Sunday Snapshot 1: For the Love of Kansas City Photography

Today marks the first edition of a new series for Weekends & Wanders: Sunday Snapshots. Each Sunday, I'll post a favorite photo from my collection and share a little bit about it. You'll go behind the scenes on some of our most memorable moments! You might read about how I almost fell into the frozen Missouri River, or maybe about a lesson that I had to learn the hard way. No matter what, I hope you enjoy! Today's photo features an example of my earliest Kansas City photography: 

For the love of Kansas City Photography

When Vince and I first moved to the Crossroads a year ago, I felt like I knew the area pretty well. I was at least familiar with its more notable landmarks. I'd even had my senior photos taken on the lawn that is now the beautiful Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts!

As well as I thought I knew downtown Kansas City, I've become so much more familiar with the area in the past year. All of our walks through the neighborhoods have pieced together these great details that used to be disjointed in my mind map of the city. I'm sure there are even more details out there for me to piece together, and I look forward to those adventures.

This particular photo is one of my favorites from a spring 2015 photo shoot. At the time, I'd recently gotten my new camera body and I was eager to try it out in my then-new neighborhood. I packed up my camera backpack and headed out for a two hour walk, which eventually morphed into a 5-hour walk throughout the Crossroads and Crown Center area. The day was beautifully overcast with a perfect amount of light and a little bit of drama thanks to the cloud cover.

This particular photo is a snail's eye view of the south facade of the Kauffman Center. I shot it while circling the building a few times, already bored with my photos of the more famous north facade (EVERYONE interested in Kansas City photography has shot that side).

As I walked along the all-glass wall, searching for a decent reflection of the Crossroads, I suddenly looked up and snapped this photo. I was struck by the balance between the glass's beautiful blue tones and the negative gray sky. The reflection of the supporting wires in the windows also adds an element of symmetry.

This photo, and the positive response it's received from its viewers, has taught me to seek out unexpected angles and perspectives more often. You never know when looking up - or left, or right, or down - will yield a really neat shot.

I love experiencing all that Kansas City photography has to offer. It's such an accessible town to photograph. Each neighborhood is rich with nooks and crannies and large landscapes worth capturing. You could spend your entire life photographing Kansas City and not run out of subjects!

What do you think of this photo? Let me know in the comments!