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Documentary Photography...What's that!?!? by Michael Henson

Like most other careers, photography is a field that is constantly evolving and reacting to trends, customer preferences, and the personalities of families. As I've evolved as a photographer and father, I'm finding that the moments I cherish the most and want to be captured most frequently are those personal, very intimate, unscripted moments that no traditional photography session will ever capture. So, what's a guy to do? Enter "documentary" photography...Something different, authentic, and as unique as you and your family are.

What's it all about? Well, I'm going to let a few other photographers delve into that for you. These are some incredible photographers from around the world and their insights and approach are very interesting, inspiring, and fun! Click here or click the photo below!

Let me know what you think, and don't forget to click here to bebop on over to the family photo FB group where you'll find tips, tricks, videos, and a community of other photo-centric families that want to capture and enjoy the beauty of family, seasons of childhood, and milestone events. 

As always, feel free to leave some comments, follow Henson Creative on Facebook or Instagram, book your photo session, or shoot me a message! I'm looking forward to connecting with you soon.

Quick Tips for Beginning Your Wedding Planning by Michael Henson

How do I start!?!?

That's possibly the most common question in the entire wedding industry. It seems simple, but it's overwhelming once you start looking at all the moving pieces you must put together. To shed a little bit of light on the question, I asked a couple local St. Louis wedding professionals to weigh in with their experience and expertise.

Some quick tips from Inspired Design Wedding Events, a 14 year veteran in the industry, include:

  1. Budget // How much do you want to spend? Who is contributing?
  2. Goals // What are your goals for the event? If it's just to "get hitched" you could do that at a courthouse! What do you want to get out of the event itself? Photos, memories, time with family? 
  3. Important Elements // What is most important to each member in the couple? Don't just assume that you both care about the same things!

I also had a couple questions that I sent over to VSM Event Creations and Vanessa gave me some great feedback as well. Budget topped the list and she mentioned some incredible resources for those struggling with budgeting - The Knot & WeddingWire are great starting sources. In addition, she mentioned:

  1. Venue // The next step when getting into the "nitty-gritty" is to look at your ceremony and reception venues and get them booked. She suggests making a list of the top 3 places you'd like to check out and to start communicating with them as soon as possible.
  2. Wedding Planner // Hiring a wedding planner is an investment in your sanity. They can certainly help in choosing high quality vendors and really help out with the tiny details that make your wedding everything you want it to be!

Hopefully, this is beneficial and gives you a bit of direction as you start planning your St. Louis wedding! If you have other topics you'd like to chat about, shoot me a message or drop me a comment. Also, check out our bridal resource group on Facebook and join up!

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[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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Ryan & Larissa | St. Louis Wedding Photographer by Michael Henson

From the first time I saw these two friends of mine together in the context of them as "a couple," I just knew that it felt right. They're fun, they're super smart, and they just seem to be made for each other! Having known Ryan & Larissa for years, it's been fun watching them as they've moved through the various relationship stages and eventually announced their engagement. Since that time, I've had more opportunity to spend with them (check out their engagement pics!) and have had an absolute blast!

We entered the wedding day with gusto and had a good time throughout despite the nerves, the emotional moments, the various member's of the bridal parties headaches (real ones...probably from nerves, late nights, pre-wedding stress, or just not eating...), and the intense prep. As far as I know, everyone survived, Ryan & Larissa did end up hitched, pictures were taken, and they made their getaway. All in all, it went smoothly and I had an absolute blast with these two and their bridal "gang."

Thanks to R & L for letting my lurk about with my camera!

Here's a quick preview of just a few of my favorites. Congrats again!