Tag: family photography

James is 1

April 23, 2019

On a rainy Saturday afternoon we headed to see James. He is turning one soon and is a member of our birthday club. This means we get to see him a couple of times a year to capture how big he is getting. The plan was to take some photos outside in the backyard but because of the rain we need to move indoors. No problem we are always ready for anything and their house had plenty of areas to work with for the photos. James was having a morning nap when we arrived so was a bit confused when he woke up to us in his room. But this nap put him in a great mood, ready for photos. He posed with mom and dad, even got his best four legged friend Sophie in the photos. James loves to look at books so we took advantage by doing some photos in his reading chair. It was very cute to watch him doing his favorite thing. It was also a must that he showed us his favorite car that he loves to walk around the house with – he is getting very fast! We thought the rain had slowed down for a bit, or so we hoped! We went outside to do a few photos in the garden and it was alright for a bit but even just a mist of rain seems like lots of rain after about 10 minutes. Oh well, it gave James some new scenery for a bit. Time for cake!!! The best part of a one year session is the smash cake, all kids love the cake part. Where the wild things are was the theme and James had a super cute tail and crown to wear while he dug into his homemade cake. James gave us a few smiles but was all cake in face during these photos! So fun to see him and we are looking forward to his 18 month session when he will have even more little personality…if that is even possible.

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Baby Christian

April 5, 2019

After the maternity session a few weeks ago Caitlyn talked about picking a date for her newborn session. Since she has been working with us for many years she knew that when Christian was born she wanted to join him into our birthday club. Our club is a onetime fee which will include 16 sessions and discounts on prints! It’s such a great deal – too good to pass up. The plan for Christian’s newborn session was a few family photos, some photos of brothers and then those special angelic images of Christian alone. Big brother Brendan loves having a little brother, giving him kisses before bed and showing him the toys. However he was not interested in taking too many photos which is pretty typical of a 2 year old big brother. We worked quickly by distracting Brendan to get some great smiles for the family photos. Then David brought in the dad skills and “flew” Brendan over to give his brother some sweet kisses. These photos will have special memories since they are the first ones of the new family. I’m sure we will take many more as the boys grow up and we will laugh at our efforts here because they will love being brothers – taking perfect photos together. Brendan was then free to play with dad while we worked with sweet baby Christian. Caitlyn was lucky to get some awake photos because most newborns that are less than 10 days are usually asleep the whole session. Christian wanted to show off those blue eyes. He eventually fell asleep so really mom and dad now have the best of both to look at in their photos. Thanks for letting us be a part of your family and your memories, it’s always a pleaure.

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Family Photos

January 31, 2019

On a day in December when the weather was in the low 50’s we gathered with a family at their house. Everyone was together in St. Louis for the holidays so it was a must to get a family photo taken. This family is literally spread across the United States, with some on the East coast, some on the West coast and then others right here in St. Louis. It was great that this photo session was able to happen while they were all here. The hope was for the weather to be nice so photos could be outside but of course the backup plan would be in the house. There was a bit of wind but we were able to work pretty quickly before everyone froze! The great thing about being at the house was when we were doing individual family photos everyone else could go inside to keep warm. It’s great to be welcomed to someone’s home because it makes the photos more personal. Of course since this large group had a few children we needed to bring a couple toys with us. However our little monkey friend was all we needed, the kids got a kick out of him jumping around behind the camera. Then they wanted to know if we bring him to make them smile, yes we do, but sometimes he helps make the adults smile too! All families took advantage of a photo because it was so nice to have this opportunity for a professional photographer capturing these moments. We always thank the organizer of these session because getting over 20 people together at the same time in the same place, dressed for a photo session is quite an achievement. It was so nice to spend time with this family, a bit cold, but thank you for sticking it out to get some wonderful family photos.

