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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)
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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!

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)

Park Photos in St Peter’s {St Charles Family Photographer}

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I’m excited to share this session here on the blog.  Not only is this little 9 month old a cutie pie, but the entire family is awesome!  The baby was teething, however I was able to shoot fast and capture some fun moments in between his discomfort.  He loved my little brown rocking chair and red Radio Flyer wagon.  He loved his Mommy & Daddy too.  I’m so thankful mom has great friends (also my wonderful clients) who told her to call for a session!

Take a look:

Outdoor Family portraits at the park by St Charles family photographer

I really enjoy family portraits and outdoor sessions.  Now is the time to get your family together for a fun shoot.  Anyone wishing to use photos on their Christmas cards should schedule ASAP.   All portrait orders which must arrive for Christmas, must be placed by December 5, 2011.

Some favorite locations include: Creve Coeur Park, Blanchette Park, McNair Park, Main Street- St. Charles, New Town and the St. Peter’s Park at City Hall (Rec Plex).  You may have a favorite local place too.  I’m happy to try something new!

Need ideas about what to wear?  Contact me and I’ll walk you through the process of planning for Family Photos.

Karen Thaemert, CPP

St Charles Family Photographer

Welcome Baby – 5 days old {St Charles Newborn Photographer}

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Newborn portraits are such a beautiful way to document a baby’s first days.  Today I am pleased to share with you a collection of studio portraits from this beautiful family.  At only 5 days old, she was a gem.  I have photographed this wonderful family for a number of years.  I met them when big sister was a newborn!  Here’s big sister’s NEWBORN portrait session (on the old blog).

Photography for newborn baby in St. Charles and St Louis

I get asked all the time, “How early should we have our baby photographed?”  My answer is always the same, “The SOONER the BETTER.”  If you are expecting and are planning newborn portraits, remember that the adorable, curled-up poses are rarely achieved after a baby is 10-14 days old.  Think about it.  When a baby is inside the mommy, it’s legs and arms are curled tightly against the body.  It’s a comfortable, familiar position.  After 10 days or so, baby begins to stretch out and feel comfortable in these new positions and it’s much more difficult for your photographer to achieve those beautiful tight poses.

I just love photographing newborn sessions.  I get to provide families with beautiful, professional portraits.  I get to capture those days/moments which only last a short time.  I know not all new mommies are ready to be photographed and that’s ok too.  Some are, some aren’t.  (We’ll just photograph dad and baby and use just your arms in an image or two).   You are more than welcome to catch a few z’s on the couch while I create precious poses of your new little sweetheart.

Expectant moms should call the studio as soon as you know that you are pregnant to assure that we can fit your newborn appointment in to our schedule.  Keep us informed as the big day nears!

Fun fact:  What happened 9-11 months ago?   The St. Louis area (and many other places around the country) experienced days of snow storms.  ‘Nuf said????  LOL  Baby boom is coming…

Call today to schedule your baby’s first portrait session!  636-947-5956

Karen Thaemert, CPP

Your favorite St. Charles newborn photographer!

Thunderstorms can’t stop this Family Portrait! {Wentzville Family Photographer}

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Back in late winter, I was asked to donate to the Immanuel, Lutheran School auction in Wentzville, Missouri.  I was happy to help their school and church with my donation of an outdoor family session, a beautiful frame and portrait credit (so the family can fill the frame)!   I often wait months before hearing from auction winners.  Well as it turns out, they are long-time friends of my husband’s family.  I was thrilled to find out they won the auction!

I think they first contacted me during one of our crazy winter snowstorms.  Now that it’s blazing hot and mid-summer, it’s hard to remember back to those cold snowy days.  We photographed this session on a day when the St. Louis area was under severe weather alerts and experiencing crazy thunderstorms.  Thankfully, the rain held out until after I left.  Later on that evening (after my next photography assignment), the heavens opened up and everyone ran indoors for cover.

Photography family session on-location by Wentzville Family Photographer

Outdoor portraits of family by by Wentzville Family Photographer, St. Charles

Ok, this next one is just a crazy out-take.  I thought the kids would giggle when they saw it.

Kids being silly for family photos at their home by Wentzville Family Photographer

Mom and Dad photo by Wentzville Family Photographer, St Charles

I love this shot of just the girls!

Photo of Mom with the girls, Wentzville family photographer

And not to be outdone… Here’s one of just the guys.

The guys posing at the outdoor photography session by Wentzville Family Photographer

I like to take some solo portraits of each of the kids.  I love, love, love the laugh of this young man!  He told me afterwards when I was about to drive to the next engagement that he didn’t get to pose exactly how he wanted to.  I hope he forgives me for missing his cue.  I think he was having a good time anyway.

Young boy laughing photo by Wentzville Family Photographer, K Thaemert from St. Charles, MO

And now his handsome big brother…

Wentzville family photographer photographs a young boy

Little sister gets her turn in front of the yellow flowers!

Wentzville family photographer and young girl photo

And last, but certainly not least, big sister gets a turn.

