Please call our studio during normal business hours, 314-347-6121. We only handle booking by telephone. You can also fill out a contact form and have us call you. The full session fee is required to book a session, along with a portrait agreement.
During our phone chat, we will discuss the options, listening what you are wanting and fit you with the perfect session.
In studio sessions are available year around and include the use of the studio maternity dresses or you can find amazing dresses on Etsy , Sew Trendy Accessories, Amazon, or rent from Mama Bump Rentals for your own specific size and style. We have many backgrounds, including a floral, that allow for different “looks”. The two story a frame window is an award winning backdrop, you are posed to match the angles of this unique window. In studio allows for specific and more controlled lighting, along with the easy use of 3 gown changes. This is also a great option for nudes, implied nudes, silhouettes or boudoir type of styles.
On location sessions are offered during the months of May through the end of October. 1 studio dress is available for your use as long as there is a changing area on location. 3 locations in one area are your backdrops. Our favorite places to photograph at are, for nature; Longview Farms, The Butterfly House (their park or the gardens in back), The Missouri Botanical Gardens and Forest Park. Limited use of lights and times for the Missouri.
Botanical Gardens. We are members so guests are free, meaning you won’t have to pay for entrance. For architecture; The St Louis Union Station and the Arch are elegant structures to photograph as your backdrop. If you are a Cardinals fan, we can use the stadium as a backdrop, or your favorite softball fields wearing your uniform and a train attached. Let your imagination run wild here, the more unusual, the better!
Underwater is a unique and a one-of-a-kind way to express yourself. Graceful slow movements are achieved with flowing fabric in a pool heated to a warm 92 degrees. Underwater is movement, and if you are pregnant, you will feel weightless. You will be given a “how to prepare” email before your session so that you are better prepared but no worries, once we are in the pool, we expertly show guide you toward amazing imagery. Basically, you are putting you head under the water just as if you are in a swimming pool. Just bend your knees, sink down a bit and we can create amazing images or if you are comfortable, sink to the bottom or swim. Concepts are fun underwater such as champagne with balloons on valentines day, The American Flag on 4th of July, tables and chairs are sunk, luggage, mirrors, cameras, instruments, you name it, and I’ve sunk it underwater.
Your underwater session includes the photographers time and talent, expertly understanding how to photograph, light and pose underwater. It also includes the use of maternity and non-maternity gowns, yards of different colors of material, heating of the pool to 92 degrees, underwater camera, housing and lights, backdrops, and cleanup.
Imagine the minute the door to your spa opens up and your senses are filled with the smell of fresh cut flowers, the sound of relaxing music surrounds the air. You sink into a warm bathtub filled with white, warm water as flowers are placed around you. Your job is simple, relax and sit back while your are being photographed. Then after your spa milk bath, you enjoy your own personal shower with products and fresh towels.
You milk bath session includes the photographers time and talent, knowledge of how to light and pose you to look your best while sitting or lying in the bathtub. The session also includes use of gowns, purchasing of milk bath products, flowers, greenery, preparation of flowers and milk bath, your personal shower afterwards and cleanup where everything is bleached and washed in hot water.
It is best to schedule your maternity session at 28-35 weeks of your pregnancy or when your breasts are past your baby bump.
Your newborn session includes your photographers time and expertise soothing and posing your baby. Wraps, props, bowls, headbands/tiebacks, lace rompers, pants, knit outfits and bonnets are available. Sessions are in studio and typically last about 2 hours.
The ideal time to photograph newborn babies is around 5-14 days old. To schedule call 314-347-6121 to book an appointment.
Yes basic skin retouching is included. For extra retouching (color Changes, head swaps, tattoo removable) extra charges may apply.
We ask that all clients email or call immediately upon early labor and within 24-48 hours of having your baby. Most babies are booked anywhere from 5 to 14 days depending on the baby’s weight. Letting us know when you have your baby early enough allows rooms for re scheduling and adjusting.
We photograph babies of any age. Your baby is no longer a newborn however you can still book a session. Please understand the baby most likely will not be able to do newborn poses or wraps and they are usually awake
Yes we do, you bring the cake and balloons.
Oh yes and with total patience and a carefree session. Lori has 3 of my own adult children and 5 grandchildren so she really knows how to photograph an active child on the fly (as they fly by). Browse our website for samples.
Yes we do. Several backdrops are used in studio depending on your need. Headshots and personal branding are reviewed and selected just after the session. Retouching and digital files are sent you you within 5 business days.
We can schedule an ordering appointment immediately after the session. We will send you off for a meal, and upon return view and purchase your images or we can set up an appointment within a week of your session to view your pictures. Let us know if you are in a rush!
This depends on how many you would like to purchase. Sessions do not include photos.
No we do not give Raw images.
We do not give original images
During the ordering session we provide “soft proofing” which means your images are not retouched ahead of time. You choose your images and retouching is completed on all images. We will discuss specific retouching needs with you at the ordering appointment.
This depends on what you are ordering. Most orders take around 1-2 weeks, however retouching may add time in delivery. We will let you know the estimated delivery time at time of ordering.
Yes you can. We can only guarantee holding images for 30 days, however we store our images on backups and usually can go back quite some time on image files.
It is not but we recommend https://www.bellaragazzaspa.com/ call them and they can provide hair/makeup before your session in their salon which is very close to the studio.