As a mom, letting go is really hard. It’s hard to let go of being in control of your family. It’s hard to let go and let your children make their own decisions and in turn make mistakes. It’s also hard to let go of caring how we appear in photos. I am the very same way. When we have photo sessions with our families, we of course try to look our best. But there comes a time, when trying to look your best throughout your entire session gets in the way. Worrying about your top. Worrying about which side of your face is prettier. Worrying about your hair. Worrying if everyone is looking at the camera and not at each other.   What most people don’t get is, MOST of my shoots I try to get my families to look at each other.  It shows connection.  However, my brain works the same way. Trust me. I worry about how things will turn out as well, but I have learned to let go.  I finally realized one day that I was in NO photos with my kids because I didn’t like the way I looked. Ok. That’s just crazy. Why do I care about what I think about myself. What I SHOULD  think about is how my kids see me. Now  Im not saying to go be all dirty and not get dressed , etc etc. We all need to feel good about ourselves.  Of course we do. Shoot, I even “take things in” on most moms without telling them just so we can feel better about ourselves, even just a tiny bit:)We can all use some flattening haha. But, my most successful photo sessions of families, are those where mom and dad let the children be the focus of the shoot and just learn to let go, if even a little bit. It’s hard. Trust me I get it.  Photo sessions are times to capture your family. How you all interact. The smiles on your kids faces.  The non-smiles on your kids faces. Just capture your kids are they ARE. Non forced.  I am at the point in my life where I KNOW I don’t look like I did when I was 25. I’m a mom.  My life is crazy insane busy. I love my kids. All I want is moments captured.  If I am in the shots with my kids, those shots are perfect. They make my heart happy. My kids can look back and say, wow, look at how you looked at me. Look at how I’m looking at you with adoration at the age of 3. Or look how crazy I was, how in the world did you handle me mom?  Learn to let go. Capture whats real.

For those that have had a shoot with me, you all know I don’t like to super pose. I gently direct you in to positions so we can have you all in the same place at the same time, and AIM to get everyone looking at the camera for at least one shot (the grandma shot). With larger families or kiddos who like to be a kid :), it’s not always that easy. For me the best sessions are those were we capture moments.

I have known this family for a long time. They are wonderful parents, wonderful people and created a darling little girl.  I love all of my clients and could write this about so many of them, I really could. Actually I SHOULD write this about a really large family, like the one  I am currently editing, but this was on my heart. While  I was editing this shoot below all this came to me. Not ONE time did mom worry about how she looked during the shoot. She is of course beautiful. But she just interacted with her daughter in ways that were natural, which then created beautiful moments.   She was not worried about a thing, even when her daughter didn’t want to “smile for the camera” to start.  Afterwards she let me know how much she loved the moments we captured. Moments. That is why I do this. To capture moments. Now, you may say, “ok, but mom looks perfect in all of them”. I promise you, anyone looking in on your family session will say the SAME thing, but moms will always find something wrong with themselves. I do the same thing. It’s actually kind of sad. Little things. Im always happy to fix them when I can, but sometimes we need to let it go:)

Learn to let go. I personally have over this past year and I am in a LOT more photos with my kids. I don’t change the way I look but do always try to of course look my best when I have the time. I embrace how my children and I love each other more than anything in this world. That, to me, its the most important thing about photography.

St. Louis family photographer Hower 7I would love to photograph your family! If you are interested in a session please email me for more information!

I am SO behind on blogging! My crazy busy schedule has left me neglecting my website! I will be doing my best to get all my shoots blogged over the next few week! This photo session I was in LOVE with! Such a darling family from St. Louis. Their children are adorable. Mom and dad are adorable. AND, mom totally listened to me while styling and the color ROCKED! Love that she took a leap of faith with mustard yellow! Such a fun family the Sebastian family is!!!!

