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Family photos! Family photos! Time to get them updated!

It’s about the time of the year where I knock out a ton of family photos mini sessions for families and couples! Last year we tested this concept out and booked 14 sessions in a single event! Had to turn a bunch of families away, so I decided to throw another day at it. Well, that day booked up super quickly too! So this year, in September, we’re going to do it in three times! Lots of my favorite things come in threes. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The camera exposure triangle of shutter speed, aperture, and iso. I have 3 kids. Halo 3 was my favorite Halo. I can do photo, video, and graphic design. You get the idea. 🙂

So, now is the time! September mini sessions or what I like to call Power Hour! Woot woot! Multiple days, multiple locations, lots of great family photos!

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POWER HOUR FAMILY PHOTOS – $150

Shoot Dates:

Saturday, September 3rd – Quail Ridge Park

Saturday, September 10th – St. Charles Main Street

Saturday, September 17th – Downtown Wentzville (TBD)

Each session will be an hour long. All the keepers from the shoot, delivered digitally. No watermarks or anything like that. No catches, no gimmicks. As much as we can get done in an hour, and believe me, with as much coffee as I drink, we’ll get a lot done. I’d anticipate at least 15-30 images.

If you need any clothing suggestions, check out this link! – Steve’s Pinterest Clothing Board

If you want to see some of the photos that came from the last Power Hour, click here!

Again, to recap:

  • One Hour Session at the location listed.
  • 15-30 Digital images delivered electronically.
  • Full personal reproduction rights.

Use the “calendar” below to lock in your spot.There is an option to pay now, but you don’t have to! You will need to be on a computer, and not a phone to use it! If you only have access to a phone, not a problem, just send me a message and I’ll manually add you! 🙂

If a spot is listed, it’s open and yours for the taking.  If you have any questions, just hit “Contact” on the menu above and ask away! Another great way to get a hold of me is through Facebook!

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What do the St. Louis Arch, The Muny and the Boathouse in Forest Park all have in common?  They were all the locations that provided the perfect setting for an afternoon engagement shoot for Sharita and Rodney!  This was a day of capturing the love and sass of this couple in some of the most iconic settings St. Louis has to offer.

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First, let me just take this moment to announce that on any given day, downtown St. Louis is a very bustling place.  And, like all busy cities there seems to be constant renovation and construction projects that can wreak all kinds of havoc in a perfect plan for a shoot.  Today was no exception.  We arrived downtown and we felt safe parking a little further away from the Arch and walking to The Gateway to the West for our first location.  After trekking what felt like half the city, we arrived at the base of the Arch only to learn the Fairgrounds directly below the Arch were closed for construction!  Bummer, to say the least.  So, we began the trek back up and met up with Sharita and Rodney a short distance from the Arch.  Sharita walked up and looked like she had just stepped out of a spring fashion magazine in a beautiful white flowing dress with Rodney at her side looking dapper as ever.  We found a spot in front of the old St. Louis Courthouse and Bam! the Arch was directly behind them glowing and providing the perfect frame for the first of many incredible shots.

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After our Arch shot we all decided to head down to The Muny in Forest Park.  Our lovebirds had used greater wisdom than we and parked right next to the Courthouse.  We told them it would take us an extra minute to arrive at the Muny since we had to trek back over the Sierras to get back to our car.  However, our new friends offered to bundle us into their sedan, gear and all, and drive us to our car.  Hallelujah!  Oh, but I forgot to mention that they were also transporting the bride’s mother and matron of honor!  We all squeezed in and hilarity ensued as we took a super cozy ride back to our car.  After we all piled out of their car like a Shriner’s clown car it was off to The Muny.

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We arrived at The Muny and immediately started to admire the perfect combination of Sharita and Rodney’s timeless outfits and the classical setting of pillars, fountains, and green grass before us.  In no time at all we were capturing countless shots of beauty, serenity and love with no boundaries.  The location offered several opportunities for them to get lost in each other’s eyes, share private little jokes and feel like the world was laid out only for them.

