Stephanie + Dan | Columbia MO Wedding Photographer

Stephanie and Dan were just such a sweet couple, inside and out.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a calm bride. Stephanie was as cool as a cucumber from the moment I met her at the salon throughout the whole day.

Their wedding at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Columbia Missouri, and reception at Kimball Ballroom on Stephens College campus was simply gorgeous.

A gorgeous wedding. A gorgeous couple.

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Her ring was stunning. I love all the diamonds encircling the main stone. Can I get a re-do on my engagement ring? (Just kidding, dear husband!)

 

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Navy + gray just might be my favorite color combo!
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Stephanie had her hair and makeup done at Regeneration Salon & Spa in Columbia. It was beautiful and lasted the whole night!

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The skies were threatening rain right before the first look, but the church’s courtyard was just too pretty to pass up. So, we made the decision to go ahead and go for it. And it was incredible.

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The wedding party was too fun. This might be my favorite wedding group shot ever. Well played, groomsmen. Well played.

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This wedding party knew how to make an entrance!

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… and so did the bride & groom!

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Have I ever told you how much I love the DJs with the colored uplights? No? Well, I love them. Look at how cool it makes these reception photos! They add so much atmosphere to the reception shots. Her DJ was BerryGood Light & Sound. Highly recommend them.

 

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Sneak Peek Extravaganza | Columbia Missouri Photographer

Oh, Facebook. You cruel, cruel friend.

I got excited to have a spare moment today, so I decided to catch up and get back in the habit of posting sneak peeks as we head into the fall busy season. I posted several sneak peeks on my Facebook page today, but the stats tell me that those lovely photos are being served to a fraction of my fans.

Which is completely infuriating.

If only I had an outlet to be able to share these lovely photos with the public…

So, here I am…and here are some lovely sneak peeks from some of my latest sessions!

I have met some really amazing new families lately, and I’ve seen some beautiful returning friends. I feel very fortunate to be able to capture sweet memories of so many wonderful people.

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Annie + Justin | Columbia Missouri Wedding Photographer

Meet Annie and Justin.

This is one super-fun couple that had a gorgeous wedding.

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The bridal party was an amazing group of friends that were such a blast to capture.

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See! I told you they were fun!

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I caught this little sweetie staring in my direction during the ceremony. I just couldn’t resist!

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It was such a beautiful day on the Francis Quadrangle.

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Ellen + Jesús | Columbia MO Wedding Photographer

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Over the past few years, I’ve been in the practice of sharing the sneak peek galleries of weddings on my Facebook page, but it has become increasingly odd that they are missing from my website. So…forgive me as I play some catch-up over the next couple of weeks to get some 2014 weddings up here.

Let’s start with Ellen and Jesús’ classic wedding at Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia, Missouri early this January. It was a gorgeous, elegant winter affair, complimenting the beauty of this historic church with touches of the season.

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Ellen was such a beautiful bride, and I absolutely loved her gorgeous dress, which fit her sweet personality perfectly.

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Jesús looked very dapper himself in his classic black tux.

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The wedding ceremony was beautiful.

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The bride’s grandfather is a minister, and he assisted with the marriage ceremony. The message he delivered to them before the marriage vows was both touching and hilarious. And I think he might have even gotten a little teary-eyed sending off his beautiful granddaughter!

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The bride and her family is so close, and their whole wedding was filled with beautiful reminders of how much love they share together.

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The MUMC church is absolutely gorgeous, especially during the holidays!

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After we finished up with formals, it was time to head over to the reception. Guests were greeted by this gorgeous ice sculpture!

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I loved all of the little glances Ellen would sneak to her groom throughout the toasts. Love!

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Ellen and Jesús danced the night away in each other’s arms. It was adorable.

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After the formalities, DJ Aaron Rose had the whole crowd on their feet the whole night. Such a fun party!

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Sunny Side Up | Family Photographer in Columbia Missouri

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This baby boy was featured on the blog a few months ago and this time he brought along his whole family. Such a cute family.

We headed out to Shelter Gardens in Columbia, MO, which has just been extra gorgeous this year.

I’ve photographed big sister since she was a newborn, and truth be told, she’s been a little camera shy in the past. This time, though, she was a dream to work with!

In fact, she may have stolen the show.

Here are some of my favorites:
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No need to panic…dad was just out of frame to spot this little guy if he got too brave. Safety first!

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Super snuggles!!

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I am a sucker for the twirly photos:
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Miss C, you take the cake!
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Like, seriously, she’s the cutest kid ever:

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You know that moment when every three-year-old girl wants to lift up her dress and show her undies? Two words: zoom lens. Boom:

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Mr. Man got a little tired of me after a while and really didn’t want to be separated from momma. She’s just out of frame here. I’m so sneaky.

