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It’s that time of year when everyone is in a rush to get family photos taken for their annual holiday cards.  With so many inquiries and so few weekends before the leaves are fully changed and the trees become bare, I am offering Fall Family Mini Sessions.

To learn more, hop on over to the Willow & Moss Photography website where I am now working!  Just in case you missed the news, back in September we opened our doors with a new Studio Store Front in the heart of historic Edwardsville!

Fall Family Mini Sessions

Danielle is a St Louis photographer that specializes in children, maternity and family photography. Serving the Greater St Louis, Edwardsville, and Metro East Areas.  To book a session or find out more information give her a call at 618-779-0959   – See more on Instagram!

The kids are out of school, the swimming pools are open and the air conditioner is on full blast.  Welcome to summertime in St. Louis!  This is my most favorite time of year and nothing is better than St Louis Summer Family Photos.

Being outdoors in the golden setting sun – loving on your family and having fun.  Can you imagine a better setting for your family photo session?  The options for locations are endless when it is warm outside.  If your family prefers the tall grass and flowing trees in the summer sun you might be interested in a session in Forest Park, The Botanical Gardens, Creve Couer Park, or even Laumiere Sculpture Park.

If your family likes the city and wants something a little more urban, let’s hit the streets.  There are so many many places to choose from.  There is the fountain in The Central West End, Lacledes Landing, or Old Town St. Charles.

St Louis Summer Family Photos – Recent Session Highlights

Here are a few of my favorite shots from recent St Louis Summer Family Photos.  These boys were up for anything and even laughed at my corny jokes.  Mom and Dad were stunning and I cannot compliment them enough on such a lovely family.  I’m not sure which is more beautiful; the family or the light.  What do you think?

Thinking about booking a session for family portraits?  Be sure to contact me sooner rather than later.  As we all know summer moves quickly and before we know it it will be time to start back to school shopping and planning for the holidays.

St Louis Summer Family Photos

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St Louis Summer Family Photos

St Louis Summer Family Photos

Danielle is a St Louis photographer that specializes in children, maternity and family photography. Serving the Greater St Louis, Edwardsville, and Metro East Areas.  To book a session or find out more information give her a call at 618-779-0959   – See more on Instagram!

In case you missed it, I wanted to share this exciting news with you!  I was recently named by Expertise as one of the Best St. Louis Family Photographers in 2017.  According to their report, they analyzed 105 local family photographers and picked the top 19.

Best St. Louis Family Photographers

Their goal of this list is to connect people with the best local experts.  The photographers were scored on over 25 variables across 5 different categories.  The finalists were assembled into a hand picked list to present families with the best options for their portraits.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Reputation – a history of delighted customers and outstanding service.
  2. Credibility – building customer confidence with licensing, accreditation, and awards.
  3. Experience – masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.
  4. Availability – consistently approachable and responsive so customers never feel ignored.
  5. Professionalism – providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Here is what they had to say about me!

Danielle Morhaus Photography is a photography studio that provides professional portraiture services for individuals and families in the Edwardsville and St. Louis areas. Lead photographer Danielle Morhaus specializes in conducting newborn, maternity, and family photography services and also captures birth, wedding, children, and senior portraits. Danielle Morhaus is a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

You can see the full article here.

This is such an honor and I could not be more pleased to be included with a group the Best St. Louis Family Photographers.  Working with families to capture their authentic selves has always been a passion of mine.  There is a certain magic that happens when a family sits down together and starts loving on each other.  I look forward to the busy season this fall and seeing all my regular families as well as new ones!

If you are looking to have family portraits taken this fall be sure to contact me immediately, these sessions fill up quickly!

Danielle is a St Louis photographer that specializes in children, maternity and family photography. Serving the Greater St Louis, Edwardsville, and Metro East Areas.  To book a session or find out more information give her a call at 618-779-0959   – See more on Instagram!

 

Can you feel the love this amazing couple has for each other and their soon to be family of 3?  This St Louis maternity photo session was fantastic!  They booked their Maternity Session after a special I ran on Facebook for the Month of May to celebrate Mother’s Day.  There is something so special about capturing the relationship between Mom, Dad, and Baby from the very beginning.

St Louis Maternity Photo Session

Aren’t they just the cutest?  Dad was willing to do everything we asked, and I think he even had a little fun during the session too!  It may have had something to do with all the kisses I was suggesting he get from Mom.

