On this edition of Friday Favorites, I’ve got a super-smiley newborn, a couple of darling brothers, an adorable engaged couple, and Easter Mini Sessions! Let’s get to it, shall we?
First up, a Signature Newborn Session:
This sweat pea was the smiliest baby ever!
See what I mean? Smiles for days!
I loved her hair. So amazing.
Mom and dad are as cute as can be!
Momma, you are simply glowing! So pretty:
I loved her cute little nursery:
Alright, next up is a darling little 4-month old who absolutely did not want to have his photo taken. This is not a full, regular baby session—we are doing a reshoot at a later time—but I shared what I got with momma and just loved some of the shots that we did manage to get:
Bet you can’t see big brother, huh?
Momma’s got her hands full with these two:
See what I mean? Angry baby! But this one made me LOL, so I gave it to momma anyway.
I did manage to catch the older one being super sweet to his little brother. There might have been candy bribes involved in this shot. I’m not ashamed.
Harrison, you little booger!
Moving right along to an adorable engaged couple. They are both veterinarians, so of course their fur-babies came along to the session too. We started with the human-folk first:
Sarah, you are gorgeous!
And then it was time to get the pups. These guys were super well-behaved and just as sweet as can be!
Best wishes to you guys on your wedding!
And rounding out this week’s favorites are the Easter Mini Sessions! Yay!!
I love this couple.
He’s in the armed forces and was stationed far, far away from his love. She’s here in Columbia (for now). I’m pretty sure she booked me for the wedding before he had officially proposed.
But the wedding was definitely on. Venues were secured. The ring had been purchased. The bride’s mom picked out the ring, under very specific instructions from the groom…and she kept it secret until it was time for the proposal.
And the bride basically knew when the proposal will take place. The groom was scheduled to be in town for a very short window of time this summer while he was home on leave. Because of that, we had just a handful of dates to work with for their engagement session.
Luckily, we had amazing weather for this July engagement session. The light downtown that afternoon was fun to work with. And they were one of the cutest, loving couples I’ve worked with.
I loved everything about this engagement session:
Seriously?? How cute are they??
You are gorgeous, Payton.
We ran across this sign downtown and I made them pose in front of a window full of people. But it was too perfect! And we were very fast.
I love me a couple that will jump on cue. Love.
We found one tree downtown—ONE. And it was pure perfection.
He and mom did a great job on the ring, right?
Okay, I guess we found two trees. Loving the downtown trees.
Hey, so we’re almost done but before we go, I’m going to lay down in the bus station driveway and you guys stand over there and look at each other adoringly, mkay? Killed it.
Wedding season is fast approaching, which means engagement sessions are in full force around here! These two lovebirds are getting married this month, which officially kicks off my 2014 wedding season.
And I couldn’t have picked a sweeter couple for the first wedding of this spring’s wedding season. From the moment I met Sarah and Glyn at their consult meeting, their love for each other was totally apparent. The random and frequent shoulder squeezes, the periodic glance-stealing, the loving kissing-of-the-forehead gestures…there is no doubt this couple is in love!
We headed out to Nifong Park in Columbia Missouri for their engagement session, which turned out to be perfect for them. The light was incredible that afternoon—even the sun thought this couple was adorable!
Here are some of my favorites from their session.
You are gorgeous, Sarah!
Her ring is beautiful! And I totally missed that it’s shaped like the Tardis box from Dr. Who. Yes, I live under a rock sometimes…I’m behind on the Netflix queue, what can I say.
This next one is one of newest favorite silhouette images. It’s lovely in black and white as well.
The next two were just for fun. Sarah and Glyn have a collection of very neat swords and knives, which they brought to incorporate into the session. So we brainstormed some things and one of the ideas I came up with was the American Gothic photo, but instead of the pitchfork, they would use their massive sword. We giggled when we finally achieved the look, and I love that they were game for my silly idea!
By the way, I know that weapon is not, in fact, an ordinary sword. It has a really cool name. But I totally cannot remember it off the top of my head right now. Feel free to correct me in the comments!
And, finally, a more tame photo of the two of them with the weapon. Pretty sure you don’t want to cross them. They have big knives.
And I really, really hope they use one to cut the wedding cake!
