Recently, I had the privilege of taking Liam’s newborn pictures.  It was a warm St. Louis summer morning, so I got to take all of the pictures outside, which as a natural light photographer, I loved! Because I have been photographing the Bayer family since it was just Brooke and T.J., I was extra excited to meet Liam.  He was an absolutely perfect subject with smiles and everything.

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While Liam was having a little snack, I had tons of fun with big sister Sydney.  She get’s more adorable every time I take her picture.

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Already a great big sister!

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Look at this beautiful family!

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After family pictures (and that little snack) Liam was so content he slept while I played dress up with these fun finds Brooke ordered off Etsy.

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Liam, you surprised us a little early, but it is no surprise how precious you are.  Welcome to the world…it was so nice to meet you!

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Graduations are exciting, with all the pomp and circumstance and anticipation of the future, yet they are always bittersweet for me. It is the beginning of the next adventure, but also the ending of a season in life that can never be replicated.  High school is a unique time of learning, growing, relationships and memories. This past year I had the privilege of taking senior portraits for some pretty fantastic students. I couldn’t let the season pass without offering my own Congratulations to the seniors I was honored to capture, and the entire Class of 2016!

Elizabeth (my niece): Ferndale High School – Ferndale, Washington

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Hannah: Westminster Christian Academy – St. Louis, Missouri

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Riley: Ferndale High School – Ferndale, Washington

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Michael: Chaminade College Preparatory School – St. Louis, Missouri

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Haley: Westminster Christian Academy – St. Louis, Missouri

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Sinclaire: Westminster Christian Academy – St. Louis, Missouri

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McKenna: Westminster Christian Academy – St. Louis, Missouri

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Brooke-Ellen: Westminster Christian Academy – St. Louis, Missouri

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Mason: Westminster Christian Academy – St. Louis, Missouri

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Anna: Marquette High School – St. Louis, Missouri

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Christopher: Hazen High School – Renton, Washington

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Class of 2016…you did it! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you all! Cheers!

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Meet Finley! She arrived a little earlier than expected so she was extra little. Newborn shoots are always sweet, but this one goes beyond.  I have known Finley’s parents since I did flowers, photography and invitations for their wedding. They started as clients and have become friends. I’ve been blessed to be a part of so many special days including newborn pics for their son Colby. When they found out they were having a little girl, I offered to travel to Chicago to capture these memories.

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Everything about her is little…I mean, look at that button nose!

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Such sweet perfection.

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She will be adored every day of her life!

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Her smile says it all.  Dear Finley: I hope you grow up to be kind and adventurous like your daddy…loyal and thoughtful like your mama…and at least half as cute as your big brother! Welcome to the world little Finley.

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2015 was a wonderful year filled with a wide array of projects. So often I am asked, “what is your favorite thing to do?”  My answer is always, “I love that I get to do so many things!” MCK Designs encompasses interiors, photography, flowers, web and graphic design. This is a long post with my highlights from 2015!

I begin with my most meaningful project which was doing an entire house in Atlanta for my dear friends the Marshalls.  You can see their whole house here.  Below are the before and after pics of my favorite room!

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Below are before and after pictures of a kitchen update I did early in the year.  Along with picking out all the finishes, I added crown molding to the cabinets, put up the tile backsplash and sewed new window treatments.

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Sometimes I get to do smaller projects like these furniture transformations.

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The next sequence of pictures are from projects for which I don’t have before pictures.  They are never the less still fantastic!

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I tried my hand at installing board and batten and loved it!

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Wedding flowers are definitely at the top of my favorite things list.  Take a look at these lovelies…

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It was hard to narrow down the following grouping.  I absolutely love doing wedding photography.  There is just something amazing about spending the day capturing each love story.

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Finally…because this post is already WAY too long, here are just a handful of my favorite family/children shots.

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I transform spaces and furniture, capture big and little moments, create beauty with flowers and graphics…and so much more.  There is no greater joy than to do what I love every day. Thanks to my clients for allowing me into your homes and lives.  I am blessed!

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