My backstage perspective | St. Louis Ballet | St. Louis Photographer

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This Christmas, my daughter Violet was a Mouse in St. Louis Ballet’s “Nutcracker”.  She was in 5 of the 11 shows. This was her very first time being part of any production like this other than her annual recitals. It definitely was a brand new exciting experience for her and me.  We both loved bonding with the girls and moms backstage, making new friends, and sharing in this awesome experience together.

Heart of the Home | Ballwin, Missouri | St. Louis Lifestyle Photographer

This is my favorite. Documenting life as it happens. Moments you want to remember. 

I was just listening to a podcast today. One thing the speaker wished she had was a photo of her father being a father to her. And that made me think about how I don't really have a single photo of my parents interacting with me at a young age. I want to see how I was loved, and how I loved back. What we looked like when we played together. What did my everyday look like? Not what I looked like in a portrait studio. But what I looked like in my home. 

And as much as I want those photos for myself, I am also extremely passionate about taking those photos for other people. 

I am so grateful this sweet family invited me into their home. It was so fun to hang out with them for awhile and create visual memories for them. 

Defining Family | Ladue, Missouri | St. Louis Lifestyle Photographer

Family (noun) | /fami.i.ly/:
people in your life who are close to your heart who bring out the best in you. who laugh, celebrate, and dream with you. who love you infinitely.  

This definition really resonates with me when thinking of this sweet family. I loved seeing them again, and basically hanging out and what felt like playing to me. I guess I am just a big kid at heart! :-) I loved that we hung out at their home for a bit then wandered over to Shaw Park and downtown Clayton! I love to mix things up! 

Thank you for inviting me into your home and letting me document a few small moments to capture the essence of life now. :-) 

The Heart of the Home | Holly Hills | St. Louis Lifestyle Photographer

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Celebrating home life is my favorite. Capturing the heart and soul of the life you live with your family in the phase you are in now is so important to me. One day, you, your spouse, your kids, your grandkids even, will look at photos and see how life really was.

To me, its the ordinary days, that are the most special to me. A holiday usually has a lot of expectations, but an ordinary day is the best. It is a day where you can relax, and just enjoy. Enjoy each other, enjoy life, create memories, and just be together. 

I have been photographing this awesome family now for a few years, and every time I just LOVE our time together. Having just moved into this beautiful old home, I was over joyed about documenting this new chapter for them. Not to mention, I am obsessed with old homes, and their home was simply amazing with lots of old home charm and details. 

Thank you Angie and Dan for inviting me into your home to capture life as it is now. :-) 

I do.... | St. Louis Wedding Photographer

After a 7 year engagement, these two extremely sweet people FINALLY decided to say "I do" on a beautiful and glorious Fall day. 

I first met Rhonda a few years ago when I was photographing her home she was selling. We instantly clicked, and even had me in tears during that shoot. For the record, I don't cry that easy, unless I am watching "This is Us" or "Greys Anatomy", then good lord I am a mess. Anyway, from this meeting, I was quite taken by her. She is such a special person. A ray of light. I am honored to know her and even more honored I was able to document her special day!! 

Thank you Rhonda and Brian for letting me witness your beautiful wedding. I wish you a lifetime of happiness! 

XO,

Pearl

Beautiful Love | Washington, Missouri | St. Louis Wedding Photographer

It’s very clear
Our love is here to stay
Not for a year, but forever and a day
The radio
And the telephone
And the movies that we know
May just be passing fancies and in time may go
But oh my dear
Our love is here to stay
Together we’re going a long long way
In time the Rockies may crumble
Gibraltar may tumble
They’re only made of clay
But our love is here to stay
— George and Ira Gershwin
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I cannot say enough about this couple. They are so in love, so adorable, so creative and SO FUN! 

In-Home sessions are by far my favorite! It is so personal, and it really allows me to tell a better story through more depth and emotion. I am so thankful Alex and Emily invited me into their cute home they have spent many hours and lots of blood sweat and tears renovating. The home is old, charming, and I seriously wanted to move in. 

After a little while in their home, we ventured out for a walk around Washington. The cutest town in the world. 

Alex and Emily, I am so stoked for your wedding!!! 

XO, 

Pearl

Adi + Dutch | Frontier Park, St. Charles | St. Louis Wedding Photographer

If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you. When mountains crumble to the sea, there will still be you and me.
— Led Zeppelin
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This past May, Heath and I photographed a wedding of one of the sweetest couple's ever, Amy and Jerry. I had no clue that their friends who were present at this wedding were on the brink of engagement.

Enter Adi and Dutch. 

I must say when Adi contacted me I was instantly thrilled. Based on how awesome Amy and Jerry were, I just knew Adi and Dutch would be equally as awesome. For the most part, awesome people keep awesome friends. Its a real thing. 

When I met with Adi and Dutch we instantly hit it off. And hearing their sweet proposal story of how Dutch proposed to Adi underneath a willow tree, I just knew we need to find a great willow tree to set the stage for their engagement photos. I am beyond thrilled with how awesome our session was together. We had the best time, and I am so excited for their wedding!

Toddler Tales | Oak Knoll Park | St. Louis Family Photographer

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Attitude is everything. For me, I am pretty laid back....unless I am a passenger in a car...on a highway. Then my anxiety is through the roof and my fear of death has completely taken over. (Getting rear ended on the highway in a huge wreck will definitely scar you for life.) But other than that, I am always pretty much content and am pretty good at rolling with the punches. Because after all, we can not control what happens to us, we can only control how we react. 

So, what was so special for me about this shoot was all the good energy and feelings from the parents despite a complete FACE PLANT ON CONCRETE from this adorable toddler within the first 10 minutes of our session. I've seen so many parents get so rattled by the smallest things which puts negative energy out there making me feel rushed, nervous, uncreative. Totally kills my vibe. Not the case here!

This sweet girl had a big scrape from the side of her forehead, along her eyebrow to her eyelids down to her cheek. After she cried for awhile, I suggested the playground to perk her spirits up. The parents were completely awesome. So chill, and just rolled with it. I mean, life with a toddler definitely throws you constant punches.

After awhile on the playground, Miss Sage completely forgot about her big scrape and fall. She was a happy little girl again. Her parents were happy. And we had THE BEST session. After all, this scrape was nothing that a little Photoshop magic couldn't fix! 

So when I say, attitude is everything, it really is. :-)  So happy we were able to bounce back from the fall, and capture a snippit of life as a family of 3 soon to be 4!!