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I was so excited to see Creve Coeur Camera offer another Photopalooza workshop after attending the one in July.  I thought it might be a one time offering, or even a once a year workshop, but they put on another less than 4 months later! This time they also packed it with non-photography topics like running a business and social media, so for those who claim it is only for photographers- you are wrong! This event would be great for anyone who owns a business or has children or just enjoys to learn!

I attended three worshops:

  • Business Portraits – On Site Studio with Tom Tussey
  • Senior Photo Session – Laura Hicks (origionally it was supposed to be with Austin Pekarek)
  • Lifestyle Portraits – Laura Hicks

I would have attended more (and the ones on Friday) if this fall season didn’t have me so booked.

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Some suggestions for people who attend it next time:

  • 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!

If you attended photopalooza this year, tell me your favorite session in the comments.

Johnson Family {Lifestyle}

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When I tried to define what type of shoot this was, I struggled. Well, it’s a lifestyle and family and maternity and all the things. But that is what the Johnson family is. They are all the things. They are kind, patient, wise, and now about to add a new little one into their fold. So welcome to the Johnson Family + Lifestyle + Maternity shoot. I know you will love them as much as I do.

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When I arrived, I asked them, “What do you usually do on a Saturday morning?” Their response was, well, we like to read.

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I love a family who has slow luxuriously lazy Saturday mornings. Just all cuddled up in a big bed and laughing together.

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And if you end up with a kiss, even better!

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I could not get enough of these two little kids and their personalities.

Johnson Family I am so thankful that I have seen your family grow from two to now five!

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Psalm 127: 3  Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him

5 Tips to Prepare your Pet for a Photo Session {Photo Tips}


Our fuzzy friends are some of our favorite clients and we always encouraging bringing all parts of the family to your session. Your dog, cat, or horse brings out your best smile and are a huge part of your life- so bring them along.

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If you are thinking about bringing a pet, here are a few things to consider.

  1. Location. Does your pet do well in a busy or quiet atmosphere? Are they easily distracted by others? Then we need to pick a location that is conducive to your pet. A stressed or anxious pet is not a happy pet.
  2. Designate a Handler. While we love that your pet will be in some of your photos, we encourage you not to have them in all of your photos. They typically have a shorter attention span and will want to go and play and not sit and behave for the who session. So bring along a friend, coworker, or family member that will be on pet duty as you finish your session.
  3. Pre-shoot Exercise and Be Stress Free. A tired pet is a happy and photogenic pet. They want to sit, rest and adore your love. And the more you feel stressed about the shoot and their behavior the more they will also be stressed. We are all about making everyone – including your pet- comfortable.
  4. Anticipate the Natural. Animals jump, run and dare I say poop. Make sure you anticipate these natural situations. This means bringing towels to clean paws and slobbery mouths.
  5. The Fun Stuff. Please bring necessary items to entertain, nourish, and contain your pet. This could include: appropriate leashes, toys, treats, water etc. Sometimes pets need to know they are being amazing and a well-timed treat is always nice in a session. We also encourage an adorable bowtie or pretty leash to make your pup feel a bit festive.

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The Gagliano {Family} . Lifestyle

A family that makes pasta together stays together, or so that’s how I would image a old Italian proverb would go. Whether it is once in a while or on Sunday dinners, the Gagliano Family comes together to laugh, drink and cook.

Casey contacted me months ago for a surprise family session for her parents, however the weather was just not on our side on the first planned date. On the second scheduled date when we saw that there was a possibility of rain, she suggested a cooking lifestyle session if it did get rained out. Well the weather was beautiful, but I was so pumped at her suggestion – we just did both. And I am so glad we did!
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There is an incredible finesse when making pasta. It takes time, patience and love. Much like the ingredients to make a family work.
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And cooking is always made better with a bit of wine!
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Gagliano Family – thank you for being open to a lifestyle session!

If you are interested in booking a lifestyle session contact