A dinosaur specialist joined us for this session.

Why does it seem like our birthday club members are growing up so fast? After the first two years we see them yearly, which seems like a long time, however the time goes by so fast and then here we are again at the park for a birthday session. James was ready for his session when he got to the park with mom and dad. He had just gotten a hair cut and brought his prize from the salon with him. It was a rubber snake – boy did that come in handy. James didn’t have any trouble smiling but he really cracked up with the snake was dancing around, singing a song or tickling mom or dad. James did swing it around between poses and we quickly realized that it had some bounce to it, making it a sort of rubbery weapon when you got to close to him. It was just great to see him give it up when it was time for him to take photos again. Last time we did photos it was all James alone, so this year it was time to get some family photos. We got so many options because James loved smiling with mom and dad, his favorite was probably sitting on dads back for a photo! After some funny faces with dad, kisses for mom and some wonderful photos of James alone we decided to continue the fun. James really loves dinosaurs so we met in Forest park since there are a couple of dinosaur statues there. We knew that he would have fun playing with them, well he couldn’t exactly play with them, but he was able to hide behind them and sit on their feet. Of course, mom thought of everything and brought some dinosaur toys to play with during the photos. James sat down to play with the statues in the background, a perfect photo. He even gave us a lesson on some of his favorite dinosaurs as well as answered all the questions from dad about the types of dinosaurs correctly. Well, I guess he did because we don’t know much about dinosaurs! It was wonderful to catch up after such a crazy year. See you again next year!

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Kim was getting married and talked to some friends about their experience with a wedding photographer. We know that our couples love working with us so we were not surprised to hear that Kim got our name from someone we recently photographed. We even got to see them at the wedding! A short ceremony at a winery with about 80 guest is no reason to think a photographer is not needed. Sometimes we hear “it’s just a little event” or “family members can take some iphone photos” These words are not music to our ears, we hate to see any event go un-professionally covered. Kim and Dave had the right idea of hiring us, even for just a few hours. We have hourly packages perfect for these types of events. Upon our arrival everyone was also arriving with the decorations, the girls were ready to get dressed and the venue – Wild Sun Winery – was happy to accommodate anything the guests needed. Because we did a first look with all the photos before the ceremony I asked Kim the same thing I ask all the brides. Does she want to tap Dave on the shoulder for him to turn around and see her or does she want him to watch her walk over to him. Kim said that she wanted Dave to pick, he decided he wanted to watch her walk over to him. He knew that he wanted to take a moment to look at her with a giant smile coming toward him. This was not the first wedding for either of these two, but Kim stated in her vows – you may not be the first but you will be my last. These words were so wonderful to hear since this newly formed family of 6 seemed perfect together. Dave’s girls said a few words during the ceremony, it was a surprise to him, and it brought a tear to many eyes. These two look very happy together and I was honored to help celebrate with everyone. The photos are going to be something for them to have forever – but we do hope these are not the last family photos they take. We would enjoy working with them again to do more sometime in the future. Congratulations! 

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Kim called in early 2020 during the time our studio was closed to talk about wedding packages. Although we were closed to clients coming in the office we were there to answer the phones and make sure everyone could reach us to schedule upcoming events. We knew that we wouldn’t be shut down forever! We had done a wedding for Kim’s sister so she knew that as long as we were available that she would be selecting a wedding package. Who knows what would be happening in May of 2021 but she was hopeful that everything would be back to normal. As the wedding day approached we talked about the possibility of spaces shutting down again or the mask wearing restrictions. Kim and her fiance, Grant, were so excited that instead of closing all the venues and mask wearing was easing a bit. They were looking forward to celebrating in a way as normal as possible after everything this past year. We arrived to greet a house full of girls getting ready, with 8 bridesmaids and 4 flower girls it was a frenzy of girls all over doing hair and make-up. Surprisingly they were running pretty much on time! Kim and Grant decided that they did not want to see each other prior to the ceremony so instead we did all the photos of the groomsmen first followed by all the photos of the bridesmaids. This way we were able to save time after the ceremony and focus on photos of the newly married couple together. The day just went by so fast that it seemed like we were doing photos of them together before we knew it! A very accommodating wedding party listened to the strict instructions of go behind the venue to the lake and don’t stop at the bar or talk to anyone. They all did as they were told so we quickly were able to get those photos done so they could go mingle. Kim and Grant spent a bit more time enjoying each others company as we did photos and the video guys got some wonderful drone footage. I’m sure there was lots of stress going into this event not knowing what they would be allowed to do, however as Grant stated in his speech it was amazing for everyone to come out and freely celebrate with them. They were so grateful to have such a perfect day. We wish them all the best and know we will see them again. 

