And a Baby on the Way!

I love my job!

Earlier this week I was able to spend the morning with Miss A and her Momma. You saw some of those photos yesterday. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to share the rest until after Mother’s Day, but it seems that Daddy got impatient and wanted to spill the beans thise morning!

Miss A is going to be a big sister later this year!!! Congratulations Erin and Bobby! I can’t wait to meet the new little one!

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I am blessed to do what I do. The trust and faith that my clients put in me is so very humbling. Watching these families grow together over the years is the best reward ever. I can remember oh so long ago when I photographed Erin and Bobby’s engagement. And then their wedding. I remember when Erin called to schedule her Maternity photos. I was even more excited when Miss A made her debut on my birthday!

For me, being a portrait photographer is about so much more than snapping some photos here and there. It is about building these relationships and preserving these special moments. I really love my job!

The Adorable Miss A!

It feels fantastic to be behind the camera again!

I got to spend some time with Miss A this week to celebrate her 2nd birthday. Photographing her was just as much fun as it was when I did her newborn photos. I can’t believe it was 2 years ago!!!!

Here are just a few photos from that session. Many more to come!

I also have a date with the precious Baby Alice tomorrow morning. I adore newborns! And I can’t wait to see Baby Henry for his six month photos on Sunday! Stay tuned for all of the cuteness!

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Meet Malcolm!

I’d like to take a moment to explain the reason for my five month long absence from the world.

Introducing our darling baby boy, Malcolm Tiberius! (Yes, my husband and I are nerds. We named our child after Captain Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly and Captain James T Kirk from Star Trek.)

He was born on March 6th, weighing in at an unexpected 8lbs 6oz! We thought he would be a bit smaller than that, but it’s ok because I think his chunky little cheeks are adorable!

Thank you to all of our family, friends and my awesome clients for sticking with us during the long break!

We are working on a new website and some fun new ideas for mini sessions later this Spring! I’m hoping to be back behind the camera in the next two weeks, but I am already back in the office, so shoot me an email if you are wanting to book Spring Portraits!

Until then, check out these snapshots of Baby Mal!

Parker Pup meets Mal for the first time. So far so good!

Parker Pup meets Mal for the first time. So far so good!

Taking it all in!

Taking it all in!

Caught Malcolm and Dad having a little afternoon nap.

Caught Malcolm and Dad having a little afternoon nap.

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Back in action!!!

It’s been far too long! Next week maternity leave ends and I’ll be back to shooting! I’m so excited to see some familiar faces, as well as some new ones! 

Thank you to everyone for being so patient and understanding during my extended leave!

I’ll be posting some photos of the adorable reason for the extra long leave of absence soon, so check back for a look at all the cuteness! 

If you are interested in booking your Spring portrait session, please send me an email! See you soon!

A quick PSA to my fellow photographers out in the world…

It isn’t often that I will post a blog intended for my peers. Honestly, I think this is the first time.

It is with great trepidation and frustration that I even write this blog entry, but I feel very strongly about this.

There are a ton of us. Especially in the St. Louis area. I get it. Space is at a premium when you are shooting on-location. There aren’t that many places to choose from, and even less when the weather gets cold. Most don’t have a studio space.

I’m not pointing fingers, I just want to bring awareness to a few things that I noticed this weekend.

I had a pretty low-key family session at a public indoor location. I’ve shot this location many times over the years and had maybe run into one or two other photographers in the past. This time was completely different. It was packed. Six or seven photogs with cameras blazing!

My first thought was how awesome it was that we were all so busy with the holiday photoshoots! The more the merrier! Proof in my book that the economy is really getting better!

But that quickly wore off as I realized that it was actually going to have a negative impact on my shoot. The space was pretty small. There were really only a few decent spots inside for the family photos that I was doing. The main one that I had been looking forward to was in use. No biggie, I don’t mind waiting my turn. But it wasn’t to be. The photographer that was there had staked their claim and wasn’t moving. Going so far as to set up props and lights. Two other photographers had brought props out as well. Now, I love props as much as the next person, but in a small, public place, you should really be choosy instead of bringing every prop that you own out. I wish I could say that I was exaggerating to get my point across, but I’m not. Then there was the photographer that was moving things around in the center of the location and didn’t put anything back.

Look guys, I know that this is a crazy time of year for us all. Some of us have too much business to handle, others have not enough. Pretty please, slow down and be considerate of your peers.

  • Take only a few props out into the field with you and keep them contained and out of the way when not in use.
  • Take turns at a spot when you can clearly see that it is the only spot big enough to shoot a family of five.
  • If you see that another photographer is working with a kid that is on the verge of melting down then give them the right-of-way. Your clients will not only understand, but probably love you even more!
  • Clean up after yourself. (Don’t get me started about glitter and confetti. They make cordless vacs people! I’ve done glitter shots and used an old dust buster to clean up the mess!)
  • If you move something that doesn’t belong to you, move it back when you are finished.

Remember a while back when St. Louis County tried to ban photographers from the public parks unless they got a permit? I can completely understand why! The parks are there for people to enjoy. That is the main purpose of a park. It’s purpose is not to serve as a great backdrop for a photo shoot. We are LUCKY to be allowed to work there. We should take care of these spaces so that we can continue to use them for our work purposes.

This isn’t a competition. This isn’t a race. This is common courtesy and just plain, good manners. Let’s take care of these locations and each other!

Relevant Thursday 10-16-14

Here are all of the articles posted from this week! Read, think, comment and share!

10:30 am – Statue or Bust: Around the World in Lenins. Vladimir Lenin, leader of the Bolshevik Revolution, founder of Russia’s Communist Party, and premier of the Soviet Union, has been dead since 1924, but his image has lived on worldwide for nearly a century. Collected here are photos of Lenin monuments from across the world, including Lithuania, Latvia, Mongolia, Ghana, Ukraine, Cuba, Russia, Romania, Vietnam, Georgia, Svalbard, Chechnya, Tajikistan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria—and Seattle. (Can I just tell you how much it cracks me up that there is one in Seattle?)

11:30 am – Here are 4 Steps to Photographing the Milky Way. (I’m a huge fan of night sky photography. I wish I had more time to dabble!)

12:30 pm – The Battle for Kobani. These images posted over at The Atlantic are pretty powerful, as always.

1:30 pm – For the Canon fans, it looks like there might be some new glass headed your way. Fresh from the Phoblographer.

2:30 pm – Who doesn’t love a good fair? Check out these light-hearted photos posted over at The Boston Globe of some fun fairs around the world!

3:30 pm – How about the world’s most rugged SD card? Delkin BLACK is said to be that. Waterproof, dustproof, extreme temperature resistant, and virtually unbreakable. That last part sure got my attention!

4:30 pm – And what about news of a new touch workspace for Adobe Illustrator? Illustrator is one of those programs that I love, but often forget about.

#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!