Our last stop was The Boathouse in Forest Park.  Sharita and Rodney had changed in more casual outfits that looked like they were meant to be worn in a lake setting.  The yellows they chose accentuated the green of the trees, provided perfect contrast with the water and just gave off the aura of summer and relaxation.

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Finally, our couple had one last flair of personality and love of our great city as they changed into their St. Louis Cardinals jerseys and we captured the Bird Nation fever that seems to grip every resident of St. Louis!  All in all this was a blast to shoot and the locations were so reflective of the love that Sharita and Rodney have for each other and the city they fell in love in!

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Haven’t chosen a wedding photographer yet?

When I shoot weddings, I see myself as a Super Hero, doing whatever it takes to make sure you have a ROCKSTAR day! If you dig my images, and if you want to make sure that your day is not only good, but AWESOME… Consider shouting out!

Our packages are an amazing value and we start at $1500. I’m super easy to work with, laid back, and ready to rock! We offer all day coverage, amazing albums, digitals, magazine quality editing, video slideshows, second shooter, no limits on locations, and much more. Woot woot!

Click here to head over to our wedding info page!

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Superhero Photo Shoot

Is it a bird?  Is it a plane?  Is it some guy in a bodysuit shooting sticky webs all over the city?  Nope.  You are about to meet the one and only Noah and a superhero photo shoot! Superheroes are among us and Noah here certainly fits the bill.  This was an amazing shoot that Noah’s mom Kathy wanted to do for her little superhero and boy is this kid as tough as any Marvel character!  Costumes, epic poses and tons of smiles and laughs, this was a day to remember!

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Every SuperHero has an Origin Story…

Just like every great hero saga, we need a little backstory here.  Noah is a 9 year old boy who loves superheroes, playing video games on his Nintendo Wii and just generally being awesome.  However, Noah’s life wasn’t always so wonderful.  Noah was born in Africa and he faced some serious health challenges from minute one as he was born with Sickle Cell Anemia and has an incredibly tiny airway that makes just breathing a lot of work.  His mom Kathy worked with children’s houses and met little Noah when he was 2 and instantly loved him.  She adopted him and brought him back to the United States where he has received many, many medical procedures and still faces many more.  Noah now has a trach to help him breathe but his airway is only 4 cm wide so he gets wiped out pretty quickly.  Even in spite of all of these challenges Noah NEVER stops smiling and his joy is absolutely contagious!

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The shoot was awesome!

When we arrived at the shoot on Main Street in St. Charles we were greeted by Noah and his mother sitting at the pavilion enjoying the cool morning weather.  Noah was eager to meet us and Kathy was excited to see Noah get to strut his stuff for us!  We headed down to the Foundry at the end of Main Street and prepared to meet the first of Noah’s superhero alter-egos!  After a quick change in mom’s car (unfortunately there were no phone booths available) we found ourselves face-to-face with Captain America!!!  As we scouted the perfect backdrop for Cap, we got set up and immediately Noah was showing us his best hero poses!

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Falcon Composite Time!

Once we had captured all of Noah’s inner Captain America we were next greeted by Cap’s best friend and right-hand man, Falcon!  His personality and confidence took a front seat and we were ready to resume the fun!  At the same location at the Foundry we found ourselves feeling like we had all been transported to the backstreets of Brooklyn where Captain America and Falcon would be sharing a bacon cheeseburger after saving the world.  Can’t beat that for a super-hero shoot!

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Wrapping it up!

By this time, Noah was feeling pretty tired from his Sickle Cell and having so much fun.  We packed up, had tons of high fives all around and said our goodbyes knowing that Noah would forever be in our hearts.  And as we drove away, the credits started rolling and everyone disappeared into the sunset. Well, maybe not since it was lunch time, but hey, this is a superhero ending!

To check out the whole shoot, click here!

