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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

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

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

Sweet 1 year old {St Charles Baby Photographer}

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Today I want to share an adorable little girl at her 12 month photo session.  She was part of the Baby’s First Year portrait plan.  Each of her sessions were cuter than the previous.  This one was probably my favorite one!  She really liked posing for me.  The cake shots were pretty much perfect (she smiled, made a little mess but not too much, and I got some great shots), she loved the bubble bath in the yellow bucket and dare I say it?  She posed just perfectly in the bath towel.

It’s funny.  I get the bath towel shot only about 25% of the time.  Most babies are pretty much done with photos by that point and would much rather crawl around and get OUT of the towel.  This was a nice change!

Don’t you just LOVE the colors from this session?  The soft pink, tan and yellow coordinate just perfectly.  Oh, and I got to use my favorite painted drop again!  Double score!!

St Charles Baby Photographer First Birthday portraits

The Baby Steps, First Year plan is a great way to document your baby’s first year.  It’s crazy how much babies change in that first year!  The plan is for 3 (or 4) sessions between the ages of 3 months and 1 year.  Most of our clients opt in for that 4th session.    If you sign up for 3 sessions, you will bring your baby at the ages of 3 or 4 months, again at 6 or 7 months and finally at 12 months.  For the 4-session plan, you simply bring baby at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months.  Those ages coordinate with the  stages of the first year (holding head up, sitting, standing, first birthday).

This current Baby Plan has been an active part of our studio for the past five years and our clients LOVE it.  Call today if you have a new baby to schedule your first year sessions.

Karen Thaemert, CPP

The FAVORITE St. Charles baby photographer!

636-947-5956

6 Month Baby Girl {St Charles Baby Photography}

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I am very excited to share this session with you.  I got to use one of my favorite backdrops and also one of my newer ones!  I just love how all of the photos turned out.  I’m sharing images from another baby’s first year plan participant.  Her big sister is a graduate of the Baby Steps plan.  I love seeing these little ones grow from newborn or 3 months of age through the first birthday.  The photos below are from her 6 month photo shoot.  She is showing off her newest skill of sitting on her own.  I love this age because we get to put babies on and in so many different props and posing boxes/baskets/buckets.

The beautiful tan/sage/pink background is a hand-painted drop which I’ve had for a number of years, but it’s not often requested.  I have to say that it’s easily one of my favorite formal backdrops.  I think it worked PERFECTLY with her pink tutu and head-bow.  The pearls are mine and added an extra special touch to some of the poses.

Now, that RED background is my new door.  You can see it a little better in Tommy’s Senior session post below.  I really intended to use it with teens and little boys, but within the first two weeks of having it here at the studio, I realized that it’s great for little girls too.  I think it’s perfect with my black and white damask hat box.  Don’t you?  As soon as I saw the outfit her mommy brought, the ideas started churning in my head and I fell in love with this new set.

Well, on to the photos.  That’s really why you, my wonderful blog readers are here anyway, right?  Leave me a comment and let me know that you were here.  🙂Baby Plan photos of 6 month little girl, St Charles baby photography

Glad you stopped by.  If you have a baby between the ages of newborn and 4 months (or if you are currently expecting a baby), give me a call to sign up for the Baby Steps Baby Plan.  You’ll be happy you did.  My favorite part of the plan is the 10×20 framed collage you get at the end of the year with one image from each session.  It’s neat to see how much the baby has changed during the first year!

Talk to you very soon.

Karen Thaemert, CPP

St Charles Baby Photography, serving St. Louis, St. Charles and surrounding areas

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!

Beautiful Maternity {St Charles Maternity Photographer}

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I am excited to share this blog post.  Here’s a recent maternity session of a beautiful mother-to-be.  Her dress was simply gorgeous (and it wasn’t maternity either, so she can wear it all summer long!)  Her request was “light and airy portraits”.   I think we accomplished that.

Wow, it makes me feel terrific, knowing that I get to document this time in a mother’s life.  I sure wish I had gotten professional portraits done when I was pregnant.    The few snapshots I have of myself are certainly nothing stellar.  LOL  I just love capturing these moments of pregnancy and those days of anticipation.

It is my hope that the beauty of each woman shows in her maternity portraits in each and every photograph.  Soon this little  beauty will be born and I look forward to photographing her her as a newborn.

Maternity portrait of laughing mom by St Charles Maternity Photographer

portrait of Expectant mother sitting, St Charles Maternity Photographer

Pregnant woman wrapped in white fabric by St Charles Maternity Photographer

Maternity silhouette of woman, by St Charles Photographer

Smiling pregnant woman by St Charles Maternity Photographer

Thanks for all the referrals and support!

Karen Thaemert – St Charles Maternity Photographer and Baby photographer

St. Charles, MO