St. Louis Newborn & Family Photographer telling the AUTHENTIC love story of family
Have you been wondering if a mini session is good for your family? The number one question I get asked as a family photographer in St. Louis is “Do you shoot family mini sessions?’. The answer is yes…but only a very limited number each year. You maybe wondering why I only offer a few mini […]
5 tips for a successful outdoor winter family session. We all know that fall in St. Louis is the prime time for family photos. The fall colors and temps come together for the most perfect combination for your photos. This year my fall calendar was completely booked by July! Since I was booked, I had […]
Shooting a family session can be tricky. In the past I would go over a shot list prior to my session. I would dream up all kinds of amazing scenarios in my head. After a few sessions, I found that this often lead to disappointment on my part. I would get a energetic toddler that […]
One of the benefits of living in a large city like St. Louis is you have your pick of family photographers. Scroll any local mom group and you will see hundreds of photographers available at a range of prices and variety of shooting styles. This means if you do your homework you can find that […]
family swinging little girl on blanket during a family photography session
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.