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Spring Mini’s | 2017 | Illumen Photography | St. Louis

Hello! I am so excited to be taking spring mini session pictures again! I have only a couple spots left so please let me know if you are interested. As of today, I am sold out on April 8th, only 1 left on April 29th, and another 1 on May 6th. If I end up generating more interest on the mini sessions than I have available, I may end up adding a date. So, don’t ever think you’re too late! If I do run out of space, I will continue to take full sessions through June. July will be extremely limited, and for August, I will be taking that month off, because we are having a baby! 🙂 I look forward to sharing more of my news with you, and of course, plenty of pictures once our baby arrives. Talk to you soon!

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Tessa | St. Louis Newborn Photography

Tessa was a fabulous sleeper. But her sister, Nora, well, I wasn’t so sure she’d cooperate for us. Boy, was I wrong! My newborn stylist, Mary, did such a fantastic job winning Nora over! Peekaboo makes for some fantastic pictures. We all had fun!

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Henry | St. Louis Newborn Photography

Oh my blog. It’s been so neglected. I love to share pictures, but life has taken over. Eventually, I’ll share some more updates on my life, but first, let’s look at Henry.

Henry’s mom knows how to decorate like a pro. When I wasn’t taking pictures, I was asking a million questions about where she got things and how she put it all together. So darling! Oh, and Baby Henry was preeeettty darling himself.

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Christina & Ryan | Missouri Botanical Garden | St. Louis Wedding Photography

Christina is one of the most laid back, yet stylish brides I have ever met. She and Ryan did an amazing job planning such a chic affair. The Missouri Botanical Garden was the most incredible ceremony backdrop complete with a round bridge. Wow. Did I mention how beautiful Christina is? Well, see for yourself…

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Joshua | St. Louis Newborn Photography

Surprise, It’s a boy! Yes, it was just 2 years today that I was photographing Joshua’s mom and dad’s wedding. So much has changed! We are delighted you are here, Joshua. You are a sweet angel. Enjoy!

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Camilla | In-Studio | St. Louis Newborn Photography

Camilla did awesome for her newborn shoot! My newborn session packages are all inclusive, do not require minimum purchases, AND they include a print release. It is never too early to book your session, and it may not be too late! Email me to book at marybeth@illumenphotography.com. Pricing information is located here. I look forward to taking your pictures!

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Levi | 9 Days Old | St. Louis Newborn Photography

This is Levi. Below is a sample of some of the pictures I took for his sweet mommy & daddy. Do you see how asleep he is? You see, he is only 9 days old which is an ideal time to take newborn pictures. He is also being warmed by a small nearby heater and just finished a feeding. This allows him to sleep for the next 2 hours while my newborn stylist and I gently move him around to get pictures of his itty bitty features and darling little face. If you are reading this, but you are already past an ideal time to take newborn pictures, that’s okay! I can still take pictures for you, and I may be able to get your little one asleep…at least for a little while. 🙂

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Jeremiah & Colin | St. Louis Twin Newborn Photography

You may think twins would be twice the work for a newborn shoot, but these twins really made my life so easy. They loved being next to each other, and they slept the entire time. In the event you may be expecting twins, please note that there is not an additional charge for multiple babies. I’m happy to photograph multiples at the same price as individual babies. Now, let’s move along to see all the snuggly cuteness!

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Spring Mini’s

Spring Mini Sessions have now been announced. Please email me at marybeth@illumenphotography.com to book your session or for further questions.

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Baby Luke | St. Louis Newborn Photography

Wow, I took baby Luke’s pictures back in OCTOBER! It’s been a while! His 4 month birthday is next week! Happy early birthday, buddy! Wasn’t he the sweetest little newborn? Even though he was wide awake, he was just as comfortable and happy as he could be.

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Matt & Christy | St. Louis wedding photography

Matt & Christy’s wedding was one of my absolute favorites. They are such a sweet couple, and I loved working with them. They are also friends with my husband and I had the luxury of dancing with my husband at their wedding which I always enjoy! Their pictures tell the story of their day. Here is just a sampling…pay close attention to the best first look ever! His reaction is what every bride wants!

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baby olivia | St. Louis newborn photography

Well, I’m finally getting around to posting on my blog again! Here is a small sample from Olivia’s session. She is the youngest Blues fan I’ve ever seen! 🙂

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baby Rosaleen | St. Louis Newborn Photography

It’s been a while since I took Rosaleen’s pictures, but I had to show a few samples from her session now that I have some mid-winter free time. Her face is so beautiful and perfect. She was sound asleep the entire time so it was super easy to photograph her. She also has a wonderful mommy and daddy that love her very much!

