St. Louis photographer

Candid Beautifully Workshop/MarryMeCottage/St. Charles Wedding Photography

One of the hardest things I have had to develop in my business is connecting with my clients on more than just a professional level. I want them to receive their galleries knowing I made their session personal to them. Being able to get to know them and capture them candidly has grown & changed my business immensely. Looking back on last year and seeing how much it has positively impacted my business, I decided I wanted to share the knowledge and ideas with other photographers. A photographer that is able to provide a diverse image gallery in a short amount of time is not an easy task!

This is where The Candid Beautifully Workshop came into play…..

”If indeed you must be candid, be Candid Beautifully”

Think about that for a second. There are many ways to catch a candid photograph, but to execute the candid image in a beautiful way is difficult when you’re working in the moment. So what if as photographers, we focused more on the client connection and basic movements to really capture a candid moment? You end up with beautiful things.

10 amazing boss babes gathered at The Marry Me Cottage in O’Fallon, MO to learn, grow, and get dinner. You all know I won’t skip a chance to have a good meal. We talked about posing tips, easy actions to tell clients to maximize the shots rendered, how to flow from one pose to the next, and even some business tips. We were able to work with some outstanding wedding vendors in our area and their work was gorgeously showcased.

Each girl has a different business, different goals, and a different creative eye, yet we were able to come together and have fun, share ideas, just for the love of the industry! I am so blessed I was able to share parts of my journey with others in hopes to help them grow their business.

*Candid Beautifully Workshop is hosted by Jheart Photography & Elegant Illusions Photography.

Vendors:

New Town Weddings & Events/Jheart Photography Wedding Vendor Spotlight/St. Charles Wedding

Tucked back on the north side of St. Charles, you will find New Town, a quaint new generation borough. You will find a Marsala’s, a quick grocery spot, a coffee house, wine bar, sand volleyball, man made lakes, dinning spots and a perfect spot to host your unforgettable wedding day!

With 12 years experience in helping Brides & Grooms execute the biggest day of their lives, New Town Weddings & Events will make you feel confident your day is going to go smooth. Shae, New Towns lead wedding coordinator, has been in the business for 4 years now & her joy comes from spending time with her couples to make their wedding day dreams become a reality. New Town Wedding & Events is a breath taking spot to say your “I do’s” and then party into the night! Shae’s best piece of advice, “When you have a vision tell us, we will do anything to make your vision turn in to the best day of your life.”

New Town offers two locations for your ceremony. First, the bright & airy chapel that seats up to 250 guests. Second is outside with the vast scenery behind you while you stand in front of New Town’s Grand Canal.

New Town Wedding Chapel, located in the heart of New Town

New Town Wedding Chapel, located in the heart of New Town

New Town’s Grand Basin, view from where the ceremony would take place

New Town’s Grand Basin, view from where the ceremony would take place

I absolutely love the scenic view from the Grand Canal. There is plenty of space for up to 250 guests in both ceremony options.

The best part of the Wedding Chapel is the large vast 2 story windows letting in gorgeous sunlight for the perfect light & airy feel. The wood work on the doors behind the altar steps, create a unique backdrop. There is also plenty of spots to place any floral arrangements to enhance the beauty of the chapel.

Designed with your favorite colors and decor, this space can be a magical spot to say “I do!”. After you fall in love with the chapel, you look up to find it has a balcony! From that angle you can capture the entire aisle and everyone there.

This is the perfect spot to score some seriously romantic pictures. I mean…look at these gorgeous pictures….

The balcony also serves as a fun kiss shot!

One of my favorite things about venues is when they can host the ceremony AND the reception! Who doesn’t love a one spot wedding that also has perfect picture locations?! After you get married in the chapel or in front of the Grand Canal, you can move to their Event Tent for your reception of up to 350 guests.

New Town Event Tent located near the Grand Canal

New Town Event Tent located near the Grand Canal

You have to freedom to decorate as you wish and included there are beautiful chandeliers and rope lights to add to the charm of your reception. They work exclusive with the delicious FrenchTown Catering who will handle all of your food needs. After serving two weddings here, I can personally tell you the food choices will not disappoint!

Honestly, I can not say enough good things about New Town Weddings and Events. They execute flawless weddings and providing couples with a dream wedding day. If you are still shopping for your 2019 wedding or getting ready for your 2020 wedding, New Town is a beautiful wedding location. You can just host your ceremony, just your reception, or plan both there! Prices vary from starting at $300 for just ceremony and $2,000-$3,000 for your reception.

