St. Louis

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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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!

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!

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!

Jackson turns 3! // Forest Park // St. Louis, MO

Obviously I absolutely love photographing people (kids especially, sorry grownups). Sometimes I have the pleasure of photographing friends or family. It is TWICE as much fun because I am hanging out with people I love, and doing what I love at the same time. And we are all usually super relaxed. That is just what I did a couple weeks ago during Jackson's 3 year photoshoot. Jackson and his parents have become good friends of mine— and I am more than honored to capture their little man on (digital) film, looking so grown up! The light was golden delicious evening light, pouring all over this adorable family! I hope I can get some more sessions during this time of day, it really is INCREDIBLE.

Jackson is a hoot. I've seen him sprout up over the last year, and I have seen his baby face start to look a bit more grown up (waa). He is such a handsome little boy, and has such an amazing attitude towards life. Jackson seems to go with the flow, wherever the wind blows.. or where there are rocks to throw! Lately he seems to run wherever he needs to go, stretching his arms back behind him, ready to take flight! Probably because he looks like a little cherub??! My son Finn LOVES playing with Jackson. I know he is just as happy as I am to have become friends with this awesome little family that we randomly met at Earth Day over a year ago!

Maggie + Patrick (and coming-soon, Henry) // Maternity // St. Louis, MO

How can I forget the star of the show, Bart (the bulldog)? He simply wanted to steal the spotlight during my recent photo session with his pregnant Mommy/owner.  His sweet, older companion, Homer (the pug) was also adorable and loving, doting on his pregnant Mommy. I love the names— Bart & Homer, my favorite childhood tv show, the Simpsons! These two adorable pups are smitten with their Mommy Maggie, as I am sure the NEW star of the show, baby Henry, will be as well. Maggie has a very calm energy, already deeply in love with this little baby. With a history of being a Nanny, I teased that she is already a professional Mom. Soon-to-be-Dad Patrick also has a calming energy, and is as loving and supportive as a Dad could be. These highschool sweethearts are starting a new, exciting chapter in their lives, and will no doubt be amazing parents. Their house will be a fun little circus for sure, with these two furry big brothers welcoming baby Henry in just a month! 

Golden Fall // Oak Knoll Park // St. Louis, MO

I was able to squeeze in one more photo session before going on maternity leave- hooray! I met the Dermer family at Oak Knoll Park, here in St. Louis, MO. Luckily, we caught the last of the fall foliage before it slipped away. There were sprinkles of orange and yellow leaves scattered among the trees in the park. I love fall, and it is the busiest time of year for photo sessions, but the colors slip away fast. It can be a gamble as to when the leaves turn and if they stick around for very long. So I always feel blessed when I capture them on film (I always say film even though I'm shooting digital-get used to it!). I never realized how much I would be in tune to the seasons, weather, sunrise/sunset and lighting when I started my photo business. I have a great respect for Mother Nature and all of the things that she will throw at you during a photo session! 

Keep in mind that I always honor a photo session that is cancelled or interrupted due to bad weather. We always can re-schedule for no extra fee.

The Dermers are an adorable and very photogenic family. They all have twinkly blue eyes and dark hair. The kiddos have freckles sprinkled across their noses. Baby Bennett probably has the most twinkly eyes and the silkiest hair! What poster a poster baby! Millie and Eli were so much fun, breaking out in dance (Whip and Nae Nae!) and laughing at themselves throughout the shoot. The kids were all loving on their Momma with lots of kisses and hugs. Simply way. too. cute.

Finn starts preschool // Faith Academy of Montessori // St. Louis, MO

My little man is growing up so fast! It sounds so cliché, but it is the truth. The days are long but the years are short. Good thing I am having another baby (more on that soon if you didn't know already).

I pretty much panicked when we decided to move to St. Louis, MO and I had to start my preschool research ALL over again. I had literally just found out that Finn got into a great little school within walking distance from our old house. We were deciding between that and a Montessori school nearby—which he also got into. We love the Montessori teaching method, and had taken a parent/child class at the Montessori school we were thinking about sending Finn to in Alexandria, VA.

Thankfully, I soon found out there were so many good schools in St. Louis, maybe TOO many. So I was then left deciding WHICH amazing preschool was best for Finn. My heart just had a great feeling about the first one that I found—Faith Academy of Montessori. An adorable little school nestled right next to train tracks (that are still active and run through the heart of the town we live in). The office of the school is a Caboose. I mean, how cool is that to a 3, 4 or 5 year old child?? There is a waving window so your child has an easier transition/goodbye as you walk to your car. 

I feel like we've gone back in time living in St. Louis.. in the best of ways. Finn LOVES that trains go by his school all day long. He also adores his teachers and the other children. We started him at Faith this summer, which was a bit more laid back (like Montessori summer camp). There were two older children that took him under their wing. I called them his angels. Jessica and David (see below when Finn has a hippie rockstar hairdo) were both about to go on to Kindergarden and took a liking to Finn, greeting him daily. They made him feel safe and secure, eliminating fear or anxiety over the change and newness of starting school. He ADORED them, and avoided shedding too many goodbye tears thanks to them. It was actually heartbreaking when he started his "first day" of preschool last month and they weren't there to greet him. But he has already made new friends and has settled into a new routine. Within the Montessori method, older children look out for younger children (and help them if needed). It builds confidence in the older children and a sense of security and acceptance in the younger children. Another reason to love this school and the Montessori method.

Of course he doesn't say too much about his Montessori lessons (he just talks about the trucks and bikes on the playground), but I recently had the pleasure of photographing the children doing their lessons, and it was an incredible thing to witness. As a parent, you see how different your child is with other authoritative figures (or you hear about it). Regardless of that, I was in complete awe of how peaceful, focused and calm all of the children were in this beautiful learning environment. There is so much to love about Montessori… you just have to visit a school if you are interested in witnessing or learning more!

Also see below: Finn's "First day of preschool" photos in front of our house. He did NOT like the backpack (which I put on for effect- he didn't need one for school). He was satisfied and smiling after he took it off and threw it… at me.

Clara + Mom & Dad + Dinosaurs // City Gardens // Downtown St. Louis, MO

I love when children surprise me. I did a recent session with this young beauty, Clara, and her sweet parents. It turns out that Clara is pretty obsessed with dinosaurs. It seems like boys and girls are pretty stereotypical— which absolutely surprised me after becoming a Mom. My son, Finn is obsessed with all things wheels (cars, trucks, buses, trains). I hear from other parents of boys that they are the same way. And that girls love all things typical girl (dolls, crafts, animals, etc.). It does seem like there are more rough and tumble (I like to play with trucks too!) girls, then boys that want to play with dolls. But I've heard it all. ANYWAYS, I loved that Clara was really into dinosaurs instead of dolls (at least at the moment). Finn doesn't even have an interest in them at the moment.

We had such a nice time shooting at City Garden in downtown St. Louis, MO. They have a great splash area, surrounded with sculptures and gardens. I love taking Finn there since it is so versatile. It also has an amazing view of the arch! 

Enjoy!