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Laughter in family portrait sessions

Blog Carousel time again! The theme for July is LAUGHTER.

I love it when family portraits tell a story. My family portrait sessions vary as much as the families I’m photographing, and sometimes people want those posed group portraits. But I will always try to capture the in-between moments as well, because they have the potential to tell a great story. Or…a funny one, like this image does. I’ll leave it up to you to decide what was going on:

St. Louis Family Portraits

Just one this time. But take a look at this month’s blog carousel…once again, I guarantee you’ll enjoy the imagery. Next on the carousel is a photographer who built her business on telling a story with her amazing photographs: San Francisco’s Family and Kids photographer Storybox Art . Enjoy!



July 17, 2011 - 10:06 pm

Anna-Karin - I like this photograph. I am captured by their eyes and following where they are looking. Great choice for this theme!

July 17, 2011 - 10:25 pm

alpana - Such a lovely capture of a beautiful family. My favorite shots are the in-between moments!

July 18, 2011 - 5:02 am

marmalade - So fun! What a gorgeous family – I love these in between moments.

July 18, 2011 - 6:51 am

amanda padgham - That’s hilarious! Love it- beautiful tones!!

July 18, 2011 - 7:21 am

Blair Blanks - The expression on dad’s face is priceless…makes me wonder what was just said!

July 18, 2011 - 8:06 am

Samara - Oh my LOVE Dad’s expression here so so funny. Then his daughter like “you did not just say that” haha Love this! xo

July 18, 2011 - 9:07 am

Kristin - LOVE!! Such great expressions and rich processing!

July 18, 2011 - 3:38 pm

Danna - LOL this did make me laugh as I try to imagine the story behind these expressions. What a great family photo for them….one that will bring them this memory for years to come, and THAT is what photography is all about!

July 18, 2011 - 4:02 pm

Corey Sewell - I love those little moments where everyone is relaxed and not worried about wearing the perfect smile. This is such a perfect example of that – and the theme! Love it!

July 18, 2011 - 5:49 pm

Je Neuhaus - GREAT moment! Totally draws me into their story, wanting to know more and smiling along with them!

July 18, 2011 - 6:42 pm

Dena Robles - So much fun personality in this photograph, I bet this family will always remember the story behind what *just* happened when this was captured.

July 19, 2011 - 12:09 pm

Julie - LOL…love it! Some kind of smack talk was happening LOL!

Stunning and Talented – St. Louis’ Own – Chapele

I recently had the opportunity to photograph a multi-talented local singer/songwriter in her Washington Avenue loft, and was simply stunned by her beauty. I think you’ll agree. In fact, she does modeling as well. I was privileged to hear her play some guitar for me during the shoot, and she’s really fantastic. But remember, I said multi-talented. She also plays piano, drums, and the flute. She sings blues, R&B, jazz, rock, and hip hop. Here she is…the amazing Chapale:

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To inquire about Chapale for singing or modeling, contact

July 16, 2011 - 12:46 pm

Therese Marie - WOW what a STUNNING woman… amazing.

July 16, 2011 - 1:58 pm

Lisa Slugoski - GORGEOUS photos. The light is beautiful. The 5th shot took my breath away. Beautiful work!!

July 16, 2011 - 3:43 pm

alpana - amazing work, Lauri. oh, the first b/w is just spectacular.

July 16, 2011 - 6:08 pm

Claire - So proud to have her for a daughter-in-law!!!

July 17, 2011 - 9:35 am

Jennifer S. - Beautiful Lauri! The light is amazing and I love the different moods you caught. Lovely!!

July 17, 2011 - 11:06 am

Debbie - Wow – she’s beautiful, and your images and perfect. Love the rich tones and light/shadows.

July 17, 2011 - 11:23 am

Pam - these are beautiful- she had flawless skin! great portraits!

July 17, 2011 - 11:54 am

PamN - These just take my breath away – she is stunningly beautiful, and your images capture that effortlessly!

July 17, 2011 - 4:21 pm

Anna-Karin - She is beautiful and your photographs of her are stunning!
The lighting in the first one is breath taking.

July 17, 2011 - 6:25 pm

Lisa Kelly - Oh my, what an absolutely stunning woman. Her skin is so perfect and divine, those eyes and lips. Wow. I am blown away by how beautiful these images are.

July 18, 2011 - 9:08 am

Kristin - These are stunning images of a beautiful lady. I love your use of light and shadow. Yes, breath taking!

