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. :-) 

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!!