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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

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!

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Karen Thaemert, CPP

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

636-947-5956

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)

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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)

New big Sister!!! {Children’s Photographer St. Charles}

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Guess who is about to become a big sister!  Yay, Horray.  Tomorrow is the day.  🙂

I first met this sweet little darling when she was a newborn. Unbelievably, these photos are from last week’s 18-month session.  We really did have a great time during her portrait session.  Games like peek-a-boo and Nerf balls kept everyone entertained (adults included, ha ha).  My trusty little side-kick was here too and is probably responsible for most of the great expressions that were captured.

I really do enjoy photographing toddlers.  It’s a completely different game focusing on older babies who are growing into little people.  I love when they are able to talk to me and play my games.  She sure enjoyed the baby doll and teddy bear and her own Mickey Mouse.  Dad saw the Radio Flyer mini-wagon sitting on the shelf and it was the perfect prop/play toy near the end of the session.  It really was a play-day for us; way more than just a photo session!  Chairs, toys, dolls, necklaces, wagons, stools, stuffed friends… wow, a kid’s dream!

18 month little girl with beads toddler photography by Children's Photographer St Charles

Photo of toddler playing with bear and beads by Children's Photographer St Charles

Toddler girl, Mickey Mouse in Radio Flyer Wagon by Children's Photographer St Charles

Hee, Hee.  I call this a “stinker smile”.  Isn’t she just the cutest?

Children's Photographer St Charles, MO photo of toddler girl making a "stinker smile" cute grin

Peek-A-Boo!!  A favorite game.

children's photographer St Charles, toddler girl playing peek-a-boo in St. Louis area

My wonderful handy-man, husband made this fence (and that baby bed above).  Both worked perfectly for this photo session.  She loved hiding behind it and peeking at me!

Children's Photographer St Charles portrait of toddler girl

And last, but certainly not least….  Ta Da!!!!!!!!  Here I am world.  On Friday, July 1, I become a big sister.  Watch out world.  🙂

Children's photographer St Charles, Toddler girl with arms wide open.

I’m really looking forward to meeting her new little sister next week.  As you can see, this mom and dad make ADORABLE children.

So, what happens when a baby is older than 12 months and has graduated from the “Baby Steps” 1st Year Portrait Plan?  They join the “Watch Me Grow” plan which goes through age 5.  It’s a great deal if you plan to have yearly portraits done.  The plan is for 18 months, 2, 3, 4, and 5 year sessions and includes a 5×7 portrait or smaller to fit the frame of your choice.  You also get special notice of all limited edition and mini-sessions throughout the year.

This little girl has graduated from the Baby Steps plan and is now in the Watch Me Grow plan.  I get to see her every year and it just warms my heart to know that we will stay in touch all these years and beyond.

Thanks for visiting the blog!  I love to hear what you think.

Have a great weekend!

Karen Thaemert, CPP

Experienced Photographer, St. Charles, MO