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Professional Photography by Phoenix Photography Of Greater Kansas City

Special Events, Golf Tourneys, Conventions, Portraits and Wedding Photography in Kansas City is one of our favorite areas of photography to work in and be around. We have posted a selection of special events on this blog photographed in Kansas City from 2002 thru 2013.

Please look through them and enjoy.  To see more weddings and special events photographed by Lisa and John of

KC Phoenix Photography, visit them at

KC Phoenix Photography .  Click on ”View Events” to see all their published work.

John & Lisa’s  KC Phoenix Photography Studio is also listed on Tie The Knot, Kansas City Style – The Top Wedding Vendors listing for Kansas City.  Thanks for taking the time to view the events and information we have posted and photographed.

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KC Phoenix Photography serving Greater Kansas City.

Phoenix Photography of Kansas City

Your Kansas City All Around Commercial & Portrait Photographers



Shooting white on white

Shooting white on white, here is the for a true professional challenge.

First as a marketing professional you need to see their previous work.   Funny to say this, but qualify the work they are showing to actually be theirs.  Another story all together – but yes, people who pose as photographers steal other’s work.

You will need many details from your client to save time of your own and the client you work with.  Many ways exist for shooting white on  white.

For instance, is the image going to be COB’ed (cut out background) or used as is with shadows, reflections, pitch of the shot and so many other items.  You will want to know how they intend on using them and most of all for any studio, budget – white on white can be tricky and time consuming.  Don’t get in the middle of a project and find the photographer can’t hit the time frame you need for in-experience.

Here are a few good examples below from a professional.

If you have a need for a full time studio with  true professional photographers, Please contact Phoenix Photography Inc.

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Lisa Catera & John Phoenix
Your Kansas City Wedding Photographers
913 677 1419

What to know about shooting Real Estate

Phoenix Photography is one of Kansas city’s top Real Estate photographers.  They don’t just depend on natural light (which can be beautiful) but how to light the hot spot or center of attention area.  This can be a Fireplace, Entire Room like a Game room or a simple detail that really stands out.

Having a long career with Real Estate allows Lisa and John at Phoenix Photography to really capture the mood, the sweet spot and know what to do with the information they collect.

Using a standard wide angle lens for full room shots will leave you with a scewed proportion of  any room that will only look great if the editing is done right.  Walls and furniture that tilt at a funny angle, not a natural look will not only make the photography look horrible but it will be a reflection of the seller’s agent.

Lighting is a little more serious consideration.  Poorly lit rooms will again look bad and if you try to fix a dark image it will be very grainy.

Should you let the sellers provide photos? Are they professional photographers selling the home?  so the answer would be to invest in a good photographer.

Should you use a NEW to the industry photographer? Once you have examined their work and you feel comfortable with how the images look in color, proportion, and lighting, then give them a try.  ONE BIG NOTE:  A few good images is not always the complete story.  Anyone who is new and providing Real Estate images really need to show a couple tests runs for you to get comfortable.

What about great photos from my Cell Phone…?  Remember how you get what you pay for – NO, these are not the quality you need to show a home you need  to sell.  Remember you are not only  representing the seller, but your own reputation as well.

Is your photographer INSURED?  Here is a huge deal breaker.  Say you have someone in and the home is furnished.  So many things can happen, Items get broken, someone falls over your equipment bag, theft and many more reasons to have an insured photographer.  Simply ask for a document of insurance from their insurance company each annual quarter.

So, I have shown a few good reasons to hire a seasoned photographer who knows what they are doing and have been doing this kind of work for several years.  Check everything about them.  References, criminal record, insurance and quality of images other publications or professionals have used photographed by your considered pro photographer.

Here are a few examples of good work by a photographer who has been working in the industry for over 20 years.

Real estate photos

Commercial living room photo

House in commercial photography Phoenix Photography

This article has been provided by Phoenix Photography Inc. of Shawnee Mission Kansas.

Contact information:

Lisa Catera & John Phoenix
Your Kansas City Wedding Photographers
913 677 1419

How To Choose a Wedding Site

We recommend that if possible, both bride and groom will attend all interviews.

Always carry a note pad and pen to write down important information and questions that may arise during your interview.

Actually, choosing the wedding site that is just right for you, is a lot of fun.

Before you start looking, you should brainstorm. As you do, take to consideration your budget, your wedding theme, the atmosphere you want at your wedding, your interests, and your guests.

