Sam | Cape Cod Photographer | Hyannis port

I've been photographing Sam every summer since 2014 in Hyannis port, Mass.  He is my buddy and I look forward to it each year!  We spent the night cruising in his 1957 Chevy Continental, visiting Squaw beach, and Hyannis port Pier.  His family has the tradition of vacationing on the Cape each summer and I am so lucky to be able to capture these moments for them.  

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Cape Cod | Nantucket| Cape Cod Photographer | Travel

My friend, Stephanie, and I took a trip to Cape Cod so I could do a little work (will post those soon).  We spent a day on the island of Nantucket, exploring on our mopeds, found a foot trail along the coast, saw the 2nd oldest lighthouse in the U.S., and all of the immaculately landscaped-wood shingled homes in Siasconset.  

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 Impromtu photo shoot on the side of the road.  Chatham, Mass.

Impromtu photo shoot on the side of the road.  Chatham, Mass.

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 Barre 3 instructor pose on Corporation beach at sunset.  

Barre 3 instructor pose on Corporation beach at sunset.  

 Early morning fog on the Cape.

Early morning fog on the Cape.

 When you travel with a photographer....#allthephotoshoots  Check out @Stephaniestewartmusic on INSTA!  

When you travel with a photographer....#allthephotoshoots

Check out @Stephaniestewartmusic on INSTA!  

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 One of my favorite pics of Steph!  :))))

One of my favorite pics of Steph!  :))))

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 My Grandparents built a house on the Cape in 1980.  Been there every summer since.  38 years! Excited to share my special place with Stephanie.  xo . 

My Grandparents built a house on the Cape in 1980.  Been there every summer since.  38 years! Excited to share my special place with Stephanie.  xo . 

Campbell + Evie | St. Louis Photographer

A few years ago, I was introduced and fell in love with Campbell, a 13 year old photographer from Oklahoma.  We have been planning to shoot together since we met and it finally happened.  We called Evie, a local teen model, for our retro roller skating themed photo shoot in the Grove.  Campbell's talent is simply incredible and I can't wait to see where she goes.  You are a shining star, Campbell, with a heart of gold.   xoxoxo!

 You can follow her @CampbellFrancesPhoto on Instagram.

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Here are a few of Campbell's photos.  SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOD!!!!!!!!

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And can we talk about how amazing Evie is!!!  Follow her @evie_theodorou on Instagram.

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**Clothes from Target & Forever 21

Grafton, Illinois |Travel Photographer |St. Louis Photographer

A few weeks ago we took the ferry over to Grafton, IL.  WHO KNEW!??  Such a fun day trip.  Think Sturgis meets Destin, Florida meets the Mississippi River.  The town and people were amazing!  Flee markets, Jimmy Buffet playing on the speakers, live music, good food.  See below some of the places we discovered and people along the way.

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SHOOT FOR SEAMUS| St. Louis Children's Hospital| St. Louis Photographer

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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

 My helpers for the day and friends, Tara and Scott.

My helpers for the day and friends, Tara and Scott.

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 His prized possession--the binky!

His prized possession--the binky!

 Wearing his mighty TINY SUPER HEROES cape!

Wearing his mighty TINY SUPER HEROES cape!

 Laura with Five Petal Photography

Laura with Five Petal Photography

 Susie with SPG Photo

Susie with SPG Photo

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 Autumn with Autumn Schoeck Photography

Autumn with Autumn Schoeck Photography

 Seamus' Mom, Sharon and Robyn with Tiny Super Heroes

Seamus' Mom, Sharon and Robyn with Tiny Super Heroes

 Grant Bissell with KSDK interviewing a mom for a segment that aired last night.

Grant Bissell with KSDK interviewing a mom for a segment that aired last night.

 Proudly telling her story.  

Proudly telling her story.  

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Julie with Julie Villhard Photography

 Volunteer photographers and helpers... SFS 2018!

Volunteer photographers and helpers... SFS 2018!

SENIORS | St. Louis High School Senior Photographer | Senior Portraits

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!! 

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Michael's Challenge |St. Louis Photographer| Model | Inspiration

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!

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THANKS FOR STOPPING BY.  ~ heidi

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!