An Early Morning [7 a.m.] Maternity Shoot At The Lake

Since I had a shoot on Saturday when it was 105 degrees, for Kaitlin & Michael’s Sunday maternity photoshoot, I asked if we could do it early — 7 a.m. early.

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They agreed (no one loves the heat), and even though it was already in the 80s, it felt fabulous compared to the previous day!

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Although, Michael isn’t a morning person, he was still a trooper! When I checked on him again later that morning, he was snoozin’ away again. Glad he got some more Z’s in afterward!

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Mia Renee is set to make her debut on August 29, but we all know babies make their own schedules. And according to Kaitlin, “she’s trying to escape!”

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“Renee” is Kaitlin’s mother’s middle name, and also Kaitlin’s middle name! Mia will be the third generation with “Renee” as her middle name. How cool is that?

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Kaitlin is planning on a natural birth — you, go, mama!

She currently lives in Illinois, but I’ve been trying pretty hard to convince her Missouri is the place to be! 😉

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Kaitlin had her baby shower in my hometown on Sunday — Lake of the Ozarks! I was so happy to go back and see the old sights and celebrate with her! And so was my oldest, Lily!


I was in charge of the games at the shower. This meant I pulled out stuff like this. But I think she was expecting just about everything I threw at her. She knows me too well.

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At one point, Kaitlin asked me if we could take a photo to showcase how she really feels. Here it is, in all of its glory:

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I think one of the coolest things I saw while on Kaitlin’s parent’s property was this heron, just chillin’ on the dock! Even with me popping out, and my youngest daughter yelling, “LOOK! A DUCK!,” it didn’t budge. It just gave us side-eye.


It was a lovely day, a fun baby shower, and a great photoshoot. Congratulations, Kaitlin & Michael! Can’t wait to meet baby Mia!

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Willows & Redbuds: A Gorgeous Maternity Shoot At Forest Park

The third time is a charm! Ally and I had to re-schedule this shoot twice — once due to it snowing, despite it being 70 degrees the day before, and once due to a tornado. Such is the life of a photographer in the Midwest! But it was worth the wait — everything is in bloom right now! Plus, the wind LOVED Ally — it kept blowing her flowy floral jacket perfectly.


I met up with the lovebirds, Ally & Aaron, at Forest Park in St. Louis today (Kansas City Photography is in both KC & St. Louis!). Ally’s original due date was in May, but her doctor recently bumped it to the end of April. We are going to be meeting Mr. Jaxton even sooner — hooray!


Ally met Aaron six years ago while working at Syberg’s in downtown St. Louis. It took a few years, but Aaron finally worked up the courage to “officially” ask Ally to be his two years ago.


The couple brought along their pups Gonzo and Wilson. Gonzo is super old, and realllly blind, but he was a good sport. Thankfully, they brought a favorite squeaky toy that really helped get the pups to look at me! That’s one of the tips on our blog post about shoots with pets!


You can tell Gonzo is not impressed. Or he is just squintin’ ’cause he can’t see anything. Poor dude! It also helped they brought along an assistant, AKA the sisters of all sisters — Jessica!


One of my favorite things to do during shoots is crack jokes. Then, I get reactions like this:


It doesn’t help that I am good at getting people to laugh, builds up my ego a little too much! Hahaha.


Congrats to the happy couple!

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The Calm Before The Storm: Jenn & James’ Maternity Shoot!

We got hit really hard with severe weather Monday night. We even had to go to the basement at the wee hours of the morning when a tornado warning was issued for our area. But the good news is — I got a shoot in before all that hail hit! Meet Jenn, James, and baby Genevieve (she’s still bakin’)!


Jenn had a whole Pinterest board for me to look through, and I noticed a lot of those pins were silhouette shots. Some of my absolute favorite shots are silhouettes!! Done!



Not gonna lie, James supeeeer didn’t wanna do the shoot. He just got the Nintendo Switch (the last on in Missouri), so he had Zelda brain. But regardless, he was a great sport, and we got some amazing shots!



You could see how much they love each other just by the photos!



Jenn is very fit. She goes to the gym 6 days a week. It was important to her that we incorporate some workout shots into the shoot. Her favorite hashtag is #fitbump. She lives it!


I saved the best shot for last — this sums up Jenn’s pregnancy. She has been SO hungry, especially for sweets. Since my oldest daughter, Lily, just got her Girl Scout cookies in to deliver … we had quite a few cookie props for Jenn to use!


Congrats, James and Jenn!!

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