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The boys

January 24, 2019

We have said it many, many times before but if the opportunity ever comes up to take photos make sure you don’t miss it. A quick phone call doesn’t hurt for anyone to check our schedule. Odds are we can fit in a mini session near the time you want, if not a full session at the exact time that works. Rita worked with us for senior photos and loved the quality work she received. Therefore she didn’t want to miss the opportunity to have a photo of all her boys together while they were in town for Christmas. All five boys in one place…that never happens now that they are living all over or in college. She called the office a few days before Christmas hoping we could make something work but wouldn’t be surprised if we couldn’t since it was so last minute. The only day they could do was the day after Christmas, luckily we had two options for her. A full session in the afternoon or a mini session in the morning would both fit into her schedule and ours. Rita thought for a second and realized that with five boys about 30 minutes was all she would get out of them anyway. She was so happy that it worked out, all she had to do was call the studio and ask. She would have never forgiven herself if she didn’t at least try to get something scheduled. We were happy it worked out for her, the boys were great to work with and dad even said “hey they don’t sit still and smile when we ask them to” Sometimes it just takes another person to get that great photo! It was a pleasure to capture these guys together because they kept me laughing the whole time. Perhaps we will get the opportunity again!

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Running in the park

December 20, 2018

Tracie and Matt have been clients for years. But it seems like the years are going by faster and faster. We did their wedding, got a call to do newborn photos and now it was time to update family pictures. However I couldn’t believe that Taylor was almost 2 years old! How did that happen – time just flies by so fast sometimes that I can’t even believe it. I usually don’t give everyone my cell phone number but I knew that with their session first thing in the morning and rain in the forecast it was best to be able to keep in touch. I am so happy I did because it was raining that morning so I wanted to be sure we were still going to meet at Tower Grove park. By the time we met the rain had stopped, of course the ground was very wet but the fall colors were perfect. Taylor was non-stop talking during the whole session. Sometimes with kids you just have to smile and nod because it’s not very clear what they are saying. Taylor spoke very clearly and was able to tell us exactly what she wanted. At first she wanted to play with the dogs that were passing by. Then she decided the ducks were super interesting. She insisted that mom and dad sit next to her at all times, close but not too close! She love the red trees, the crabapples that we used as balls and the green benches. We needed to take a break for a snack in a place of her choosing as well as hold hands when we walked anywhere. This feisty little girl was so much fun! She was in charge but between all these tasks I was able to get some great smile from her, the action shots were even better. I know Tracie and Matt will have the perfect photo for their wall. I look forward to working them again.

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Fall Session

December 20, 2018

I love to get calls from people that got our donated gift certificate at a local school or auction. This is a great way for us to meet new people and also help a great cause. Jackie wanted to use the certificate that she got for a family session. She was looking for fall leaves but we had to just settle on a date and hope we could find some. I often suggest Lafayette park because that park tends to have some great color. However this year it seems that with the weather going up and down that the colors we are used to having are not as great this year. When we arrived the family had already looked around the park a bit for the trees they liked. Honestly the found the best trees! We also used some great gates in the park, so many options. Originally we talked about the goal of the session and Jackie stated that she wanted a family photo and them some images of Nathan both posed and then showing his personality. Well after 2 minutes of being with Nathan I knew we would have no trouble getting some personality photos. He started posing he own photos and picking spots he thought would be great – some were perfect but others were silly (like under the bridge with a troll face to scare away the people above) However this just kept me laughing the whole session. I have a son the same age so I after meeting Nathan I knew exactly what Jackie meant. My son has a similar personality and the last time we did photos I was sure to give him some say in where were went or the types of poses. This really helped to get the perfect natural smiles, just like I got with Nathan. I hope to have the opportunity to work with this family again, they were so much fun.

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Family in St. Louis

November 30, 2018

Rhonda called our office one day in a panic because she had been looking for photographer and was not having any success. Her whole family was going to be gathering in St. Louis so it was very important to get a family photo taken. They live all in different states so for them to be together was great! She knew there was only one day and really only one time that would work for them…guess what we had it available – well at least within 30 minutes of the time she wanted. It was meant to be. She was thinking forest park because it had many options and it was easy for them to locate since they were not from the area. This worked because our other sessions were in forest park so we just stayed there for Rhonda. After we got everything set with the date and time then she decided it was a good time to tell us the family included 9 boys under the age 14. She mentioned it like I might back out of the session, heck no, this is going to be so much fun! When they arrived we started talking about how we usually pose the family using some chairs or stools. Rhonda was so easy going that the thought of a posy posy photo was not her family. She wanted to be more casual so we just grouped together and started off with the silly boy jokes to get everyone to laugh. We even got them all up on a log which of course they were super excited to climb all over. When we were done Rhonda couldn’t leave without giving us a hug because we had made this process so great for her and the family. I remember hearing the frantic voice over the phone which had now changed to the happiest voice ever as she thanked us over and over! It’s moments like this that make the harder days totally worth it – we create memories and we want them all to be great ones.

