St. Louis Child Photographer

Best Buds

I just love in-studio baby sessions. When my regular client (see the darling red head below) contacted me for a mini session, after she saw her full fall family shoot, I of course got super excited. She’s a DOLL baby. THEN…. her good friend contacted me  to do a studio mini with her son as well. The thing is, they are good friends! Their kiddos are almost exactly the same age and the are totally best buds.  They walked in and I of course got super excited. ANOTHER darling baby! TWO darling babies in one day. So we did both sessions that day, back to back, so we could get a few of them sitting together in-between their shoot times. This age is tricky because they want to crawl all over, but it made for a fun day. I just adore this age so much and I am SO glad we made this work where we could get them into the studio at the same time. They are totally best buds:) Best. Job. Ever .:)

 

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Emily Lucarz Photography specializes in newborn, child, baby, maternity, family and senior photography in St. Louis, Missouri and surrounding areas.

  • Laurie Baker

    OMG I love her hair! Her piggies are SOOO sweet ! Gorgeous curtain shots too!ReplyCancel

Family Photography

loving life

After a long time away because of what I had going on with life… I had a lot of time to think…lying in the hospital and now at home on bed rest.  To make a long story short, we may not be able to have anymore children. (‘may’ being the operative word as I have been having long discussions with God). For me, thats just crazy to wrap my brain around.  We get pregnant by looking at each other, I used to joke.  We had a traumatic event and I have now started to see life in, well, not a DIFFERENT way, but in a more APPRECIATIVE way.  As I was lying in the hospital bed, I very well knew that after what had happened, I may not have been there if modern medicine didn’t exist. So I have had a lot of time to think about the meaning of life, without sounding cheesy.

So I thought… gosh. I miss my kids while I am lying here in this hospital. What if something happens to me tonight. Will they remember me? What will they remember about me? What photos have I taken that they will look back on and see. Morbid right? But my brain went there, and it made me realize WHY I do this for a living, and it drove me to realize the importance of lifestyle photography.

Parents are rarely in photos, and when they are, they tend to be smiling and  looking at the camera in a fake forced way. Moms are even in less than dads. Its never photos of us gazing at our kids from the other room, with love on our faces for them.Those little moments that happen all the time that no one sees, but you.  Think back to your parents old photo albums. Typically its photos of people sitting around having a good time. Stuff in the background which is SO fun to see, because it reminds you of that time in your life. He man and She Ra dolls. Fischer price record players. Your parents with bell bottoms on. All fun stuff.  I have to say I have gotten better at taken moment shots of my kids and my husband. I recently bought a polaroid so I can make fun albums of real life, non edited life.  I want my kids to look back and remember those moments. Portraits are pretty. Of course they are. Its great to have a few portrait shots hanging on your walls. But is that how your child looks ALL the time. Probably not. Years from now, when you look back at the perfect photo, what will you remember. How pretty they were. Yes. But will the photo grab you emotionally.  Will you feel a connection to it. I will always shoot portraits, they are beautiful, but for me, moments are more real. I think years down the road, everyone will appreciate moments more.  Its why I have been shooting more life inspired sessions. These are not what some would call TRUE lifestyle photo shoots. Im not shooting all raw moments. I love those sessions too, but most of mine are more guided.  The day in the life sessions are special. The non guided kinds. Where I would capture all non guided moments. Spending an entire day with a family from the time they wake up until the time they go to bed. I hope to add some of those in the future.

This beautiful mom knows all to well what its like to fear the inability to have a family.  After 7 year of infertility and 2 failed IVF treatments, they decided to adopt a baby who needed a home.  Oddly enough, she met her sons birth mother on Facebook of all places, and they instantly connected. She told me they would not have it any other way.  Clearly, Ashley was meant to be a mother. She and dad LOVE their little guy to pieces. They could not get enough of him in that short hour I was there. I really believe they were meant to be his parents.