The big question is. What do I wear? Well, I am obsessed with color. I alway love white but color really matches my style of photography at sunset. As you can see on this top photo, I had the girls lie in front of some bushes that had color in them, with the sun setting directly behind them at the top of that hill. All the colors totally blended in with their outfits. I am always on the hunt for other boutiques in St. Louis. Feel free to message me if you know of any! You can never have too many places to shop!:)

 

I am a newborn child and family photographer located just outside of St. Louis in Wildwood, MO. Right now I am booking a few months out and into June. If you would like to get on my list of people to call when I open my spots for the fall of 2015, feel free to message me!  :)

I knew I was going to love them the minute dad contacted me. You see, his wife Lisa is a photographer here ins St. Louis. She had asked him for a photo session of her family for a gift :).  you can tell Andrew, Lisa’s hubby, was doing this FOR her. FOR their kids and FOR their family. The way it should be.  He totally wanted to go all out at this shoot, calling and planning and making the day a priority for Lisa and the kids  They really made me smile. True family love .

Mom picked up some DARLING outfits for the kiddos from   Pumpkin Munchkin, Vindie Baby, Cozette Couture and The Measure Design . I will for sure be sending my clients their way! As you can tell, outfits really do make photo sessions better. That being said, it’s really the interaction between the kids and parents is what gets me. I have been shooting more and more family sessions, as my newborns are getting bigger, I have been around for a bit and I get to see them all grow up.  Sessions between parents and children are so special. I am not a big poser. I of course gently guide them as where to sit, what to do while sitting, I like to grab moments. My favorite response from clients is when they tell me, “wow, you really captured _ face that I only get to see at home. Thank you”.

 

Best. Job. Ever.

 

 

I am child and family photographer located just outside of St. Louis. I have a studio for newborns that is located in Wildwood, just behind the town center. I am obsessed with sunset and shooting in the sun!:)

This darling family and joyous little boy were SO fun to photograph. They had bid on a session with me at an auction at a local elementary school. It really meant the world people actually bid to get a shoot. Beyond humbling. Also, grandma and grandpa came to the session which was a joy to see. Their little guy was SO cute and we got some really great shots. What was supposed to be a mini session, naturally turned into a much longer shoot. I can’t stop shooting! I am so addicted to photography. We had a blast. I am so glad I got to meet them!!!

On a side note, fall is coming which means busy season. I am totally booked up for the rest of the year, but I have some amazing locations for the spring if you are looking for a family photography session! Make sure to grab a spot early as I do fill up!:)

 

I am a child and family photographer located in Wildwood Missouri. I photography newborns, children and families all over the St. Louis area. To book a session, feel free to check out my pricing page for more information or just give me a call! I would love to connect. Also, check out other family photo sessions here in my portfolio, or even more updated sessions over on Facebook!

St. Louis newborn maternity photographer: This beautiful new mom called me to see if I would photographer her belly in Chicago. I mean HELLO! Yes. Of COURSE I will! I used to live in Chicago prior to moving to St. Louis. I used to shoot on the beach down at Montrose Harbor and North Ave. Beach ALL the time. I miss the beach SO much! But when I lived in Chicago, I had never photographed a BELLY on the beach.

This shoot ALMOST did not happen. I made a full weeks trip out of this session and a booked a ton of beach shoots. Her shoot was scheuled for Friday and I had to head back to St. Louis on Saturday. The entire week was supposed to be beautiful. What would you know, Friday all of a sudden decided to have massive storms that afternoon. ALSO, the Taste of Chicago was going on, making that area super difficult to get to. I told Regina.  Ok girlie. Let’s wait it out and see what happens. It was storming into the sunset so we called it. THEN, all of a sudden (I was an hour away) I heard it had stopped raining downtown. I know, because I used to live there, that the sky over the lake is insane after storms. So I told her to get her preggo bootie over to the beach and I would see her in an hour. The sun was supposed to set in 60 minutes but we only needed a few shots, and night shots would be A-MA-ZING. So, I flew down there. I mean drove efficiently ;).  We got our pink sky. Our epic water shots and our Chicago night skyline. Im a little bit obsessed.  All of these shots happened AT sunset or after. I had a few people email me after seeing them on Facebook. The skies looked like this in real life:) Nothing was added.  For those who are curious:)

Yes, I am a St. Louis newborn and family photographer, but I make occasional trips up to my old stomping grounds. Love Chicago!

 

  • Melissa

    Hi! I am totally in love this with shoot. I am a new photographer and have a maternity shoot coming up. I love the ones with the skyline light up behind them. Would you mind sharing your settings/lighting situation? I absolutely love this. I would be forever grateful for any advice as lightening is new to me, but it love the look as sunset. Thank you!

    Melissa
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