Styled shoot outs are so good for the soul. Meeting other creatives, planning all the details, shooting with passion & comparing everyone's different angles/styles, really helps to reignite the flame in my heart. A little more than a year ago, I joined a (small at the time) group of amazing & talented creatives, that had a huge love for the House of Flynn camera bags. Over the past year, the tribe has expanded in to something completely unfathomable & each state now has their own branch, for support & community togetherness. A few months ago, I began planning a styled shoot out for our local Missouri HOF Tribe. I knew EXACTLY which clients I wanted to use & I have to tell you, they were perfection! We had a few hiccups along the way. I found out shortly after beginning the planning, that Kelsey was expecting her 2nd child. YAY!! So the original dress was no longer an option. Our props we had planned ended up falling through, but honestly it all worked out for the best. We came together & laughed, shared, learned about each other & then spent the evening photographing a truly magical session. I want to give a HUGE thank you to Kelsey & Alex Pagan for volunteering your time & beauty & love for us! Also, big thanks to Vanessa Zingrich for being Kelsey's HMU! Much love to all involved!!!
When Miranda first contacted me about photographing her wedding & engagement session with Pat, I was beyond excited. I soon realized that her best friend & Maid of Honor is also one of my good friends. Naturally, I had to ask Macy, the MOH, to spill the dirt on Miranda & Pat. I basically learned what I already knew from meeting them, that these two are as perfect for each other as they appear. Everything about their relaxed, goofy, naturally easy relationship, is as real as it gets. These two met, fell in love & are now engaged, all because of a few "likes" exchanged via instagram. How adorable is that?!
As a Franklin County Missouri photographer, there is nothing I enjoy more, than photographing real love & emotion. These two had PLENTY of that to show me. Our engagement session at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit MO was full of laughs & in those quiet moments, when they thought I wasn't looking, that is when the real magic happened. So without further ado, I am honored to introduce the Future Mr. & Mrs. Boland!
I know I've said it before, but one of the absolute best things for me as a Franklin Co. MO Photographer, is capturing my clients throughout all their big moments. I've had the honor of photographing Lizz & her adorable family for the past 2-3 years now.
When Lizz contacted me a while back, about scheduling her maternity session, I was so excited!! We immediately began planning. She was game for anything & when I suggested doing them in a creek, she was all for it. This of course made my photographer heart happy!!
We began our evening in a rustic setting, which suited both of our styles just perfectly. Then wrapped up our session in this adorable spring fed creek. I know momma & I both were more than happy to get our feet in this cool water. It was a sweltering 97 degrees with 75% humidity that evening! Way to be a trooper Lizz!
Congratulations on your newest little, Lizz & Nole! I can't wait to meet him!!
There is an old saying that "Every momma crow thinks her babies are the blackest."..... Well let me tell you, this momma is no exception. I'm going to be beating boys away with a giant stick...
As a Franklin County Missouri Photographer, I have the pleasure of getting to know so many wonderful clients. Years ago, one of those clients shared a tradition she had with her daughter, that I since adopted with my own stunning beauty. Every year, for Addyson's birthday portraits, I get a beautiful white dress for her to wear. The idea is that these images will be preserved & proudly displayed on her wedding day (far far far far far in the future as her daddy likes to say.) I love this idea so much. It's something special that I get to do with her each year. Both of us look forward to this time, planning & shooting each session together.
(This first 2 images are a compilation of 54 images each, stitched together to create this wide angle panorama with a shallow depth of field. It's known as the Brenizer Method. So much fun to create.)
Oh how my girl melts my heart! Not only is she beautiful outside, but she is the kindest, sweetest & most loving little girl. She has a way of making everyone she meets, fall in love with her instantly. Her brothers just adore her & spoil her like crazy... (as do her daddy & I.)
I would love to hear about your traditions!
I have had so many clients want to use this idea, since we started shooting what I've deemed Addyson's "White Dress Project." Feel free to borrow this idea for your own precious girls!! (brownie points if you book it with me, lol)
As a photographer in Franklin County Missouri, I get the honor of photographing a little bit of everything. One thing I had yet to shoot though, was a gender reveal. I was so excited when Meghan contacted me to begin planning their's!!! We threw around lots of ideas & finally settled on one that I think couldn't be cuter!
It's a GIRL!! Getting little miss E involved in the gender reveal, made this absolutely priceless! While we were together capturing this moment, we also decided it was prime time to update their family photos.
