Wanda with Freckles

Growing up in a middle-class home in the St. Louis suburbs, one would not assume that one of my best childhood friends was a plucky octogenarian with a thick German accent who raised bunnies for stew in a hutch against the fence our yards shared. But it’s true. Wanda was a married woman with a…

That cop who died today…

Originally posted on don of all trades:
My coworker walked into my office and I told him, only half jokingly, that if one more person pissed me off this morning, I was probably going to snap. Some of the recruits had been pushing my buttons with their repeated mistakes and lack of attention to detail. I was…

I’m with Her. Period.

Twice this weekend, I’ve had men try to persuade me to “educate myself” about their candidates (i.e. Not Hillary) because, for a reason I really cannot understand, they thought my vote was still somehow up in the air.  Rest assured, Trump and Johnson fans, I’ve done all the necessary research to have a solid plan…

5 years and 10 days ago today…

That’s when I started this blog.  Five years and ten days ago.  I just looked over the collectively meager number of posts, trashed a few that were particularly “meh,” and realized that I should probably add something new since it’s been two years since I last wrote anything here.  That’s when I wrote two posts…

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…

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…

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…

My New Year’s Eve was better than yours.

At the risk of sounding like a giant cheeseball, I can honestly say I wouldn’t have wanted to spend my New Year’s Eve doing anything but documenting this lovely couple’s incredibly sweet wedding and reception at St. Margaret of Scotland Church and Point of View in St. Louis (sorry honey, it’s true…my husband isn’t a…

Bailey’s Range

          Pretty self-explanatory stuff here.  Bailey’s Range is delicious midwestern food.  Burgers.  Shakes.  Etc.  All prepared as responsibly and creatively as humanly possible.  Downtown StL at 10th and Olive.  http://www.baileysrange.com.  Yum!

An evening at the Abbey

Okay, this was no run-of-the-mill, pizza & TV kinda’ Friday night.  This was Jeff (aka Buzz) and Misty’s WEDDING!  From the lavish digs at the Westin in Downtown STL to the beautiful 9th Street Abbey in Soulard, this was a Friday night to remember.  Congrats to this lovely couple who made it incredibly easy to document their…