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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

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.  

 Julie with Julie Villhard Photography

Julie with Julie Villhard Photography

 Volunteer photographers and helpers... SFS 2018!

Volunteer photographers and helpers... SFS 2018!

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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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!

Single Mommies! |St. Louis Children's Photographer

I was just mowing the grass (on Mother's Day) and ran out of gas with only a small square left in the backyard.  Instead of going to buy more gas, I poured myself a glass of wine and said screw it.   It also got me thinking about all the SINGLE MOM's out there!  I appreciate you.  I get it.  You deserve something a little extra special today.

I am going to giveaway a FREE photo shoot to one single Mom.  Use it towards pictures of your kids, a Flirt Session for yourself, or give it to a friend who deserves it.  Here are the rules:

1.  Like my facebook page

 

2.  In the comment section type "ME" or the name of a Single Mother you would like to nominate BY NOON ON MAY 9th.

 

3.  Tomorrow I will draw a name using a random name picker.

 

4.  I will announce the lucky ladies name by 6:00pm tomorrow night.

Happy Mother's Day!

 

AND THE WINNER IS!!!   Samantha S. !  Congratulations and Happy Mother's Day!

 **please note the above screen shot does not show all the names because of the scroll down tool on the right.  Thank you to all the played.

**please note the above screen shot does not show all the names because of the scroll down tool on the right.  Thank you to all the played.

Now Hiring! |St. Louis Photographer

Heidi Drexler Photography is seeking a part-time Marketing Coordinator. I am an energetic, creative and fun family photographer looking for someone to help me manage and grow my thriving, referral-based business. The position is super flexible and you can work from your home (5-10 hours per week). We’ll work via email/phone or occasionally meeting over coffee. The job’s primary responsibilities are keeping my social media refreshed and managing interactions with my customers. You should be a detail oriented administrator who is experienced with the following is preferred:

  • Proficient in organizing client details, scheduling, follow ups, appointment reminders, and calendar management
  • Customer relationship management including CRM applications (Insightly, SugarCRM or Zoho)
  • Social media management (Hootsuite, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest)
  • Billing and receiving (QuickBooks Online)
  • Email marketing applications (MailChimp, Emma or Constant Contact)
  • And other duties as assigned

 

Please send us an email stating your interest, relevant experience and pay rate.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY!