Where to go for fantastic fall pictures with a sweet little family?  Forest Park of course!   We had such a great evening and baby Blake couldn’t be any cuter ~~  Family pictures are always fun, great memories since our children grow so fast.  I hope you enjoy these images with such beautiful evening light to add that special touch ~~

Shot with the 5d3, 35L, 50L – old standards

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I always enjoy sessions with high school seniors – they are almost ready for college and and their next big steps in life.  This time around we did some shooting down in Carondelet Park and nearby alleys in South city, then

over towards Maplewood to keep things interesting and change up the scenery.   I wish you All the Best Richie, you’ve got this!

Shot with the 5d3 , 35L, 50L, my old reliables

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Kelly Davis from news channel 4 KMOV and I have gotten together a couple of times for some fun and easy fashion shoots to add to her blog thekscript.com.   We always pick one of St Louis’ great neighborhoods, full of shops and restaurants and great sidewalk seating.  This time we hung out in the Central West End on a warm and sunny afternoon.  Be sure to watch news channel 4 to catch up on the latest news in St Louis!

Shot with the Canon 5d3, 35L, 50L

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Forest Park is the perfect place for a wedding!  Jenna and Dan chose a beautiful day in St Louis to be married at the World’s Fair Pavilion overlooking the park.  We witnessed another beautiful couple vowing to spend their lives loving each other.  Congratulations to you both, wishing you All the Best!

Flowers by Always in Bloom

Dinner provided by Pasta House Company

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I am obsessed with native wildflowers – so many I would love to plant in my backyard but some just wouldn’t like the soil I have to offer – so I am happy with the ones I can grow.  My grey headed coneflowers took off like crazy this year – they are beautiful then quickly turn just ok – and I love the purple coneflowers.  I hope to add Queen Anne’s lace although it’s hard for me to grow.  It’s actually a weed to most and very invasive but I love how it looks.    Love the blazing star – the tall skinny purple plants – they make for nice contrast.

All of these images were taken with my Sigma 20mm wide angle lens – I love that thing!

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“All men are created equal and have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”

–Thomas Jefferson, In the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

“The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend.  Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty — that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men.”

George Washington, General Orders, 1776

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In August 1775 a royal proclamation declared that the King’s American subjects were “engaged in open and avowed rebellion.”   By the middle of May 1776, eight colonies had decided that they would support independence from the British Crown.   A Committee of Five was appointed to draft a statement presenting to the world the colonies’ case for independence.

With the help of this committee which included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence.  The document was then taken up and adopted by the vote of the twelve colonies on the evening of the 4th of July 1776.  This day became the recognized national holiday of our newly founded nation.

I can’t think of a better way to learn about our Country’s history than to go to the places where our Founding Fathers started the sounds and talk of a Revolution and met in cities like Boston where Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Adams were born.

Walk Boston’s Freedom Trail through the city to many major historical points that happened during that critical time in our Nation’s history.

Or visit Philadelphia where the  Continental Congress met and the  Liberty Bell can be found across the street from Independence Hall.

You won’t regret planning a trip to the homes of Thomas Jefferson at MonticelloGeorge Washington at Mount Vernon.

Don’t forget a trip to our Nation’s Capital and a visit to the Smithsonian Institution to see these important documents and pieces of history at the National Archives for yourself.  I promise it is a trip you will never forget.

We have visited these places and will visit again. History is right here, relive it with your family soon and enjoy!

The fourth of July is a time when Americans enjoy their time with friends and family celebrating the freedoms of America.  I hope you enjoy this Independence Day.   Remember, history was made by these Founders of our great Nation and brought us the freedoms we live by today.

 

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