Lyndsey Paige Photography: Blog https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog en-us (C) Lyndsey Paige Photography (Lyndsey Paige Photography) Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:54:00 GMT Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:54:00 GMT https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/img/s/v-5/u834298466-o907885046-50.jpg Lyndsey Paige Photography: Blog https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog 120 120 Paige & Ben | Married! https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/8/paige-ben-married I can honestly say this was a wedding unlike any other I have ever shot. Let me give you a little backstory. Back in February Paige sent me an email with the subject header reading "Surprise Wedding Photographer". In the email she explained how she and her fiancé Ben were going to be having a surprise wedding. We booked the date and scheduled a phone call where I planned to ask a ton of questions about this "surprise wedding".  I called, we talked, and she told me all the details and what they had envisioned. Paige told me that she wanted a simple wedding. No bridal party, no cake, no first dances, not really even wedding colors. They wanted non-traditional and I love that because it made it unique and it reflected them. She just wanted to get married. And to make it even more fun they wanted to keep it a surprise. The plan was to make it seem like a surprise proposal. Paige got on her mom's email and invited all their closest friends and family to her own fake surprise proposal. Little did the guests know, it was Paige who was emailing them, and it was all fake. They wanted the guests to arrive thinking they were going to surprise her, when in fact she was going to surprise them! No one knew about this. Myself and about 6 other people were the only ones who knew this was actually a wedding, not surprise proposal. Paige and Ben wanted me to make sure to get plenty of pictures of the reactions when the guests finally realized they were showing up to a wedding instead! I did and goodness it was fun! Paige and Ben were seriously the easiest people to work with and the day was so stress free, just the way they wanted it. Thank you both for being so amazing to work with! 

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Woods Family | Maternity https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/8/woods-family-maternity This is just about the sweetest little family I have ever met. I say little but they are about to grow one more sweet little boy in a matter of weeks! I am so glad I was able to meet them and photograph them. They truly are some of the nicest people I've ever met and their twin boys are hilarious! Seriously such big personalities in tiny bodies! I love the way this session turned out and I can't wait to meet their newest bundle of joy! 

 

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(Lyndsey Paige Photography) Couples Family maternity https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/8/woods-family-maternity Tue, 07 Aug 2018 17:45:43 GMT
Tanaya & Kalob | Engaged! https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/7/tanaya-kalob-engaged Oh my goodness! These two just get sweeter and sweeter! When we did our first session I thought the pictures couldn't possibly get any better. But guess what?! They did! It may have something to do with the fact they brought along their super adorable fur baby, Blue. I'm a sucker when it comes to puppies at sessions! I can't believe we are only a matter of a few short months away from the big wedding day! Time sure does fly when you plan a wedding! It appears you two just get cuter with each shoot so your wedding day is going to be perfect! I'm so happy for the two of you and I wish you so much happiness! 

 

 

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(Lyndsey Paige Photography) Couples engagement https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/7/tanaya-kalob-engaged Wed, 25 Jul 2018 18:08:06 GMT
Kelsey & Christian | Married! https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/7/kelsey-christian-married I know what you are probably thinking. I am going to talk about how much I love my job and go on and on about how amazing this couple and their day was. Well guess what, you're right! I have known Kelsey for years and years! We went to school together and played on the same sports teams. That is one of the best perks of being a small town wedding photographer. You get to watch your childhood friends become wives or husbands. You get to be a part of a major milestone in their life.  That is so cool to me! Kelsey and Christian are that perfect match. They each bring out the best in one another and it is totally obvious they are meant to be together. I am so happy they chose me to photograph such an important day in their lives! Thank you both and I wish you all the love and happiness! 

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(Lyndsey Paige Photography) Couples weddings https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/7/kelsey-christian-married Tue, 24 Jul 2018 20:56:58 GMT
Brian & Blair | Engaged! https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/7/brian-blair-engaged When Blair contacted me and discussed the possibility of coming to the Lake of the Ozarks for the engagement pictures I was so in! I had this grand vision of them all cute and lovey by the lake with a ton of dreamy light shining down. Literally, all my dreams came true! I took a day trip to the lake only to find the most gorgeous spot right on the water. I swear my couples know where all the best spots are! Blair and Brian's engagement session was perfect! They are seriously some of the most photogenic people I have ever seen! I am so happy for these two and I can't wait to come back to the lake for their wedding! 

