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Betsy & Neil – St. Louis Wedding


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It’s fair to say this was probably my favorite wedding (I know, I say that a lot, but I have awesome Couples!) Betsy and Neil got married at the beautiful 9th Street Abbey in Soulard and took the dreamiest photos in Lafayette Park. It was the perfect St. Louis Wedding. The gorgeous light, the weather, the dress – everything just fell into place!

I met Betsy about 7 years ago when I started dating Tim (my, how things have changed in those 7 years!) Betsy is Tim’s first cousin, and their moms are actually twins! We ended up having some mutual friends, and we really just hit it off. Being the only two vegetarians in the family – we had to stick together! I have this vivid memory of my wedding day (5+ years ago) and Betsy telling me how much she loved my dress, and wedding and how everything was so “me.” After all the work that goes in to creating the perfect wedding day, those words meant so much to me.

Flash forward 5 years and now Betsy was getting married! I was over the moon when she asked me to be her wedding photographer, and couldn’t be happier to see her and Neil begin their lives together. They were so happy to be marrying each other. Their first look had me in tears – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a groom so excited to see his bride. One thing that really stood out to me was that Betsy’s wedding was so “Betsy.” It was classic, elegant and centered around close family and friends. There is such a sense of timelessness to their day. It truly was perfect. Plus there was an impromptu dance performance of “Rollin on the River” by the bride and her mom. Which is always awesome.

Congrats to Betsy and Neil! I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you!

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Venue: 9th Street Abbey

Flowers: Les Bouquets

Cake: Missouri Baking Company

DJ: Jason Bentencourt – Crucial Entertainment

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Why you should print your family photos – RIGHT NOW!


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I was a bit hesitant to post this, It’s tough to get super personal over the internet, but few things get me as passionate as printing your images and creating tangible memories to pass down to your children… so here goes:

A few days ago I was on a roll. My to do list was out, Liam was dropped off at school, I had a million things to get done. There were wedding galleries to be delivered, blog posts to write, clients to email, mini sessions to schedule, an unruly toddler who needs to be picked up by 3:15 sharp or else he will lose his mind… As I sat down to my computer today to get to work, my external hard drive completely stopped working. My external hard drive with every image I shot in 2015. Every wedding, every family, every newborn session, every impromptu Liam photo session that I put together while he screamed and cried and shrieked, “MAMA! No more camera!” All of these memories, all of these firsts were “gone.” (Ok, Ok… maybe I’m being a bit dramatic, everything that belongs to clients is not gone – I back up every shoot to 3 separate places – brides, families – DO NOT WORRY! I repeat – DO NOT WORRY!) But it’s gone from the place that I trusted to store it. Sure I can go retrieve things off the cloud, but that’s a huge pain and I’m in for hours of downloading then uploading and yeah, not fun times. But guess what? All those photos of my kid, all those photos that I didn’t think were that important, and didn’t need to backup, and swore I would get to printing one day – or better yet putting in an album – those are all GONE.

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(My adorable grandparents on their wedding day. How timeless is this picture? It’s one of my absolute favorites)

I’ve said on more than one occasion that I hate computers. I despise technology. If I could shoot everything with film and never touch a computer again I would be the happiest person ever (my husband jokingly refers to me as a Luddite). But, its 2015. Computers and technology are all so necessary to our everyday lives, and especially necessary for my business. I’ve been shooting weddings and families for 6 years now. I have 6 external hard drives that back up and contain every photo I’ve ever taken. Every wedding is delivered to my clients on a USB (3 years ago it was a CD – which are basically about as common as a floppy disc now). You know what I did yesterday? Grabbed my trusty USB to pull up some of my wedding photos from my own wedding 5 years ago. Put it into the computer and…. NOTHING. There is nothing there. The USB is corrupted. I have no wedding photos. Thank god I printed an album. Thank god I’m a photographer and saved them to 3 places because I know technology can be unreliable and who knows how long it lasts. Every day I see someone in a photography forum posting about how their hard drive corrupted and they lost everything. Just Google data retrieval services and you will get pages and pages of companies that exist solely to try and recover data from technology that went bad. I get emails from brides all the time asking for a replacement USB because they lost it, spilled a soda on it, their dog ate it… the list goes on and on. Brides (myself included), that never got around to printing their wedding photos. Never got around to ordering an album. The only thing they have left of their wedding is a USB. A USB that can get lost, or corrupted, or eaten by a dog, or probably won’t work on a new computer in 5 years (I’m looking at you floppy disc). My point – I do have one, I swear – is that no one truly knows how long this technology really lasts. Or if it even will last at all.

