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The Schweiss Family

I had the privilege of photographing this sweet little family last weekend. Ruthie is the cutest little girl, 13 months old and on a mission! There was no slowing down, unless she was stopping to pick another dandelion. ;)

The Hinderer Family

When I photograph families my overall goal is to capture love. As cheesy as that may sound, its true. I'm not focusing on having everyone look at the camera, I'd rather capture the connection they share with each other...which also brings out natural smiles, happiness and joy. Its my goal to capture families as they are, in whatever season of life they are in...even the crazy toddler moments when it feels like total chaos! These are the memories that will bring a smile to your face twenty years down the road. I love this family session. Such a fun family full of love and happiness...and craziness with two small boys. :)


Getting our kicks on Route 66

I have always been fascinated with the history and nostalgia of Route 66 and dream of making the trek from Chicago to LA one day. I don't really know why I love it so much, maybe it's the romanticised idea of classic cars, the open road, greasy diner food, a longing for a simpler time, or perhaps just my craving for adventure and travel. I haven't been able to make the entire trip yet, but I did make a day trip of some of the old Route 66 stops in Missouri! The girls and I went to Springfield, MO to visit my sister and stopped off at a few locations along the way. I did some google research to look up various locations and/or suggestions. I did find several stops but having two antsy girls we didn't stop off at every location, and sadly some of the locations I wanted to stop at were no longer there.

Our first stop was the Gardenway Motel and the Sunset Motel in Grey Summit, MO. These were pretty much just drive by's to get photos. Next we drove to Rolla and went to Devil's Elbow. This is where you can see and drive on some of the first four lane highways ever built. A little detour will take you to Devil's Elbow bridge, there is a dive bar and bbq place there too. Since I had the girls with me we drove on to Ft. Leonard Wood, MO and the more family friendly Route 66 Diner. They have excellent diner food and milk shakes and the kids will enjoy pumping quarters into the juke box. After lunch we proceeded on the old Route 66 by-ways to Waynesville, MO where we found "frog rock." I was disappointed to find out that this was not an original stop on Route 66, it was added in the mid 1990's. But we drove by anyway. There were a couple of other places I had GPS'd in the Waynesville area but found that they had been torn down. We continued on to Lebanon, MO to find the Munger Moss Motel and the old Wrink's Market (which is now empty and for sale). The last stop brought us to the Rail Haven Motel (aka Best Western) in Springfield, MO. I enjoyed our little adventure and it only makes me want to go further west next time!

Amy & Caleb

High School sweethearts + quaint small town = perfectly sweet wedding. Amy and Caleb grew up in this small town, their parents even got married in the same church. They opted not to have a wedding party, which made for a short, sweet and intimate wedding. :)

The Ellermeier Family

"I have been blessed with so much more than I deserve, to be here with the ones that love me, to love them so much it hurts. I have been blessed." - Martina McBride


Henry is ONE!

I know I've said it before but its worth repeating, I am so grateful for my loyal clients. I am honored each time a couple has me photograph their wedding and then again for newborn and family pictures. It's always a blessing for me to watch their families evolve and I'm so happy to capture all of their milestones. I photographed Alison and Clay's engagement photos, Henry's newborn and 6 month photos...and here we are at one year already. Gosh, time flies! Thank you so much, I hope you had a great birthday Henry! 


Amy & Caleb

When I met with Amy and Caleb to discuss their wedding she mentioned that she wanted to do their engagement pics in their hometown, the same town where their wedding would take place.  You guys, this town (Maeystown, IL) is quite possibly one of the cutest little towns I've ever been to! It's like the town that time forgot and I mean that in the best possible way. No walmart, no chain restaurants, no traffic lights, there isn't even a gas station. It's so quite and peaceful. It was the perfect place for pictures! I'm looking forward to their wedding next month. :)

Solomon is 100 days old!

Jessica contacted me a few weeks ago and said that she and her family would be in St. Louis house hunting in mid May. She wanted to book a session for her son Solomon who would be turning 100 days old. It is Korean tradition to photograph and commemorate the baby at three months old, or 100 days. We had planned to do the pictures in Forest Park but the day of our session it was storming. Heavy dark clouds and heavy rain. Ugh. Since they were only in town for a couple days we weren't able to reschedule and ended up shooting inside their hotel room. I actually love how these turned out! Happy 100 days Mr. Solomon! Thank you. - A :)