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December 22, 2014

This Christmas, one of my “gifts” to my husband, Griffin, was to show off some of his AMAZING work to everyone! It can be hard for me to put into words what he means to our family, but his dedication to making our house beautiful is just one of the many reasons why I love him. Starting back before Elliott was born, he started working on the basement bathroom. He hired someone to finish the plumbing, but everything else was done with his own two hands. We chose to paint the room Sherwin Williams “Softened Green”, which I think makes it feel very spa-like. The tile is just gorgeous, and I’m in love with our rustic-looking wood-tile floors. I think my favorite part of the bathroom is the oval-shaped mirror over the vanity back-splash.

The best view in the bathroom is from the jacuzzi tub. I’ve spent a few nights here with a glass of wine catching up on Project Runway :)

Next comes Griffin’s favorite room in the house. While he worked hard on the bathroom, he really put his heart into the bar. He is, after all, a craft-beer aficionado. We carried the wood tile from the bathroom out into the bar. Griff took the pre-finished cabinets from Home Depot and customized them. He’d been saving a slab of butcher block for years, hoping to find the right place for it. It looks perfect as the bar-top. The Schlafly bottle cap backsplash is a nod to his favorite local brewery. We look forward to spending many nights entertaining friends in our very own basement pub :)

Merry Christmas! Let us know if you ever want to come have a drink :)

May 20, 2012

This may be the fastest I’ve ever blogged something! Yesterday I hosted a baby shower, which was probably a crazy thing for me to do, because I tend to over-think the details (brings me back to when I planned my wedding-Griff swore to me he would NEVER step foot into Hobby Lobby ever, EVER again. Mary (mama to baby Kaitlyn who I just blogged about last week, was my partner in crime, and special thanks to Faith for fixin’ up our champagne bar, and Robin’s family for help with setting/cleaning up!  I think mom-to-be Robin enjoyed herself, and we can’t wait to meet her baby boy in just about a month!!

Here are some of the details from the shower!

December 23, 2011
December 23rd, 2011–
I hope my family, friends, and clients all have a beautiful holiday :) This was our Christmas card this year!

I will be “out of the office” from now until January 2nd. I will be checking email here and there. Happy Holidays!
January 21, 2011
Hi everyone! My apologies for the boring blog lately. I think I may have mentioned this before, but I have REALLY been taking advantage of winter off-season—meaning I haven’t done ANYTHING!
I’m starting to feel the itch to get shooting again, which is good, because this weekend is my first ever Boudoir Marathon, which I’m hosting with my friend Megan from Megan Thiele Studios! Hopefully some of the girls will be brave enough to let us show them off on our blogs..but until then, I thought I should at least put up something for you to read :)
When I was first starting out, I used to look at blog after blog after blog, wondering about shooting techniques and what lenses my favorite photographers used. Over the last few years I’ve slowly built up quite an arsenal of equipment, and thought it could be interesting to some people to see what I shoot with and why!
First off, my trusty Shootsac (with custom cover designed by Megan). I think after my little Canon Rebel and cheap-o 50 1.8 lens, this was my first purchase. I never go to a shoot without it. I typically keep 3 lenses + memory cards + water bottle + cell phone in here.

This is the 50mm 1.2 lens. Many folks use this lens as their go-to portrait lens. Some of my shooter friends keep this lens on most of the day. I prefer it for bridal portraits/close-ups, some shots of a bride and groom, and I will also use it for a processional in a really dark church, when I know my 70-200 can’t get the job done. It’s a beautiful lens. (PS…I started out with the 50 1.8, upgraded to the 50 1.4, and eventually had to get my hands on this one)
Next up is the 35 1.4 lens. I keep this lens on my camera for most of my family sessions, and it also stays on my camera for a big majority of a wedding day. It’s a great story telling lens, as you can get a wider look at a scene than you can with the 50 1.2. I use it for getting ready shots, family formals, bridal party portraits, and pretty much all of the dancing portion of a reception. It can also be a great portrait lens. ( I upgraded to this lens after using the 28mm 1.8, which is also a nice wide-angle lens)
The 70-200 2.8 IS was the very first “L” series lens that I ever purchased. It was EXPENSIVE but I knew I had to have it if I wanted experienced wedding photographers to let me come along and 2nd shoot with them! I use this lens for the majority of a wedding ceremony, so that I can stay back and out of sight. It works for most processional/recessional situations, and is a necessity to get close up if you are stuck in a church balcony. I also like using this lens during first dances at a reception, to get those up-close, intimate shots. It can take gorgeous outdoor portraits, but I often leave it in my bag because it’s too darn heavy :)
This little guy is just a novelty lens, the 15mm fisheye. I mainly bought it for those brides that want photos at the Arch! Only in St. Louis is this a necessary lens :) In the right situations it can create some really cool images, but it can definitely be over-utilized.
My only non-Canon lens is the Sigma 50mm macro lens. When I purchased this, I wanted something mainly to take ring-shots and some up-close details…and didn’t want to shell out 600+ for the former Canon 100mm Macro (ps the canon one is like $1000 now). This little guy has gotten the job done for me for the last few years…I love my ring shots!
And it is my pleasure to introduce to you the 24mm 1.4. I have been lusting after this lens for a while. While I love my 35, there are many situations where it is just not wide enough for me (for example, if a bride is getting married in a teeny-tiny room and I can’t back up far enough, or if there is a HUGE bridal party). And really, I just LOVE wide-angle lenses for story-telling on a wedding day. I can’t wait to start using it this upcoming season!
So, there you have it, all my lovely lenses. It’s probably too many, but they are so hard to give up :) If I had unlimited funds, I’d also buy the 135mm 2.0, the new Canon macro, and some sort of tilt-shift lens. Maybe some day!
November 02, 2010

Hey there everyone! I wanted to put out a general message to explain the state of my business, mostly because I’m being inundated by last-minute inquiries!

Unfortunately I have not been accepting new family/child clients for 2010 for the last few months. This is for a couple of reasons. The biggest reason is that I accepted too many weddings! I just shot wedding 18/20 this past weekend. Each year as my business has grown, I have shot more and more weddings…this year I thought a good cap would be 20…well…while still working a full-time job, 20 ended up being a LOT! I spend many a night locked away in my basement office in front of my imac, listening to my Queen station on Pandora. While I am locked away, my husband does laundry, cooks meals, and lives life virtually wife-less. It’s kind of sad, and the way I have tried to remedy it was to stop taking on new clients. It’s not that I don’t WANT the business, because I do! I am so grateful to every client that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting over the last 3 years. I have just simply had to learn to say “no”. For many photographers, it’s a hard word to learn and say!

Which brings me to mini-sessions. Nope, I won’t be doing them this year. The thought was extremely tempting, especially b/c I need money to buy the 24mm 1.4 lens that I’ve been talking about for a YEAR…but again I had to stop myself and remember that I want a life, I want to be a wife, I can’t afford to give up another weekend and spend countless nights stressed out trying to get my lovely clients their Christmas cards on time! I’m sorry if you used me in the past and expected me to do them again this year…I just physically can’t!

As for 2011, I currently have 14 weddings booked. I will probably accept 2 or 3 more, and that will be it! I have been turning down October 2011 weddings (at this point I’ve received probably 12-15 inquiries for those dates) because we’ve decided it’s time to try to work on having a family (GASP….how scary!)

If you are interested in having family photos done in 2011, please contact me in January or February for Spring Sessions. I currently only have 1 wedding in March, and 1 wedding in April, so these will be perfect months for family sessions!

Anyway, thanks for listening to me ramble! I am so appreciative for the business each of you have given me over the last few years!