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!

Product Review: Green Canvas Camera Bag from Oliday

I’ve been searching for a casual and trendy walk-around bag for the longest time. The criteria was that the bag be versatile, be large enough to hold my Canon 7D (gripped) with one lens (mainly my 24-70mm f/2.8L) and have room for other things like my cell phone, wallet, keys, etc. so I can leave my purse at home. Finding the bag I wanted that would hold my camera with my 24-70mm mounted was a challenge…I couldn’t find one that I liked. So instead, I found a bag I loved that would hold my gear (unmounted).I found this Green Canvas Camera Bag on www.etsy.com offered by the store Oliday, located in California. It will be perfect for days when I just want to go on a photo walk without lugging around my heavier bag. It was offered at a great price – too good to pass up. It took a long time for me to pull the trigger but I am very happy I did!

Check out Oliday on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Oliday

(Yes, that IS a Canon lens key chain, given to me by the kind folks at Schillers Camera when we purchased my 24-70mm.) Thank you Oliday for a great bag!

Product Review: Moo.com Luxe Business Cards

I recently ordered my first batch of business cards through the online website, www.moo.com.

Their price points are a little expensive, but a photographer friend of mine posted pictures online of her cards from Moo and they were beautiful. I decided to take a leap.

My first impression of Moo was a good one. They have an easy-to-use website with plenty of product information to help you choose the best card for your needs. I selected the Luxe business cards – I loved the fact that there is a colored strip of paper in between your card front and back. My only gripe is that you are only given four color options for the paper: black, white, blue or red. It would be nice in the future to have the ability to select your own paper color to match your branding. I decided to choose black.

The smallest run size is 50 cards with price breaks the higher the quantity you order. I was very impressed that Moo offers the ability to fully customize your cards – you can choose 50 different designs if you like! I ended up creating 25 standard business cards and 25 customized cards – each featuring different images to target my audiences. The customization is limited to one side – the opposing side of your business cards will be exactly the same. I chose the opposing side as my contact information.

I was literally overjoyed when my new business cards arrived! Moo.com makes a bold statement in packaging and presentation. Upon opening the shipping box, inside lay a very nice white box (closed by a magnetic flap) to hold my fancy new Luxe business cards.

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Presentation is key for Moo.com. Your business cards are presented inside a white box with a magnetic flap enclosure.

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You will find your business cards neatly stacked inside a very sturdy box.

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The color representation is solid. Templates are provided to ensure that you keep your artwork within the bleed and cut lines. For the Luxe business cards, a colored strip of paper is sealed in between the front and back side of your cards.

I am convinced that I will happily re-order my next round of business cards from Moo!

Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean”.

An older photograph but still – one of my most favorites. This was taken around 5:30 in the morning – and as you can see, there is no one else there. I was lucky to have The Bean all to myself. Using my ole’ Canon XTi and 17-40mm lens set on a tripod, I used a slower shutter speed to allow more ambient light to enter my sensor. Just looking at this image takes me right back to this moment in time.

I need to visit Chicago, soon. The Bean, or Cloud Gate, was created by artist Anish Kapoor.
Learn more about Mr. Kapoor and his amazing artistry:


2014 Holy Infant Parish Shamrock Shuffle 5K – Race Gallery is Live!

✤ The Holy Infant Shamrock Shuffle 5k Race Gallery is live! ✤
All race participants may download their race images for free.


Despite the stinging cold (my fingers were in bad shape afterward…note to self: need photography gloves) the participants were in GREAT spirits! We were treated to special appearances by Fred Bird and the SLU Billiken – the kiddos LOVED that.

Thank you to all those who participated in making this event such a success!


Introducing my Nephew, Baby Jace Benjamin {Newborn Photography}


There certainly is a delicate art to newborn photography. Despite the fact that our little model was *perfect* during his session, this was quite a challenge! Photographing a baby was completely new to me…you really have to think differently about your angles and compositions.

With newborn photography being completely new to me, I spent quite a bit of time researching tips and advice from professional newborn photographers. I have to commend them – newborn photography takes a lot of planning and patience. Jace was perfect – he was so sleepy during most of the session. This allowed me to take my time and practice different compositions and photographing from different angles. We used a combination of natural window light and a white and gold reflector to light the area. A small space heater kept Jace nice and warm in both the basket and atop the beanbag props. Surrounded by family, our session lasted about 2.5 hours. This experience was both challenging and rewarding…and I loved every bit of it.

We had a great time capturing my special little nephew. ❤

Natural Windowlight
Canon 7D + 24-70mm f/2.8L II

Oatmeal Newborn Newsboy Hat – CherLynne Photography Props