Baby Milestone and Family Outdoor Session, St. Louis, Missouri

There are endless locations in St. Louis for bright and light family portraits, any time of year! We were also able to capture some 6-month smiles and milestones for this adorable baby.

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Winter at the Missouri Botanical Gardens | St. Louis Family Photographer

Baby, it's COLD outside. More like frigid. Frosty. Wintry. Miserable. Wretched. Wait, wait, wait! This post is getting off to a bad start! Don't get me wrong. I love cold weather... only when there is snow! We should have something pretty in exchange for having to wear so many layers just to get to our cars.

This time of year in St. Louis can be difficult for photographers. There are limited places to go with a family that can provide shelter from the elements. But, from time to time, St. Louis provides a nice day in January to get outside and grab some portraits. This day happened to be one of those glorious Spring days in the heart of winter.

We had chosen to have the portraits of the Arnett family in the Missouri Botanical gardens when their session was scheduled; because we thought the weather would be unpleasant in January. We lucked out! So after taking a few inside we ventured outside to soak up the sun!

Check out the looks! I love this picture on so many levels!

The Arnett family is such an endearing family. The kind of family that you feel their quiet support of you. The kind of family everyone should be friends with. Don't you just feel that from the image above?

A dad and his boys!

I tend to prefer the un-posed pictures because I feel that they tell the whole story. The ins and outs of their relationships. You really get to know them. You, my faithful readers, may not know this family, but you can sure see the love!

"There has never been, nor will there ever be, anything quite so special as the love between a mother and a son" -Author Unknown

"Son, you'll outgrow my lap, but never my heart." - Author Unknown

We were able to travel through the gardens to find some spots that showed us a bit of color during these dreary months of winter. The Missouri Botanical Gardens didn't let us down!

Arnett family, I cannot wait to watch these boys grow. Let's just pray it isn't too fast!

It's the most wonderful time...

It's no secret. I LOVE Christmastime. I love tree farms and hot cocoa, I love snow, I love being around friends and family. Which brings me to my next love. I loved this session! Hence the overload of pictures. :)

The Morgan Family!

Get a load of these guys, they are full of fun and good times! With perfectly coordinating outfits, a great location, and smiles like these you cannot go wrong! Am I right or what?! We were able to get a session in about a month ago over in Belleville at the Our Lady of the Snows Shrine, and man... I need to photograph over there more often! Enough about me! On to the pictures!

James and Adrianna! | Shaw Nature Reserve Family Session

These two were a bundle of energy! We got our workout in for sure. It was hot (again!) and these two were not bothered in the least. I love Shaw Nature Reserve, and I don't get to work out there as often as I'd like, so when I was contacted to do a session closer to Eureka, I immediately thought of Shaw!

Emily is 6 months old! | Missouri Botanical Garden Family Session

This little sweetie is growing entirely too fast! It seems like yesterday we were taking her newborn images! I just love her smile, don't you? We were in the Botanical Gardens for this session, and it was horribly humid, but this crew were troopers!

Baby Jane! | Studio 3 Month Session

I just have to say, I love love love the name Jane. There is absolutely nothing plain about it! Anyhow, on to the task at hand! This cute 3 month old came to my studio on Watson the other day, and I was so excited to welcome her and her parents into the CNP family. I get to watch this beauty blossom over the next year, and I can't wait to see it happen! I have such cute clients! Enough from me! On to the pictures!!