The location is one of the most important aspects of your wedding so consider carefully what will make yours a special, one-of-a-kind wedding event. You have many option including a do it yourself wedding (friends and family contributing of course.) Following is a list to get you started.

Ideas for wedding sites include:

  • A Home – do it yourself wedding, or Wedding Venues such as…
  • Auditoriums – usually on a rental basis,
  • Beach – public domain may need permit and or license,
  • Bed and Breakfast – full service,
  • Camp Grounds – do it yourself wedding,
  • Club Houses – do it yourself wedding,
  • Country Clubs – most offer full service,
  • Conference Centers- some offer full service, some are on a rental basis,
  • Convention Centers – some offer full service, some are on a rental basis,
  • Hotel – Ball Rooms – Grounds or – Gardens. A Gazebo makes a wonderful setting for a     wedding ceremony- full service
  • Houses of Worship – Churches – Synagogues – Temples – Mosques – etc…some offer     full service, some are on a rental basis, some can only facilitate the ceremony,
  • Mansions – full service
  • Museums -some museums offer celebration rooms and may even help with special     wedding themes, especially historical – usually on a rental basis,
  • Parks – Great – do it yourself wedding,
  • Patio – Gardens – do it yourself wedding,
  • ranches – usually on a rental basis,
  • Resorts, full service
  • Rented Halls – usually on a rental basis,
  • Stadiums – usually on a rental basis,
  • Yachts or Cruise Ships – full service,
  • You can probably come up with some more ideas.

Unless the location is your top priority, choose the dream location and a few alternative sites that will be just right for you, so that if necessary you can be flexible. Some location are natural for weddings and offer all the amenities you need. Others rent the space and leave the rest to you, still others are free but you have to make all the arrangements. So, consider your budget, consider the work involved, consider your guests and choose the site that will afford you your dream wedding. The information you gathered, is actually a wonderful preparation for your interviews.


These are venues that can take care of every little detail regarding your ceremony and reception. You’ll still need to attend to your personal needs. You’ll need to attend to the attire, wedding accessories and wedding gifts for each other, family, and wedding attendants.


Many wedding sites that are available on a rental basis. Some provide the space, others provide tables and chairs too while still other provide linens, tableware, flatware and glassware as well. There are also rental based sites that have a working relationship with selected caterers and are familiar with other wedding service providers and vendors.


Public parks, beaches, gardens etc… make great wedding sites and are perfect for do it yourself weddings. They offer you the opportunity to express yourselves in an unconfined atmosphere. Most are free to use but you’ll need to do the majority of the planning and contracting. Your first step is to find if you need any permits and or licenses. If you do, obtain them.


Many apartment complexes, condominiums, mobile home parks and gated communities have club houses for their residents´ use. So whether you choose to have your wedding in a home or a club house, you’ll need to be in charge. Do recruit your family and friends and assign them appropriate tasks. Most will be honored to be asked and excited to be a contributing part of your wedding.

How to Find Wedding Sites

Once you have chosen the type of wedding site you want for your wedding, do the following:

  • Ask your family, friends and acquaintances for recommendations.
  • Attend bridal shows.
  • Search the yellow pages under the appropriate category.
  • Either call or visit the facility and request a brochure specific to weddings.
    • You want only the best! Be selective!
    • When visiting or calling, were you greeted cordially?
    • Were you able to obtain the information you requested in a timely manner?
    • Were the people you spoke with helpful? Too helpful and eager?
  • Now, check the internet for local wedding sites and go to their websites.
    • Do you like the look and feel?
    • Does it provide you with the information you are looking for?
    • Does it show or tell about unique one-of-a-kind weddings ? Can you find Free gifts, Free articles or Free information? Are they helpful? Did you find a clearly posted name, address, phone and email contact?
    • If not, skip it and go to another site.
    • Bookmark (favorite) the websites that are agreeable.
  • Place the brochures in a folder until you are ready to choose a few favorites.

What to Expect of the Representative of the Facility:

  • A business card of each person you may work with within the facility.
  • A brochure that explains what is offered and any exclusions, rules, regulations and options.
  • References
  • A tour of the facility so you may check their amenities.