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Family before the rain

November 15, 2018

Katie and Matt used our services when they got married. Now it was time for some family portraits so of course they would contact us. We went back and forth on a good time but since the weather was getting cold fast and the light would soon be changing we were limited. However we were able to find a time that worked! We met at Queeny park since it was between both of our locations, this helped with how early they would have to be ready. We are always willing to meet out on location anywhere around the area so that it makes it less stressful for the families who have enough to worry about getting ready for a session. There was some rain moving in but we were going to get everything done before it hit us. Although David informed me that when I had him laying on the ground a rain drop got him in the eye. But he quickly brushed it off and kept smiling…or laughing actually. Katie and Matt told him that to get the best smile pretend that someone is tickling him so he will laugh. I couldn’t stop laughing behind the camera because every time I went to take a photo David would giggle. It was amazing! His little brother Johnny also had a great smile but he was so interested in the stuff around him outside that we had to work a bit harder for his grin. The boys were so great that we were able to get lots of different images, mom with each boy, dad with each boy, the family, the boys alone, the boys together – it is going to very hard for Katie and Matt to pick. The shy David that got out of the car was a very different kid by the time we were done, I think I have a new friend! The last thing we got was a photo of Katie and Matt together and as I went to take the photo I heard some giggling, but this time it wasn’t David, it was Matt. I guess that trick works for him too, I’ll have to have everyone do it from now on. Thanks for the tip.

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Dallas is One

November 8, 2018

It is time to do one year photos for Dallas! We did photos when she was born and then had the pleasure of photographing Danielle and Dane’s wedding in the spring. Dallas was a super cute flower girl! Now she is getting so big. She isn’t walking on her own which is actually perfect for photos because she would stay in one spot. However she loves to walk holding mom and dad’s hands. So much that when we stopped she got very mad at us. However Danielle warned us that might be the case so we saved those photos for the end. When we all arrived Danielle informed us that half of the outfit was left back at home. Well luckily it was the bottom half so we were able to do a few close up photos in the cute flowered outfit Dallas was wearing. Outfits are important but really it’s all about that cute little baby face! Since this was a one year session of course she had an outfit with ONE on it and a unicorn – the theme of her birthday is unicorns. The rainbow tutu was absolutely adorable. Dallas likes to be swung up in the air so when we did family photos Danielle lifted her up and set her back down quickly to get the smile. It worked perfectly, might have been hard on Danielle’s arms but it’s all worth that wonderful smile. Dallas had a great time showing us leaves and rocks she found as she sat near the pond. It was cracking us up because it seemed like each rock she grabbed was bigger than the last one. Keeping kids entertained is a big part of a photography session. It gives us a more natural smile which parents love, that is unless they are so intent on looking at rocks that they don’t want to smile! We got some great smiles anyway I’m sure mom and dad will be very happy.

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Summer Family Photos

September 25, 2018

We couldn’t have found a more beautiful evening for family photos. When Lynn set up her appointment awhile back we discussed how August could be hot so we wanted a nice location with shade. As the date approached we saw rain the forecast which was troublesome since there was not an opportunity to reschedule. However on the day of the session it was amazing. A nice evening breeze, no hot sun and super happy children all made the session go very smoothly. We had talked back and forth about where to go for photos. We review the places we had already been because with the opportunity of so many wonderful locations in St. Louis why would we repeat places. Since this family has two boys I tend to look for places that are a bit more “boy” like a few flowers but not a garden of blooming beauties. Something to keep them interest but not distracted. Great lighting because with boys we need to work fast since they are ready to play before they even arrive. A nice tucked in area in Forest Park was perfect. It has a rock river, small stream, trees and benches to include and also sits close to the Forest Park lake. The boys loved it! We of course started with some family photos so that mom and dad could then relax the rest of the session. Lucas was excited to tell us these were his 4 year photos because he was a big kid now. He even tried to help by holding his little brother Charlie’s hand in a few photos. Charlie was not interested, however he jumped at the chance to give Lucas a hug when asked. Such great boys! They are both very well behaved and made the session super easy. There are so many photos to choose from that I’m afraid it might be too hard now for Lynn. Oh well, that’s what happens when there is such a perfect family in front of my lens. Not to mention friends I have known since high school! Until next time boys – thanks for the fun evening.

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