 

Tower Grove Engagement Photos

Josh & TiAnna

Harmony.  That’s the first word that comes to mind when I think of this incredible couple.  Josh and TiAnna are two birds that the winds of love, joy and strength blew together. This set of Tower Grove engagement photos are a fantastic combination of classic moments, impromptu fun, and timeless beauty.

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As always, there are no perfect situations, only perfect plans.  The original location for this shoot was to be the Missouri Botanical Gardens but as we arrived they were closing.  Boo.  However, since we were in the heart of St. Louis, what better place to go then Tower Grove park to capture the city spirit of this couple?  We arrived at Tower Grove Park and we were looking at fields of tiny wildflowers, a picture perfect sky, and the sounds of spring all around us.  Gotta love it when the backup plan trumps the original plan!

We started unloading our gear and like a scene from a movie our couple comes into view.  Wow.  TiAnna was in an Audrey Hepburn inspired dress with the most adorable heels and beautiful soft curled locks.  Josh was proudly at her side in sharp threads and looking like the happiest man on the earth.  With so much beauty, personality and charm in front of us our job just got a lot more exciting.  Tower Grove Park offers picturesque settings with stone fountains,  ancient looking stone structures, benches and the blooms of spring.  Our fun loving couple brought an umbrella that perfectly matched the outfits they had chosen and we decided to create some timeless images of spring love.  It was if we had all become part of a dream sequence in a Cary Grant movie.  The love, the giggles. the stolen kisses behind the umbrella and the sense of time standing still enveloped the atmosphere and the magic was caught forever.

Starbucks at Night! Sure, why not!?

After we finished at Tower Grove Park we learned that our lovebirds were coffee lovers!  Since we are coffee lovers to the extreme as well this was the perfect recipe for some impromptu fun.  After Josh and TiAnna changed into their casual outfits consisting of nice jeans and black Mr. and Mrs. tee shirts we were off adventuring for the perfect coffee location.  Low and behold, in the very near vicinity a Starbuck’s offered everything we could hope for in an outdoor cafe vibe and we unloaded a vintage chair that looks like it was taken from Marie Antoinette’s summer house.  We found the perfect tree to place it under and we began capturing images of Josh and TiAnna holding matching coffee mugs, and posing like the royal couple they certainly embodied.  After a few more impromptu fun shots we were ready to call it a wrap.

This shoot was the perfect example of the harmony that is one of the deepest roots of love between two people.  Josh and TiAnna are each so incredibly unique but they bring out the beauty and love in each other that is the stuff the greatest love stories are made of.  We all had a blast and we are so excited to see even more amazing images at the wedding!

Here are some of our Tower Grove engagement photos from the shoot below!

Click here for the full gallery!

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 Haven’t chosen a wedding photographer yet?

When I shoot weddings, I see myself as a Super Hero, doing whatever it takes to make sure you have a ROCKSTAR day! If you dig my images, and if you want to make sure that your day is not only good, but AWESOME… Consider shouting out!

Our packages are an amazing value and we start at $1500. I’m super easy to work with, laid back, and ready to rock! We offer all day coverage, amazing albums, digitals, magazine quality editing, video slideshows, second shooter, no limits on locations, and much more. Woot woot!

Click here to head over to our wedding info page!


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Quail Ridge Family Photos – Happy Birthday!

Birthday Party photo time for the Louis family! Heather, Hans, the kids, and I headed out to Quail Ridge to do some really cute balloon photos! It was Madison’s birthday soon and Heather wanted to rock out some awesome photos! She came equipped with some balloons, an awesome pink chair, a great husband, and some fantastic little people!

We had some things to overcome in the shoot. Due to schedules, we had to shoot in the middle of the day. Bad, bad, bad light! Bad, bad, bad wind! Though, no matter! I am a professional! Woot woot! Some off camera lighting, a portable cloud, Photoshop, and an awesome assistant (my daughter Sophia), we killed it! Check out below!

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