Apollo's Daughter is one of my favorite bands in St. Louis. They have amazing energy, and are super awesome to hang out with. A few months back, they had contacted me to do some new promotional shots for them. They recently had re-formed, with a new bassist, and wanted to get some new images out to their fan base. There was a show coming up at Fubar, so I went out and captured some promos and live shots for them. This band is awesome. Check them out on Facebook, here: www.facebook.com/apollosdaughtermusic/ and click below to check out some select shots from their performance!
Back in April, we had the honor of shooting David and Jarrod's wedding celebration at Wine Country Gardens in Defiance, Missouri. David works with my sister, and was looking for a photographer to cover his wedding. Kelsey pointed him in our direction, and I'm so glad she did! These guys were a blast to hang out with and capture their love. They had already gotten married, so their coverage was family photos, couple shots, and their reception. They were the sweetest grooms, and you could feel their love by just being in the same room as them.
Check out more shots from their celebration below!
Every so often, we have clients contact us that are friends. In the case of Sarah and Nichole, we could not be more excited that they are expecting! They messaged us on Facebook and asked if we could do a gender reveal session, as they were going to find out the gender of their baby soon.
Sarah had advised they were not really 'park' people, which gave us the space to find an alternative spot to shoot. We chose a spot down by the graffiti wall in St. Louis, and decided to meet the weekend after they found out the gender of their baby. It was exciting to find out they were having a girl!
Since we had never done a gender reveal session, Johna and I started talking about ideas of fun things we could do. We settled on balloons, after confirming that neither Sarah or Nichole had a phobia, and decided to do something a little playful, as you can see below.
There were a few things I would have changed about this session. On of them was, if there is a next time, being sure to buy enough ribbon for all of the balloons, haha. However, we were super happy with how everything turned out!
The shots above were set up with one strobe, in a 22" white beauty dish, high and camera right. Then another strobe, bare, slightly behind the couple and camera left. Each were set at, I believe, 1/4 power. Next time, I would probably CTO the beauty dish strobe, to warm up the shots.
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Earlier this year, I started posting listings on Craigslist to try and draw some photography business. I had never used it as an advertising tool in the past, but heard of others having success with it. Shortly after posting my first listing, Nikki contacted me about some engagement portraits of her, and her fiance, Corey. I was excited, to say the least.
After speaking through emails, we found that St. Charles Main Street in St. Charles, MO would be the best location for the couple. They were getting ready to move, due to employment, but wanted some shots from their time in Missouri. After making arrangements, the day arrived, and we met up.
This couple was a blast to shoot! We were concerned we would have to cancel due to rain, but luckily as the day went on, the sun came out and we got some beautiful sunset shots towards the end of our session.
All in all, the photographs turned out amazing.
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Last year, my cousin Sam reached out to me to let me know she was getting married. She wanted us to shoot her wedding, and we were ecstatic to do so. A few months back, we shared Sam and Joe's engagement session, and now we are finally sharing some shots from their big day!
Their wedding took place on New Year's Eve 2016, so it was a big party. Things were pretty laid back throughout the day, with everyone taking their time to get ready and relax. Everything was held at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters, MO. It was a beautiful day, for being the end of December, which allowed us to capture some shots outside, as well. My sister and wife assisted me throughout the day. Kadie always gets detail shots for me, and runs lenses / strobes. My wife, Johna, has started to assist with shooting, photo booth coverage, and any running, as needed. I have an amazing team backing me up on shoots, these days. They're invaluable to my operations! :)
This was my first session using a new strobe: the Neewer VK750 II. This is an awesome option for shooters who are wanting to buy a great strobe at a reasonable price. It has a built in PC sync, built in Slave Mode, and can be used on camera (just be sure to buy the version for your camera type). I purchased mine on eBay, but you can find them via Amazon: here for Nikon* and here for Canon*. After shooting using this strobe for the day, I found I definitely need to gel it with a CTO gel in the future. Otherwise, the strobe worked amazingly throughout the day in all modes. Definitely worth the $50 price tag.
If you'd like to check out shots from the day, click below!
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