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The LaRose Fundraiser

 

RUNNING TOTAL:

(SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS!)

 ITEMS AND SERVICES: $345   

CASH & GC’S: $135

Hello! Thank you for coming! Thank you for your heart to help out! At some point, everyone needs a hand up, not a hand-out, but a hand-UP! Let me tell you the story of Jamey & Sara, one of the coolest wedding couples I have ever had the pleasure of calling clients, and now, friends.

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What’s up with the LaRose Family?

This is them. A typical hard working, lower middle-class family unit.  They are sweet, loving, and are always the first people I know to help someone out. They live in a modest home and find their greatest pleasures being surrounded by a cozy fire and good friends. It’s probably no different than any other family here in St. Charles county. Just change the names and faces, and it’s all our stories. What this smiling photo isn’t showing you is Jamey’s pain. Behind those rosy cheeks and ear to ear grin, lies a medical history that would make even the most hardened individual cringe in sympathy pains.

Jamey has broken his neck. It’s a miracle he’s still walking. This happened in a freak roller coaster accident when he was a much younger man. Due to this injury (and if you know anyone that deals with chronic neck/back issues), he has dealt with severe pain his whole life. Imagine what life would be like if you had to take into consideration how many hours of pain you’ll be in for actions most people take for granted.  If I do this, it costs me this. Do you want to pick up your kid? That’s 3 hours of  agony. Want to be on your feet all day at work? That’s 4 pain pills and an entire night of excruciatingly painful immobility. This is Jamey’s life.

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What’s worse is that his condition is degenerative. It’s just going to get worse. Him being able to work and provide for his family is out of the question. Heck, him being able to hold his new baby is out of the question for most days. As a family, they’re doing what they can. They’ve reached out to friends for help. They’ve started the process of getting disability. Sara, his unbelievably awesome wife, has her own slew of health concerns as well. Yet, she’s stepping up to the plate and working two jobs to make ends meet. It’s tough. Credit cards are maxed out. More month than money. Relief is years away and the hole keeps getting bigger.

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So, if you’ve stuck with me this far, thank you. If you can empathize with the situation this family finds themselves in, thank you. It’s Christmas time. It’s sad to see a family that has done everything “right” go through so much. They have worked hard, made great choices, and kept their spirits up despite kicked in the face repeatedly by this thing called life. What can we do to help? Well, we can shave some heads! My amazing wife, Ashley Alejandro, has reached out to the Mayor of Wentzville and asked if there was anything he could do to help. He has graciously offered his head of hair to the cause! 

What can you do to help?

We need anything that can help this family! Diapers, food, meals, money, high-fives, hugs, a night off for the parents, anything you can possibly think of to bless this family! If we can do these things by the 20th of December, which is in about two weeks, the below happen. I will Facebook Live the event as it goes down!

• If we raise $2000, Mayor Nick will shave his head.

• If we raise $2000 in donations of any kind, my gorgeous wife, Ashley, will shave her head! Don’t worry, she’s hot when she’s bald! She definitely can rock the do!

• If we meet both, I will shave my head. Yes. I have probably 2 feet of hair. It’s longer than any other guy you know and longer than most girls I know!

Perks to Donating

Also, we have some perks! I know it’s always nice to have some incentives to help make it easier!

• Any donation, cash or items, valuing $10 or more will receive a signed photograph of the LaRose family. This is a great way to be reminded that you impacted a family when they needed it most. Also, a GREAT way to show your kids how to be there for one another. This image will be a constant reminder of how awesome it feels to give.

• Any donation of $250 or more (cash or items), will receive a Free Photo Session courtesy of SA3 Studios. Just a heads up, going into the 2017 shoots this cheap will be a thing of the past, so take advantage while you can!

• We will make a video with the family at the end of the fundraiser, and they will personally thank as many people as we have names to thank! We will then share this on social media!

Physical donations can be dropped off at the Mayor’s office or be coordinated through Ashley or me. Please feel free to email Ashley at enigma9904@yahoo.com to set it up! Also, we love Facebook, so feel free to add us on there: Ashley Alejandro and Steve Alejandro.

If you donate cash or items at the Mayor’s office, and you are interested in a perk, please leave your information with them with how to contact you! If you’d like to donate through Paypal, please click on the photo below to be taken to the donation page!

 

Click the image for the donation gallery! It’s as easy as ordering a print!

Also, remember you can always donate in person or at the Mayor’s office!

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I should have always had this habit, but I am going to start posting at least one image from a wedding the moment I get home. This was today

I should have always had this habit, but I am going to start posting at least one image from a wedding the moment I get home. This was today’s. Russel & Kylie. Some of the most awesome people I know. Congratulations guys. Many years of awesomeness lie ahead and remember marriage is what you make of it! Woot woot! @stlpinup #wedding #stlwedding #bride #weddingday #weddingphoto #groom #love # cute #stlouisgram #stlgram #stl #stlouis #stlpwg #theknot #shesaid yes #bestdayever #married

It’s been a LONG while since we’ve posted here on the site! I just wanted to give anyone who might be coming to the site an update! We are BUSY! WOOT WOOT! Family photos, weddings, commercial traveling, wedding traveling, senior sessions, and editing. Lots and lots of editing! Here are some statistics:

Bear in mind that I work a full time job (that I LOVE!) as a full time commercial photographer for an in-house marketing firm:

6 Engagement Sessions

5 Senior Session

20 Family Sessions

5 Weddings

17 Days out of Town Shooting

1 Suicide Squad Shoot

And it has been a blast! I have so much work to show everyone and post. Portfolios need to be updated, blogs need to be written, and images need to be delivered! Woot woot! Here’s just a few of the recent samples!

