Do your office mates reduce your stress?

Today I photographed corporate portraits for the staff of  Rhodey Construction.  They needed to update some images for their website.  I walked in and was warmly greeted by Cody; and I immediately felt at home.  Soon after, Alvin came in and once he said ‘hello’ to Cody, he greeted me as well.

There is great research that says having pets at the office reduce stress and increases productivity.  I believe that whole hardly (as I sit and type this, Jackson is laying beside me snoring and dreaming and that makes me happy).  I think the entire crew at Rhodey Construction would agree too; there were a lot of happy, smiling people there in the office today.  What a perfect way to spend the morning… photographing people and their office mates of the four legged kind!

Here is a pic of both Cody and Alvin. Adorable!

Know anyone that needs corporate portraits, including their office pets too? Please share my contact information, I’d love to create beautiful images for them as well!

 

A Few of My Favs from 2015

2015 was a great year!

Here’s to 2016! Call now to book your date!

This! What Ben Chrisman says so perfectly!

Guest Tip – Ben Chrisman on the Importance of Print

A few years ago we asked past brides what they ever did with their wedding photographs. We weren’t selling many albums then, but were giving the high-resolution files away. Almost every single bride told us their photos were just sitting on the disc in a drawer because they were just too busy and overwhelmed to even make 4×6 inch prints. At that point, Erin and I decided we needed to change things for the benefit of everyone.

After you get married, life changes fast. You buy a house, you have kids, you move up the ladder at your job. And your wedding day you planned for so long suddenly begins to slowly fade from memory. And the technology used to store those memories becomes undependable or even obsolete. So to help reverse that worry, for them and for their families, we decided to start including an album for every wedding. We didn’t raise our prices, but we took out the high-resolution files.

Shannon and Dan's wedding at St. Patrick's Catholic Church and reception at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California.

All of a sudden, giving a tangible product made so much more sense. We were providing our clients a lasting memory of their wedding, and also ensuring their children and grandchildren would be able to feel what the wedding day felt like 50 years from now.

And we finally became a full-service business that took care of people start to finish, which has made us extremely proud of what we do.

…we finally became a full service business that took care of people from start to finish.

It also gives justification for our prices because we know what we are doing will have even greater value to our clients than they could ever imagine at the time of booking us.

Shannon and Dan's wedding at St. Patrick's Catholic Church and reception at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California.

 A few weeks ago, we received the sad news that a groom from last year was losing his mother to cancer.A few weeks ago, we received the sad news that a groom from last year was losing his mother to cancer.

We just couldn’t believe the young, beautiful lady we watched on the dance floor was already being moved into Hospice Care. We had, just a couple months earlier, made both sets of parents their own album, and the bride wrote us to tell us how important that book had become to her mother-in-law. She wrote to us: “She absolutely adores her album and shows it to everyone who has visited, even today in the last days/hours with her, she asked to see the album and your photos. So thank you so much for creating it and for capturing so many moments for us that we’ll cherish more than we ever knew at that time.”

Shannon and Dan's wedding at St. Patrick's Catholic Church and reception at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California.

I now realize that if you don’t give your clients an album, you’re not really doing your job as a wedding photographer. Technology trends come and go faster than ever. But a wedding album is going to last. And so will the photographs you put all your heart into making for the families who choose you as their photographer. As artists, we all want to see our photographs printed. And we all want our photographs to be looked at forever. We have the ability to do both, and everyone will be better off because we took the initiative to make that happen.

So do yourselves a favor, and most importantly, do your clients a favor and give them something they may not fully appreciate now, but definitely will once life kicks into full gear right after the honeymoon ends. There is something magical about looking at a book of photographs. And it’s an honor to make one for every single wedding we are asked to document.

~ Ben Chrisman, Chrisman Studios

I love weddings, can you tell?

Erin and Jordon got married at the Chesterfield Doubletree.  We started early in the day with “getting ready” pics, then to the ketubah signing pics, the ceremony and the party.

Erin looked fantastic! She had so many moments of almost crying and ruining her makeup; she was so happy with the way everything turned out, she couldn’t control herself.  Jordon and Erin had a first look and well, Jordon thought Erin looked fantastic too.  It was a special moment.

With a packed room, the ceremony began…. Rabbi Ari made everyone laugh and cry, feeling the special bond between two best friends!

The party? I think the pics speak for themselves!

Enjoy a few of my favorite images.

I do love a sweet wedding!

I photographed another elopement last week with Carolyn.  She and I are beginning to make this an every Friday kinda date.  And I have to say that works for me!  I really enjoy photographing at all the cool spots in STL and getting to meet and know all the new couples.  Last Friday we met at the Muny in Forest Park and despite the rain, Megan and Colt said “I do” along side of their moms and children.

While I don’t typically know the couples until I meet them minutes before the ceremony, I can usually connect with them pretty quickly.  By the end of this wedding with Megan and Colt, I knew they were all gonna be one big happy family!

Check out a few of my favorite images.  Aren’t those kids adorable in their pretty pink dresses?

Meredith, Nate, Eleonore and Francesca…

Family portraits are one of my favorites and perfect for a Mother’s Day weekend gig. The Hoppings are a beautiful family. I’m not talking about outer beauty, I’m talking inner beauty here. They LOVE G_d! And the best part, they seem to love every person they meet too. They are kind, sincere and compassionate people…Oh and man, can they sing!

Eleonore cracked me up with her ‘say cheese, say peas and carrots’. She is going to keep everyone laughing, I can tell. Her sister Frankie, well she doesn’t need Elie’s help with anything right now but I’m betting they are going to be very close sisters.

I truly enjoyed the short time we spent together. I love the photographs too. I am having a hard time deciding which ones I like best…

If you like their pics, let em’ know. Leave a comment on the blog.  And if you want a family portrait session too, contact me to set up your appointment. As a matter of fact I have one opening left for next Sunday at 4:00.

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.