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Clients, Photographers, and a Whole Lotta Trust

30 Dec

It’s a scenario that I’m sure most all photographers and clients have been through at some point in time:

Client: “Are you sure this is gonna work?”

Photographer: “Yes, just trust me.”

Client: “Are you sure all these layers and patters will look o.k.?”

Photographer: “Yes, I promise.  Just trust me.”

Client: “This location, it looks a bit…um…not picturesque.  Are you…er…um…sure about this?”

Photographer: “It’ll look better than you can imagine and nothing like you’re picturing right now.  Just trust me.”

In all of my experiences in life and photography, the times I’ve prepared, prepped, and went with my gut instincts, are the times I’ve been happiest with my work.  They’re also the times the clients have been most proud of themselves in the work.

A good photographer will communicate with you before the shoot.  Find out about you, what your overall vision is (i.e. natural or urban setting, intimate or outgoing, etc.), coach you in what to wear if that’s not your forte, and guide you through the process.

Tori, one of my most favorite Seniors, wanted an urbanesque feel to her shoot.  When I drug her to some rough warehouse she didn’t look at me like I was straight up crazy, rather her reply was a trusting and confident, “This is fun.  Let’s do this!”

It’s sometimes hard to see beauty when surrounded by surface-level ugliness, but then again beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Beauty is everywhere, sometimes you just have to look hard to find it.  And don’t worry, if you can’t see it, your photographer will!

*A big thank you to Ms. Tina for this picture from her fab phone during our session!

Have a Blessed New Year!


Family Session: The Kuntz Family

21 Oct

“Do you always bring furniture to a photo session?”  Dave asked.  I hesitantly said, “Well, yeah.  I do,” praying he wasn’t dreading schlepping all of it around with us…or at least helping!  “That’s awesome!” he said.  I exhaled a sigh of relief.

Danielle, a fitness trainer by trade, and Dave, a pastor, are two of the kindest (and fittest!) people I know.  Joy radiates from both of them.  They’re loved by all who know them.  Christ’s love moves them to love one another, their family, and even strangers at a depth that is rarely found in individuals today.  It’s awe-inspiring.  It’s refreshing.

I was so blessed to get to capture your adorable family and loved chasing the kids around.  They have so much life and spirit in them.  Life, energy, joy, and spirit are words that come to mind as I think about their shining personalities. May these photos bring you joy at this moment and precious memories in the years to come.

And, if you happen to be looking for a church in the St. Louis area, you should really check out North Church!

Tyler & Tiereney = Engaged

19 May

I went home last week.  Back to the fields and winding gravel roads to take engagement pictures for my cousin Tyler and his bride-to-be Tiereney.  Tyler and I grew up next to each other our entire lives.  Our childhood homes were on opposite sides of our grandparents’ house. I never imagined that I’d be a photographer, photographing his wedding. He would probably say the same thing if asked. Way back when, there was a MUCH greater likelihood that we’d be having a serious mud-flinging fight or I’d be dodging BBs whizzing through the air coming from his little Daisy.

We almost had to cancel.  It was raining at the start.  I am soooooo very glad that we decided to brave the cold rain.  Their photos are delish.  Their chemistry is perfect.  Pure.

Tiereney, we are so excited for you to be joining the family this summer.  I canNOT wait to capture your day soon!

Time flying

17 Feb

‘Tis true.  Kid are growing up much faster these days! Today I’m planning his 2-year birthday happening in just 10 short days.  Sigh!

My Christmas Package Arrived late…or early?!

1 Dec

I honestly couldn’t take it any longer.  I’m ready to meet this child.  Girl or boy.  I MUST know now!  This was me just 2 short weeks ago lamenting to Hernan about how being 41 weeks pregnant is ENOUGH while we were on our way to the hospital.  And then, just like that.  She was here.

And today, on December 1st, I get to rock her. Perfect. Precious. Her. Zoe Caroline.

           And I get to chase him.  Hilarious.  Cheerful. Full-Of-Life.  Him              

Zion Hernan

And I realize that these two are the best gifts ever.  That little package that I just couldn’t wait for any longer – Miss Zoe – well, she arrived right on cue.  She’s sure to sweeten up this Christmas season!

Remember this holiday season, “Every good and perfect gift comes from above..” ~James 1:17

The Rollins Family

16 Mar

About 2 weeks ago I got to take pictures for the most precious family, The Rollins Family, at their adorable home.  Just look at how sweet they are!





Let the Voting Commence!

16 Feb

Each of these FAB fans entered to win a free photo shoot of their choice!

Please read the entries vote below for who you want to win the FREE FOTO SHOOT!


Angie Lewis – I want a free photo shoot for my daughter’s senior pictures!

Keely Ragar – Because I am your favorite sister:) Plus I have adorable kids, plus I am going to run a marathon with you!

Mia Wiley – I would like a free photoshoot for my senior pictures… I go to Marion County R-II and I’m a highschool senior and with the economy this year it has been extremely difficult to find a job.  Therefore I am broke and would really like a professional to take my senior pictures!!!!! Thank you!!!

Mandy – My name is Mandy.  I have two wonderful kids who are 7 and 6.  I also have a boyfriend who I cant leave out.  We have not had a family pic taken since my kids were 2 and 3.  We have never found the right person to take our pics or who thought we were good enough.  I would love to have a recent family pic that I can give to my family and show everyone that comes around. 

Delena White – I think I deserve a free one just for working at HLG and being stressed to the hilt all the time. Plus I have been wanting to do one for a present for my folks because they are always saying they don’t have any updated pictures of me!