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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month became personal.

Many of you know that I lost my sister Cathy to cancer a few years ago. She had two primary cancers at the same time. One of them was ovarian cancer, the one we women dread. The one we’ve been taught is a silent killer because so often, symptoms don’t seem to appear until the later stages. Well, in recent years, they’ve found that it’s not exactly silent. It whispers. Early warning signs are vague, and can be due to so many other ailments…most of which are very minor. So women tend to overlook them. But many women with ovarian cancer look back and say, yes…I did have some of that happening earlier, and it was out of the ordinary. So that’s the key to early detection. If you notice any of these vague warning signs, and they last for a couple weeks and are unusual for you…if something just doesn’t feel quite right… see your doctor. You might think you’re bothering them, but you’re not. And even if you are, it doesn’t matter. A visit to find out it’s nothing serious is not a waste of time.

As August was coming to an end, our local ovarian cancer awareness group, SLOCA, was in final preparations for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, the entire month of September. We have lots of events planned, including a transit advertising campaign, a night at the ballpark, turning the fountain at Kiener plaza teal. The annual Families ROC 5K in Forest Park is on September 25th. SLOCA has a new, easy-to-navigate website with loads of useful information for those diagnosed, for caregivers, and for those who want to learn more, donate, or volunteer. We have a new Facebook page where we can talk about our events and share photos, notify followers of upcoming events, speakers, radio interviews, etc. that might not be listed on the website. And at the end of August, we began a campaign to turn Facebook teal by replacing our profile pictures with teal ribbons.

Sadly, the very next day after I put up my teal ribbon, I found that a friend was in the midst of being diagnosed. She’s only 37. She has two young children. She’s amazingly creative. This is not the way I want attention brought to this disease. But she has an enormous number of friends who she has met through photography; who she has made an impact on over the years. These women (and men) have jumped into this fight with her, sending their support through phone calls, texts, emails, Facebook messages, Facebook postings…every way they can think of to let her know how much support she has…how big her army of prayer warriors is. They turned Facebook teal on my screen.  When I open Facebook, my list of friends is full of teal ribbons because of her. I hope that you’ll join us. Because this year, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month once again became personal, and I want it to be the last time.

Jen started a blog, Am I Still a Girl, to communicate her thoughts and keep everyone updated.  She’s so creatively gifted at expression…including her writing. If you’d like to support Jen, please follow her blog.  There is a place under each post where you can leave comments too, which we so affectionately refer to as “blog love” but in this case, those words take on real meaning. The comments can really lift her spirits and give her strength for her fight.

When you’re out and about this month here in St. Louis, look for our bus ads. They’ll be up all month.

September 6, 2011 - 8:55 am

Paula - Great story telling image Lauri! Thank you for reminding us how important it is to listen to our bodies and to see our doctor regularly. Prayers for your sister and Jen!

September 6, 2011 - 10:33 am

teri mason - Great photo and powerful campaign. Thanks for helping raise awareness!

September 6, 2011 - 10:38 am

Claire - Wonderful post and beautiful image.

September 6, 2011 - 12:30 pm

Sarah Duckworth - An awesome campaign – it reminds us how fleeting life is, and to not take it for granted!

September 7, 2011 - 12:10 am

Laurie - Such a powerful message we all need to hear.

September 7, 2011 - 11:39 am

alej keigan - thanks for the post – early detection is the key!

September 7, 2011 - 1:10 pm

alpana - Laurie, thanks for your post and helping raise awareness! Love your photo and it would be great to see this kind of campaigning on a national level.

September 7, 2011 - 1:48 pm

admin - Alpana, the campaigning is happening at a national (and international) level too. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, when local and national groups put forth big campaigns to get the word out. The work continues all year, but this is the month when they go all out.

September 8, 2011 - 6:23 am

Christy Johnson - Thanks for bringing awareness to this important issue!

September 9, 2011 - 5:11 am

Lisa Kelly - Well said. I’m sure Jen and the other women who are battling this disease would be proud of your words.

Yoga for a Cure – St. Louis Event Photography

I had the privilege of photographing an incredible yoga event this last weekend at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. Rise & Shine for a Cure: 108 Sun Salutations benefits Ovarian Cancer Research. The event was sponsored by Whole Foods and our own local Yoga & Spa Magazine. To see a complete slideshow of the event, please visit the St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness website. Here’s a preview (click on any image to browse the gallery):






August 23, 2011 - 8:47 am

Erin M. - Your photography is amazing!! Your compositions are just beautiful.