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(My Mama. I think she looks like Liam here – they have the same eyes)

I’ve heard that our generation is called the “forgotten generation.” We take so many images – more images than ever before – but they disappear. They don’t get printed. They get posted to a Facebook wall or an Instagram feed and get lost in this crazy world of technology that we live in. It makes me wonder – what will my children; my grandchildren have to remember me by? Will they pull out a USB to compare baby photos to see who their new baby looks like? Or maybe fire up that external hard drive to reminisce about there own childhood? I mean, how ridiculous does that sound? Can you imagine giving a kid a floppy disc today and expecting them to know what to do with it?! It all makes me question, Is there really any point in being a photographer if you can’t create lasting memories for people? If those memories just vanish when the technology changes? I have albums passed down to me by my grandmother of beautiful photographs. Photographs of my grandparents wedding, my parents wedding, my aunts weddings, baptisms, first steps, first days of school. Tangible memories that I can keep and hold and share and pass down to my own children all while sharing stories of the beautiful people that I love the most. Family heirlooms. Will our generation have that? I truly hope so. If you’re sitting at home with a hard drive full of photos – I’m urging you – go print your family photos, and do it now. Make an album. Call your photographer; order your album, order some prints. Make that gallery wall or canvas you’ve been saying you would do, but never got around to. Do it now, because you’re one corrupted USB away from losing those memories for good.

 

 

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TWO.


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This sweet little boy turns TWO today!

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You bring so much love to my life. You make me smile constantly, and are absolutely hilarious. The silly little things you come up with always keep us laughing. You’re stubborn yet sweet, and you always know exactly what you want (a cow). These past two years with you have been such a blessing. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next year!

A few of my favorite Liam-isms as of late:

“Mama, I go see a reindeer, and eat a yellow bagel.”

“My Dada’s a puppy dog!”

“Nana kicked me” (If you know Nana, you know this is absolutely not true. In fact I think it was the other way around…)

“Oh, Oh, I bumped my head – call the doctor!”

“Dad’s workin, Mama eats ice cream” (It was ONE TIME).

“Baseball tweet tweets!” – Whenever he sees a Cardinal.

While on vacation in Florida last week, “I just need a friend.” Apparently my company wasn’t doing it.

While watching me edit a photo of a bride at a recent wedding, “Ooooh….. she wearing a SNOWMAN!”  This is probably the biggest compliment you can get from Liam right now.

And of course…. “go see a cow?!” Every. Single. Day.

Liam, we love you, you little cow obsessed goofball! Life wouldn’t be the same without you here!

 

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FALL MINI SESSIONS!


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They’re back! 2015 Fall Mini Sessions are HERE!

FALL MINI SESSIONS

Mini Sessions typically sell out within the first few hours, so be sure to book yours ASAP!

Sessions are available on a first come, first serve basis.


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Fall Photo Series – Pets


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I LOVE when clients include their pets in their photos. I’m a total animal lover, and its always a blast to get to meet some new four legged friends. Including your pets in your photos isn’t always as easy as it looks, so here are a few tips to keep in mind:

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  1. Think about location. Does your pet stress easily? Are they easily distracted? A busy park might not be the best spot for photos with a furry friend. Consider doing photos in your home or backyard, or on a weekday when parks are less likely to be crowded with visitors.
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2. Bring Backup. Most people only want their dog in a few shots, so be sure to bring someone as backup to hold your pet while your family is finishing their photo session. When I shoot families and couples with pets, I try to take photos with the pet first. This way your pet is done quickly and can relax or go home with a caretaker.

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3. Relax. Pets tend to feed of their owners energy, so if you are stressed out, more than likely your pet will be too. Just try to relax and stay calm!

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4. Come Prepared. Be sure to bring treats for your pet, and water if you plan on being out for an extended period of time. Be sure to inform your photographer that your pet will be attending the photo session, and let them know any special words/commands that usually get their attention.

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