2018 Fall Mini Sessions {Save the Date}

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I love frolicking around in beautiful leaves and crisp weather (all while enjoying hot apple cider or a pumpkin spice latte). What I love even more is photographing my favorite families during this season.

Details:
September 30th
October 27th and 28th
November 10th and 11th

25 minutes || sessions in the morning and afternoon
25 Digital Prints with an online gallery
Print release
$125

The sessions will take place in Forest Park, St. Louis which boasts of a variety of views and beautiful autumn trees. If there is a potential for rain the sessions may be adjusted to the Jewel Box or rescheduled. A rain out date of November 17th is also set, please let me know if you are available on that date.

To book your session: Email sweetsarahmariephotography@gmail.com

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Asher {Newborn}

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There is something special when first time clients become second, third, and hopefully life time clients. I met the Lainharts for the first time at their mini session this past fall when Nicole rocked some incredible high heels for their family and also mini maternity session. I knew I was going to like this family immediately, especially when their sweet girl Nyla started warming up to me. Finally Asher came into the world and boy was the entire family smitten.

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Nyla for sure will be an incredible big sister. She was so attentive to her brothers needs and made sure that he was comfortable for his session.

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This little family looked a bit more complete and cozy with this new addition.

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Both mom and dad enjoyed a few uninterrupted cuddles with Asher – well as uninterrupted life with an excited big sister can be!

My favorite moment of the session was when Nyla went to her room to grab her camera. She brought it into the room and started to “help” me pose and guide the session. If I’m not available for your next session – I would recommend this sweet little lady!

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Cherish your sweet moments with your little man.

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Jack is 6! {birthday}

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Every so often, I get a last minute request – followed up with a “I trust you, as you are the creative.” And this session was truly a creative sweet spot – especially when the location fits the love of the sweet little guy who just turned 6!

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While jack loved this triceratops, the real dino that intrigued him was the T-rex!

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While, dinosaurs might be Jack’s interest, his real love is his Momma. And this woman is one of the best boy moms around!

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Jack, I wish you the happiest of birthdays and hope you continue to view the world with binoculars!

Save the Date : Spring Minis & Headshot Day {Forest Park}

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I’m so excited about these spring dates! Flowers will be blooming and hopefully the sun will be shining (but I will have indoor alternate locations if mother nature decides otherwise!).

Spring Mini Session
25 minutes || sessions in the morning and afternoon
20 Digital Prints with an online gallery
Print release
$125

Headshot Day
20 minutes || sessions in the morning and afternoon
15 Digital Prints with an online gallery
Print release
$75 ($40 for soon to be graduates)

Please contact me as soon as possible as these spots are very limited! To inquire on times or more information email sweetsarahmariephotography@gmail.com .

To see some samples of past headshots and mini sessions, see below.

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Gunter {Family} . Jewel Box

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Once in a while you get stunning light, mixed with  bright fun outfits, and add a dash of giggles. A photographer can only smile and beam with the joy when that perfect recipe is created.

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Those sweet smiles that are exchanged between a husband and wife who actually have a second to embrace are the most real and relaxed moments they might have all day.

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But the star of the show is this sweet girl. She rocked her 4 year old session. Each expression she shared was filled with joy, kindness, and a bit of sass. Which is everything that makes up a little girl.

You can tell that she loves being the sole attention of each of her parents.

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Happy sweet 4 years, dear girl. I wish many more years of family snuggles and joy filled laughter.

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The Crain {Family} 2016 + 2017

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One of the greatest joys in being a photographer is seeing families grow. Photographing engagements, then weddings, and then babies (and sometimes multiple babies). I had the honor of photographing the Crains last year and then again this past December. However, there were some major changes in a year… and I believe you will love the change. I’ll give you a hint : he is a 10 lbs, adorable, and cuddly. Keep on scrolling to see!

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2018 (and the big change):

Stunning Emily and strong Stephen became PARENTS! I loved that they continued the plaid trend and I even got a few baby snuggles in = Big Win!

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One thing I adore about these two is the ability to look so natural as a couple in front of a camera. I told them to go be cute, and this is what I got. Perfection.

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And this little guy is the big surprise…

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I was thankful to steal a few snuggles from this happy guy at our session. Seriously, babies are the best. Can I get an Amen?

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2017 Christmas Gift Guide for the Photographer in your life {photo tips}

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The mom-tog (or dad-tog):

-Photographer Assistant Onesie – $
This is the sweetest little onesie for your favorite little model and assistant.
– Easy and portable pop up studio $$
If you are looking into product photography a portable light box is incredibly helpful.
-Shutter Hugger $
Getting kids to look at the camera can be tricky, but these are a huge help and I often use the Dalmatian.
Artifact Uprising gift card $-$$$
This is perfect for the parent who loves a modern look and to print their photos!

The rugged photographer:

Cell phone Waterproof Dry Bag $
The worst thing is to ruin your phone due to water, I love this one because you can still use it through the bag.
-Fingerless Gloves $
Warm and cute is a hard combo to find, but these gloves are great for those winter outdoor adventures.
Bendable Tripod $
I literally just ordered this one for myself and am excited to possibly actualy be in some of my family photos this year! It is also great to get those selfies with incredible outdoor backgrounds.
Camera Rain Shell $$
This protective shell is great to throw in a backpack and takes up little space.
Drone $$$
This might be the bad mamma jamma of drones, even I think it is pretty.

