- Mary Oliver -

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?"
Wisdom-Watson

I'm also a night owl, a perfectionist and laser focused often to a fault (despite attempts to reform in all areas!). One target of this focus has forever been documenting life in detail – and when I began my business, it was with this innate desire to create images that captured clients' lives in a beautiful way. I started out doing various kinds of work but discovered while building my brand that as a trained journalist, my niche was in weddings and the rich storytelling potential they provide. Thus came the transition to  Wisdom-Watson Weddings – a new name meant to designate not only this new specialty but also the multiple means my team offers for capturing it. Through photography, videography and more, we are curators so our clients can be keepers of the once-in-a-lifetime day they say "I do"! 

let's get personal

ABOUT me

I'M A KANSAS CITY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
WHO LOVES CAPTURING COUPLES IN LOVE.

I'M A KANSAS CITY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER WHO LOVES
CAPTURING COUPLES IN LOVE.

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erin

ABOUT US

Sure, it may come with sweat-inducing temps. Summer has all sorts of positive associations for me, though – from new starts to sweet freedom to childhood days spent swimming. And as an adult who could always use more hours in the day, I love the illusion of extra length that comes with it staying light late.

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I love something about each one,
but summer is the best in my book.

my favorite season

He's a laid-back 15 pounds of fluff I adopted after getting my first post-college job. We added my husband to the family several years later (although Seth likes to pretend Luke was his pet first!). Luke loves us both, but if I'm in my office, he's often as shown here – keeping me company from his corner.

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Meet my little love Luke (who's not so little compared to most cats.)

Meet my little love Luke (who's not
so little compared to most cats.)

my life as a #catmom

So are a lot of other places, but this particular travel goal is one in which Seth and I have journeyed farthest (so to speak!). Our main problem: We have some favorites we tend to revisit (like Rocky Mountain National Park, shown here) – which may not be the best move when we have so many places to see!

So are a lot of other places, but this particular travel goal is one in which Seth and I have journeyed farthest (so to speak!). Our main problem: We have some favorites we tend to revisit (like Rocky Mountain National Park, shown here) – which may not be the best move when we have so many places to see!

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Every single National Park
is on my bucket list.

 MY GO-TO SPOTS TO TRAVEL

Maybe it's because I'm a words person, but I can't help it: I love shirts that say something. The "guilty" part of this pleasure isn't so much the tees themselves as my insatiable desire for them. I don't actually have hundreds, but if my heart had its way, I'm sure I'd own at least one for every day of the year!

Maybe it's because I'm a words person, but I can't help it: I love shirts that say something. The "guilty" part of this pleasure isn't so much the tees themselves as my insatiable desire for them. I don't actually have hundreds, but if my heart had its way, I'm sure I'd own one for every day of the year!

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In my ideal life, I'd have limitless closet space for graphic tees.

In my ideal life, I'd have limitless
closet space for graphic tees.

my guilty pleasure

I mean, I don't take my laptop and iPad to the grocery store. But on longer trips and certainly at home, they're my constant companions. Being able to work from anywhere can be a double-edged sword, but even with those easily blurred work/life boundaries, I'm so grateful for these pretty pieces of technology.

I mean, I don't take my laptop and iPad to the grocery store. But on longer trips and certainly at home, they're my constant companions. Being able to work from anywhere can be a double-edged sword, but even with blurred work/life boundaries, I'm so grateful for these pretty pieces of technology.

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I can't go anywhere without them without feeling a little lost.

I can't go anywhere without them
without feeling a little lost.

my everyday accessories

As a lifelong KU fan and graduate united in holy matrimony to a man who loves Mizzou, I've had to learn that sports fandom and marriage don't always mix. Fortunately, I've also learned that love can defeat the greatest divisions (even if we're fairly obviously faking it when we feign support for the other's team!).

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We're looking somber here because
a border war is serious business.

MY HOUSE DIVIDED

And yes, I have a graphic tee for it too! After having spent almost all my adult life hiding the silver strands under dye, I decided in my mid-30s to embrace my (literal!) true colors. I know acceptance of premature graying isn't for everyone, but I've personally found it freeing to show and celebrate the real me.

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It started showing up in my teens and now is something I show off.

It started showing up in my teens
 and now is something I show off.

 MY (NATURAL!) SILVER HAIR

If you aren't, this poster that's in my office won't mean anything to you! But suffice it to say: It represents one of the most iconic episodes of the show. Being almost the same age as Rory during the original run and having the same college major and intended career path, I strongly identified with her character.

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If you're a true "Gilmore Girls" fan, you'll for sure grasp this wall art.

my all-time top show

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eight fast erin facts

1. my favorite season

2.  MY LIFES AS
A #CATMOM

3. MY GO-TO SPOTS TO TRAVEL

4. MY guilty pleasure

5. my everyday accessories

6.  MY HOUSE DIVIDED

7. MY (NATURAL!)
SILVER HAIR

8. my all-time
top show

I don't usually refer to myself
in third person, but the writer 
in me will go to great lengths
for the sake of sound repetition!
(There's a bonus fact for you).
See below for more about me:

I don't usually refer to myself in third person, but the writer
in me will go to great lengths for the sake of sound repetition!
(There's a bonus fact for you). See below for more about me:

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the wisdom-watson way
my skill set
my style
my signature

With degrees in English and journalism and almost a decade as a full-time staffer for a media company, I'm no stranger to polished content creation, a high-pressure environment and delivering professional work on deadline.

