Aloha ke akua

Aloha ke akua means “God is Love” in Hawaiian, and Travis and I were acutely aware of that on our beautiful trip to Maui. I had so many friends and family kind enough to ask to see photos and hear about our trip, so I wanted to do a little blog post to share our adventure.We started out in West Maui in a studio condo that was right on the water. There, we got to see several huge sea turtles coming up on the rocks. We bummed around downtown Lahaina and loved the big Banyon trees, frozen ice and quirky shops. We went on a whale-watch, which was great fun, though we did stuck in a semi-monsoon halfway through the excursion (thus the lack of whale photos!). Definitely lots of laughs and a highlight nonetheless! Next up was our helicopter tour. It felt like a scene from The Bachelor as we put on our headsets in the back of the chopper and flitted between the mountains, beside waterfalls and over humpback whales. From there, we packed up our yellow, windowless Jeep and set out on the Road to Hana. I had mentally blocked out how sharp those curves were on the side of the cliffs, and Trav didn’t appreciate my incessant gasping as we hugged the mountain for dear life, but it was an adventure we’ll never forget. And we made it safe and sound, Travis would like you to know. Our bungalow in Hana was a little piece of heaven- situated right on a secluded black sand beach. We got up every morning to see the sunrise (don’t be too impressed- our bodies were still a little bit on mainland time). We also made our way through the Upcountry, which was like a different world. At the end of our trip, we enjoyed a luau and snorkeling trip, which turned out to double as a whale-watch!  God is so good! I hope you enjoy this sampling of photos from our trip.
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The picture above is the famous spot, “Jaws,” where a lot of surfers go. The little blue dot you see if a surf shack.

“His love is deep, His love is wide
And it covers us
His love is fierce, His love is strong
It is furious
His love is sweet, His love is wild
And it’s waking hearts to life”

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Matt & Mandy +1

Matt and Mandy made a gorgeous bride and groom just a few years ago, and I loved shooting their engagement and wedding  photos. And now, it’s baby time! We did Mandy’s maternity shoot in St. Louis recently, and I love how they turned out. Mandy has a cute, modern and tasteful style, and she wanted her maternity photos to reflect her personality. I can’t wait for baby Budwell to arrive, but until then, I hope you enjoy these fun maternity photos!
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Gina and Gabe’s Wedding

I’ve been looking forward to shooting Gina and Gabe’s wedding for longer than they’ve been engaged. Gina and I were first introduced at work, the amazing communication agency, Osborn Barr. We clicked immediately, and she introduced to her sister Mandy, who’s wedding I shot in 2011. I later met Gina’s (now) sister-in-law, Claire, who’s Hollywood-glam wedding I also had the pleasure of shooting. These three girls are as pretty inside as they are out, and Gina absolutely glowed on her wedding day. She was so creative. organized, calm, and utterly fabulous. Gabe, too, was quite the wonderful groom, and their entire wedding party was a joy to work with. You could really feel the love in the room when they were married at the Old Post Office in Downtown, St.Louis. Every last detail of this wedding was thought through, and I hope you will enjoy flipping through these pictures as much as I do. Blessings to Gina and Gabe. May they always rejoice in each other as they did on this special day.

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Let it Snow!

Clare and Aaron are not only our small group leaders, but they are also some of our closest friends. Little Riley has claimed our “puppy Mash” as her own, and I find myself shopping for baby Luke every time I go to the mall. We just love them to death, and they’ve been such a blessing to us, so when Clare asked me to do a “mini session” for Christmas card photos, I was THRILLED. I’ve always wanted to go to the Christmas tree “farm” in Belleville for photos, and I only wish we could’ve stayed longer to play in the snow. Enjoy these pictures of this truly beautiful family, inside and out.


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Rhonda

These are absolutely fabulous! Beautiful family & lovely scenery! Wow!

A Joyful Trio

Aaron and Tori are some of our favorite new friends. We met them through Cornerstone Christian Church, and their love for God and each other were evident from the first time we met them. Now, we have the pleasure of being in the same small group and doing life together. I love when you can just look at someone’s photos and tell there is something special about them, and these pictures really capture the essence of this wonderful and fun family. Their light definitely shines through- in photos and in person alike.

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