Mutinus elegans (commonly known as the elegant dog stinkhorn)

Over the past few mornings I have been observing from my living room window a troop of beautifully colored mushrooms growing in mulch. It was really the mushroom’s stem that caught my attention – this mushroom features a beautifully colored ombre stem ranging in shades of pink, orange, yellow and white. This morning I was able to photograph the mushroom and upon closer inspection…well, it doesn’t take much imagination to understand why this mushroom is more commonly referred to as the “stinkhorn”. Hehehe.

I didn’t get close enough to notice, but the Mutinus elegans emits a smelly odor from its slime-covered spore cap. Flies and other insects will feed upon the spore cap while the smell tends to discourage animals from partaking.

There you have it. The Stinkhorn. I prefer to call it Mycelium Ombre.
– Canon EOS 7D + Canon 100mm macro @ f/2.8, ISO 400 –


Styled Shoot with 2 Chicks and a Trunk

I’m never that ‘lucky person’ that wins anything. So when I won an online contest for free stylized props for an upcoming engagement session I was beyond thrilled! Beth with 2 Chicks and a Trunk worked tirelessly on this engagement / family session and we cannot thank her enough for her time and effort.

A week before our session, Beth met up with us and our client family at Faust Park for a brainstorming session. We came up with the perfect mix of fun vintage props and accessories to incorporate into the session. The glitter-lined mason jars that our bride and groom put together themselves (and will feature at their wedding reception) were tied to tree branches with twine along with beautiful vintage vases containing yellow flowers.  A cute blanket and card and board games were also added to tie together the family portion of this shoot. Beth made a beautiful tic-tac-toe chalkboard sign and an adorable “Mommy said YES” sign for the couple’s daughter to hold.

We just wanted to thank 2 Chicks again for all of your hard work and dedication to this shoot – what you put into their session was beyond our expectations and we are just thrilled.

2 Chicks and a Trunk can provide anything from renting a single piece to bringing an entire look together, as well as brainstorming and providing several set-up options for clients to enjoy for a day of mini-sessions.

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The Descent | A Darker Edit

A darker edit of one of my favorite 2014 Air Show images. Pushing the contrast, cyans and bringing out the details in the smoke and clouds to the max created a darker image…and I like the result!

The Descent
U.S. Navy Blue Angels
F/A-18 Hornet

Canon 7D + 135mmL

2014 Spirit of Saint Louis Air Show

What an incredible display of fearless, heart-pounding aviation action! This was my first experience in aviation photography, and am overall pleased with my results. I did learn quite a few things to help me prepare for future air shows. #1 – bring sunscreen. Ouch. #2 – arrive EARLY. #3 – use a longer focal length. Hopefully by next year’s Air Show I’ll have a Canon 70-200 with me. #4 – use a higher f/stop. #5 – set up right along the fencing and learn where the midpoint for the show will be, that will help determine the best place to set up my gear. Not knowing where to go, we settled in the right-field. It still provided great viewing, but I think I’ll set up shop closer to center field next time to get those cool cross-over shots.

We had an incredible time at the 2014 Spirit of Saint Louis Air Show and look forward to attending the 2015 Air Show.

Gear: Canon 7D + 135mm

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Baby Jace’s First Easter

I’ll begin this post by telling you that this family – they’re my muse. My brother’s family is so beautiful and I love photographing them. This was Baby Jace’s very first Easter so of course we had to celebrate with new family portraits. After getting some inspiration on Pinterest, we created these images and I had a blast doing so. The evening sunlight was amazing.

I may be a bit biased – but I truly believe my nephew is the most handsome baby – ever! ❤

Camera info: Canon 7D + 24-70mm f/2.8L

L Family Baby Announcement | Longview Farms Park, Chesterfield, Missouri

Several years ago, I met with this adorable couple to take their winter holiday portraits.

Fast forward a few years and they are now happily married and expecting their first child together! I was thrilled when they contacted me to photograph their pregnancy announcement. George & Caitlin had very thoughtfully considered their pregnancy announcement photos and came to their session very prepared with fantastically coordinated outfits and props!

Congratulations you two (three!!) — at Longview Farm Park.

Family Session | Faust Park, Chesterfield Family Photographer

Spring has made quite a delayed entrance this year. While the day we held this session was dark and dreary, you wouldn’t be able to tell from these images!

We had a great time working with this cute little family and are looking very forward to capturing their upcoming wedding next month!