Yearly Archives: 2015

I love engagement sessions. They are just a great way to build a relationship with the couple and get to know them a little behind the camera. What kind of pictures do they like or don’t like? This way when the wedding day comes, interacting with them doesn’t feel stiff or forced. I never want…

Family sessions are just the greatest. I love getting the kids involved and keeping the session as laid back as possible. During the Adam’s family session, we had such amazing scenery to work with, and I may have pushed my time a bit with the kids, but I was going nuts over all the spots…

As we get to the later part of fall, Christmas time starts to become more and more a reality. Even though it’s just now Thanksgiving, most people are in Christmas mode already. It’s also that time of year where it’s not quite cool enough to bundle up, but it is cool enough that we need…

It’s always a huge honor to be trusted with any type of photography, because whatever it is, wedding, family, senior, corporate, it’s so important for so many reasons, but the main one being that it captures a particular stage of life forever. It’s even a bigger honor and so warming when we have wedding clients…

When I was contacted by the Raths they asked if it was okay if their dog came, to which of course I replied that he was more than welcome! Here’s the the thing, whether parents of humans want to admit to it or not, animals are very much like kids and as a photographer photographing…

Whenever I have the chance to travel for a session, I’m all for it. I especially love visiting new areas. Obviously from the title of this blog, you’ll know that St. Louis is not a new area for me, but where we started the session was. The session started near Belleville, IL at a fire…

The end of our wedding season has come to a close with Jordan and Logan’s wedding, and what an absolutely perfect day we had. According to weather.com it was going to be a lot worse, as the chance of rain was over 60% throughout the whole day, and it definitely looked like it would rain…

I love photographing families with young kids. For obvious reasons, of course, family pictures are so great because they are so important. Kids change so quickly and being able to capture each stage of their life, for me as a photographer, is a huge honor. The other thing that’s great about photographing families with kids…

I love sessions that end up becoming a little bit of an adventure. Abigail and Zach’s session took me to a location I’ve not been before. I’ve been through some of the towns as it’s close to where I grew up, but the further I went the less familiar it started to become. I don’t…

Senior pictures in the fall are always highly desired, but it seems like it can get difficult during this time. Some days it may be 90 degrees, the next 60 and raining. We actually rescheduled our first attempt at a session because it was oddly hot and humid. It was one of those days where…

When I photographed Mark and Kimberly’s engagement session, we had an all cloudy sky to work with and made mention about how much I love cloudy skies. Fast forward to now, and their wedding day is upon us, the skies? Cloudy. Before any pictures were taken, I know that this was going to be a…

I don’t know what it is about this late summer/early fall sun, but the lighting in all of our sessions so far has be absolutely perfect. Colors are vibrant, the lighting isn’t too harsh, but not too dark, and the weather of course is perfect. Kaitlin’s session was just that, perfect. We started her senior…

Have I mentioned that I love traveling for sessions? Well, I do and I’ll keep saying how much I love it. 🙂 I think it was about two to three years ago that I made it a goal of mine to travel for sessions more. Nothing specific, I mean I didn’t care if it was…

There are some sessions where the lighting is so perfect that it becomes impossible to stop myself from taking pictures. Connor and Danielle’s session had such amazing lighting and we had such a great location to work with too. We started the session out at a forest preserve in Oblong, IL. It was one of…

There’s something pretty awesome about shooting downtown a large city, especially when it’s Chicago, IL senior pictures. Erika contacted me last month about doing pictures downtown and after just getting back from Madison’s senior session downtown Chicago, I was definitely ready to go back. Erika is from Wisconsin, so not only was it a drive…

I’ve seriously been looking forward to this day for probably a few years now. I’m sure Sarah has heard that quite a bit, but let me preface. Sarah is a good friend from high school, even beyond. After we graduated, we worked together at a couple jobs and along with a few others including her…

Couples like Jordan and Logan are the best! They are the type of couple that pretty much every picture I took of them was a keeper. This makes what I do easy, yet hard at the same time. Easy to photograph them, hard to sit down and determine which of the pictures to keep. One…

This is a topic I’ve wanted to blog about for some time now, but it’s actually involved quite a bit of research. I’m sure anyone in the wedding business has heard it said before, “We want to stick with tradition and do _______.” And for some of those things, I wonder what tradition it is…

I can’t get enough of weddings. Sure, they are stressful, things happen, you never know what the weather will bring, you never really feel prepared until the day is over, but at the same time there is something so calming about photographing all of this… we’ll call it chaos. Because in between any brief moments…

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