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I Love Photographing Toddlers! {St. Charles Children’s Photographer}

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Toddlers are so much fun!  They are cute, silly, witty and they say the most adorable things.  I’ve had the great pleasure of watching this little doll grow up.  The first time I photographed her was at HER newborn session.  She and my daughter, Sarah have a very special bond and I love it when she helps me during sessions.  Many of the adorable expressions you see here are elicited from my favorite studio helper.  First, I’ll share a quick collage of a few favorites from the light purple and white backgrounds.

Adorable Toddler Girl Photographs in St Charles

And here are a few more of my favorites.  (It really was difficult for me to select a “few” favorites).  As is true to tradition, her mom found adorable outfits, shoes, hair accessories and for little brother… an adorable hat!

3 year old toddler girl sitting at K Thaemert Photography

Fun toddler photo at K Thaemert Photography

Chlidren Photographer of 3 year old

And finally, one last one of baby brother!

Brother Sister portrait at st charles photography studio

Thanks for stopping by!  It’s so fun for me to share these favorites.  I really do love my job!  Babies are great, big people are too but toddlers really hold a special place in my heart.  I know that toddler photography is not for everyone.  I think my small stature and fun nature really helps set the tone with these little people.  My teaching background also helps us create a bond.  Bring on those 18months to 5 year olds!!!!

I’m looking forward to seeing these children grow over the next few years.  The Watch Me Grow toddler portrait plan is a great option  for little ones from 18 months through age 5.  After just two sessions you’ve more than paid for the plan.

Thank you for selecting me as your family photographer!  :)

Karen Thaemert

Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)

St Charles Children’s Photography

Mr. Personality, 9 month boy {St. Charles, Baby Photographer}

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LOL, I have more fun in the studio with these babies!  Even boys at the young age of 9 months old love goofy noises.  I think this little man is so accustomed to having his big brother around that everything is fun.  He was busy, curious and silly the entire photo session.  I loved it!  He also sat still for us for a few minutes.  Truly a photographer’s dream.

Today I want to share a few of my favorites in the collage.  Can you just imagine his big belly laugh when you look at the center square image below?  He was wiggling in the rocking chair and interacting with us; showing his silly side.

Thaemert Photographs of 9 month baby boy

I also want to share his mom’s favorite image from the session.  I can understand why too.  He just looks so happy and sweet all at the same time.

9 Month baby boy studio portraits in St Charles

This baby boy is a member of the Baby’s First Year portrait plan, called Baby Steps.  He visits the studio at the ages of 3, 6, 9 and 12 months and after that 1 year visit, he and his family will receive a framed, 10×20 portrait collage with one image from each session.

Alternately, some families on the Baby Plan opt for just 3 sessions at the ages of 3 or 4 months, then 6 or 7 months and finish up with the first birthday.  Either plan is a GREAT way to celebrate baby’s first year and all the many changes that happen.  The collage is the perfect wall art for showing each milestone baby reaches during the first 12 months.

Anyone who wishes to join the Baby Steps program should call the studio before the baby is 3 months old to schedule the appointment.  Depending on your availability and our calendar, you may need up to 8 weeks to get your desired appointment day and time.   We love babies and would love to meet yours!!!

Thanks for visiting.

Karen Thaemert

Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)

St. Charles, Missouri

Laura: Class of 2012 St Charles High {Senior Photography}

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Happy New Year!

I am happy to share some more high school senior photos, this time of the gorgeous Laura.  We had an amazing evening and afternoon for this session.  Due to the short daylight hours, we had to break this into two different days.  The first part was shot just before and just after the sun set so I got to be creative with lighting.

Seniors have the option of multiple locations and outfits. It’s a great way to get variety. Don’t you love the outfits she selected? The earrings were purchased just for the occasion!

The first part of the session was shot at New Town, St. Charles and the latter part down on the riverfront.  I love shooting at both locations. Every time I go to either place, I always find a new nooks and crannies and I get a new look for each senior. (Ok, there are a few spots that everyone wants, but I do try to change it up and make each session unique.)

Beautiful photographs of high school senior girl in St Charles

Here’s one of the collages I created for purchase.  It’s a 10×20 mounted portrait collage featuring four different images.  My favorite shot is the one on the bridge.  It was getting dark, so I had to stage this like a studio shot.  Perfectly placed lights allowed us to get such dramatic results!

