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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.

Tower Grove Engagement Photos

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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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