Questions for the representative of the facility:

Please note that not all questions apply to all. Each question will indicate what venue(s) it is directed to.

fs = full service rb = rental basis ps = public site

  • Are there bathrooms on the premises? ps
  • Are there garbage receptacles on the premises? ps
  • Are there electric outlets on the premises? ps
  • What are the hours available for a wedding? ps
    (Most public sites are available only on certain days and certain hours.)
  • Is there a parking area close by? ps
  • How long have you been accommodating wedding parties ? fs rb
  • How many wedding clients have you served? fs rb
  • Do you offer any guarantees? fs rb
  • Do you have an in-house wedding coordinator? fs rb
  • Do you offer a bridal package? fs
  • What are your rates for the different packages and what are the options available? fs
  • Can you recommend wedding vendors and service providers your customers had a good experience with? fs rb
  • Do you offer any discounts? fs rb
  • What additional expenses may be charged? fs rb
  • Do you provide an insured and bonded babysitting service?* fs
  • How much and by when will we need to put down the deposit? fs rb
  • What is the latest time frame for making changes? fs rb
  • Will you provide us with a written contract? fs rb ps
  • Does the contract include a 3 day cancellation clause? fs – rb ps

* If you plan not to include children in your reception, do not alienate guests who’d rather bring children than miss your wedding. You should provide a babysitting service for such guests.

Once you made your choice, you need to receive a written contract signed by the person in charge, and dated. The contract must include all of your responsibilities and all of the responsibilities, warranties and guarantees offered by the facility. Caveat Emptor – Buyer beware! Read each contract very carefully, on, under and above the line. Be sure that you understand it fully and agree with all the terms. If you have questions, concerns, or are uncertain, contact them for clarification.

In most parts of the USA you have 3 days to examine the contract and if you need to, cancel with no penalties.

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Amy and Dutch with the Kansas City Wedding Photographers

We started by meeting Amy and Dutch at our Phoenix Photography studio in Shawnee Kansas, when we hit it off right we got started immediately working with them on their wedding day planning.

Fun in the sunset, Amy with Dutch

Their engagement photo shoot was done at Shawnee Mission Park where we had the awesome       opportunity to photograph them and their horse at sunset around the lake.  It was an exciting time – they brought fun props to use as well.  We ended up shooting about 75 frames and posted them online for the couple and their family to view.  They loved them!

Amy and Dutch with their horse

Love in the park

The wedding was in Paola Kansas at a beautiful location, Town Square event venue which was fabulous in all respects, great food, wonderful service and a beautiful ceremony area – hard wood floors high ceilings – in all the upstairs area accompanied with  great lighting from all the large windows.

Main event room

She Said "Yes"

In the Paola Square there were several great outdoor locations and perfect weather for starting thier day.  We got started with the couple getting ready and then meeting in a floral garden under the whisteria arch.  Then the rest of the wedding party jumped on a trolley with the couple and we went to several fun – but close – locations to get dozens of shots of the couple and the wedding party…now to the ceremony!

Once the Wedding Ceremony was over everyone poured into the large downstairs event area.  Many well decorated large round tables with a huge dancing area in the middle.  The cake off to one corner was on an cool country antique table (the decor of Town Square) with fun western decorations around and behind.om here it’s now wedding time.  The ceremony held on the huge second floor of Town Square, superbly decorated with beautiful flowers that seem to represent their country taste well with sweet little tin lanterns at the isel edge.  Town Square has an awsome pergula built for couples to get married under with the lighting just right it makes for a very nice scene to photograph.

Kansas City Wedding Photographers Lisa Catera and John Phoenix found the evening to be filled a couple hundred of thier frineds and family celebrating the wedding and all the fun traditional wedding event things that took palce, but the most important and outstanding is how happy the couple were and how great the entire day turned out.  Have a look at some of the pics from thier day…they were simply great to work with and we look forward to seeing them for all their anniversary photo shoots!

Phoenix Photography, your Kansas City Wedding Photographers


Why your wedding photographer should be high in your wedding budget consideration.

Wedding couple in picture frame

The reality is that most people aren’t aware of what actually goes into making great pictures that you’ll cherish for the rest of your days. They’re not familiar with the processes that most photographers go through – it’s much more than just showing up to take the pictures and then handing you a DVD or printed proofs. There is actually quite a bit that takes place before, during and after your wedding that contributes to the final result.

Most good wedding photographers didn’t just wake up one day able to make the kind of beautiful images that you see in their wedding portfolios. Most of them started their careers with education – both formal and informal – on how to make great pictures. Professional photography is definitely an acquired skill. Most photographers spend years learning how to master their camera equipment, lighting scenarios, image composition and different posing situations that work (and ones that don’t work). Formal education is often supplemented with internships, on-the-job training and many hours spent making, evaluating and re-making picture after picture.

