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Smoke Bomb Wedding Photos – Jamey & Sara ROCKED it!

The bearded wonder! I’ve been taking lessons from this guy. From grooming to beard oil to shaping. So, just a heads up everyone, epic beard incoming! And, yes, there will be selfies. 🙂 So, anyway, this wedding was awesome.  Jamey and Sarah did things a little differently. They were actually married about a week before in Florida! So, we actually hit the ground running with the portraits and then the reception.

The wedding portraits started off at Bee Tree Park and I am super glad we got there when we did. About 30 minutes in, about 100 to 200 students showed up taking pictures at the park. I think it was a prom, but it definitely did limit what we had going on! Also, we had smoke bombs. (Yep, they let me play with incendiary objects on a wedding day!) I thought we were going to get nailed! Fortunately, we timed the smoke bombs between park ranger visits and nailed some pretty epic shots. Definitely a fun thing to do, and I cannot wait to buy more. We did learn a tip. Buy the smoke bombs that produce smoke without fire (cool burning). It’s safer, no embers, and they won’t burn holes in dresses… 🙂

As a side note: If you are a photographer and you are reading this, ALWAYS respect the property. Make sure you don’t leave stains or trash on any of the property. Don’t ruin it for us. 🙂

Wedding reception was a blast.

This was actually my first time shooting in this Andre’s location. Normally, I hit the one in Fenton. I was pretty impressed. Staff was on top of things, food was good, solid uplighting, and even a tungsten spot on the head table. Everything was smooth and on point. DJ did a great job, very personable and awesome. First dances were enough to make everyone in the room tear up a bit. Super sweet. Probably the coolest dude in the room though was this little guy, couldn’t have been more than 8 or 9 years old. Gave a speech that made the whole room give a collective “Aaaaaaw!”. About an hour later, he requested to do the Nae Nae. Let’s just say his whip was on point!

When it rains on the wedding day…

So, we also planned to do some more smoke bombs and sparkler photos after the ceremony. Alas, it wasn’t to be. Rain. Would have ruined her dress, my camera, and the silly fireworks. Buuuuut, we had a backup plan. Let’s just do it later in the week! A promise is a promise. I said we’d do sparkler photos. We did sparkler photos! Check them out below! Woot woot!

I cannot express in words how much fun I had at this wedding. Jamey and Sara are fantastic with big ol’ hearts. They took care of me just as much as I took care of them. Definitely made some friends for life here!

St. Louis Wedding Vendors for Jamey and Sara:

Venue: Andre’s West

Transportation: FunTyme Limosuine

Shoot Location: Bee Tree Park

Smoke Bombs: American Firework Stands

DJ: Nathan from Complete DJs

Cake: Harter Bakery

Flowers: 337 by LaRoserie

 

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Hmmmmmmm! Foooooood! Hmmmmmm! Cake! Harter Bakery killed it!

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Jamey & Sara got married inFlorida a week prior so a lot of their details were beach flavored!

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These are just some of my favorite little candid moments!

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And now we have smoke bombs! Woot woot! BOOM! But, no boom, cause they’re smoke bombs.

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Yep. This is why we did smoke bombs. My favorite photo of the whole wedding is this 2×1 Pano!

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Here’s that little dude that did a speech!

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“Do not get cake in my beard. Seriously. Do not get cake in my beard. I mean it!”

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Here are the images of the after wedding, wedding shoot! More smoke and a sunset!

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And now fire! FIIIIIIIREEEEE! LET YOUR GORGEOUS LIGHT RAIN DOWN ON ME! I mean, cough, cool photos. 🙂

Here’s a link to 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!

 

 

 


 

Here’s my man Alex! I have known this dude since forever! It’s been an incredible experience watching him grow into the young man he is today! His story is life-changing, and I bet the rest of his story will be too! First met him when he was probably 12 years old or so. He was one of the kids in the Youth Group  I served in. Now he is graduating. He is stepping into adulthood ready to rock. This shoot was a ton of fun. The smiles were real, there were several wrestling references, and several mentions of some girls he’d like to date. All in all, its’ always a pleasure seeing this family and it was an honor to photograph Alex during this very special time in his life!