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Brent & Shelby | Engaged! https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/7/brent-shelby-engaged Engagements are seriously so much fun. To this day they are one of my favorite types of session! Why? Because not only am I getting to hang with two people in love but I am getting to know more about them as a couple! You can tell and learn so much about two people by how they pose! It is a chance for me to learn more about them and for them to see me and how I work! I always tell my couples before we start that engagement sessions are meant to be fun and stress free! Well, that is exactly what this session was! Shelby and Brent suggested we go to the St. Mary's of the Barrens campus for pictures. To my delightful surprise it was gorgeous!!! Seriously beautiful. I had a blast! Shelby and Brent were so comfortable and easy to pose. They seriously didn't even care that it was like 98 degrees and I was sweating through my shirt! Haha! I love this couple and I just know I am going to love their wedding day as well!

 

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(Lyndsey Paige Photography) Couples engagement https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/7/brent-shelby-engaged Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:05:44 GMT
Jennifer + Renan | Married! https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/7/jennifer-renan-married Well, I know what you are all thinking. She's blogging another wedding and she's going to go on and on about how perfect they were. Well... you're right! I am so lucky! Never a bridezilla, never a bad day, just beautiful couples, sweet families and gorgeous venues! My job is amazing ya'll! Let me just say, when I met Jennifer and Renan, I immediately fell in love with them!  I can't lie, Renan's velvet blazer that he wore during the engagement session hooked me and still has a special place in my heart. Haha! Here's a little background on this couple. Renan is originally from Brazil and his family and friends traveled miles and miles (from Spain and Brazil) to attend the wedding. And Jennifer had family all the way from California. Now that is some love! Some of Renan's family and friends didn't speak fluent English, but it literally didn't matter. Because love, compassion and devotion speaks all languages. These people LOVE this couple and their smiles, hugs, and sweet gestures proved it over and over! This couple chose Chaumette for their venue so that always makes for a wonderful wedding day! Jennifer and Renan had the most perfect, sweet, and intimate ceremony in the chapel at Chaumette, complete with a string quartet. (More of the couple's friends!) They ended the day dancing the night away and I don't know if I have ever been to a reception where every table was emptied to get on the dance floor. Thank you to Jennifer and Renan for choosing me as your photographer. Also, a huge thank you to each of your families for making me literally feel like part of the family! 

 

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(Lyndsey Paige Photography) Couples weddings https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/7/jennifer-renan-married Tue, 03 Jul 2018 16:51:36 GMT
Michaela & Jeffrey | Married! https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/6/michaela-jeffrey-married When I sit down with my brides at consultations, we talk about the day and how it should flow. I also talk to them about how wedding days are chaotic. You never know what will happen. They are filled with love and sometimes unforeseen situations. In Michaela and Jeffrey's case, rain. Now let me also start by saying there was a 15% chance of rain for their wedding day. That morning was gorgeous. It was cool and cloudy! But by the afternoon it was starting to cloud up, like the rain kind. i have been doing this long enough that rain doesn't scare me anymore. You just have to embrace it. And that is exactly what we all did. You couldn't have asked for a better couple and bridal party. They were all so easy going and just happy to be celebrating a marriage. By ceremony time it started to rain again. And this time a little harder. Did it dampen Michaela and Jeffrey's excitement? Heck no! She marched down that aisle in the rain and I loved every minute of it. Right before they were pronounced husband and wife, the clouds cleared and the sun came out. How much better can it get? Their wedding day was beautiful. Every second of it. Thank you both for trusting me and having me as your photographer! 

 

 

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(Lyndsey Paige Photography) Couples weddings https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/6/michaela-jeffrey-married Tue, 26 Jun 2018 17:05:05 GMT
Loren & A.P. | Married! https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/6/loren-a-p-married Where do I even begin? I guess we could start with the fact that these two are perfect for each other. I have known A.P. for years. He basically feels like a brother to me. I didn't know Loren before they got together but during our engagement session I learned something very quickly. I instantly saw the connection these two had. In fact is was blatantly obvious. And the images showed that love. Their wedding day was no different. Yes, it was hot but they didn't seem to care. The only thing they were concerned about was the start to the rest of their lives together. I am so happy for them and so excited to see where life takes them. They deserve one another. They are both some of the most genuine people I have ever met and I wish them both all the love and happiness in the world. Thank you for having me as your photographer.

