Monday, June 29, 2020

Meghan + Dan | Forrest Park Engagement Session | St. Louis Photographer

We made the big move to St. Louis almost exactly one year ago and I've been dying to shoot at some of these locations since that first week we drove through Forrest Park! I love Forrest Park! There are so many stunning locations in one tiny (okay, not so tiny) spot, and I feel like there are so many hidden gems! It's my favorite thing to take my family on bike rides through there and secretly scout for photoshoot spots! ;)

I have been so lucky to have been photographing so many engagement sessions lately! Covid may have delayed these shoots to the heat of summer, and made shopping for outfits a bit of a struggle for several of my couples, but holy smokes, they are all killing it! Every time I shoot an engagement shoot, it just refuels the photography fire inside me--especially after sessions like Meghan and Dan's! I had so much fun with these two! We just took our time and explored! And even though it was warm, they didn't let that show one bit!

We even had a a little bonus of pure cuteness pop into some of the last pics! I'm not telling, so you'll have to scroll to see what I'm talking about. ;) But it's safe to say, my heart was in a puddle after meeting him!

So enjoy this little peek into Dan and Meghan's Forrest Park engagement session, and get excited for some gorgeous wedding pics coming later this year!

Okay, last little side note: Meghan is an ICU nurse right now in the midst of Covid. Huge thank you to her and all healthcare workers and essential workers for all they are doing! There is no way to thank you enough. <3

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Allison + Nick | Forrest Park St. Louis Engagement Session

Ahhh, can I just say, it feels sooooo good to be shooting again! To be with other humans again! In fact, I told Allison, "Sorry if I'm acting a little weird. I've only been talking to little humans for the past few months!" Haha. I know this (worldwide pandemic) isn't over, but this session was such a beautiful little taste of normalcy. I certainly needed it! :)

But let's talk about these two! Seriously, what cuties/sweethearts! I enjoyed every minute of my session with these two exploring Forrest Park in St. Louis. I can't even tell you how lucky I feel to have had Allison find me! She has been such a sweetheart through all this craziness! And Nick was just awesome. I love that by the end, he started doing all the little things I'd coached him on earlier in the session without me even directing.

 Ah, I can't wait till their wedding! It's going to be such a beautiful, joyful, and fun day I'm sure!

Enjoy this little sneak peek into their engagement session! Definitely a change for this former Arizona girl. So much more green here!

 I just love black and white photos! The emotions just shine through them!

 I stumbled upon this sneaky little spot a few minutes before their session and knew I had to take them there! So glad they were up for it!

 Given the choice of a beautiful pose, or one that shows emotion, I'll choose emotion every time! Definitely one of my faves!

 Like I said, these guys are seriously the cutest!! GO BLUES!!
And last but not least, loved that they wanted to make sure we documented just WHEN we took these! What a crazy world it is right now, but what a gift to be forced to slow down and focus on the important things in life. <3



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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Jane + Billy | McCormick Ranch Wedding | St. Louis + Destination Wedding Photographer

Wow. Oh my goodness. All I can think to say is just how blessed I feel after this incredible, beautiful, and busy weekend. I'm so grateful I was able to fly back to Arizona to photograph Jane and Billy's stunning wedding and to squeeze in a few family sessions in between. Jane and Billy's wedding day was absolutely beautiful from the start. The rain that had poured down on the valley just a few days before cleared just in time and left perfect, beautiful greenery everywhere. Every last detail was planned to perfection. So many laughs, hugs, and kisses were shared while celebrating these two! They are so loved and it's not hard to see why! I'm so grateful to have come to known Jane and Billy through this whole wedding experience! I just adore them both. As I gave them one last hug at the end of the night, Jane whispered, "Move back to Arizona so we can be best friends", followed by both her and Billy planting big kisses on my cheeks while my second photographer photographed it all. These two--there's no wonder so many people flew in to be with them on this very special day. They just make everyone they meet feel like VIP's in their lives.

Thank you Jane and Billy! I hope you absolutely love your images and enjoy your honeymoon!! Also, huge thank you to all these amazing vendors who worked so hard to give it their all and make this day so wonderful!

Dress Designer: Willowby - Watters
Hair and Makeup: Kensington Hair and Makeup
Florist: Florals by Kris
Bridesmaid Dresses: Nancy's Bridal
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang Black Tux
Invitations: Minted
Favors: Etsy: My Wedding Store
I absolutely loved the ring holder Jane chose! Such a beautiful added detail!
A few months ago I came across the idea of hand painted canvas as backdrops for wedding detail shots. I knew I had to try my hand at it and wanted to make one for Jane. So this very backdrop was custom made specifically for Jane's wedding and details! I loved putting in that extra effort to make these details even that much more special for her. I absolutely love how it turned out!

Jane's dress was absolutely stunning! 

Little secret about this photo. She was actually peeking down on Billy right before the first look!

Jane's bouqet was absolutely stunning. The florist, Florals by Kris, said she purposely left out greenery so that those gorgeous air plants could pop! 

The sweetest, most helpful bridesmaids ever!

One of my favorite, favorite, favorite parts about shooting weddings at McCormick Ranch! The joy rides at sunset in their golf carts! It's so fun to cruise away with the bride and groom for those sunset portraits!
They pulled some strings and got Purdue Pete to represent at their wedding!!

And as I referenced earlier, THIS moment! Probably one of my favorite wedding moments EVER! Pretty sure I left blushing! Ah! Jane and Billy, I love you guys! Congratulations you two beautiful people!!



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