Spire Energy |St. Louis Photographer

I was recently hired by Spire Energy (formerly Laclede Gas).  My job was to bring their brand to life.  Here is a small sampling of the images from our 3 day photo shoot.  Thank you to Spire for the opportunity, Becky McFarland (stylist), Vanessa Devonne (make up),  Susan Haviluck (producer), and all my models and friends to help me accomplish this!!

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Boy or Girl??!! |St. Louis Family Photographer

When my marketing manager, Caitlin, told me she was expecting her first baby I immediately had flash backs to a gender reveal I saw on line about 8 years ago.  I have been waiting to recreate this for so long and they were the perfect couple.  After the ultra sound yesterday, she brought me the sealed envelope with the sex so I could start planning.  And here is how it went down. (HUGE thanks to THE SHACK for helping pull this off.  Besides having amazing food, the staff was incredible to work with.  Thank you Josh and Christine!! ) Oh ya, and today is Caitlin's birthday!!  

IT'S A BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IT'S A BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for letting me document this special time. I am SO happy for you both and can't wait to meet AND PHOTOGRAPH your sweet baby!

Thank you for letting me document this special time. I am SO happy for you both and can't wait to meet AND PHOTOGRAPH your sweet baby!

 

 

 

Christmas Tree Bokeh |St. Louis Photographer

Want to know how to make Christmas tree heart bokeh?  Follow the easy, homemade way to create your own.

Chose a wide aperture (small number such as 1.8, 2.0, 2.8) and set your camera to manual focus.  Point the camera to the tree (further away is better) and instead of focusing on the tree, turn your focal ring until the tree is out of focus. This is what you will get.  

And this is what happens without the paper on the lens.  
Christmas Light Bokeh!

Left: Aperture 2.8, middle and right aperture 1.6

Left: Aperture 2.8, middle and right aperture 1.6

Would love to see what you create!

Fall Mini Sessions-recap! | St. Louis Family Photographer

What a weekend!  Thank you so much to everyone that participated in my first ever Fall Mini Session!  I could not have pulled it off without a little help from some friends.  I love my fellow women business owner friends who 'get it' and understand I can't do all of this alone.  First, thanks to Becky Ortyl and Rebecca Stisser for helping me plan such a large event.  They have the best ideas and are both take charge kind of girls!  Please check them out as they are amazing at what they do.  http://rebeccastisser.com/ and http://www.mightyoakes.org/ and http://www.oliveandoakstl.com/

And also a big thank you to Stacie @ Paisley Boutique in Webster Groves.  She helped pull it all together with her wardrobe and accessories to style those that were interested.  It was a long couple of days but such a success.  

Now to editing...whew.  Check out a few pics from the weekend!

FLOWER HILL FARM | BEAUFORT, MISSOURI | FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY

Welcome to Flower Hill Farm in Beaufort, MO. This family owned 35 acre farm is located only hour west of St. Louis. It was such a wonderful setting for our latest Family Photography session!

This little before and after picture is the best! 

This little before and after picture is the best! 

Suspenders on little boys are the absolute sweetest!

Suspenders on little boys are the absolute sweetest!

Thanks for stopping by our blog today!

Rowan & Fischer | Family Photography | Tower Grove Park

St. Louis has the prettiest parks!  This session was at Tower Grove Park, end of summer night, not *too* hot,  just perfect.  

These 4 people, represent the 4 hands of 4 Hands Brewing Company.  If you have not tried it yet, you will not be disappointed!  Cool place with amazing beer and fun people.  Check it out! 

Sidney. Westminister Class of 2017 | Senior Photographer

 I have known this girl since the day she was born.  I have been waiting a long time to do her senior pictures and it was so worth waiting for.  So much fun!!  

We had our session at a private residence in Wildwood, Missouri.  Absolutely perfect.  xoxo

FALL MINI-SESSIONS 2016 | FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY

Heidi Drexler Photography is excited to offer Fall Mini-Sessions on October 1st & 2nd. Our location will be Drace Park in Town and Country and we will have a fun set that we are working on now! Because of the nature of this shoot, we will not be offering other dates outside of the two-day window. If you are interested in booking a full session, we still have dates available for this fall. Click on the link below to book now!

we hope to see you there!

we hope to see you there!

COME SAIL AWAY | CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS | FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY

While on my Cape Cod adventure, I got to meet the nicest family from Chicago. They were vacationing at the Chatham Bars Inn where we decided to do our photo shoot. 

These kids were the best! It's easy to see how much the girls love their little brother!

These kids were the best! It's easy to see how much the girls love their little brother!

It was so nice to meet this amazing family and I am already counting down the days until next year!

It was so nice to meet this amazing family and I am already counting down the days until next year!

