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Siblings – St. Louis Family Photographer

I love sibling sessions! We all know that it’s great when Mom and Dad want to be in the portraits too, for a fun family photography session. Your kids will absolutely love those images when they get a little bit older, and I do love to encourage that. But they grow FAST, so if you don’t want to be in the photos right now, don’t let that stop you from having the kids photographed – individually and together. I’ve photographed a lot of St. Louis families and kids in the local parks this fall. Sometimes it’s interesting to change it up a bit. This family chose an in-home session, which gave them both indoor and outdoor options, and allowed me to really captured the kids’ personalities in their own environment. They were so fun to photograph, and you can tell that they truly like spending time together. Reminds me of when I was a kid (way back when.)

Here’s a sampling of the kind of images I produce from a sibling session (click on the first image to move to the next):

October 27, 2013 - 9:09 pm

Dena Robles - It is great to see kids photographed in their own spaces with their own treasured belongings. It will just add one more personal element to the memories of their childhoods, for them AND their parents.

October 28, 2013 - 11:16 am

Debbie @ Walking in Light - Simply beautiful, Lauri. So good to see a new post from you!

October 29, 2013 - 12:44 am

Anna-Karin - What a beautiful sibling session!
I love the first one of them all looking at each other with a smile on their face. Just beautiful work and their family will love having them documented at this stage of their life.Gorgeous family portraits!!

November 1, 2013 - 10:02 pm

Nicole - Truly incredible. I admire your work greatly and find you very inspirational. The picture with the reflection in the door is amazing. It took me a second to even understand it – I kept thinking, “Ok, that can’t be IN their house…what the… (insert forehead slap) OHHHHH, it’s a reflection!!!” Love it!

November 4, 2013 - 10:23 am

Julie - what lovely kids! You captured lots of variety and showed their individuality so well! That first photo of them together is priceless!

November 7, 2013 - 11:03 am

dawn sela - What a rich gallery Lauri! Full of great portraits, fun candids and excellent moments! BeautifuL!

November 20, 2013 - 11:07 am

Lauri Baker - Thanks Dawn! Their whole gallery was more than this, but I just chose a quick sample here to feature.

So Long Summer

On this overcast day, when it still feels like summer but looks almost like fall, it might be time to bid summer goodbye. In my opinion, we can say good riddance to the heat, which is really the only thing wrong with summer. But I will miss the rest.

So long summer. So long fireflies, barbeques, and sprinkler rainbows. So long flip flops, running skirts, and stand-up paddling. So long s’mores, riding in golf carts, and backyard badminton. So long beachcombing, tide-pooling, and wharf-walking. So long dove nests, homegrown tomatoes, and tree shade. But most of all, so long farmers’ markets. I’ll miss you more than all of them. See ya next year.

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A few of my favorite photographers have also posted their farewells to summer, so hop on this little blog carousel by next visiting the blog of the talented Julie Tauro, Kitchener Waterloo family and child photographer.  She always does beautiful work. Then she’ll link you from there to the next photographer. Once you’ve made it back to me, you’re done for this round…enjoy!

September 13, 2013 - 10:00 am

Julie - the farmers’s market is one of my FAVOURITE things about summer! these images look delicious! Yum!

September 13, 2013 - 10:03 am

Kate Parker - Oh, Lauri, I can practically smell the dirt on the produce… the fresh yumminess! Now I feel guilty for not having visited my own local farmer’s market for often this summer. Thanks for sharing with us!

September 13, 2013 - 10:05 am

Dena Robles - I love visiting the Farmer’s Markets with all their rich deep colors, textures and patterns, all the bustle and the sights and the smells. You’ve documented it all so beautifully here Lauri.

September 13, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Anna-Karin - Gorgeous colors and shapes and textures!
Beautiful take on this month theme. You captured such a variety, it makes me feel as if I am right there with you at your farmers market. Beautiful food photography!

La Patisserie Chouquette

I happened to drive by this new little corner shop near the Missouri Botanical Garden recently, and I saw the word “patisserie.” I had to turn my car around and go see if we finally got a French pastry shop in town. La Patisserie Chouquette is what I was hoping! Inside, there are two large cases filled with stunningly gorgeous pieces of food art. How to choose? Oh, and there’s also a small case in the middle of the room that displays colorful rows of french macarons. Be prepared to feel special when you order these. The server opens the case, pulls out a long black glove, and only handles your macarons with this gloved hand. Into a pretty package they go. Small tables around the perimeter were filled with others who were obviously enjoying the addition of this place to St. Louis. They all looked happy, and I was happy just standing in this spacious boutique, looking into the cases. As you may find yourself doing when you visit, I chose to try a few things instead of just one. So they packaged up a little of this and a little of that.

