SSMP + Pinterest {business}

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Life is busy and often clients feel the expectation to have “perfect” photos – this can all be so overwhelming.

My goal is to make the preparation for photos to go incredibly smoothly! In order to do so, I like to share with my clients some of our pinterest boards so that they can breathe easy when planning outfits and deciding how to use their photos in their home.

Here are links to some of our Pinterest boards!

If you have any ideas of topics that I can add pins on, please let me know. My goal is always to make the session and prep as seamless and fun as possible!

2017 Fall Mini Session {Save The Date}

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There are few things I enjoy more than back to back to back sessions of some of the cutest families ever- especially when they are returning clients that I have seen grow over the past three years.

I am so excited to announce the dates for my 2017 Fall Mini Sessions. I’m still working on location but inquire to reserve your date and time today!

To inquire : email sweetsarahmariephotography@gmail.com

Creve Coeur Camera Photopalooza {Workshop Recap}

Over the past few years I have been amazed at the way incredible photographers come around others and share their gift and knowledge. I’ve seen this through the Rising Tide Society (2016 Styled Shoot) and recently through Creve Coeur Camera’s Photopalooza. I was honored to sit in on the sessions with Stephanie Cotta and Trent Broglin.

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Trent’s Tips for posing:

  • When you ask your bride to laugh- laugh with her!
  • You can do every pose without making the bride move her feet.
  • Always elongate your bride. Be mindful of her body and her angles.

Our model was gorgeous (as they always are) and she was a brave woman as it was hot! Did I mention it was 107 degrees this day? She rocked that dress.

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Outdoor Child Photography with Stephanie Cotta

Now this was a session I was looking for, however I’ve mostly seen her name around Newborn Photography. While she might specialize in newborn, but she wowed us in child photography as well. And if I could be BFF with anyone it might be Stephanie. She is super down to earth and answers questions with honesty, humility, and with a laugh.

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Stephanie’s Tips for Child Photography Posing:

  • Bribery always works – bring smarties!
  • Also bring a few key props- something with movement and a seat (bench/chair/etc.).
  • Get in a pose and then add a simple movement to it.
  • Little kids need to be guided on where to put their hands. Pockets are great for boys and girls can hold on to their dress or parents hand.

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If you attended photopalooza this year, tell me your favorite session in the comments. Some suggestions for people who attend it next year:

  • Make sure you sign up for the sessions early!
  • Go with a friend. You will meet a ton of wonderful photographers but it is nice to go with someone you know. I would encourage you to go to different sessions and compare notes during breaks.
  • Plan food options. There are a ton of local restaurants to check out.
  • Take advantage of the great discounts that day. Go in with a list of items you are looking to buy and price things out while you are there. You might get a really great deal.
  • Talk to the vendors there. Want to know what new products Nikon is putting out? More than likely a representative might be there to chat up.
  • Bring a notebook. These sessions are top notch and you will take in so much, so bring something to write down all of the tips they share.
  • Network with your session leaders and other attendees. St. Louis is smaller than you think so go meet your fellow photographers and remember that #communityovercompetition is key!

Summer Goals {Personal}

There is so much hope and rest in summer. Longer days with warmer temperatures. Adventurous weekends that make lasting memories. And I am so excited to embrace that hope, rest and adventure this summer. To make sure that happens, here are a few of my 2017 Summer Goals!

1. Read

I’m making a goal of taking one evening each week to leave my sweet little apartment and heading to a coffee shop to just read. That is it. Drink coffee and read. My list of books include : Start with Why, Grace, Not Perfection, Total Money Makeover, Jab Jab Jab Right Hook and A Million Little Ways.

If you have read any of these, let me know what you think!

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2. Travel (This is always on my list of Summer goals!

I was excited to announce travel photography dates this year! I will be headed to Chicago to see my dear friend, Lauren. Then off to Michigan to visit family. I’m excited to celebrate my cousin’s graduation and see my dad – I haven’t seen him in almost a year! I need to rectify that asap!

So if you are looking for an adventurous photography session, let me know and I would love to work through the details.

