#RelevantThursday Recap

I’ll confess, I’m kind of a Twitter addict. All of that information in tiny, bite-size pieces, coming right to my phone wherever I’m at? I’m probably more plugged-in than I should be, but oh well. Last year I realized that I was using my @RiverCityImages Twitter account for pretty much anything, personal and business. In a weak attempt to try to even things out, I decided to dedicate Thursdays to relevant information from the imaging world. I was always reading information about new gear, techniques and just interesting news from the photography industry, so why not share it with my millions (ok, maybe not millions) of followers? A good many of them are photographers, videographers, designers and artists. Surly something that I post may be of interest to them, right? From the clicks that I get on the links I provide every Thursday, I’d say so!

This week I am going to try something new. Sure, there is a #RelevantThursday hashtag for searching everything that I post on Twitter, but I thought a weekly recap of the information here on the blog would also allow me to share my thoughts and opinions about the articles that I post.

So here we go. The first ever #RelevantThursday recap!

8:00am – The 2014 National Geographic Photography Contest is happening, but the deadline is quickly approaching. For all you NatGeo would-be superstars, head over to The Atlantic to see some of the images in the running this year, as well as a link to the information for submitting your work. Stunning photography, as usual.

9:00am – So it turns out that Britain has an American Air Museum. Who knew? They are looking for assistance to identify some of the Americans in these photos. Why don’t you take the jump, spread the word, and see if you can help out?

10:00am – More photos from The Atlantic. This time of the eruption of Japan’s Mount Ontake. Can you imagine being one of those climbers? Nope.

11:00am – The good folks over at Imaging Resource give us this interview with Jeremy Grey about the art of capturing an aurora. It’s pretty cool so check it out!

12:00pm – Boston Dot Com gives us a look into the Hong Kong protests. As always, photojournalists have my awe and admiration. Take a look.

1:00pm – It seems like Sony is changing the game with it comes to video. Here is a short film done at night using the insane ISO ranges on the Sony A7S camera and the moon for lighting. Seriously, this is pretty awesome.

2:00pm – HOWEVER, my video peeps shouldn’t get too excited about that Sony. It seems that with the Shogun, you can only get 8-bit. I don’t claim to know much about the wonderful world of video production, I only dabble, but even I know that isn’t as good as it could be.

3:00pm – Crazy photos from the Alberta Tar Sands… I had no clue this was even a thing.

4:00pm – I’m a Nikon girl. The release of three new full-frame DSLRs this year has me jumping up and down, trying to decide what RCI’s upgrade should be. Here are some sample images from the D750. Meh, I wasn’t terribly impressed? Maybe I’ll get my hands on one and take it for a test drive before I make my decision.

5:00pm – Another look at the Nikon D750, this time for the video capabilities. Again, I don’t do video work, I just dabble here and there as a way to enhance some of my clients’ experiences. This video is on par with my D300, at least, that’s what it looks like to me. But again, I’m no expert.

And there you have all of the news that caught my eye from this last week. Feel free to comment, share and discuss!


Back from vacation!

Some of you may notice that I took the summer off. For a dedicated bachelorette, it took some time for me to settle into married life. I can tell you that it is bliss!

Our eldest went to her first High School dance last week and I couldn’t resist a quick 15 minute shoot just before the dance.

It still amazes me what can be accomplished in a few minutes with the setting sun, a happy husband willing with wield a reflector, and a stunning girl.

I’ll stop with the commentary and just post some of the photos.

Happy 1st Birthday!

My sister is lucky to have a photographer in the family! My darling niece Kinsye turned 1 on Christmas day. Two days later, we cleared the floor and gave her a giant cupcake and LOTS of pink icing! (Sorry sis! I hope her hands aren’t stained pink forever!)

The result was a lot of laughter and a ton of beautiful photos. And a video.

Time to make my big sis cry!

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And the video! (Can I just say how cool it is that she has a TARDIS?!?! My family is full of geeky awesomeness!)

The Bader Family

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

I’m thankful to be surrounded by my awesome family a friends. I’m thankful to wake up and do what I love every day. I’m thankful for my amazing clients, like the Bader Family!

We met up last weekend when it was super cold. Little J really enjoyed the leaves and had fun running around the playground too! Hopefully the next time I see this sweet boy it will be a little warmer and we can play outside for a bit longer!

Check out some of the photos from that day, and, as always, watch for the video at the end of this post!

Have a wonderful day with your loved ones!

(Also, I’ve been getting asked this lately and yes, I do have some sessions still available before Christmas. Sessions must be held before December 15th to guarantee regular prints by Christmas Day. Album, framed prints, metal prints, standouts and image blocks and digital collections must be ordered before December 11th to have guaranteed delivery by the 25th, after that it’s a gamble and I can’t promise you anything!)