St Charles portrait photographer for high school seniors

Here’s a close-up of the bridge image.  It’s pretty small in the web version of the collage:

St Charles High School Senior Girl sitting for photo on bridge

We are still scheduling 2012 graduate sessions.  To get on the calendar, please call as soon as possible.  Shortly we will be adding in 2013 studio rep and graduate sessions into the schedule.

If you or someone you know is and 2013 graduate and is interested in representing the studio, please use this link: St Charles – K Thaemert Photography Studio Representatives

I’m looking forward to another great year of High School senior sessions!

Karen Thaemert, CPP
Get your required yearbook photos and come to me for everything else!
High School Senior Portraits in St. Charles and the surrounding areas

Nikki, Francis Howell Central Senior {High School Photographer}

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It’s time that I share some of the recent high school seniors I’ve been photographing!  First up, Nikki from FHC.  I’ve know her for many, many years.  I had the privilege of photographing her sister two years ago too!  Both girls were in my kids’ choir when I was working as the church Director of Music and Worship.  :)

Nikki has grown into a beautiful young lady.  Her smile is contagious and you can tell that we had a great time during her shoot.  We went down to Main Street in St. Charles trying to hit different spots than we did with her sister.  Of course, we made sure to include her dad’s bar in the background of a few images since those have great meaning for him.

The sky was such a GORGEOUS blue, I had to make sure to include it in at least some of our poses.

Francis Howell Central High School Photographer Girl Portraits

St Charles high school photographer on location for high school pictures

High School Photographer Senior Pictures in St Charles and St Louis

I know most of the yearbook deadlines have passed, but for those of you who want some fun, creative poses that you can’t get from the contract photographers, give us a call.  There are still 2012 grads on the schedule for spring portraits.

If you’re a 2013 grad, contact Karen about being a studio representative for YOUR school.  Your work for the studio as a rep will help you earn FREE stuff for yourself.  You and your parents will be thrilled!

Karen Thaemert

High School Senior Photographer

Get Your Required Photos and Come to Me for Everything Else!

636-947-5956

St. Charles, St. Peters, O’Fallon, St. Louis area, Troy, Foristell and more…

Another 1 Year Old {Baby Photographer in St. Charles}

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Sigh… It’s hard to believe that another of my little baby plan babies has turned one. What’s even more difficult to comprehend is the fact that I photographed big sister throughout her first year and beyond. Time really does fly. It doesn’t matter if you’re watching your own children grow or some one else’s family. I guess that’s why my job is so important. I get to freeze a few moments every couple of months/years and preserve expressions, memories, chunky cheeks (and legs). I am so thankful to be a part of your lives. :)

This was a typical 1-year session. We got some formal poses, some informal ones, a few playing, some in the bucket and even a couple with big sis. I just love all the many expressions I got from her. (If memory serves correctly, it was probably my little helper, Sarah, who got all these expressions).

One year old studio portraits in St. Louis area by St Charles Baby Photographer

Our studio specializes in all things baby!  From maternity to toddler days and beyond, we are equipped for the little ones.  Older children can play in a fully-stocked toy area only steps from where we are photographing.  Our residential studio is both comfortable and familiar for your young family.  Joining the Baby Steps, Baby’s first year program means you’ll capture important milestones in your baby’s life.   You’ll receive a beautiful, 10×20 framed collage with one image from each session.  That’s a gorgeous keepsake you will always treasure!

Call Karen today or Click here to Email to sign up.   Remember, we photograph numerous babies for the plan and most families schedule 3-4 months in advance before they leave the studio at a current session.   Please call today if you want your first choice for session times!

Thanks for visiting the blog.  Have you signed up for email updates yet?  You can do that by clicking on the link at the top of the section to the right.

Karen Thaemert, CPP

Serving St. Charles, St. Peters and the surrounding areas.

636-947-5956

November special Number ONE {Family Photographer in St. Charles}

Ok, I feel really bad.  I’ve been teasing the Facebook crowd about some really great things.  Today is the day when I start with the November specials!  I’m excited to reward you, my loyal clients and my future new ones too.

