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Payton & Laryssa Engaged | Saint Louis Wedding Photographer

Payton & Laryssa are getting married TOMORROW at the Mariott Grand (I’ll never stop calling that place the Renaissance Grand), so I figured today was the perfect day to show off their downtown Clayton engagement session! We did a few photos at the beginning of the session with their adorable daughter, Emma, who is going to make the prettiest flower girl ever!

The streets of Clayton have the most perfect western light during the summer, so it’s fabulous for couples who love architecture and cityscapes!

Photo of beautiful marquette cut diamond engagement ring with  purple backgroundPhoto of couple with toddler daughter at engagement session in Downtown ClaytonBlack and white photo of toddler girl in Clayton ParkPhoto of beautiful couple hugging at engagement session in Downtown Clayton`Photo of kissing couple on street of downtown Clayton engagement sessionPhoto of couple standing on street of downtown ClaytonPhoto of woman kissing mans cheek in Clayton park for engagement sessionPhoto of couple standing close together on street in Downtown Clayton engagement sessionPhoto of man dipping woman in intersection of city street in downtown Clayton engagement sessionPhoto of smiling couple in downtown Clayton engagement session Photo of couple sitting on concrete stairs smiling at each other in downtown Clayton engagement sessionNight photo of couple standing in front of fountain in downtown Clayton engagement session Photo of love sparkler writing

November 14, 2015 - 4:37 pm

Todd K. - I love the connection you bring out in these portraits. I also like that your sparkler writing is legible ;)

2014 Throwback: Stevee + Josh Engagement | Saint Louis Wedding Photographer

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I first met up with Stevee and Josh for their Villa Marie Winery engagement photos! These two are one of my all time favorite couples. Not only are they incredibly gorgeous, but they’re also kind and madly in love with one another!

We decided we wanted to go to a second location, and Stevee suggested this random bike path nearby. When we arrived, I was obsessed. This tree lined, leaf covered bike path had the most gorgeous fall color and beautiful light, and I could have photographed their entire session in that spot!

We need to do this again, Stevee & Josh! Anniversary session??:)

Photo of couple throwing fall leaves and kissing on trailPhoto of couple kissing by pond at fall engagement sessionPhoto of couple kissing in woods at fall engagement sessionPhoto of couple walking in tall grass of field at fall engagement sessionPhoto of couple sitting and kissing on fall leaf covered trailPhoto of couple by pond at fall engagement sessionPhoto of couple and emerald cut diamond engagement ring at fall engagement session on a trailPhoto of a couple hugging in front of fall trees and purple sky at engagement sessionPhoto of silhouetted couple with fall trees at engagement session

Whitney & Bryan Married at Little Piney Lodge | Saint Louis Wedding Photographer

It has been about six months since we shot Whitney & Bryan’s wedding at Little Piney Lodge! Little Piney Lodge is such a great wedding venue, and the owners are incredible and go above and beyond for their couples! I love teaming up with people like that!

The weather on Whitney and Bryan’s big day went from dark, sudden downpour to gorgeous sunny skies and back again before opening up just in time for their lakeside ceremony. John even got in a canoe during the ceremony!

I am so excited that we got to be a part of the beginning of Whitney & Bryan’s marriage, and I love that they made their families such a big part of their day!

Photo of rustic wooden wedding signs at Little Piney Lodge weddingPhoto of peach and orange rose bouquet and wedding rings at Little Piney Lodge weddingPhoto of fatherPhoto of bride twirling wedding gown on lake pier at Little Piney Lodge weddingSaint-Louis-Wedding-Photographer-Wedding-at-Little-Piney-Lodge-Peach-Roses-Outdoor-Ceremony-Rustic-0005Photo of outdoor wedding venue with white chairs at Little Piney Lodge weddingPhoto of bride and groom hugging at outdoor Little Piney Lodge wedding Photo of bride and groom kissing in outdoor wedding portraits at Little Piney Lodge weddingPhoto of rustic smores wedding favors at Little Piney Lodge wedding Photo of rustic white cake with real roses at Little Piney Lodge weddingPhoto of fatherPhoto of bride and groom dancing under lights at night at Little Piney Lodge Wedding



Photographer:  Ashley Fisher Photography

Ceremony/ Reception Venue:  Little Piney Lodge

Florist:  Hermann Florist

DJ:  Now That’s A DJ

Cake:  Cakery Bakery

Hair Artist/ MakeUp Artist:  Luminesce Salon

How to Light Toasts | Saint Louis Wedding Photographer

Shooting toasts is one of those things that usually makes wedding photographers pretty hangry, as they normally fall in the middle of dinner when we haven’t eaten in 8+ hours, our food is sitting on the table, and we just need to pee. Without a game plan for how to shoot toasts, it’s easy to just document it without concern for gorgeous light so that you can quickly take your only break for the day, but with a plan, it’s a time to show off some stellar lighting skills and capture the emotions of your couple and their best friends and family members. In this post, I’ll show you how to light toasts to create dynamic, dramatic, directional light in your images.

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I normally shoot the toasts with two off camera flashes and nothing on camera, as I really love dramatic and dynamic light. On one stand, I have a YN-560IV set to RX mode with a Westcott 26″ Rapidbox, about 8-10 feet high, angled slightly down. This stand goes either right in front of my couple, right in front of the person giving the toast, or ideally right between them so that they all have gorgeous, even light. The other stand has a YN-560IV set to RX mode, and I usually leave that one bare, but sometimes I’ll toss a magmod grid on it to narrow the beam of light. That one is placed behind the person giving the toast, but sometimes I don’t shoot with the kicker at all. I normally keep that one around 8 feet, although sometimes I do put it as low as possible for easy rim light. I trigger my flashes with the YN-560TX, which allows me to control the power + zoom for each flash from my camera.

lighting diagram for photographing wedding toasts

The cameras in the above diagram are the places I shoot from with this lighting setup. I normally shoot toasts with an 85 or a 70-200 while John covers them with a wide angle. To add even more visual interest to your toasts, try shooting through glasses on tables or candles, too!

Hope these tips make the toasts of your last few weddings of 2015 amazing! We’d love to see what you create, so be sure to post links in the comments!

Kacey + Ethan Engaged | Saint Louis Wedding Photographer

Now that the leaves are falling and the temperatures are dropping, I’m looking back over images from this spring and realizing how much I love the spring. Especially when my clients want Forest Park engagement photos. Kacey is a fellow photographer, and we met up this past spring for their engagement photos at the World’s Fair Pavilion before we headed over to the Central West End, which has the most gorgeous light early in the year.

Her ring is one of my all time favorites. I spent quite a bit of time photographing it at their wedding in October, too!

Forest Park engagement photos with pink top and rose gold ring

This was one of my favorites from their session! I love the classic romance this kiss under the arches of the World’s Fair Pavilion, as well as the guy playing bongos sitting over on the right.

Photo of couple kissing in the arches of the WorldPhoto of a couple kissing against building in Central West EndPhoto of a night shot of a couple kissing in the street in Central West End

Thanks, Kacey + Ethan, for allowing me to take your Forest Park engagement photos this past spring and shoot your incredible wedding this fall! I cannot wait to show you the rest of your wedding images!:)