Amy & Sam | May 24th, 2015 | Les Bourgeois Wedding | Rocheport, MO

The girls talked and laughed as they put the final touches on their hair and makeup. Only a few hours left until the ceremony. Amy’s wonderful bridesmaids helped her slip into her absolutely gorgeous wedding gown at Mount Nebo Cottage. All the while, Sam waited patiently and anxiously for his beautiful bride to arrive and their ceremony to begin at the Les Bourgeois Winery. Amy & Sam celebrated their love together at beautiful Les Bourgeois, which is nestled in the middle of quaint Rocheport, MO. Family and friends gathered from all around the United States to watch these two love birds say “I do.” Everyone danced, celebrated and toasted to nothing less than a wonderful new life to the newlyweds. Enjoy this exclusive blog-only sneak peek into their wedding day! {Click on the photos below to view the slideshow. Please do not save photos, crop or alter in any way. Thank you!} 

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Professional Photography - Why is it such a BIG deal?

Something has been heavy on my mind lately and I wanted to share it with the world. I don’t usually post things like this - so please bare with me here.

Lets face it - We have all heard people around us say things like “I would never pay that much for a photograph!”.. I completely understand that some people are going to think this as they may not value photography as much as others.. but I want to talk about my thoughts on the subject a little bit.

Whenever you need new clothes.. you go to the mall. You go to your favorite store. You know that they will have something that you love and just cannot live without. $125 for my favorite dress - THAT’S A STEAL! You know the quality is high and you understand why the price is what it is. On the other hand - the $10 dress at the discount store may last you through one wash and then it might get holes and be unwearable. You get what you pay for in this situation, right?

The same thing applies to Professional Photography. There are photographers of all different ranges. When you hand pick your professional photographer, the experience is going to be much better as a whole. Why is it so important to pick a professional photographer? They spend hours upon hours to create their brand - their style - their products. They pour every ounce of passion and love that they have into their sessions, weddings and even down to retouching every photograph. They pay attention to all of the little details, not just the big picture. Not to mention, you know and LOVE their style, you see all of their photographs and cannot help but smile, laugh or sometimes even cry. This is what makes it all worth it - the value of the silent stories through the photographs is priceless. These unique moments in your life are captured and will be enjoyed and loved for days, months, and years to come.

As your photographer - I strive to make my photography and products as practical as possible for everyone to enjoy. I know how important it is to have beautiful memories that you can cherish forever.

Personally, I cannot stress enough how important it is to invest in photography. You aren’t just investing in a couple of photographs.. you are investing in your family - your life. Looking back on my childhood, I have a box of old polaroids and prints documenting everything from my first day on earth, all the way up to my first junior high school dance. I love these memories - but it’s missing one thing. Photographs of me with my parents. They were behind the camera documenting my life, but I can count on one hand the number of photographs I have with them by my side.

5 years ago, I lost my mother to a long battle with Leukemia. I was 17 years old at the time and just about to graduate highschool. When I was younger, I never thought of the possibility that I would lose my mother so soon - or thought about how I wouldn’t have enough photographs with my mother to cherish when she was gone from this earth. This is one of the biggest reasons why I am a photographer and who I am today. She always told me to follow my dreams - to capture the beauty of the world. Everyone deserves to be able to look back on their life and have these memories permanently captured. To remember how it felt in that exact moment - the crisp fall wind blowing - the warm sun on your skin - everyone laughing at dad’s joke. To be able to remember just how much love you have for your family and how much they mean to you.

Your professional photography session isn’t just a couple of snapshots. They are memories - moments in your life that you won’t get back. The details of your life that make you who you are. You can spend thousands of dollars on cars, clothes and all the other fun stuff we have in our lives.. But professional photographs are a big part of life that will actually increase in value over time. When life is ever changing, a photograph will always stay the same.

I cannot thank my clients enough - you all make me who I am! I know that I am doing what I was intended to do when someone looks at their final photographs and laughs hysterically, sheds a few tears or hugs me unconditionally out of thanks. Thanks for sticking around and reading my thoughts! I hope I get to photograph you soon! :)

{ Wyatt | 6 months }

I swear it was just the other day when Katie and I were kids ourselves and going swimming at her grandmother’s house. I can’t believe we have grown so much and she even has a little one of her own now! I was so happy when I received a message from Katie saying her little man, Wyatt, needed some updated 6 month portraits. I mean.. c’mon.. check out this little guy! He is just the cutest little guy ever! Could his little outfits be any better!? Just see for yourself below! :)

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