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I believe the simplest things in life make you the happiest. I believe the best things in life aren’t things. I believe everything happens for a reason. I believe that life is a gift that shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Hello there, friends and fans! Welcome to the Expressions Exposed Photography website! I greatly appreciate you stopping by to take a look around and view my work. If you’re interested in following me on this incredible photographic journey I am on, feel free to find my page on Facebook—there’s a link with the icon at the bottom of this page.

I’m a small town girl with big city dreams. I love the simple life and capturing my subjects on camera with that mentality. You’ll find that in my work as you view my photos. I specialize in natural light photography and don’t believe that it takes a ton of high dollar equipment, light setups, or fancy locations to produce a great photograph and capture the natural beauty of a subject. 


I'm a premier photographer serving the Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri areas specializing in wedding, engagement, and senior sessions. Other types of sessions and events are available upon request, dependent on availability. 

For those who don't know me personally, my name is Tonya Tomory! I earned a Master of Arts degree in Communication: Photojournalism from Pittsburg State University,  received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Communication from Pittsburg State University, and am also a graduate of Pleasanton High School.

My most recently published works can be viewed in Summer 2022 Southeast Kansas Living magazine, Summer 2022 KANSAS! Magazine, Spring/Summer 2022 Wed KC Magazine, March 2022 Senior Style Guide Magazine,  2020 Kansas Weddings Magazine, February 2020 VIP Murfeesboro Bride Guide, as well as frequent features on country superstar Miranda Lambert's tour merchandise. Other works published recently include project sessions on the Visit KC website and the Senior Style Guide Blog throughout the years. 

I love photography and have been shooting since 2007. With early college plans of becoming a journalist, it was the wise words of my then photojournalism instructor who told me, "You're a photographer, not a writer," that changed my life forever. I obviously took that advice and ran with it, as I later earned my Master's degree with a photojournalism emphasis and began to build this business. I began shooting publicly in 2009 and am extremely blessed for this to have grown to what it is. 

When most people think of photojournalism, they automatically associate a photojournalist to newspaper, TV, or some sort of publication. Photojournalism is simply using pictures to tell a story. And I absolutely LOVE being able to communicate someone's story or milestone in life through photographs. Whether it's senior portraits for young adults as they approach the end of their childhood, or documenting a wedding as two lives become one, it is a very special skill that I have been blessed with the ability to do.  I like to put a contemporary look on photos and break out of some of the traditional posing that has been popular in previous years. I also love doing fashion-esque type shoots. I'm not out for competition with other photographers, I just do what I do and share it with others who support me. I love building my portfolio and learning skills to better myself as a photographer!

If you're interested in booking a shoot or have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time by messaging me on here through the "Contact" tab or by sending an e-mail to I look forward to hearing from you!

"Take each day and make it last, cause you turn around and the future is the past."

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