When I got to her session, we went over what we were going to do, etc. I started planning around her house and got to the question. Ok. So for this shoot, whats the main thing you want to make sure I capture.  She responded to me by saying, “I want you to capture US”. Us. Their family. Them being together. Her and dad of ALL people know to celebrate “us” because it was such a long road to even ‘adopt’ that term. She has this stuff down. The meaning of life stuff I was talking about above. Capturing your family in a way you can look back on, being the person seeing you from the outside in but it feeling like the inside out. Now for a session with a baby who is not a newborn (no sleeping etc) or who is not sitting or walking, there is only so much you can really do. So its awesome she wanted all the interaction shots. We of course had to get the puppies in there. They are family too.

I left there feeling like I had some new friends. When you shoot in someones home, you sort of have to take over, and you are invading their lives a bit, so it just happens. Luckily for me they were cool. haha:)

Im not sure what Ashley though we got after I left. I shoot quickly and grab shots she probably does not know Im getting. For a session like this, we of course guided them. We don’t have to. We can let it be just them being them, but we decided to go pretty AND Life guided. I loved every minute.

Everyone who is a client of mine, knows I post sneak peaks over on Facebook. I had to laugh when Ashley sent me this from her hubby. He had sent her this text: (screen shot)

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Ok phew. When you dare to be different you always get nervous sneaking. You just do. Everyone does. You want your clients to love their images. Love the vision you saw when you saw them together.

Then I finished up, and mom sent me this email, which made my year. She said in just a few sentences exactly what I aim to give clients. She reaffirmed why I am doing this. (another screen shot)

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Here are a few favorites from their session. I really do have the best job ever.

 

Everyone, if you take anything away from this. Make sure you are taking photos all the time and taking photos of life. Don’t force you kids to stand there and smile. Photograph them being them. Photograph each childs uniqueness. Trust me. Years down the line you be so happy you did. Oh, and GET IN SOME PHOTOS! Don’t wait to loose weight or put on makeup. Your kids don’t care:)

 

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Emily Lucarz Photography specializes in newborn, child, baby, maternity, family and senior photography in Saint Louis, Missouri and surrounding areas. Emily also teaches life inspired photography workshops. Check out more info here

  • Benay Hicks

    Those are some seriously stunning photos and a wonderful blog post (I’m in tears!). My husband and I don’t have children and won’t be having any for another few years, but I can’t help but love all of your photos — I follow you on facebook and instagram just for the beauty of them. It makes me want to have children just so I can have you take their photos! We’re moving to North Carolina this summer but I swear, when we have kids we are either flying you out or flying back to St. Louis because you capture babies/children like I have never seen before. So please keep working for at least 10 more years! ;-)ReplyCancel

    • This is the sweetest thing I have ever read in my life! Thank you for your kind words and for making me smile :) I would love to photograph you in 10 years haha!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Currence

    I just want to say THANK YOU…the mommy in those pictures is my beautiful cousin and her beyond precious baby boy and of course, her handsome hubby. I prayed for many years for that little guy as Ash and her husband very much needed to be parents. Ash is an amazing mommy as we knew she would be. I’m pretty sure there are no words to fully express the love they have for their son but your pictures do reflect it. Thank you for the work you do. ReplyCancel

  • Jen Heisel

    LOVE these and your words Emily!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nichole Hall

    Your photos are so full of emotion and beauty. I love the bare feet, the dog licking his baby.. everything is perfect, because it’s them. I love lifestyle photography & you teach me so much. You’re amazing to share so much!ReplyCancel

To get caught up if you have not yet, visit the Lyndsie Page 

 

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Well, the last time we all spoke on here, we were waiting for Lyndsies plan to tackle cancer again. Make sure to go watch parts 1-7 if you have not yet to sort of catch up!:)

Here is what she knows. It has spread into her lungs and lymphatic system,  but it’s still breast cancer. It is not lung cancer. Praise the Lord. Lyndsies cancer is estrogen positive. Which we already knew. The tests came back and its the same cancer. Thats good! The doctors know her cancer reacts well to chemo. So she has started her chemo journey again.  After a few months of chemo she will be rescanned to see how its working. At the time this chemo started a few weeks ago, Lyndsie was coughing uncontrollably. She was winded walking up the stairs.   Daily tasks were difficult. She could not WAIT to get going.

