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POSTED IN: Children, Family

It’s that time of year again! Fall sessions are starting soon, and I’m almost full.  As you may already know, I send my newsletter out before I announce minis to the public. If you’d like to be one of the first to hear about mini’s in the future, please sign up on the bottom of […]

POSTED IN: Newborn

Would you like a spring mini session? If so, please email me at marybeth@illumenphotography.com. Or send me an email to be the first to know about my mini session availability BEFORE the public! I moved some mini’s to a different date so I had some option open up. Here is my spring mini session availability: […]

POSTED IN: Other

Hello! I am so excited to be taking spring mini session pictures again! I have only a couple spots left so please let me know if you are interested. As of today, I am sold out on April 8th, only 1 left on April 29th, and another 1 on May 6th. If I end up […]

POSTED IN: Newborn

Tessa was a fabulous sleeper. But her sister, Nora, well, I wasn’t so sure she’d cooperate for us. Boy, was I wrong! My newborn stylist, Mary, did such a fantastic job winning Nora over! Peekaboo makes for some fantastic pictures. We all had fun!

POSTED IN: Newborn

Oh my blog. It’s been so neglected. I love to share pictures, but life has taken over. Eventually, I’ll share some more updates on my life, but first, let’s look at Henry. Henry’s mom knows how to decorate like a pro. When I wasn’t taking pictures, I was asking a million questions about where she […]

POSTED IN: Engagement, Wedding

Christina is one of the most laid back, yet stylish brides I have ever met. She and Ryan did an amazing job planning such a chic affair. The Missouri Botanical Garden was the most incredible ceremony backdrop complete with a round bridge. Wow. Did I mention how beautiful Christina is? Well, see for yourself…   […]

POSTED IN: Newborn

Surprise, It’s a boy! Yes, it was just 2 years today that I was photographing Joshua’s mom and dad’s wedding. So much has changed! We are delighted you are here, Joshua. You are a sweet angel. Enjoy!

POSTED IN: Newborn

Camilla did awesome for her newborn shoot! My newborn session packages are all inclusive, do not require minimum purchases, AND they include a print release. It is never too early to book your session, and it may not be too late! Email me to book at marybeth@illumenphotography.com. Pricing information is located here. I look forward to taking your […]

POSTED IN: Children, Family

I have several spots still available!  Email me to book your session: marybeth@illumenphotography.com.

POSTED IN: Children, Family

POSTED IN: Newborn

This is Levi. Below is a sample of some of the pictures I took for his sweet mommy & daddy. Do you see how asleep he is? You see, he is only 9 days old which is an ideal time to take newborn pictures. He is also being warmed by a small nearby heater and just finished […]

POSTED IN: Newborn

You may think twins would be twice the work for a newborn shoot, but these twins really made my life so easy. They loved being next to each other, and they slept the entire time. In the event you may be expecting twins, please note that there is not an additional charge for multiple babies. […]

POSTED IN: Family

Spring Mini Sessions have now been announced. Please email me at marybeth@illumenphotography.com to book your session or for further questions.

POSTED IN: Wedding

POSTED IN: Newborn

Wow, I took baby Luke’s pictures back in OCTOBER! It’s been a while! His 4 month birthday is next week! Happy early birthday, buddy! Wasn’t he the sweetest little newborn? Even though he was wide awake, he was just as comfortable and happy as he could be.

POSTED IN: Wedding

Matt & Christy’s wedding was one of my absolute favorites. They are such a sweet couple, and I loved working with them. They are also friends with my husband and I had the luxury of dancing with my husband at their wedding which I always enjoy! Their pictures tell the story of their day. Here […]

POSTED IN: Newborn

Well, I’m finally getting around to posting on my blog again! Here is a small sample from Olivia’s session. She is the youngest Blues fan I’ve ever seen! 🙂

POSTED IN: Newborn

It’s been a while since I took Rosaleen’s pictures, but I had to show a few samples from her session now that I have some mid-winter free time. Her face is so beautiful and perfect. She was sound asleep the entire time so it was super easy to photograph her. She also has a wonderful mommy and […]

POSTED IN: Family

For Fall Mini Session details and booking, please email me at marybeth@illumenphotography.com.

POSTED IN: Family

First come, first serve. Please email me to book. (I do not get a notification when comments are made so I cannot reserve a space based on comments below.)

POSTED IN: Newborn

What a beautiful name for such a beautiful baby…

POSTED IN: Newborn

Little Aria arrived just in time for Christmas. What a beautiful gift she was to her parents! She was so precious at just 6 pounds. She posed easily and stayed asleep the entire time. I can’t believe I get to see her again in 3 months! How did I get so lucky?

POSTED IN: Family

My favorite reindeer ever…

POSTED IN: Wedding

It’s been quite a while since my last blog post, and although these past few months have been wonderful, they’ve also been extraordinarily busy. Below are pictures of Jen & Levi’s rustic wedding from September. More blog posts from this fall will follow soon. Now onto their wedding… Jen & Levi: I could sit here […]

POSTED IN: Engagement

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  ~Marcel Proust

POSTED IN: Newborn

Twins!  Brooke and Scott are wonderful friends of ours, and have been since my husband and I started dating.  So when Brooke contacted me about going down to Springfield to take pictures of their new twins, I jumped at the chance! Most of the newborns I photograph weigh more than the amount that both of […]

POSTED IN: Family

These pictures of this beautiful family are exactly why I schedule my photo shoots near sunset. I named my business Illumen for a reason! Illuminating light turns a photo from a something A-Okay into something extraordinary. I don’t think it hurts that this family was so photogenic, and easy to work with. The Flynn daughters […]

POSTED IN: Personal

I haven’t done a personal post in quite a while, and watching my little girl go out and pick tomatoes seemed like the perfect photo op! My daughter, Sarah Jane, is quite focused and even a little serious at times. I’m sure you can tell that by looking at the pictures. She loves to eat […]

POSTED IN: Newborn

Harrison was a little dream baby. He doesn’t like hand holding and he’s stronger than he looks, but overall, I’d still give him an A+. Despite the pouty lips, he still gave us a few smiles. I’d say he was a good sport…no pun intended. 😉

POSTED IN: Engagement

Just spent a few hours last week with this beautiful couple. Now, I won’t be able to take their picture again until take their vows next June. Way too long!