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Let’s talk about Mom, isn’t she stunning?  She really has that special glow that happens while pregnant.  Oh and that light behind her in this shot, that warm back light coming through the tree’s behind her.  It was perfect!  We had such a great time during this St Louis Maternity Photo Session in Forest Park!

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Then we had to sneak Dad back in for a few, he was more than willing after all!  Aren’t they just amazing!  The best part is, they are waiting to find out the baby’s sex.  How exciting is that?  I can’t wait to find out if they are having a boy or a girl.  What do you think?  I’m leaning towards a newborn baby girl!

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Want to see more of my Maternity Photo Sessions?  Check out my online maternity gallery here on my website, or swing over to my Facebook page to see what I’ve been working on lately!

 

Danielle is a St Louis photographer that specializes in children, maternity and family photography. Serving the Greater St Louis, Edwardsville, and Metro East Areas.  To book a session or find out more information give her a call at 618-779-0959   – See more on Instagram!

Last weekend I shot one of my favorite families for their annual photo session.  This year we decided on a new location. We decided on St Louis family photos at the Jewel Box in Forest Park.  The light is always amazing with plants and flowers  always in full bloom.  Rain or shine, warm or cool temperatures this location always works!  We were especially happy because last Saturday the wind was blowing like crazy.  Being indoors with the appearance of being outdoors was exactly what we needed for this photo shoot.St Louis Family Photos

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We were all thrilled for this session and had been planning it for months.  Since our last session, their family had grown and I was thrilled to meet their sweet baby girl.  Isn’t she just the cutest?

St Louis Family Photos 02 As you can tell from this photo, she looks just like her beautiful Mamma!  Can you say mini me?  Gush!

St Louis Family Photos 03 Pretty soon even big brother had to get in on the baby love fest.  Don’t toddlers give the best hugs?  I just adore them.

St Louis Family Photos 04Then this handsome hunk was ready for his turn in front of the camera.  I think he might have a future in modeling!

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Next came cuddle time with both Mom and Dad.  Again with those amazing toddler hugs that I’m so wild about capturing as part of the family photo session.

St Louis Family Photos 05 St Louis Family Photos 06 Thank you again to the beautiful and loving R Family for letting me be a part of your family for the morning.  It is so fun spending time with your family and document them in a way that fits your style and connection with each other.  I’m already looking forward to what we will do next time!

If you are interested in St Louis family photos in St Louis or in the Metro East area please contact me at 618-779-0959.  Now booking for Summer 2017 in St. Louis.

Danielle is a St Louis photographer that specializes in children, maternity and family photography. Serving the Greater St Louis, Edwardsville, and Metro East Areas.  To book a session or find out more information give her a call at 618-779-0959   – See more on Instagram!

 

Just in time for Mother’s Day! Now offering Edwardsville Maternity Mini Sessions.  Each session includes a pre-portrait consultation, a 30 minute photo shoot, and 15 finished digital files for $175.00 and a print release.  Offer expires 5/31/2017.

This makes the perfect gift for any Mom to be for Mother’s day!

Tips for a Fabulous Maternity Photo Session

  1. Schedule your session for the right time, this is typically in your seventh or eighth month of pregnancy.  You want your belly to have a nice round shape for the photographs.
  2. Consider using props in your session.  This can be an ultrasound photo, baby blankets, booties or anything else that holds sentimental value to you.
  3. Do you want to include the baby’s father and or other siblings?  Or would you prefer to focus solely on Mom and Baby?
  4. Make sure to discuss what types of photos you are interested in with your photographer.  For example, are you comfortable showing bare belly, or would you prefer to keep your belly covered?  You should also discuss wardrobe selection.  This can be very important to capture the style of photos you are interested in.  Ask your photographer for suggestions.
  5. Moisturize before your session.  Make sure to apply lotion to your knees, elbows and belly before your session.
  6. There are many details to photograph, hands will show in many close up photos.  Consider what type of nail polish will fit the style of photos you wish to capture.
  7. All tight fitting clothing and jewelry should be removed a few hours before your maternity photos.  You don’t want any lines or marks showing on your skin.

 

The Details: Edwardsville Maternity Mini Sessions

Edwardsville Maternity Mini Sessions

 

See more maternity photos in the maternity photos gallery.

