Pretty Women {Stengel Family}

What happens when one of the most beautiful women ever has two of the most gorgeous baby girls in the world, and then they all put on flower crowns?! THIS. ūüôā We spent probably the hottest/muggiest afternoon of the year in St. Louis yesterday taking these pics – and these girls barely broke a sweat! ūüėČ Thank you Kristen!!

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Ross Family {Faust Park}

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Getting to spend time with this precious family of four early yesterday morning was such a blessing to me! I loved seeing the way all four of them love and enjoy one another so much! Phil and Laura’s two adorable daughters are exactly the same ages as my two kiddos, and so it was such fun for me to get to watch them celebrate some of the same milestones we are enjoying at our house these days!

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Cousins {Family}

As families grow, it seems like we can never all be together enough, especially when we live far apart! I remember when I was little, my cousins were my heroes!! (They still are!!!) I adored everything about them, and loved every minute we got to spend together! Yesterday, I got to meet a group of cousins, a pair of beautiful, very feminine sisters, and a handsome and hilarious pair of brothers! The two sisters are here in St. Louis visiting their boy cousins all the way from Turkey!! It was my joy to get to document their precious time together yesterday in Forest Park!IMG_7612-EditIMG_7596IMG_7650IMG_7678IMG_7662IMG_7683IMG_7746IMG_7768IMG_7787IMG_7800IMG_7825IMG_7893IMG_8108IMG_8082IMG_8051

Erin Schreiber {Violinist}

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I am so happy for all of Facebookland to know my dear and exquisitely beautiful friend, Erin Schreiber. She is my stand partner in the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, which means that I get to hear her masterful playing up close, EVERY week!!! She is the most beautiful violinist… I am so lucky! What could possibly be more inspiring? I’ll tell you! At the core of this stunning woman is a heart full of kindness, humility, and warmth. I have never known a truer friend, and honestly I feel so blessed that she is a part of my life. I love her so dearly, and I hope you will enjoy these photos that showcase her exceptional beauty!!

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Dacy Gillespie {Mindful Closet}

I cannot begin to tell you how excited and honored I was when Dacy Gillespie, creator and personal stylist at Mindful Closet, contacted me about taking some photos for her revamped business website! ¬†I have so much admiration for Dacy’s fashion sense, and especially for the way she accomplishes her pulled together look – with her thoughtful, budgeted purchases that combine long-lasting quality and function with style that flatters and builds confidence! ¬†There is so much value in having someone with her knowledge and expertise on your side when it comes to choosing beautiful clothes that FIT and simplify your life! ¬†Anyway, with Dacy’s well crafted sense of style, I knew I was in for a real treat on this photo shoot!! ¬†We were so fortunate to get to use the awesome showroom¬†at Narrative Furniture in South St. Louis – what an inspiring space! ¬†Enjoy these photos of beautiful Dacy, and be sure to get in touch with her at http://www.mindfulcloset.com! ¬†Can’t wait to see the new site! ¬†ūüôā

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Talbert Family of 3, but not for long!

This is my beautiful friend, Megan Talbert, who taught me how to use a camera in the early months of Charlotte’s life! She is an amazing photographer herself (check her out at http://www.megantalbert.com) and so I’m always a little nervous to take photos for her – but I don’t know why! With such an adorable family, it would be pretty difficult to take a bad picture! Megan is due any day now with her second baby boy, and I know she is soaking up every last minute with her firstborn, Soren, and with her husband Justin as they enjoy their final few days as a family of three!! We can’t wait to meet you, Baby Boy Talbert!!!IMG_6275Maternity3Maternity2Maternity1IMG_6410IMG_6367Maternity6IMG_6434IMG_6446IMG_6467Maternity8

Morning with the DeRiso Family

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It was pure joy to get to spend the morning with this loving family of three this week!  Two-year-old Matteo is absolutely as sweet as he is handsome (so handsome, right?!?!!) and it was so special to get to see the way his parents love him, and each other!!!  I have always wanted to do a photo session with a family as they enjoyed a cozy morning together, and I was so excited when Dacy told me this was her idea for our time together.  Of course, since Dacy is the very talented stylist behind Mindful Closet (you can check her out at http://www.mindfulcloset.com and see some of her professional photos in a future post!) it comes as no surprise that for them, cozy also means super stylish!

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Heidi Harris {Violin meets Yoga}

Something fun has happened in my adulthood that I never expected, which is that I have found my first “hobby” or passion other than¬†the violin – in photography. ¬†As a younger person, people would ask me all the time what my “hobbies” were, and I would usually come up blank! ¬†I have so enjoyed the freedom and time (my very supportive husband has allowed me!) to pursue this¬†new skill…

Heidi Harris is a colleague of mine in the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (where she is Associate Concertmaster) whose pursuit of excellence in other disciplines has been a great inspiration to me for many years! ¬†Heidi is not only an excellent violinist, but also a fabulous yoga instructor, and in these photos¬†we get¬†to see how beautifully the two can go together. ¬†This photo shoot was such a blast for me — such a beautiful¬†subject, posing so elegantly, on a gorgeous day in Forest Park! ¬†What could be better?!

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Beautiful Alice is ONE!

Well, hello, Miss Photogenic!!!  Alice Kaiser is one very special little girl who celebrated her first birthday this week after a year full of amazing feats!!!

Alice was born prematurely at 30 weeks on April 30, 2015 – I’ll never forget seeing the first picture of this precious girl in the arms of her sweet Mommy! ¬†Her parents (and all of those who love them!) have marveled at all she has endured, how hard she has fought, and all she has accomplished in her first year of life! ¬†Truly, beautiful¬†Alice’s first birthday is an epic¬†milestone¬†to be celebrated in the grandest fashion!!!

I loved every minute of getting to take her One Year Old¬†photos! ¬†How could I not, with those gorgeous blue eyes and sweet, feminine poses?! ¬†….and that FLOWER CROWN! ¬†I mean, really……. ūüôā ¬†Happy Birthday, Alice!!!

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Happy Valentines Day 2016

I first picked up a camera so that I could learn to take special photos of my own babies, and they are still my favorite subjects! ¬†Charlotte tends to be very reluctant to have her picture taken – I have more pictures of the top of her head than I care to count, lol, but giving her an activity to carry out in the process seems to encourage her inner “model”! ¬†Benjamin is about to be one very¬†mobile little guy, so I am taking advantage of these last few weeks to photograph an unmoving (SUPER SWEET) object! ¬†Love these babies!! ūüôā

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