30 July 2014

New Office (Before Pics)

I moved into my house almost a year ago (I rent) and I always had every intention of turning the extra bedroom into an office. An official office! I've never had an office. I work on my couch LOL. I've been a photographer for over 4 years now and I've had a desk but it's been in a living room where I don't have a lot of room and distractions everywhere. I've always dreamed of a place where I could go "work" and be in a girly space. Since I rent, I didn't think I wanted to do all the work and spend money on something I would only be in temporarily. Well…. the last few months I've decided to just do it! Here are 2 reasons why:

1.) My neck and back are killing me from editing on the couch. Seriously, my chiropractor sees me way too much during wedding season!

2.) I want a bright and airy space that's girly where I can go to every day and "work" and then leave it. Working from home may sound great to you all but it's hard to focus when you work on the couch and all you want to do is watch TV or take a nap LOL. Having an actual work space to go to will be so nice and organized.

So here is the spare bedroom. Yes, my desk is in there but so is everything else that I own and not currently using. The bed is coming out since it's so old and the mattress is so old it should be illegal to have it in my possession LOL. The striped poofs from Target are eventually going in to my living room but that will be another day. I'll be posting updates through the process so stay tuned for those! I cannot wait to get this project going!

25 July 2014

Mason + Samantha | Blue Lagoon Engagement Session

I'm so excited about introducing you to this amazing couple, Mason and Samantha. I met Samantha first at a meeting we scheduled to discuss the wedding and engagement session. We literally talked for an hour or more and I learned so much about how they met and how Mason proposed. Mason even custom designed Samantha's ring! Apparently Mason is a little shy and Sam told me that he was nervous about the engagement session, as like most of my grooms are. I told her not to worry. When I met up with them this past Sunday, I could definitely tell that he was a bit nervous. I don't think it took him very long to get in the groove of things though. We were in the most beautiful location ever! Samantha's grandparents have this amazing home and property in Rockwood and it's the location that Mason and Sam will be getting married at next year. It was a dream!!!! There was a beautiful creek and bridge (where the ceremony will take place) and then up the hill was this gorgeous blue lake with a fountain in the middle and pergola to the east. It was the golden hour that photographers speak of and the light almost brought tears to my eyes. I just kept shooting and shooting and could have kept on shooting pictures of those two! I'm pretty sure I told Mason like a million times that he was a natural and he definitely has the "nuzzle" pose down! I love seeing the grooms open up and get comfortable in front of my camera.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Mason designed this ring…… awesome job!

The blue lagoon!!!!! Amazing!

24 July 2014

Samantha | 2015 Red Bud High School Senior

When I was told one of the locations that Samantha wanted to use for her senior session, I knew hands down it was going to be one of my favorite senior sessions I'ver ever shot. Samantha told me that her main location of choice was in St. Louis at the City Museum. I was in shock! I mean, who goes into a public museum and take senior portraits… especially with TONS of people around! It takes a certain personality to do that and Sam definitely has that personality. But then she threw me for a loop. She also wanted to get into some water… maybe even lay in it! So I had to put my thinking cap on and think of locations from here to St. Louis that we could get into some water. Luckily, she wanted a few country-type settings too so I knew exactly where to take her. Our first stop was in Maeystown. It had water and country settings and the light was absolutely gorgeous. When it was time for Sam to sit in the water she just totally went for it. It was super cold but she didn't care. As long as her hair didn't get wet she was willing to do anything. They turned out quite amazing and I'm so thrilled to have a senior who was ready to go to the next level and do something none of her friends have done.

We did decide to go to a few places in the city before ending up at the City Museum. I wasn't sure exactly how busy it would be and wanted to make sure we got plenty of pictures just in case it wasn't what she had in mind. Turns out, it was probably one of the busiest days they've had all summer! I don't think I've ever seen that many people there but we just made our way through and people were actually really nice about letting us get pictures. I can't even begin to tell you how awesome that place is and I would love to go there when school starts back up and it's not so busy. If any of you seniors are reading this… take note. Choose locations that mean something to you and show your personality. Step outside your box a little bit and you'll be surprised at the outcome. Don't just follow what all of your friends are doing. Be unique!

I had a hard time choosing favorites from this session so be prepared to look through a lot. Enjoy!


Look at those legs! So jealous LOL.

These black/white photos are fabulous!

The rest of the photos below are at the City Museum. Amazing!