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Life & Work with Esperanza Dunning

Today we’d like to introduce you to Esperanza Dunning.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I moved to Kansas City, MO in Aug 2011 from Arizona. I got started at a bible college in the area that had housing and a job within the church. I had no car and pretty much anyone I knew was within the church or school. I got started in the photography business by the demand happening in the area. I always took photos of events for Kansas City School of Ministry and once students started getting engaged and graduating around 2014, I began doing senior and engagement sessions. Within a few years, I had requests simply from word of mouth. I never imagined being a photographer although I love doing it. My goal at the beginning was actually to do ministry or teach I ended up getting the best of both worlds doing subbing, children’s ministry and photography on the side. My husband bought me my first dslr camera in 2016. By 2017, I realized this photography thing was legit and registered my business name Espy’s Photography. As of 2020, I felt like I could do photography full time but my heart is with kids and education as well so I still Sub.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I would say it has been pretty smooth. The rough patch would be that I did not have the education or training in running a business so the first two years were definitely trial and error on many ends. Kansas City has a very strong support/network group in the wedding industry and I have to say things became easier with the support and guidance there. I have made many lifelong friends through this whole process. When it comes to photography, I feel like it is tough till you find what your style and clientele is. You really do becomes friends/family with the people you work with in this business so once you start to realize who your ideal client is and what you want to specialize in the easier it is for you to focus on what is needed to keep things growing and connecting with people who connect with your personality and workflow.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a professional photographer in the Kansas City area and beyond (as we do travel out of state).

I specialize in couples, weddings, and events. I do offer Family, branding, and graduate photoshoots as well.

When it comes to weddings, I usually have smaller scale weddings with guest counts ranging from 3-150. I am known for capturing true expression, connection, and candid moments.

I am proud of how far I have come in this business and how much I have learned over the years.

Letting my personality shine in the business, I have a heart to serve others and I go the extra mile to make sure my clients enjoy their time, feel comfortable, and stress-free. I love simplicity, am easygoing, and know how to take charge and give direction when needed.


  • Weddings Start at $1800
  • Elopements Start at $1000
  • Couples $300
  • Graduates $350
  • Events $175 per hour

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Espy’s Photography

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