A Maternity Shoot At A Haunted Winery!

No one was drinking in the making of these photos — this time!

Tatiana is back at it again with ya fall photos. This time, I had the privilege to photograph my high school friend, Stephanie!

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Stephanie wanted to celebrate her first pregnancy with a photo shoot and I was thrilled to oblige. I was also happy to take the reigns on the location because I’ve been dying to check out Belvoir Winery.

It didn’t occur to me until we got there that I was taking a pregnant woman to the most boring place for a pregnant lady to be. A place where she couldn’t drink!

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The scenery was too sweet to pass up, though, even if we didn’t indulge in some sweet Moscato.

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Stephanie and her fiancé Ryan decided to name their baby boy Bentley Robert Brownlee. Bentley stood out to both of them and it just clicked, with Robert being the name of Ryan’s father.

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With her due date less than three weeks away, mama is ready to meet her son! And based on his constant kicks and punches, Bentley is ready to see the world. Plus, mama is so ready for some wine!

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Belvoir Winery has a pretty intriguing history. Although now it’s a winery and inn, back in the day it was an orphanage / old folks home and mental institution. It also has its own cemetery on the property. There are also multiple cases of hauntings on the grounds.

We both agreed it definitely gave some American Horror Story vibes. The asylum was even featured on the Travel Channel! They bring up even creepier facts than what we just told you!

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In fact, it took us forever to get this shot right because even though my camera settings were on point, it would not stop focusing in on the attic window of the building in the background. *cues spooky music*

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I’m sure the ghosts just wanted to say hi and welcome Bentley to the Brownlee team. <3

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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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