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…

Rooftop Bridal Portraits: Lady Christina

Word on the street is that the trend has shifted back in favor of the bridal session…and I couldn’t be happier about it.  A typical bridal portrait session will occur a few weeks before the actual wedding and will only be attended by the bride, the photographer, and possibly a few close girlfriends or family of…

Astrid and her grown-ups.

When your cheeks are as scrumptious as Astrid’s are, there’s really no need for a hot pink tutu or adorable baby tennis shoes.  That said, she worked both looks like a pro, getting perpetual giggles and coos from her parents and grandparents like it was the first time they’d ever laid eyes on her.  This was our…

U-City Family Cuties!!!

These photos are the result of a charity auction item I donated to my favorite school, Grand Center Arts Academy.  A wonderful lady won the auction so she could have portraits made of her grand-niece and grand-nephew for their parents….and, at the last minute, she threw (not literally) her grandson and daughter in the mix,…

Nice Day for a large family portrait session. NOT!

One of the things I actually like about most midwesterners (myself included, not to toot my own horn) is our ability to adapt to the crazy weather.  The day we had this shoot for nineteen family members scheduled was one of those freaky weather days where it was cold, then warm, then raining, then windy,…

The "Magic" Hour: Making Photographers look good for decades.

As the sun was setting on a recent wedding (see Michelle & Greg’s wedding a few posts back,) this really nice couple asked me to snag a few portraits of them in the magical light of the setting sun.  Of course, I was happy to oblige.  I’m always pleased as punch to rock a mini-portrait session, even…

Patricia & David: Soon-to-be Doctors AND Married People

This great couple, Patricia and David, have added wedding planning to their already full plates as Medical students here in STLMO…and we had a fun time taking some engagement photos last Saturday morning on the streets of their CWE neighborhood and in nearby Forest Park.  These two are as cute as they can be and I…

Missy and Bill: Hitched!

As a photographer who shoots a lot of weddings in the Fall, it’s always a relief to wake up on a day like Bill and Missy’s wedding day…it was the beginning of a much-needed break in the last hot days of Summer.  The sun was warm, but the breeze was nice and cool.  The whole thing…

Engagements!

Here at JDP, engagement portraits come with the fancier of the wedding packages. They are a great way to get to know each other (well, the couples usually know each other already…) and for me to get a feel for my clients’ relationship to the camera before the big day.  Last Sunday was literally picture…

Fun with Dogs and People

I love people.  I love dogs.  But I don’t always “get” dog people.  You know the ones…they put sweaters on their dogs and over medicate them for diseases that really only apply to humans.  They paint their toenails and hover over them in the yard, for fear they might eat (or roll in) something dead…

Edith

L’Ecole Culinaire’s cutest new graduate is Edith Johnson…a delightful young lady from Sitka, Alaska who ended up land-locked in Missouri after a series of unlikely events.  In response to encouragement from her faculty to audition for the Food Network’s latest show, she hired me to come out to the kitchens and photograph her in her…