Now to see all the beautiful places to capture your wedding when you plan your New Town wedding.

Awards:

Best of St. Charles- 4 years running

The Knot Best of Weddings- 3 years running

Where you can find them on Facebook:

@New Town Weddings and Events

@New Town at St. Charles

@newtownstc

@newtownweddings

Website:

Www.newtowneventplanning.com

Danielle & Jesse/St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Blanchette Park Wedding

As guests started to be seated and the beautiful Rau Gardens Blanchette Park in the heart of St. Charles Missouri, the slight sprinkles disappeared, the sun came out just in time for Danielle to walk down the aisle. The beautiful flowers and colors make this garden one of my favorites to capture a wedding. Danielle &. Jesse have so much love and laughter between them that it was hard to not have a really fun time! Watching them blend their families together with vows really was a special moment. Their family and friends surrounded them and really rocked the night with some dancing!

August Graduation/St. Charles Photographer/Blanchette Park

August is a JHP 2019 bride & I was overjoyed when she reached out asking me to take pictures for you graduation from VetTech school. Then of course, I was even more excited because she was going to bring her recently adopt pug. What she didn't tell me previously was that Ginger is a 13 year old pug she found on a pug rescue Instagram page. Ginger has no teeth and hardly any muscle tone in her back legs which makes it very hard for her to walk. August adopted her to simply give her a loving home until she went to doggie heaven........I don't think I have met anyone who had picked a more fitting career choice. I am so glad that I got to meet Ginger and capture this fantastic achievement in August's life. Her cap was my favorite!

Next up...a wedding!!!

Another gorgeous session at Blanchette Park in St. Charles

Maverick Creek Session/St. Charles Family Photographer/Brommelsick Park

I don't think I will ever get tired of taking pictures of Mr. Maverick. This time in a creek with frogs, rocks, lemons and strawberries! His scrunchy nose smile makes me laugh and giggle every time! Brommelsick Park in St. Charles is turning out to be a great new spot for sessions. 

Hopefully this cutie makes you smile!

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/Wright City Wedding Photographer/Pogrelis Wedding

This season is causing me to majorly fall in love with intimate backyard weddings. Whitney & Ben's property was the perfect spot for them to say "I do!" I had so much fun with them and their entire wedding party. 

Have you ever seen a more stunning bride? Whitney in her gorgeous dress that she personalized to her style and the attention to details she put into the whole day really made this wedding beautifully unique. 

Thank you so much Ben & Whitney for asking me to capture these for you. It was such a blessing to be apart of your forever. 

St. Charles Family Photographer/St. Louis Family Photographer/Stephens Family

Despite Mr. Grant showing up with pants covered in water, from an exciting ride to the park, the Stephens family were a joy to capture. Mom says he is a serious little boy so smiles weren't easy, but as soon as Mom & Dad started the tickles all was well! 

Lafayette Park is really starting to look gorgeous with color! I can not wait for all the spring colors to emerge!!

St. Charles Photographer/St. Louis Photographer/Jessica & "Bean"

I almost couldn't contain my excitement when Jessica messaged me with her Mommy & Me session idea. How can you NOT love Tutu's & Heels & Cowgirl boots?? 

Jessica is an amazing Mama. She is rocking is single Mama life with a beautiful little girl whom she nicknamed "Bean"! (I love the nickname!)  The joy from the session really filled my heart with so much happiness. I love when clients come up with amazing ideas that bring their personality to the shoot!

St. Charle Senior Photographer/St. Louis Senior Photographer/Jozie at Missouri Botanical Gardens

I was beyond excited when showing up to the Missouri Botanical Gardens to see all of the gorgeous spring colors and flowers. Jozie is getting ready to leave her senior year and head to Ole Miss in the fall. I asked Mom what her plans were after the house was quiet, to which she replied, "Live!" HAHAHAHAHA

Jozie also brought her handsome boyfriend Rob to the session and watching them together was just wonderful. They have been together since Freshman year and plan to stay together while attending schools in separate states. I am totally routing for these two because they are so sweet to each other and the smiles don't lie!

Jozie I hope you have an amazing last few weeks and an outstanding Freshman year in college!