It’s always a privilege to get to capture the stage in life where a new baby is on the way. So much change and anticipation on the horizon. It is the most amazing journey and I loved being able to photography and go through it with these two. The day of the session they were predicting rain ALL day. It would stop and the sun would come and and then bam, it would pour rain! After a few phone calls discussing the situation, we decided to take a chance and meet. And we were so glad we did. After waiting it out another 10 min the skies opened to sunshine and they rocked out the session! The images have such a natural feel to them that I love. And I was also excited that we got some pictures in the shallow creek as water/boating is something they enjoy.
Now their little newborn is here and I’ll have to post some of his cute newborn picture sometime soon!
This sweet one year old, Caroline, is SO loved! She had family & friends from near and VERY far come together to celebrate her first year of life. And it all took place in beautiful Lafayette Square Park in St. Louis. Caroline’s mom thought of all the details, wonderful food, decorations and check out the beautiful cake below! The ruffle icing was SO gorg. It’s the prettiest “smash” cake for a one year old birthday that I’ve seen. Thank you all for letting me capture the birthday party and your lovely family!
This was one of those days where we just weren’t sure the rain was going to break for us to shoot. Really it’s felt like the entire spring/summer has been this way. Luckily I have families who are very flexible and great to work with. And the weather gave us a break at just the right time to capture these great images!! These kiddos were SO good. There was lots of laughter and for as young as this sweet little girl is she didn’t even make me work for her grins, no kidding! I don’t know that I’ve ever had anyone her age sit right down in front of the camera ready to play, smile and have fun. Loved this family!! They just moved here from Utah and I think they are a fantastic addition to St. Charles.
I knew as soon as I took this image I was going to love it. In fact I think I said out load, “is it strange that I think I’m going to want to put this BIG in my office?!” There is something so beautiful and timeless about a simple maternity image that capture the love of first time, expectant parents. To me it is a peaceful calm before the storm. . . . .the wonderful storm of parenthood that is! I cannot wait to meet the new little baby boy who will be here before we know it.
Meet Missouri’s own top 12 finalist for the National American Miss pageant! It was so fun for me to capture some portraits for her upcoming competition in July. I can’t wait to see how she does because I will NOT be the least bit surprised if she wins the whole thing! You will see from the few images I posted of her outdoor photo session that she is a stunner BUT she has the sweetest, most radiant personality to match her outside beauty. I wish I were a judge because she’d have my vote!
Her mom had picked out the cutest outfit. It was classy, but “girly” and feminine . . . I felt like I was photographing a beautiful fairy in the woods.
Rain, Rain, Rain . . . hasn’t that been the story of our spring in St. Louis this year?! That was the case the day of Tom & Jayme’s wedding but you will not see anything “gloomy” about their wedding day. No disappointment, no tears . . . they had the best attitude and that was to focus on what was important, becoming man & wife! I was seriously impressed with how calm Jayme was – she showed absolutely NO signs of stress. Even after the decision had to be made to move her outdoor garden wedding to the indoors. And do you know what? It all worked out perfect. The ceremony was intimate and cozy, set around the fireside at Overlook Farms.
The details of the wedding were simple, but classy. I loved this quote they used to inspire all the details.
“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”
The wedding program was a map of all the places Tom & Jayme had journeyed together and the guests were guided to their reception seating by following the map. Once seated the table names represented places they had been. Rustic drift wood and natural decor was used to decorate though out.
Overlook Farms is one of the most amazing place for a wedding. I could shoot there every weekend! Set right on top a hill and just outside of St. Louis, the views are breathtaking. There are unique, quaint little inns all around the property. And the property itself is amazing. And lucky for us we got a few breaks from the drizzle to get outside and capture some amazing wedding portraits at the farm! Thank you for letting me be a part of your day!
Check out beautiful Jayme and her Tom. . . .
I had SO much fun photographing these brothers. They had the sweetest personalities. I knew it was going to be a great time when I arrived and the oldest asked me to refer to him as “captain america.” That tells me the child is already relaxed and ready to play! And when little boys are ready to play and you put them in the perfect outdoor setting it all comes together. Photographing the spirit of childhood is my favorite thing to do and this outdoor session was just that, boys being boys!
It also gets me excited when Mom likes fashion and when this mama found out that I’d help her put outfits together, she showed up with her front seat full of J.Crew and said, “here, just tell me what to put on them.” MY DREAM!!
I’m excited about a photography product change that I’ve made starting for the 2013 calendar year. I’ve always offered a digital collection for those clients who want to have a copy of their images to keep on their own computers digitally. Up to this point, if you purchase the digital collection, the images of the session were delivered on a custom CD disk. Well, that has changed. I have done away with CD’s and now have custom Melanie Acker photography flash drives. (and on a side note, I think they are pretty cute)
I have quite a few good reasons for making this change, such as easier delivery, less packaging (and waste), quicker processing for me because I can just drag & drop images without having to wait to burn everything. And while all of those reasons are very good, it was not the primary reason for the switch. Bottom line is technology. Plain and simple, keeping up with technology is important. That’s why I invest in the best camera & processing equipment for my business and I know the latest technology is important to my clients too. Many laptops do not even offer disc drives - specifically Apple. This factor alone was enough to make me realize that it was time for a change!
