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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Kappel Family // larson park // st. louis, mo

I recently photographed this awesome family, with three kiddos (all individually unique). The youngest was super outgoing and silly. She reminded me a little bit of myself as a child. Her name is Annie, which is what I went by as a kid. I'm pretty sure I told her Mom numerous times how funny and adorable I thought Annie was (so I must be funny and adorable- er was at one point?!). I, like Annie, am also the youngest of three kiddos, with a big brother and big sister. 

Annie clearly was the outgoing, silly child. Her energy was infectious. She LOVED to be center stage. She was unique and colorful. I think birth order is so interesting, and I'm sure there are a lot of youngest children like Annie... outgoing and silly, refusing to let their voice go unheard. I love it! 

Emma and Sam were so patient and sweet with their younger sister Annie. They let her be in the middle, in the front, on center stage. They were laughing at her funny antics most of the time, too. Like it was just another scene in their movie called life. Emma was the patient older sister. The way the light was bouncing off of her was so beautiful. Sam was a silly one himself, but also had this old-soul element. He was super comfortable in front of the camera, and did a crazy back bend. You kids rock. What a fun family! 

Haddie // Larson Park // St. Louis, MO

I really want to keep this one short and sweet. Haddie is clearly such a beautiful little girl. Her Mom is a hairstylist and has great taste in fashion. But not only are they a beautiful, stylish family, they have beautiful personalities. Haddie and her Mom were so sweet and soft spoken. Haddie took a little warming up, but soon enough was chasing her Dad around, playing peek-a-boo and climbing a rock wall! The last thing her Mom said before we started was "Oh, I just really want some photos that capture the love that we share.". My heart melted.. I wish every client asked for this, because that really is all that I want to do for all of you! Capture the love that you share...

Faith Academy of Montessori // Mini Session Fundraiser // Larson Park, Tiles Park & Oak Knoll Park, St. Louis, MO

I did a fundraiser for my son's, preschool recently... jamming 12 Mini Sessions into two weekends. It was insanely fun, exhausting and exhilarating. I get totally energized from doing photography, so the exhaustion didn't really kick in until a few days after it was all said and done. Photography simply fuels my creative spirit. So this was like 10 cups of coffee for me. We ended up fundraising over $2,200 to go towards a new natural playground at their school! I was so proud of all of us! Here is a sneak peak of the families that participated. What well behaved, Montessori children!

Grace is 1! // Forest Park // St. Louis, MO

I had the pleasure of photographing Miss Grace around her first birthday! What a sweet girl! We were blessed with some magical light on her photoshoot, along with some beautiful surroundings! Grace had a smile that lit up her surroundings, and very twinkly blue eyes that made your heart melt. And those lashes... and that adorable dress! She had some other funny expressions that captured what was on her mind. Like... "This balloon is amazing! Wow a clip to HOLD the balloon!". She was totally full of grace, but not afraid to get down and dirty when we wanted some crawling photos. She loves her Mommy and Daddy, her dog, books... and learning to walk. 

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Lucy // 6 months // Jewel Box, St. Louis, MO

I can't believe Lucy is already 6 months old! Especially since I just did her newborn post. This has been a crazy year, raising my second baby boy (who decided to not sleep through the night at 10 months old, just as the busy photography season hit!). I have a lot of blogging to do in the New Year, but decided to get this adorable "holiday themed" session in while we're all sitting around drinking hot cocoa and eggnog. Tis' the Season for twinkly eyed babies that have elf hats!

We snuck in a session just after the serious cold weather hit here in St. Louis, MO. Originally we were going to brave the cold, but plans quickly changed when we arrived at Forest Park here in St. Louis, and the wind told us otherwise. The Jewel Box is a serious gem in the middle of the park, with beautiful light streaming in through the wall to ceiling windows. Lush greenery line the walls, making you feel like you are in an oasis in the middle of a desert (or in the middle of a freezing Midwestern City).

Did you notice that Lucy has twinkly eyes and never stops smiling? She also is very good at being aware of where the camera is. She is, in a nutshell, the perfect baby model. She has a sweet, calm demeanor to match. I think there is a little bit of mischievousness behind those eyes, but only time will tell with this cutie! I can't wait to watch her grow up!

Pat + Michelle // Old Newcastle, DE // 5.14.16

My big brother got married. To a beautiful woman, inside and out. I am SO happy and so proud of him. The love he has for her beams from his eyes. It is adorable! Can you just FEEL how beautiful this day was through these photographs? Doesn't it feel like you are in California, Gettysburg and Ireland all in one day? Well, it just so happens to be little old Delaware, the "Small Wonder" of our country. Where we grew up. The day was so incredibly perfect and the wedding was so intimate. They got married at Penn's Place, in Old Newcastle, which had such a great vibe to it. It was so cozy and romantic.. perfect for this small wedding. The weather was what any bride would hope for, with random gusts of wind flowing in, as if the sky was confirming the union of love that was happening that day.

After the ceremony, we hopped around Old Newcastle, and these big grey clouds rolled in, and I was buzzing with excitement. The light was a photographer's dream! Those clouds and overcast skies create beautiful, even lighting. Sometimes the sun will pop out and say hello, sending little beams of light. We were giddy, racing around to get our bride/groom shots before the storm rolled in, and boy did it ever! What timing! The Gods were on our side that day. Love you Pat, and welcome to the family Michelle, you fit RIGHT in! 

Little Lucy // St. Louis, MO

Little Lucy came into the world with a head full of beautiful dark hair, and two completely, utterly, smitten parents. I love that "new parent" look almost as much as I love the newborn stretch and yawn pose (see below). I am thrilled to say that Miss. Lucy is my first ever, outdoor newborn session. AND, this session occurred in the midst of a thunderstorm. No, we did not put her in harms way, but we darted outside when the sky was beautifully overcast, in between storm clouds (it was a BIG in-between), to capture the dreamy outdoor shots. What troopers! Lucy just snoozed away, unaffected. I think this little peanut is going to love the outdoors!