July 18, 2011 - 9:27 am

Paula - These are amazing Lauri! I just love your lighting…awesome work!

July 18, 2011 - 2:52 pm

Tammy - These are amazing! The lighting is so beautiful and artistic. Lovely work!

July 18, 2011 - 5:55 pm

Je Neuhaus - Oh these are such gorgeous images. This is an example of a perfect fit of photographer to personality and style of the one being photographed. This stunning lady has such a classic, elegant look and your images showcase that in an incomparable manner. Your tones and colors are beautiful!

July 21, 2011 - 10:01 pm

Arlene - That’s my Pellie Pooh! Love Grannie

July 24, 2011 - 3:33 pm

Ruth - oh my goodness gorgeous images – stunning woman!


If you’ve been following the blog carousel, we have another round of wonderful images to share with you. If you haven’t, here’s how it works: several talented photographers from around the country (and a few from other countries) have been participating in monthly photoblog assignments, with a new theme each month. There has been some extraordinary work shared. This month, the theme is “framed” and I had to dig something out my archives for this one. The computer I edit with is in the shop, and learning to edit on a Mac is slow for this old PC. I will eventually get the hang of it, but not soon enough for this round. So take a peek, and then jump to the next blog on the carousel by clicking here… Atlanta Child and Teen Photographer Corey Sewell.

St. Louis twin newborn photography

June 5, 2011 - 9:15 pm

Marmalade - I love this FRAMED entry. So beautiful!

June 5, 2011 - 9:22 pm

Brandy Anderson - Whoa, this is SO COOL Lauri!!!

June 5, 2011 - 9:37 pm

alpana - Beautiful, Lauri. Glad you dug this treasure out of the archives.

June 5, 2011 - 10:02 pm

Anna Mayer - Aww. . . so tiny and perfect. Just wonderful.

June 5, 2011 - 10:46 pm

Simone Hanckel - Oh wow!! That texture, and those darling wrinkly little babies! Couldn’t love this more :)

June 6, 2011 - 8:15 am

Corey Sewell - So beautiful! Love how the basket frames them – perfect!

June 6, 2011 - 8:18 am

dawn sela - very cool! Would be wonderful on a float mount or canvas!

June 6, 2011 - 8:24 am

Dena Robles - They are so vulnerable in their wrinkly nudity and yet so protected in their framed sanctuary, love.

June 6, 2011 - 9:04 am

Je Neuhaus - Perfect and unique! Love the creative perspective that really frames these two adorable little ones. Just love!

June 6, 2011 - 10:05 am

Lisa M - Wow, what a cool idea! This could be a canvas or stand-out wall portrait with no need to mat or frame. The basket is the perfect edge!

June 6, 2011 - 10:22 am

Rebecca Mudrick - Gorgeous image … love the perspective and how the babies are so perfectly framed in the image. Perfect, as usual. I’m such a fan … :)

June 6, 2011 - 12:07 pm

Mary Beth - Awww! They just make my heart melt. Sweet, sweet photograph Lauri.

June 6, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Julie - WOW…that is so beautiful Lauri! I love it!

June 6, 2011 - 2:33 pm

Danna - ohh lauri, I love the tones in this and the perspective is lovely!

June 6, 2011 - 9:22 pm

TaraMc - Wow! This is amazing. The basket is a perfect frame for these perfect babies. Beautiful work!

June 7, 2011 - 6:23 am

amanda padgham - Gorgeous! I love the tones here!! And their “newborn-ness” is perfectly captured!

June 7, 2011 - 2:36 pm

Samara - Ok whats not to LOVE?! Babies, texture, gorgeous b/w amazing. xo

June 7, 2011 - 4:44 pm

Heather Rivlin - Beautiful! Is the light filtering through the wicker? Wonderful example of framing an image!

June 8, 2011 - 2:01 pm

admin - Thanks. No Heather, it’s a pretty tightly-woven basket. It was also very shallow, like a platter. The light is all coming from a window that was higher than the babies in the basket.

June 18, 2011 - 10:16 pm

Jim - Lovely image. Definitely FRAMED well. Glad I found your blog.

June 23, 2011 - 7:03 pm

nina pomeroy - beautiful and unique!

August 18, 2011 - 1:34 am

Mark - just adorable!