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(Lyndsey Paige Photography) couples weddings https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/6/loren-a-p-married Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:36:44 GMT
Kelsey & Joe | Married! https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/6/kelsey-joe-married Kelsey and Joe are married! I am beyond excited for these two and their sweet little girl! I remember when Kelsey booked their wedding date and it felt like forever until the day would finally come. Well it came and it was fantastic! Kelsey and Joe's wedding day was so perfect. Everything was so relaxed with them. They were both so ready and happy to finally be getting married! I am so glad I was able to be there and help celebrate such a happy occasion. Kelsey and Joe, you guys are great but I can't lie, your little Jayde is the sweetest ever! Thank you for having me as your photographer!! :)

 

 

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(Lyndsey Paige Photography) couples weddings https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/6/kelsey-joe-married Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:09:48 GMT
Samantha & Dan | Married! https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/6/samantha-dan-married Holy moly! This past weekend has been jam packed with two amazing weddings! Samantha and Dan kicked off our double header weekend and my goodness it was perfect! Samantha and Dan are such an amazing couple! I couldn't have asked for a better day with them. Everything was so easy! I love wedding days that leave us feeling like we went and hung out with friends instead of working! And that is exactly how they made us feel! I am so thankful I was able to help share and celebrate such an awesome day! Thank you both for being so incredible and for making the day for mom and I so easy! You guys are the bomb! Have a great time in Jamaica! 

 

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(Lyndsey Paige Photography) couples weddings https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/6/samantha-dan-married Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:12:27 GMT
Midgett Adventures | Washington https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/6/midgett-adventures-washington When Logan married me he knew my schedule. He knew how demanding it could be and how tough it would be. Unfortunately we don't get to see each other very much during the summer. Logan leaves for work at 5:30am and normally gets home around 5:15pm. My sessions in the summer sessions start at 6:00 and usually run until 8:00pm. Logan goes to bed around 8:30. There aren't very many minutes in the day that we get to really see each other so when a weekend opens up you take full advantage. We planned this trip super last minute...like within 2 weeks. We wanted to go somewhere we had never been aaannnnnnddd it was my turn to pick the vacation. Logan is a "lets relax and chill and take naps" type of vacationer. I on the other hand am a Go-Go-Go type and that is just what we did. We crammed so much into those 4 days but my goodness it was fun. And yes babe, we will go relax next time! We landed in Seattle that morning and took full advantage. Our number one Seattle priority was the Pike Place Market and it didn't disappoint! Sooooo cool! I had an incredible salmon sandwich that I was going to take a picture of but then I started eating and before I knew it, it was gone! We ordered coffees from the first Starbucks, watched fresh fish being thrown, ate donuts from the Daily Dozen, and even checked out the mildly gross gum wall. But the rest of our trip was focused around that big hill folks like to call Mt. Rainier. On the first day in the park it was super cloudy/foggy. The higher you got the more dense it became. We kept looking for Rainier and it couldn't find it. Everything above 5000ft was still under snow but that didn't stop us. We wanted to explore. I can honestly say that is the first time I have ever hiked in the snow...in June. So word to wise, go in THEIR summer months unless you want snow hikes. On the second day we woke up in our tiny, adorable cabin and saw it was super clear. We headed through the park and the first viewpoint we crossed we finally saw this mountain everyone had been talking about. And oh my. I still don't understand how we missed it! Words can't even describe how huge it is. Absolutely incredible. We hiked an 8 mile trail straight up to one of the peaks and again, oh my. Our legs and bodies were not ready for that! Haha! We saw waterfalls, mountain ranges, eagles, blacktail deer, rivers, some of the largest trees you have ever laid eyes on, and ate some of the best food! Another tip: If you love trees like I do, you need to check out The Grove of the Patriarchs. This was definitely a trip I will never forget. I hope you enjoy some of our trip pictures! 

 

Marriage is helping your husband finish his mac 'n cheese. 

 

The higher up we got, the less we could see. It was hard to tell where the trail actually was.

 

I really like ferns. 

 

This was the first day we were able to see Mt. Rainier. Now I wonder how we ever missed it. Must've been some pretty thick clouds because that's quite the hill. 

