jewelry
Week 30             OOF (Out of Focus)…purposely OOF
Week 31             What I consider dessert
Week 32             Fill the Frame (close ups)
Week 33             A week in our lives
Week 34             Faith (what you believe)
Week 35             Dance (body in motion)
Week 36             Family & Friends
Week 37             SOOC (straight out of the camera)…before & after
Week 38             Patriotic
Week 39             Object: straight up shots and then straight down shots
Week 40             Something at night
Week 41             Something that gives you the feeling of warmth
Week 42             Smell
Week 43             Water
Week 44             Animals
Week 45             Music
Week 46             Reflections/Shadows
Week 47             Flowers
Week 48             Sleep
Week 49             Action Shots
Week 50             Circles
Week 51             Your car
Week 52             Self portrait

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ten Word Birthday Story Contest!

In honor of my 30th birthday today, I am hosting a super ridiculous and fun contest for you to win one of my three favorite landscape images that I have ever created. The winners will receive a gorgeous 5”x7” metallic print shipped to wherever and whoever they want! Deadline to enter is midnight tonight (January 25th)! Looking forward to reading your awesome stories!

Below are the images that you can win!

Century Oak @ College Station, TX

Konza Prairie @ Manhattan, KS

Kealia Beach @ Kapaa, HI
the contest: 
10 Word Birthday Stories.

adult beverages.
oreo cupcake smashed.
emotional mommies.
happy first birthday!

Visually Creative

How to WIN:
  1. Include 10 Word Story as a comment on this blog post (comment box is immediately below the JUDGING tab).
  2. Only three 10 Word Stories allowed per person
  3. Select option "Post to Facebook"
  4. Fill out contact form at end of blog post and copy and paste your story and let us know which image you would like to win
  5. Must be a fan of La Brisa
The La Brisa team will select our favorites and notify winners via email. Have fun and good luck!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Laura & Jordan | Kansas City, MO Wedding | b & Chris

The real joy in being a wedding photographer is the incredible couples that I have the privilege of meeting. Laura and Jordan are extraordinary people. Seriously. Laura is an amazing photographer who owns CapturedInHisImage Photography. Go check out her work!

Today, I am going to let Laura share her experience through her review of La Brisa:

My husband and I cannot say enough good things about the service La Brisa Photography provided during the months leading up to our wedding, on the day itself and the weeks followiing.

In the weeks leading up to the wedding Chris took time to Skype conference with us to make sure we had a schedule and portrait line-up that was ammenable to our day. Of all our vendors, Chris was the one who helped us set the pace for everyone else- I don't know what we would have done without his preparation assistance!

On the day of the wedding Chris and Brandi fit right in with all of our family and friends. From our first-look to the very end of the reception, they made everything comfortable and special, a perfect combination for an otherwise hectic day! We knew they had captured our day beautifully before we even saw pictures. However, when Chris approached my husband and I during our reception and handed us an IPad with a photo slideshow of photos from the day already going, our jaws hit the floor. It was amazing to reflect on the day as the evening came to a close. I was so thankful for their attention to detail and obvious desire to provide top-notch customer service on-top of everything else they had done that day.

We recently received La Brisa's discs of our photos and laughed, cried and reminisced as we looked through all of the incredible images. Chris and Brandi were able to provide us not only with hundreds of beautiful images, but also memories of our day that we will have forever. We highly recommend La Brisa Photography for your wedding portraiture needs!

Thank you again so much for the opportunity to photograph your incredible day! You can view more images from their wedding on the La Brisa Facebook page by clicking HERE. And you can view all the images from their wedding through their online gallery by going to www.labrisaphotography.com and clicking on “Clients” and “Weddings”.

Dress Designer: Designer Unknown from Ida's Bridal – Overland Park, KS
Tuxedo: Designer Unknown from Men's Warehouse
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Designer Unknown from David's Bridal
Ceremony Venue: Tiffany Greens Community Center – Kansas City, MO
Reception Venue: Tiffany Greens Community Center – Kansas City, MO
Cake Designer: Shining Stars Catering – Kansas City, MO
Hair Stylist: Be Chic Bride – Kansas City, MO
Make Up Artist : Origins at the Zona Rosa Dillards – Kansas City, MO
Shoe Designer: Converse
DJ: Carrieoke Productions - Kansas City, MO
Caterer: Shining Stars Catering - Kansas City, MO
Flowers: Hy-Vee Floral
Programs: DIY by the bride

In one of my favorite candid moments, after Laura and her mom had a mini-dance party they gave each other one of those, “I am so incredibly happy!” hugs and it was perfect.

First Look



During the slideshow, all of the bridesmaids were in identical states of awe

First Dance

Super fun Father-Daughter Dance

And Laura and Jordan with La Brisa! =)

Until the end of January, b and I will be offering a very special opportunity to you called the 2012 La Brisa Calendar of Awesomeness! We have filled this calendar with some of our absolute favorite images that we have ever created and we want to share them with you. In honor of our desire to give back, 100% of profits will be donated to the ALS Foundation in honor of Robert “Bobby” Rawle.
These 13.5"x19" beautiful calendars are $35 plus shipping and can be purchased here – 2012 La Brisa Calendar of Awesomeness.
Check out the preview of the calendar!