Yesterday I, along with 10 other local professional photographers, volunteers, and staff, had our annual SHOOT FOR SEAMUS event at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Every year this is one of my favorite events and reminds me why I love being a photographer so much. High School friend, Sharon Johnston and her husband, Tom, lost their sweet baby boy, Seamus 9 years ago. Each year on the anniversary of his passing they bring lots of love to the NICU where Seamus spent 8 weeks after his premature birth. I am beyond grateful to be a part of this day. We photograph every baby and their familes in the NICU so they have precious memories and have a real first photo shoot. Tiny Super Heroes also donated capes for these mighty little ones. Here are some of the images from this special day. xo
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I had so much fun digging through the vault of some of my favorite senior sessions over the years. Although my editing style has changed a bit, one thing remains the same... I LOVE SENIORS!! Their energy is contagious and I love bringing out their personalities. So excited for senior season to be here!!
Yesterday we had the most beautiful snow! Today the grass is green, sun is out, blue sky and no more snow. SO St. Louis! Thank you EMILY STISSER for playing with me! Isn't she the BEST!????
One of my goals for the year is to push myself out of my comfort zone. Try new things. Be creative more often. Surround myself with creative, inspiring people. So this weekend I grabbed Emily (who is 15 and is my good friend Rebecca's daughter) . and headed to our local Michaels Arts and Crafts store. There is a challenge going around social media called #michaelschallenge--encouraging photographers to shoot good photos in poor locations. So we did it. And on the way home we stopped under a bridge, at a car wash and a Kentucky Fried Chicken. I shot these for myself, for fun, for practice, for a challenge. ENJOY!
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY. ~ heidi
Weekend getaway to Miami Beach! Crazy energy and vibe! "Everything in the Universe has a rhythm, Everything dances." ~Maya Angelou
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!!
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!!
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!
Would love to see what you create!
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!
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!
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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!
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
Check out this little talent! Gretta needed some updated head shots for her singing/acting career!
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!
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.
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.