Fall Family

In the past year I keep going back to the same location to shoot. The wide open fields combined with hardly anyone else there provides this sense of freedom to relax, explore, play and be yourself. I feel like focusing more on connections rather than constantly looking for different backgrounds is really getting to the heart of family. And that is what feeds my soul: that spark of laughter and having fun together captured.

I have been photographing this little guy for a few years now. He is always so full of life and fun. I hope he always knows how loved he is and never loses his amazing spirit!

Love Conquers All

Alex and Emily share such a special love story and we feel incredibly lucky to have been there to witness these two amazing souls wed.

Their day started as most of these Fall days lately with a big chance of rain. Nobody seemed too worried, Alex and Emily were just too excited to marry each other to let rain bother them. Before the ceremony as it was raining, their sweet friends and family packed up the chairs that were set up for their outdoor ceremony to move into an indoor facility. However, Alex had a gut feeling the rain would stop, and insisted everyone move all the chairs back outside….. AND HE WAS RIGHT! Strangely enough it was raining everywhere else in the city, except over the part of the city we all were.

Alex is a musician and Emily is a designer, the two of them together are an amazing team. With that being said, this wedding was not your normal wedding at all. It was filled with artistry at every turn. You could just feel their love and personalities shine through every detail of their wedding day.

They chose to marry at Shaw Nature Reserve where Alex proposed to Emily….I mean….how incredibly sweet, sentimental and romantic. Being creatives they are also adventurous and let me pursue fun creative ideas with their photos, like going to an abandoned Route 66 motel for photos. Their reception was at the Pacific Opera House which had the coolest Moulin Rouge vibe to it. Dinner was served on vintage china that they collected for their reception. I can’t say what my favorite detail was about that day, but their eclectic vintage china collection to me was in my top 3 favorite details.

I feel like I couldn’t do this story any justice without mentioning the fact that Emily had lost her beloved father a few years ago. Even though he could not be there physically, you could strongly feel his presence. From the photo she had of him on her shoe, so he could still walk her down the aisle, to the photos of him there, to the speeches from her Mom and her speech she made about him in place of what would have been their Father-Daughter dance. After her incredible speech that left everyone in tears, she invited everyone to join her to dance to “All She Wants To Do is Dance” by Don Henley, a song that her and her Dad listened to all the time together. It was an amazing moment!

I am seriously so in love with everything about them and their wedding day! The amount of photos in this blog post doesn’t even scrape the surface of how many photos I am delivering to them. I just had to draw the line somewhere which was hard. :-) Enjoy!

The best is yet to come.

I love the sort of sessions where things just flow, and my stomach hurts after from laughing so much. I cannot tell you what a blast I had hanging with these two. I also cannot tell you how much hair envy I am having here. Almost glad I don’t have to sit and stare at these photos for hours on end anymore. LOL! No, but really, this girl has the most beautiful hair! ;-)

They drove in from New York! Yep, that’s right, all the way from New York to have photos done out here in beautiful Missouri! I mean, I guess she is from here too, so that helps. Lol. But I still felt incredibly honored that they drove all the way out here, even if they were already going to make the trip.

I love that they are both educators, lovers of dogs and old school rap, and very genuine, good hearted people. Their love and affection towards each other is so sweet and filled me up with all the warm fuzzies.

The end of me working on this session is bittersweet. I loved the session and post processing so much, and feels like I am saying a goodbye to a dear friend. But I am also doing a happy dance now that I can share these images! Because, I am in love with them!!!!!