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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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Dylan (again, at 4 months old) + Macro is amaze-ballz

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!

Jackson turns 2! // Forest Park // St. Louis, MO

One of Finn's little buddies turned 2 recently, and I had the pleasure of photographing him and his super-cool parents. Jackson inherited his parent's demeanor— he is a laid back and VERY smiley little dude. 

We did the photo shoot at Forest Park in St. Louis, MO, right near the St. Louis Art Museum. It was an overcast morning, which I LOVE as a photographer (unless I am trying to capture the early or late Golden Hour lighting). A grey sky provides even lighting no matter where you go, and colors appear to be more vivid. 

Right as we were really getting into the heart of the shoot, out of NOWHERE the skies dumped down on us. I mean yes, the skies were grey… but there was little warning to this heavy rain cloud. Poor Jackson was a bit scared… as we ran for cover under the nearest tree. I have never been more worried about my camera equipment before (this is why we get insurance people). Fortunately, Jackson and the camera were not damaged or traumatized. But we all looked like wet dogs after the rain cleared, and had to wrap up the session. I did a mini follow up shoot at their house because I will re-book due to weather issues. So ended up with a variety of photos from both sessions... 

the strange family // northern va

I love this family's last name—Strange! Isn't that awesome? As much as they are probably tired of the joke, I had to make that my punchline header ;) Meanwhile, they are anything but strange. They are super laid back, loving and smiley.

What an incredible last photo session to have in NOVA before my big move to St. Louis. I had one of those "Oh Sh%t" moments, waking up in the middle of the night and yelling "DANIELLE!", just like the Mom from Home Alone yells "KEVIN!". I was three weeks away from moving and remembered this adorable family that I had on my agenda to photograph. We just hadn't put it in the calendar yet. Thankfully, even though it was nearly March, there was still some pretty white snow on the ground—and they were not only willing to go outside, but they seemed to be energized by it (it was 30 something degrees out). What a true rural/country/farm, animal loving family. They have a pony (Little Legs- a.k.a: googly eyes), two dogs (Bert and Mikey), and a cat (Minnow). This is on top of having a toddler girl (Isabel) and young baby boy (Charlie). Hands full much? 

I approached this session more like a journalistic, story-telling event. I wanted to just be with the family for the majority of the day. To capture their everyday moments, inside and outside. To just sit back and be a fly on the wall (or the horses ear). I had such a blast, and got to know this amazing little family—that one of my good friends holds very dear to her heart. My friend also has the same exact voice as Danielle, the Mom… even though they aren't related. I kept thinking my friend Jessie was there, which made me feel even more at home. These two long-time friends are kindred sisters… and have known each other since 2nd grade (I think?)!

There are a LOT of photographs of Isabel, who has such a big, beaming personality. She is a rough and tumble girl, who also loves to dance (Taylor Swift), do her Mom's hair, and harass snowmen. Charlie has these dreamy, other-wordly blue eyes. He seems to have a lot of wisdom for a 6 month old. I wanted to ask him the meaning of life. Too bad he can't talk.

turquoise waters // finnstagram // NEW turquoise logo

I decided to write about my BIG news first. I am changing my name to Ann White! After five years of marriage and birthing a huge baby boy, I decided it would be super awesome to share a name with my little clan. I am all about unity, and think that quite honestly–the whole world should be more on the same page with unity. You know, world peace and all that. So, I'm starting with uniting with my family. No more division! I would rather keep things simple, so I am changing my photography name to Ann White Photography also. SO, my url will be changing to www.annwhitephoto.com and my Finnstagram stream is now Annwhitephoto. Please have patience while I slowly make this transition. Blarg. Anywho, you'll also see my new Ann White Photography logo in this post, and my new "AW" mark on the blog post photo. That will be my signature on all photographs posted on my blog–and throughout the interworld. Aw, so cute! Sorry, had to.

For any of you that follow me on Instagram, you know that my stream is called Finnstagram. This is because my son pretty much takes over the whole stream. Don't make fun. Is it so wrong that I am obsessed with my child? Plus, he is a great test subject. Regardless of the fact that I am using an iPhone so frequently, it is PRACTICE. For any aspiring photographers, the best thing you can do is practice, practice and practice some more. The iPhone is great practice, even if you can't use all of the fun settings on your SLR. You are practicing framing, timing and how to use light. I did have the pleasure of assisting my Aunt at my cousin's newborn photoshoot last weekend, and of course I learned a few new things! Such a blast. I will post about that shoot soon!

But today I felt like we all needed a much-needed boost that summer is right around the corner. Here are some of my favorite photos form my Babymoon in St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands (almost two years ago!). Oh, and that fat donkey you see? She was pregnant! I fed her because I knew how hungry a prego can get.