Kirsten Paige Bridal | Styled Shoot

Styled shoots can tend to get a bad rap from a lot of photographers. The argument is that they represent an unrealistic version of perfection. And I mean....I get it. Take a look at literally anything wedding-related on Pinterest or any given wedding blog and all you see are perfect images. This can contribute to setting up couples for unrealistic expectations of what their wedding day should look or be like. When really, there is actually no right or wrong way to throw a wedding, and it shouldn't have to fit into any kind of mold. That being said, I personally do think that styled shoots have merit. Not because I think it's cool or okay to perpetuate the idea of perfection on a wedding day. Rather, I think they are great because they allow everyone involved to think outside of the box, get creative, try out new ideas or looks, and make connections with one another. All of these things end up being beneficial to the vendors involved AND the clients they work with in the "real world."

When Kirsten reached out about her vision for this shoot, we were instantly on board. She makes gorgeous, flowy wedding gowns and really wanted to show off the movement of her dresses. She paired this idea with an aerial themed shoot, and man....everything just came together so well. The other talented vendors involved came up with some really unique looks to complete her vision. What I love most about this shoot is that it's a bit different than what you usually see out there.

Before scrolling to see the images, be sure to check out everyone who contributed to this shoot, these folks are among St. Louis's best!

Dress // Kirsten Paige Bridal

Hair + Makeup // Eye Do STL

Videography // Juniper

Florals // Roses + Mint

Tablescape + Styling // Style Altar'd

Linens // An Affair To Remember

Tie // Lonesome Traveler

Invitations + Calligraphy // On Three Designs

Cake // Kaked By Katie

Jewelry // Lily Dawson

Kevin + Ethan | Industrial St. Louis Couple's Session

Over the weekend we attended the LooksLikeFilm Missouri meetup. Our wonderful organizer + friend Jacob Loafman snagged the most adorable couple for the shooting portion of the day (we'll have another blogpost on our lovely female model Jasmine very soon!).

Kevin and Ethan have been a couple for 4 years and have never modeled or had professional photos together. To say they were amazing in front of the lens would be an understatement. They were down with allllll of our weird ideas. They weren't afraid to snuggle and get close. And their chemistry and love for one another was so much fun to capture.

Thanks for being awesome, Kevin and Ethan! 

Scroll on to see some of our shots of these two :)

Matthew + Abby | Tower Grove Engagement Session

Sometimes you get really lucky with January engagement sessions and end up with a day that is sunny and in the mid-50's. Awesome weather combined with a totally adorable and in-love couple made this session so much fun. Matthew and Abby are photographers themselves (you can see their lovely work here) and one of my favorite things about shooting other photographers is that they just kinda GET your vision when you see a building (or a puddle, ha) that you want to use for a shot.

Matthew and Abby chose Tower Grove Park and The Grove for their session. These are two of my favorite locations and I'm super familiar with both, but this time I explored a little more and found some new (to me) and interesting areas for shooting. Luckily, they were down with all my ideas, even when they sounded weird ;) I absolutely loved working with and getting to know these two! 

Keep scrolling to see some highlights!



Springfield Aquarium | Winter 2018

Recently some friends of ours visited the aquarium in Springfield, MO and raved about how awesome it was. Since our 5-year-old is an avid lover of all things sea life related, we decided we had to check it out for ourselves! We had a free weekend, and the weather was supposed to be super awesome, so we booked a one night stay at an Airbnb and made the 3 hour drive on Saturday morning.

We were pretty blown away by this place! The aquarium was huge and had all these different levels and so much to see. We also got tickets for the museum side, which featured a ton of taxidermy - which sounds so weird but was actually totally awesome. We found ourselves completely loving photographing the (dead) animals, ha!

After 3.5 hours of exploring everything, we hit Lost Signal for some awesome beer and food and then had a Wii Bowling tournament back at our Airbnb. On the drive home we made a couple of stops too. We had to check out the World's Largest Gift Shop, and also stopped at the hilarious roadside attraction of Uranus, MO ;)

It was a super fun weekend, and we took lots of photos. Here are some faves! Oh, also - all edited with the new Moth presets from Jacob Loafman (you can check them out here)!

Libby + Vikas | Downtown St. Louis Multicultural Wedding

From my very first meeting with Libby and Vikas, I knew that their wedding was going to be amazing. It was our last wedding of 2017 and I looked forward to it all year! It did not disappoint. 2 ceremonies, tons of friends + was a day filled with color, life, texture, tradition, symbolism, love, and dancing. Lots of dancing ;) OH and maybe one of the most amazing things I've seen at a wedding yet: Vikas's entrance via a Delorean ( awesome).

There were many moving parts to this day, and everything was expertly coordinated by the lovely Grace of Saving Grace Occasions, who is not only an amazing wedding coordinator, but also a trusted friend of Libby's family. The staff at Lumen also did an incredible job of transforming their space from a ceremony venue, then to a cocktail bar, and then to a reception/dance party. It took a lot of hard work, but paid off as it was very evident to us that everyone in attendance had a great time! 

