Family Session // St. Louis Family Photographer

I love all the memories these pictures hold for the McGowan family. They were taken right before their house was put on the market. Such a time of mixed emotions. You’re thrilled to begin a new chapter in your life, but you’re also grieving the end of another. They made so many memories in this house. 

It’s the place where they began to build a life together after their honeymoon. It’s not just a house, it’s the doors they walked through with their newborn baby in-hand. It’s where they learned the ins and outs of becoming a homeowner, a spouse and a parent.  

But they’re not losing a single one of these memories simply because they’re changing addresses. Those sweet moments of life will continue to be with them and it was my honor to help capture a passing glimpse. Houses will come and go, but a home lasts forever.

Katie is by far the best family photographer I’ve ever come across! Both times we worked with her, she was so kind, patient, and just went with the flow. As a mom of a 3-year-old & a 6-month-old, I so appreciate that. I will always treasure our beautiful photos & look forward to working with her again!
— Blake

Fresh 48 // St. Louis Newborn Photographer

I had the honor of taking pictures for a dear friend’s “Fresh 48 Hospital Session.”  My biggest challenge with newborns has always been to not let those little toes and fingers distract me. Oh...and that little newborn baby smell — it’s just too much!

When we decided to do a hospital session with our newly formed family of four we knew that Katie would be the perfect photographer. She came to the hospital the day after Frankie was born and captured some beautiful images and memories. Labor and delivery can be such a blur and while you try to remember every detail, things happen quickly and little moments occur while you’re not even looking. Katie’s photographs have now forever captured our first moments with Frankie and welcoming her into our family.

Fresh 48 // St. Louis Newborn Photographer

A wonderful, special someone arrived a few days before Christmas.  No, it wasn’t a jolly old man in a red suit, it was a 7 pound and 15 ounce bundle of  joy. The birth of Rosemary Bernice was an answer to a LOT of prayers. That’s why I don’t hesitate to call her, “a little miracle.”

When I arrived, we did pictures with baby, mom and dad. Madeline was glowing and Sean was being a good sport letting me take pictures of him :)  After that, the real moment of truth arrived, meeting big sister. What a treat to be a part of it all, witnessing the Kirkland’s become a family of four.

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!

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.”

Meckley Adoption

After 736 days of loving and caring for Liam, the Meckley's legally became a family of five!  I loved watching Liam charm everyone who crossed his path that day.  After all, how can you deny those big brown eyes? 

Congratulations Meckley Family! I know how long and hard the adoption journey has been. It's such a beautiful picture of God's love for us.  Thank you for having me -- it was truly an honor and inspiration. 

"The adoption took time, the love arrived instantly." 

Witte Family

When I do family sessions, I try to create more than a Christmas card.  I photograph the details that make up a family.  How dad holds his little girl's hand, brother sneaking up and tickling her, and how she melts into her mom while being held.  It's the little details that matter the most, that make a family.  These moments are the ones to remember. 

"We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."