Family. It's one of the few things in life that we don't get to choose. And truth be told, one's family can be hard to deal with, embarrassing and just plain messy. But underneath all that mess is a beautiful thing. Family supports us when times get tough. Family celebrates our accomplishments and makes sure that we never forget our mistakes, so we learn from them. It's time to embrace our family - the good and the bad. The perfect and the imperfect.
Get out there and celebrate your messy family and never let an opportunity pass you by to capture the moment in photos. We spend a lot of time capturing the perfect family pose, which isn't always easy, but there's something about the goofy poses and random out-takes during a family shoot that makes us smile. So be yourself and embrace everything that your family has to offer. Messy or not, those memories will last a lifetime.
When large family groups get together for reunions they don't always have the luxury of holding the get together at a place that holds memories for them. But every once in a while there are exceptions - like this past weekend when taking photos for Aimee Holy and her extended family.
Family members from around the country had gathered at a family home that backs up to a golf course that holds very fond memories for the family. It was fitting then that it became the back drop for their group photo as well others of smaller groups of family members. The photos turned out well but the real stars of the day were the family members themselves. Temperatures around 45 degrees and strong winds made it challenging to remain focus and not insist on wearing a coat at all times.
But in the end everyone did an amazing job and as a result they have some great photos to remember their reunion and the course that they hold so dear in their hearts. Thanks for letting me be a part of it.
Living in St. Louis has it's challenges when it comes to the weather. Three Saturdays ago was no exception when I was scheduled to take photos of the Hendricks family in Forest Park.
The day started off chilly but sunny with a nice mix of big puffy clouds but by 1 pm it was cloudy and actually sleeting. Seemed as if getting the photos taken before the leaves were gone was going to be impossible. But hey, it's St. Louis right? We waited a bit longer and as the time arrived for our shoot the sleet was gone, the clouds separated and the sun came back out raising the temperature just enough to make it bearable for everyone.
We headed to Forest Park and set out to capture some memories as the last of Fall's golden leaves clung to their branches. The kids laughed and ran about while Dad and Mom chased them through the leaves. It may have been a little cold but everyone was enjoying being out in the crisp air in the beautiful park surroundings. And by the time the sun set it was a wrap - and just in time. The cold had finally gotten to the youngest as he simply couldn't hold still for yet another photo.
Thanks to Brian and Maggie for allowing me to play a part in capturing their family members as we head into Winter in St. Louis. The day was perfect after all and I couldn't have asked for a better setting or better subjects. I hope you enjoy your photos for many years to come.
Taking photos at a graduation ceremony are always enjoyable. The air is filled with excitement as students get ready to celebrate a major milestone in their lives with family and friends. The St. Ann Catholic School Class of 2014 was no exception. What a wonderful group of kids who are ready embark on a four-year highs chool adventure. I felt so inspired by them that I contacted several members of my 8th grade class and now we're holding a reunion this summer to catch up on almost 30 years since we graduated.
What an honor to be responsible for taking photos again for the second grade class at St. Ann Catholic School as they made their First Holy Communion. It was truly a special day for all of these kids as they celebrated with their family and friends. Thanks for letting me be a part of your special day.
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