Wedding Photographer | Max & Chelsea, November 4, 2017 at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, Makanda, IL | engagement on the SIU campus
February 11, 2018 02:12 PM Blog
Max and Chelsea's wedding took place last November 4, right at the peak of the beautiful fall season. Here in Southeast Missouri, we didn't seem to get much pretty color but this part of Illinois sure had a lot of pretty yellows, oranges, and reds. And here, at Touch of Nature Environmental Center in Makanda, overlooking the lake, it was absolutely perfect.The girls readied themselves in one of the hotel rooms and I had a great opportunity to get some pictures of Chelsea's beautiful ......
Ste. Genevieve Wedding Photographer | Levi & Chelsea, September 23, 2017 on their farm
February 1, 2018 12:13 PM Blog
I think there is something really special about having a wedding on the place where you intend to grow old, which is exactly what Levi and Chelsea did. I had the pleasure of visiting their farm when we did engagement pictures the fall before and it was lovely then, but after the transformation for the wedding, wow! The barn was made into so much more, it was absolutely gorgeous, the use of pallet wood was especially wonderful, as well as the doors in the back (which you'll see below) ......
Fredericktown Wedding Photographer | Ben & Jessica, August 26, 2017 at Dodson Orchards
September 30, 2017 12:01 AM Blog
What a gorgeous wedding! I truly loved every minute of this and cannot speak highly enough of the venue! Jessica and Ben tied the knot August 26, 2017 at Dodson Orchards, Fredericktown, MO. This place was beautiful! There was an outside ceremony in front of a unique and lovely arbor followed by a barn ceremony with a massive dance floor area and all of the shabby chic decorations you could ask for -- without going overboard! And oh, the lights! I discover ......
Jackson Engagement Photographer | Jessica & Ben | Trail of Tears State Park, Jackson, MO
August 31, 2017 11:50 PM Blog
Here are a few photos from a recent engagement session. This was a tricky one to pull off! Ben's schedule is pretty crazy right now so this puppy kept getting pushed off but we managed to get it in about a month before the wedding. Even though there's not a lot of time between the two, the engagement session is still important - it's a great chance for me to get to spend some time with the bride and groom and for both of us to familiarize one another with how we work, pose, and ......
Wedding Photographer: Forever Thine Wedding Workflow for Lightroom from Sleeklens (Review)
August 29, 2017 05:55 PM Blog
I was sent the Forever Thine Wedding Workflow for Lightroom from Sleeklens in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.I already perform approximately 50% of my photo editing in Lightroom, I usually then finish each image in Photoshop. For this review, I did not move the images to Photoshop except to resize them and place them into the before and after preview images.The Forever Thine Wedding Workflow is, of course, intended for you to edit your wedding images quickly and easily, but it i ......
Wedding Photographer | Michael & Natalie, July 1, 2017, at First Baptist Church Festus-Crystal City
August 18, 2017 09:28 AM Blog
Michael and Natalie met in what felt like an unlikely place and developed their relationship out of a great friendship. I have known Michael for many years and it was an honor to be there as they tied that knot to start their life together. It was a beautiful day, and thankfully not very hot (you know me).First things first, everyone arrived at First Baptist Church Festus-Crystal City about the same time and finished getting ready. I took the time to get some shots of various d ......
Ste. Genevieve Wedding Photographer | Jeff and Gabby, June 17, 2017 at Treasured Memories
August 1, 2017 09:32 PM Blog
Jeff and Gabby tied the knot on June 17, 2017. It was horribly hot but the day itself was so beautiful. Actually, everything was beautiful - the venue, the flowers, the ceremony, and of course, the couple.I started the day arriving at Gabby's parents house to find all of the girls ready to go. I was able to get a lovely shot of the ring with her shoes, but everything else was already down at the venue, so after a few shots outside, we headed on down. Inside the venue, we ......
Ashley: you know, just a bride in a creek
May 5, 2017 11:10 PM Blog
Meet Ashley :)Last August, on a strangely cold-for-August day, Ashley braved the rain and cold and hopped in the creek wearing none other than a wedding dress and flower crown. I love it! This is the second time I've gotten in the water this much to get some epic photos. This is, however, the first time I did not ruin a camera and lens doing it. Score one for me!This was seriously so much fun and it gave me an opportunity to get some great promo photos. W ......
Alice & Co
January 14, 2017 07:21 PM Blog
Yeah, I know, finally a year later and I post this. Sorry about that. :)However, this was one of the most epic sessions, eva. This one took a lot of preparation, of course! The girls all worked hard to get their outfits together and they ended up doing their own hair and make-up and the results were wonderful. This was also the first one I really did with a set - we had a little tea party table set up with beautiful cups with saucers and even a hookah, supplied by ......
Ste. Genevieve Senior Photographer | Liz, Class of 2017
January 9, 2017 10:33 PM Blog
I joked at the end of the 2015-2016 school year that all I'd had to photograph, senior-wise, was boys! Unfortunately, I think I've failed at not only blogging any of them but haven't posted them to Facebook either! Not sure what's wrong with me, even though I joked, we all had great sessions!However, with that in mind, so far, the 2016-2017 school year has been all girls for my seniors! At least as of this writing.So if you would, please meet Liz. What a lovely lady, it was tru ......
January 1, 2017 04:39 PM Blog
Last night we said goodbye to 2016. This is a year many are glad to see go. As far as photography is concerned, I had a great year. I created this little mosaic collage of every nearly finished client image from 2016. There are over 4200 photos! It's too small to see here, of course, but on the original I can zoom in and at least make out what is going on in most of them. I managed, this past year, to get all of my client work finished, but rarely did a ......