So here she was. On her first day of chemo. First let me all tell you about mine and Lyndies relationship. I love her like a sister, Im worried sick about her, BUT…. we like to joke around. Its nice sometimes to just laugh and shake our head at what life throws at you, ya know? So that’s what we did.  HOWever, I could have squeezed her after what she did to me this first chemo day! I was meeting her at Siteman right after her first meeting with her doctor to get her prognosis, plan and first round (first round THIS time) of chemo. I got there just as she had met with her doctor, and I say, “Well, whats the prognosis? Did he have a plan?”

Lyndise replies:

“I have 3 months”

Wait WHAT. As tears fill up my eyes, my heart stops, and I about pass out on the lady sitting in the chair next to us, Jared punches her in the arm and says,

“LYNDSIE! Emily asked for your PROGNOSIS AND treatment plan. You need to re-word that!”

Lord. Bless. Thank. The Lord.

Way to give me a heart attack. I think she aged me 4 years. The rest of the day we had to kind of laugh about what she had said, well knowing that she was lucky we could laugh at that. Its so hard being so lighthearted when there are so many around us who really may have 3 months. But laughter helps her get through it. This cancer is scary. It has spread, luckily not to any other organs. But that is why she’s getting chemo again. To prevent any MORE spreading. She’s not out of the woods yet, but she’s getting there everyday.

 

The picture below was where Lyndsie and I were sitting, away from everyone, as I made her move because of her MOUTH!  All these sick people around us, and we bound in all young and laughing and lippy.:) Lyndsie’s filter is not exactly the best. And I love her for it. I drug her over to the silent and cold hallway, overlooking the city, and we just talked. Jared had left to get her some lunch, I told him to get her a cheeseburger because she’s unfairly thin (Im not jealous ;). She’s not thin from being sick but from being healthy. :). We sat there over looking the city and saying, wow. I can’t believe this is happening again. We talked about somehow this time it felt different. Lyndsie knows what to expect. Her breasts are already both gone so nothing to do there.  The biggest difference is this time she can’t run. Before she would run after every session. Now shes doing all she can to just breathe.

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As we were sitting there, an “Angel” came to visit. She brought Lyndsie and Jared some amazing news that we will be keeping private, and now it’s our little secret. But when she walked away. We said. “Did that really just happen”. We felt like we were in a movie.

 

Then bounds over her favorite chemo floor nurse. She said. No. You are NOT back. That is NOT ok. Then she gave her hug and a little rainbow unicorn she had bought for  Lyndsie down in the giftshop when she saw her name on the chemo rounds. Love her to pieces. You have seen her in past videos:)As happy as she was to see Lyndsie, she of course was sad to see her back there again.

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Then it was time for chemo. We waited. And waited. And waited. It took foooorrrreeeeeeever. Just saying.

Lyndsie, being the stubborn girl that she is, decided to not get a port this time, instead to leave an IV in her arm. Yeah gross. (again, how we roll. keeping it real:))

By the end of the day, she was convinced that her 2 yr old possibly pulling on the IV line all day was not a great idea. Plus she would have to have Jared help her shower.

Port it was. She got it soon after:)

You will see Lyndsey coughing below. I had not heard her cough like that yet. It was awful. It broke my heart.  The problem was, I was making her laugh and it triggered it!  I soon stopped talking so she could catch her breath. I took full responsibility. But hey. She was smiling. And guess what!

