Q: where've you been?

A: All over town.

It's been a great couple of weeks.


What is happy?

Happiness is... Our beautiful STL nieces.

Love these two. (And miss our West Coast niece & neph!)
[Specs: 100mm f/4.5 ISO 400]


Do more than exist... LIVE.

Flowers cut and brought inside
Black cars in a single line
Your family in suits and ties
And you're free

The ache I feel inside
Is where the life has left your eyes
I'm alone for our last goodbye
But you're free

I remember you like yesterday, yesterday
I still can't believe you're gone,
I remember you like yesterday, yesterday
And until I'm with you, I'll carry on
~Jon Foreman of Switchfoot

This week we said goodbye to my sweet Nana of 92 years. She was a gracious, wonderful lady who lived an amazing life, but the time had come for her to leave this journey. While it is never easy to lose a loved one, peace comes from knowing that you WILL see them again and they are in a place now that is much better than life as we know it on Earth. Heavenly Father, take care of Nana for us... and until we are together again, we will all carry on.


diversity = flexibility

One of the greatest parts of being in high school is having the ability to be and do a thousand different things. What's to hold you back, right? In high school, I was a hockey player and a Thespian. Becca was a photographer and music fanatic (well, some things never change). It's all about options, diversity and creativity -- the perfect ingredients for flexibility in college when it comes time to decide what you'll ultimately do... and become.

Take our friend, JC, for example. Still not quite sure what the future holds in store for him, he's clearly perfectly content spending time on the links and at the skate park. His view is broad. His tastes are varied. He, in a lot of ways, is a snapshot of ourselves 12-13 years ago. And that's cool to see. And to photograph.

And for those interested, the first two shots were made with a 17-40mm lens at f/16 +/-. The b/w image was shot at 100mm and f/6.3. All at ISO 250.


Sweet T(3)

Not-so-baby-any-more! Teagan turned one! It is just too fun watching babies grow to toddlers and toddlers grow to kids and kids grow to teenagers and teenagers grow to adults. We have such a fun job!

Here are the latest pics of this happy, precious little girl. You will remember her from her newborn pics and also her 6-month pics. Too cute and way too fun. And of course, the random snow storm that dropped 5-6 inches around the St Louis area in March, couldn't go by unnoticed.


Kim and Doug

Kim and Doug braved the 32 degree weather and even the snow that began to fall toward the end of the shoot- all while managing to not look cold. The colors of the flowers and trees make one believe that it is a warm, spring day... only we know better. But come July when the wedding occurs in hot, humid St Louis, I am certain we all will be longing for this day's weather once again.


Precious Baby J

Dear Jacob,
We are eternally grateful you joined our family. We are truly blessed to have you in our lives. We are excited to learn all about you as you grow. You will learn much from your sister Ella; including dancing, jumping, spinning, singing, monster hugs & kisses. You will learn to throw a ball & wrestle from your brother Will. We all love you & are happy you are here.
Love, Mom & Dad

P.S. Jacob you were super cool to photograph & oh-so patient. Thanks buddy! B n' B
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