But just as vital in preparing me for what I do now are a set of inherent characteristics: creativity coupled with a diligent and detail-oriented nature, along with a strong sense of sentimentality and an appreciation of all things pretty. Although I may be biased, I've found this to be a perfect cocktail of qualities for putting to use as a wedding photographer!

I call my style fine-art photojournalism to designate how it fits a journalistic approach and how it differs. Like true photojournalism, it emphasizes documentary storytelling. But it also involves more artistic elements.

Among these is the art of posing couples in a way that's relaxed and natural rather than awkward. Even in moments that are orchestrated, I want real relationships to shine. Similarly, in post-production, I aim for a natural edit that leans toward light-and-airy but doesn't stray from showcasing the details of a wedding day as they actually were.

Through my signature brand of storytelling, my highest hope is to depict my clients' days as even more beautiful than they remember. Another way to say this is that I tell the truth, but  always from the most aesthetic angles.

My signature is also in the intangibles of the client experience. As invested as I am in creating amazing images, I care just as much about creating enjoyment along the way. A wedding should be joyful, after all, and I  keep things flowing, fun and stress-free – because I fully believe that when it's all done, what most sticks with couples is the emotion of the day.

and one more important "S"
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seth

He's also a former basketball phenom, an Army veteran and the wonderful husband I'm lucky to call mine! Since our wedding on 10.10.10, he's been my truest constant through career changes and multiple moves; my companion on cross-country adventures and ordinary evenings on the couch; my co-parent to our beloved cat and my co-worker in this business. He plays a big role behind the scenes as our self-proclaimed purchasing agent – keeping us current on the latest and greatest gear – and as my personal database builder. Also, although he doesn't work every wedding with me, he often is the one by my side for those marathon days of documenting the start of a marriage. And truly: Being as grateful as I am for our own makes capturing our clients' marriages that much more meaningful! 

He's an engineer-turned-analyst who excels at almost everything – including photo + video work.

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ABOUT seth

my second stellar second shooter
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katie

The dress bustling expertise comes from a former job in a bridal shop, but her role in my life goes back much further than that. We've been best friends since high school – and as she can attest, photography has always been a big part of that. Long before either of us ever envisioned practicing it professionally, she learned to be patient with my penchant for getting just the right shot. She also deserves credit for a lot of my favorite photos of myself – taken in places all across the country we've traveled together. And as my business grew and I needed to add someone to my team, I couldn't think of anyone second to Seth who I'd trust more with my work. After shooting alongside us for several weddings several years ago, she stepped into the role of full-fledged second-shooter and has been an invaluable asset ever since. 

she not only gets great shots but also offers
dress bustling help (and is just the best human).

she not only gets great shots but also offers  dress bustling help (and is just the best human).

ABOUT Katie

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In our book, there's no such thing as too much wow-factor when it comes to what a bride wears.

In our book, there's no such thing
as too much wow-factor when it comes to what a bride wears.

WE
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stunning
dresses

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Add a boutonniere perfectly matched to the details of the day, and of course we'll treat it as a star too!

Add a boutonniere perfectly matched to the details of the day, and of
course we'll treat it as a star too!

and
 dapper 
suits

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Nothing compares to when you see your soon-to-be spouse, all dressed and ready to say your "I do's."

We
 LOVE 
first
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The big day may be over, but those expressions in the getaway car say it all: The real fun's just beginning.

The big day may be over, but those expressions in the getaway car say
it all: The real fun's just beginning.

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last
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Be they funky or silly, classic or sophisticated, we'll make sure they don't go undocumented.

Be they funky or silly, classic or sophisticated, we'll make sure
they don't go undocumented.

WE
LOVe
little
 details 

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The bride and groom are the most striking, of course, but we love them even more against a beautiful backdrop.

and
grand
views

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You'd remember those pre-ceremony moments even without photo evidence. (But we'll still offer it!)

WE
LOVE
quiet
anticipation

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When else will you have a gathering of so many special people, all there to share your joy and cheer you on?!

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raucous 
 celebration

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What a gift it is to have found The One who will be by your side for the rest of the life you build together.

What a gift it is to have found The One who will be by your side for the rest
of the life you build together.

WE
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new
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A wedding does more than marry a couple: It adds to a family tree and perpetuates
a legacy.

A wedding does more than marry
a couple: It adds to a family tree
and perpetuates a legacy.

and love
that spans generations

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We'd love nothing more than the chance to chat! Contact us to get a feel for whether we're the right fit for documenting your wedding day.

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all rights reserved