AUGUST 21, 2016 | THE LITTLE BIT FOUNDATION | ST. LOUIS CHARITIES

For the past few years, I have had the honor of working with The Little Bit Foundation. Rosemary Hanley started The Little Bit Foundation to remove obstacles standing in front of the greatest opportunity young students have to end the cycle of poverty - their education. Little Bit helps provide basic needs, such as shoes, coats, uniforms, underwear and socks, books and school supplies. They help ensure that students have a nutritious meal after the school day, receive instruction in personal and dental hygiene, and so much more. Below are pictures are just a few of the students that Rosemary Hanley and The Little Bit Foundation help.

Working with The Little Bit Foundation is incredibly rewarding and important work. We at Heidi Drexler Photography want to encourage you to get involved in any way you can. Click on the button below to learn how to help The Little Bit Foundation today!

Working with The Little Bit Foundation is incredibly rewarding and important work. We at Heidi Drexler Photography want to encourage you to get involved in any way you can. Click on the button below to learn how to help The Little Bit Foundation today!

AUGUST 16, 2016 | CRUISE AROUND HYANNIS PORT, MA | FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY

Getting to travel to my clients is truly one of my favorite parts of my job. This is my 3rd summer photographing Sam and his parents from Massachusetts. We met in Hyannis Port, MA and spent the day cruising and just having fun!

This car is the car of my dreams. How perfect for a sunny beach day drive?!

Is it just me, or is Sam becoming a mini-model before our eyes. That pose!

As if the car wasn't cool enough, we decided to head to the beach to see what we could find.

It's safe to say that I was the star of the show with Sam. He was SO excited to see me and hang out. Or at least until Santa showed up. 

This was such a memorable day and I cannot wait to continue to capturing even more memories for many summers to come!

SARA + FAMILY| LAUMEIER SCULPTURE PARK | FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY

When Sara called and said that she wanted to do a family photo session while the kids' grandparents were in town from Hawaii, I was thrilled! It's not often you get three generations together which makes it such a special moment when you do. Laumeier Sculpture Park was the perfect spot for us to spend the afternoon!

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Be still my heart with these two!

These sweets kids were doing a walk/run because they got to have a special icecream treat after our shoot! 

THE STAM FAMILY | ST. LOUIS | FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

Hands down, my favorite place to do a family session is at their home. The Stam family is no exception. Daughters Madelyn, Claire, and Kate stole the show! We had so much fun just frolicking around the yard and playing.

Can you say gorgeous?!

Swing sets are the absolute best. Not only do kids love playing, but I find some of my favorite pictures are taken on them!

We ended our session hanging out with the girls' best friend! Thanks for stopping by!

THE WATSON FAMILY | LAUMEIER SCULPTURE PARK | FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY

Meet the Watson family! Daughter Kate and son Luke gave me a run for my money, literally! We ran through Laumeier park on the most beautiful summer evening.

 

Can we take a moment and swoon over these two amazing parents?

Future models, don't you think?!

It was so fun getting to hang out with the Watson family!

Thanks for stopping by the blog and we can't wait to see you later!

THE WELLS FAMILY | ST. LOUIS | FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

Meet the Wells Family!! From the moment I arrived at their darling home, I knew we were going to have a great time. Mrs. Wells is an elementary school teacher and this photo session was a gift from her students! I hope you enjoy the photos as much I enjoyed taking them!

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One of my favorite moments during our photo shoot was seeing this amazing sign. Mr. Wells is a huge baseball fan and they keep the sign up all summer long! Thank you for the fun Wells family!

CARRIE + JOHN | BOETTCHER FARM | JUNE 18, 2016 | ST. LOUIS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

I think it's safe to say that I don't consider myself a wedding photographer. But, every once I while, a special couple comes along and I put on my wedding photographer hat and get to work.

Luckily for me, I have known this amazing bride since high school. Carrie and I attended Kirkwood High School where we were on Pommies together. So when she called, I answered. Their wedding day could easily be featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine. I pretty much fell over when they had their first dance with a silo in the background. Swoon. I hope you enjoy a sneak peek into their magical day!

When I saw this sign, I knew this wedding would be one I would never forget. As a side note, let's all take a moment to imagine me, on the ground, on the side of the road, taking this picture. I LOVE MY JOB!

 

Carrie + John brewed a special wedding beer, cool factor: one million. Needless to say, it was delicious!

Cheers to Carrie + John on a beautiful wedding and an even more beautiful life together!

My dearest Heidi, words cannot express how I feel at this moment. The photos you captured are breath taking and so beautiful. I’m literally crying tears of happiness. You captured our day to the 10th degree and I will never forget this day because of your talent and generosity. You captured every special moment. I am truly in love with this pictures and am so grateful. THESE PICTURES ROCK!
— A thank you note from Carrie