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Glamour, Fashion & a Wall | [re]Fresh Model of the Month | March by Michael Henson

For the most part, I'm a pessimist. I spend about 75% of a photo shoot second guessing myself, knowing that I got the shot, but wondering if I GOT THE SHOT that I envisioned in my head. Much like a musician being able to hear a great lick in their heads but struggling to translate it to instrument, I like to fight myself.

This was not the case at our latest photo session at [re]Fresh Boutique. Abby, the model absolutely KILLED it! She was easy to work with, easy to pose, and completely comfortable in front of the camera. 

I'll let the images speak for themselves...

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Styled Wedding Shoot in Old Waterworks Building | St. Louis Wedding Photographer by Michael Henson

Styled Wedding Shoot

Boy! February started off with quite the bang!

I put together my first ever styled wedding shoot at the amazing Hendricks BBQ in historic downtown St. Charles, MO. Besides myself and the venue, I was able to coordinate with 12 other AMAZING wedding vendors in the St. Louis area.

Amazing St. Louis Wedding Vendors

Once I received confirmation from Hendricks that they were on board with our using their venue for the shoot, I settled quickly on a rustic theme with rose quartz and serenity blue as our primary colors. Flowers & Weeds rocked this color scheme with an unbelievably beautiful bouquet, centerpiece, and bud vases in a variety of interesting styles. White Traditions Bridal and Ruby Francis provided amazing dresses for Jacqueline, and Porter Wilson, Goosehaven Bowties, and JM Knots got Nick looking super fly! The Cakery went big with their “nearly naked” cake, Margaux Paperie and Dana Michelle Calligraphy collaborated on hand addressed envelopes, incredibly detailed stationery (matching lining inside the envelopes anyone?) and Designs by Chas (thanks Ryan & Chas!) blew my mind with incredible tablescapes complete with wood ring place mats, two-toned silverware, custom decorated wine bottles, and antlers.

Makeup and hair was applied and styled perfectly for our theme by Emily-Miller Hair & Makeup, and jewelry from Chloe & Isabel provided the finishing touches.

Bring It!

After seeing the effort and quality of my vendor collaborators and all of the flexibility and assistance I received from my models, I certainly wanted to honor their efforts by putting my best into the images. The inside of the venue was quite dark (for my camera) and needed additional lighting get me the vibe I wanted. I used my HUGE octagonal modifier with a studio strobe and the results speak for themselves!

Take a look around – I hope you enjoy the images!

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The Photos!


[re]Fresh Model of the Month (x2!) - St. Louis Fashion Photographer by Michael Henson

Well, it's a new month and that means a new write-up about my latest Model of the Month session at [re]Fresh Boutique in Brentwood. January's photo shoot was a departure from others because we added an additional model to the mix! We ended up with two sisters, Emily and Allie, that rocked several wardrobe changes and worked great together!

Since the sun has been setting early in the evening and due to our constraints (needing changing rooms, etc.) we have been stuck indoors for the past few sessions. I've not wanted to end up with similar settings and backdrops in every session, so I knew this session would take a little bit more thought as most of our settings have been tapped out.

I'm happy to say that we worked it out! From the conference room to a shot I organized from the parking lot outside, we had a great time and came away with some unique settings and shots!

Enjoy!


[re]Fresh Model of the Month - St. Louis Fashion Photographer by Michael Henson

Well, it's Thanksgiving weekend and amongst the turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie, I have another batch of photos from my [re]Fresh session to share with everyone!

This month's model was fresh from a business trip to Detroit and still managed to completely kill it the whole evening! We had a blast with Christmas decorations and winter clothing and even had a few of the fabled [re]Fresh volunteers hanging out to help with wardrobe and decor.

Check out the video for a very quick behind-the-scenes look at the session and bebop on over to [re]Fresh's website to submit your application to get in on the fun!

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Cake Smash with the Twins | St. Louis Family Photographer by Michael Henson

A First!

When I was given the opportunity to take photos for a cake smash session featuring one-year-old twin boys, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect! I knew that there would be cake and the smashing of said cake, but beyond that? I dunno! As with any of my photo sessions, I spent a good deal of time looking for inspiration and thinking about how I wanted to approach it.

I showed up a bit early to the session with a solid game plan and a lot of excitement. Once we got mom, dad, and the twins ready, we started off with a few shots in the backyard. I was able to track down a vintage Radio Flyer wagon, add a blanket and a couple Winnie the Pooh bears, the twins, and you have a great combination for some classic baby cuteness! When the boys weren’t focused on waving at every car that drove by (they’re a friendly crew!), we snagged a couple great photos and moved inside for the part that everyone had been waiting for.

Cake Smash

The cake smash area was set up in front of the perfect wall, on top of the perfect table (love the reflections!). While the twins were prepped, I got my trusty studio lighting ready to go, and then we let the smashing begin! After several moments of tentativeness, the boys got into it and got their hands dirty. A few short moments later and it was all over!

Now that it's over and I've had some time to reflect, I must say, I had a blast! I mean, babies are cute anyway but add some sugar and some icing and you have quite the combo! I’m certainly looking forward to my next one!

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