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Tyler + Kaylee 7.24.16


Tyler + Kaylee 7.24.16

Tyler & Kaylee married on a hot Sunday afternoon in July at the Stonebrook Event Center. It was a beautiful cloudless day with a gentle breeze every so often.  They are just an adorable couple who like to have fun. You can see the love as they interact with each other. Tyler and Kaylee opted for the not so first look. With everyone tucked away it was a few silent moments for them to reflect on the journey they are preparing to embark on. During this time they exchanged gifts, Kaylee gave Tyler a pair of Batman cufflinks with his name engraved on them. He is an avid Batman fan. Tyler gave Kaylee a unique ring wth the same color stone as her engagement ring. I found this to be so endearing. During the ceremony both families participated in a sand ceremony, then they gathered for a small prayer. It was then time to kiss the bride and Tyler did what Tyler does best.  I have seen him dip Kaylee on several occasions so I knew to expect it. Tyler and all the guys looked so dapper in their tuxedos. Kaylee dress was gorgeous, with lace for some romance and some bling to match her sparkly personality. Tyler's mom's made all the floral arrangements and Kaylee's mom sewed each of the bridesmaid's dresses and both dresses for the flower girls. What a talented family.  After dancing the night away to the cupid shuffle, props to the entire family for getting in on this.  Super cool to see them all dancing together as one.  The newly married couple drove off into the sunset with a T-Bucket that Tyler and his grandfather built together.

Congratulations Tyler & Kaylee, I was honored to capture your wedding and wish you many years of happiness and blessings as you embark on this new journey as husband and wife.




Venue: Stonebrook Event Center

Dress: David's Bridal

Tuxedos: Tuxedo Junction

Catering: Swadley's Bar-B-Q

Makeup: Ali Anderson Esthetician

Photographer: Vanessa Wells Images



Why I choose to print.

Vanessa Sr Pic
Vanessa Sr Pic


When I was a senior in high school I didn’t get senior pictures. Actually I did, but since I was paying for this myself, I couldn’t afford much.  I had them taken as required by the school/studio.  A few poses were chosen and purchased in the 4x6 size.   I made copies of the 4x6 prints, which resulted in very dark and over saturated pictures. Oh my… how wrong was I back then.

When Danielle, my eldest became a senior I knew she was going to have the senior pictures I never had. You know what I’m talking about. We all want our kids to have what we didn’t. The session was set up and we carefully picked the outfits that would represent who she was.  A few weeks later and several hundred dollars and I have a beautiful senior portrait on my wall.

When it came time for Kiley, my youngest to have her senior pictures taken we did the studio session for yearbook purposes. But we also wanted something different. Not your typical studio look and feel. We wanted the on location look and feel.  She was a soccer player and we wanted to incorporate that into her pictures.  We hired a photographer, had the session and a couple weeks later we had the CD in hand with her senior pictures.  We were so excited to finally have her senior pictures and get them hung on the wall next to her sister’s portrait. At the time, I thought this was the easiest and cheapest way to go. Easiest because I would not have to sit down with someone to pick and choose.  I could do that from the comfort of my own home on my own time. I wasn’t accountable to anyone.

Many of you know what it’s like when you have a senior in the house. There are so many activities and functions and things on the calendar, this in addition to everyday life. You get busy and don’t have time for anything else..much less decide which picture you like the best and what size and who gets what and where to print. Graduation came and went as did summer then college. Needless to say, I didn’t print any of her senior pictures. To this day I still do not have any of her pictures on the wall. Sad but very true. It’s not because I didn’t like them. Time just got away from me. I wasn’t held accountable.  You know what they say out of sight out of mind.  The CD was put away and I forgot about it.  Uber fail on my part. In fact I went and searched out the CD for this blog and I’ll be printing some out.  Soon I’ll have both sisters’ senior portraits on my wall.

When I opened my business I knew immediately what I wanted my business model to be. I wanted to be a full service photographer for my clients. I want to ease the stress and for them to have a great experience from beginning to end.  I mean really…who needs or wants more stress in their life.  I want to help them pick their favorites images and sizes and know when they return from the lab the color is the same color as the pictures in their gallery. Not the dark or overly saturated ugliness.  All my clients have to do is hang the pictures in their home. Easy peasy no stress, just pure excitement, joy and happiness. Your memories deserve prints.

If you would like a stress free fun session contact me at and we’ll get you on the books.

Photo credit would go to the studio, but I don't remember who the studio was or if they are still in business.