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At one point, we tried to get a momma + kids photo. This was that result. I secretly love it because as moms, we’ve ALL been there, amiright?

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We tried again later in the session and ended up with something a little less dramatic:

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Downtown Columbia Missouri Engagement Session

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I love this couple.

He’s in the armed forces and was stationed far, far away from his love. She’s here in Columbia (for now). I’m pretty sure she booked me for the wedding before he had officially proposed.

But the wedding was definitely on. Venues were secured. The ring had been purchased. The bride’s mom picked out the ring, under very specific instructions from the groom…and she kept it secret until it was time for the proposal.

And the bride basically knew when the proposal will take place. The groom was scheduled to be in town for a very short window of time this summer while he was home on leave. Because of that, we had just a handful of dates to work with for their engagement session.

Luckily, we had amazing weather for this July engagement session. The light downtown that afternoon was fun to work with. And they were one of the cutest, loving couples I’ve worked with.

I loved everything about this engagement session:
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Seriously?? How cute are they??

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You are gorgeous, Payton.

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Sigh…

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We ran across this sign downtown and I made them pose in front of a window full of people. But it was too perfect! And we were very fast.

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I love me a couple that will jump on cue. Love.

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We found one tree downtown—ONE. And it was pure perfection.

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He and mom did a great job on the ring, right?

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Okay, I guess we found two trees. Loving the downtown trees.

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Hey, so we’re almost done but before we go, I’m going to lay down in the bus station driveway and you guys stand over there and look at each other adoringly, mkay? Killed it.

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Sweet Little Sleepy Guy | Newborn Photographer Columbia Missouri

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Ah, newborns. They’re so sweet. So squishy. So cuddly.

It’s no secret that one of my very favorite subjects to photograph are the brand new humans, with their sweet, sleepy personality and their adorable little poses and facial expressions.

And the little noises they make! Oh, the newborn noises.

I could photograph newborns all day, every day.

(If only I could keep up with the laundry!)

It just occurred to me last night that it’s been a while since I shared a full newborn gallery. And, as luck would have it, I finished up this little guy’s gallery last night.

So, full disclosure…I’m blogging just about half of the number of photos these parents received. And they get everything in color and b&w, so you can do the math there.

Of course, every newborn session is different. And my newborn sessions have been evolving since I went full-time with photography three and a half years ago. I’ve been trying to find my style for newborn sessions, loving both the documentary style shots and the posed, squishy baby shots.

This session blended the best of both worlds.

Heads up to expectant momma’s out there…I am considering a change to my newborn sessions, which will offer another option or two for folks, but may also involve a price increase on my current newborn session. If you are expecting a baby and are not on my calendar yet, this would be a good time to go ahead and lock down the current pricing and package.

And remember—I only take 2-3 newborns per month, especially during the fall busy season. It’s never too early to book your newborn session!

Okay, back to the adorable baby pictures:

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Remembering Spring | Columbia Missouri Family Photographer

One of the perks of blogging older sessions is being able to look back and see photos I had totally forgotten about. I remember this session being one of my favorites at the time (mid-April).

Okay, I have a lot of favorite sessions. But, to be fair, I have a lot of amazing clients that make things fun, so you really can’t blame me for being partial to everyone. =)

The other fun part of looking back on photos is the chance to see one of my favorite locations during a different time of year. Remember when the Bradford Pear trees were blooming? It’s my favorite time of year.

These photos were taken at Shelter Gardens in Columbia, Missouri, in mid-April, near sunset. I just did a family session at Shelter Gardens this Monday at the same exact time as this session in April…and the July photos have a totally different look. I like them both, which is what makes Shelter Gardens so flexible as a photo session location.

I should really do a comparison blog post to show you guys the difference…note to self.

Okay, enough blabbering…here are some of my favorites from this sweet family’s session:

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Lemonade Stand Photo Session | Columbia Missouri Baby Photographer

I’ve been looking forward to sharing these photos since April! I have some of the most creative mommies and daddies as clients, and this session was just completely over the top in the cute department.

Baby girl was celebrating her first birthday, and the party’s theme was “Lemonade Stand”. So, we re-used some of the party decorations for her birthday photos as well. Can you believe dad built that super cute lemonade stand?? It is so darling!

Now if only I could figure out how to hire them to style ALL of my photo shoots…a girl can dream, right?!

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Alexander | Rock Bridge High School Class of 2014 | Senior Photos Columbia Missouri

It’s that time of year—school is wrapping up for the year, caps and gowns are being purchased, and parents are getting in those last-minute senior portraits.

Here’s some of my favorite photos from Alexander’s senior photo session:

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