Monday, August 29, 2011


Every time we have a family function or party, I always bring my camera to document the day, but ultimately I just end up with a bunch of photos of MJ. I just can't help it. He's the cutest :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cassie and Chris {Senior Portraits}

Cassie is the daughter of one of my coworkers. I met up with her and her boyfriend Chris (and their moms) at Faust Park a few weeks ago. It was a lovely day (despite the mosquitoes that apparently LOVE Chris), and we had a really good time!

Here are some of my favorites from their session:

We may or may not have kind of broken some park rules to get these next few shots in a barn....totally worth it though :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Melissa Schmidt Jewelry

I am so excited about this post – where to begin….

Jenn (our lovely model for this shoot) met Melissa at an art fair a few months ago where she fell in love with her jewelry. After chatting about some options for what Jenn might wear at her wedding this fall, Melissa suggested that maybe Jenn could model some of her pieces for a portfolio update. Jenn agreed and mentioned she knew a photographer (me!). After lots of emails about locations, ideas, etc. and one brainstorming get-together, we decided on a date and location.

The original plan was to have Jenn modeling Melissa’s pieces in her wedding dress at the Contemporary Art Museum where she’ll be getting married this fall, but due to scheduling difficulties with CAM, Melissa suggested we use her stepdad’s home in Clayton. She mentioned that he’s an art collector, and while that sounded cool to me, I was truly unprepared for the amazing-ness of his home. He had so much beautiful and interesting art, I was in shock. Jenn was too when she walked in the door. We just kept looking at each other and saying, “Um, seriously?!”….it was incredible, and such a treat to shoot there (I didn’t want to leave!).

This was my first time doing any sort of product photography, so it was really exciting. Jenn’s makeup was done by the talented Emily Miller, however, we did not have a stylist for this shoot - just Jenn’s amazing wardrobe, a great setting, and of course Melissa’s stunning jewelry. We all kind of just winged it, and I personally think we got some lovely results :)

You can purchase Melissa's jewelry on her Etsy page: Melissa Schmidt Contemporary Glass Jewelry

Let’s start off with a couple examples of that amazing artwork I mentioned:

And now, Melissa's gorgeous glass jewelry:

Jenn kept saying she wasn't sure how to act in front of the camera....I'm pretty sure she's a natural....

Melissa and Jenn, I had a blast drinking mimosas, hanging out, and working with you guys. Let's do this again sometime :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ashley + Gerren {Engagement Session}

I met Ashley a couple years ago through my sister - I'd heard so much about "G" but hadn't met him. All I knew was that Ashley moved to Indiana for him so he must be a great guy :) I was so thrilled to finally meet him and photograph these two here in St. Louis. They truly are hilarious and so much fun, you can tell they are just perfect for each other. We had planned on going to the spot where G proposed to Ashley and then heading downtown to Busch Stadium, but due to unforeseen circumstances we didn't make it to either of those locations. We ended up at Forest Park, and then headed down to the Grand/Washington area and Ashley and G just rolled with the punches. We had a great time and I am extremely excited about photographing their wedding next year!

Here are some of my favorites from our session: