27 April 2012

Rednour Family

The Pierre Menard home has been a popular site for pictures lately, and I don't mind one bit. It's perfect actually and probably one of my top 3 spots I like to shoot at. Last weekend I met up with the Rednour family and we almost had to cancel due to rain but right as we were about to start the rain magically stopped and gave me the most amazing light ever. Their photos turned out beautifully. I wish all my sessions had natural light like right after a rain. If you're a photographer you know what I mean. Most of my clients think bright sunshine is the perfect lighting for photos, but in fact it's the complete opposite. I love me a good cloudy day. The clouds are a huge diffuser for me and it helps my clients from squinting.

I never have an easy time picking favorites of my sessions. I love them all. The kids were all so darn cute and photogenic. Ever single picture was good. Seriously! We all had a great time and their pictures turned out great. Here are my favorites from their session.

A Blessing in Disguise

A couple weeks ago I announced that I would be pursuing my dream of becoming a full time photographer. It's definitely something that I've been thinking about for quite some time. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love being a graphic designer, and I still am for the most part, but it doesn't give me the love I have when I'm taking photos. Meeting brides/grooms, seniors, families and children is the best part of photography, for me anyways. I'm a people person. Interacting with others is something that I've always enjoyed. My mother always says that I have never met a stranger. It's just the personality I was born with and what I most love about myself.

I didn't expect to take my photography full time this soon. I wasn't planning on doing so for quite some time. But life took an unexpected turn and I lost my job. At first I was completely scared to death. But the more I sat and thought about things, the more I thought how perfect the timing was. I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and I guess this was God's way of telling me that this is the time for me to pursue my dream. Sometimes we don't know why these things happen to us and some would just shut down and close themselves off to the world. I have been taking this time to really stop and think about life and what makes me happy. For the first time in my life I'm putting myself first. That may sound selfish to some of you but I think we all have to stop and think about ourselves sometimes. We have to take care of ourselves first. Once we're happy, those around us will be happy too and life will become more enjoyable.

So here's to change. If I had a glass of something I would raise it right about now, but I don't. So let's just pretend we're all excited for change and toasting to our future.

Stay happy and healthy everyone. Happy Friday.

26 April 2012

Brooke + Kaitlyn | Seniors

Earlier this month I met up with Brooke and Kaitlyn in DuQuoin and took a few pictures for them so that they could have something for their yearbook picture. I didn't have time to do a full photo shoot because I was taking wedding pictures later that day. So we discussed what they wanted for their full photo shoots and they wanted some flowers and a spring type setting. Since there's nothing really around this area with lots of flowers (unless you trespass into yards around town LOL) I suggested we go to the Botanical Gardens in St. Louis. Well it didn't take them long to say YES to that idea.

Last Saturday was the day we scheduled the pictures. We left bright and early and when we arrived to the gardens the guy giving the tickets said that we couldn't do clothing changes inside the garden. Garden rules. Well that was crap considering I had taken pictures there before and nobody told me I couldn't bring bags of clothing inside. We ended up just changing in the car and taking a change of clothes in our purses. Good thing we all carried large purses! Since Brooke and Kaitlyn brought their huge prom dresses, we had to think of another location. Since we were in St. Louis, we decided to go down by the arch and riverfront. Turned out to work out perfectly because I love their prom dress photos.

As we're walking around taking pictures by the riverfront Brooke saw a sign for helicopter rides... for $35! She wanted to go so bad. I told her that if it was in fact only $35 a ride, I'd totally go up with her. Well that's exactly what we did. We had a blast and I took a few photos on my iPhone of that experience.

We all had a blast in St. Louis last weekend and I'm excited to show you my favorites from their session. First I'll show you a few they took together. You should have seen them jumping in the Botanical Gardens with everyone looking. So funny.

First up is Brooke. Great personality and amazing prom dress. 

Here's Kaitlyn. Seriously, she's gorgeous! Especially her prom dress pics.

Last but not least, a few pictures of Brooke and I up in the helicopter.

25 April 2012

Ashley + Jordan | Wedding

Jordan took Ashley to New York to see the Boston Red Soxs take on her beloved New York Yankees. After the game they asked someone if they could get down by the field to take pictures. She's standing there with her camera asking the security guard if he could take their picture with the field and when she turned around she found Jordan on his knee, behind home plate, holding out her ring. Ashley obviously said yes! It's such a great story to tell and so romantic.

But there's more to their story. The next chapter in Ashley and Jordan's life would be their wedding and they called me to ask if I was available on their special day. When a bride contacts me, I immediately get excited. The best part is hearing them talk about the details; location, church/venue, flowers, colors, etc. Ashley's favorite color is pink. The wedding was held at Our Lady of the Lourdes in Sparta and the reception was at the World Shooting Recreational Complex, also in Sparta. Wedding talk just makes me happy.

The day started off with rain, and lots of it. I literally spent the whole morning praying for the rain to let up, at least just for a little bit so I could get picture in. God answered my prayers and literally 15 minutes before I started portraits it stopped raining. Seriously! The light was gorgeous and the bridal party was amazing to work with. There was even a stretch hummer limo to take us around after the ceremony to get pictures. I even got to ride shotgun with the limo driver LOL. The reception had amazing food, catered by 17th Street Bar and Grill. The toasts gave were heart warming and their guests danced the night away. Ashley and Jordan even had an ice sculpture there that had a tube swirled inside for shots. That didn't last long though because champaign was poured in it and it froze up! Oops.

Ashley and Jordan, thank you so much for letting me be apart of your special day. You two were a blast to work with. I know you two will be so happy together and I can't wait to see what your future has in store for you. Have fun in Fiji on your honeymoon. I still think your photographer should have been invited to join you. Ha ha. Enjoy my favorites from your wedding day.

Where's Ashley????

There she is. Ha ha.

Gorgeous details shots! Love her ring and the flowers.

Ashley wore a crown instead of a veil. No veil for this princess.

Hanger that her dress hung on.

Seriously, how awesome were her heels girls??? Gorgeous!

Ashley, you made a beautiful bride. Simply stunning.

I kept calling Jordan my "model". The camera loves him. Such a stud.

Love the black dresses with the pink flowers!

Love this shot! So funny.

Jordan's best man towers him! He just picked him up like a little kid LOL.

One of my favorite shots of the day.

Jordan loved his suspenders!