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3. Continue Self-Care

The above goals are parts of self-care but in addition to those I want to continue to build a habit of working out and giving myself grace. I want to add putting good things into my body. The wonderful thing about summers is lots of fresh fruits and veggies and I must get better and putting fuel into my body and not just food. So if you have any good recipes, I would be happy to have some inspiration.

What goals do you have for the summer? Where are you traveling to? I’d love to hear about your goals and overall dreams.

Ashcraft Family {Mini Session}

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To say that I am partial to these two would be an understatement. Elizabeth has the deepest honor to work with me and she married a very kind man that loves her fiercely. A family doesn’t just begin when a third is added, instead it starts when a man decides to dedicate his life forever to a woman. And I adore when I get to photograph a couple before they decide to add to their family.

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I told you he loves her fiercely. And check out Elizabeth’s gorgeous eyes!!!!

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Remember to have grace and patience with one another and cherish your time as a young married couple – aka sleep in a lot!

Make sure to also check out their session from 2015.

 

The Guffey Families {Mini Session}

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Watching families grow each year is one of my greatest joys. Seeing pregnant moms one year bring their 7 month old the next is incredible. Then watching children grow up and become teenagers is the really cool part of my job. I love photographing both of the Guffey families and am honored that they choose me each year to document their families growth.

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Last year this little lady wasn’t here yet – however we got some lovely maternity photos. And isn’t she the cutest? The whole session she was incredibly inquisitive and wanted to get her hands on everything. And I didn’t mind one bit!

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These new parents have their hands full, but sometimes it nice to remember that they are husband and wife first.

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Enter our second Guffey family!

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These three have gotten so big since last year. Seriously, they have become little adults and that is exciting and terrifying all wrapped up in a bow.

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Each one of these sweet kiddos have wonderful personalities and they really showed through these photos.

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As you can see they have some of the prettiest blue eyes I have ever. Thank you Guffey’s I hope to see you this fall!

Emily + Patrick {Mini Session}

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I’m fairly certain this is what love looks like. You know, that sweet, silly, ardent love. The kind that happens and you can’t wipe that silly smile off of your face. Emily and Patrick were one of my favorite couples to work with and I think I laughed more than I actually photographed. Ok, perhaps it was equal parts shutter click and giggles.

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And then they pulled out the jerseys. These two are huge Blues fans. And every time I see a blues game I think about these two and how they might be celebrating a Blues victory.

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And to prove how they were cracking me up….

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Maxfield Family {Mini Session}

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This trio of dashing men are being raised by two of the most incredible parents I have ever met. Mark and Sarah are the epitome of sacrificial love in almost every way. They serve their church and are often never recognized – and I think they might prefer it that way. They lead by example and are such an encouragement to myself and all who interact with them.

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Each one of these sweet boys have a different personality and it has been a true honor to see each one grow up.

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Jackson {Family} . Mini Session

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As a photographer when you get the perfect combo of gorgeous lighting, a happy baby and wonderfully coordinated outfits you know that the session will be stunning! Enjoy this fun, bold and very happy mini session

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Isn’t that little guy simply the cutest. I loved his big bright eyes!

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Over the next couple of weeks, I hope to inundate you with tons of beautiful sessions that I have been waiting to blog!

Celebrating Sister {Personal}

Growing up I had an instant best friend. She was born 16 months after me and became my mini me. Well, a much more destructive bubblier version of me. Who knew you could pack so much trouble and sweetness in a tiny little baby. But there she was – my sister.

This month I finally got the opportunity to photograph my sister, Ashley. Over the course of many years with great (and hard) moments she is still my instant best friend.

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Her smile encourages all who see it. She is full of laughter and sass. And with that sweetness, comes her silly faces. And boy was this session filled with them.

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She is the peaNUT butter to my jelly. My salt to my pepper. My peas to my carrot

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Ashley is kind and so sacrificial, but she is also one of the hardest workers that I know. It was nice to capture her softer side as the sun set over Creve Coeur Lake.

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And because she is Ashley- here is a funny face.

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Happy Birthday Sweet Sister! You are another year older – and for the love of tacos- hopefully a year wiser. I admire you in so many ways. You encourage me by your kindness and sacrificial love. Keep lighting up the world with your smile!