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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

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

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!

Tommy’s Senior Session {Ft. Zumwalt East, St Peters Senior Photography}

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Hey there Blog fans!  Time for me to catch up and share what has kept me so busy.  Here’s Tommy.  We had a great time taking his senior pictures!  We started down on Main Street in old town, St. Charles.  I love the variety down there!  We found worn out walls, rubble, and used the great colors of our historic town.

Photos of high school senior boy St Peters Senior Photography

High School Senior Guy with car truck pictures

Tommy loves his Jeep (he comes by it naturally, visit  Axle Boy  if you have your own jeep.  You can get yours outfitted for some off-road fun!)  He even washed it for such an occasion as a senior photo shoot.  Naturally, we had to get a few shots to showcase it!

I love it when seniors bring props, whether it’s a car, jeep, truck, motorcycle or sports equipment.  Anything that makes a session unique and “yours” is a great idea.

To schedule your own senior session, call today.  Got a day off school?  Let’s shoot your pics.  Most evening sessions and weekend sessions are filled through October (only a couple of spots remain), but if you have a week day time available, we can definitely coordinate our schedules.

Thanks, Tommy, for having K Thaemert Photography shoot your session.  You were GREAT!

Karen Thaemert, CPP

Your favorite photographer for Rockin’ Senior Pictures

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St Peters Senior Photography Info

August 22-26 Gone Fishin’ LTD {St. Charles Children’s Photographer}

We’re going to transform the studio into a fishing pier – just without the bugs and the heat!

Toddler Boy with fishing pole, straw hat, on pier

What: Gone Fishin’ Limited Edition set-up one week only

When:  August 22-26

Where: The Studio

Who: Recommended for ages 9 months – age 4

Cost: $69 which includes one 5×7

Call today to schedule your child’s special portrait.

See all of the upcoming Limited Edition and Mini-Sessions by clicking HERE.  You may access that page at any time by clicking on the tab at the top, just above the blog header.

I’ve included a google calendar that lists ONLY Limited Edition and Mini-Sessions.  Some spaces have already been scheduled for the Gone Fishin’ LTD for next month.  Take a look at the calendar (you’ll have to scroll over to August 22 and following) and pick your time slot.  If you want an evening space, those will become available after we receive all the school sports and dance calendars.  At that time, the school-year evening hours schedule will also be set.

What is a Limited Edition or Mini-Session?  For only a few days, we put together and bring out an elaborate set-up which is much more than a typical portrait session.  It takes quite a bit of time and planning to get these sets prepared which is why it is only for a couple of days each year.  Limited Edition sessions last between 30 and 45 minutes.  The last time we did the Gone Fishin’ theme was in 2008 so you won’t want to miss out on this round!

Mini-Sessions are similar in that more props and planning are involved than for that of a regular portrait session, but they are based around a U.S. Holiday and are only 15-25 minutes long.  In addition, since we will only have 10-15 photos from which to choose after a mini-session, you are encouraged to view them before you leave the studio, and place your order at that time.  This expedited the ordering process and allows you to receive your portraits in time for the upcoming holiday!  All orders placed at the time of the mini-session will receive a 20% discount.

These are so much fun and your children will have a great time playing with unique props and set-ups (not to mention all the fun in the costumes and unique clothing).

Call today to schedule your LTD and Mini-sessions.  If it’s on the calendar, it’s not too early to get scheduled!  As of today, we have through February 2012 listed.

Talk to you soon.

Karen Thaemert, CPP

St. Charles, MO – FUN photographer for babies, toddlers and children!

9 Months and Such a joy! {St Charles Baby Photographer}

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Some babies are just happy.  This baby boy is one of those “just happy” little guys.  He loves to interact and smile.  You might remember his 6 month portrait session!  This one was just as enjoyable.

His mom always finds the cutest clothes.  She’s especially good at finding adorable shoes and hats.  It was a bare-feet kind of session so you won’t get to see any new shoes in this post, but fear not!  You get to see an adorable little plaid hat.

First, I’d like to share the 10×20 digital collage I created from three of my favorite poses.  All Collages are mounted and sit on a small easel or easily be put into a frame.  I usually frame portraits for my clients, but some choose to do it on their own or go to a local framer.

I just love the brown and blue tones in this first set!

Digital portrait collage of little boy by st charles baby photographer studio

This little rocking chair has served me well for many years.  He really liked sitting in it (not all babies like the unsteady rocking).   Really, what he wanted most was to get OUT of the chair and explore.  Still, I’m fast and was able to not only get a few great shots, but surprisingly, I was able to get a good one of him with Curious George.  That monkey, by the way, has been photographed many times in our studio.  Big sister brought him along too!