They’re all so pretty, I just had to photograph them before sinking my teeth into the layers of flaky pate choux and decadence. Finally I couldn’t resist anymore. The beautifully crispy croissant was so amazingly tender on the inside; I’ve really never had a croissant made this perfect in St. Louis before. This is how I love them! I also had a bite of The Bonaparte, which I was sold on because it’s not just filled with chocolate cream…the chocolate is married with orange. These pastries are certainly not on my diet or yours, but we all need to indulge on occasion. They do have gluten free macarons if that helps!

So next time you’re visiting The Garden, go north a couple blocks on Tower Grove Avenue and treat yourself. Chef Simone will have something fabulous for you. I noticed they also do high tea…could be fun!

 

The Bonaparte from La Patisserie Chouquette

The Bonaparte.

St. Louis Food Photography

The Bananas Foster Bombe.

St. Louis Food Photographer

Croissant, Cannele, and Le Barre Marseille

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The Lemon Meringue Pate Brisse,

 

 

 

 

March 9, 2013 - 10:49 pm

Patrick - Thank youuuu! Lovely photos and review. Please come back!

Patrick Devine

March 10, 2013 - 12:06 am

Simone Faure - Laurie,

Thank you so much for your detailed review of Chouquette. The photos are amazing and we are so pleased that enjoyed your visit. Please come back and see us soon.

Simone Faure

March 10, 2013 - 12:06 am

Simone Faure - Laurie,

Thank you so much for your detailed review of Chouquette. The photos are amazing and we are so pleased that enjoyed your visit. Please come back and see us soon.

Simone Faure

March 10, 2013 - 12:21 am

admin - Simone and Patrick, Thank you for your comments. I am so thrilled to have your pastries available to us. I’ve wanted a great pastry shop here in St. Louis for so long! I hope many, many St. Louisans discover your place so you can have much success and be here for years and years to come. That’s why I had to brag about you!

I will definitely be in again soon. :)

March 10, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Leslie - These are the most gorgeous pastries I’ve seen in the US. When in France I always wish that I could bring the beautiful pastries home Wirh me. Can’t wait to take my friends

March 11, 2013 - 12:15 am

admin - I so agree; aren’t they gorgeous? Just wait ’til you taste them!

March 11, 2013 - 7:38 pm

Shellie Gansz - Oh my gosh – these look delicious! I can almost taste them just by looking at these incredible images!

March 12, 2013 - 7:48 pm

Anna Mayer - Mmmmm! They look SO good! Your photos make them look good enough to drive 7 hours for. ;)

March 12, 2013 - 9:21 pm

Dena Robles - OH. YUM. Died and gone to heaven. I hope you will take me there if I get to come visit St. Louis!

March 12, 2013 - 9:50 pm

Danna - You are killing me! These look incredible and definitely worth cheating on a diet for.

March 15, 2013 - 9:30 am

Julie - These are so fantastic! I am drooling LOL! Both the desserts and the photograhy are works of art!

March 24, 2013 - 3:47 pm

PamN - Wow. wow. wow!!!

April 8, 2013 - 3:43 pm

Christine - What stunning photos… I want to go there now :) but, I’ll wait!

April 23, 2013 - 11:31 pm

Anna-Karin - Stunning photographs of beautiful sweets! My taste buds are drooling over these when viewing on my screen. Great job capturing these sweets so beautifully!

Fun Bar; Amazing Cocktails

We recently had a fun night out for tapas with friends at Sanctuaria in The Grove neighborhood. A few days later, I found myself, completely by coincidence, doing an editorial shoot at the same place. It was a great assignment, because the bar manager being featured is Matt Seiter, a down-to-earth guy who makes the most incredible cocktails. And by incredible I don’t mean some wild concoction (although they are that) but incredible in the sense that the flavors he puts into his cocktails all complement each other well and it’s as if those ingredients were made for each other. Matt wrote a book, which we now have on our shelf, called Sanctuaria: The Dive Bar of Cocktail Bars. It’s full of imaginative drink recipes. But I can guarantee you, we won’t often use these recipes, because half the fun is in being at Sanctuaria, sitting around a table with friends, and eating the tapas they have to accompany their drinks. Here’s a look at the article. Click on it to check out the entire March issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine.

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Lauri Baker photos of Matt Seiter and Sanctuaria for The Tasting Panel Magazine

March 7, 2013 - 11:26 pm

Anna-Karin - How fun that you got to photograph this guy and create these professional yet fun photographs. Great job!

March 9, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Julie - awesome photos and article Lauri! makes me want to go!