St. Louis Lifestyle Newborn & Family Photographer telling the AUTHENTIC love story of family
When I first started my family photography business, I lacked confidence. I started it on kind of a whim, like most momtogs do. I loved shooting my kids so I figured why not jump into a business. Once I started booking families and had no idea what I was doing. Ha! So, I had tendency to let them take the lead. I would let clients choose locations, shooting times, and gave no direction on clothing or expectations. I bet you can guess how I would leave these sessions, sooo unhappy. I knew that I wasn’t producing the quality images I wanted to provide my families and what they truly deserved. I knew that I needed make some changes and could do so much better.
Motherhood is at the heart of my business. When I am shooting a family session , I find myself drawn to the mother-child bond. Sometimes it will be wild and crazy, other times delicate and quiet. Nonetheless, it is what my heart longs to capture. While shooting, I look for details or moments during the session that make me feel something.
If you have been following my work for a bit, then you know my love for capturing newborns in their homes. In-home newborn and family sessions will always have my heart. But during a global pandemic, like COVID-19, I want to provide all of my families the opportunity to capture their brand new baby even if they do not want to be indoors. I shot my first sunset newborn session shortly after St. Louis allowed photography to start again. I was honestly a little unsure of how this would go. Once I saw the gorgeous light we had for this session, I instantly knew this would be such an amazing option for so many families, especially families with toddlers.
As a St. Louis family photographer there are a few statements that I seem to get over and over again when prepping parents for their sunset family session. A few are:
I was recently sitting down with friends talking about how we felt during our pregnancy, mainly the things we loved and hated. I was shocked at how differently each of my friends felt during pregnancy and even how much that varied pregnancy to pregnancy. I can totally attest to that after carrying 3 children!! Each of my pregnancies carried different stressors and different joys. The one thing I don’t have from all of my pregnancy is photos.
Late summer in St. Louis maybe one of my favorite times for an outdoor family session. The temperatures are just right and that beautiful golden fall light is starting to make it’s appearance. I was so excited to shoot this family again! It was a session filled with so much laughter and joy but it didn’t start out that way. When I met up with this family, all 3 kids were crying!
The mama of these babes wanted a session capturing her kids just being kids. We took the time to grab some traditional portraits at the beginning of the session. After we had those, we went to field and let the kids guide the session.
Family photographers all have a different way of approaching a family session. Finding the one that suits your family is the most important. Study their portfolio and talk with them about their shooting style. I am not the photographer for every family and I am totally ok with that! There are all kinds of family photographers out there that range from traditional to documentary , with everything in between. I find myself somewhere in the middle, with a lean towards documentary vs. traditional.
This family maternity session was the perfect way to officially kick off my spring season. This sweet mama was due with her third baby girl a few weeks following our session. How stunning does she look??? I know I didn’t look this good 2 weeks before my due date with my third baby.
I spent a lovely morning with one of my favorite families, who happens to also be my neighbors. Elizabeth wanted a different setting for her family session vs. the typical tall grass or field, I was thrilled! I suggested doing something their family loves to do the weekend.