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Festus Family Photographer | Kappler 2014
April 27, 2015 10:39 AM Blog
Last fall I got together with this fun loving clan for some unique family photos. Even though we were unable to trek to one of the locations they'd hoped for, we had a great time playing around near the house. It was also special to be able to include Grandma in some shots (and she certainly is a personality)!
Farmington Wedding & Engagement Photographer | Ellen & Aaron
April 26, 2015 10:22 AM Blog
This might be one of those rare cases where I actually blog an engagement session before the wedding happens! I photographed Aaron and Ellen last November for their engagement sessions, their wedding is this June. Also included was Aaron's son who is clearly totally in love with Ellen. We had a great time playing around in the weeds and fields and leaves... and even with the donkeys. How cute! They even chose the shot of the two of them with the donkeys for their save the date postcards.I'm real ......
Festus Family Photographer | Walden 2014
April 25, 2015 10:17 AM Blog
Last season I had the privilege of photographing our music minister's family. They certainly are a handsome bunch, and those boys certainly are something else. And, of course, these little ones are already so much bigger and even more good news, Mama has another one on the way! Looking forward to seeing this family grow.
Kimmswick Photographer | Morgan Family 2014
April 24, 2015 10:01 AM Blog
Here is a lovely spring time family session with a truly wonderful family. We decided to head off to Kimmswick for some great texture and it was a gorgeous day. And, I gotta say, the little girl here was not even quite 2 years old at the time but was one of the easiest children to photograph ever! So willing to sit still and pose. ;-)
Ste. Genevieve Photographer | Mary Beth
March 7, 2015 11:34 AM Blog
Last November we had what felt like a really early snow and there wasn't much of it so there were all sorts of green things sticking up out of it and what not. But it was still perfect to get out and take some photos and Mary Beth was willing to model for me so we headed to one of my favorite spots. I also loved seeing all of the dead leaves in the woods sticking out of the snow.So we just went around a bit before getting too cold and had some fun and... isn't she just so adorable???I had also b ......
2015 St. Louis Best Bridal Show
March 2, 2015 06:20 PM Blog
January 18th I did my first big bridal show. I've done a couple before but never one this large, with this big of a space. I've only ever had small tables before.Before I go any further - I could not have done this without some special people, especially Kate. Some of you may know Kate, she and I have been friends for a long time now and I have done photos for her family for several years. Last year, she started working with me as my wedding assistant. I could not have pulled this show off witho ......
Ste. Genevieve Family Photographer | Bugg 2014
March 2, 2015 04:01 PM Blog
I had the opportunity to photograph this sweet family last Fall and of course, we had a great time. I loved all of the purple and white and I think it all came out great. Everyone was so sweet and I enjoyed getting to know them. We walked around Ste. Genevieve a little bit making use of brick walls, a wooden fence at a historic site, and a private location that I have permission to use. I really loved the look of the wood and the white walls especially with the outfits. I love all these sweet sm ......
Farmington Wedding Photographer | Matt & Tracy
March 1, 2015 10:07 AM Blog
Matt and Tracy were married on a beautiful - though quite warm - day in September of last year. This was the ultimate wedding, seriously. So beautiful and unique, I absolutely fell in love with the bouquets, for example... buttons and bling!We first met for a few getting ready pics of the girls and some decorations and people waiting around the lobby of the ceremony venue. Once everyone was ready, we did a First Look with the bride and groom, after doing one with her and her father. Several tear ......
Why does my photographer need a contract?
February 25, 2015 12:49 PM Blog
I was looking at some of what has drawn people to my website a bit ago and there were a few questions that had been typed into Google and found my website, by whatever combination of words. However, it's likely those questions weren't answered here as most are generic photography questions. So I decided to try and answer these as they come up in my keyword referrals. So the first one I'd like to discuss is why does my photographer need a contract? I can only figure that someone, somewhere in t ......
Festus Family Photographer | Natalie and Ruby
February 20, 2015 01:17 PM Blog
Back what feels like a million years ago, I got to do a real quick gender reveal for this mom. What was really cool about it was that she also didn't know the genders of the TWINS until her shower when they revealed. So we took the photo in a way that she didn't see it before it was time. So fast forward to more recently and these little beauties are here! Like most twins, they arrived early and spent some time in the hospital before getting to go home but once they did, we were able to set up s ......
St. Louis Family Photographer | Easter 2014
February 10, 2015 08:44 PM Blog
So I figured I'd better go ahead and get these posted before it's Easter again! All the kids were dressed up so why shouldn't we have a little mini photo session?? Of course... not a one of them was really very cooperative... as usual! The group shot of the kids, I am not kidding, had to come from 3 separate photos and required me calling in my Photoshop experts... and even then, it's far from perfect. But, hey, that's who they are and we love them for it. I may Photoshop some faces together fro ......
St. Louis Family Photographer | Holifield Family Extended
February 9, 2015 08:00 PM Blog
Last May/June we had another opportunity to go visit my husband's family in Mississippi. Living in several different states, it's not all that often that these siblings can all get together and even though the event was marred by a tragedy, they were able to pony up some smiles for me with one another and their mom. We also took a group shot of all those who were able to make it. I imagine the actual family is probably more than twice this, though! Photos like these are very special to have and ......