POSTED IN: Wedding

I met Jessica earlier this year, and I felt like we immediately shared excitement about her wedding day photography. She has such great style and chose such a cool location in Forest Park at the Highlands Golf Club.  Her husband Anthony is such a gentlemen, and there is no doubt how much he loves and […]

POSTED IN: Children

My friend, Ryan, gets pictures taken of her sweet, naturally red-headed son every year on his birthday. Happy Birthday, Ethan! You are such a fun kiddo!

POSTED IN: Newborn

Some babies, like Bennett, are sweet…AND cooperative AND oh-so sleepy! Just 5 days young, too! My very favorite picture is the first one of him sucking on his pinky. He soothed himself right into a dreamy sleep. Enjoy!

POSTED IN: Newborn

Here she is…Little Henrietta. 6 days new. She put up a fight, but in the end, we got her to sleep like a newborn. 🙂 Take special note of her little smiling face and the one with her daddy. MY FAVS!

POSTED IN: Family

Charlotte is a wee bit too many weeks to call a newborn, but she is beautiful and oh-so tiny. As you can tell, her family, including her big brother Sam, adore her little self.

POSTED IN: Family

Hi. My name is Caleb, and fire trucks are my thang!

POSTED IN: Family, Newborn

Hair. Lots of hair. Little Olivia is one month old…and wide awake! But she is a cutie!

POSTED IN: Engagement

I had never met Lindsey before I did her engagement shoot, but she and her fiance Gerald became my instant friends. I loved working with them, and they made the session so easy. Lindsey’s godfather has some connections with the Cardinals so they were SUPER LUCKY to have their pictures taken inside Busch Stadium!!! So […]

POSTED IN: Family

Isn’t this little family the cutest?!

POSTED IN: Family

Yes, their last name is No, and they have a great attitude about it! Just talk to Erin for a few minutes and she’ll tell you a few business ideas she’s come up with….like the No Love Daycare. Ha ha! Erin and I met in college when we both decided to take an opportunity to […]

POSTED IN: Newborn

This sweet little guy was just 16 days old, but oh-so-awake! We cuddled him and cuddled him until he finally fell asleep. It’s a hard job but someone’s got to do it!

POSTED IN: Family

Two darling little sisters enjoy their day at the park in anticipation of their birthdays. Laney turns 1 and Lily turns 6! Happy Birthday, girls!

POSTED IN: Family

The Sumner Family was sooo laid back; it made this photo shoot easy for me. As a matter of fact, they even stopped to let the kids have a break at the playground! So fun! I have a lot of favorites… but I love love love the one of Oliver and his dad sitting on […]

POSTED IN: Wedding

Getting married in the middle of an ice storm would be stressful for most brides, but Katie was not most brides. Her beautiful, winter wedding went off without a hitch, and her attitude throughout the day was admirable. I never heard a complaint from her or her groom, Mike, even though the temperatures outside were […]

POSTED IN: Newborn

This little angel could not have been more perfect for her newborn session. She happily slept the entire time! Little London is so beautiful with her full little lips and creamy baby skin. I have proof below: What a wonderful big brother Caleb is to Miss London! He loved on her every chance he got. […]

POSTED IN: Personal

You’re our little ballerina Who loves to leap and twirl A tutu-wearin’ dancer And our precious little girl

POSTED IN: Newborn

Get ready for a whole lotta newborn pictures! This baby is cute, and my website is going to be inundated with photos of her sweet little self.

POSTED IN: Family

Tanya and I met when we both worked for Edward Jones; she helped me secure a promotion I had been really trying hard to get. Since then, we’ve become great friends. Now, she is a Financial Advisor, and has two wonderful boys. She and her sweet family came over for a mini session in my […]

POSTED IN: Family

A few of my favorite people…on a cold day…in their beautiful neighborhood.

POSTED IN: Family

It was COLD outside….brrr! But not like today with all the snow. This is a darling family, and I was grateful to finally meet them all. Here is a small sample of the pictures from their extended family shoot.

POSTED IN: Family

This was a special mini-session done for an a-dorable set of cousins specifically for their grandparents. Here is a small sample of the pictures I took. They look so Christmasy in their red!

POSTED IN: Engagement

This engagement shoot just makes me exponentially more excited to shoot their wedding in March. Lovely couple. Enjoy!

POSTED IN: Family

Erin and Ryan are dear friends of our family whom we met through our church a few years ago. Our first kids were 9 days apart and our second were just a few months apart. I am so grateful they chose me to take their pictures. They are one of the most photogenic families I […]

POSTED IN: Family

Is this family gorgeous or what? Check out Miss Natalie’s eyes! She obviously gets them from her parents! Love them!

POSTED IN: Wedding

My husband used to be a radio personality in college and law school…yes, it’s true. He worked at a few different stations, but it was at Y107 in Columbia, Missouri that he met Blake. I heard a lot about Blake but never got the chance to meet him or his girlfriend until the day before […]

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