 

 

You can find more images from our trip through Instagram. You can search the hashtag #midgettsonamountain or #midgettadventures for posts since our wedding! 

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(Lyndsey Paige Photography) personal https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/6/midgett-adventures-washington Wed, 06 Jun 2018 20:19:25 GMT
Kristen & Travis | Married! https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/5/kristen-travis-married-big-cedar-lodge-wedding Let me preface this post by saying, I have been visiting Big Cedar Lodge every year since I was a baby so this rustic yet elegant Ozark getaway has a special place in my heart. So when Kristen and Travis hired me as their wedding photographer, I was elated. But then to find the out the big day would be held at the Big Cedar Lodge's Garden Chapel...well I'll admit, I giggled, clapped and jumped around in excitement. I've wanted to shoot a wedding at the Garden Chapel forever. I even took my cousin there once during a visit just to play around and shoot some pictures. The founder of Big Cedar refers to this resort as a place to "restore your soul" so what better venue to begin your married life together? Kristen and Travis had the most perfect day to celebrate their love, surrounded by an intimate gathering of family and friends. They recited their vows in the Garden Chapel and my heart was so full. We then headed to the conference center for the reception where we were able to look over the pristine Table Rock Lake. (And yes, I took full advantage of golden hour over the lake!) Thank you so much Kristen, Travis and your family fir always making me feel welcome, loved, and like part of the family when we are together. The closeness and love you share is so evident and I have no doubt Kristen and Travis will continue that legacy. 

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(Lyndsey Paige Photography) couples weddings https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/5/kristen-travis-married-big-cedar-lodge-wedding Tue, 29 May 2018 19:17:01 GMT
Nick & Rachael | Married! https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/5/nick-rachael-married There are a ton of reasons why I love being a wedding photographer. I could probably dedicate a whole post to it. Most people only attend a handful or so weddings in their entire life. I have had the privilege of attending over 120. With that being said, it's easy to lose sight of why you are there. It would seem as though they would all run together and lose the "spark" of magic. That's far from the truth. I shoot weddings because of what happened this previous week. Yes, I love love love shooting bride and groom portraits, watching the bride walk down the aisle to her anxious groom, fun with bridal parties, but the part that I love just as much as all of that is watching people come together to make a wedding day happen. There are a ton of moving parts to a wedding day. A lot more than normal wedding guests probably see. This past weekend we received a ton of rain. Most of which happened right on Rachael and Nick's wedding day. It put a kink in the day. I will admit it. I was challenged. But the amount of love and support that was shown that day made every drop of rain worth it. When the rain had finally passed everyone kicked it into gear. People were drying off chairs, sweeping standing water, preparing reception tables. It was the truest form of love. Guests were even helping out. That is why I love weddings so much. It is truly a day of love, on every level. Thank you Nick and Rachael for being so incredible and so patient. And thank you to the bridal party for being so awesome to work with! You guys truly were a wedding tribe! I know the rain was a bummer but it made for the most gorgeous evening and brought some beautiful sunshine for you. Thank you. 

 

This is where we sat for two and a half hours waiting on the storm to pass. These actually turned out to be some favorites.

 

 

This was all of our faces when we saw the radar...

 

And special thanks to the Murphy's at Turkey Holler Bed & Breakfast for being so accommodating! 

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(Lyndsey Paige Photography) couples weddings https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/5/nick-rachael-married Tue, 22 May 2018 18:25:58 GMT
KC & Lindsy | Married! https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/5/kc-lindsy-married-missouri-photographer-blog We are well into the 2018 wedding season and each wedding has been incredible! I am sitting here feeling super blessed and honored to be able to work with such amazing couples. The best part is with each wedding I feel like I make a whole new group of friends! And if you know me, I love making new friends! Lindsy and KC's wedding was nothing short of wonderful! Everything from the weather to the cake! (That cake was heavenly. Like legit. I could've eaten the entire cake. And I know wedding cake. It's part of my job.) But I think the best part of the day was being able to photograph KC and Lindsy on the happiest day. They were both so great to work with and I can honestly say I have never had a groom quite like KC! He was a hoot to photograph! Hahaha! Thank you both for having me as your photographer. I had the best time celebrating with you! 

