Hi there! We are John Paul and Emily, and we are documentary wedding photographers and videographers. Our focus is capturing you and your loved ones in natural light settings and candid moments that portray your individual personalities and qualities!

Having been on both sides of the wedding photo process, it is important to us that your wedding day runs smoothly, that you feel confident your memories of the day are being captured, and that you’ll be able to relive this unforgettable day for years to come through your wedding photos and/or video. 

We meet multiple times with our clients before the big day to answer questions, discuss logistics, and offer any assistance we can! As far as the day of the wedding, it’s pretty standard for us to take photos of the wedding party as they get ready, do couples photos, family portraits, photos of the ceremony and reception, send-offs, and so on. Of course, each couple is different in what they want to have captured, so we work with our clients to make sure that our services are tailored to what they’re looking for.

John Paul

John Paul is a geography nerd who loves a good cup of dark roast and traveling abroad; he’s visited such places as Spain, Ireland, Morocco, the Canary Islands, and Costa Rica, and has an ever-growing list of new places to explore.

In his spare time, he can be found hitting the mountain bike trails, reading the newspaper, listening to Spanish podcasts, and boop-ing cats on the nose/scratching horse chins. He can also roller skate backwards better than anyone in the world.


Emily is a foodie and yoga enthusiast who could dig through piles of old records for hours (and has!). She loves gardening, sitting outside with a cup of coffee, writing, and cooking meals from scratch while watching reruns of Anthony Bourdain TV shows.

She wishes she lived closer to the beach, but has always held her hometown of Lawrence, KS, at the number one spot in her heart. She would rather travel by train or car, and has a bad habit of sneaking the cats bits of bacon from her breakfast.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer elopement photography?

Yes, we do! Elopement photography starts at $500, and details can be found on our pricing page.


We take COVID-19 very seriously, and expect to discuss with our clients how to safely approach your wedding day.

How long have you been a photographer? 

John Paul: In 2003, a lightbulb switched on when walking the streets of Seville, Spain. Exploring the world for the first time, experiencing new cultures, sights, and the striking Mediterranean light, I became enamored with photography, and it was then I decided to pursue this passion. 

I became a professional photojournalist in 2005, graduated from Southern Illinois University, and began photographing communities right away. 

In 2006 I photographed my first wedding in rural Colorado.

Emily: I was interested in photography from a very young age. My family was fortunate in that my dad had a professional camera and photographed just about everything we did as a family (holidays, birthdays, family outings, performances, recitals, playing in the snow). He has always been supportive of my creative endeavors, and bought me my first high-quality 35mm SLR camera in high school after I had taken some photography classes.

A musician by trade and education, my passion for photography was more of a hobby until I met John Paul back in 2008 and was incredibly inspired by his photojournalistic and documentary styles. Through our work together, I continue to be inspired every day at how visually compelling this world is, and how meaningful it is to work with clients and record important moments in their lives!

What’s your style? 

We are natural light photographers and videographers, and our inspiration comes from on-location settings: interesting buildings, gardens, country roads and warm light. We consider ourselves lifestyle photographers, and aim to help you come up with photo and video sessions and locations that speak to who you are as a couple or family, and capture interesting pictures about you.

Do you have backup equipment? 

We bring multiple cameras to every shoot and have our cameras professionally serviced regularly to ensure they’re in perfect order. We also download your pictures and footage immediately, and make backups. 

Do you carry insurance? 

Yes, we have business insurance, not only to protect ourselves and our equipment, but to protect you and your guests should some accident happen on location. We’ve never had to use it and we plan on keeping it that way! 

Will you send me your pricing? 

Our full pricing list can be found on our page Photography Prices and Reviews. If you like our photography and videography and are interested in having us document your wedding, we should set up a time to have coffee. That’s important because we'll be spending time with you and your partner throughout your entire wedding. So let’s chat first! 

When will I get to see my pictures? 

We always share a couple of our favorite pictures within the first three days after the wedding. This is usually followed by a blog post no later than two weeks after your wedding, with photos throughout the day. 

When will you deliver the pictures? 

Your private online gallery, which you can share with friends and family, will be available no later than one month after your wedding date. We have never missed that deadline and it’s something we're super proud of! Prints can be both downloaded and ordered from this gallery. We will also deliver your personalized mobile app with up to 200 images at this time.

How do we pay? 

We take both checks and credit cards. A non-refundable $600 deposit is required to save your date. Your final payment is due seven days before your wedding date. 

Do you work with LGBTQ+ couples?

We are proud to work with all couples.

Do you travel? 

Traveling is kind of our thing. Our relationship was built on travel and photography. So if you’re planning a destination wedding, or if you’re getting married outside of the Kansas City area (coast to coast), we’d be happy to talk about documenting your wedding. We want to share those experiences, of travel, photography, and love with others, so let’s set up a Skype session! 

Do you photograph elopements? 


Do you shoot video also? 

Yes, we are excited to offer video documentary services. This is a great way to capture and share stories for those not able to attend your wedding. 

I’m interested in working with you! What’s the first step? 

Great! Send us a message below, and let’s get together and talk! 

Check our availability!

Lawrence Wedding Photographers