St. Louis Photographer | Monochrome

I get lots of questions about my black and white images, so that’s my focus for this month’s blog carousel, themed “monochrome.” Black and white images appeal to your senses on a different level than color images. Many times, all that’s needed to tell a story is light and shadow, and that story can have much more impact without the distractions of color. I use it often in portraiture, but also in nature photographs. Here’s one that was monochrome in real life, not requiring any conversion to b&w. Snowy days are great for forcing us to see in monochrome; to see the shapes of the world around us:

And then almost overnight, it was Spring and the dogwoods were in bloom again:

I chose to do this one in monochrome because the deep greens behind the dogwood were impressive too, after the natural monochrome scenes of winter. The green would have distracted from the blossoms, and the way they hang in the air like lace.

Just like last month, several photographers from around the country have posted on the ‘monochrome’ theme today as part of our blog carousel. If you love photography, take a spin on the carousel and see some beautiful work. Next up is Corey Sewell, Atlanta newborn, baby, and child photographer.



May 2, 2011 - 8:05 am

Nichol Krupp - Lauri,

These are so beautiful. I always LOVE looking at your stunning work.

May 2, 2011 - 8:10 am

marmalade - Beauuuuutiful! Love it.

(I also love how the new branding came together!)

May 2, 2011 - 8:26 am

Dena Robles - So incredibly beautiful Lauri. There are a lot of feelings evoked by the first photograph, I can feel like I am standing there. I love the details retained in the dogwood blossoms, so lovely. The dogwood photograph series are some of my favorites from you.

May 2, 2011 - 8:36 am

Corey Sewell - Gorgeous images, Lauri! Love the details!

May 2, 2011 - 8:39 am

Anna-Karin - Beautiful textures and shapes and compositions!

May 2, 2011 - 8:45 am

teri mason - Wow! Lauri, your images speak volumes! Love both of these so much!!

May 2, 2011 - 8:50 am

amanda padgham - Love this Lauri! So creative and artistic. Great work:-)

May 2, 2011 - 9:29 am

Lisa M - Nothing short of stunning! Way to make me miss the snow. :)

May 2, 2011 - 9:47 am

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May 2, 2011 - 9:50 am

Leah Profancik - Lauri, these are so stunning. Not only your are your tones amazing, but the composition is perfect. Beautiful work!

May 2, 2011 - 9:59 am

Brandy Anderson - Lauri, that first one just grabbed me by the heart and squeezed. I absolutely love it.
You are always so brilliant with black and whites.

May 2, 2011 - 10:21 am

Julie - These are amazingly beautiful Lauri! I LOVE the natural monochrome of the winter scene, but I LONG for the floral display of the second (spring is slow in coming here in Ontario LOL). Gorgeous!

May 2, 2011 - 11:08 am

alpana - Just love the richness of the images and the details. Gorgeous monochromes!

May 2, 2011 - 11:17 am

admin - Thanks! Dena, this new dogwood image adds to my series…but it’s actually brand new; taken just a week ago or so. And now the blossoms have all fallen off. But they were pretty while they lasted!

May 2, 2011 - 12:11 pm

Melody Hood - Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I especially love the snow covered tree!

May 2, 2011 - 12:21 pm

Simone Hanckel - Sigh…that’s it, I’m coming to visit one winter just to see the world in actual monochrome for real. I can’t imagine what a joy that first scene was to witness. These are so beautiful Lauri.

May 2, 2011 - 12:31 pm

Mary Beth - Those are so incredibly beautiful. I’m amazed that the first one is not a b&w conversion – so expertly captured! The second one looks like the blooms are floating on air – truly stunning.

May 2, 2011 - 1:54 pm

Ruthi David - Oh MY. These are the very definition of Fine Art.

May 2, 2011 - 2:55 pm

PamN - You have such a talent for making what you see so REAL for others – I swear this could be something from my own memory.

May 2, 2011 - 4:04 pm

Rebecca Mudrick - Lauri, your work always takes my breath away. I love the first shot especially.

May 3, 2011 - 5:22 am

Je Neuhaus - Two different images and yet both have a dreamy magical quality that draws me in. I could sit and look at both for a long time. Stunning perfection.

May 3, 2011 - 9:04 am

Samara - I gasped out loud when I saw that first one. Its totally amazing, love love love it.

May 26, 2011 - 9:10 am

kristin - as always you take my breath away.


