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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2020 High School Senior Abby! {St. Louis Senior Portrait Photographer}

November 8, 2019 · High School Seniors

Here’s another awesome, beautiful 2020 senior! I feel lucky during this busy Fall portrait season because I’ve been able to photograph three seniors who I also had the pleasure of photographing five years ago for their B’nai Mitzvah. It’s really special for me to be able to see how they’ve grown up and matured. Good luck in film school Abby! I know you’ll do well! I wish I had time to post more of my favorite images from our session. Here are a couple that I love!

2020 High School Senior Abby! {St. Louis Senior Portrait Photographer}

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2020 High School Senior Jack! {St. Louis Senior Portrait Photographer}

November 6, 2019 · High School Seniors

I’m so excited that I was able to spend some time with this awesome senior! He is such a fun, sweet, easy-going young man! The last time I was able to hang with him was while taking photos at his Bar Mitzvah five years ago. What fun to see him again.

I wish I had time to post more of my favorite pictures. Here are a couple, at least!

2020 High School Senior Jack! {St. Louis Senior Portrait Photographer}

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2020 High School Senior Ben! {St. Louis Senior Portrait Photographer}

November 5, 2019 · High School Seniors

I’m working on this handsome, smart, sweet guy’s high school senior portraits! The last time I was able to take his pictures was during his Bar Mitzvah! His adorable portrait is still on the front page of my website. Ben, I have no doubt that you will succeed in whatever you put your mind to! Good luck and congratulations!! Here are a couple of my favorite images from your session.

2020 High School Senior Ben! {St. Louis Senior Portrait Photographer}

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Homecoming Dance 2019 {St. Louis Portrait Photographer}

November 3, 2019 · Events

Last night was my daughter’s high school Homecoming Dance. We’re lucky that her dance is later in the year because we get the beautiful Fall colors in the background!! Here she is with her best friend.

Friendship Dance 2019 {St. Louis Portrait Photographer}

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My First Baby's Sweet Sixteen Birthday {St. Louis Portrait Photographer}

August 13, 2019 · Birthday Shoots, Kiddos

Sometimes it’s a little crazy for me to think about the stages we all go through as humans and the many experiences we share. For some of us, that includes bringing a baby (or babies) into our lives and then soaking (and sometimes drowning) in the moments between the first few hours of birth and the day our children leave the nest. I’ve been told countless times to appreciate it because everything goes by so fast. So from the very first day that each of my three children were born, I really did all that I could to consciously enjoy as many moments as possible. However, as often as I took the time to cuddle with my babies, to read to them, to take them outside to explore nature, to visit the library with them, to teach them life skills in the grocery store or at the park or with friends, and to create so many other special memories, I still can’t believe that my very first baby is now already sixteen years old. As much as I thought time wasn’t really going by as quickly as everyone said it would, I look back now and feel like it truly is like the “blink of an eye.”

As a photographer who loves photographing newborns, it seems even more surreal that I am so far past the stage of experiencing life as a new mommy. Yet, there are so many moments when I still feel like I don’t know what I’m doing! There were many, many years that I wasn’t sure I’d make it through motherhood with my sanity intact, but as time goes by, I watch proudly as my three children continue to grow and mature. Taliyah, my first daughter, turned sixteen years old at 11:53am (MST) today. With each passing year, I see her becoming more compassionate toward people, animals, and our planet. She is a talented flutist with big dreams and is a smart, beautiful, young woman. I am so excited to celebrate this special birthday with her!! She is the first of my three babies to help me realize how happy I am to have been blessed with the opportunity to learn how to be a better person through being a mother.

Happy sweet sixteen Taliyah!!

My First Baby’s Sweet Sixteen Birthday {St. Louis Portrait Photographer}

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2020 High School Senior Levi! {St. Louis Senior Portrait Photographer}

August 8, 2019 · High School Seniors

I am so excited to have been able to take Levi’s senior portraits yesterday!! We returned to Faust Park, where I last took his pictures when he was 13 years old right before his Bar Mitzvah. It’s so fun to see him as a high school senior now! He was incredibly patient during his portrait session despite the many¬†hungry mosquitoes.

What a great way to start the 2020 high school senior portrait season! Thanks so much Levi, and have a great year!! Here are a few of my many favorite images…

2020 High School Senior Levi! {St. Louis Senior Portrait Photographer}

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Congratulations Matthew! {St. Louis High School Senior Event Photographer}

June 4, 2019 · Events, High School Seniors

I photographed a very special graduation ceremony and party last weekend. Matthew graduated with awards and honors, and is on his way to college this Fall to study engineering! He sure has a proud papa!!

Here are family and friends waving from box seats…

Matthew’s smile grew as he got closer and closer to receiving his diploma.

They’ve received their diplomas and moved their tassels…official graduates!

Proud Dad sees his son shortly after the graduation…

Party time!

Here’s Matthew with his siblings!

I caught some sweet moments of Matthew with his brother and sister.

Family love!

One last portrait of Dad with his boys!

Congratulations Matthew! {St. Louis High School Senior Event Photographer}

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