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Here we are again for another birthday club session with Christian. Outdoor sessions are great for those kids on the move. Mom knows her son very well, of course, as most mothers do. She thought that a session at the park with some horses in the background would give him something to look at. Christian is 100% on the move all the time. He has a mind of his own at two and there’s no fooling him when trying to take photos. We started off by taking a couple photos of the brothers together. Their new baby sister will arrive in just a few short weeks so these would be the last photos of just the brothers. However, every time we told big brother to scoot closer to Christian he would just move over. Christian likes his space and couldn’t be fooled by us trying to get him closer to his brother. We did get some photos of the boys watching the horses, as well as, some cute images of them leaning on the fence. Dad was willing to do whatever needed to get them to smile and it totally worked when we focused on Christian after the brother photos. He thinks dad is hilarious which was perfect for us to get the laughs and smiles. Because it was his birthday club session we did lots of photos of Christian, even though we were chasing him around a little bit with the wind blowing through his hair all of the silly things mom and dad did really got him cracking up. Sometimes when mom and dad see the images that we captured knowing all of the running around and silliness that went on during the session they are just ecstatic. Yet again, we got some wonderful photos during this birthday club session.

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It seems like only a few weeks ago we were working with this couple in the park for their maternity session. Now here we are doing newborn photos. Baby Bobby had decided he was going to come just a little bit earlier than expected. Mom said it almost seems like he was kicking his way out of there because he was ready to greet the world. We didn’t doubt that for one moment because Bobby is surely strong. Throughout the session he was awake and kicking his legs the whole time. We had asked mom if he ever stayed still throughout her pregnancy and the answer was “not very much.” We do say having newborn photos within the first two weeks is the best because after that the babies are more active and alert. Bobby was already both of those at only eight days! Mom and dad said they totally understand the parents that don’t realize how quickly the first weeks go by and trying to get in before the two weeks is a challenge. But they wanted to try to get in as soon as they could so that they could get these precious newborn photos as he is already changing from day one. The images we captured of the family, mom and Bobby, as well as, dad and Bobby are ones that they will cherish forever. Everyone looks so happy! There even a few photos of body giving us a little smile, which will be great to show family and friends. With many out-of-town family the new mom and dad have had a bit of a chance to relax with just the three of them before some people come in town to meet the new addition. At that point we’re sure that they will welcome some additional hands on deck. Babies change and grow so fast, as mom stated during the session, having these newborn photos and various sessions throughout the first year are really great way to capture all of the little faces. We hope to work with Bobby again in the future and perhaps have a new birthday club member

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Graduation is such a special time for everyone, not only the graduate but the families that get to watch their children finish such an amazing accomplishment. We received an inquiry about meeting on a college campus after the commencement ceremony in order to take some family photos, as well as, photos of the graduate. The entire family was coming in from Texas for this wonderful occasion and of course it needed to be celebrated with photos! Once we found each other on the campus Michael, the graduate, had a few important spots that he wanted to take photos. They were all wonderful locations – giving us various options for the session. There were many graduates around and as we walked the campus Michael seemed to know many people. He has a great outgoing personality which I’m sure will serve him well at his job position that is set up for him back home in Texas. He came to St. Louis to study and attended Washington University. He has enjoyed his time here in St. Louis. I hope that his family was able to enjoy time here as well and able to have fun while they visited him. During the photos you could really see moms excitement throughout the entire session. She was so proud of her son and all that he has accomplished. As we wandered around there were selfie stations for the graduates to take their own photos as well as professional stations however those lines were very long. Michael had the privilege of having his very own photographer walking around campus with him to take photos in all of his favorite spots and skip the line. What a great idea mom had to hire us to be there for her son! Don’t miss out on having professional photos taken whether it be on the commencement ceremony day or another day. These moments are too priceless to skip – happy graduation to all of the 2021.

