Midwest Photographer

Cormier Family - Jameson 4mth/St. Charles Photographer/Blanchette Park St. Charles

The Cormier family has been with Jheart since Austen was born and watching her grow into a kid really has me in a fit of giggles. Now with the addition of Jameson, her pinchable cheeked baby brother, I almost can't handle editing their albums. His looks of "What in the world have I gotten into" and her free spirit had me laughing so hard I had to video flipping through the images to their Mom! All laughs aside, Jameson is perfection. A chubby, bald, cheeky smiled bundle of perfection. Can you believe the flowers at Blanchette Park in St. Charles??? I love what they have done with the garden area! 

 

Audrey & Mwinzi ~ Marry Me Cottage/St. Charles Wedding Photographer

This year I have developed a love for small intimate weddings. 

Audrey & Mwinizi's day is at the top of the list. Marry Me Cottage in O'fallon is the perfect spot for an intimate ceremony. You pull up to a beautiful open garden filled with so many colorful flowers. Audrey & Mwinizi chose to get married in the back garden surrounded by beautiful white flowers and beautiful green foliage. Audrey walked into what seemed like a secret garden. 

Watching these two connect at the alter, was the most romantic moment I have ever witnessed behind my lens. They really didn't need 150 guests, they just needed each other and it was beautiful. 

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Illinois Wedding Photographer/ Gloeckner Wedding

I met Hailey a few years back during another session. Since then I have had the pleasure of working with Hailey & Joe a few times and every session is amazing. Needless to say I was so excited when their wedding day came & I got to capture it. Their ceremony was at a gorgeous historic church called Church of the Holy Family in Chaokia IL. I was instantly in love with the charm of this gorgeous church. After the service we headed to the beautiful Weingarten in Belleville IL. This place had the greatest scenery for a gorgeous spring wedding. 

Congratulations Hailey and Joe. I can't wait to see what this life brings to you.

 

St. Charles Photographer/Columbia Photographer/Landry - Newborn

RC & Lauren have prayed for sweet Baby Landry for a few years. You can tell how big of a miracle he is in just by the way Lauren looks at him. She has adapted into Motherhood which such patiences and grace. Spending the morning with them reminded me just how beautiful life is through children. 

Landry's nursery was a photographers dream as far as decoration. It was the cutest wilderness/lumberjack theme I have even seen. When my kids where little we did Winnie the pooh and Disney characters, the themes now are just elegant and so unique! 

Thank you Strands for welcoming me into your home to capture this beautiful moment in your life. 

St. Charles Photographer/St.Charles Maternity Photographer/Cormier waiting for baby Jameson

Mac and Erika are an amazing beautiful couple who are enjoying their honeymoon phase by welcoming another little one. They are two extremely passionate people that are going to love this little boy fiercely, just like they do Big Sister Austen. I had an absolutely amazing morning capturing their love and joy for this new addition to their family. It's not often I get a couple that needs no direction in front of the camera. 

I can't wait to meet Mr. Jameson <3

 

 

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/Cole Wedding Klondike Park

Last year I was asked to capture Josh's proposal to Ms. Sheena and it was BEAUTIFUL down on Main Street in St. Charles. Then, we did another amazing shoot at Busch Wildlife in St. Charles for their engagement pictures. So it would only seem natural to pick another gorgeous location like Klondike Park for their beautiful outdoor wedding. Sheena put so much into every detail of her wedding that it really made my job fun. I love putting all the details together.  Her ring box was one of. my favorite pieces. The dreamsicle favored cake wasn't too shabby either!

It was a great joy to be able to celebrate with them as they joined together as one. They really know how to throw a celebration!

Thank you Josh and Sheena for entrusting me with capturing this amazing day. 

Venue: Klondike Park

Dress: David's Bridal

Designer: OLEG CASSINI

Rings: Hannoush Jewelers

Flowers: BOUQUETSBYKEEPSAKES

Cake: Wedding Wonderland Cakes

Photographer: Jheart Photography

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/Claire & Michael Cannon Beach

I recently spent a weekend in the mountains of Portland Oregon & one beautiful day at Cannon Beach with Claire & Michael. I know I usually am a St. Charles Wedding photographer, but when and friend of mine, Cieara with Cieara Ruess Photography went on a luxury trip we knew we had to find someone to shoot and we were so blessed with Claire & Michael. 

