Meet Blue Willow

Hey guys!!

We are so glad you’re here! And we are so excited to share the rebrand of our business with you all! It was about time that Tom officially joined the team & we made this business official with the state LOL.

To give you guys a little back ground on us -

We met while we were in Physical Therapist Assistant school in 2014. We tried to hide our romance from our instructors, but joke was on us. They told us at our wedding they knew the entire time.

We got married August of 2016, moved to Springfield IL, started jobs & got a fur baby.

The past two years we have been high school youth leaders with our church. It’s been so fulfilling pouring into the next generation’s lives & helping them grow closer to Jesus.

When we aren’t behind the camera, we like to enjoy our easy Sunday mornings, sip our coffee, go on walks, watch The Office, stay fit, & spend time with friends and family.

Here’s a little bit more about us separately -

Hannah here. If you’re new to meeting us, then hi… I’m Hannah! Originally from ATL, Ga but also kinda grew up in the midwest. Just a few fun facts about me. I taught myself how to knit and crochet in high school, so naturally I refuse to buy scarfs from any stores. Before I finished school & moved to Springfield, I was one of the assistant managers at my hometown’s one and only movie theater. That was seriously the best job I’ve ever had. The people I met through that job are one of a kind. Plus the benefits were amazing - free movies, popcorn, soda and cotton candy. Somedays, I really miss it.

Another fun fact, I could drink honey mustard. Gosh, it’s so good. I’ll fight you on that. Try me. :)

Last one, if there’s a song on the radio, there’s a 99% chance I know it & will break out dance moves to it. At weddings, you can always count on me to either get the party started or close down the dance floor. But in all seriousness, I love photographing weddings and I am so honored & thankful I get to experience this opportunity and call this my job with my best friend right next to me. I am so excited for 2019 & can’t wait to work with all of you beautiful people! xx

Now here’s my hubs, Tom!

See picture below. That is me. Yep. Welp…. See ya!

Usually it takes an hour for me to write one instagram post so I’ll try to make this short and sweet. I grew up in the beautiful land of Shelbyville. I’ve been playing music my whole life. I wear one pair of jeans 90% of the time. Growing up I was always the guy with a camera filming random events to save the memories. I once took a handheld camera to a Chris Daughtry concert…. lol loser. After Hannah got into photography, the interest in videography reignited and here we are now!

2019 is going to be an amazing year & we are ready to hit the ground running! To start off this rebrand right, we are offering 10% off of our photo & video package through the month of March! Please inquire through our website :)

signed contract and paid deposit is required

We can’t wait to work with our couples this year that we have met through Wedding Pioneer STL & our new region, Indy.

As always, love you guys & we are so thankful for your support!


Tom & Hannah


It’s that time of year again. The time of year where people create New Year’s resolutions. If you’re into the health and fitness world, this is the time of year where you see an influx at the gym. That’s the most commonly known resolution. But there are other resolutions and goals I think it’s important to make and be intentional about. This blog post is a personal one. I’ll be sharing my 2018 goals I wrote down almost a year ago. I’m also going to be vulnerable and share my 2019 goals with you. I want to share my 2019 goals with y’all to keep me accountable, to encourage me to crush them & to give you an opportunity to help me achieve them! Are you ready? Okay, here we go!

2018 GOALS:

  • photograph 6 Blue Willow weddings

  • set up Blue Willow Pinterest

  • Visit Maine in October

  • photograph a couple in Phoenix

  • have a blog/insta account feature me

  • fly my dad up to visit

  • buy another body & camera lens

  • buy a Mac

  • get employee of the month

  • buy business cards

  • create my own office

  • create my own studio

  • do yoga once a week

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How many of these goals do you think I completed? Answer is 7/13. Now can you guess which ones? I’ll be nice and tell you already.

This year (my first year of photographing weddings) I photographed 7 Blue Willow weddings. I also second photographed a couple. WIN!

I set up Pinterest for Blue Willow, thanks to the amazing Jenna Kutcher for all of her free education.

I was able to photograph not one, but three couples in Phoenix. So amazing & definitely one of my favorite places ever.

My work was featured on this year & I humbly became part of their featured photographers for the St. Louis market. So honoring to have been chosen among so many other amazing creatives.

This year came with so much financial freedom that granted me to buy a new camera body, another camera lens and my first Mac. Living the dream!

It also allowed me to create and purchase Blue Willow Photography business cards. But you know what? I forgot to include my freeeeaking website. Amateur for sure. Keeping it real ya’ll.

Instead of Maine, we visited Utah and Idaho this October. Maine is still on the bucket list!

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2019 GOALS:

  • photograph 15 Blue Willow weddings

  • reach MB with Monat

  • read four books

  • work with my husband on 4 Blue Willow weddings

  • yoga once a week

  • visit Maine in October

  • fly my dad up to visit

  • photograph a backyard wedding

  • photograph a West coast wedding

  • photograph an East coast wedding

Some of my goals I didn’t achieve this year carried over to 2019. I think that is totally okay to keep making the same goals. Always strive for excellence and push yourself to reach your dreams and goals.

What are some of your 2019 goals? I feel that it’s so important to have accountability with one another. I want to encourage you and help you achieve your goals & I’d appreciate the same!

Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts and dreams. Thank you to each and every one of my clients who helped me achieve some of my 2018 goals.



Bonneville Salt Flats Styled Elopement

This Utah styled elopement was a pure dream to be apart of and capture. The location, the details, the weather, the couple & the vendors were all amazing. It was so cool being able to work with other creators and artists in another state. It’s so honoring having them participate and help create this vision I had for the photoshoot, without me even knowing my entire vision.

The Bonneville Salt Flats should be on every adventurous person’s bucket list. This Midwest girl couldn’t get over that there’s a huge, wide, open space of just salt. Literally SALT. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit Tom and I tasted it :) Perfect for margs & taco Tuesday.

If you’re an adventurous bride & wanting to elope in Utah or any unique location, take me with you & I promise I’ll create romantic, initiate, authentic and raw moments you’ll remember forever. My dream is to capture an elopement this next year, so please reach out & let’s see what magic we can create together!

Huge thank you to the vendors who contributed. Couldn’t have done this without them! If you are in Utah - highly recommend these businesses!

Dress: Chantel Lauren Designs

Rug: The Boheme Project

Florals: BloomDCo Florals

Models: Travis & Becca Huber

Videography: Tom Shoaff

Hilary + Matt - St. Louis

“When the sun goes down
And the band won't play
I'll always remember us this way” - Lady Gaga from A Star Is Born

I’ve had that song on repeat since seeing the movie yesterday with my mama. PSA because I wasn’t warned until I was sitting in the theater seat, the movie will make you cry. That’s my only spoiler I’m giving away.

Hilary, Matt & I traveled to St. Louis last weekend for their session at Missouri Botanical Gardens. It was my first time at this location & I loved it. The location is hugeeeee so it was hard to figure out where I wanted to shoot. These guys were such troopers, especially Hilary, trucking around in her heels. I would have to say my favorite building here was the Temperate House. I fell in love with Arizona when we visited in April & this building was a mini Arizona experience.

After the session, we got some grub at The Rooster. A modern restaurant that serves breakfast all day long and is locally grown? Yeah, you’re good in my book. I am already itching to go back to this restaurant. So good.

If you’re a STL bride & wanting a different feel/style for your engagement & wedding photos, please inquire! I am always searching to photograph the most special memories for the most non-traditional bride. And I can promise some good grub afterwards :)



Nevin & Pat - State Park Engagement

This was first adventure engagement session & I’m obsessed. And addicted. These two were the perfect couple to travel up north to Matthiessen State Park last weekend for their photoshoot. The four of us, Tom included, made a whole day out of it.

On our way up, we stopped at a winery, that was unfortunately closed, so we proceeded to the park. We got lost. We had tons of laughs from the landmarks on the map that I imagined, like calling a piece of plywood a bridge. LOL Ohhh, memories. Thankfully, some really nice women riding horseback redirected us. I am thinking about creating a guide for Illinois photographers, because that was stressful.

Once we found our location, I think it’s safe to say we were all mesmerized. God’s nature is truly breathtaking and this location makes you feel like a tiny ant on this earth. It was such a nice day. 65 degrees, slight breeze, over cast skies. We weren’t the only ones who had the idea of experiencing the park. It was kinda really busy.

Once these two lovebirds quit making out, we eventually found the winery and indulged in two blocks of cheese, two bottles of wine and countless amount of crackers. Definitely not macro-friendly. LOL

I love traveling with my couples for their photoshoots. I love hearing every detail of their relationship and getting to become friends with them. It makes the wedding day so much easier and a lot more fun. I am already ready to head back to this place with my camera. Any takers?