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It’s been a while since we have seen this birthday club family. Basically the whole world, including our studio,  shut down in 2020 so we skipped the birthday photos last year. And this year we met outdoors so the boys could have a little bit more fun running around the park, instead of photos at home like we have done in the past. They have really grown so much since the last time! When we met them at the park the boys were definitely ready for photos with smiles and talking to us right away. No shy children here, they were very good listeners as well as directors to each other. We got started with some family photos first and then because the boys were old enough to get those great smile looking at the camera photos we threw in some silly photos. We think that you need to let the children have some fun as well as doing some of these post pictures. The boys enjoyed playing in the flowers at the park with a  peekaboo game behind them and then, of course, showing off their best pose at the end of the session. These poses gave us some cute personality photos! The images we captured of the family interacting and the kids with mom show how much these little ones love their parents. It was great to see everyone and I know that we captured some perfect images to hang in the house. As we walked around the park mom said that they were leaving the same day to go on a little trip with the boys but they did not know about it. We really hope that they had a great time because they truly deserve it after all of the great work that they did during your photo shoot

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We have worked with this family for so many years now it seems that some sessions become easier and easier. But this sassy little girl tends to give us a run for our money each time we see her. However, we are always up for it and mom is always prepared to get in the photo if needed. To be honest,  the photos we get with mom in them playing with her daughter are just super sweet. So having those is an extra bonus along with all the great photos that we end up with at the end of the session. Some children just take a little bit more warming up to the photos than others. Instead of sitting them down and laughing and singing songs we need to quietly relax look around our surroundings, play with some flowers, or watch some passerby people until the children are ready to smile. That is exactly what we had to do with Adelynn. Unfortunately, when we arrived at the park it started to drizzle a little bit but we looked at the weather and decided we were going to give it a try no matter what. We tucked ourselves under some trees watch the ducks for a little bit. Then moved to some beautiful flowers – looking and smelling those helped calm her down. After that she was all smiles the rest of the session! She sat on her a little bench, she danced and stomped around, and she laughed at the silly sounds mom made for her. With two older brothers this little one needs to stand her own and she definitely does. Mom says she has her hands full and we don’t doubt that on bit. However, this sweet little girl, once warmed up gives us the most precious photos will see you next time Adelynn.

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 We met these girls at the park for a wonderful generation photo. Grandpa decided that he wanted his daughter, wife and granddaughter to have a photo taken together for Mother’s Day. What a wonderful idea, we think all families should do this. After rescheduling due to rain we were blessed with a nice cool cloudy day, perfect for photos. Savanna, the youngest of the generations, was all smiles the entire session. It was very easy to get many photos! The matching shirts were a wonderful touch to add some personalization to these memorable photos. After photos of all the girls together we also added in some of Savannah and Nonna, as well as, Savannah and mom. We got so many options in such a short mini session time slot! We had originally wanted to do some pictures of Savannah splashing in the water since it was nearing summer and she is learning to sit up. However, the water was looking a little rough so we skipped that and took some photos with the blooming flowers instead. A perfect spot for a little girl in the park. Honestly these girls couldn’t have gotten any better photos –  cooperation, happy baby, beautiful day, everything was in their favor which is why they decided to get all of the digital images instead of having to choose. We recommend these types of generation photos for all families because looking back at these is going to be extra special. Of course there are lots of photos of baby but mom is often not in the photos and surely grandma is not either so having the three of them together in the same photo is truly just priceless. We will work again with this family sometime soon and know that little Savanna will be a happy baby during all of her sessions.

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Becky and James have been waiting what seems like forever to celebrate with family and friends. Their wedding was scheduled for April of 2020. Well we all know what happened in spring of 2020! They pushed the event back to June in hopes that they would be able to continue as planned with the reception. However, sadly that didn’t work out either. These two made the decision to get married with a small ceremony at home and just a few guest in June 2020. Then the reception would be moved to a date that everyone felt more comfortable gathering together. May of 2021 was that time! Finally, Becky got to wear her wedding dress that has been in hiding for over a year. We met this couple at a family home in Waterloo for unique images on the property. The originally venue was no longer available for the rescheduled date so the first plan of taking all the photos in one location had to be changed. I think these images are more special since it’s a family home that Becky and James were welcomed into as they finally got to celebrate their marriage. James gave Becky a “wow” when he saw her for the first time in her dress. A perfect reaction after he has been waiting so long to see his beauty. The weather called for rain but we got in all the photos before a drop hit the ground. We were very lucky with all the locations close together for us to take photos. They are going to have a very hard time picking photos from these images as well as the images taken back in June. I’m sure they will decide to keep many of them as a reminder of two wonderful days that made up their wedding celebration. The reception was filled with smiling faces who were very excited to be there for Becky and James. The toast spoke of how perfect these two fit together, how they have been enjoying married life for almost a year and the excitement that finally everyone was able to be together. They truly deserved this reception and we know they had a great time all night long. Congratulations! 

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