Throughout November I will post some specials that I think are really special.  I rarely do this but thought it was time for some killer deals.  I am thankful for the wonderful FAMILY of clients I have met over the past six years that I’ve had my portrait business.  To celebrate all of you, my first special is for families.

On-Location Family Portrait Session

Purchase an on-location family session for the $90 session fee and receive a free Accordion Book (valued at $120) featuring images from that session.   That’s an AWESOME deal.  Everyone who sees the accordion albums loves them.  But wait there’s more! (I’ve always wanted to say that , LOL).  For every ten people who schedule a future family session, I am giving away a free 11×14 Gallery Wrap Canvas.  That’s a $312 value!  Everyone who refers friends also gets the regular referral gift (free 8×10).

Here are the full details:

  • Purchase an on-location family portrait session for $90 (immediate family)
  • Call 636-947-5956 or email karen@karen-photography to purchase the session
  • Hold that family photo session any time between now and Friday, August 31, 2012 and you receive a free 3×3 Accordian Album.
  • Comment here on the blog or on the Facebook Business page that you scheduled a family session (that way we can keep track of 10 bookings to give away the canvas)
  • All referrals and referrers receive the regular referral gifts (free 8×10 or save them up for the larger gifts)
  • You must purchase by 11/11/11 to be eligible for the freebies above
  • Every time we reach 10 new family bookings I will assign each person a number and use a random number generator to pick the winner of the canvas (that means at 10, 20, 30 etc)
  • You may purchase more than one family session.  They make great gifts too.  For multiple purchases, your name would count as multiple entries.  (If you purchase one for yourself and one for a gift, you are counted as TWO bookings)
  • Additional accordion albums may be purchased for the add-on prices as is listed in the pricing booklets.
  • If you do not hold the appointment by August, 31, 2012, you forfeit the free gift(s) and it becomes a regular portrait session.
  • Gallery wraps and Accordion book gifts are not transferable and are for the above family session only
  • Any St. Charles, St. Peters, St. Louis, Wentzville, or other location within 15 miles of the studio may be selected for no additional charge.  Locations farther than that will have an additional travel fee
  • A family session is for immediate family.  Larger family groups may also purchase at the group rate which fits your group size.  Larger family groups are also included in this special

Pass the word on to your friends.  The more people who sign up, the more albums and canvas wraps I give away.

Keep in touch with all studio news!  There are more specials coming this month.

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Keep in touch this month.  There’s more to come!
Karen Thaemert, CPP
(edited to add phone number and email)

Expecting Cooper in a few hours! {Maternity Photography for St Peters}

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In celebration of baby Cooper’s arrival in a few hours, I thought I’d take a few minutes to share these beautiful maternity portraits from their session last month.

This gorgeous mom is a friend of mine whom I met at exercise class.  We were all thrilled when they got pregnant and have enjoyed continuing our workouts throughout her pregnancy!

I love showcasing the beauty of a growing pregnant belly. We photographed this session in the studio in both casual clothes, wraps and fabrics. One of my favorite parts of the session was working with their older boy.  He was so well-behaved and really such a cutie.   I let him take MY picture and he did a pretty good job.  (I should post that too – maybe on Facebook).  He is so adorable, I’m sure he’ll make a terrific big brother.

Beautiful pregnant woman and family photos

Pregnant woman studio portraits

Beautiful portrait of maternity in silhouette in St Charles Missouri

A maternity session is not something that everyone wants to do, but I would like to insert a quick comment.  I usually hear “I wish I had done maternity pictures” and I never, ever hear “I wish I hadn’t”.  Just like the fleeting newborn days, pregnancy only lasts a short time (yes, I do remember that at times it feels like it’s forever, LOL).  It’s a time that you probably want documented and a safe, private portrait session with a trained photographer is a wonderful way to beautifully capture this very special time.

It’s your choice what you wear and how much belly shows in your portraits.  Your 8th month is an ideal time to photograph your growing belly.  Give Karen a call today if you are pregnant and considering a maternity photo shoot.  636-947-5956

Thanks again, Becca for trusting me to photographing your beautiful self (and family).  I cannot wait to meet Cooper.  You are in my thoughts and prayers today!!!