A few chemo rounds in (from the photo below), she’s NOT coughing anymore! She’s NOT winded going up the stairs! And she can play with her kids and breathe at the same time. Seems as if the chemo is working :

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The chemo is working SO well that it has caused her hair to fall out faster this time. Last time it started to thin. This time, you grab a handful of hair on her head, and 70% of it would fall out. She text me a photo of lots of hair in the tub (like LOTS:(  )  the other night and said, ” Hey Em….” I replied “Im there. Lets do it tomorrow”.

 

So over to Lyndsies I went. We talked about how to do it this time and decided it would be super special for Jared and the kids to cut her hair. Woah. Don’t ever let that clan have scissors again! HA! I took over for a bit as it pained me to watch the atrocities happening to the back of her head. But lets be honest. I was no better at it:)

So when I arrived, Lyndsie’s mom and sister were of course there, the kids and Jared. I went to “pet” Lyndsie on the head and off came a handful of hair. No one should have to go through that. So we cut it, shaved it, and now she’s rocking her pretty head again. Since she shaved her head now 2 days ago, the little stubs of hair have started to come out too.

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So now, more and more chemo, then we wait for her scans. Keep praying for Lyndsie!!!

 

Emily Lucarz Photography specializes in newborn, child, baby, maternity, family and senior photography in Saint Louis, Missouri and surrounding areas.

 

  • You’re beautiful Lyndsie–you’ve got this.<3ReplyCancel

  • Linsey H

    I cry every time I watch those videos….and it just rips my heart out to see those babies ringing that bell with their Mom and it to be taken away again so quickly! Prayers going up that you’ll be ringing that bell long and hard again very soon and cancer will be a distant memory, a bump in the road. God is bigger than cancer :-) He’s put in you such a strength and love that the world needs to experience for years to come!! Keep fighting, we will all keep praying, and we’ll be giving God the praise and glory soon!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ariel

    My goodness Lyndsie you are soooo brave!!! You keep on smiling even when you are handed a difficult card. Please keep that smile on your lovely face. Sending positivity and love your way girl!ReplyCancel

Newborn and dog (s)

cute newborn and dog shots:)

Well. Today made me TOTALLY happy. We had done a posed newborn photography session in my studio a few weeks ago, but this peanuts beautiful mama decided she needed an in home more life inspired shoot with her dogs as well. HELLO! They are my FAVORITE thing to shoot!:)Ok I love to photograph everything. But throughout the winter. For real. So fun.

I am going through all of her shots and ran across a few with her puppies that I had to share before her shoot was edited. I will of course come back here and blog her entire session, as we have a TON of darling shots, but for now, here are a few super cute shots with her puppies. Anyone with dogs knows, they are part of the family too. If you had your puppies long before any kids, they were your first kids! They HAVE to be in some shots. Totally in love:)

I do have a handful of life inspired sessions left through 2015.  Feel free to contact me through my contact me tab to learn more. If you are a photographer, all of these indoor lighting tricks will be learned in my workshops, just click HERE for more info.

 

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Emily Lucarz Photography specializes in newborn, child, baby, maternity, family and senior photography in Saint Louis, Missouri and surrounding areas.

 

 St. Louis child photographer

Winter smiles

I am a St. Louis child photographer. That being said, coming off of a fabulous fall season and entering into a nice cold winter, is enough to make any photographer nervous. The transition back into the studio and into my clients homes has been anything but never wracking.  I have had an absolute blast photographing just natural shots! There is something that makes me smile getting to photograph young children just in a simple way. I am a big sucker for a clean black and white image with bright skin and wide eyes. Actually, the very first time I had my son Tyler, now 5, photographed, he was 6 months old. I was not yet a photographer. My now dear friend Amy Tripple captured him in a way I will treasure forever. I have a massive 30×30 storyboard print right over my desk of my favorite shots from that session. It was all about capturing his sweet little face. It was that shoot that made me love photography so much! So all of these winter in studio child photography sessions have made me smile:)

What a doll this kiddo is!!!!!

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