Congrats to High School Senior Class of 2021, Ethan!! {St. Louis High School Senior Photographer}

November 25, 2020 · High School Seniors

It was another windy Fall day for this senior portrait session last week, but I personally love having wind during portrait sessions because I think it adds a little bit more “life” to the images. Ethan showed a lot of patience considering that I asked him to run his fingers through his hair A LOT of times. Here are some of my favorite images. Congratulations and good luck to Ethan!

Congrats to High School Senior Class of 2021, Ethan!! {St. Louis High School Senior Photographer}

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Congrats Urban 2021 High School Senior! {St. Louis Senior Portrait Photographer}

November 25, 2020 · High School Seniors

I hope this senior guy doesn’t mind me saying how cute (and cool, of course) his senior pictures turned out! He was so sweet and fun during his high school senior portrait session in downtown St. Louis last week! Congratulations on your upcoming graduation, and let’s hope next year is better than 2020!!

Congrats Urban 2021 High School Senior! {St. Louis Senior Portrait Photographer}

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Happy 1st Birthday Baby "J"! {St. Louis Baby Photographer}

November 5, 2020 · Birthday Shoots, Growing Babies

It’s surely been one heck of a year since I met this adorable, sleepy (at the time) baby boy and his sweet parents when he was just about five days old for his newborn photography session. This week I had the opportunity to take his first birthday portraits. First birthday sessions are one of my favorites, right up there with newborn sessions and high school seniors. This fall season has been quite windy, but luckily none of this little guy’s birthday balloons popped in the grass! Here are a few fun photos that I loved from our session…

Happy 1st Birthday Baby “J”! {St. Louis Baby Photographer}

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Beautiful Autumn Senior Portraits {St. Louis High School Senior Portrait Photographer}

October 30, 2020 · High School Seniors

COVID-19 has really forced me to slow down and to recognize and appreciate all that is good in my life. However, I sure am excited to have a busy Fall schedule with my favorite people to photograph (high school seniors and newborn babies)!! What beautiful weather we had during this class of 2020/2021 graduating senior portrait session!! I’m excited to meet this senior’s twin brother next weekend!

Beautiful Autumn Senior Portraits {St. Louis High School Senior Portrait Photographer}

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Our Baby's Bat Mitzvah {St. Louis Family & Bat Mitzvah Photographer}

September 9, 2020 · Events

Well, aside from the fact that we’ve been living the strange reality into which the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us over the last six months, somehow our youngest child celebrated her Bat Mitzvah this Labor Day weekend and will turn thirteen next week! Although “L’s” Bat Mitzvah was very different than our first two children’s B’nai Mitzvah, it was, in a way, possibly a little more special. We were limited on the number of guests we could invite into the sanctuary. We all signed waivers to enter the synagogue, wore masks, and sat at least six feet apart from other families. Sadly, we had to leave out a lot of people we love, but we are grateful to have been able to invite at least a few of our closest family members and friends to witness and take part in an intimate ceremony. Most of these images are from the Bat Mitzvah rehearsal. I’ve also included two family portraits we were able to create in a park on Saturday afternoon.

Holding our breath!

Our Baby’s Bat Mitzvah {St. Louis Family & Bat Mitzvah Photographer}

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Summertime Family Portraits {St. Louis Family Portrait Photographer}

August 28, 2020 · Family Bonds

Well, since my busiest time of the year is the Fall and Spring, and because we were hit with a pandemic that shut everything down this year, my first portrait session of 2020 was just a few weeks ago! I was so happy to see this sweet family again, as it had been a couple of years since I last photographed their youngest daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. We had quite a lot of fun, until I walked into a bee hive!! I ended up with seven stings. Chaos ensued as I left my camera on the ground and ran away screaming, ¬†eventually stripping down to my undies (with “Mom” protecting me) to get a few stragglers out of my clothes. Mom ended up with a sting on her forehead and poor “C,” the youngest teen, ended up with one on her cheek. I felt SO bad, but they were the absolute BEST sports, and very supportive of all the pain I endured. Here are some of my favorite images from their portrait session!

Summertime Family Portraits {St. Louis Family Portrait Photographer}

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Smoky Mountain National Park {St. Louis Landscape & Nature Photographer}

March 25, 2020 · Landscape & Nature, The Great Outdoors, Vacations

It’s hard to believe that just two weeks ago, I was exploring Smoky Mountain National Park with my parents, husband, and children. We were at the very beginning of the pandemic known as COVID-19, and on the brink of a very different way of life.

Upon our arrival home on March 17, 2020, we stepped into a new reality. I was grateful to have secured enough toilet paper for our family of five a week before leaving for Tennessee, as well as a decent amount of food, but I was still forced to make a few trips to multiple grocery stores over the course of the next five days in order to get more food to sustain us. I did thoroughly shower immediately upon returning home!

