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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Elephant Rock State Park

A couple weekends ago, John and I drove an hour and half down to Elephant Rock State Park.  It was a perfect weekend with temps just right for walking.  I had heard about this park, but didn't really know what to expect.  I was surprised when we drove into the park and saw the giant boulders this park was named for.  We took a little hike through the boulders and shot off a side path that came to an old mining area.  If you are looking for something to do with the kids, pack a lunch and drive down.  It's well worth your time.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Bee Tree Park

John and I went out to explore Bee Tree Park...a little county park that sits right on the river's edge.  We went to photograph the tulips, however, it appears they are not doing tulips anymore.   So we took a walk.  It's a great park for photo shoots with an historic home and an old red barn along with spots to overlook the river.  I hope I get to use this beautiful location some day.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Senior Photo Shoot

This young man makes photography easy with his great looks and easy-going personality!  It was a pleasure working with him and his dad.  Wish you the best at your new school, Jared!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Photo Vacation

Several weeks ago, I got a call from my Aunt Bonnie, who is also a photographer.  She wanted to come spend a week with me.  She was excited, I was excited.  We spent most of the time photographing each other and my mom, visiting sites around town, editing photos, learning how to use her studio lighting kit.  It was awesome to share my love of photography with someone who is as excited as I am! 
Our first outing took us to the Botanical Gardens where I helped her understand natural lighting situations and how to meter correctly.  We got some fun photos.

We spent the afternoon the next day out at the Sandy Creek Covered Bridge where we played with exposure bracketing and more portrait taking.  We had a blast, laughed a lot!  Another photographer thought I was giving a little seminar.  I'm sure it kind of sounded like that!

Bonnie may have taken this next one...
The last on-location photography we did was down in the Soulard district.  Even my mom was getting in on the fun with camera in hand.

Towards the end of the week, we finally had to call the company that made the transmitter and receiver for the studio strobe lights cause we could not figure out why in the world we couldn't get them to work.  Turned out to be a malfunction in the parts.  So once we got that worked out, we were finally able to do some in studio portraits.



Friday, May 3, 2013

Gardens in Spring

One of our favorite places to go in St. Louis is the Missouri Botanical Garden.  Every time you go, it looks different.  The landscape is a living canvas.  You can imagine Spring with all it's beauty is a wonderful time to be there.

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