The super girly photographer:

-Stay Focused Wall Print $
Beautiful and encouraging is the perfect combo for wall art.
-Cute Photography Slouchy T-shirt $-$$

I’m pretty sure I love all of these options. The funny and very true phrases are exactly how I feel most of the time.
Stunning Camera Strap $$
Love how a camera strap can become a beautiful accessory.
-House of Flynn Camera bag – $$$
I just got this for myself (see above) and I can’t wait to show you all how much I love it.

The shutter happy grandma:

Camera Cookie Cutters $
Now these are just super cute and great for making cookies with those grandkids.
– Modern Children Photography book – $
This is a great book on how to get modern and natural photos with kiddos! I deeply appreciate all of the practical advice.
-Camera Planter $$
I know I put this in the ‘Grandma’ section, but I love this planter.
-The Cutest Camera Bookends – $$
This is another product that is super cute and perfect for any camera lover.

Price Key:
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$$- $25-$100
$$$- Over $100

St. Louis Christmas To Do List {Personal}

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Christmas is probably one of the most magical times of the year. I am mesmerized by the lights around the neighborhood. The kindness that is offered by complete strangers. And thankfulness of the hope and faith of the season.

I know that the season can also get busy, but if you are new to the area, or just want to get reacquainted to all the fun the city of St. Louis holds, here is a list of my favorite St. Louis Christmas activities!

  • Garden Glow – Missouri Botanical Gardens
    While it might be a little costly for a family, the views are stunning. It is truly magical. I would suggest it might be best for a date night- and if so make sure you pick up a hot beverage before you enjoy the lights!
  • Santa Parade – Main Street St. Charles
    This event that happens every weekend during the holidays is basically a kiddo’s dream. I appreciate the historical nature of the Santa’s in their costumes and the street is decorated beautifully. This is a free event but give yourself time to travel as parking can be difficult.
  • Christmas Tea Party – London Tea Room or La Patisserie Chouquette
    Both locations have a fabulous formal tea that you need to register ahead for, but if you just want to enjoy a pot of tea (or their scrumptious desserts) with a friend that is encouraged as well!
  • Brewery Lights – Anhueser Busch Brewery
    AB does a great job incorporating adult beverages in all of their events and tours and the Brewery Lights aren’t any different. While there are children activities, I would recommend for a date night as well. The walking tour with a few samples is free – so double win! 
  • Ice Skating in Forest Park – Steinberg Skating Rink
    While I do not ice skate- seriously I am miserable on the ice and miserable to watch- others thoroughly enjoy this winter activity. It is a great way to burn some calories- or energy from your kiddos who are couped inside. They are cash only- so that is nice to remember.
  • Winter Wonderland Lights – Tilles Park
    This is a tradition for many families in St. Louis. I know as a kid I was packed in a vehicle and oooo’d and ahhhh’d as we went through the park. If you want to up your game you can also schedule a horse drawn carriage ride through the park. 
  • The Polar Express – Union Station
    Make the magic of the book come to life through this actual train ride. While this is an expensive trip for your littles it is full of fun for all!
  • Wild Lights – St. Louis Zoo
    The St. Louis Zoo + the magic of Christmas lights = instant fun! If you are looking for a fun event for your kids that burns off some energy and isn’t too expensive this might be the perfect option.

 

 

Do you have any other fun suggestions? If so leave them in the comments below!

Shop Small Saturday . Gift Cards {Business}

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As your tummy is completely full of incredible Thanksgiving leftovers and you have had your fill of Black Friday- or avoided it like me (Thank you power of Amazon), I want to share a different gift.

A gift that will be looked at for generations to come – Photographs.

I can vividly remember sitting in my Great Grandmothers chair look over old photos. Pointing at each person as my dad explained exactly who each person was. I can remember the smell of perfume on my Great Grandmothers chair and exactly how the room looks.

Memories are a funny thing like that.

That memory would not have been exactly like that without looking over those photos, and learning about my family who is no longer with us.

It makes me so happy when I have families come together and gift photography to each other.

A recent family that did this was the Allen Family. Now Grandma and Grandpa Allen have a photo of their whole family.

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Be looking for a post about this family soon, but until then you can give your family a similar gift.

Gift cards are offered all year-long, but around Christmas I like to throw in a few extras.

2017 Christmas Gift Card

One Hour Session
Downloadable Online Gallery with 60 edited photos
One 8×10 and three 5×7 photos of your choosing

all for $200

The gift card will be sent digitally so that you can wrap it up however you would like!

Interested? Email sweetsarahmariephotography@gmail.com

 

Bushor {Family} . Creve Coeur Lake

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If I could nominate a family for best dressed it would probably be this one. Every year (and I think I’ve been blessed to photography their family for 3 years – 2016, 2015) they come dressed to the nines and coordinate oh so well. Seriously, if I was a mom I would get notes from Jacque. Not only would I get notes from her about fashion, but also how she raises two sweet and kind young ladies.

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I would ask her how she incorporates fun and laughter into her day.

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I would also ask her how she balances life and being a great wife. I mean her husband is incredibly smitten with her and his two little ladies.

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And while Creve Coeur Lake may not be the most traditional location for Christmas Family Photos. I cannot get enough of how the sun sets behind the lake. This location is a gem in St. Louis. Seriously, some of my favorite sessions have been here (Ashley and Beth).

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Jacque, keep on working those cute outfits and teaching your ladies that life should be filled with love, laughter, and kindness.