Mr. Jack Rader

I've had the pleasure of getting to know this guy for a couple years now, and one thing I know to be true about him, he's a GREAT kid. I've watched him with his family; especially with his youngest sister Vivi. You wouldn't believe he was still in High School. When I found out they were going to let me take his senior photos, I was SO excited!

1. He should be a model.
2. Hanging out with his family is always a pleasure. 
3. Taking pictures of great people is pretty much my favorite thing in the world.

I can't wait to see what's in store for Jack. He's onto great things, that's for sure! I'll stop my gushing and share some of my favorites!



PP- Get Yo Mind Out of the Gutter, It's a Personal Post!

I've been arguing with myself for like 5 minutes if I leave this blog to showcase recent work. But it's my website, that just states my name. Yes, I use it to generate new business, but that new business is hiring me, Whitney Kinnison. So, maybe they know I'm a human and have thoughts past photography. But don't be surprised if these thoughts have a few pictures with them. 

It's fall time if you didn't know (if you didn't, please look outside. And go frolic in the leaves... how dare you!). Fall time in photography world means -- Bizniz is about to get reallll nuts. So crazy, that since September 10th, I have not had a day off. I work a full time job and have the most amazing boss that's aware of my passion, and lets me have a flexible schedule to get all my photos in. But after that full time job, I'm meeting up with clients after work, before work, on the weekends to get some pretty photos of them done. Not to mention my 7 weeks straight of weddings. Hopefully this doesn't come off as complaining. Though overwhelming, I'd be crazy if I don't feel very flattered that my schedule is this jammed packed.

When my life is literally every hour awake is doing something, things are going to slide. I can't do everything perfect. Washing my hair has definitely been neglected. Having a semi-clean house has not existed since I can remember. Running was the first to go, haha. But the one that tugs at my soul and is the result of this post. My eating habits are off the wall.

Things you must know. I am ALWAYS thinking of my next meal. I've envied the girls that can eat a yogurt for lunch and be good. Um.... that's literally going to satisfy me for the 3 minutes from the sugar high until I crash and want more. This girl needs volume. Though I believe my "thunder thighs" as I was once called were mostly genetic, my hunger keeps them thriving. So, instead of wasting many more years feeling bad about myself, I learned to deal with it. Dealing with it is actually a lot easier. So, I cook. I cook foods that taste freaking delicious and I don't feel guilty because I know exactly what I put in there. I still may consume more calories than a yogurt, but I guarantee what I'm having provides way more nutrients. 

Number one issue I think most face when they come to these decisions. Time. Cooking takes time. I love the way I feel when I cook, so it's a non issue for me. But as of September 10th (lets be honest, that's my birthday week, I was treating myself to all the goods... soooo Labor Day weekend)  I have had barely anytime to cook. I've snuck in a couple meals and crock pot stuff, but other than that, food has been BADDDDDD. I've refused to weigh myself because that's just asking for a mental self-bullying session. Regardless, my body is speaking loud and clear, it's not feeling good. 

So other than my personal space of venting, I am looking for a creative outlet to get my food loving self back on track. October 31st is the Monday after my streak of weddings and though I still have other stuff booked, I will feel a little weight off my shoulders. So, I'm going to do what I always do when I feel this way. Do a Whole30...maybe. I've given myself the choice to end my Whole30 before the 30 days if I feel better. I've done Whole30 multiple times (started in 2011, life changing experience) and know when my body is feeling back on track. So shall we name it Whole-until the body is feeling good again. Who knows, maybe it will be Whole50. After the last couple months, I wouldn't be surprised.

But to keep it fun, I want to photograph some of my food. I will also link the recipes because let's be honest... I like to eat, I'm not a chef. 99.5% of my recipes come from some genius that deserves ALL DA CREDIT! I do love sharing. My snapchat friends say they like it but I have a feeling they're feeding me lies.

Whole30 keeps things pretty "confined". I have seen plenty of fancy meals made within the guidelines, but I don't have time for that. I also often eat on one dish for multiple days, so don't be expecting a new meal every day. And they're not always going to get you running in the kitchen. But experiencing your body at it's full potential, the Whole30 will have you coming back. 

This was too long. Sadly, I could continue. But I don't think any potential readers would make it thus far, so I will probably just copy and paste for future posts. Alrighty, until next time!

Edison's First Birthday

The Latta family has a special place in my heart. I shot Jessica and Justin's wedding years back and have had the pleasure to take family photos for them as well. Their children are SO funny, its easy to love them. This shoot was for Edison's first birthday. We hung out at my Great Grandpa's land. Wesley and my Grandpa got along great, not going to lie, I was laughing and my heart was melting at the same time as my Grandpa held his hand and walked with us to each spot. 

Here are some favorites from the shoot! Happy birthday Edison!



When a Sunset Steals the Show

A couple weeks back, I met up with Kaitlyn and Jordan one evening where it was super cloudy and I had warned them that it could mean one of two things. A super lame sunset or an epic sunset. 

I'll let you decide which one it was. :)


Thank you so much for letting me take some photos of you all on your anniversary! I had a blast! 

