Baby Dyllan + big sister Henley // STL, MO

I get a little soft when I see a family with at least two girls. I was lucky enough to grow up with a big sister AND a big brother. Best of both worlds. I think in a perfect world, all kids would have a sibling of the same gender. I cannot imagine life without my sister, and I am so so grateful that my boys have each other. Seeing the start of a bond between Henley and her new baby sister, Dyllan made my heart swell. I thought of all of the good times I had and still have with my sister… a bond that is unlike no other. Yes, there was fighting over clothes and boys… and who was prettier. But when it came down to it, we were there for each other through thick and thin. So here’s to you little girls that are blessed to have a sister! An immediate best friend for life if you’ll take it! And can we just also acknowledge how incredible beautiful Dyllan is?? She was such a sweet sweet baby (I know I say that a lot).

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St. Louis Magazine // Private School Guide

I had the pleasure and honor of taking some portraits of these amazing young adults for St. Louis Magazine’s Private School Guide. The theme was “conversational”, so many of the photos are intended to look thoughtful, or mid-sentence. These not-quite-kids, but not-quite-adults were pretty amazing, and had some high hopes for the future (themselves, their generation and the world). I wouldn’t be surprised if I see these kids in the headlines one day.

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My opinion, and the opinion of most—if not all—of my friends is that people should just be happy. If somebody is trying to say a gay person isn’t offered the right to get married, it’s the same as a black person who’s not afforded the right to drink from a drinking fountain.
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Sometimes teenagers are so wrapped up in the concept that they can be better and greater and always feel they have to look at other people’s profiles and compare themselves. We get into that mindset without knowing it. When you compare yourself with others, you are secretly trying to change yourself, and that can destroy you internally.
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Baby Charlie makes five

I really really REALLY love doing newborn sessions. There is something so magical about a new baby… not at all like a wedding, but magical like a wedding day. The first two weeks of a baby’s life are distinctly different. They are more sleepy, snuggly and sweet faced “generally”. This is why I try to schedule sessions in the first two (or three) weeks. Charlie is the third boy in this awesome family. He was so calm and relaxed, that nothing seemed to disturb him. It seems as though younger siblings do better with noise. Three boys, two dogs, one (I think?) cat, and endless coffee. You rarely see Dad without a mug of coffee in his hand. Love it. Congrats guys, you make a great bunch!

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Harris family // Kuhs Estate // STL, MO

I had the pleasure of spending a dreamy morning with an incredibly sweet family, at Kuhs Estate and farm. We explored this fantastically dreamy site, and even had the chance to meet the horse and donkeys that live in the barn! There was so much to explore, but four little legs were pretty tired by the end of our session. Emmett and Monty were such troopers throughout the morning, and definitely had a blast exploring the tiered garden…. along with hanging out with the donkeys. I noticed at one point, how incredibly sweet and gentle Mom and Dad were with their boys. They spoke so gently to them, with so much love. The feeling you leave with your children will be with them forever. My Mother had this same temperament, and I strive for it every day. I admire you both for this amazing energy that you carry within your family!

It reminded me of a quote by Maya Angelou:

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  

Take a look, the photos speak for themselves, as always ;)

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Matilda and Henry make four // At Home // St. Louis, MO

I recently did a session with a repeat client at their beautiful new home in St. Louis. I have said it before, but I’ll say it again, I love my job! I love seeing little bumps turn into a baby, and that baby growing into a toddler, and that toddler welcoming a little sibling into the world! Henry and Matilda are adorable together, and already interacting as if they have known each other for years. Henry loves his cars, and Matilda wants to take them and play with them too. Henry already is taking on a big brother role, pointing out things to Matilda in his favorite books. They are the dynamic duo for sure.

What I loved most of all with this session, was that Henry remembered me. His Mother and I noticed how comfortable he was, and I claimed this as the “imprint” I made on him when he was a newborn. I have a funny theory (something like the duckling theory), that if I meet a child within the first few weeks, I leave an imprint on them (or we leave it on each other)… that they will always be a bit comfortable and familiar with me. That is why I drove hours and hours to meet my nephews when they were born.

We had a fun, laid back session that could have lasted for another hour or two if it wasn’t lunch time. We went with the flow of the kiddos energy, which always works out best. Thanks for such a nice morning spent with you Henry and Matilda!

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Little Carson man // 3 months // Oak Knoll Park // St. Louis, MO

It isn't very often that I get the opportunity to photograph a 3 month old. People tend to stick to the newborn/6mo/1yr sessions—thinking there are rules to the stages which you should  capture your child. Really, there is no standard! It was a blast capturing this little man at this age. What a riot. He reminded me of a little man (like most babies), and was such a trooper through it all. He is so laid back and easy going. A total Doppleganger of his Daddy. This guy was so wiped out that he took a nap after our park session—and you wouldn't have realized it during the session. He was wide eyed again and ready to give me a tour of his new digs when I arrived at his beautiful home. I just loved doing this session for yet another of my old neighbors. Only in St. Louis do you make deep, lasting friendships with your neighbors! Ok, that isn't true. But it sure is nice when you do, regardless of where you live! What a blast guys, thanks!