 

Alex Schulz - Senior Photo - Wentzville

Alex Schulz – Senior Photo – Wentzville

Alex Schulz - Senior Photo - Wentzville

Alex Schulz – Senior Photo – Wentzville

Alex Schulz - Senior Photo - Wentzville

Alex Schulz – Senior Photo – Wentzville

Alex Schulz - Senior Photo - Wentzville

Alex Schulz – Senior Photo – Wentzville

Alex Schulz - Senior Photo - Wentzville

Alex Schulz – Senior Photo – Wentzville

So, yeppity yep yep! Engagement time! This time with a twist. Water. Dog. Fun. Stephania wanted to do something a bit different than your average bride. Let’s go play, have some fun, and do something a bit different! As always, I am always excited to do something different. Also, this one was a bit of challenge. There were a TON of people and rapidly diminishing sunlight. I think we made it work! Check it out!

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When I have meme wars it’s usually with my video game friends. So, when I had a friendly and fun meme war with Lauren and her DJ Demarcus, I knew that this whole gig was going to be fabulous. Lauren, her future husband Mark, and I met at the Starbucks. Lauren is just as awesome as I expected her to be. Mark is high energy, super chill, and genuinely nice dude to hang around. He’s the kind of guy that immediately makes any mood 3x shades lighter.

Once we got all the boring paperwork stuff out of the way and started talking about engagement session. We ended up at Creve Coeur Lake. Check it out!

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TREE! Pink tree! Color! Framing! Fun! Woot woot woot!

 

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This is just another example of how fun Mark is. This dude is a trip and I dig him. 🙂

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Boats and light, lights and boats, boats and lights, lights and boats!

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Beautiful light, wonderful happy couple, and a dock. Win. So much win.

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Random awesomeness!  Guitars! Film looks! Light! Shadows! Woot! Woot!

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Here’s a personal shot! I stuck around after the shoot to see what I could do! Woot woot!


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Haven’t chosen a wedding photographer yet?

When I shoot weddings, I see myself as a Super Hero. Standing in defense of your day. Protecting you and your family from the shenanigans of misfortune! Let’s chat. 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. Also, we can definitely partner with you and help you find other amazing professionals that offer amazing value as well.

 

 

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Every week I try to come up with something new and interesting to share with people. I do this for multiple reasons. First, it’s fun. Expanding my mind with new information about weddings is always good (you know, because I’m a wedding photographer). Second, it’s fun to interact with people about a topic I love. So, this week, I used one of my nifty internet tool thingies (Buzzsumo!) to find out what were the MOST shared wedding related articles on Facebook during the past year. Here they be:

#5. 98 – Year Old Couple Recreated Their Wedding Day

Shared 106,300 times.

Thoughts: This is awesome. Just goes to show the your wedding day is NOT the best day of your life, it’s the START of the BEST DAYS of your life! Well done!

Read full article here…

#4. Their Wedding Day Photo Sparked Outrage Across the Nation. This is Their Reaction to All the Fuss…

Shared 136,900 times.

Thoughts: Not sure what the big deal is here. The “No Look, First Look” is a pretty standard shot. We do this at nearly every wedding that doesn’t have a “First Look.” I get that it’s a soldier, I get that it was released on Memorial Day, but still. The internet is weird sometimes.”

Read full article here…

#3. The Most Generous Bride on Earth: Couple Feeds 4,000 Syrian Refugees on Their Wedding Day

Shared 166,200 times.

Thoughts: This is cool. What an absolutely selfless way to take care of people. I am floored.

Read full article here…

#2. Meet the Turkish couple who spent their wedding day feeding 4,000 Syrian Reguees

Shared 261,900 times.

Thoughts: Same couple as the article above, and if you combine these shares, they are over the #1 single article shared below… Still a great story!

Read full article here…

#1. To my daughter with Down Syndrome on Her Wedding Day

Shared 375,200 times.

Thoughts: As a parent of a special needs child, this struck a chord with me. I think every parent in this situation has had the thoughts this man has had. It’s never a worry about the child living a full life, it’s always about connecting with others. My boy has told me before that he has no friends and it’s heartbreaking. Damn near cried while reading this.

Read full article here…