Danielle is a St Louis photographer that specializes in children, maternity and family photography. Serving the Greater St Louis, Edwardsville, and Metro East Areas.  To book a session or find out more information give her a call at 618-779-0959   – See more on Instagram!

This newborn photo session was on location in the customer’s home.  Some clients prefer in home sessions as opposed to coming to the studio.  This can be a relief especially for new parents that are still adjusting to little sleep.  The whole session takes about 3 hours from start to finish.  I bring all the props and materials needed to photograph newborn babies.  From the posing pillow, to the wraps and headbands.  I work with clients to bring a variety of items to match their style.

Mom had warned me that this little angel had not been sleeping very well.  I assured her that eventually all babies do go to sleep and the best thing she could do was relax and we would work through it together.  After I set up the backgrounds and had everything ready to go, she went right to sleep and slept through most of her posed photos.  We had to take a short break to let her eat, and then we moved into the family photos.

If you are expecting and thinking about booking a newborn session, check out this resource I have on what to expect.

Newborn Photo Session Highlights

Here are some of my favorite photos from our session.  Mom and Dad were feeling a little shy and asked me to only show photos of baby on the blog.  Enjoy!

Newborn Photo Session

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Danielle is a St Louis photographer that specializes in children, maternity and family photography. Serving the Greater St Louis, Edwardsville, and Metro East Areas.  To book a session or find out more information give her a call at 618-779-0959   – See more on Instagram!

18 Month Photos taken in the studio with this sweet angel.  She is so full of personality I loved documenting this milestone for Mom & Dad!  We learned that not only does little miss S enjoy pushing the shutter release button on my camera, she also really enjoys stacking the antique suitcases I have for props.  She hung in there with us through several wardrobe changes giving me lots of smiles during the 18 month photo session.  You can see more milestone photos in the baby photography gallery.

18 Month Photos Highlights

18 Month Photos

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Danielle is a St Louis photographer that specializes in children, maternity and family photography. Serving the Greater St Louis, Edwardsville, and Metro East Areas.  To book a session or find out more information give her a call at 618-779-0959   – See more on Instagram!

Check out this beauty that visited the studio for her 6 month photo shoot.  I’ve been photographing this family for the past several years.  Last fall I traveled to their home to photograph this princess.  During her session we took newborn photos of her on top of her Mom’s wedding dress (swoon).  She did not disappoint for her 6 month milestone session either.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the session.  We captured all the details from her smile to her chubby little legs.  The next time I see her she will be mobile and I will be chasing her with my camera!

6 Month Photo Shoot Highlights

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Danielle is a St Louis photographer that specializes in children, maternity and family photography. Serving the Greater St Louis, Edwardsville, and Metro East Areas.  To book a session or find out more information give her a call at 618-779-0959   – See more on Instagram!

Recent extended family photos St. Louis family photographer!  My family recently celebrated our matriarch.  My husband’s Grandmother turned 94 this year and we were fortunate to all be together to celebrate it!  There were 22 of us total together for dinner.  During that time I suggested that after dinner we go out into the back yard and take a family photo together.  What good is having a photographer in the family if we can’t spontaneously take family portraits?

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My favorite is the hugging and fun shot.  This by far tells the best story of who we are as a family (complete with crying babies)!  We are most definitely a hugging family!

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Then of course we had to photograph Gigi (as we all call her) with her two beautiful daughters otherwise known as the crazy ladies!  Can you see the resemblance?

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Then all the grandsons (because we don’t have girls in this family).  I love this photo so much, notice Gigi is now drinking from the flask that one of the boys pulled out of his pocket!

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We have fun together as a family and these photos are priceless to us.  Having photos of everyone together is wonderful, but having these fun photographs that actually capture who we are as a family are priceless.  I can’t leave out the photo of all of us girls.  We had to marry into the family because as I noted earlier, we don’t do girls in this family (with the exception of little Isabella).

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Want to see more Extended Family Photos St. Louis Family Photographer?  Here is another post with more extend family photos.

Danielle is a St Louis photographer that specializes in children, maternity and family photography. Serving the Greater St Louis, Edwardsville, and Metro East Areas.  To book a session or find out more information give her a call at 618-779-0959   – See more on Instagram!

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