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Fall Mini’s are here!

For Fall Mini Session details and booking, please email me at marybeth@illumenphotography.com.

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Spring Mini Sessions May 17th

First come, first serve. Please email me to book. (I do not get a notification when comments are made so I cannot reserve a space based on comments below.)

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Aria | 6 days old | St. Louis Newborn Photography

Little Aria arrived just in time for Christmas. What a beautiful gift she was to her parents! She was so precious at just 6 pounds. She posed easily and stayed asleep the entire time. I can’t believe I get to see her again in 3 months! How did I get so lucky?

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Jen & Levi | St. Louis Wedding Photography

It’s been quite a while since my last blog post, and although these past few months have been wonderful, they’ve also been extraordinarily busy. Below are pictures of Jen & Levi’s rustic wedding from September. More blog posts from this fall will follow soon. Now onto their wedding…

Jen & Levi: I could sit here and tell you what a wonderful friend Jen is to me, or how happy she is all-the-time, but I think the pictures of her smiling face speak for themselves. I think she’s pretty great, and I’m thrilled she’s found the man for her who thinks she’s pretty great too.

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Ashton & Preston | St. Louis Newborn Photography

Twins!  Brooke and Scott are wonderful friends of ours, and have been since my husband and I started dating.  So when Brooke contacted me about going down to Springfield to take pictures of their new twins, I jumped at the chance! Most of the newborns I photograph weigh more than the amount that both of these little guys weighed at birth. They were so tiny!  But they were so healthy, and were able to come home with their mom and dad after only 48 hours in the hospital! You can tell how excited their big brother, Hudson, is to have 2 new brothers!

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Scott & Brooke, Thank you for letting me photograph these sweet boys. I’m blessed to get to watch them grow up, and I’m so grateful for your friendship!

Flynn Family | St. Louis Family Photography

These pictures of this beautiful family are exactly why I schedule my photo shoots near sunset. I named my business Illumen for a reason! Illuminating light turns a photo from a something A-Okay into something extraordinary. I don’t think it hurts that this family was so photogenic, and easy to work with. The Flynn daughters are especially camera friendly, even at times, showing me they can pose themselves. Enjoy a glimpse into their family session (don’t forget to check out the dog!!):

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Garden Sarah | Personal

I haven’t done a personal post in quite a while, and watching my little girl go out and pick tomatoes seemed like the perfect photo op! My daughter, Sarah Jane, is quite focused and even a little serious at times. I’m sure you can tell that by looking at the pictures. She loves to eat big, red juicy “mato’s.”  But finding them is even more fun!

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Little miss Sarah, I love you and all your little unique facial expressions. Smile or no smile, I know you are my happy girl. Thank you for being mommy’s helper in our family garden.

Harrison | St. Louis Newborn Photography

Harrison was a little dream baby. He doesn’t like hand holding and he’s stronger than he looks, but overall, I’d still give him an A+. Despite the pouty lips, he still gave us a few smiles. I’d say he was a good sport…no pun intended. 😉

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Jessica & Anthony | St. Louis Wedding Photography

I met Jessica earlier this year, and I felt like we immediately shared excitement about her wedding day photography. She has such great style and chose such a cool location in Forest Park at the Highlands Golf Club.  Her husband Anthony is such a gentlemen, and there is no doubt how much he loves and adores Jessica. Their day started off with a few showers, but ended up being beautiful with an incredible sunset. Here is just a sampling of some of my favorites…

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I wish you both the very best in your marriage. Never will I forget your special day, and being able to connect with your friends and family. God bless you both!

Bennett | St. Louis Newborn Photography

Some babies, like Bennett, are sweet…AND cooperative AND oh-so sleepy! Just 5 days young, too! My very favorite picture is the first one of him sucking on his pinky. He soothed himself right into a dreamy sleep. Enjoy!

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Henrietta | St. Louis Newborn Photography

Here she is…Little Henrietta. 6 days new. She put up a fight, but in the end, we got her to sleep like a newborn. 🙂 Take special note of her little smiling face and the one with her daddy. MY FAVS!

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Dewig Family | St. Louis Family Photography

Charlotte is a wee bit too many weeks to call a newborn, but she is beautiful and oh-so tiny. As you can tell, her family, including her big brother Sam, adore her little self.