9 Month Old Baby Boy in rocking Chair by St Charles Baby Photographer

He loved my plush, blue boy’s chair too.  He must have felt big and important in it because he looked so proud of himself.  I love to have them peek over the back of the chair too.  He didn’t mind sitting on his knees and really enjoyed our game of peek-a-boo.

Baby boy sitting in blue chair at portrait session by St Charles Baby Photographer

9 month baby boy wearing a hat peeking over the chair portrait by St Charles Baby Photographer

In this last pose, mom is just outside of the frame (or maybe her hand even made it in the shot and I edited it out).  He was very sturdy on the apple crate, but I didn’t want to take any chances.  Don’t you just love his chunky little baby feet?  I have the best job in the world!  I enjoy my time with these little ones so much.  Thank God for the invention of the camera.  Without it, all those little things (like cute little feet and goofy smiles) would soon be forgotten.  It’s awesome that I get to help preserve those special little details for so many families.

photo of 9 Month baby boy sitting on white apple crate by St Charles Baby Photographer

He’s a Baby Steps portrait plan participant so you’ll see him again in a few months.  I’m sure his parents are already planning his first birthday party.

If you are interested in the Baby Steps baby plan, take a look at this page.  Let me know you know you found it from baby’s Jame’s blog entry and I’ll have a special price for you!

Thanks for visiting.  Happy Wednesday!

Karen Thaemert, CPP

St Charles Baby Photographer for the St. Charles and St. Peters and surrounding areas

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

6 Months and Sitting Pretty in Pink {St Charles Baby Photographer}

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She’s sitting pretty in pink, silver, orange and even in the natural tones.  LOL

Here’s a little girl from a family I’ve been photographing for the past few years.  Her big brother has graced the blog a few times and so has she, already!  I must say it again, but I absolutely love working with 6 month old babies.  The milestone of being able to sit is so monumental.  It makes a happy baby even happier (if that’s possible).  From this little one, I captured sweet smiles, huge smiles, little grins and pretty much everything in-between.

I just adore the silver dress she’s wearing in this first pose.  It’s so non-traditional and very beautiful all at once.  I believe she is enamored with my youngest daughter who loves to help in the studio.  Those of you who have met her will, no doubt, agree that she’s a very valuable asset to me during 6 and 9 month portrait sessions!  She is “baby crazy” as we tell her.  It’s a good thing too.  I’m positive that the big huge grin in the second image is compliments of something fun and silly.  She does silly things that only a 9-year old can do!

St Charles Baby Photographer, St. Louis, MO portrait of little girl

We really decked her out for this shot.  What more can a girl want than beads, flower headbands, fur and a very cute pink and white striped hat box?

Photography of baby girl sitting in pink hat box By St Charles Baby Photographer

St Charles baby photographer picture of 6 month old baby girl in necklace

This pose is my typical bowl shot.  We use it for the end-of-the-year collage in the baby plan.    The collage has one image from each session.  This 6-month pose in the bowl is one we often use for that series of photos.

St Charles baby photographer image of baby girl in bowl wearing orange

As you can see, it was a VERY fun photo session.  I think her mommy is already planning the next one (9 months).

Our baby plan is a 3-session plan which is typically between 3 months and 1 year of age.  However, many of our clients like to come in for an optional 4th session.  A 4-session baby plan is photographed at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months old.  Each one marks a new milestone.  At 3 months, a baby is just holding up his or her head, at 6 months a baby learns to sit, at 9 months standing while holding on something is a great accomplishment and 12 months marks one year!  Either way you do it, the Baby Steps plan is a great way to document your baby’s growth during the first year.   I know how fast kids grow!  Trust me.  Don’t miss documenting this time in your baby’s life.

Come back soon.  I have much more to share.

Karen Thaemert, CPP

St. Charles Baby Photographer

Chris- High School Grad {St Charles Senior Photographer}

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I’m happy to share a few favorites from Chris’ photo session. He’s a drummer and we had to get a few poses with his set. I’ve had the privilege of performing in a number of events and services with him as well as watching him play from the audience. He’s quite talented. I’m thrilled that I got to photograph his senior pics.

Since he is such a great drummer, we decided to have some fun with one image!  Love the flames.

St Charles Senior Photographer, Flaming Drum Sticks photo

St Charles Senior photographer, St. Charles, MO Grad photos

St Charles Senior photographer, high school senior guy pictures

St Charles Senior Photographer for high school senior guy pictures

And this is probably my favorite shot of the day.  It’s a close-up, he has a great smile and the drum set is in the foreground.

Guy photo with drum set by St Charles Senior Photographer

Do you want fun, different senior pics that are totally you? Get your required photos and come to K Thaemert for everything else!

We are currently scheduling high school seniors through October. Call 636-947-5956 to schedule your senior session!

St Charles Senior Photographer