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Welcome sweet baby Oliver

There is nothing better than photographing a new baby, other than photographing a friend's new baby! These are some old neighbors of mine, and I just adore them. They might think they lucked out getting this super sweet baby boy, but I know it is because they are super sweet human beings!

We had a chill session, and hung out around the house with baby Oliver. He didn't cry once, but did make a squeaky cry-ish sound towards the end. Haha! If only my first was that quiet! Oliver has the BEST hair-- do you see the golden fuzz?? LOVE IT! He also pulled out this quizzical expression a few times, like "Hey Ma, who's this lady person with the big black device?". What an awesome little dude! Welcome to the world little man!

So happy for you guys!

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Norah + Evelyn make four // Story-Telling Session // Larson Park, St. Louis, MO

This super fun, artsy, talented (and funny!) family welcomed me into their home to capture some beautiful moments with their two gorgeous girls. We started the session at Larson Park, since it was going to be a hot day here in sweaty St. Louis.. and boy did the heat come fast! It is a good thing we hit the park first. This family was so easy going through the heat and bugs, and they were cracking me up the whole time. At one point we had Evelyn in a basket, with Norah sitting next to some thorns and being SUCH a good sport about it (there may have been bribery going on here people). These two girls are such beauties, and made a great duo! And Norah was a silly thing throughout it all, which I love.

I had way too much fun being a fly on their wall in their home, which had super-dreamy-drool-worthy light. It was just perfectly perfect. Norah is so artistic and will either be a Graphic Designer like her talented Momma (she told me she wants to grow up and be a designer like her). I see some musical talent here too and she also was teaching me about the liver, via a drawing she did! She also drew a beautiful heart (graphic, not the human heart) that was really well designed with textures and layers (I am also a Graphic Designer and respect a good illustration!). Check her out busting out in song on her cardboard guitar (and practicing on her real one with her mermaid friend). Evelyn is just talented at being downright adorable, and grabbing her toes. She was VERY focused on those toes during the whole session. She has Momma and Dad wrapped around her cute, chubby fingers. Can you blame them? Momma and Evelyn had countless moments together that I wanted to orchestrate a music video too. They were just two peas in a pod, and clearly madly in love. Norah couldn't even keep her hands off baby sister! 

Norah was clearly Daddy's girl, and they really perfected the scrunch face silly-expression thing together. Clearly she got it from Dad. I was so impressed with this crazy awesome deck Dad was building, and the kitchen table he made by hand! See what I mean, the talent?? 

Don't forget the adorably perfect golden retriever.... baby + doggy= cuteness overload <3 Thanks guys, it was way too much fun!

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Haleigh Madison // Charlotte, NC

I don't even know where to start with this beautiful girl, other than that I cannot believe this sweetheart is graduating from High School. I remember the day that I met my oldest niece (and her little sisters)—so clearly. She was around 7 or 8 years old. She stole my heart from day one. She ALWAYS had a big grin on her face, with eyes big and bright—eager to talk AND listen. Haleigh and her sisters always enveloped me with love, hugging me as much as they could from that first day (and to this day STILL). Haleigh was a barrel of energy as a little girl, and as sweet as sweet can be. She has always been incredibly graceful, with long limbs and a tall frame. And this is why she always would shine on the dance floor. She was like an awkward little long-legged, skinny fawn as a girl, and has grown into a beautiful doe. Graceful, strong and gorgeous. I am so proud of you Haleigh, and am fighting tears as I type this! You are such a beautiful woman, inside and out! Your heart is big and will touch so many people's lives. You will be an amazing nurse—or whatever else your heart desires. LOVE YOU!

Andy + Amber // Riverwood Manor // Harrisburg, NC

I only photograph a few weddings a year, since my specialty is in children's photography- but I was lucky enough to recently capture my brother-in-law and new sister-in-law's wedding, in Harrisburg, North Carolina. Their wedding day was gorgeous, just like my new sister-in-law, Amber! I love these two so much, and feel so grateful to have them both in my life! They both make me laugh so hard, and have the biggest hearts. Amber feels like someone I have known my whole life, which is pretty much how my whole husband's family felt when I first met them. Andy and Amber met at a wedding themselves, and their connection was hard to deny. Their relationship spiraled quickly into a serious commitment, and it was soon obvious that they wanted to spend their lives together. They are two peas in a pod. I was also lucky enough to witness and capture their engagement.

The wedding took place at Riverwood Manor, on a little tree lined lake, with the sun glistening through the leaves. The day was picture perfect. Sunny, with a slight breeze. The location was rustic, yet classy. "Shabby chic" was the theme throughout the wedding, carrying Amber's French roots through all of her decor. The ceremony was so beautiful, with Amber and Andy signing their vows to each other, confirming their love and commitment through thick and thin. Family and friends surrounded them, glowing in approval. The sky was golden before the sun set, smiling down on these two lovebirds. We are just so happy for you two, and cannot wait to spend holidays together year after year. Love yas!

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