Teen photo of girl by Wentzville Family Photographer

I love photographing outdoors at any time of the year, but there’s just something about summer evenings that make me smile.  I hope these images made you smile too.

We are scheduling outdoor family portrait sessions through the fall.  (Yes, there are already fall sessions on my calendar).  If you want portraits of your family, call the studio today to set up the appointment.  The office line is 636-947-5956.  Want to get a head-start on your Christmas cards?  I can design a family photo card from your session images too!

Thanks for visiting.

Karen Thaemert, CPP

St. Charles, MO Wentzville Family Photographer

Expecting Baby Girl {St Charles Newborn Photographer}

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I’m excited to share a series of two sessions.  It’s fun to meet an expecting couple, photograph, get to know them and then WAIT for the baby to arrive.   I think sometimes I have as much anticipation awaiting the big day as the couple’s own family members.  Today, I’m sharing a beautiful couple at the maternity portrait session and the arrival of their beautiful newborn, baby girl.

Purple was our color of choice for most of the two sessions and such an appropriate choice for baby girl photos.

St Charles Newborn Photographer Maternity Portrait in studio

We also pulled down the brown background for a very classy maternity portrait.  Maternity sessions have so many possibilities.   An expectant mother might bring all of her own clothes; she might bring anything from a beautiful dress to a man’s big white button down shirt or a favorite top.  I also have a variety of fabrics in the studio with which to wrap the mom.  Wraps can either cover the belly or leave it bare.  The lighting in the studio is set so as to show off the beauty of the growing belly while still keeping it modest and hiding areas of “concern”.    I have a number of wraps which cover bare arms and still allow the belly to show.

St Charles Newborn Photographer Maternity portrait with backlighting

This expectant dad was extremely fun at the maternity session.  We did have a few laughs and everything was all very relaxed!

St Charles Newborn Photographer expectant mom and husband portrait

Finally, for a clean, beautiful look, we photographed on the bright white background.  It’s hard to believe that soon after, a beautiful baby girl arrived!

St Charles Newborn Photographer maternity portrait of couple

And now, I introduce to you their beautiful first born!!  She was such a wonderful little doll.

St Charles Newborn Photographer, baby girl portrait in studio

St Charles Newborn Photographer Sleeping baby girl portrait

This next photos are special since the knitted baby cocoon was made specially for her!  I love the colors and as a knit and crochet crafter myself, I really appreciate the love that went into creating it.  As an added bonus, she was extremely content inside the cocoon and posed perfectly for photos!

St Charles Newborn Photographer, Baby girl sleeping in basket portrait

St Charles Newborn Photographer Baby sleeping in blanket

And here’s a full image of the cocoon:

Sleeping baby girl portrait by St Charles Newborn Photographer

Happy, new parents…

Portrait of new family by St. Charles Newborn photographer

St. Charles newborn baby photographer "Lion King" pose of baby girl

To schedule your own maternity and/or newborn portrait session, call the studio at 636-947-5956.  Maternity portraits are normally photographed around 8 months and newborn portraits are best photographed before 10-14 days old (the younger the better they stay asleep and pose).  It is a good idea to schedule both a few months prior to your due date.  I am always flexible with moving a newborn session, but cannot guarantee an opening if you are not already on the calendar.

Looking forward to many more baby portraits!

Karen Thaemert, CPP

St. Charles newborn photographer & Maternity Photographer

Serving St. Charles, St. Peters, O’Fallon, St. Louis, Florissant, Lake St. Louis, Wentzville and the surrounding areas

What to Wear – Family Portraits {St Charles Family Photographer}

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My friend and fellow photographer, Danielle Neil, from Columbus, OH,  posted some “what to wear ideas” last month on her blog.  Now that we’re moving into the Family Portrait season, it’s a great time to think about how you will coordinate your family for your own portraits.  There’s always the jeans and t-shirt idea, but what about something a little classier?

Often, it is easiest to shop at one or two stores.  When clothing stores release new clothing lines, they usually have a common theme or color and that helps you coordinate them.  I’m often asked questions if  they should match or coordinate?  My preference is that you coordinate because each person gets to be his or her own personality while still looking good within the group.

Now is the time to schedule your summer portrait session.  You want to have your first choice for your family photos!  We already have a number of June and July sessions scheduled and will continue to fill the calendar.  There are even a couple of fall sessions already booked!

Outdoor sibling portrait by St Charles Family Photographer

Family Portraits in St Peters Park by St Charles Family Photographer

family photos with dogs St Charles Family Photographer in St Peters park

St Charles Family Photographer studio portraits of family

I hope these examples and the ones from Danielle will give you some ideas with your own summer outfit choices.  Have a TERRIFIC time shopping.  Don’t stress over it, and we’ll have a great time.  Remember to call me soon for both summer AND fall appointments.

Your choice for family and group photography in St. Charles, St. Peters and the surrounding St. Louis area.

Karen Thaemert – family photographer