St. Louis Fantasy Photographer | Katelyn
February 8, 2015 12:58 PM Blog
About 10 months before this session, I was inspired when I saw Katelyn in her homecoming dress and immediately pictured this. It got cold rather quickly though and everyone was so busy so we waited until school wrapped for the year. Her mom did her hair and make up just as I had envisioned.Of course... we had a ton of fun with this! I just love all of it from the dress and the setting to the hair, make up, glitter, mask, and my OWL. Everything!
Ste. Genevieve Senior Photographer | Avina, Class of 2014
February 7, 2015 09:53 AM Blog
As promised, here are Avina's senior photos... some of them at least! We actually ended up with a lot more photos than usual, roughly two and a half times the average session. She was not only so sweetly photogenic but we met twice due to a rain out the first day.The first day we were able to do some photos under the overhang while the rain just poured, including some photos of her with her siblings and grandmother who was visiting at the time. A few days later, we headed out around Ste. Genevie ......
Ste. Genevieve Family Photographer | Kayleigh's Sari
February 6, 2015 10:37 AM Blog
Shortly after I photographed her daughter for her senior portraits (coming soon), sweet Dee gave my daughter an authentic Sari. It was still a little bit big for my little petite Miss Thang but we made it work for a little photo session. Of course I had to take some photos!! How darling is this??This first photo is one of my favorites of her so far, ever. I even have it in a 6x6 wood print with dark walnut stain, the perfect size for taking with me on consultations.
Festus Wedding Photographer | Megan & Cary
February 5, 2015 11:05 AM Blog
You've seen these two here before, with their engagement photos. Finally, here are some of the wedding photos.This was a beautiful September day last year. Gorgeous skies and nice temperatures. Megan and Cary had a lovely ceremony following a First Look in Pevely. After the receiving line and family formals in the church, we headed off to Grace Presbyterian in Crystal City for the bridal party session. We had a great time and the wedding party was able to entertain themselves with some radio con ......
St. Louis Family Photographer | Alice
February 4, 2015 01:46 PM Blog
I don't really photograph newborns, but sometimes as special favors to friends and family. I have known this family for a long time and even photographed the wedding of these two new parents back in 2010. So of course I would give it a try photographing this new sweetie! I'm also throwing in some maternity pictures I took of mom after covering a baby shower.
Bloomsdale Family Photographer | Beyler-Lawrence 2014
January 22, 2015 10:15 PM Blog
This was totally cool because my friends from Tulsa were able to come see me! We had a great time out in our woods, yes, that same spot I mentioned yesterday! The leaves at the time, mid-October had fallen quite a bit but still maintained color, there was so much yellow everywhere, I love it! Here are some of my favorite shots and seeing these guys again cannot come soon enough!!
Bloomsdale Boudoir Photographer | Brenna
January 20, 2015 11:45 PM Blog
Brenna wanted to do some boudoir photos for her fiance as a wedding present but as we talked it evolved into what you see here. Can you say adorable???? I sure can! This is one of my favorite sessions of all time, I seriously love these. And hey, who says boudoir has to take place in a bedroom? I love that we shook it up and not only went outside but brought in her fiance's love of Renaissance fairs! Brenna is a real doll both in looks and personality and I've truly enjoyed working with her an ......
Bloomsdale Family Photographer | Doria 2013
January 4, 2015 11:00 PM Blog
Yes, you read that right. 2013. If you didn't believe that I'm horrible with getting photos to the blog, you should now! Thankfully, while I may not blog as much as I should, I can say that all of my clients do receive the utmost of attention and photos are delivered in a very timely manner. Usually, not counting holiday times, sessions are edited and ready for private viewing within a week and a half. Longer of course, if we're dealing with Christmas and New Years ......
Ste. Genevieve Family Photographer | Midkiff 2014
January 3, 2015 10:40 PM Blog
I know, I know, I'm not supposed to apologize for not blogging but wow, I am really horrible at it!! Usually I'm just running so crazy with shooting and editing that I just plain don't spend the computer time to do it. But right now is off-season (seriously, who wants to get out in this weather for a session, no one!) so what's my excuse?? My husband and I are building a new home! And it's exciting not just for my family but for my photography as well. A great place ......
Bloomsdale Photographer | Arielle and Snow
December 1, 2014 01:41 PM Blog
Here is something from a snow in the beginning of 2014. Oops. :)As a last minute thing, Arielle came out for some great pictures in the snow. She's so adorable and we also had some fun with glitter. My husband hates glitter, but he was gracious to allow me to use it outside. ;-) I love that first one with glitter flying out of her hand.
Bloomsdale Family Photographer | Coleman 2014
November 30, 2014 11:45 PM Blog
Kate and I have been friends since our first year of college and I've been doing photos for her family since 2008. I think I can safely say that, at least so far, each session has been better than the one before it. This is one I am especially proud of. When we first walked down to the bottom of our property to my favorite spot - seriously, love this spot and have done many sessions there, yet they all look different - I was disappointed that the colorful leaves were mostly g ......
De Soto Family Photographer | Bequette 2014
November 18, 2014 10:35 PM Blog
This is another fun session that was never blogged, oops! :)Had a great time getting together with this family earlier this spring for Mother's and Father's Days presents from the kids. Not just that but new additions to the family as well and took a few engagement photos for one of the girls.The first photo is also one of my favorite sibling photos I've ever taken. I just love not only the overall composition but how they are all grouped together cute as buttons.View the album ......

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