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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! 

Addie & Ellen // Cousin love // Oak Knoll Park // St. Louis, MO

Here is a recent session with Finn's gorgeous babysitter, Addie + her younger cousin, Ellen. These two beauties don't look very similar, but both have to-die-for hair, beautiful eyes and the BIGGEST smiles. Ellen was also gorgeous, with the most breath-taking red hair. She looked like a little fairy/sprite when I had her standing in the woods—with those red locks & freckles sprinkled all over her face. 

What an incredibly fun session. Thanks girls! 

Ann White Photography // Shaw Nature Reserve // St. Louis, MO

Did you know that I moved to St. Louis?? Even though I have mentioned it multiple times on the blog, I never did a specific 'shout out' post about it. So here I am, four months into becoming a Midwesterner, and I am loving it (aside from the fact that I there is no beach). The people here are SO NICE. I feel like I have gone back in time about fifty years. Not in regards to fashion or cars or anything, but in regards to values and the importance of family and quality time. There is just SO much to do here with Finn... and a lot of it is free!

St. Louis has been so wonderful that I have been slacking in posting on the blog. I also had to unpack and get through the first trimester of my pregnancy. YES, I am pregnant with baby boy #2! He is due right around Finn's birthday this December. Another huge announcement. This explains why Finn is wearing "Best Bro Ever" in the following photographs. These were taken a couple months ago when we did a late Springtime hike to Shaw Nature Reserve. It was gorgeous!