 

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(Lyndsey Paige Photography) couples weddings https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/5/kc-lindsy-married-missouri-photographer-blog Tue, 15 May 2018 18:14:40 GMT
Katie & Luis | Married https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/5/katie-luis-married-st-louis-photography I think somewhere it's in a rule book that if you have a wedding on Cinco De Mayo it has to be an amazing time. It has to be out there somewhere because this past weekend was a blast! From start to finish, everything was perfect! It makes "going to work" as a photographer so much better when you get to spend the day with such amazing people that having you literally laughing all day! If you don't know Katie you will be able to tell from the pictures that she has the most amazing, contagious laugh and smile! Katie and Luis's wedding was nothing short of fabuloso! Thank you both for being such rockstars and for having churros and a queso fountain. You made all my dreams come true! Ha! Have a wonderful time in Hawaii! 

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(Lyndsey Paige Photography) couples weddings https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/5/katie-luis-married-st-louis-photography Tue, 08 May 2018 17:21:53 GMT
Chelsea & Lance | Married! https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/5/chelsea-lance-married I had met Chelsea and Lance once before their wedding day. We had met over coffee and discussed the plans of their big day. Right then I knew it was going to be perfect for them! How did I know? They were both so genuinely happy! And that wasn't any different on the wedding day! Chelsea is one of those people who just beam happiness and it shows in these pictures! They were both so happy to be marrying one another. I am so beyond happy for them and this new adventure they're starting called marriage. I know they will be pros! Thank you both for having me as your photographer! It was a joy getting to celebrate with you both!

 

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(Lyndsey Paige Photography) couples weddings https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/5/chelsea-lance-married Tue, 01 May 2018 16:45:38 GMT
Casey & Blake | Married! https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/4/casey-blake-married Casey and Blake. That's a duo that doesn't come along just everyday. These two are best friends, partners in crime, and now husband and wife. As soon as I saw them together Saturday afternoon I knew their marriage would only bring them joy. A lot of couples feel the effects of a wedding day and the stress it can bring. Not them. Casey and her "honey-B" were over the moon excited to finally be hitched. I am going to try and keep this write-up short because I have a ton of images I want to share for ya'll! Casey and Blake, you two are a couple for the books. I wish you both all the love and happiness in the world!

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(Lyndsey Paige Photography) couples weddings https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/4/casey-blake-married Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:39:51 GMT
The West family https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/4/the-west-family Where do I even begin? 

 

 

A week ago last Friday I got to hang out with the West family. Little did I know it would be the last time I would hang out with Jerry West. Jerry was one of those few people in the world that always seemed to be in a good mood. It's like he just walked around happy about life. I have literally known him my entire life and I can remember at an early age going in to his hardware/lumber store. He was one of Potosi's finest. Everyone knew him. Everyone loved him. He was a joy. Jerry West was a major part of this town. I had the pleasure of taking pictures of him and his wonderful family just 11 days ago. We joked and picked on each other like we always did. Jerry was quite the character. I went on a retreat that following weekend and didn't have access to my phone to find out the terrible news that Jerry had passed. When I first found out I thought it was a cruel joke. I had just spent the afternoon with him less than a week ago. We laughed and joked lightheartedly about each other. I couldn't believe it. But here I am, writing this post. Jerry's passing put into perspective just how short life can be. And how in an instant life can completely turn upside down. Let this be a testament to everyone to live life to the fullest. To love everyone because you never know what each day holds. Jerry may physically be gone but he will forever be a part of this town and everyone who knew him. I can assure you that he will never be forgotten.

 

 

 

 

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(Lyndsey Paige Photography) family personal https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/4/the-west-family Tue, 10 Apr 2018 18:32:45 GMT
Blayne Andrew https://lyndseypaigephotography.com/blog/2018/3/blayne-andrew Where do I start with this kid? I have been taking his picture for as long as I can remember. He is basically the little brother I never had. I talk to him like a brother, pick on him, I even help make up stories to prove his innocence to his mom when he's done something. When I see Blayne's name on the schedule I know it is going to be a fun shoot filled with adventure. On Blayne shoots I know to wear old clothes because more than likely I'm going to be climbing, crawling, or slinging mud at some point. I love this kid to death and I can't believe he's already turning 9!! 

 

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