So from now on, all clients that purchase the digital collection for their photography session, regardless if it is a wedding, high school senior session, or family session will receive those images on a flash drive. HERE is more information on what is included in the digital package and the investment.
Enjoy! . . . . and I just can’t resist saying, “LET’S GO CARDS” when it’s opening day.
I have one more of my fav fall sessions I realized I forgot to blog and it will probably go up next week but before I do that I can’t believe I never showed the fall photographs of my babies! Well, you can see they really aren’t babies anymore but it’s hard not to think of them that way. They truly are needing me less and less these days and I can’t even wrap my head around the fact that after this summer they will both be in school all day. On a side note, I should mention that if you are looking for the BEST private school around, check out Willott Road Christian Academy! They have classes from age 3 up until grade 8. The teachers are amazing and my kiddos are becoming such wonderful “little people” under their academic direction. They are accepting enrollment now for the 2013-2014 year so stop by and take a tour today!
I’m getting excited about my spring session line up! Please don’t wait until the last minute to call if you are looking to set up a high school senior, engagment, or children’s session. Now is the time to call or email me – firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m SO ready for the weather to warm up and everything to “green up” so outdoor sessions can start again, common spring!
We were so lucky to have one of those random 65 degree days here in St. Louis, right before fall ended . . . . and that just happened to be the day this outdoor engagement session was scheduled. Although it’s ok if it’s a little chilly for an engagement session because then you just have to snuggle a little more. Let’s be honest, no one really minds that! I also found this unique, quiet, rustic location for us to photograph at . . that was also perfect! It was just outside of busy streets and neighborhoods and gave us just the privacy we needed to capture these authentic images.
This session was under tight raps because the images were given as surprise gifts to family for Christmas. That meant no previews! Wasn’t that a great idea?! And from what I hear it was worth it and everyone loved them. And now time for them to be able to see a few more. Kevin & Nancy I cannot wait to capture your wedding day soon! It will be here before we know it!
I find myself smiling from ear to ear just getting these images ready to blog. This family was exploding with love, really! Take a look at the image of mom & dad together . . . it looks like an engagement session image because they are that in love, STILL. Dad had been traveling all week and had just got home right before our session and little connor could not get enough hugs from Dad. I have always said that photography is a little like make up. (where am I going with this, right?) Well, make up cannot make some beautiful. It can only enhance the beauty that already exists. It’s the same with photography. I cannot create emotion and love through my camera if it’s not already there. But let me tell you that when it’s there it’s undeniable in images. And that is what you will feel as you look through this sweet family’s photographs.
On a side note, Sheri is SO super kind. She took the time after getting her order to email me this note:
Just wanted to let you know how happy my husband and I are with everything – we love it all! Also, thank you for the extra little gifts! Hope you have a wonderful holiday. We’ll be in touch in the future.
I hope you don’t mind me sharing that, Sheri. But truly there is nothing more satisfying than a happy client who appreciates my work and lets me know!
Up next I’ll be blogging a cute engagement session so check back!
There’s a soft spot in my heart for photographing sisters of any age. I have a sister and so when I see precious little girls I just get excited for them because I know in 15 or 20 years from now what a special relationship they will have. A sister bond is just unbreakable! (after you get past the teenage years of course) I’ve also been photographing this family since the oldest girl was about three months old! So it’s always fun to see them grow. Not to mention that their mom always has the cutest outfits for them to wear. I just love this little Matilda Jane dress and lace socks. So cute and vintage looking.
I’ve been off this blog for awhile. It’s pretty predictable . . . .the fall photo rush comes, then Christmas and well, I just don’t have the time to post until after the new year! It becomes more important to get galleries finished, and orders delivered. I’m excited to share some of my favorite photo sessions from the fall on here and I cannot wait for all that 2013 will hold. And I cannot wait until it get warmer so I can get outside to shoot again, ha.
First up is the beautiful, Arielle. She is a high school senior at Mary Institute and Saint Louis County Day School (MICDS) in St. Louis. I’m just going to start by warning you that it’s impossible NOT to have “hair envy” after seeing her images. She has the most perfect red hair that I have ever seen. . . .really, it’s STUNNING! But what I love is that even the short amount of time I got to spend with Arielle it’s evident that she is beautiful on the inside. So kind and smart! This gal’s going places, no doubt.
On a side note, Arielle had Meghan, from Cheeky Chic, work with her to help with styling. Don’t forget that is a service exclusive to Melanie Acker photography clients. She does an awesome job! When you look & feel your best, that confidence shines in front of the camera!
Enjoy viewing this high school senior’s photographs and check back to see some more of my favorite sessions from 2102 up in the coming weeks!
This outdoor sibbling session completely makes me want to do back-flips! Why, you ask? Because I “get” how hard it is to capture a shot of a 19mo old and a 3 year old together. My children are 17mo apart and I remember those ages well. Sitting in one place for longer than a second just generally doesn’t happen.
These are just a few of my favorites. Leigh Ann, I hope you will love them as much as I do. I’m pretty sure we got your Christmas cards taken care of, ha! Now YOU can go do the back-flips. Can’t wait to show you the rest.