The Big Picture Project

I have BIG news!! I am very excited to announce that I have teamed up with the charity organization The Big Picture Project in an effort to provide lifeline needs for a poverty-stricken community in Nicaragua. The Big Picture Project is an amazing non-profit organization whose mission is “to provide individuals living in impoverished conditions the…

AIR: Part Two

I got the call that Julie had passed away in the late afternoon.  My daughter and I were packing to go on a quick trip to Kansas City and I remember feeling like someone had punched me in the gut when I thought about Julie being gone so soon.  Of course, it wasn’t soon at…

AIR: Part One

On January 30th, 2014, a woman walked into my photography studio carrying a tote bag full of oxygen tanks and jewelry. She smiled at me from under the hose that disappeared into her nostrils and I fell for her instantly. A few months prior to the day Julie VonderHaar came to my studio for a…

On REAL photojournalism and why I would be terrible at it.

A lot of wedding and portrait photographers, myself included, use the term “photojournalistic” as a style descriptor when explaining our approach to documenting wedding events or other non-newsy assignments.  In reality, I think “documentary” would be a better word to describe my style, but that makes people think of moving pictures (a la PBS) and…

My best wedding yet.

My daughter, Sylvie (5,) has watched over my shoulder as I edit my clients’ wedding photos her entire life.  One day, she decided she wanted to have her own wedding, in her room, between two of her favorite stuffed dogs.  She came to me very seriously and asked if I would be willing to shoot…

The B-Sides

I’d like to show some of the photographs that are my favorites, not necessarily my clients’, from recent sessions.  I guess we’ll call them the “B-Sides” of my portfolios.  I’ll start with this one, taken a few weeks ago, of a mother and newborn child. 

Second Shooting: Totally fun.

Last month, I tried something new.  I took the opportunity to second shoot for two wonderful photographers here in the STL, Sarah Corbett of Soulscapes Photography and Keith Lee of Keith Lee Studios.  On my clients’ weddings, I’ve used second shooters (that’s a second photographer at a wedding, for those of you who may still be thinking I’m…

Katie & Deven are Engaged

On a beautiful evening in Forest Park, two recently engaged people, a lady with a camera, and a helpful assistant met up to create these engagement portraits.  Enjoy!

Sloane, Hartman, & their parents

In a chat with an old friend this afternoon, I found myself answering a common question that comes up when chatting with old friends…”So how is business?”  This was my reply, copied and pasted from our chat:  “busy enough now. tax season was a bit rough… i’m a softy…it really makes me happy when i…

Emma & Cade

Last February, I was invited out to the home of little Emma to photograph her for her first birthday.  This year, I was invited to come back out and photograph her at age two….plus her new baby brother, Cade, who just hit the three-month mark.  What a pleasure.  These two are as sweet and cute…