I always ask my engaged couples if they have any interests we can play off of at their engagement session. When this couple told me they love craft beer and the look of bar photos, I was IN!
The only problem was, we were scheduled to shoot on St. Patrick’s Day…the single most important day in any local bar’s calendar.
So, the bride made a call to a friend and secured the bar area at Old Hawthorn Country Club in Columbia Missouri, a beautiful club with a gorgeous bar. And we lucked out because they weren’t as hopping on St. Patrick’s Day! I think the rain and cold drove people away.
Here are some of my favorites in and about the club:
This lovely couple is tying the knot in November this year! They took charge of their engagement session by helping to select the perfect location, bringing props, and dressing the part.
The bride is a talented graphic designer and had a vision in mind for her save the date cards. We got several options for her vision, then relaxed and had some fun exploring downtown Columbia for the rest of their photo session.
I can’t wait to see them again at their wedding in November!
This adorable couple is getting married this August and it was only natural that we set up their engagement session near the beginning of the year. As it turns out, they live in Kansas City and have a bit of a challenging schedule this spring, so we were discussing dates in January to make it work—and our schedules just weren’t meshing.
And then the solution dawned on me…my family and I were heading up to Kansas City for a New Year’s Eve celebration with some friends…could they shoot on January 1, by chance?
They could! And then I checked the forecast.
Could this BE any more perfect?!?
I have always wanted to do a session in the snow, but Missouri’s weather doesn’t always cooperate in the snow department. We either get none (like last year) or we get ice and buckets of snow (like prior years). It makes it very difficult to plan for snow sessions.
So, we all bundled up and met up near Longview Lake and had a grand time trudging through the forest.
And these two are just as adorable as can be!
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To say I was excited about this photo shoot is an understatement.
You know that SNL excited lady skit with the girl who just heard a super cool secret but can’t keep a straight face or contain her excitement?
That was SO me this afternoon!
I was very thrilled to have been contacted on Tuesday by a guy who was about to propose to his girlfriend. He wanted to plan a covert mission to capture the moment through pictures.
Ummm, romantic much? I think I literally swooned over the idea.
The setting was gorgeous. He chose the Mizzou columns in Columbia, Missouri because of the beautiful, dramatic backdrop. Our spring-like weather this March has given way to beautiful green grass and flowering trees around the quad! The weather today was so lovely and the slight chance of rain held off for us.
Everything was simply perfect.
He and I had worked out a carefully orchestrated plan. I was to pose as a j-school photo student who was just casually taking pictures around the quad. When I got there before they arrived, I dropped a tennis ball so he knew where to stand and then I went and hung out under a tree “practicing” with my camera.
I’m pretty sure I looked like a crazy person because I kept looking around, scanning the crowd like I was stalking someone (’cause I was). After this experience, I learned that I could never be a cop who does stakeouts…I’m much too obvious about it!
It was a gorgeous day and there were a TON of students around the quad when I arrived a few minutes early. Thankfully, the crowd died down a bit when the time came and I was able to spot them right away walking towards the columns.
She asked me later how I knew it was them. Joshua had texted me photos of them ahead of time, but what really tipped me off was that they were pretty much the only couple on campus that was dressed up and not wearing backpacks. =)
As soon as I saw him break toward the mark on the grass, I knew it was on like Donkey Kong. I got into full-on j-school photography student mode and started fumbling with my camera then pretending to take a photo of the columns with Jesse Hall in the background.
I was taking photos of this instead:
I was glad I had a big camera in front of my face to hide my huge grin.
After he proposed and she said yes, a few groups around the quad started cheering and hooting and hollering. It was awesome. I figured they were friends of theirs, but it turned out to be random students. Someone even got a video (if that’s you, please contact me)!
She spotted me and I gave a big, goofy wave then came over to introduce myself.
We all got some laughs in and after a bunch of congratulations, we spent a few minutes getting some portraits of the newly engaged couple around the quad.
Ashleigh, you are stunning!
Besides being a super romantic with the proposal, he did an incredible job picking out the ring, don’t you think?
My heart is still brimming over with joy for this couple. Congratulations, Joshua & Ashleigh! Thank you for choosing me to capture your beautiful moment!
And if anyone else wants to do something like this, I am SO in! Contact me and we can work out a plan.