I can not even begin to tell you how excited I am about the new Iris Works program that was developed BY a photographer  (Meredith Gradle) FOR photographers (eh hem, ME).

Before this program I spent hours. I mean HOURS on the back and forth about information, contracts, invoices, reminders, thank yous, etc. I have been using Iris for a few months now. It. Is. Amazing. When you log on to your Iris account, you will see all of your to dos for the day. You see recent client activity (aka, what you set up for each client to happen, and you didnt touch a thing, Iris did it all for you). You see your calendar. You see the WEATHER. I kid you not. What you also see is how you are doing in terms of your goals. This program is amazing. It will send invoices for you. Note: it is NOT an accounting program, but it will invoice and keep track of payments for those invoices you choose to send. You know what ELSE is amazing?!!  For each client, there is a to-do section. Such as “cull images”, “send link”, “call my client to wish her a happy bday.” I mean  HELLO. Virtual assistant. SO. Amazing.  For the FIRST time in my life, I may actually have my deadlines and tasks under control. Crazy. It even has a location map! You can store all of your locations you love in here. I am not even kidding. Also, if other photographers add their spots, you can see those too! Want to keep your locations private? No problem. You can set it that way too:)

In phase 2, there will be even more things added. The ability for clients to view galleries. Purchase products. The list goes on and on.

Iris Works

I could write about this forever, but instead how about I show you some goodies:)

 

 

 

Click HERE to learn more. The launch of this amazing program is on March 30th!!!!!  Mark your calendars and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter !

 

 

Dogs and newborns

does not get much cuter than that…:)

 

Are you ready to see a for real beautiful baby? This peanut is a doll and I loved every minute I got to spend with her.  Mom had booked me for a posed session with a lifestyle add on. I am so glad she did, as sometimes new babies are not having it while at the studio. We were having a hard time as she was just not getting full and had a hard time getting sleepy. Come to find out she had a bit of a tongue tie (totally common, Zachary had one) and is doing fabulous now. But at the time of the session she was ready to party!:) So the majority of our shoot we spent taking some loose awake shots, but did manage to grab a few posed shots super quickly when she let us:) This happens more often than people would think. Even the sleepiest babies wake up.  Newborns are not a fan of being naked. Even though the studio is kept at a balmy 85 degrees, they just would prefer to be swaddled up and snuggled. Can’t blame them!

So when we ended our studio session, I told mom we would spend extra time at her lifestyle session to make sure we got a ton of shots. I am SO glad we did.  She has dogs! Anyone who knows me, knows I am a sucker for dog and newborn photos. More often than not, our dogs were our first “children” and they deserve to be in the photos too!:)

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So…..do you think mommy will still give us carrots?:)

 

 

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Emily Lucarz is a nationally recognized, award winning and published newborn photographer in St. Louis Missouri. Emily specialized in newborn, lifestyle, children and family photographer serving the Saint Louis area. Contact her now though the contact me tab to book a session. Emily also teaches lifestyle workshops to photographers. Click HERE for more info.

  • Seriously in awe of this session! My puppies are the same colors and I am obsessed with the colorful blanket! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Such sweet images –love the fresh lifestyle approach!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness, this session is perfection! I’m totally in love with your work.ReplyCancel

  • beautiful work and love all the “family” shots!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Schwartz

    These are amazing!!!! My jaw literally dropped at the first striped blanket shot.ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness – the shot of the baby and the dogs looking at one another… it’s almost TOO good! And the pulled back shot of mom in bed with baby and the two dogs laying together looking at you – gorgeous. Love family photos that include the ‘furry’ kids.ReplyCancel

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  • Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Your photos always make me smile. I really love the one with mama nursing while the dogs are also on the bed. :ReplyCancel

  • Shirly Schvartzman

    Love how bright and fresh your work is!ReplyCancel

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  • These images are lovely! Those two dogs are cracking me up!! How sweet to get them in the shots. <3ReplyCancel

Cute baby alert!

St. Louis baby photographer

Oh My CUTE! This darling little guy is getting SO big. Look how much he has changed from his newborn session!!! I just love baby photo sessions. They are so simple and easy and you just can not go wrong with a for real cute baby!:)

Mini baby sessions are available throughout the week at my studio in Wildwood, MO.  They are 20-30 minute sessions and include 10-15 edited digital files. They are perfect for grabbing a few perfect shots of your very quickly changing baby! One mini shoot is included in newborn packages as well.

Everyone always asks, “so what is best to wear for our simple baby shoots?” Notice the word, “simple” in the phrase :).  I adore light colored simple clothes, but like to tell families to bring one fun outfit as well. We change mid way through and its always fun to document your baby naked, in one light classic pretty outfit, then in something with a touch of color.

I am such a lucky girl to watch so many babies grow up! How cool is my job, right? For real.

I could kiss him all day. Love.

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Emily Lucarz Photography specializes in newborn, child, baby, maternity, family and senior photography in St. Louis, Missouri and surrounding areas. Contact her now to book your newborn, baby, child or family photography session. 314-915-2010

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.

Family Photography

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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

  • Sarah Schwartz

    Your work is nothing short of phenomenal.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful post and images. Their home is drool-worthy! What lens do you use for your wider shots for in-home lifestyle sessions?ReplyCancel

  • Oh my gosh… I need photos like these with my kids! These are amazing!ReplyCancel

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