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And here is the video!


Deanna’s Day…

Saturday was cold. Not just cold, but windy as well. Deanna and her kids were troopers! They would ditch their coats for a few minutes while I snapped photos and then bundle up and try to get warm while we moved on to the next spot! They seriously deserve an award for being tough! Deanna was the RCI Birthday Contest winner, so I’m sure the next session we do will be a bit warmer! Deanna is awesome!!! Despite the BITTER cold, we had a blast!

Check out the fun!

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And their video!

Deck the Halls! (with AWESOMENESS)

Tis the season to be generous!

I can’t tell you how many people have asked if I’ll be doing mini-sessions this year. I hadn’t planned on it, but so many of you are interested that not only have I changed my mind, but I put together an amazing deal for you! My gift to you all for being such AWESOME clients and friends!


The mini-session fee is $150 paid in full at the end of your session (Yes, I accept credit cards). Your photos (you can expect 10-30 photos) will then be loaded to the private viewing/ordering gallery on my website. From there you can choose two free 5×7 prints! But that isn’t it. I will design a custom 5×5 and 5×7 Holiday card using photos from your session. You may pick one style and get 25 free cards (yes, they come with envelopes!). How awesome is it that your holiday card won’t look like anyone else’s?!?!

This is my gift to you! I’ve been so very blessed this year, with new clients, and regular clients. I love capturing your families! I love seeing how you all change and grow over the years! Thank you!

Here are the details:

I’ve set aside several days/locations for this. You all know I prefer shooting outside, but the weather is getting iffy. I’m looking into back-up locations for rainy days, you’ll just have to be flexible if it comes down to that.

Also, I’ve already started booking these dates, so spaces are limited and filling up. Don’t twiddle your thumbs if you want to book! It’s first come, first served. The fastest way to reserve your spot is to text me at 636-541-1542.

Saturday, November 16 – No spots left!

Sunday, November 17 – On location in Jefferson County – 3 spots left

Saturday, November 23 – On location in St. Louis City – 4 spots left

Sunday, November 24 – On location in Fenton – 2 spots left

Wednesday, November 27- On location in Forest Park – 3 spots left

Friday, November 29 – On location in Forest Park Park – 2 spots left

Saturday, November 30 – On location in Tower Grove Park – 4 spots left

Sunday, December 1 – On location in Tower Grove Park – 2 Spots left

Saturday, December 7 – On location in Jefferson County – Full day available (7 spots left)

Sunday, December 8 – On location in Jefferson County – 4 spots left

If you can’t make these dates and still want to get in on this awesome deal, I will go ahead and offer gift certificates for this exact deal until December 10th. They will have an expiration date of 11-22-2014

*I will not be extending the dates, I want everyone to have your prints by Dec 25th. Also, if for some reason the printer backs up and your cards can’t be delivered in time to be sent out, I will give you two options, a $50 credit towards more prints, or I can redesign your card to be used as a Happy New Year Card. There are no cash refunds!

The La Jeuness and Cardwell Families

Another fun Fall session from this last weekend! The weather was perfect and the location couldn’t be better! (And no, I’m not telling you where we were! I want to shoot there some more before it’s overrun with more photographers!)

Check out a few of my favorites!

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But wait, there’s more! Seriously, like I’d leave you hanging without a video?!?! It’s like you don’t even know me!



Yesterday started out lovely! They sky was blue, the leaves were bright and the clouds were fluffy. I took a leisurely drive out to the farm and played for a few hours before coming back to town for a Senior session. They clouds had decided to get serious and the temps dropped quite a bit, but Madison was game for anything! She was sooooo much fun to work with! She was just excited as I was about the run down, creepy location I’d found! I’ve really been blessed by how amazing my seniors have been this year!

Something was bothering me the entire time during her session and it wasn’t until I started to edit the photos last night that it finally hit me! She reminded me of someone! Have you seen that ABC show Once Upon a Time? She reminds me of Snow White!! Gorgeous girl with a personality to match, I just know she is going to be a superstar wherever she goes!

Check out some of her photos from yesterday!

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And yes, there is a video!! Woohoo!!! A few more surprises and I’ll get to show Madison ALL of the photos from her day!

Kira’s Family

Ahhhh, Fall… I love it!

I also love this family! I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve had the chance to play with these kiddos, it’s always a blast! I know I’ve done my job well when the kids don’t want to be done!

(Also, I almost wore my Superman shirt to this photo shoot! Great minds think alike!)

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But wait! There’s more! How about a video too?? Because I can!