Lone Elk Park Family Session

Fall family sessions are in full swing! I know how stressful it can be to find the time and put together everyone's outfits.  But I hope the final images reflect all the personalities in your family and become treasures for years to come. The Hill family and I met at Lone Elk Park earlier this fall for their session.  This is our third session together and I can't believe how much the kids have grown! 

Zoref Newborn Session

I loved spending the morning in the Zoref’s beautiful home. I was honored to photograph their newborn session! Between baby Fredrick’s tiny nose and his big sister’s big blue eyes, it was pretty much cuteness overload.

“No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you. After all, you’re the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside.” -Unknown

Can we bring our pooch?

I'm what you call a "dog person." I'm not sure when this officially became an adjective for me, I'm guessing some time in my childhood. During the hardest moments of my life, I've had my dog at my side.  The presence of a good pup can be very therapeutic. So, when people ask if they can bring there dog to a photography session, I always say, "YES!" Dogs bring their family comfort, they make kids laugh and I find everyone is a little more relaxed. 

So, can you bring your pooch to your session? Please do! :) 

I read this in Kinfolk a few years back and it really sums my love for animals: 

"Few relationships are as available and helpful to our well-being as the relationship between humans and animals. The bond that is created brings value and meaning to our lives in a unexplainable, innate way.  Although there is debate over whether or not a dog is really "man's best friend," the significance of a relationship between man and dog cannot be denied.  Selflessness, loyalty, devotedness, unconditional love–qualities that are commonly found in companionship with a dog–are not often found elsewhere. Something special exists in this space. A comfort. A constant. A friend." 

Yetton, Elise. "Austin & Desmond"  Kinfolk: Volume Three

New Seasons

Right now, we are in that strange transition between seasons. Summer is sadly about to end, and fall is just around the corner. School is back in session and my favorite stores are selling knit sweaters and suede boots. But...I'm not ready for bon fires yet. I'm still trying to squeeze in as many pool trips as I can before they close!

Side Note: Did you know that most pools have an end of season “dog splash”? Puppies joyously prancing around the pool, off their leashes and in the water. It might be the happiest day of the year. Have you ever been?

But before I know it, trees will change colors and the temperature will get cooler. As a photographer, fall is one of my busiest times of the year. I spend time capturing all of the change that has unfolded within families. Children are taller, teeth are lost and gained. She started driving and he's applying to colleges.

One of the great honors of my job is to document how a family is growing and evolving. Really, I'm capturing a season in their life, a moment that won't last forever.

If you're ready, I'm booking fall sessions now. Email me if you're interested! katieprestemon@gmail.com

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Summer Lovin'

I’m never ready for summer to end. I love everything about it, even the suffocating misery known as Missouri humidity. 

Here are some of my all-time, summertime favorites: 

  1. Being barefoot
  2. Swimming - doing laps outside is so much better ;) 
  3. Gardening  
  4. Hiking - Do you have a favorite outdoor hiking spot?  We love Hawn State Park
  5. The Lake 
  6. Fruit picking 

What are your favorite things about summer?

Kevin and Holly really bring the summer-lovin’ spirit to life. Their session was a much needed reminder to slow down and enjoy the ones you love (especially those with floppy ears and wet noses). 

Jordyn & Auggie

The other day I read an article called, "What Do 90-Somethings Regret Most?" The title caught my eye. Who better to receive advice from than someone who has lived almost 100 years?  

To my surprise, they mostly spoke of times when their spouses were still alive and their children were young and living at home. The interviewer responded by asking, "Weren't those the most stressful times of your lives?" They agreed, but they also felt those days were their happiest.

This reminded me why I’m so passionate about photography. Really, it’s all about capturing memories. I want albums filled with pictures of my family, friends and yes...our little pooch.

"Their joys and regrets have nothing to do with their careers, but with their parents, children, spouses, and friends. Put simply, when I asked one person, "Do you wish you accomplished more?" He responded, "No I wished I loved more."

I hope to capture those small, special moments for you to look back and savor for years to come. They may be “the most stressful times of your life” but take it from a wise 90-something... they are also some of the happiest.

Go to my FAMILY page to learn more about Motherhood Sessions. 

Katie was so fun to work with. She captured our everyday moments and I will treasure those photos forever. She became part of our family for the day as she took photos of our daily activities. Katie made my toddler and I feel comfortable and she was able to capture his personality perfectly.
— Jordyn // Motherhood Session

Guerra Family

Hello!  It's been awhile since I've updated my blog.  I'm going to try and post more regularly and show you more sweet family sessions.  

About a year ago, I did a beautiful session with the Guerra's, an adorable family of five. 

With every family I photograph, it's always fun to see how kids have different personalities, even when they come from the same set of parents. I'm always thinking things like, "Oh, she looks exactly like her mom, but has her dad's personality." Or, "He's clearly the comedian of the family." I love trying to capture these qualities. It's those little details that make a family so special and unique!

I'm looking forward to do taking the Guerra's next session this fall!  

Hill Family

Photography has helped me connect to the sweetest people.  Katie Hill and I share the same first name and have an oddly similar last name, (maiden name is Hillis) but we also share a love, AKA obsession, for pictures!  I met the Hill family a year ago to photograph a sweet family of four. But now, this beautiful clan of four has grown to five! Dan, Katie, Caleb and Levi welcomed Emma Grace into the world last December.  So obviously, we needed to capture the first weeks of this precious new addition. Meet Emma Grace. 

Bobby & Casey

Bobby and Casey chose Hawn State Park as the location for their engagement pictures.  The trail parallels a beautiful creek bedded with rock and boulders. It was the perfect location for a fall engagment shoot. The drive was beautiful with Missouri fall at it's peak.

We hit the trailhead and headed up the path. A stretch Bobby and Casey have walked many times together. It has become a place they reconnect with nature and with each other. I love that they chose a location with meaning and sentiment.

The session was easy. Everything in fall mode, the water trickling and two best friends in love.

Take a walk in the tree and smell the wild air. Nature's ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe.”