Category Archives: Wedding

Getting Ready South City St Louis

The getting ready moment is an essential and lively event you don’t want to miss.  It’s an opportunity to relax, have a drink, and hangout with some of your dearest friends.  Located in a beautiful home in south city St Louis, Joanna and her best friends gathered for a pleasant morning on the day of the wedding.

You don’t want this part of the day to be cut or rushed.  It’s about you and you should enjoy it.

Photographing the sequence follows a set pattern:

Establish Location, establish those present, photograph the dress/ details, Photograph preparing, lots of fly on the wall documentary shots, and lots of everyone looking glam!

The whole scene needs to look natural and relaxed.  Very little posed shots take pace here. We want everyone happy and relaxed.














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Wedding Albums for a Great Price

Wedding Albums

We are thrilled to announce a new and exciting service for our clients.

We create customized Wedding Books to capture your wedding day.

We will create the book with the images you send us.  No matter where you are in the country, we can design and create your personal wedding album.

We offer only the largest size available (12x 12)  because your wedding photographs should be visible on the largest space and not a small album.

Our albums are leather, flush mounted, and guaranteed for life.  We use a true artisan printing and binding service in Springfield Missouri who are committed to producing the finest wedding albums.

Everything is done online including getting your pictures to us, viewing proofs, and everything else.

Visit our link under services for our great prices.

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Wedding Details at the Sheraton Plaza

Wedding details- if our clients paid for it, we will photograph it.

Details  can be easily overlooked, however they are and essential part of brides planning.

 Everything that is available on the day usually has some significance. It’s important that it is all documented.

Beyond that,  The images can be used in a Wdding album and are also  great reminder for the couple.


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Forest Park Engagement

Forest Park provides some of the most amazing Engagement locations.  Park Park

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Kansas City Wedding Weekend

Kansas City Wedding Weekend- Even though we are based in St Louis Missouri, we are lucky to be able to photograph weddings across the Midwest.

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January 30th was an amazingly warm day in the city.  Usual temperatures should have been in the 20s!  but we hit the jackpot with temperatures in the 60s!.

A wonderful wedding for Sarina and Alex-  both looked amazing and what a great groups of family and friends they had with them to celebrate the day.

The brides home was perfectly suited for the pictures-  large windows and white walls.  This is the perfect combination for photographing inside a room.

The guys had an equally impressive condo with plenty of light and space.

The Greek Orthodox church was breathtaking with a service that was so majestic and emotional-  lots of happy smiles and few tears-  a perfect combination.

The weather and location form the photographs was perfect  We took so many and the reality is we could have taken more-  the couple were so photogenic and wonderful to work with.

Receptions are my favorite time of the day-  all the challenging pictures are done and I can relax and have some fun.  This was no exception with a great DJ and lots of dancing.

A wonderful wedding.

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Black and White Looks so much Better!

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Meng and Ryan Wedding Country Club




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St Louis Wedding Photographers –  Meng and Ryan-  Country Club Wedding

Meng and Ryan flew in from San Francisco to have their beautiful wedding and reception in St Louis with their families.  The weather was sensational!

The setting was the Meadowbrook Country  in Ballwin.  This is a wonderful location for weddings and receptions.  There is a lovely ballroom and the service is terrific. And the gold course is pretty amazing looking.  As for wildlife-  deer everywhere.

Both Meng and Ryan have children who all played a role in the wedding.  Their son was responsible for the service and gave away his parents.  He is the youngest officiant I have ever photographed!  It was amazing to be watch the kids participate in such a way.

This was a really great day for everyone.

Photographing couple in love is so easy.  They are so comfortable around each other and it shows by having them stand next to each other-  they just melt into each other’s arms.  Meng and Ryan were just like that-  they posed beautifully.  Of course it helps that Meng is a model and nailed every picture I took of her!




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Getting Ready Shots and Why They are Important



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Getting Ready Shots and Why They are Important

They are an important series of shots that the couple will love.

Getting into the dress is a ritual and it is the threshold moment of the day-  it is the moment when everyone knows it’s game on.  Or in the words of a brides maid at a recent wedding-  ” The s***ts about to get real”  to which everyone bust into hysterical laughter.

Things I do to document the moment is to control the event.

For example, I ask the groom to put the jacket on in a certain spot-  natural light and clean background.  Never have them look at the camera-  always out the window.  Ask them to play with their cuffs or lapels.  They need to look cool and James Bondish.


For the Bride there are many options and I try to get a sense of the flow of the dress and the people around them.  One of my favorites is the mother applying the final touches of the dress.  This is a timeless ritual and it shows a link to the past

I photograph it at the mothers level,  Never from above because it looks poor,  and always with a backlight behind her.  It creates a nice glow around the mother.

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Urban Sunset Wedding Pose


How to take this and other urban shoots of the new couple-

  • Don’t let them get run over-  never take a chance in traffic.  Drivers will be distracted and your liability insurance wont even come close to saving your butt.
  • Use your 2nd shooter to the eyes while you shoot.  They can let you know if your about to get hit.
  • Don’t over pose and stage. you have at this stage of the day takes loads of their pictures.  This is a capstone of the day and it should be a cool shot.   Your couple wants to party so stop wasting their time.
  • Scout the spot before you tear them away from the party inside.  Sunset happens so fast so make sure you have the timing right.
  • Don’t pose them- yup –  I wrote it twice.  They are buzzing with all sorts of emotions-  so let them play!  just snap away at the right exposure.
  • On this shot I just told them to twirl and dance and he then lifted her.  Nothing else is staged. I love how she kicked her heels up-  I wish I can say I told her to do that, but she just did and made the shot.


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