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Kirstin + Michael, June 16, 2018 | Wedding in Miramar Beach, FL and engagement in Bloomsdale, MO
February 23, 2019 11:22 PM Blog
This wedding... this was on my bucket list. I absolutely loved getting to photograph this beautiful and intimate wedding on the beach in Miramar Beach, FL (not far from Destin)!I first got to meet and shoot with Kirstin back in winter of 2012 when we did a wonderful stylized session that included three beautiful ladies all dressed up in a laundromat and the streets of St. Louis. It was pretty epic. Kirstin is one of my cousin's best friends so it was through her that we got to ......
January 20, 2019 11:26 AM Blog
This is a short PSA with some links to more information. Many a scam has tried to target myself and pretty much every other photographer out there. We might joke often that if you receive the scam requests, you know you've arrived. However, most often, the scams I see are the simple ones. For example, Scammer emails or texts asking to set up a photography session or wedding. The language used is often choppy and just plain sounds strange. Usually, they' ......
Bill & Charlene, June 9, 2018 | Wedding Photography at Grace Presbyterian and Frederick's in Festus/Crystal City, MO
January 13, 2019 3:15 PM Blog
I met Bill & Charlene back in 2017 when we met to discuss their June 2018 wedding and I love the way they described their love story on the information form: a chance meeting in Wisconsin that changed our lives for the better, for the rest of our lives. These two were definitely made for one another and it was such a pleasure to be able to photograph their engagement and wedding.I've included a few engagement photos which took place on a blustery wintery day on the family farm in Ste. Ge ......
Jess & Dillon, May 11, 2018 | Wedding Photography at the Butterfly House in Chesterfield, MO
November 24, 2018 11:46 AM Blog
Jess and Dillon were married on May 11 at the Butterfly House in Chesterfield, MO. This was my first opportunity to photograph a wedding here and I loved it! We pretty much had a perfect day and it shows. My assistant and I first met with the groom and his groomsmen and were soon joined by the bride and bridesmaids. We were able to do first look photos under the arbor that heads back to the gardens followed by some family and bridal party photos. This was ......
Morgan & Jason, July 20, 2018 | Wedding Photography at Jefferson County Courthouse and the Fletcher House, Hillsboro, MO
November 11, 2018 6:55 PM Blog
This was such a beautiful day! It was also my first courthouse wedding! I loved every minute of it. Morgan and Jason had the afternoon time slot and it was so fun not only to capture candid and posed shots in the halls during the time we had to wait, but watching all of the other wedding parties come in. I believe we watched 3 others go before us and it was wonderful to see everyone's personalities come through in their clothing and flowers. By the way, check out that bou ......
Bob & Gretchen, February 17, 2018 | Wedding Photography at Main Street Inn, First Presbyterian Church, and Sirro's/The Orris, Ste. Genevieve, MO
September 22, 2018 5:46 PM Blog
Gretchen and Bob's wedding was a very special one for me to photograph! I have known Gretchen about 15 years now. She shares my love for genealogy and history and, though we originally met online because of Ste. Genevieve history, we found out we are also cousins! Not very close, somewhere around 5th or 6th, but how cool is that? So when Gretchen told me she was getting married and wanted me to photograph the day for her, I was honored and ready!Gretchen and Bob wrote, re ......
Molly & Daniel, December 2, 2017 | Wedding Photography at First Baptist Church Festus/Crystal City, MO
August 3, 2018 11:44 AM Blog
December 2, 2017 I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the wedding of Daniel & Molly. These are two sweet kids that I've watched grow up and it was so wonderful being part of their special day. Another bit of trivia: I have photographed weddings for two of Daniel's sisters and since Molly's wedding, I was able to also photograph her sister's wedding. We could not have asked for a more beautiful December day. Here in Missouri, by the time December rolls around, you ......
Modern Wedding Inspiration from Basic Invite
July 25, 2018 1:59 PM Blog
Today’s bride is chic, independent, unique, and knows what she wants. Traditions always have a twist and when it comes to wedding style, a modern theme is what it’s all about. Modern means fresh and new, but specific styles can vary depending on taste. Whether you’re a country girl or living in the big city we’ve teamed up with the amazing online stationery company Basic Invite to bring you some modern wedding inspiration and wedding invitation designs to match! Modern wedding inspiratio ......
Wedding Photographer | Max & Chelsea, November 4, 2017 at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, Makanda, IL | engagement on the SIU campus
February 11, 2018 2:12 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 5:55 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 9:28 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 9:32 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 ......
Bloomsdale, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis Wedding Photographer | Ashley, Ever After Bridal Session
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 7:21 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 ......
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 ......
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 9:10 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. ......
St. Louis Photographer | Labor & Delivery, Robbins Birth Story Photos
April 30, 2016 9:32 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 ......
St. Louis Wedding & Engagement Photographer | Betty & Jon
April 19, 2016 9:30 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 ......
Festus Wedding Photographer | David & Sarah
February 9, 2016 9:02 PM Blog
Sarah and David tied the knot on May 23, 2015 at a private location and had their reception at TBC Venue in Pevely, MO. Sarah wrote on her information form that she and David met during her first week of college, on an elevator! I think that sounds just like a movie. ;-)As you scroll down and view the photos, you'll notice a large white sheet contraption during the beginning of the ceremony. That was actually an ingenious invention created to ensure that David didn't see ......
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