Ste. Genevieve Maternity Photographer | Kaitlyn
November 11, 2016 11:33 PM Blog
Kaitlyn and I had a great time shooting her maternity session back at the end of August. We even had a chance to do a crossover session and get her in the outdoor clawfoot tub for a milk bath session! These sessions are typically boudoir and have their home at my other site: Blush Boudoir. However, Kaitlyn shows us one can have an equally beautiful session here while fully clothed. I was so excited to be able to photograph a maternity session in the milk bath. ......
The Girl Without Hands
August 21, 2016 10:27 PM Blog
Sounds strange? It's a Grimm tale! I was so excited to be able to do this session and I had two great models, Kat and Brian, along for the ride! I dare say we did pretty darn well, especially considering to really be able to do this story, we needed about 6 more cast members! But these two are the stars of the story, so here they are!The Girl Without Hands is an interesting story. In a nutshell, it's about a girl who, well, gets her hands chopped off! She then ......
Bloomsdale Family Photographer | Robbins 2016
August 18, 2016 09:58 AM Blog
There might be some familiar faces in this post! But there's one relatively new one, too! Meet my dear friends complete with all three of their children. The last time we saw this clan, the littlest addition was just new born. So here we are again about a year later.This past spring I finally got these guys down to my own private spot for some in the woods family photos. Last summer when I posted pictures of my own kids using this chair, Erin said she wanted to ......
Festus & Bloomsdale Senior Photographer | Julia, Class of 2016
July 10, 2016 10:23 PM Blog
I have a lot of photos to share today! This was such a great session, Julia was absolutely amazing! We started with professional hair and make up and headed to one of my favorite spots. We then visited 3 more great spots, everything was just perfect. So congratulations again, Julia, on graduating high school, I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. :)
St. Louis Engagement Photographer | Ariel & CJ
July 4, 2016 09:05 PM Blog
Here are some totally adorable engagement photos from last November. A fun fact: this beautiful woman is my little cousin! We had a great time running around under those willow trees and in the field and it was all just perfect. Great lighting and color, ahhh I love this place! So looking forward to their wedding this coming fall!
St. Louis Wedding & Engagement Photographer | Angelina & Patrick
June 13, 2016 11:17 PM Blog
I absolutely loved working with these two! Engagement photos were taken on Main Street St Charles and points nearby and we sure got some good stuff. Angelina & Patrick were so adorable together and their love for one another is obvious. They gave me some of my favorite engagement photos to date.The wedding, if you can believe it, was even more beautiful. I also had the privilege of capturing moments of Kenyan tradition that I had not gotten to before. Two o ......
Festus Wedding & Engagement Photographer | Brittany & Andrew
May 5, 2016 09:10 PM Blog
Today's post is brought to you by this entirely adorable couple, Brittany & Andrew. I was completely honored to be able to photograph their engagement session and wedding for them and we are more than pleased with the results.For their engagement session, last fall, Brittany & Andrew headed out to my place and we played around in the woods for a while. The meeting of the minds, the three of us also came up with what has become one of my favorite engagement photos ever. ......
Festus & St. Louis Photographer | Mason, Class of 2016
May 3, 2016 04:59 PM Blog
Mason is one of my 2016 seniors and hails from Hillsboro High. I've actually known and loved his family for a long time so it was extra great getting to do these photos for them! We had two sessions, one nearer to home to take advantage of some beautiful spring foliage and the second for some urban fun in St. Louis. Both sessions produced some equally wonderful images. These are some of the images his family ordered as well as one of my favorites. :)
St. Louis Photographer | Labor & Delivery, Robbins Birth Story Photos
April 30, 2016 09:32 AM Blog
One year ago yesterday, I had the privilege of helping welcome this sweet baby girl into the world. This was the second birth I photographed for my friend Erin and I have to tell you, there's nothing like being there for the birth of a baby! Aside from your own baby of course!Erin tells this story much better than I could in her blog, please check that out! However, let me just say here that I will never forget how I felt when the baby was out and I saw that cord around her nec ......
Ste. Genevieve Photographer | Robbins Maternity
April 29, 2016 03:22 PM Blog
As promised, we continue today featuring a certain sweet little one year old... who wasn't even born yet in these pictures! My dear friends came down to Ste. Genevieve for their maternity and family session. We had a good time walking around and capturing some great shots.
Ste. Genevieve Photographer | Gender Reveal, Robbins Girl
April 28, 2016 10:59 PM Blog
Ok because I totally suck and was reminded that the baby who's gender we revealed in these photos turns one year old tomorrow... yeah, gotta get my act together. :) So over the next few days we'll be featuring this little girl.So the gender reveal. We decided to go with the age-old (ha) and unfailing balloon reveal. Of course I had to find the biggest box in the history of boxes and thanks to friends, we found one! Balloons inside and painted by the amazing Mary Bet ......
St. Louis Wedding & Engagement Photographer | Betty & Jon
April 19, 2016 09:30 PM Blog
A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of photographing Betty & Jon for their engagement. Their sweet doggie Leonard tagged along and really stole the show, that pup has some great facial expressions for sure! By the way, I love Betty's dress and the colors they chose for the session! I'm seriously all about those blues lately. Here to follow are some of our favorite shots.
St. Louis Wedding Photographer | Derek & Jami: 5-31-2015
February 15, 2016 10:05 PM Blog
Derek and Jami had their ceremony on May 30, 2015 in the beautiful Crystal Garden Banquet & Event Center and even though the rain sequestered us to the indoors for most of the evening, it was still very lovey. In fact, all of the windows in the room we were in let in lots of great light, despite all of the clouds. After family formals and the bridal session, we started on some pictures of just Derek and Jami in the hall when it stopped raining long enough to grab some outsid ......
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