Let em’ be….

I often have parents tell me that they can’t get their kids to smile for the camera or that their smile is forced or cheesy.  My answer is – don’t make them smile. Let them just be comfortable in their own skin…and photographs.  I love when kids bring their own style and flare to a photos session.  Two sisters, Emma and Camille, being themselves all the way around.  From the clothes they picked to the poses most comfortable to them.  Aren’t they beautiful??!!  I might be a bit biased; they are my nieces!

So let your kids be themselves. Let them smile they way they want, let them wear the clothes they love. Just let em’ be them-selves!

Want a portrait session for your kids? or a lifestyle session? Contact me and let’s get you scheduled.

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Pet Portraits

We love our pets! And often they are forgotten when it’s time for a family portrait sessions. But we went one step better…their very own portrait session. Check out my sister’s pups, Simon and Lola. They are adorable and a huge part of the family. They are very much loved!

So contact me for you pet’s portrait session. We photograph dogs, cats, birds, horses, chickens, goats, well you get my drift.

We love Mitzvahs!

If you are like everyone else, you are waiting (not so) patiently for spring. I’m definitely looking forward to spring and some family portraits I have scheduled. In the meantime, this month I did a few mitzvahs (a couple of houses and some headshots too). I photographed Bella and her family. Bella was a natural in front of the camera and we had a great time….OK maybe she had a great time at City Museum crawling in all those tight spaces, I on the other hand simply waited until she and her friends surfaced above ground, thank you very much! Bella is smart and kind and she has a lot of great friends who love her bunches. I did enjoy seeing many of my own friends at her party too. I also got to photograph Mitch. Mitch has a smile and demeanor that will melt your heart.   And talk about a fun young man! Of course after meeting his mom, dad and brother and watching all those stealth dance moves, I see the apple doesn’t fall far from that tree. You guys rock!

So now I will head off to North Carolina to visit my family for a much needed vacation and well, to photograph a corporate portrait session along with a portrait of a wonderful musician…my niece! So look out North Carolina here I come. I love my job!

Got a bar/bat mitzvah? Wedding? Need a family portrait? CALL 314-330-2407 or EMAIL ME!


Craig and Kara get married! {St. Louis Wedding Photographer}

I walked in to the lobby at the MO Botanical Gardens; I see Kara, Craig and thier entourage.  Kara has bought tickets for everyone and the plan is a short and sweet elopement and a few pics.  I guess the minister standing there holding a bible, or maybe it everyone wearing a shirt and tie and/or a dress, kinda gave us away but it was a MOBOT “sneek in” fail!  We were told we couldn’t go in and have a ceremony or take pics so we had to leave.  OK, plan B.

So we decided to go to Tower Grove Park and hit the rock ruins or the Piper Palm House for a background – problem was, a huge storm was brewing.  We got to the park, began with the service and soon the winds and rain soaked us.  That’s OK, the sun came out when we were all done. And anyway, it’s good luck to get rain on your wedding day and even more luck if you get rained on.  I’m sure that ole’ wive’s tale is true!

So Craig and Kara got married elopement style, even if the whole family did show up!

Enjoy a few pics from their special day!

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Maddie’s Bat Mitzvah

Maddie was just a baby, dressed in her cute little honey pot costume, when her mom asked me to make her photograph. That was 13 years ago!

Kristi Foster St. Loui Bat Mitzvah Photographer

(this photograph still sits on Allison’s mantel)

Allison and Rob were my first neighbors when I moved to St. Louis. So I was more than excited when Allison called me and asked me photograph Maddie’s bat mitzvah.

The evening started with a family party at Allison’s house. The next morning, very early, we were at the shul photographing all the formals. Maddie, read the torah on the bimah (and did a fantastic job too, I hear) and then off to Dave and Busters for some games and fun.

It was awesome being a part of my ole’ friends’ special day!

If your looking for a bar/bat mitzvah photographer, email me now to secure your date! 2014 is almost booked up.

Not my Blog

Hey so my images are on a blog…but not my blog.

I am often asked to make images of special events other than bar/bat mitzvahs or weddings. I love when I am able to create a story of an event just as it unfolds, where I am able to be truly unobtrusive, but in just the right place at just the right time; to observe holy experiences.  Here is a blog by Meredith where she used my images to help demonstrate her story and understanding about her touching and spiritual weekend at the Gathering’s Women retreat!

The Hopping Home Blog!


So what do photographers do when they need a headshot for their LinkedIn profile? They hire a professional photographer.  What do photographers learn while on that said headshot photo shoot? A lot!

I remember the last time I needed family photographs and had to find a photographer.  While that wasn’t the most daunting task, actually being in front of the camera was.  So I wasn’t looking forward to it again a few weeks ago.  I don’t like having my picture made…isn’t this why I became a photographer? No, not really.  But I don’t like being photographed; I’d much rather be behind the camera not in front of the camera.  I feel awkward; not sure if my hair looks good, am I smiling right, am holding my head just so, how bad are the bags under my eyes and my double chin, oy vey!  This experience reminded me, I am not alone, this is what many people feel during a photo session.

This is always a great reminder of how important empathy is when working with my clients.  While I set out to make the best photograph, I don’t want to forget what it feels like to be in front of the camera.  I think every photographer should have this experience more often than every few years (oops).  I think this helps learn how to communicate better what we need our subject to do but also allows us to know just how confusing our instructions might be or how awkward they may feel and then challenges us to be better more caring and patient photographers.

So what does that mean? It means just what I have always believed… it takes more than knowing the technical aspects of photography but there is also a psychological aspect that is just as important.  Helping my clients feel more comfortable so they we can have a fun photo session, is as big a priority for me as is being a technically sound photographer.

Ahhh, I LOVE my job! I really do!  All parts of it!

Kristi Foster 2014

Here is my final pic from my photo session…please no darts :)

You can see my LinkedIn profile here.

Do you need a new headshot too? For Professional Publications? For LinkedIn? Facebook? Contact me!

Headshots {St. Louis Photographer}

I got a call from the PR department at a local hospital. They are in the process of redoing their website, adding new (and not so new) doctors and nurses and they needed a few images right away.

I will tell you, I love being in the hospital.  It reminds me of when I worked at Bowman Gray School of Medicine (now called Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center…whew that’s a mouth full).  I use to love getting lost in the halls on the way to the OR, or meeting all the med students on ‘picture day’, and I also loved when I got the chance to create environmental portraits for some of the most prominent doctors and researchers around.

So when Stephanie called and asked if I could do some headshots of the CEO and a few of their doctors, I was thrilled.  I”m hoping to do more for her as she begins revamping the website.

Here are a couple, stay tuned for more.

Happy New Year from Kristi Foster Photography, Inc.

What a great year Kristi Foster Photography, Inc has had! New clients, new website and even a new blog.

Thank you to all my supportive clients and friends!

What’s in store for 2014? I am hoping to get this blogging stuff down and get more out there. I also plan to take a few continuing education classes, just to keep sharp (see what I did there?) on my photography skills. I will be working on expanding weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs into North Carolina and I’m hoping to schedule some of those near or on the beach! I might even be able to get a photo workshop trip in too….I’m thinking Tuscany, at least that is my hope anyway.

Whew, that’s an ambitious 2014, but I’m ready and excited!

Enjoy a few of my favorite images from 2013….

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