Meet Owen Arthur

Meet Owen Arthur, the newest addition to Kayla and Matt’s family.  This little guy decided to greet the world a week early on November 22nd.  (Personally, I think he just wanted to be here in time for Thanksgiving.  What better time to meet all the family?)  I got to photograph Owen for the first time when he was just seven days old – freshly home from the hospital and still adorably tiny.

I think mom and dad are totally in love with their new little one – and can you blame them?  Look at that little face!  From the image on the right it looks like Owen is pretty in love with them, too!

Matt’s hands look huge compared to Owen’s little 6lb body.Nap time!Look at those little lips!  So sweet.You did good, mom and dad!
I just love photographing little hands and feet.  They will never be that small again.Just one more tiny hands photo……and one more tiny feet photo while we’re at it…

So much cuteness.  Congratulations Kayla and Matt!

Alecia + Winston

 It couldn’t have been a more beautiful fall day in City Park.  Alecia and Winston live not too far from the park, so it’s their regular haunt for daily walks.  We couldn’t have chosen a finer afternoon to wander through the fall foliage and take some photos.

How could you not love Winston’s little face?  Such a sweet pup.

Seriously – how cute is this little face?And Alecia’s not bad either, right??  I love the image on the right.
So many beautiful leaves – we have truly been spoiled with a gorgeous fall this year.Winston loves chasing Alecia.  Nothing like a good action shot!Just hanging out by the lake, enjoying the views…

Thank you for sharing your afternoon walk with me, Alecia and Winston!

Bob + Betsy + Taylor + Elle

I’ve been photographing families full of little boys a lot lately – how nice to photograph a family with girls for a change!  Don’t get me wrong, photographing boys is a ton of fun.  But girls in little fall sweater dresses with bows in their hair?  Come on.  You know that’s cute.

These two images are some of my all time favorites.  The light – oh, the light!Bob is a lucky man to be surrounded by these three gorgeous girls.I just love Taylor’s blonde curls and Elle’s big blue eyes.Elle wasn’t completely thrilled with wearing her shoes.  She kept taking them off and tossing them aside.  Notice that in the bottom left image she only has one on.  I can’t blame her.  I much prefer to be barefoot, too.It’s not easy for a five year old to keep a squirmy one year old in place for photos.  (It’s not easy for a thirty year old to keep a squirmy one year old in place.)  Props to Taylor for giving it her best.

(Do people still say ‘props’?  Am I completely showing my age?  Hmm.)Taylor wanted to take some photos just by herself.  Here is her pretty smile….…and her silly face……and the genuine laugh that followed it.  I love that her tongue is poking out – that’s how you know it’s for real :)

Thank you for missing the first few innings of the Cardinals playoff game to take photos in the park with me!  For someone from St. Louis, I know that’s real sacrifice :)

Kevin + Sarah + Jonathan + Noah + Lucas

I’ve known this family since before they were officially a family.  I met Sarah and Kevin at a bridal show in St. Louis in 2007 when they were planning their wedding.  Since then I have photographed them a combined eight times.  Suffice it to say I like them.  A lot.

My trip to St. Louis was largely planned around the date these guys wanted to do portraits, which was on a day that the City Museum was open for a photo day.  Since it was Monday, Kevin and Sarah took the day off work, took the kids out of school, and met me in downtown St. Louis for an extended portrait session.

Since Sarah and Kevin recently celebrated their five year wedding anniversary, they wanted to recreate a few of their wedding images as a “Five Years Later” version.  (You can see a couple images from their wedding here, but since I spent an epic 13 hours with them on their wedding day, many of the images we recreated were not represented in the original blog post – there were so many photos!)

A few of the places we wanted to visit have changed in the last few years (like that cute ‘Please Don’t Litter’ sign), but I think we still managed to get much of the same feel as some of their wedding photos.  Plus three kids, of course.  :)

Why not lift both little ones at once?  Poor Jonathan’s is bearing the brunt of that idea!Kevin wanted to do a jumping shot, and somehow with a family of five they pulled it off.
I think this photo of the four boys belongs on Sarah’s desk.  (But that’s just me.)Lucas has grown so much since I last photographed him as a newborn.  Such a sweet little smile on that kiddo!Just because he’s 12 doesn’t mean Jonathan wouldn’t like to be lifted up like a little kid…
…it does mean Kevin might not be able to pull it off though.  ’A’ for effort.Off to the City Museum – but first a few portraits outside.  The one on the left is a recreation of one of their wedding photos.
Then it was time for the boys (Kevin included) to climb up and slide down everything in sight!After a little time at the museum, Sarah and I decided we needed to get these boys out into a park for some fresh air (and better light!)  I love how much fun this family has playing with each other.  They make it so easy.Still so happy and in love…This was an idea Sarah saw on Pinterest.  I think in theory the boys would be sitting politely and smiling at the camera, but I actually love that they aren’t.  To me this image represents this family:  Sarah and Kevin happily smiling while their boys dogpile in the background.  Love it.To Kevin and Sarah – as always, it was a treat to photograph your family.  Thank you for filling your Monday with play and letting me photograph it!

 

Sarah - October 16, 2013 - 2:46 pm

LOVE the pictures! We enjoyed spending the morning with you! You always know how to capture our family perfectly. Thank you for coming into town and sharing your talent with us. Who would have thought you would still be photographing us 5 years later, but it is always a pleasure. You will always count on us when you come into town! Thank you again Tracy for everything!

Sue + Nicole + Sean + Angela + Declan

I nearly forgot what a rainy day can be like in St. Louis.

You see, in Denver when it rains you can expect to see sunshine about an hour later.  That’s just the way it works around here.  In St. Louis, though, a rainy day can spread into a week without sun.  So waking up to a dreary sky on the day of this session meant trouble.

Angela and I were texting all day long, watching the hourly weather forecast and making backup plans.  At the last minute we called an audible and moved the session up a few hours to take advantage of a break in the rain.  It’s a good thing we did – big drops started falling down on us just as we were leaving (which was the time we had been scheduled to start.)  We may not have gotten that bright sunshine, but we did avoid getting soaked, and we still got some beautiful photos.

The bonus to a cloudy day?  Look at how those colors pop!  Gorgeous.Declan is the first kiddo I’ve met who actually likes wearing a hat.  Tiny fedoras are so adorable.Grandma time!How sweet is this little face?!And right after that sweet face came this one – monster baby!!Fortunately, Auntie Nicole was there to lend a hand when Little D needed a break.Gee, you can’t tell these three ladies are related at all, can you?These sisters are wacky and crazy and totally close.  Love it.Declan was dying to visit the playground, so Sue and Nicole took him off to play.While he was playing, I snagged a few photos of Angela and Sean alone.  They were just as easy to photograph as on their wedding day.
A little hide and seek…I can just hear the inner dialog in Declan’s head:  Did you know my mom is behind that tree?!?

It was such a pleasure to see this family again.  Thank you Angela for being so on top of it with the weather predictions!  I hope to see you guys again next time I’m in St. Louis!