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?



Hank + Johanna - Urban & Rural Engagement

Last week I was honored to photograph Hank & Johanna's love for one another and they brought along a special guest. Rudy - their fur baby. I was able to have these three in front of my camera last fall (almost a year ago). I'm so thankful for the friendship we have built over the last year & how much I have learned with photography since then. 

Fur babies are always welcome at my photoshoots. I highly encourage it. I know my dog is part of me & I want my couples to be completely themselves. So bring the doggie! 

I am so excited for their wedding this coming May. Hank & Johanna are the type of people you can be completely yourself around. If they're laughing, they're laughing with you. They are encouraging and supporting of me as a person, an artist and of each other. We need more people like them. 

Their session was so easy. Because that's what their love is. Easy. It comes naturally for them, at least that's how I interpret their relationship. Congrats you two on your engagement! Can't wait to photograph your vows! 



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When you see your dog just simply existing.

When you see your dog just simply existing.

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Katelyn & Garth - Married

Sharing a few of my favorite frames from Katelyn & Garth's wedding a couple weekends ago. Their wedding was a small intimate, family oriented occasion in downtown Springfield. I love when I have couples that are from the town I'm living in and the venue is a few minutes from my house. Travel is amazing, but I love when I can devote my entire day to my couples & still maintain self care with a home-brewed cup of coffee in the morning. 

When I first met Katelyn & Garth, we instantly bonded over animals, specifically Dauschunds. I grew up with them and Katelyn has a dauschund named Bambi. From there, we got to know each other over coffee dates & really bonded. Getting to know my couples before the wedding day is very important to me. They become my friends & that makes documenting the most important day of their lives so enjoyable. 

When Katelyn and I were waiting at the salon for her name to be called, we talked about all the details of the wedding. You could see her excitement in her eyes. When referring to her hair, she said "I didn't want to be traditional". Those words were music to my ears.

I LOOOOVE non-traditional brides. Getting married in a field or on top of a mountain? I'm your girl. Having a first look or getting ready with your groom? Pick me. Only wanting a 6-hour intimate wedding? I've got you covered. 

Garth's wedding vows also included quotes from The Office, so there's that & that makes this my most favorite wedding to date. 

Enjoy these precious moments :) 

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Diana & Steve - Maternity

There is something about a maternity session that makes my heart skip a beat. Maybe it's the excitement that radiates from the soon-to-be mom & dad. Maybe it's "the glow" you can see from the soon-to-be mama. Or maybe it's the simplicity of looking forward for the next chapter in life. 

Last week I offered sunflower mini sessions & Diana picked up on my offer. She told me she had been debating on getting maternity photos done, but once she saw my offer, they had made a decision. And I am so glad they decided to have photos taken. 

I believe every woman should capture moments of her first pregnancy, if not every pregnancy. I have not had the honor of experiencing my own pregnancy, but with my day job, I get to witness how quickly life goes by. 

There a special bond between a mama & her unborn baby that needs to be documented. To remember the flutter of movement; to remember the prayed-for moments; to remember your spouse's smile when the first ultrasound happened. 

Diana & Steve - Thank you so much for letting me capture these precious and desired moments of yours. I cannot wait to see your beautiful daughter in a few short weeks. Ya'll are going to be the best parents. :)