30th Bucket List {Personal} – 1/2 way update

I wanted to follow up on what all I have accomplished so far on my list….

I pledged to make this year fierce. Yes, turning 30 might be hard, but not when you have a year of fun planned. Without further ado, here is the list- and what I have accomplished so far!

  • Ride a Riverboat – not done.
  • Go to a Chocolate Factory – not done.
  • Climb a Water Tower – not done.
  • Go see Hamilton – accomplished!!!
  • Update my Passport – not done.
  • Paddle Boat in Forest Park – not done.
  • Graduate with my Masters – accomplished!!!
  • Read 3 Books for Fun – not done, I have at least one done.
  • Enjoy my Hammock – not done.
  • Go Camping – not done.
  • Travel to 3 New Cities – Accomplished – Indianapolis, South Padre Island, and Los Angeles.
  • Plan a Cruise – not done.
  • Pare Down all of my Clothes – not done.

I’m about 1/3 of the way done with my list, thankfully some of the smaller items can get done this summer. And if you want to join me on some of these items, let me know and we can get it planned! Enjoy some of my accomplished photos below.


Sarah Marie, MBA {Personal}


I might have alluded to some of my clients that for the past 3 years I have been chipping away at a higher degree – an MBA (Masters of Business Administration).

Two weeks ago, I had the honor to walk across the stage and receive my degree. There is something so exciting about accomplishing a life goal – especially when it has been in the works for 3 years.

As my clients, I want to thank you for your patience. I strive to be timely and over deliver, but sometimes life gets in the way. So thank you so much for your understanding and kindness!

I am excited for what this degree means to Sweet Sarah Marie Photography. It has allowed me to institute stronger business practices and marketing plans. It has given me the confidence to wish new plans into the world, (like co-leading the St. Louis chapter of the Rising Tide Society and maybe one day teaching business classes!)

Thank you to a wonderful school – Missouri Baptist University – and also their communications team for taking incredible photos of this event!






Lexee {Senior} . Indianapolis

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I cannot wait to tell you all more about my recent conference – RESET – and the shootout I did with Dana Tate. But before I do, I want to introduce you to Lexee. This bright young lady was filled with kindness and laughter during our session.

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Lexee is a pro at posing with her intense background in dance, but what you don’t know is that she was casted once as a mermaid. That’s right friends, a MERMAID! If I was to go for any person it a cast it would be that!

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Notice that award winning smile!

One of the wonderful parts of photographing Seniors is listening to parents talk about their children. Lexee’s mom was beaming with pride with every story she shared. And this woman is a rockstar as Lexee is the first of five lovely daughters. Can we hand this woman an award and a coffee?

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It is always a joy to shoot in a new location and being at the conference allowed the opportunity to shoot in downtown Indianapolis. The stunning architecture you see around Lexee is the Birch Bayh Federal Building.

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Lexee, I wish you the most beautiful of futures and pray your dreams come true!

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{Graduation} Erika & Anna


Washington University is considered a prestigious university in St. Louis. Not only is it prestigious, but it is beautiful! The old architecture is breathtaking and was even used in the 1904 Worlds Fair. See for yourself…



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To match this beauty check out these two lovely new grads!



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Not only did they both earn degrees but they also gained an incredible friendship.


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Erika is an Anthropology major and either starting her job search or continuing her education. Which ever path she chooses, this girl will succeed!




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Congrats to you two!