Photography events for which I was scheduled to shoot this Spring have been rescheduled for the Fall, many art shows have been canceled, and Spring portrait sessions are not being booked. My husband is working from home and the kids are soaking up as much screen time as they can before jumping into “Distance Learning” in a couple of days. Who knows what the next few months will bring! Until then, here are some images I captured during our time in Tennessee. I hope they bring a little bit of happiness and inspiration!

With Love,

Neshama

I took this image by panning my camera downward with a long shutter speed.

We were lucky to see a mother Black Bear and her three cubs as we drove through Smoky Mountain National Park! Here’s one of the babies before she realized her mother and siblings were on their way up the mountain.

Mama Bear (with a baby in front of her):

Baby Bear calling for Mom:

We saw a lot of waterfalls as we drove through the park, some trickling down the mountainside and others only accessible by hiking on trails.

The trailhead to Laurel Falls is located 3.8 miles west of the Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg or 13.7 miles from the Townsend “Y” intersection near Cades Cove. To get to the falls, it is a 2.3 mile round trip hike and is rated 2.93 (easy).

Please be careful when you get to the falls. Not only is it likely to be crowded, but the slick rocks between the top and bottom of the falls can be slippery and dangerous. We saw a number of people fall on the slippery rock.

It was practically a miracle that I was able to get this image from the bottom of the falls without any people in it! What appears to be the top of the falls is actually a big rock in between the upper and lower cascades. It took a lot of patience for me to finally have a few moments when that area wasn’t filled with visitors.

Abrams Falls is located about halfway through the eleven-mile drivable loop in Cade’s Cove. To get to the falls takes a 5.2 mile round-trip hike with an elevation gain of 675 feet. You’ll be at 1,758 feet at the highest elevation point. The trail is rated 6.55 (moderate).

A lone tree stands in the valley of Cades Cove with low hanging clouds drifting by the mountains in the background…

Located along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina is Newfound Gap, a mountain pass near the center of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Tennessee and North Carolina state lines crosses the gap, as does Newfound Gap Road. The view below faces Tennessee.

Here are two of my favorite images, both taken along the drive through Great Smoky Mountains National Park…

Great Smoky Mountains National Park {St. Louis Landscape & Nature Photographer}

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  • Kevin Luecke · Posted March 25, 2020 at 5:14 pm · Link · Reply

    So beautiful! Makes me want to go back so bad!

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Fall Kayaking on the Meramec River {St. Louis Nature & Landscape Photographer}

November 26, 2019 · Landscape & Nature, Vacations

I am so happy that I was able to go on a kayaking trip a few weekends ago to capture the last of the Fall colors on the Meramec River in Missouri. Luckily, I had my trustee assistant (my awesome hubby) to make fires, cook, make coffee, and set up the tent while I took nature and landscape photos on the riverside. We went to Ozark Outdoors and chose The Bluffs trip, taking us down the Meramec River and past the Huzzah River. There weren’t nearly as many colors as I was hoping for, but I still had an amazing weekend. Although the morning was frigid and wet from fog, the weather was gorgeous during the day. Aside from one other couple camping down the river, we were the only people on the entire peaceful 10 mile trip, and we were even lucky enough to see four bald eagles, a hawk, and a snake. Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip!

Cooking dinner on the side of the river at sunset…

Sunrise on the Meramec!

One of the four bald eagles we saw!

I love trees with white bark…

This snake wanted nothing to do with me!

Fall Kayaking on the Meramec River {St. Louis Nature & Landscape Photographer}

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Welcome to the World Baby Jason! {St. Louis Newborn Photographer}

November 19, 2019 · Family Bonds, Just Born

Oh BOY!! I got to spend a few hours last week with this adorable, cuddly, perfect newborn baby and his sweet parents. Newborn photography is one of my two favorite types of photography with people, and it has been a little while since I’ve had a newborn portrait session, so this one brought me extra joy. To make it even better, Baby Jason stayed asleep for almost the entire session. That’s always a bonus! I’m so happy for this new growing family and wish them lots of luck, patience, sleep, and LOVE! Here are some highlights from their newborn photography session…

Welcome to the World Baby Jason! {St. Louis Newborn Photographer}

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Adorable Family Portraits {St. Louis Family Portrait Photographer}

November 18, 2019 · Family Bonds, Kiddos

What fun it is to spend time with four adorable children (and their awesome parents, of course), especially when I’ve been lucky enough to have photographed them as they’ve grown up over the last eight years! I’ll admit, at these ages, family portrait sessions can be quite challenging, but are also full of energy, fun, and laughter. Here are some of my favorite images from our beautiful Fall photography session a few weeks ago!

Adorable Family Portraits {St. Louis Family Portrait Photographer}

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