"Being a photographer of many varieties, it sure let's me dip my toes in many situations. I love making food look mouthwatering, drinks that get you tipsy just looking at them, and showcasing peoples smiles in a light they've never seen before." Landon Vonderschmidt @landonvonderschmidt, are you trying to charm us?
This week we're in Kansas City Missouri where the BBQ is a must and the people are the friendliest. (Do we say that about every city in the Midwest? Don't answer that.) As always, we're in good hands. "Each month I'm proud to partner with FEAST Magazine, providing photography images for covers, articles, and web content. Starting last fall, the St. Louis based publication expanded regionally with Kansas City being it's other large metro area. Over the past year they have really helped to expand Kansas City's food scene, showcasing all the great things that our city has to offer when it comes to being a foodie." Very much so wooed,
LANDON VONDERSCHMIDT @landonvonderschmidt
Hey everyone! @landonvonderschmidt here from Kansas City, MO. So excited to be your Insta-Tour Guide for the week and show you all I love from our Midwest town. Stating off with The Big Picnic held on the front lawn of The Nelson Atkins Art Museum this evening. So many great food trucks, live music, kids entertainment, badminton spaces, and most important of all, the green plush grass to kick back with family and friends.
You don't think I could let #nationalicecreamday go by without getting a couple scoops of my favorite tasty treat did you?! Hands down, Glaće always pleases my sweet tooth with Salted Carmel and double scoops of the Cream Cheese with Blueberry Swirl. 🍨
@landonvonderschmidt here...and I've got a case of the Monday's. It's a rainy one here in Kansas City, with an even rainier night. Did anyone else have a mini heart attack when the flood warning message alerted your phone at 4AM? Holy smokes. Well, thank goodness for a jump start at The Filling Station, right here in my own Union Hill neighborhood. The Green Machine smoothie sure can change a bad day into good.
(at The Filling Station)
I'm a photographer first and a lover of san serif typography second. And thirdly, I love t-shirts. Snarky, cleaver t-shirts. That's just what @raygunshirts carries. This Des Moines based local business expanded to the Kansas City area a couple of years ago and has taken it by storm since. With sayings like "Too much city for one state", "It's about to get rail", and "This is my tailgating tshirt"...I mean, how can you not love 'em?! Till next time... @landonvonderschmidt
(at Raygun Kansas City)
People ask me all the time "Do you get to eat all the food you photograph?" While I don't eat all of it, I sure do like to taste test when possible. Definitely a perk of the job. Loved this Broadway Butcher Pastrami sandwich from a recent session with @westportcafe. This local staple has some of the best drinks in town and one of my favorite brunches, as well as this new treat on their late night menu. Eat on foodies... @landonvonderschmidt
(at Westport Cafe & Bar)
Kansas City's East Bottoms has a true gem on its hands with @urbanprovisionskc. This locally grown outpost features some of the metros most sought out and unique goods. From candles to tea towels, coffees to succulents...the variety included is curated and of the highest quality. I swear, each time I go in something new catches my eye and makes me heart this chameleon even more than before. Off to shop... 📷 @landonvonderschmidt
Bright blue skies today in Kansas City. Makes the Western Auto sign seem just as vibrant as it does at night with the glowing bulbs and light chasing arrow. Now condos, this historic building has a long history with our cities skyline. 📷 @landonvonderschmidt
(at Western Auto Lofts)
Stopped by @peregrinehonig's studio space this afternoon to catch up with the Crossroads based artist. She's an internationally collected creative, that also owns Birdies @birdies_kc, a lingerie boutique also in the neighborhood. You might have heard of the "Royal Panty Raid" last fall during the World Series. Well it was Peregrine and her unmentionables that made the nation-wide news. She's also been a founding producer of the West 18th Street Fashion Show, an event that's been held for 15 years in the heart of KC's Crossroads District. And yes, that's Beignet seated next...the cutest little four-legged friend.
Ahhhh for creatives... 📷 @landonvonderschmidt
(at Birdies Panty)
I totally swoon anytime there's a strong graphic element incorporated into architecture. And let me just say, @theamericankc located in Crown Center over looking the city is totally swoon worthy. A little history...Warren Plattner designed the interior space of the KC establishment as well as Windows on the World, the restaurant located at the top floors of the World Trade Center North Tower. Many James Beard Award winning chefs have called this KC landmark home, with it currently led by executive chef Michael Corvino.
Dinning at its best... 📷 @landonvonderschmidt
KC sure loves their Boys in Blue @kcroyals. The feeling in the city last fall when our hometown guys were in the World Series was electrifying. Royals fever was thick in the air. I would even sign work emails with "Go Royals!" Nothing beats a summer night out at The K... 📷 @landonvonderschmidt
(at Kauffman Stadium)
Hand crafted sodas and all natural snow cones sure add a lot of tasty color to @Little_Freshie, but its quaint atmosphere and friendly smiles keep people coming back again and again to the Westside favorite. Slipping on this mango ginger soda sure was just what I needed this morning.
Keepin' it fresh... @landonvonderschmidt
(at Little Freshie)
The natural light filling the rustic space at @shopfinefolk in the KC Crossroads District is breathtaking right when you walk in the door. Finefolk brings together artfully curated emerging designers and collections with a sense of style ease. These are pieces that will be staple items in your closet for years to come. Pictured is a gallery of images from their SS '15 campaign. A true example of fashion becoming art.
Feast on fashion lovers... @landonvonderschmidt
Champagne for the People! @cavakc was a packed house last night for some soul and sparkles. The Westport champagne bar has tasty small plates through the week, a much sought after brunch on the weekends, and a patio with the big bulbed light strings and cute bistro tables. All of this topped with amazing service and even better company.
Summer of Rosé... @landonvonderschmidt
(at Ça Va)
It's 5 o'clock, time for a brewski! Perfect way to start off a summer weekend, with a Boulevard Wheat from @boulevardbeer. This local Kansas City favorite can be found on tap in most bars and restaurants in the city. The Boulevard Brewery tour is also one of the best ways to spend an afternoon sampling the different varieties.
Cheers to the weekend... 📷 @landonvonderschmidt
Love how this mural leading into @kcpldistrict bridges Kansas City's historic baseball roots with something new that's brought life to downtown with the @sprintcenter. To watch this areas growth over last 10 years has been amazing.
KC proud... 📷 @landonvonderschmidt
(at Spring Center)
It's not a tour of KC without the larger than life Shuttlecocks around the @nelsonatkins. These turn the grounds of the museum into a large badminton court, with the building itself representing the net.
Play on... 📷 @landonvonderschmidt
I've lived in Kansas City over 10 years and just learned this week you could go to the top of the tower at Liberty Memorial. The things you find out when exploring. Endless. Same with views from atop there. Thanks for joining in on the journey this week!
Signing off from Kansas City... 📷 @landonvonderschmidt