It’s bittersweet to see this TPP model say good bye! Sarah is so sweet and genuine. I’ve loved having her on the team. I was thrilled to see that she won our top model contest this year. She brought in a friend just before prom and we had a ball. Congratulations on graduating, Sarah! I’ll miss having you on the team. I know you are going on to do great things!
Last month while it was still blazing hot, we executed our Gatsby shoot. I am in love with how they look! So good. I have to thank Brea Politte & Rebecca Vernon from Studio 7 Salon & Spa in Festus. They did an amazing job as always! When I envision this shoot I really wanted it to be a picnic/croquet party. I loved shopping for this one, looking for the jewelry and my mom helped me put together the picnic props. That’s my grandma’s quilt, folks. Love. I also recruited my handsome nephews to be the guys I felt needed to be in this one. Thanks, guys! You looked so handsome in your suits! They suffered through the bugs and humidity in them. So totally appreciated it!
Oh Olivia! You are so stunning in these. Well, you are stunning in general but that’s not the best part. This girl is so sweet, laid back and beautiful. I love sessions where you can tell mom and daughter are so close. There was just such a great laid back interaction between them. Last year she was was a Senior model for me (her Junior year). I needed a few girls and she was referred to me through my awesome friend and made up artist/stylist, Brea Politte. Those pictures turned out to be some of my favorites to this day. She’s now a Senior on her way and she really wanted to showcase her love of all things country. She loves to be outdoors. She had a location all picked out at a farm at her aunt’s. We had such a great time. The weather was so beautiful. Brea Politte did her beautiful make up. She picked incredible outfits for the session that just complemented the setting perfectly. This girl makes country chic, lol.
She wanted to make sure to get shots on the tractor. So we started there
There was a creek and bridge behind us
If you know me, you know I’m clumsy and I hate heights. Not a great combo here, but I braved on.
Olivia pulled out this blue dress and I had seen the yellow field and I almost died of happiness. It was magic. Aside from the 6 or8 horses that surrounded us demanding attention (time to eat, maybe). One was especially demanding nudging me in the back of the head over and over. then he started pulling my hair. It was pretty hilarious.
This one was mom, Kim’s favorite. Mom’s always love the smiling shots.
Trying out the matte edits on some. We stood her in this soybean field in that dress. This one got picked as well.
A little boho peasant dress in a field, anyone? Such a perfect combination.
One of my favorites
So, from one I understand Olivia’s aunt sells her produce at the local Farmer’s Market and wanted on of her carrying the peppers. So we created this little scenario.
Had such a great time. Love doing something a little different from many of my sessions!
Into the 2015 Senior year! Oh HELLO! I’m all caught up on blogging, lol. Well, I mean I still have the upcoming seniors I’ve done, but I’m no longer behind. Maddy was my first senior graduating 2015 that I photographed this year. She wanted to stay kind of local but wanted an urban feel to her pics. So, the best place for that just happens to be in and around Desoto. The coolest old buildings with paint wearing away, old stairs that sort of seem to go to nowhere. Plus, the park and the creek. I’m always eyeing up new little spots as I drive around there. Now, every year I have a few rain outs. No different this year. We lucked out and didn’t have rain. Every year there is this one session that in ungodly windy. The wind decided to join us for Maddy’s session. Maddy and her mom really braved the wind with serious class. Such amazing nice people, this family. Loved working with them.
So, this pink dress with her dark hair and the pink flowers behind her. LOOOVE…
Maddy really loved this brick wall. So perfect with the black dress. I though this pose was a bit sassy. I like sassy.
This one worked out to be one of her ultimate favorites. We actually had an audience of two curious on lookers. That kind of wouldn’t get out of my camera view, lol. Awkward.
Oh this one is one of my ultimate favorites. Her mother’s as well. Just amazingly beautiful.
Old stacked tires! Yessss. White wall, black dress. Yessss.
Love this mischievous laugh. Real laugher. The best smiles. always.
A little more sass.
A green oasis on a crumbling
Lastly, we went down by the river. Always love to get them on the water.
Well, this is my last 2104 Senior. Summer is in full swing as is my 2015 Senior season, but I am trying to make sure to get everyone out on the blog. This was one of my favorite sessions. Kenzie’s mom called me right before Christmas and said Kenzie wanted a winter session. So we booked for February and prayed for warmer weather. Which we got, thankfully. It was lower 40s I think. Amazing for that time of year. We started out at my studio for an amazing hair and make up experience with the alway awesome Brea Politte. Did a few studio shots and then headed outside. Yes, my friends that is a sleeveless dress Kenzie has on. It was stunning, but hey it was February. I’m not usually cold because I’m moving so much, so in between takes I would make her put on my heavy jacket. After that we headed off to a favorite of mine, Tower Grove Park. Photographed until the sun went down.
Not sure why this first image isn’t the same size here as the rest, cause it’s sized in photoshop the same but anyway, I love it. I posted it on her sneak peak, but I wanted it to live on on the website so feast your eyes on it again.
Love the light here, and her make up is divine.
Love the laughter out of her… Always produces the best smiles for parents.
I also looooove these boots. Like, I covet them.
So, I may or may not have gotten my feet wet here. In the cold. The spot was too good to pass up though.
Found these giant fallen trees and fell in love.
Always love the laying down shot. They always think I’m kind of crazy. It was just a tiny bit damp, but she went for it.
Here we are at the last senior session of last year. Christine wanted a fall session with her beloved horse, Cruz, that she competes with. I love when I get to photograph something a little different. We headed down to St. Francois State Park. Now, I’ve actually never been on a horse that I can remember. Someday I will get on one, lol. Cruz wasn’t too keen on me and not at all keen on my large white reflector. Christine took it and showed it too him and rubbed it on his face so he could see what it was. He was still a little wary, but he did great. These were done in November and it was a bit chilly. But the colors were still amazing and Christine brought her A game so it was fairly perfect overall. This girl is stunning. Any girl would kill to have her skin, eyes and lips. Oh and and her hair and height (do I sound jealous, lol). She also happens to be a sweetheart. Christine dates my nephew, I would say he’s pretty lucky to have her! Below are some of my favorites of the day.
This one below belongs on the cover of a magazine.
I’m loving the richness of this black and white on this image. And the connection with Cruz in these.
I saw the almost bare trees looked like a canopy and had to get them underneath it.
Can’t remember the name of those yellow balls but I decided she needed to be surrounded by them.
I love when I can get a laugh out of them. It always makes the best image. I’m sure I was making a fool of myself.
Looking forward to more fall shoots this year. The colors here are so amazing.
This below was Christine’s idea. Love it.
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