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Lindsey & Gerald | St. Louis Engagement Photography

I had never met Lindsey before I did her engagement shoot, but she and her fiance Gerald became my instant friends. I loved working with them, and they made the session so easy. Lindsey’s godfather has some connections with the Cardinals so they were SUPER LUCKY to have their pictures taken inside Busch Stadium!!! So much fun! Then we headed to Forest Park for some more pictures; Lindsey brought so many adorable props for their session. She has such a creative streak! Thank you both for letting me be a part of this journey for you. I wish you the very best!St. Louis Engagement Photography; www.illumenphotography.comSt. Louis Engagement Photography; www.illumenphotography.comSt. Louis Engagement Photography; www.illumenphotography.com

 

No Family | St. Louis Family Photography

Yes, their last name is No, and they have a great attitude about it! Just talk to Erin for a few minutes and she’ll tell you a few business ideas she’s come up with….like the No Love Daycare. Ha ha! Erin and I met in college when we both decided to take an opportunity to study abroad in Thailand. It was adventurous to say the least…and now, years later, we’ve reconnected. Our children are almost the exact same age, and in three weeks, she and her husband, Kil, will have a 3rd daughter. Here is a glimpse into a day with their angelic family.  NOTE: Please take the time to really appreciate the pictures next to the white fence. I may or may not have trespassed into the horse stables, causing quite a commotion when I was nearly trampled by a very angry horse. I still think the pics were worth it. 🙂

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Grady | St. Louis Newborn Photography

This sweet little guy was just 16 days old, but oh-so-awake! We cuddled him and cuddled him until he finally fell asleep. It’s a hard job but someone’s got to do it!

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Sumner Family | St. Louis Family Photography

The Sumner Family was sooo laid back; it made this photo shoot easy for me. As a matter of fact, they even stopped to let the kids have a break at the playground! So fun! I have a lot of favorites… but I love love love the one of Oliver and his dad sitting on the slide together. It was so genuine!

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Mike & Katie | St. Louis Wedding Photography

Getting married in the middle of an ice storm would be stressful for most brides, but Katie was not most brides. Her beautiful, winter wedding went off without a hitch, and her attitude throughout the day was admirable. I never heard a complaint from her or her groom, Mike, even though the temperatures outside were frigid. They happily braved the cold for some beautiful snowy pics in which no one could have planned. Below is a glimpse into her wintery, sweet, God centered wedding day.

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Mike and Katie, it was an honor to photograph your wedding day. Your wedding was a foreshadowing of what is to come. Keep the good attitude.

London | St. Louis Newborn Photography

This little angel could not have been more perfect for her newborn session. She happily slept the entire time! Little London is so beautiful with her full little lips and creamy baby skin. I have proof below:

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What a wonderful big brother Caleb is to Miss London! He loved on her every chance he got.  I especially LOVE the one of him resting his face on his hand! Too cute!

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My Little Ballerina | Personal

You’re our little ballerina
Who loves to leap and twirl
A tutu-wearin’ dancer
And our precious little girl

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Ellen “Elle” Margaret | St. Louis Newborn Photography

Get ready for a whole lotta newborn pictures! This baby is cute, and my website is going to be inundated with photos of her sweet little self.

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I am speechless. She is absolutely beautiful and a true gift from God. I love the ones of her in the old crate….her little arm propped up under her head. You are blessed beyond words. Enjoy that sweet face, these pictures started my day off with a big smile and a lot of “oh’s and ah’s”.

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Colbert Family | St. Louis Family Photography

Tanya and I met when we both worked for Edward Jones; she helped me secure a promotion I had been really trying hard to get. Since then, we’ve become great friends. Now, she is a Financial Advisor, and has two wonderful boys. She and her sweet family came over for a mini session in my in-home studio. As you can see, we had a great time!

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Moss Family | St. Louis Family Photography

It was COLD outside….brrr! But not like today with all the snow. This is a darling family, and I was grateful to finally meet them all. Here is a small sample of the pictures from their extended family shoot.

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Van Horn Family | St. Louis Family Photography

Erin and Ryan are dear friends of our family whom we met through our church a few years ago. Our first kids were 9 days apart and our second were just a few months apart. I am so grateful they chose me to take their pictures. They are one of the most photogenic families I have ever seen! I think they should be in an advertisement, don’t you?

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Adrienne & Blake | Hollywood Wedding Photography

My husband used to be a radio personality in college and law school…yes, it’s true. He worked at a few different stations, but it was at Y107 in Columbia, Missouri that he met Blake. I heard a lot about Blake but never got the chance to meet him or his girlfriend until the day before their wedding. I had an instant connection with both Blake and Adrienne, and I noticed their other friends felt the same. Congratulations to A & B on a lifetime of happiness. Here’s to eternity!