st louis portraiture

St. Louis Magazine // Private School Guide

I had the pleasure and honor of taking some portraits of these amazing young adults for St. Louis Magazine’s Private School Guide. The theme was “conversational”, so many of the photos are intended to look thoughtful, or mid-sentence. These not-quite-kids, but not-quite-adults were pretty amazing, and had some high hopes for the future (themselves, their generation and the world). I wouldn’t be surprised if I see these kids in the headlines one day.

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My opinion, and the opinion of most—if not all—of my friends is that people should just be happy. If somebody is trying to say a gay person isn’t offered the right to get married, it’s the same as a black person who’s not afforded the right to drink from a drinking fountain.
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Sometimes teenagers are so wrapped up in the concept that they can be better and greater and always feel they have to look at other people’s profiles and compare themselves. We get into that mindset without knowing it. When you compare yourself with others, you are secretly trying to change yourself, and that can destroy you internally.
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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!

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.

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!

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!