Had an absolutely amazing time today during this shoot. Janel and Lexie were an absolute blast. As promised, I always post up one shot and here

Had an absolutely amazing time today during this shoot. Janel and Lexie were an absolute blast. As promised, I always post up one shot and here’s the first one! WE KILLED IT! Good job team! #seniorphotos #stlsenior #stl #stlouis #seniors #seniorportraits #model #fashion #stlfashion #stlmodel #highschool #urbanexplorer #somethingdifferent #beautiful #fashion #editorial #lifestyle #magazine #photooftheday #picoftheday #modelforaday

 

This beautiful couple

This beautiful couple’s #wedding photos are done soon! This shoot was done all over! #CedarLakeCellars @CedarLakeCellars #weddingphotos #bride #bridal #stlpwg #stl #stlouis #stlwedding #stlgram #StCharles #Wentzville #bridesmaids #love #couple #romance #groomsman #groom #bohemian #forest #nature #boho

 

Always love me some ring shots. As a wedding photographer, I find it fun just to look around the reception and see what puzzle pieces I have to put together to create something cool, and to showcase the symbol of a couples commitment to each other! #wedding #stlwedding #stl #saintlouis #bling #bestdayever #shesaidyes #isaidyes #engagementring #weddingring #jewelry #diamonds #bride #theknot #stlphotographer

Always love me some ring shots. As a wedding photographer, I find it fun just to look around the reception and see what puzzle pieces I have to put together to create something cool, and to showcase the symbol of a couples commitment to each other! #wedding #stlwedding #stl #saintlouis #bling #bestdayever #shesaidyes #isaidyes #engagementring #weddingring #jewelry #diamonds #bride #theknot #stlphotographer

 

Had another great shoot tonight with the Farrow clan! As promised, I am going to start putting up at least one image of the shoot! Here

Had another great shoot tonight with the Farrow clan! As promised, I am going to start putting up at least one image of the shoot! Here’s one of my favorites! #seniorportraits #highschool #hs #stl #stlgram #stlouisgram #epic #manly #superhero #comicbook #seniorphotos #cool #picoftheday #photooftheday #somethingdifferent #outofthebox #stlphoto #stlsenior #orchardfarm #wentzville #ofhs

 

Sparklers! I have been on a total sparkler kick lately! This is the first time I"ve ever outlined something with them though! This truck was awesome! #engaged #shesaidyes #Isaidyes #stlwedding #engagementphotos #stl #stlouis #stlpwg #offbeatbride #wedding #pinterest #bestdayever #photooftheday #picoftheday #sparklers #fireworks #weddingphotographer #stlphoto #chicago #pwg #theknot

Sparklers! I have been on a total sparkler kick lately! This is the first time I”ve ever outlined something with them though! This truck was awesome! #engaged #shesaidyes #Isaidyes #stlwedding #engagementphotos #stl #stlouis #stlpwg #offbeatbride #wedding #pinterest #bestdayever #photooftheday #picoftheday #sparklers #fireworks #weddingphotographer #stlphoto #chicago #pwg #theknot

 

Love getting ready shots. The anticipation, the excitement, all the details coming together after months of long work. It

Love getting ready shots. The anticipation, the excitement, all the details coming together after months of long work. It’s finally happening. It’s really happening. #ItJustGotReal #GettingReady #wedding #stl #stlpwg #anticipation #weddingday #bestdayever #TheBestDay #excited #stlouis #saintlouis #theknot #stlwedding #stlbride #stlphotographer #love #cute

 

This was not planned, this was just taking advantage of a situation as it happened. I am realizing more and more that being a photographer is like two sides of a coin. You have the heavy production stuff that takes planning and forethought, then you have stuff like this. We had about 30 seconds to get this shot. In that time, I had to light it, figure out my comp, give direction to the model, and then execute. No way I could have done this in the beginning of my career. #professional #professionalphotographer #epic #seniorphotos #orchardfarm #pro #bikers #bikerlife #highway #farm #stl #stlphoto #stlphotographer #model #saintlouis #fitness #moment #perfect #perefcttiming

This was not planned, this was just taking advantage of a situation as it happened. I am realizing more and more that being a photographer is like two sides of a coin. You have the heavy production stuff that takes planning and forethought, then you have stuff like this. We had about 30 seconds to get this shot. In that time, I had to light it, figure out my comp, give direction to the model, and then execute. No way I could have done this in the beginning of my career. #professional #professionalphotographer #epic #seniorphotos #orchardfarm #pro #bikers #bikerlife #highway #farm #stl #stlphoto #stlphotographer #model #saintlouis #fitness #moment #perfect #perefcttiming

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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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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!