Having gotten this far in their photography careers, once the photographer decides to take the plunge into wedding photography, a significant additional learning effort must be undertaken to learn and perfect the science and the art of photographing weddings. Many, if not most photographers will start this process by working (usually for free) on anywhere from a few to a dozen or more weddings as a “second shooter” with an experienced wedding photographer. Much like driving an 18-wheeled semi-truck is different than driving your passenger car, making great photos at a wedding is completely different from making great pictures in a studio or for a newspaper or magazine.

Once the photographer has a handful or more weddings under their belt as a second shooter, they will often perform a couple of weddings for free or near-free as a primary shooter. It’s critical for the photographer to continue to gain experience in the dynamic wedding environment. This experience is invaluable, as you never truly understand the demands of dynamic event photography until you’re “on the hook” to deliver the final product from start-to-finish.

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During the Wedding

During the wedding, your photographer (or photographers) will arrive many hours before the ceremony to capture the details – often this includes the bridal party getting ready (hair & makeup, putting on the dress, etc) as well as the groomsmen and groom getting ready. Also, as the ceremony and reception areas are set up the photographer will capture the details of the decorations, table settings, etc. Of course, the photographer(s) will then make photos of the ceremony and reception, as well as any send-off.

After the Wedding

This is the component of the process that is probably the most misunderstood by the average person, as it is the one that they have little-to-no exposure to, generally speaking. On average, your photographer will spend anywhere from two to four hours on the back end – selecting, processing, enhancing and tweaking your images – for every hour that they are in front of you. That means that an average 8 hour wedding will require, at a minimum, a total of 24 to 40 hours of work on the part of the photographer. A “one day” wedding has suddenly turned into almost a full week of work.

Most photographers will need at a minimum of two professional quality camera bodies (usually three or even four including backups), which can cost anywhere from $1500 to $6000 or more. Add to that an array of lenses costing anywhere from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand dollars each, lighting equipment, required software, etc and the costs can be more than $20,000 just in basic equipment to be able to make, edit and process photos. And like most technology, much of the above equipment will be obsolete in 3-5 years due to advances in capabilities and industry trends.

Other Considerations – Location

This is an important one to keep in mind as well. Though Kansas City is not a very expensive place to live, Real estate alone is ridiculously expensive. Add to that the very real costs of health insurance, some of the highest fuel costs in the country, general costs of doing business (marketing and advertising, printing, utilities, etc) and you can see that it can get very expensive, very quickly just for someone to make the move into the wedding photography business.

In Closing

The intent of this article is simply to attempt to illustrate that which most couples shopping for a decent wedding photographer never realize – that there is much more than “show up and shoot” on the day of your wedding that went into your photographer’s ability to be there and make images that will be cherished for the rest of their lives.


Photographers aren’t just there the day of your wedding to shoot your wedding. They are running and operating a business! Just like in any business marketing, research, and customer service is happening all the time. Websites need to be kept updated and bills need to be paid. Some photographers chose to take only one wedding a month, but others take one every weekend which means your wedding probably isn’t the only wedding they are working on. Also, they have employees or contractors to pay, such as a second photographer. Not only do they have to pay the second photographer, but extra equipment has to be purchased for the second photographer. I haven’t met a wedding photographer that did absolutely love what they do. However, they still want to make a profit, so keep all of this in mind when you are looking at those prices!

Closing Comment:

The Knot, Kansas City Wedding Photoraphy

Your wedding day is often the most important day of your life. It is the one day where everything is about you and you get to marry the one person that means the most to you. Weddings cause many stresses and worries but at the end of the day it is the day in which you are happiest. Wedding photographers capture this happiness, how beautiful everyone looks and the events of the day. Wedding photos are shown for years and years to grandchildren and great grandchildren, they are therefore an extremely important feature. Your wedding photos will keep the memory of that special day with you forever so you will want them to be of the best quality possible. Good quality photos unfortunately cost a lot of money, but they are well worth it!

Thank you Article Alley for this article on wedding photography prices: http://www.articlealley.com/index.php

Phoenix Photography provides all wedding clients with 2 professional photographers, engagement session, high resolution of fully fixed images ready to print, day of wedding coordination…and more!  With over 500+ weddings and as many happy clients, we can provide for your wedding much more than many in Kansas City…and so very happy to do so!

Thank you, we look forward to meeting you.

John Phoenix & Lisa Catera
Entrepreneurs in business to make life better for everyone.
913 677 1419

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