Claire and Michael met when her Dad invited him to their church's swing dancing club because he knew Claire & Michael would hit it off. Now, two and half year later they are still dancing together in the kitchens of their parents home. I don't know about you, but that is the most romantic thing EVER. They even showed off some of their moves for us!It is always pure joy when I get to shoot couples that have bursting love like these two. 

I do hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed shooting them. 

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/Stacy & Brandon Engaged - Busch Wildlife

I had the pleasure of doing Stacy's senior pictures a few years back and last night I had the joy of doing her engagement pictures to her high school sweetheart Brandon. They were so sweet and so much fun to work with especially since they needed no prompting when it came to the snuggling, kisses, and even giggles! Their June wedding is going to be absolutely gorgeous.

Congratulations Stacy & Brandon!

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St Charles Photographer/Sara & Don White - Old Hickory Golf Club

Sarah and I met at another wedding I did for a friend of hers in St. Charles a few years back, one that I embarrassingly locked my keys in my car, but I guess for her it left a lasting impression! When Sarah first messaged me she told me that her and Don eloped in a very private wedding ceremony in their home, officiated by one of their friend. How romantic is that?!?! I am such a sucker for a romantic love story! I didn't get to meet and work with them until the day of which is usually not how it works, but I must say....they are an amazing match. Watching them together, work together with the kids, what they giggle about, how they love each other, was simply perfection.

Sarah & Don decided to throw a very intimate party to celebrate at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters, which is a gorgeous venue to get married at. Decorated with gorgeous purple floral arrangements from Walter Knoll Florist. Sarah wore a beautiful unique navy dress with the perfect amount of lace. Not only did I get to hang out with Sarah & Don, I also got to meet their 2 adorable sons, ride around on a golf cart, AND get to try out glitter ball cake for the first time ever from Sara's Cake Shop (not same Sara as the bride!). It was truly a party to remember and Sarah has such a sweet family.

Congratulations Sarah & Don! Cheers to many years of love and happiness.

ST. CHARLES PHOTOGRAPHER/ST. CHARLES WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER/ WHY I PICK OUR SHOOT TIME

As we get into the Fall/Winter season of photography, I feel the need to explain why I pick the shoot times. It is also good for you to remember this when planning your Wedding day! It's even good to know these tricks if you are just a Mom or Dad trying to snap a few photos to remember the moment. One of the greatest things I learn is how to make my job a pinch easier to get product to you quicker. Number one on that list shoot times and sunlight....

Picture taken at Old Hickory Golf Course in St. Peters MO

Picture taken at Old Hickory Golf Course in St. Peters MO

See the above image?? This was taken at 4:30pm on a Saturday in July....I love this image. Love it, she is radiant and beautiful and loving her wedding day!

Know what is hard for a photographer to love??

SUNSPOTS....neon highlighted sun spotted grass all around. Now, with my experience, I knew where to place her to make the greatest image possible given the high harsh sunlight and as a result the image turned out beautiful. But because of the time of day, and the location, it really made it impossible to elminate ALL of the sunspots.

Photo taken at Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville Missouri

Photo taken at Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville Missouri

Now see THIS image....

This image was taken at 6:15pm on a June summer evening.

Can you see the difference? Can you see how less harsh the sun spots are but yet we are getting sunlight leaks from behind? Can you see the warmth in it?

THIS is why I chose the shoot time to be around 6:30pm.

Now, for weddings I don't always get to choose when shoot time is, but YOU as the Bride & Groom can keep this in mind! When planning your ceremony and picture time sit, think about when the best picture time will be. Ask your photographer if you aren't sure especially if you know the area you are going to be doing pictures. If you can't do all of your pictures during lower sunlight, make sure to set up sunset pictures with your photographer. A time where they specifically pull you out and do just 10 more minutes of intimate pictures with that beautiful low sun behind you. Photographers call this "golden hour"...but shhhhh you didn't hear it from me :-) And it is the greatest time of day for lighting to make your faces look better by minimizing shadows and highlights while giving you a gorgeous back drop of color. Obviously you need sun, but gentle sun beams are always going to go in your favor over high harsh sun.

So when booking this fall, know that shoots won't start until later in the day, with good reason, I promise! Remember this the next time you want to take your own pictures! You may not have professional equipment but you can always remember small tips and tricks to help you take great everyday images.