Libby and Vikas's wedding was a wonderful celebration of love and family, and we were so thrilled to be there to document it. Take a moment to check out their wonderful vendors and then scroll on to see some (okay, a LOT of) highlights from their big day!

Wedding Coordination: Saving Grace Occasions

Hair: Jessica Erhard of Chopshop

Makeup: Anne Hudson

Wedding + Reception venue: Lumen

Florist: Snapdragon Studio

Videography: Tower Studios

Ben + Ranana | St. Charles Winter Engagement Session

Everyone hates winter, amiright? Especially after the holidays when there's nothing really to "look forward to" and everyone is just over the cold. Well, everyone except for me. I used to be an avid hater of winter myself, but honestly I now love it. was it insanely cold/windy/uncomfortable when we shot these images? Yes. BUT, there are a couple of upsides that make winter sessions so worth it!

1. The possibility of a little snow! There were some unexpected light flurries when I was hanging with Ben and Ranana, and it made me sort of giddy.

2.) Muted colors! No harsh or neon summer greens casting weird colors all over everything. Everything feels so neutral and soft and I love it.

3.) Less people out, which in my opinion, is always a good thing ;)

Ben and Ranana were absolutely SUCH a treat to photograph. These two really know how to make each other laugh and I love that their fun-loving personalities really shine through in their engagement photos. We are so pumped for their wedding this fall!!

Keep scrolling to see some favorites from their session - I guarantee they will make you smile!



2017 Wrap-Up | Weddings

Okay so....I tried. I tried to narrow this post down to a suitable amount of images but let me just say it was SO HARD. We shot 22 weddings in 2017, and averaged somewhere around 700 edited images (give or take a couple hundred) per wedding, so we're talking about 15,000+ images to sort through. A bit overwhelming, but I did love going through all of the images and reliving so many wonderful moments! We want to say a HUGE thank you to all of our couples that not only trusted us to document their weddings, but treated us like family. 2017 was awesome and we are also looking forward to all of the amazing weddings we have coming up this year!

I probably missed some, but scroll on to see some of our favorite frames from 2017 (in no particular order).

Happy 2018, everyone!

xo - Katie

2017 Wrap-Up | Couples

As 2017 comes to a close, we love to use this time to reflect on not only the work we produced but also the wonderful people we have met and worked with. This year was definitely our busiest yet and not everything made it to the blog, so we've decided to do a series of blog posts with some of our favorite images of 2017. Just last week we photographed our final couple's session of the year, so I thought it would be best to start here!

I can honestly say that working with every single one of these couples was an absolute treat. Thank you all for being so willing to get a little close, get a little goofy, and really be yourselves in front of the camera ;) We are looking forward to photographing many of these couples' weddings in 2018! 



Mike + Jaimie | Intimate Alton, IL Wedding

A lot of photographers don't like photographing a friend's wedding. Well - I might be in the rare minority that actually loves it. I've known Jaimie for about 4 years now. She and I shared a studio space with Jacob Loafman, so it only made sense that he and I document Jaimie and Mike's wedding day. Let me just say - this day didn't feel like "work" at all. We drank mimosas together and laughed together and rode in a limo together and made awesome photos together and acted like idiots on the dancefloor together (below you'll see what happens when you let a bunch of wedding photographers loose at a reception, ha!). It was SUCH a good day. Jaimie and Mike chose to keep things simple by getting ready together at home, foregoing a wedding party, and having a tiny ceremony with their parents as witnesses. The day ended with a taco bar and a dance party at Old Bakery Brewery in downtown Alton. Everything felt intimate and stress-free and special.

Jaimie and Mike - thank you so much for including me in your wedding. Love you both so much! 



Baby Gwendolyn | Hospital Newborn Session

My lovely friends welcomed their second daughter into the world this week. The day after she was born, I headed up to the hospital to visit and take some photographs, but this isn't your typical "fresh 48" session.

If I'm being honest, photographing newborns isn't very high up on the list of things I excel at. In the past I've tried a range of newborn sessions, from highly posed with props and backdrops, to just slightly posed in the hospital or home environment. What I have found is that I work much better with a completely unposed newborn session. Posing newborns takes time, practice, talent, and level of patience that I truly just don't possess. Documenting comes much more naturally to me.

This is my third time photographing an older sibling meeting their baby sibling for the first time in the hospital, and every time it's so amazing. I think it's just as important to document the older sibling(s) as it is to document the new baby, because the family and world that they are used to has now turned upside down. There's such a range of emotions - joy, excitement, uncertainty, and maybe even a little bit of fear or worry (especially when that baby starts crying ;)). I find these moments to be tender, bittersweet, and honest. And in my book, nothing beats documenting real emotions and real life. 

I'm so happy for my friends and thankful for a successful delivery and a healthy baby. Can't wait to see what kind of person this sweet little human becomes.



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