Of course, miss E wasn't to be outdone! We had to get a few of just her, before she becomes a big sis.
During the last few minutes, I snuck mom & dad away for a few romantic shots by themselves. I love this one!!!
Congratulations Maddox Family on your new journey becoming a family of 4! I can't wait to meet your newest little!
One of the best things about being a Franklin County MO Photographer, is being able to photograph newborns. I get to snuggle them & get my baby fix, all while creating beautiful lasting memories for mommy & daddy. Olivia was almost 3 weeks old when we had her session last week & she was just a dream to work with. Mommy & Daddy have waited so long for this little blessing & they truly hit the jackpot. Miss Olivia is just so perfect in every way.
It is always such an honor, as a photographer in Franklin County MO, to watch my clients families grow. Documenting these huge milestones in their lives & creating beautiful lasting memories for them, is one of the main reasons I've pursued this passion. I can't wait to watch Olivia grow!!!
I had the pleasure of meeting Sara late last year, when she contacted me about shooting her wedding. While chatting & getting to know each other, I knew we would work well together. Her love of all things rustic & shabby/chic are right up my ally. As a Franklin County MO Photographer, I love to offer engagement sessions for all of my wedding couples. It gives us a chance to get to know each other prior to their big day & builds trust & provides a certain level of comfort prior to. The way Sara gushed about Justin, I couldn't wait to do their engagement session. I knew we would have a blast.
Sara & Justin chose to have their engagement session in beautiful downtown Washington MO. Shooting there is such a change of pace for me & so refreshing. It was so pretty & the weather couldn't have been better.
These two are so incredibly sweet & easy going. I'm so glad I had the chance to work with them. After wandering the streets downtown in Washington MO, we made our way over to Lion's Lake for some sunset shots. It was a wonderful ending to a beautiful session.
Congratulations Sara & Justin! I know your big day is going to be absolutely perfect!
As a Franklin County MO photographer, family photography is truly one of my favorites. I always have the best time creating beautiful memories with my clients & the Baxter Family was no exception.
I have had the pleasure of knowing the Baxters for several years now. Krystal is a PHENOMENAL teacher here in Franklin County MO. at Saint Clare Catholic School. She played an integral role in helping my middle child overcome some behavioral issues during his first few years of school. We have been lucky enough to have Krystal teach 2 of our children for several years. I can't say enough about how wonderful she is....
The Baxter kids are definitely a fun loving, rambunctious bunch. They each have such strong personalities & kept me laughing throughout our whole session!
Of course, the kids were sort of grossed out by mom & dad being lovey-dovey. ;)
I am so glad I had the chance to photograph this wonderful family! Their beautiful session took place along the Meremac River in Franklin County, MO.
As a St. Clair MO Photographer, it is stories like these, that touch my heart the most. I have known Jamie for quite a while now. We first met at work, while I was pregnant with my daughter. Jamie was one of the first people to come visit me in the hospital after I had my baby girl. Even all those years ago, Jamie knew she was destined to be a mama. Kenny & Jamie both desperately wanted to be parents. However, they struggled with several miscarriages & with infertility. So a few months back, when Jamie called to tell me that their IVF was successful and that the pregnancy was going perfectly, I was brought to tears with joy for the two of them. We quickly got to work, planning the perfect Maternity Photography session for them in Gray Summit MO at Shaw Nature Reserve.
I am so thankful they chose me to document this joyous time in their lives. I hope you two cherish these memories & I wish you both the best for all things to come!
I first had the pleasure of meeting the Phye family, this past fall during their Family Photography session with Elegant Illusions Photography. I was thrilled when Daviann contacted me about doing their Maternity Photography for baby #2! As a family photographer in St. Clair MO, I especially love doing maternity sessions when an older sibling is involved. Big sis, Addy can't wait to meet her baby sister! She was so excited to tell me all about being a big sis!
Our Family/Maternity session took place in downtown Washington MO. Addy was in the best mood & full of smiles. She loved kissing on mommy's belly & feeling baby sis kick. I just know she will be a big help when baby Peyton arrives in a few short weeks.
We were so blessed with some beautiful weather. I couldn't be more thrilled for this little family. Good luck to you three, I can't wait to meet your newest addition!
Amanda is a free spirited, outgoing photographer & artist. She has been married for 16 years to her sweetheart & is a mom to 3 amazing children. When she isn't hustling as a girl boss, she can be found running around doing the dance/soccer/football mom thing.
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