August 23, 2011 - 12:44 pm

Joanna - How cool! Is this an annual event?

August 23, 2011 - 2:12 pm

Claire - Simply stunning images.

August 23, 2011 - 2:15 pm

Christie - Oh, these are so cool! Love seeing something different, and what a great cause as well. Awesome post!

August 23, 2011 - 2:29 pm

Sarah Metz - How fun! These are so different and interesting. Great job, great cause!

August 23, 2011 - 4:22 pm

Lucy - This looks like an event you’d see featured in a magazine! That event was held in St. Louis?

August 23, 2011 - 4:26 pm

Stephanie - You always make everything look fabulous! Wish I hadn’t missed it this year.

August 23, 2011 - 9:24 pm

Sarah Duckworth - Wow – these are more than just pictures of an event – these are stunning! You did a fabulous job with these!

August 23, 2011 - 9:59 pm

TaraMc - Love these! Beautiful work and what a great cause.

August 24, 2011 - 6:20 am

Lisa Kelly - These are awesome images. The first one is stunning and the rest are so vibrant, it makes me want to do yoga….almost. Beautiful work.

August 24, 2011 - 2:13 pm

Lisa M - lauri, these are magical. what an amazing project. your images are beautiful!

August 24, 2011 - 5:31 pm

Meggan - what a lovely event!!!

August 24, 2011 - 10:36 pm

Anna-Karin - These photographs are so moving. Great to see so many people involved in this event and the photographs are great. The colors and the details , I feel as if I was part of this event just by viewing your photographs. Well done!

August 25, 2011 - 9:15 am

Clarice - Lovely images.

August 25, 2011 - 3:50 pm

Therese Marie - VERY COOL!! just loving these so much♥♥♥

August 26, 2011 - 10:38 am

Kristin - Wow! I love your perspective and the raw, natural beauty and framing. You are a wonderful person to share your talents with such a great cause.

October 15, 2011 - 10:45 am

Julie - These are wonderful!! great images from a cool event! Love them all!

Blog Carousel Theme: Love

This month’s photo blog carousel theme is LOVE or PASSION. And since August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, I couldn’t think of a better way to depict love right now, than by photographing the love only a mother can give! These are a few from a breastfeeding project I’m working on for Grace Hill WIC, an organization that is trying to encourage more breastfeeding in the communities it serves, with images that show what a beautiful, natural, and loving thing it is to do for your child. As a maternity and baby photographer, the project is a perfect fit for me. Don’t forget to take a spin on the carousel, and see how some very talented photographers in the U.S., Canada, and Australia chose to visually interpret love or passion. After my photos, next up on the carousel is>>>>>  Hudson Valley Photographer Dawn Sela. You don’t want to miss it!

National Breastfeeding Awareness Month
Breastfeeding in St. Louis
Bonding during breastfeeding


August 15, 2011 - 2:10 am

Simone Hanckel - Ohh…this is a subject dear to my heart. I’ll never forget the day my last baby gave it up! These photos bring it all flooding back, they’re just so beautiful.

August 15, 2011 - 6:16 am

Corey Sewell - These are so gorgeous! Love the moments you captured – I would love some of these with my little one!

August 15, 2011 - 9:31 am

Anna Mayer - Amazing. Amazing in every way. Nursing is such an amazing bonding experience and you have captured it in it’s most beautiful form. Wow.

August 15, 2011 - 4:22 pm

dawn sela - Such powerful images of loving and nourishing a sweet baby:) Great interpretation!

August 15, 2011 - 4:51 pm

Ruthi - Wow, the eye contact between baby and mom is just so special. These are gorgeous.

August 15, 2011 - 4:57 pm

Marmalade - There is no more pure expression of love than the images that you have featured for the theme. Beautiful.

August 15, 2011 - 9:55 pm

Blair Blanks - oh, my! that LOOK the baby is giving, that is pure love, totally and completely PURE…

August 16, 2011 - 12:06 am

alpana - your b/w’s are just so amazing and these images are just so powerful!

August 16, 2011 - 4:08 pm

Danna - ohhhhh Laurie!! these are wonderful! I wish I had photographs of moments like this with my own children……so lovely!

August 17, 2011 - 1:21 pm

Shannon - I just linked your article on Are the digital files included? on my site. Thanks for expressing so well exactly how I feel!
I love your dark contrasty B&W images!!