Karen Thaemert, CPP

St Charles Maternity photographer, serving St Peters, and the St Louis area!

3 & 6 Month Sweetie {St Charles Baby Photographer}

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I just adore this little sweetie.  My youngest daughter calls her “Ladybug”.  Well, Ladybug is just about the happiest little baby I’ve ever met.  She gave me smiles, smirks, silly faces, serious looks and pretty much everything in-between.  These photos are from the first two of four sessions as part of the Baby Steps, Baby’s first year plan.  Her color “theme” is bright colors so the collage photo for 3 months features a bright pink flower and a bright orange one in the 6 month pose.

So, first I’ll share a few of my favorites from the 6 month portrait session.  I just love the hot pink beads with her bright flower headband!  Nothing cuter that a little baby bootie, huh?  That hat box belongs to the client’s family (I need one of those…  I should probably get one before they are gone.)  LOL  That’s her pig and we thought it was SO cute when she was playing with it and the dress-up pearls.  It was such a fun session!!  Oh, and mom kept with the silver theme with another beautiful dress.  I love it!

6 Month Baby Girl Portraits by St Charles Baby Photographer

And here are a few from her 3 month photo shoot.  Don’t you love her silver dress?  It’s so nontraditional and absolutely adorable!  I wanted a pose where the dress was completely visible.  The last one was the perfect way to show it off and show her sweet smile!  The 3 month photo session is often the toughest one for smiles and keeping baby’s attention.  Thankfully, this was a very enjoyable session!  Here she is…

3 Month Portraits by St Charles Baby Photographer

Most baby plan participants select a 4-session plan.  That means that I photograph four times between 3 months and 1 year.  The 3 month milestone is when baby can hold her head high when resting on an incline or a parent’s shoulder.  The 6 month milestone is when she can sit unassisted.  Although, that white bowl will help an unsteady baby sit a little better than flat on the ground.  Later on, at the 9 month session we celebrate standing while holding on, and at the 12 month we celebrate the first birthday!  (Hopefully not walking!  LOL)

Thanks for visiting the blog!

Karen Thaemert, CPP

St Charles Baby Photographer

Serving St. Charles, St. Louis, St. Peters, Troy Missouri and the surrounding areas

Baby turns 3 Months {St Charles Baby Photographer}

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Today I am sharing with you a very sweet little baby girl and her family.  You’ll get to see her again since she is another baby on the Baby Steps, First Year plan.  (Yes, pretty much all my babies are on the portrait plan.  It’s a GREAT deal)  First, is her 3 month photo session.  In my opinion, that session is the toughest one of all the ages and stages.  It really is rare to get smiles so I’m thrilled to have so many cute expressions from her.  The other thing that makes it so tough is the fact that they no longer sleep curled up like a newborn but they cannot yet sit unassisted.  Actually, it’s difficult for a 3 or 4 month baby to sit propped in a poser or basket!

So, here she is… showing off her strength.  Look how well she holds up her head!  Don’t you just love the purple and green together?

3 Month Portraits of little girl by St Charles Baby Photographer

And, since I have frequently not kept up with the blog, I’ll share a few favorites from both the maternity and newborn photo shoots.  I had a nice challenge photographing mom for the maternity since this is our second maternity session together.  I wanted to give her unique poses yet make it familiar enough to coordinate with the first pregnancy.   She’s such a beautiful mom and mom-to-be!  Here’s a few of the proud dad too (who by the way is GREAT with the kids!)

Maternity Newborn portraits by St Charles Baby Photographer

I hear clients tell me all the time, “I wish I had gotten maternity portraits done”, or “I wish I had done this with the first pregnancy”.  The thing is that you can never get those days back.  You try to remember what it was like and how you looked.  (Ok, some of the time, we try to forget), but for the most part, it is so important to have a memory of that special time.  Look how quickly the days and months pass by.  I’m preparing for that little girl’s 6 month session in the near future!

Call the studio today and schedule your baby’s appointment.  Thanks for allowing ME to document those special milestones in your family’s lives.  Time really does fly!

Karen Thaemert, CPP

St Charles Baby photographer at your service! (also newborn and family photographer)

St. Charles, St. Louis and the surrounding areas.

636-947-5956 (studio line)

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