St. Louis newborn and family photographer | 2014 a year in review

Wow. What a year it has been. All because of you.

When our family moved to St. Louis from Chicago, towards the middle of 2013, had you told me what 2014 would bring, I would not have believed you.  I took 2013 and made it into a building year for me. I started slow as we were living with my mom until we could find a house. I didn’t take many clients that year as I was concentrating on getting my kids adjusted, our home purchased and moved into, and honestly, traveling up to Chicago ALL the time to finish up my client shoots up there. I was booked solid in Chicago that year. I did pass on some clients to some of my photographer friends, but there were still a few left that were in packages, or just won’t let me go haha.  2013 was the year I met Lyndsie. As you all know, her story was a large part of 2013 and 2014.  Back then I had so much time, I taught myself how to use my video camera on my camera and got to capture Lyndise as she should be.  My newborn business started to pick up the end of the year, and I started a search for a studio space.

January of 2014 brought me my studio. It’s a charming spot, located just above the Porch in Wildwood.  It’s about 5 minutes from my home, and I call it my happy place. It’s small, has short ceilings (tricky for those tall clients of mine 🙂 ), but its exactly what I need.  There is a possibility of it being expanded this coming year, so cross your fingers it comes to fruition!

Towards the middle of 2014, my schedule started to go beyond bonkers. I was filling up left and right while hardly telling anyone no. It put me behind that year. I was underwater editing shoots, but so blessed to have them.  Trying to find balance of my kids, my husband and well… maintaining my health became the forefront of my mind.  Because of all of my clients and this amazing city, my 2015 sunset sessions were totally booked up by the end of November (well though Sept 🙂 ).  Never in a million years, would I have thought that I would book the entire next year of sunset family sessions, after only living here for 1.   Who knew people booked 10 months out! I wish my family were that organized :). 2014 was my first full year here working.   It was the kickoff to my St. Louis photography business, the time that I was able to reconnect with old friends (I went to Parkway West, I know you are wondering 🙂 ), and the time I got to grow professionally as a photographer.  Becoming a celebrity photographer for Chic magazine, taking a place in the NAPCP newborn competition, being published in a few magazine and blogs, this year was professionally amazing.  On a side note, I HOPE I got everyone below! I feel like I may have missed a few. What I DID realize is I have a LOT of blogging to do. So many amazing sessions I have not yet shared! 🙂

2014 was ALSO the year we had our family photos taken by the amazing Kansas Pitts Photography.  We now have our walls covered in pretty skies 🙂

Kansas Pitts photography

2015 I think will be even better. I have set boundaries as to when I will be working so I can see my kids and husband. I have launched newborn and family lifestyle workshops which are already almost sold out.  For the new Everything Newborn workshop, I will traveling to Tulsa to team up with the Amazing Kristen with Son Kissed Photography.

everything newborn workshop I will be traveling across the country teaching fellow photographers what I love to do so much.  2014 was the year I needed. I needed to be overbooked. I needed to stay up everynight until 1am working.   One full year of really hard work has brought me stability, and my blessings are just that. Blessings. I am so blessed to do for a living what I love. I am so blessed you all trust me to capture your families, and I am so blessed you ask me so far in advance!!! 🙂


I can’t wait for an amazing year in 2015.


So thank you to all of my clients this year. All 140 ish of you 🙂  I could squeeze you until you turn pink 🙂

2014 in review


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