If you’ve been following my journey into portrait photography since the beginning, then you’ll know that I took my first leap into this area when Ali (my fiancee) allowed me to shoot some pictures of her at the Lemp Brewery a couple years back. Shortly afterward, I had enough courage to ask my friends Katie and Shane (who we affectionately call ‘Shatie’) if they would stand in front of the camera for me so I could get more practice. I didn’t have a set agenda or ideas of what I wanted to capture which made for a long day (luckily we broke for lunch and a bear at some point!). A year later, my photography business is doing well with bookings just about every weekend (sorry babe! *kiss*) but I refuse to settle on just what I know. I want to continue to push myself into different areas of portrait photography so I can get a better understanding on what’s possible and to help capture the images I have in my head into the camera. Once again, I asked Katie and Shane to stand in front of the camera for me but I had a specific list of items I wanted to tackle… while some things worked out, other items didn’t. The weather didn’t exactly help either but ‘Shatie’ were awesome to work with as I gave them various directions to follow throughout the evening. Thanks Katie and Shane! Enjoy some of the pictures (which were edited differently than my usual style) and look out for more stuff in the future!
If you didn’t know, I’m getting married in two months and last weekend, our friends Clark, Kelly, Jenn and Mark hosted our couple’s shower and we had ALL the ingredients for an awesome party…
Our closest friends – check!
Candy bar – check!
Cocktails – check!
Beautiful home – check!
Great weather – check!
SingStar – check!
Gifts – check! check! check! check! check! check! check!
Thanks again Clark, Kelly, Jenn, Mark and everyone who made the time to celebrate with us! Enjoy some of the pictures I took throughout the afternoon (don’t mind the editing or lack of… I didn’t spend much time on them)
It’s great to finally do my first engagement session in 2011. Lena and Ben are a couple of cool cats who happen to be getting married later this year in August at the World’s Fair Pavilion. When we booked the session, we were hoping for warming weather and the ground to be nice and dry… What were we thinking?! After all, it’s St. Louis, right? Instead, we started the session out with 30 something degree temperature and soggy wet grass… *ugh*. We powered right through until the sun came out and the day got warmer. And talk about props! Lena and Ben brought a cool vintage Schwinn tandem bike and a picnic basket for a quick snack during the session! Anyhow, the session was filled with plenty of smiles, laughs, cycling, shivers, goosebumps, modeling tips, jokes and pictures of course…