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).
St. Louis photographer
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!
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!
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!
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...
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!
I think it's about time I purchase a macro lens. I always rent it as needed, and just simply love it! You wonder where your investment in my photography goes? Usually, new equipment. Aren't these lashes just drool-worthy? Macro is a lot harder than it looks! You think you can just get up in on those lashes and click away? You still need to keep composition and framing in mind (and negative space). When I first used a macro, I was shocked that all of my photos weren't amazing, lol! Amateur! Like anything, you have to practice, practice, practice. Luckily I have some cute subjects to help out in that area!
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.
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.