For those of you who may have found the blog carnival to be too much reading, you’re in luck. Welcome to the blog carousel. This wonderful group of photographers I know around the country (and Canada and Norway) are at it again, and the carousel will be a monthly event. And it showcases photos, not long articles. The theme this time around is ‘reflection’. I decided to share with you a few of my personal favorite reflection images from my archives. I can’t remember if I’ve ever posted any of these before, but some of you may have seen a couple of them at one of my gallery shows.

When you scroll down to the bottom, you’ll see a link to the next photographer’s interpretation of reflection. And then follow along, all the way around the ‘carousel’ – it’s like attending an online art show of beautiful work.


Sometimes no matter how badly a building blocks some of the sky, it can also make for interesting sky scenes.

And then other times, the sky is wide open, and a jet trail reflects the colors of the sunset.

Then there are days when the fog is so thick there’s no sky visible at all. But you know the sun has come up because a small portion of the St. Louis Arch is somehow reflecting the morning light.

Reflections on water always catch my attention. On a crystal clear lake…

…or one lit by celebration…

Rippled water creates other-worldly scenes.
And then last but not least, I have to include an image I still laugh about. A gallery viewer once mistook the reflection for a shadow and told me it wasn’t possible to capture it during a snowstorm…and wouldn’t accept the fact that I did. So for those of you who may be wondering, yes, reflections are possible during a snowstorm…

Thanks for looking! To see how other photographers have posted for the reflection theme, keep going on the carousel…just follow the links. The next photographer up is New York Photographer MaryAnn Talamo of  Custom Digital Images . MaryAnn does the most beautiful classic portraiture I’ve ever seen. She’s so good at what she does, she’s won many awards and accolades, but she’s also earned the title of Master Photographer. On her ‘reflection’ post, she’ll have a link to the next photographer, and so on.

If you don’t see a ‘reflection’ post of MaryAnn’s blog (she’s working on it at the moment) then skip ahead to Corey Sewell’s and go back and check out MaryAnn’s later. Have fun and don’t forget to leave some love (comments) on each photographer’s blog!

April 6, 2011 - 8:09 am

Anna-Karin - Love all of these! Beautiful art and a great showcase of reflections in photography.

April 6, 2011 - 8:24 am

Marmalade - Somehow in the STL Arch photo you’ve managed to combine two of my fave things (well 3 if you count the arch!) reflection & fog!! Beautiful!

April 6, 2011 - 8:35 am

PamN - Lauri – AWESOME! I love how the reflections just catapult an image into a story!

April 6, 2011 - 8:46 am

Corey Sewell - Gorgeous images, Lauri! I love all of your different interpretations!

April 6, 2011 - 8:57 am

Anna-Karin - Beautiful photography! I feel as if I am in a museum viewing a photography exhibit when viewing these photographs. Great showcase of reflections!

April 6, 2011 - 9:06 am

amanda padgham - These are incredible~ you are such an amazing artist. Thanks so much for sharing!

April 6, 2011 - 9:25 am

teri mason - Wow, Lauri, these are incredible. I’d love to attend one of your gallery showings some day!

April 6, 2011 - 10:07 am

Melody Hood - Stunning images, all of them!

April 6, 2011 - 11:50 am

Dena Robles - Seriously? That’s the St. Louis Arch? How cool. I LOVE LOVE the first one. Love.

April 6, 2011 - 12:08 pm

Anna Mayer - Your talent goes beyond photographing people! So cool to see all of your interpretations.

April 6, 2011 - 5:39 pm

Julie - WOW Lauri! Those are fantastic! I could not even choose a favourite because they are such wonderful examples of reflection!

April 6, 2011 - 5:54 pm

dawn sela - love your eye of nature and landscape!

April 6, 2011 - 7:00 pm

Lisa Russo - Aaah – I knew when I saw you were next in the carousel that there would be some AMAZING images – and I was correct!! Just beautiful!!

April 6, 2011 - 7:11 pm

Samara - Lauri I loooooved each of these images. They are all so cool – I am coming back tomorrow to show my boys because they will get a kick out of the second one. Gorgoues – all of them!

April 7, 2011 - 1:01 am

alpana - These are all gorgeous, Lauri! I just love the orange peeking through the blue sky.

April 7, 2011 - 2:09 pm

Ruthi - Oh, I love seeing this type of work from you! It’s all so amazing – love how you found the theme in each image!

April 8, 2011 - 12:55 pm

Danna - your work always amazes me! you such an incredibly talented woman! and lot of fun too :D