Ashleigh and Eli’s wedding took place in the Faith Lutheran Church in Jefferson City, MO. The reception that followed was at Wasserlauf Valley in Russellville, MO. I’ve photographed a handful of weddings and receptions there, and I gotta say, their outdoor pavilion is perfect for large crowds.
Becoming a parent for the first time is one of the most life changing events that one can experience. Knowing that you’ve helped to create a life is flat out incredible. Watching the seemingly daily changes in your little one makes you step back and appreciate just how innocent and sweet these moments are.
I shared a picture of George smiling at his daughter on Instagram a little while back, but the feeling about that picture has still not changed for me. As I mentioned in my post, there is a certain pride and love that can be seen in the way he looks at her. Having kids of my own, I understand what this feels like. There are a mix of emotions that come to the surface, which some may not know unless they’ve experienced it themselves. I know that there is a certain level of fear that comes from being a new dad, but it’s mostly overshadowed by the intense joy and excitement that comes from watching your baby experiencing so much that life has to offer.
I’m incredibly grateful for this new family allowing me to capture this brief moment in their lives. There will also be more firsts for them, but I hope these family portraits are something they will look back on years from now that takes them back to such an exciting time!
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I’ve known Bill and Stephanie for almost a decade now and one of the most memorable times we’ve had together was their wedding Les Bourgeois Winery in Rocheport, MO. This was memorable partially because they got married on my 30th birthday, partially because they asked me to photograph their wedding, and the also because they later asked me to be in their wedding!
So how does being in a wedding and photographing it work? Well, it works by giving your then-fiance a basic crash course in photography, handing off another camera to a friend and then hoping for the best while you’re preoccupied. Fortunately, it all worked out in the end! The photos above are special, as this was a small wedding with close friends and family.
As an added bonus, there are actually a few photos that I was in (rare) and photos where I actually pretended to dance (even more rare)!
Next up on the blog, we have Mariel. Mariel was a Helias senior here in Jefferson City who was the first senior for me from the Class of 2015! We started with doing yearbook photos at the studio, which is typical for most Helias seniors and then headed straight outdoors. Mariel wanted to mix up her locations a bit so we started at the conservation department, then headed over to Runge, and finished up with some fun night photos downtown. Mariel also brought along one of her close friends who she pulled in the picture at the very end for a few fun shots! Mariel, thank you so much for letting me photograph you for your senior portraits – you were wonderful to work with and so open for trying new ideas!