August 17, 2011 - 11:16 pm

Christie - Oh, melt my heart, these are beautiful. I absolutley adore these, gorgeous work.

August 23, 2011 - 9:48 pm

Sarah Duckworth - These are so amazing! As a Mother who enjoyed every minute of nursing my own children – these are precious – I wish I had these of myself and my babies!

August 24, 2011 - 9:17 am

Chicago Wedding - LOVE IT!!! so many great photos…bravo

October 20, 2011 - 9:29 pm

Erika - Stunning images. I love the tones in your black & whites.

Vintage-Inspired Gifts | St. Louis Product Photography

Looking for a gift? I dare you to go gift shopping at my favorite local shop, The White Rabbit, without finding lots of goodies for yourself too. It seems that everytime  I’m there, at least one of the items that calls my name is made by Knollwood Lane. Susan Medart, the creator of Knollwood Lane, adorns everyday useful items with the most fun vintage graphics! I recently got to photograph her items for her new website that will be completely revamped! It hasn’t launched yet, but I’ll be sure to let you know when it does! In the meantime, here are some of her wares:

St. Louis Gift Shop

St. Louis Gift Shop
St. Louis Product Photography
St. Louis silver jewelry
Silver Jewelry in St. Louis
St. Louis Baby Shower Gifts
Vintage Cars and Cowboys St. Louis
diaper covers
This is just a small peek at the line. To see the rest of the Knollwood Lane line of gifts, please visit The White Rabbit in person, or Knollwood Lane’s old website. Hopefully, I’ll have a chance to photograph more of her fun things soon!


August 13, 2011 - 1:18 am

alpana - What a delightful selection of products! Looking at the lovely photos it is making me want to go browse the products in person.

August 13, 2011 - 1:34 am

Therese Marie - OMG! that looks great… love the work, love the products :)

August 13, 2011 - 7:50 am

Christy Johnson - Wow, love it! I wish I were closer so I could check it out!

August 13, 2011 - 11:02 am

Paula - Beautiful images…I love these products. Will check back to check out her site.

August 13, 2011 - 12:51 pm

Christie - Wow, I love these!!! Just bookmarked her site, for future gift shopping … love the burp cloths!!

August 14, 2011 - 6:02 pm

Amy Rader - Very nice! Makes me want to shop!

August 14, 2011 - 6:03 pm

Clarice - Gosh these are really really adorable!

August 14, 2011 - 8:52 pm

Patti - Beautiful… off to check out the website!

August 15, 2011 - 7:21 am

PamN - Oh my – this shop is calling my name!!!

August 15, 2011 - 8:54 am

Kristin - Beautiful shots. I want to shop there! I love, love, love the products that you have shown here. That diaper cover is fab….I bookmarked her site too!

August 24, 2011 - 4:59 pm

Sarah Duckworth - Oh – I’d be in trouble if I lived near that shop – that’s for SURE! You made everything look amazing, too – wonderful work!

Feeding time.

Earlier this summer, while visiting family, there was another family hanging out at the same place. They were great guests. Hardly noticed they were there at all. But once I did, I found them fascinating to watch. And being a family photographer, I decided to get my camera out to capture their activities before they left. You hear family & child photographers talking all the time about the importance of portraits, and not waiting to capturing those little ones because the moments are fleeting and you can never get them back. Such was the case with this family too. A day or so after I shot this, the babies had flown the coop.

baby birds


August 7, 2011 - 2:31 pm

PamN - That is FABULOUS – so fun and interesting!

August 8, 2011 - 1:15 pm

Blair Blanks - and this is so “natural!” =) very nice shot, we have 2-3 nests in our eaves right now..I love watching the babies!

August 8, 2011 - 11:33 pm

Sophie Crew - LOVE that you captured this!!!!!!

August 9, 2011 - 12:57 am

Lisa Kelly - Wonderful image and how lovely that you recognised that they were a family too.

August 9, 2011 - 12:06 pm

Patti - Fantastic capture… love it!

August 9, 2011 - 3:16 pm

joy - whenever I need inspiration– i just come to your website.. You are divine.

August 9, 2011 - 4:32 pm

Anna-Karin - Beautiful!!
I love that you captured the feeding time of this little family.

August 10, 2011 - 10:19 am

Therese Marie - im a bird lover, I adore this.

August 11, 2011 - 3:49 pm

Christy Johnson - I love this post so much – so true! Beautiful image!