Ashley & Jonathan

I had the pleasure of getting to take pictures of this beautiful couple! Ashley and Jonathan have been married a couple of years and wanted to get some updated photos that reflected their style. When I suggested the idea of meeting at sunrise, I was just a tid bit nervous. I know how much I love my sleep, so I can only assume I'm with the masses on that one. As a photographer, I have the ability to look like a hot mess, because I'm behind the camera. But they accepted and came looking stunning as ever! 

They chose some classic locations, Liberty Memorial and Union Station. Unfortunately, we got booted from Union Station (even though two phone calls were made before the shoot, and we tried to pay when we were there.. Mr. Security wasn't havin' it!) , but found some great spots walking distance. :) 

Here are some of my favorite, along with a shot of the KC Skyline at sunrise!

It was an absolute blast hanging out with them first thing in the morning! Can't wait to do it again. 




Guys... I think I'm sick. TWO blog posts in a month... whatttt! 

Rachel and Josh came all the way from California to get married in Rachel's hometown. I think they picked the perfect venue to show all their out of town guests what Kansas City is all about, The Boulevard Brewery Event Space! Beer and BBQ... spot on if you ask me.  The rain held out for their beautiful ceremony and the backdrop couldn't have been more gorgeous. 

Their entire wedding was thoughtfully planned out. From the venue,the food, the handmade skirt her sister made, the cake their nephew helped with, his sister singing as they walked down the aisle and writing their own vows. I could tell that they were very much in love, loved by all there and everybody knew how to have a good time!

I hope all the out of town guests enjoyed their time in Kansas City, and maybe can spread the word that there's more than just cows here! ;)

Here are a few of my favorite photos!

Thank you so much for letting me be apart of your special day!


My First Blogged Wedding

My heart and my watch need to learn to work together. I want to post every wedding I've ever shot, but time really likes to challenge me. All excuses aside, I present to you... A wedding! 

Leah and Zach came to me a little frazzled as their first photographer had to back out. I truly feel like the luckiest person that I got to help out! I spoke with them a couple of times before the wedding, and I could tell a couple of things;

1. THEY ARE SO NICE! I love nice people.
2. They are very much in love.

I was very right.

Photographing a couple that is nice and in love... so easy. And I think it portrays well in my photos. SO instead of me gushing on how much I enjoyed my time with them, I present to you... Leah and Zach!



Whew. I probably should learn to pick less photos, but sometimes I can't help it! Thank you so much Zach and Leah for letting me capture your special day. It was an absolute honor. 

Until next time!

A Baby Story in Black and White.

Babies, I love them. A lot. Not sure if it's because I'm in the childbearing years of my life, or that I've always really enjoyed children, but something about them will always make my heart smile. 

Without getting too sappy, I recently shot The Byrnes newest addition, Pierce. The little guy was a champ. He didn't hate me entirely too much (that's probably later down the road) and he laid in otherwise uncomfortable locations without making a fuss. I really enjoyed my short time with him and can't wait to catch up with them in a few short months. 

p.s. Deciding to only showcase the black and white images of him were to help focus on all the little things about a baby that are so adorable and I wished could last forever. 

My First Post

Two years later, here I am. Very true to Whitney style. If you'd like to know, I'm unsure I have enough to say to keep a blog going. But, after being told by a person and a magazine, and its apart of my website, I made it a goal. I have somewhat of a vision for this thing, but who really knows.  

Things you should know: 
I don't like the word blog. I'm unsure how to get past that.
I'd prefer to hand write all this, but I'm also unsure you'd be able to read it. Lefty probs.
I'm 110% scared I will fall off the train of this thing. I'd consider myself a busy person. But I know all the positive it will bring.. type freakout...aksdjfsdjkflsjdf;.
As a extrovert by day, and introvert by night.. you should be able to tell when I wrote a post. Some might have 2 words and some (like today) will be a book. 

I thought I'd start out by adding pictures of a trip I just went on, in hopes to make this blog look like it will be filled with crazy adventures, and I'm super cool, and should be followed, like constantly. That is as far from the truth, but I do love these pictures and I want to show them. My sweet boyfriend bought me a little point and shoot to take to St. Lucia, so this was it's first trip, and I was impressed. It's a Fuji x30, and it's still taking me a minute to get used to it, but it kept me busy and I'm pretty happy with my photos. (Confession. I did die a little bit when I saw the pitons and wanted nothing more but to put a tripod down and grab my baby and spend all day trying to figure out how to capture of its beauty. But my boyfriend wouldn't have had that. I don't think anybody would have, but it still hurt my soul a little.) (CLICK ON PHOTOS TO LOOK)

St. Lucia is my first island experience. Everybody was so sweet. I like how French party. But my favorite, seeing the dolphins.. oh that's lame? Don't care, I went Hanson nuts on them (Unsure of what that means.. well let me explain. Hanson was my jam as a kid, and I stood strong through all the jokes on the playground, but I loved them loud and proud, no judgment was changing my mind). It wasn't apart of our trip, and we got lucky, saw them jumping from afar, then right next to our sail boat. I seriously squealed, smiled so large I have added a few new wrinkles, and just held my camera in the air and hoped for the best. Next to whales, they're the coolest creatures out there. Pitons were my second favorite, and I'm sure you'll understand why. Watching the French karaoke, definitely third. :) It was a great trip. I'm already ready for the next. 


Okay, until next time.